Just got back from Boston PodCamp, which was my first foray into the world of “UNconventions,” where attendees miraculously do not have to pay for anything. I’m impressed by the overall level of organization for a free event, though I was a little disappointed by the panels and seminars I attended. They were generally very short, and so short as to be pretty light on content. Still, can’t complain for the price.
The most inspirational session to me was a session presented by Larry Lawfer and Mark Blevis on interviewing tips and techniques. I’ve been mulling over the idea of giving the interview podcast format a try, because I think there are some not only interesting but very talented people in the Mac development community who would have a lot to say if given a chance.
Of course, I am a great fan of Blake Burris’s Cocoa Radio, which does a great job of introducing us to some of the platform’s leading developers. But I think there are so many voices to capture, that we need more podcasts tackling the same or similar material, from slightly differing angles. In particular I think I could, if I didn’t turn out to totally suck at interviewing, do a good job of extracting very technical information from Mac developers. While Cocoa Radio spends a lot of time talking about inspiration and history, sometimes I really want to know “how did you decide on the data model structure?” or “what are you doing to handle concurrency problems with your threads?”
Perhaps that would lead to the world’s most boring, unlistenable podcast. But then again, you’re reading this blog, aren’t you? Now … to decide on my first victim, ahem, guest. Quick, before the motivation wears off.