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A weekly panel discussion with topics around the South African software developer community.Regular panelists are Len Weincier, Kenneth Kalmer and Kevin McKelvin.

Latest Episodes

70 - BSides Cape Town & infosec with Grant Ongers & Mike Davis

Chantal and Kenneth talk to Grant Ongers and Mike Davis about infosec and the local BSides conference in Cape Town. Grant and Mike are part of the organizing team behind BSides in Cape Town, and both love working in the infosec space. BSides here is based on, and supported by, the BSides conference in Las Vegas. BSides originated as a community event in Las Vegas and has been running for many years. It happens close to the popular Defcon conference. BSides CT is looking to be a great event, with some amazing hardware badges on offer and the opportunity for attendees to contribute to their Rite of Passage program and help a young budding infosec person visit Defcon & BSides LV. We also scratch the surface of infosec and it means for developers in our day-to-day work. We learned a lot, and this is only the beginning! Find and follow BSides Cape Town, Grant & Mike online: * http://www.bsidescapetown.co.za/ * https://twitter.com/BSidesCapeTown * https://twitter.com/rewtd * https://twitt...

60 MIN2017 NOV 21
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70 - BSides Cape Town & infosec with Grant Ongers & Mike Davis

73 - Let's Test with Louise Perold

We chat to Louise Perold about testing as a means to improve the overall quality of software, and the upcoming Let's Test conference Kenneth & Len chat to Louise Perold about the art & practice of software testing. Louise reframes testing in a wonderful light, and how testers compliment and support the existing software development efforts. There are many things that simply cannot be tested reliably with automated techniques, and we explore why. Louise has been helping teams write better software since the early 2000's, and is continuing on that journey today with her new consultancy and yearly conference. Louise is one of the proud members of [House of Test](https://www.houseoftest.rocks/en/), along with [Oz Chihwayi](/51). Louise is also one of the organisers of the local [Let's Test](http://lets-test.com/?page_id=5283) conference. Just a few of the tips offered by Louise for developers working with testers: * Talk, talk, talk * Testers can help clarify your thoughts on design, an...

47 MIN2017 SEP 13
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73 - Let's Test with Louise Perold

72 - Ladies that UX with Inez, Ridhwana & Lara

We chat to Inez, Ridhwana & Lara about the Ladies that UX communities in Cape Town, and as of today Johannesburg. Chantal, Kenneth & Kevin are joined by the dynamic trio of Inez Patel, Ridhwana Khan & Lara Pietersen to talk about UX and the local Ladies that UX meetups in Cape Town and now Johannesburg. User Experience (UX) is an integral part of design, be it in the physical world or the digital world. It is the practice of putting the user first, creating empathy for the users of your systems. "If the user can't use it, it doesn't work" -- Susan Dray Lizzie Dyson and Georgie Bottomley, both UX (User Experience) professionals, loved their jobs but there was always a doubt about where the other women in the industry were. So they started the first Ladies that UX meetup in Manchester, UK, and it exploded. Lara was looking for an international community to connect with when she discovered Ladies that UX and it _stuck_. The Cape Town LTUX meetup is the first African chapter of LTUX, st...

72 MIN2017 AUG 31
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72 - Ladies that UX with Inez, Ridhwana & Lara

71 - Is Intelligence an Algorithm? With Jade Abbott

We chat to Jade Abbott from Retro Rabbit about artificial intelligence, broadly and more specifically about NLP and what that means for us. Chantal, Kenneth & Len talk to Jade about natural language processing, commonly referred to as NLP. What does it take to get a machine to understand what we're saying as people? Jade has always had a fascination with smart machines, from trying to build robots in school and now teaching machines to understand what we're saying. Jade takes a fairly complex topic and helps us come to terms with it. We question whether people, or intelligence, is algorithmic and what that means. Processing natural language is not without challenges and Jade walks us through the maze of terminology and some tools to get started with, and we have several resources below to help as well. What would happen if AI tries to right a movie? What happens if the movie was made? Importantly, neural nets are not the whole of AI. We wander around expert systems, random forests, ...

70 MIN2017 AUG 30
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71 - Is Intelligence an Algorithm? With Jade Abbott

69 - Pink-IT with Ruddy Riba

We talk to Ruddy Riba about her career as a women in tech, and Pink-IT and what they are doing to help women in tech find a supportive community and grow their networks. Chantal, Kenneth & Len talk to Ruddy about some of the challenges woman in technology face, and what she and her partners in Pink-IT are doing to help get women into tech. Ruddy shares with us the story of growing up far from Johannesburg, getting into university and seeing the immense drop-off rate of young women in just the first few classes at university. Entering her first job as the only female on the team, it became clear to Ruddy that this disparity needs to be addressed. Pink-IT is an organization that strives to connect women in tech with mentors they can look up to as they grow into the industry. She's also helped high-school students, especially girls, realize that software development is a viable career choice when they didn't even know it existed. Right there at high-school level Ruddy is taking actions...

76 MIN2017 AUG 29
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69 - Pink-IT with Ruddy Riba

67 - The Imposter Within With Clarice Bouwer

We talk to Clarice Bouwer about imposter syndrome, what it is and how to overcome it. Join us as we learn about this and other issues around the often overlooked topics of mental well-being. Chantal & Kenneth talk to Clarice Bouwer. Clarice started the Corporate Programmer blog as a survival guide for her work in a big corporate environment, and has written over 50 great posts. It turns out surviving in a big corporate is all out people & relationships! Inspired by Scott Hanselman's "I'm a phony. Are you?" post, Clarice wrote up her own experiences with feeling like an imposter. This well written post landed her interviews on two other podcasts, ours, and the Reddit front page. Clarice also gave a presentation at Rubyfuza 2017 and a recent Jozi.rb. This post and other well researched posts on her blog focuses a lot on how important mental health & well-being is and shares a lot things we can do to look after ourselves. Find and follow Clarice online: * http://www.corporateprogrammer...

61 MIN2017 AUG 28
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67 - The Imposter Within With Clarice Bouwer

62 - Data Of All Shapes & Sizes With Gail Shaw

We talk to Gail Shaw about data, in all its shapes and sizes. Gail is a 10 year Microsoft MVP, and has tamed many a database in her career and shares some great insights with us. Chantal, Kenneth & Len talk data with Gail Shaw. From Gail's first 8086 PC, dual majoring in physics & computer science and printed Oracle error codes we join Gail on her journey into the realm SQL Server and how she's conquered it. We get some advice for squeezing a little more performance out of your production database, which might be more obvious than you'd think! Ever wondered about SQL Server on Linux? Gail has some great insights as to why Microsoft might gone down that route. We all take stock of Microsoft's great recent contributions to the open-source, and the efforts to liberate their tools from their operating systems. We venture into the world of big data, cautiously, while clarifying some terms and distinguishing big data from just "a lot of data". Thinking of big data in terms of analytics he...

69 MIN2017 AUG 24
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62 - Data Of All Shapes & Sizes With Gail Shaw

61 - Provencial wifi & Docker in production with Tim Haak

We talk to Tim Haak about playing with wifi networks covering large parts of Gauteng, and running Docker in production, and how to sanely get started with conquering containers. Kenneth & Kevin chat to Tim about Docker, what it is, how its evolving and how to sanely start packaging your apps in containers for shipping. Heads up! There were some audio syncing issues during post production, but the content is still great! Also, this show was recorded in 2016 and the content held up quite nicely! Containers & Docker are revolutionizing how software gets deployed, and how distributed systems are being built. As you'll learn, Tim has extensive experience deploying more than just rudimentary bits of software. His involvement with the Pretoria WUG and building ISP infrastructure definitely put him in a good position to grapple with and conquer the Docker story. Tim has plenty of insights of using this fairly new technology that you can learn from. Find and follow Tim online * https://twitt...

70 MIN2017 AUG 9
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61 - Provencial wifi & Docker in production with Tim Haak

60 - Software, embeddables & biltong with Lance Gleason

We talk to Lance Gleason of Polyglot Programming about the software, embeddable devices, biltong and how the local community stacks up against the rest of the world. Chantal, Kenneth & Kevin chat to Lance about his involvement with the South African tech community. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Lance has definitely made a name for himself in various local communities as a very involved member and connector. It was thanks to Lance that we met and invited Rebecca Franks for [episode 39](/39/), and Mandla and Theo for [episode 36](/36/). From gaming on a Commodore VIC-20 to building software for a family business to working at Kodak on satellite imaging system, to digitizing the vast media archives of CNN/Turner, Lance has had a storied career so far and leaves a great impression wherever he goes. Lance adopted a polyglot programming approach as a means to go to conferences and tap into communities. Lance gave his first ever conference talk in Cape Town at Rubyfuza 2010. Lance is also on ...

72 MIN2017 JUN 28
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60 - Software, embeddables & biltong with Lance Gleason

59 - Morgan 3D Printers with Quentin Harley

We talk to Quentin Harley, the "crazy inventor" behind the locally built Morgan 3D Printers This episode is brought to you by OfferZen, a South African recruitment startup for developers. OfferZen inverts the normal recruitment process. Instead of applying for jobs, 350 tech companies in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, send developers interview requests with upfront salary info. For developers it’s completely free to signup and use. In fact, you get R5000 if you take a job through them. Visit offerzen.com to sign up. Kenneth & Len chat to Quentin about the how the Morgan 3D printers came to be, building the impossible in 2 weeks, and how to the unique form factor of the Morgan came about in a dream! Quentin shares a lot of fascinating insights into the history of the printer and demystifies a lot of terms for us, including how you measure print quality & resolution, different types of filaments, the technology behind these printers, open sourcing the hardware and how 3D print...

58 MIN2017 MAY 17
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59 - Morgan 3D Printers with Quentin Harley

Latest Episodes

70 - BSides Cape Town & infosec with Grant Ongers & Mike Davis

Chantal and Kenneth talk to Grant Ongers and Mike Davis about infosec and the local BSides conference in Cape Town. Grant and Mike are part of the organizing team behind BSides in Cape Town, and both love working in the infosec space. BSides here is based on, and supported by, the BSides conference in Las Vegas. BSides originated as a community event in Las Vegas and has been running for many years. It happens close to the popular Defcon conference. BSides CT is looking to be a great event, with some amazing hardware badges on offer and the opportunity for attendees to contribute to their Rite of Passage program and help a young budding infosec person visit Defcon & BSides LV. We also scratch the surface of infosec and it means for developers in our day-to-day work. We learned a lot, and this is only the beginning! Find and follow BSides Cape Town, Grant & Mike online: * http://www.bsidescapetown.co.za/ * https://twitter.com/BSidesCapeTown * https://twitter.com/rewtd * https://twitt...

60 MIN2017 NOV 21
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70 - BSides Cape Town & infosec with Grant Ongers & Mike Davis

73 - Let's Test with Louise Perold

We chat to Louise Perold about testing as a means to improve the overall quality of software, and the upcoming Let's Test conference Kenneth & Len chat to Louise Perold about the art & practice of software testing. Louise reframes testing in a wonderful light, and how testers compliment and support the existing software development efforts. There are many things that simply cannot be tested reliably with automated techniques, and we explore why. Louise has been helping teams write better software since the early 2000's, and is continuing on that journey today with her new consultancy and yearly conference. Louise is one of the proud members of [House of Test](https://www.houseoftest.rocks/en/), along with [Oz Chihwayi](/51). Louise is also one of the organisers of the local [Let's Test](http://lets-test.com/?page_id=5283) conference. Just a few of the tips offered by Louise for developers working with testers: * Talk, talk, talk * Testers can help clarify your thoughts on design, an...

47 MIN2017 SEP 13
Comments
73 - Let's Test with Louise Perold

72 - Ladies that UX with Inez, Ridhwana & Lara

We chat to Inez, Ridhwana & Lara about the Ladies that UX communities in Cape Town, and as of today Johannesburg. Chantal, Kenneth & Kevin are joined by the dynamic trio of Inez Patel, Ridhwana Khan & Lara Pietersen to talk about UX and the local Ladies that UX meetups in Cape Town and now Johannesburg. User Experience (UX) is an integral part of design, be it in the physical world or the digital world. It is the practice of putting the user first, creating empathy for the users of your systems. "If the user can't use it, it doesn't work" -- Susan Dray Lizzie Dyson and Georgie Bottomley, both UX (User Experience) professionals, loved their jobs but there was always a doubt about where the other women in the industry were. So they started the first Ladies that UX meetup in Manchester, UK, and it exploded. Lara was looking for an international community to connect with when she discovered Ladies that UX and it _stuck_. The Cape Town LTUX meetup is the first African chapter of LTUX, st...

72 MIN2017 AUG 31
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72 - Ladies that UX with Inez, Ridhwana & Lara

71 - Is Intelligence an Algorithm? With Jade Abbott

We chat to Jade Abbott from Retro Rabbit about artificial intelligence, broadly and more specifically about NLP and what that means for us. Chantal, Kenneth & Len talk to Jade about natural language processing, commonly referred to as NLP. What does it take to get a machine to understand what we're saying as people? Jade has always had a fascination with smart machines, from trying to build robots in school and now teaching machines to understand what we're saying. Jade takes a fairly complex topic and helps us come to terms with it. We question whether people, or intelligence, is algorithmic and what that means. Processing natural language is not without challenges and Jade walks us through the maze of terminology and some tools to get started with, and we have several resources below to help as well. What would happen if AI tries to right a movie? What happens if the movie was made? Importantly, neural nets are not the whole of AI. We wander around expert systems, random forests, ...

70 MIN2017 AUG 30
Comments
71 - Is Intelligence an Algorithm? With Jade Abbott

69 - Pink-IT with Ruddy Riba

We talk to Ruddy Riba about her career as a women in tech, and Pink-IT and what they are doing to help women in tech find a supportive community and grow their networks. Chantal, Kenneth & Len talk to Ruddy about some of the challenges woman in technology face, and what she and her partners in Pink-IT are doing to help get women into tech. Ruddy shares with us the story of growing up far from Johannesburg, getting into university and seeing the immense drop-off rate of young women in just the first few classes at university. Entering her first job as the only female on the team, it became clear to Ruddy that this disparity needs to be addressed. Pink-IT is an organization that strives to connect women in tech with mentors they can look up to as they grow into the industry. She's also helped high-school students, especially girls, realize that software development is a viable career choice when they didn't even know it existed. Right there at high-school level Ruddy is taking actions...

76 MIN2017 AUG 29
Comments
69 - Pink-IT with Ruddy Riba

67 - The Imposter Within With Clarice Bouwer

We talk to Clarice Bouwer about imposter syndrome, what it is and how to overcome it. Join us as we learn about this and other issues around the often overlooked topics of mental well-being. Chantal & Kenneth talk to Clarice Bouwer. Clarice started the Corporate Programmer blog as a survival guide for her work in a big corporate environment, and has written over 50 great posts. It turns out surviving in a big corporate is all out people & relationships! Inspired by Scott Hanselman's "I'm a phony. Are you?" post, Clarice wrote up her own experiences with feeling like an imposter. This well written post landed her interviews on two other podcasts, ours, and the Reddit front page. Clarice also gave a presentation at Rubyfuza 2017 and a recent Jozi.rb. This post and other well researched posts on her blog focuses a lot on how important mental health & well-being is and shares a lot things we can do to look after ourselves. Find and follow Clarice online: * http://www.corporateprogrammer...

61 MIN2017 AUG 28
Comments
67 - The Imposter Within With Clarice Bouwer

62 - Data Of All Shapes & Sizes With Gail Shaw

We talk to Gail Shaw about data, in all its shapes and sizes. Gail is a 10 year Microsoft MVP, and has tamed many a database in her career and shares some great insights with us. Chantal, Kenneth & Len talk data with Gail Shaw. From Gail's first 8086 PC, dual majoring in physics & computer science and printed Oracle error codes we join Gail on her journey into the realm SQL Server and how she's conquered it. We get some advice for squeezing a little more performance out of your production database, which might be more obvious than you'd think! Ever wondered about SQL Server on Linux? Gail has some great insights as to why Microsoft might gone down that route. We all take stock of Microsoft's great recent contributions to the open-source, and the efforts to liberate their tools from their operating systems. We venture into the world of big data, cautiously, while clarifying some terms and distinguishing big data from just "a lot of data". Thinking of big data in terms of analytics he...

69 MIN2017 AUG 24
Comments
62 - Data Of All Shapes & Sizes With Gail Shaw

61 - Provencial wifi & Docker in production with Tim Haak

We talk to Tim Haak about playing with wifi networks covering large parts of Gauteng, and running Docker in production, and how to sanely get started with conquering containers. Kenneth & Kevin chat to Tim about Docker, what it is, how its evolving and how to sanely start packaging your apps in containers for shipping. Heads up! There were some audio syncing issues during post production, but the content is still great! Also, this show was recorded in 2016 and the content held up quite nicely! Containers & Docker are revolutionizing how software gets deployed, and how distributed systems are being built. As you'll learn, Tim has extensive experience deploying more than just rudimentary bits of software. His involvement with the Pretoria WUG and building ISP infrastructure definitely put him in a good position to grapple with and conquer the Docker story. Tim has plenty of insights of using this fairly new technology that you can learn from. Find and follow Tim online * https://twitt...

70 MIN2017 AUG 9
Comments
61 - Provencial wifi & Docker in production with Tim Haak

60 - Software, embeddables & biltong with Lance Gleason

We talk to Lance Gleason of Polyglot Programming about the software, embeddable devices, biltong and how the local community stacks up against the rest of the world. Chantal, Kenneth & Kevin chat to Lance about his involvement with the South African tech community. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Lance has definitely made a name for himself in various local communities as a very involved member and connector. It was thanks to Lance that we met and invited Rebecca Franks for [episode 39](/39/), and Mandla and Theo for [episode 36](/36/). From gaming on a Commodore VIC-20 to building software for a family business to working at Kodak on satellite imaging system, to digitizing the vast media archives of CNN/Turner, Lance has had a storied career so far and leaves a great impression wherever he goes. Lance adopted a polyglot programming approach as a means to go to conferences and tap into communities. Lance gave his first ever conference talk in Cape Town at Rubyfuza 2010. Lance is also on ...

72 MIN2017 JUN 28
Comments
60 - Software, embeddables & biltong with Lance Gleason

59 - Morgan 3D Printers with Quentin Harley

We talk to Quentin Harley, the "crazy inventor" behind the locally built Morgan 3D Printers This episode is brought to you by OfferZen, a South African recruitment startup for developers. OfferZen inverts the normal recruitment process. Instead of applying for jobs, 350 tech companies in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, send developers interview requests with upfront salary info. For developers it’s completely free to signup and use. In fact, you get R5000 if you take a job through them. Visit offerzen.com to sign up. Kenneth & Len chat to Quentin about the how the Morgan 3D printers came to be, building the impossible in 2 weeks, and how to the unique form factor of the Morgan came about in a dream! Quentin shares a lot of fascinating insights into the history of the printer and demystifies a lot of terms for us, including how you measure print quality & resolution, different types of filaments, the technology behind these printers, open sourcing the hardware and how 3D print...

58 MIN2017 MAY 17
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59 - Morgan 3D Printers with Quentin Harley
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