Creator of the Day #21: Jamie Taylor

Jamie is a full stack software developer by day, and a prolific blogger and podcaster at almost any other time. He currently hosts The .NET Core Podcast, co-hosts The Waffling Taylors Podcast with his brother, and co-hosts DevOtaku with his friends Jay and Keheira.

1) What is your podcast about?

The .NET Core Podcast is the only podcast which is devoted to .NET Core; ASP.NET Core; EF Core; SignalR; and not forgetting The .NET Core community, itself.

2) Who should listen to your podcast?

Any programmer, software developer, technologist, or friends who want to get to know all about .NET Core (and the related technologies) really – including any students or friends who want to be a developer.
Each episode is designed as either an introduction to a part of the .NET Core family of technologies, or as an interview with a prominent member of the .NET community. They are specifically created to be accessible to friends who are either new to the technology stack or programming in general, or for friends who have experience in the technology space.

3) How long have you been podcasting and why did you get into podcasting?

I’ve been creating podcasts since late 2017.
One January 8th of 2017, my brother an I launched The Waffling Taylors blog. It was a place for us to talk all about the video games that we had played during our youth, the games that we were playing at the time, and the games that we were looking forward to.
Throughout 2017, I was interviewed for a number of technology related podcasts. It was when I was interviewed for episodes 8 (“.NET to the Core!”) and 62 (“More .NET Core”) of the Cynical Developer podcast, and the Productivity in Tech podcast (“Building a lot of Legacy”) that I had the idea of taking The Waffling Taylors to the next level.
We’d found that blog posts weren’t enough to contain all of our incessant rambly tangents, so we started The Waffling Taylors podcast. Episode 0 went live on November 10th of 2017.
During the early months of 2018, I was flitting back and forth on the idea of starting a podcast devoted to .NET Core. In late August, I bit the bullet and created The .NET Core Podcast/

4) What non-podcasting hobbies do you have?

Mostly blogging about both video games and programming. I also play bass guitar to unwind. That and running. Like my bass playing, I’m not brilliant at running but I try, and it brings me joy.

5) Tell us about your setup!

I use a Blue Yeti microphone and a pair of Bluedio UFO plus over ear headphones, which I attache to my late 2014 Macbook Air for both recording and editing.
When recording locally (for monologue episodes or when guests can be there in person), I use Audacity to record the audio – I am looking to change that so it readers have any suggestions, please do let me know. For interviews over a long distance, I use ZenCastr to record both sides of the interview.
I’m currently using Audacity to edit the episodes, add musical queues, intros and outros; and I use Auphonic Audio Leveller to give the rendered episodes a little more polish before sending them out.

6) What is one show (other than your own) that you think everyone should listen to?

If you’re interested in software development and want to take your practise and skills to the next level, I would definitely recommend Coding Blocks. What sets Michael, Allen and Joe (the hosts of Coding Block) apart is that they get together and tear a topic down to its barest bones, then build it back up again. All the while without dumbing it down or making it seem trivial; and you can tell how much collective experience they have in the tech space, just by listening to them.

7) Anything else you’d like to share?

I may not sound like it, but I’m originally from a city in the North-East of England. I definitely don’t have the local accent, that’s for sure. I’ve been told, on separate occasions, that I sound Canadian and South African.
I can’t hear it, myself.
Jamie says to start with these episodes if you’d like to try The .NET Core Podcast!

 

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