DEVELOPER PODCAST: Introduction To Whiskey

Hey guys,


We just finished up (well last friday), our first Whiskey Media Developer Podcast: The Speakeasy. 

It's really just a chance for developers on the sites to discuss what we've been working on, certain challenges we're facing, what's coming up from a feature standpoint on our sites, etc. We also wanted to briefly talk about the most important topics happening on each of the three Whiskey sites (AnimeVice, ComicVine and GiantBomb).

So, if you're interested in how the sites are built, what new features we're going to be launching or are just curious to hear the devs shoot the shit for a bit, then check out the podcast and give us your feedback.


Note: This is our first one, so we're probably going to be tweaking the format of the podcast a bit each week until we find something that we're all stoked on -- so, if you have any suggestions, please drop them in the comments. 

Also, if you're a developer and you have any questions about anything really - go ahead and PM them to me and we'll try to work them into next week's podcast. Thanks guys - hope you dig it :)
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Posted by coonce

Hey guys,


We just finished up (well last friday), our first Whiskey Media Developer Podcast: The Speakeasy. 

It's really just a chance for developers on the sites to discuss what we've been working on, certain challenges we're facing, what's coming up from a feature standpoint on our sites, etc. We also wanted to briefly talk about the most important topics happening on each of the three Whiskey sites (AnimeVice, ComicVine and GiantBomb).

So, if you're interested in how the sites are built, what new features we're going to be launching or are just curious to hear the devs shoot the shit for a bit, then check out the podcast and give us your feedback.


Note: This is our first one, so we're probably going to be tweaking the format of the podcast a bit each week until we find something that we're all stoked on -- so, if you have any suggestions, please drop them in the comments. 

Also, if you're a developer and you have any questions about anything really - go ahead and PM them to me and we'll try to work them into next week's podcast. Thanks guys - hope you dig it :)
Posted by PeasForFees

Awesome

Posted by Steve_C

Sounds good. I could potentially be getting into this sort of thing in the the future (a good few years), but i'm interested either way. I'll give it a listen either tonight or tomorrow sometime, as i've got a bit of work to be getting on with.

Also, you should be rocking the iTunes feed unless that's already in the works, as well as the Zune marketplace and whatever. It makes it so much easier to keep track of all these podcasts.

Posted by JJOR64

I might listen to it later tonight.

Posted by Disgaeamad

Gonna listen to this tomorrow when I get home. Seems like it'll be nothing short of awesome.

Posted by IncredibleBulk92

No iTunes love?  Now I have to wait until I get home so I can add the feed manually :( iPhone downloads are so much easier lol.  The podcast sounds interesting though, I love hearing behind the scenes stuff.

Posted by Luke

Kewl!  I'm a C# .NET Developer!  Listening now!

Edited by Claude

I used to work in communications for a power company and you guys sound just like them. Design, write and teach. You then let it and them do its thing.

Physical media over digital... that's interesting. I liked the story of the 50th endurance run. Good stuff, enjoyed.

*Edit*

To clarify, we "communications" hired a team to design, write and teach "us" how to use the new PCs. Circa 1988-91. Communications was key for warnings and such with plants of power. I played some good games on those PCs. I would get off work and play games until 8 or 9. 

Posted by Captain_Fookup

Nice, coonce.

Posted by Player1

dude. Loving the podcast. As a very very amateur web designer (just started early last year) this podcast is extremely interesting. You guys work well together, and its cool to see the behind the scenes look!

Posted by erinfizz

Interesting listen. Achievement stuff sounds spiff.

Edited by Hausdog

Your voices are all exactly the same except for that one guy who's way in the back. Still interesting, though.

Posted by Gregomasta

did you guys use giant bomb's podcast setup for this?

Posted by MattyFTM
Gregomasta said:
"did you guys use giant bomb's podcast setup for this?"
Yeah, they did mention it in the podcast.

Anyway, awesome podcast. I love hearing from you guys about the sites development, and this podcast is a really great way of learning more about what you guys do behind the scenes.
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Posted by LordAndrew

Who's got the highest score of adult games? Probably Endogene, Axersia, or jlrm01. Adult games sure are popular on Giant Bomb. XD

That was a good listen. It's always interesting to hear about the more technical side of the site, and I look forward to hearing more from the Whiskey Media team. The MP3.com and TV.com influence was always pretty obvious to me, especially knowing you guys came from there; so it's nice to see you acknowledge that. The use of past tense is weird though. Those sites haven't really changed since you guys left. ;)

Posted by Sweep

Subscribed. You sir, have Sweep's vote.

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Edited by Daniel_Newton

I knew you guys would start pulling all that data over eventually, can't wait to see what happens with that stuff, I'm sure it will be awesome.
Don't forget about giant bomb achievements too though! We are all still desperate to to see those in action, well I am anyway.

Very interesting podcast, I look forward to lots more!

Posted by buckybit

I stopped listening to ListenUP the moment I found this. Start-Button. Win!

Edited by Scooper

Dave rockin' a Stella. Good man.

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Nice

Edited by Lies
Newten said:
Don't forget about giant bomb achievements
oh snap yeah when are those coming?

Interesting cast, probably a bit too technical to be interesting to me though.

HAHA CONTRADICTIONS! (I only realized that like 45 minutes after I posted :P)
Posted by Pazy

Im about 20 minutes in, this is awesome!

Posted by buckybit

... just finished listening.

  • great to hear from the guys behind the scene.
  • a good python podcast is something I am interested since 1998, feel encouraged guys...
  • all in all, I guess it is hard to keep up, as a small team, with all the inovation that goes on, on a daily basis. It seem every startup/small business has to re-invent all the tools and apps yet again and stumble over the same problems like a 1000 others do. Ah those dreams of reusable code and open-source sharing...
  • was it at the linuxfoundation japan session or at osconf where I heard somebody talking about releasing as quick and as often as possible? thats the best practice. make 'mistakes'/'bugs' public and fix them until the next 'release'. Even google does it like that. the linux-kernel-guys do it in this manner for quite some time and they are pretty successful, I like to believe.
  • what I would be interested in are the true nuts and bolts of the tech side: how many servers, what hardware, redundancy, backup/raid, virtualization, scalability, db-penetration, adv-caching-techniques... - but this goes way too far in your operational business. Nothing to be discussed in public.
  • something beyond whiskeymedia and more general, maybe a rather philosophical discussion would be, what this web2.0 world of "everything-is-a-database" means for peoples privacy. Community driven business models or 'crowdsourcing' is a tricky thing in so many ways. you depend on powerusers, producing quality data for free, while you have to look for revenue through analyzing the community and the crowd behaviour to offer this info to potential customers. I guess, google is the ultimate example of good and evil : everyday a new useful app for the user and equally some new way of generating analytics like puppetmasters... sorry, I am getting too serious, again.
  • and then, of course, there-s the business-side (how to make money in this economy), but even I am reluctant to go into this, here...

thanks for an interesting podcast. please keep 'em coming.
Posted by MattBodega

This was a really great podcast, you guys. I don't  have a ton of technical or "design" knowledge, so some of the specifics were lost on me, but it was still facinating hearing about things you rarely get to think about (like how a shift to a whole new programming language can make for such a dramatic architecture change for these sites. And, of course, we can all get behind forming a company so that you don't have to program for THE MAN.

Posted by SaucySala

I will take a listen.

Posted by Not_Rage

What was that car website they mentioned, is it still up?

Posted by Kush

I don't know how I missed this....will be checking it out later today! Downloading now. :)

Posted by JoshS

If I don't see another one of these I will cry, Sean. Please don't make me cry.

Posted by stillmotion

Any chance of a second?

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Real interesting podcast. I'm sort of undecided currently if I want to pursue web design for a career or not. It's nice hearing from people who are in the field.
You should make this podcast more known on the main Whiskey Media site, I had some troubles finding this topic for a second :P

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@coonce:  
Bring this back if you have time, if only for the Whiskey testing, My preferred Scotch Whisky blend is Dimple, I also like Bourbon Whiskey for after work, oh and of course good ol' JD on the rocks, what do you rock with dude? 
Posted by Hockeymask27

Wow I never did listen to this. I remember I was going to. Well guess what time it is!

Posted by Tactical_Kill

Cool. I listened to the other one last night. Guess its time for another one.

Posted by Swoxx

why no itunes subscribe link in the post, im too lazy to find it myself :≤