TechZing: The Technology podcast that should be named TechTMI

Techzing is a podcast that I have been following for a several months. This podcast is hosted by by Justin Vincent & Jason Roberts, they provide enough content for you to digest twice a week. Usually Justin and Jason will interview people whom they find interesting in the middle of the week and on the weekend they chat about technology and everything else like sports, food or how to ruin relationships… at least examples of how to do it.

Why TechTMI?

First of all, because I hope my title will get this post into hacker news and second of all because I strongly believe that there are so much information that is being shared during the podcasts that it is a mistake for any developer aspiring to be an entrepreneur not to listen to. During the interviews the guests are not afraid to explain in great detail on how they come up with their business ideas, everything they have done to be able to implement them, some detail on how much they are making in their different businesses and some even share how much they are projecting to make as a goal.

Someone tell me that all that is not just Too Much Information! But best of all it is good information that you want to get a hold of and you can’t get anywhere else for free.

Why do I enjoy the show?

As a developer and a aspiring to become one day a true entrepreneur, it is great to be able to listen to Justin and Jason talk through their solving problem strategies and how they are overcoming some obstacles that come up on their business adventures.

Keep in mind that these guys are not all talk (althought Jason does a lot of talking :)), they have proven web and mobile applications to prove that you can make it work, aside from Justin working for mybebo and Jason doing full time contracting as well as having a family of his own.

What would you expect from this podcast

Expect to have a lot of fun listening to Jason and Justin contradict each other while at the same time you get to learn wealths of information. During the interviews you can’t stop listening to the guests who not only are kind enough to share they experiences but they are willing to explain in great detail what steps the took to get where they are.

Get ready to listen to Justin and Jason talk plenty as developers with other developers, one thing that I like when they interview their guests is that they ask the questions that developers want answer for rather than some one with a degree in marketing just trying to get another podcast out of the door.

During the weekend? everything goes and it is great to listen two developers chat about their week and how their projects are doing, from a twitter client (pluggio) to a never-to-be technology (appignite) that will help you develop applications fast and easy. But don’t hold your breath about this new technology because I don’t think it will ever happen and most likely it will be a failure (see what I did there Jason? :)).

Where do I find this amazing show

You can find this show on their website techzinglive.com or you can also get the podcast directly from iTunes

If you are a developer and one day you want to be an entrepreneur, this is the show for you.

How far is Silverlight from the end?

It is not certain how long Silverlight will continue to be the main platform for some developers but after the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week it seems like its life is coming close to and end, in regards to web applications. ZDNET had the chance to talk to Bob Muglia, the Microsoft President in charge of the company’s server and tools business about Silverlight and this is what he commented.

“Silverlight is our development platform for Windows Phone,” he said. Silverlight also has some “sweet spots” in media and line-of-business applications, he said.

But when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft’s vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, “our strategy has shifted,” Muglia told me.

Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said. “But HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform,” Muglia said.

source: zdnet

It is clear that for the web Microsoft will take the HTML5 route and leave Silveright for their mobile devices. As this will be a strong sell point for those who stick with Silveright in the mobile devices maybe it is time to start learning (or continue learning) a different language or platform.

Export Flash to HTML

Glad to see the team from Adobe pushing hard to make Flash the tool of choice for all the environment, from Mobile to HTML. The video below displays the capabilities of Flash to be able to export to animation with just HTML, not only that but you will have the ability to re-use the HTML code already generated.

I would like to know how this tool will behave with non-timeline animation (I hope they are working on coded-animation conversion) and how heavy the HTML pages converted will be. Either way props to Adobe for moving forward on this Flash to HTML conversion tool.

How to use Read More in Custom Type pages

The same rule applies for Custom Types as regular pages:

[php]< ?php global $more; $more = 0; ?>
//The code must be inserted ahead of the call to the content

< ?php the_content('Continue Reading'); ?>[/php]

From the WordPress docs:

Please remember that the “Read More” tag is used only on the Home page which shows the latest posts. It does not work in “Pages”. If you want to turn it on in Pages too for showing a set of partial posts, use the following code inside the loop for the dynamic content:

More info in the documentation