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Our Summer Break - 2022

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Our Summer Break - 2022
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Our Summer Break - 2022

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Hello everyone and welcome to THE .NET Core Podcast. An award-winning podcast where we reach into the core of the .NET technology stack and, with the help of the .NET community, present you with the information that you need in order to grok the many moving parts of one of the biggest cross-platform, multi-application frameworks on the planet.

I am your host, Jamie “GaProgMan” Taylor. In this episode I get a little meta, as it’s time for the 2022 mid-year break, and I wanted to talk about that really quickly. I also wanted to talk about some shows that you should check out until we come back on September 9th

or September 7th if you’re a patron of the show

As such, this episode will be a little shorter than the usual episodes.

So let’s sit back, open up a terminal, type in dotnet new podcast and let the show begin.

A Mid-year Break

Another year and another season of the podcast has completed. We started season 4 of the show on September 10th, 2021 and season 5 will start up again on September 9th, 2022. But why do we take a break in the middle of the year?

Well, it’s summer. And truth be told, I don’t think any of us should be locked indoors any more than we have to during the summer. As important as it is to keep up with technology, it’s equally as important to take break every now and then. And that’s precisely what I’ll be doing, and what my editor will be doing, too

thank you for all of your tireless work, Mark

did you know that you can hire him to work on your show?

In the time between the start of season 4 and when I recorded this episode

mid-May, because I like to ensure that the show has as much of a buffer of finished episodes as possible

the show’s episodes have been downloaded 88,405 times. And that’s huge, so I’d like to thank you all.

That’s 88,405 unique downloads. What that means is a little vague, but the shows podcast hosting service has this to say about “unique downloads”

…a unique download is a filtered statistic in which those requests are determined to be from the same overall download request, showing one unique download rather than the raw request count…

The unique downloads algorithm accounts for two important pieces of information:

- IP Address
- User Agent

If a request or group of requests (such as in a progressive download) comes from a single IP address using the same user agent inside a rolling 24 hour window, it is counted as a single unique download, rather than counting that as multiple downloads

And those download statistics would not be as high without you all listening to the show. So thank you.

If you’re interested in the latest snapshot of the stats for the show, you can check them out over at the press kit. This isn’t an automated snapshot (yet), but I keep it updated on a weekly basis. I have a task on my backlog to automate this, so watch this space I guess.

Season 5

In case you’re worried, there will be a season 5 of the show; I’m currently in the process of getting the first few episodes edited and ready for you to download as I write and record this. So far, we have the episodes on the following topics planned:

please note that this is entirely provisional and subject to change

there are a few other things that I’m keeping to myself, for the time being.

So make sure to follow the show on your app of choice - and to head over to for ways to do that - and watch for new episodes dropping, very soon.

Ways To Support The Show

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I would love it if you would share the show with a friend or colleague or leave a rating or review. The other options are completely up to you, and are not required at all to continue enjoying the show.

Anyway, let’s get back to it.

Contacting the Show

This leads me to a related point: getting in touch with the show.

As you might remember from the 100th episode, it’s possible to get in touch via either:

Rest assured, I do read every message sent in to the show and try my hardest to get back everyone as soon as I can. So please do reach out. If you’d like to be on the show, or submit ideas for episodes, the contact page is the best way to do this - so definitely check it out.

But please also remember that I’m not a Microsoft employee, so I cannot answer any messages which are directed at them. However, I will help you to find the right person to direct your message to.

Podcasts You Might like

So because we’ll be taking a four week break, I’d like to let you know about a few related podcasts that you might like.

Tabs & Spaces and Waffling Taylors

Let’s get this part out of the way first: there are two other shows that I’m part of, and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy both of them.

Tabs & Spaces is a software development pub-style chat podcast with “featuring artists” (i.e. guests) and a weird numbering system (because the hosts are developers first, and podcasters second).

Zac Braddy, James “Cynical Developer” Studart and I host this show.

Each episode consist of the hosts and a guest attempting to discuss a software engineering topic. As it’s a four-way conversation, and it’s the show where

who ever is shouting the loudest is the rightest

- Zac

As it’s an informal pub-style chat, we play fast and loose with the rules and try to strike a balance between being entertaining and informative. Informa-tainment, perhaps?

The Waffling Taylors is a show about something that I love: video games, and I co-host it with my brother.

My brother and I sit with friends, developers, and experts in the industry to talk about video games, their culture, and the many of the video game related products out there. From video game films and book tie-ins to interviews with legends in the video game development industry.

We recent started a series of very special episodes called “The Cupboard of Shame” which Squidge describes as:

The name "Cupboard of Shame" is a namesake only. I’m not in anyway saying that games are shameful - there are exceptions, obviously. But it’s more a case of I talk to people who bring a game to put into the Cupboard of Shame [which] isn’t in their normal wheelhouse of playing. A prime example: if you have a friend that plays First Person Shooters (i.e. Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc.) and you went round to their house and they were playing Hello Kitty Roller-rink. Some other people might ask harsh questions, but I’d rather sit down and be, "so why did you play this then? Is it a guilty pleasure? What caught your attention about it?" Whereas other people might go "what the _BLEEP* are you playing that for?!" So I take a bit more of the high ground, before I ask "what the hell are you playing that for?"

Coding Blocks

If you are a developer but don’t listen to Coding Blocks then you are really doing yourself a disservice. Coding Blocks, and the slack group that they have for the listeners, is an amazingly supportive group of people, and this show would not exist without it - as I alluded to in our 100th episode.

It is one of the best technology agnostic talk show podcasts that I have ever heard. The hosts - Michael, Allen, and Joe - discuss everything from git to Kubernetes, and from the many different IDEs to the annual developer surveys. They bring a wonderful humour to their discussions, and often cover the best resources of our industry. They also have several multi-part episode series where they work their way through the most important programming, DevOps & SRE, and tech books around.

The Advent of Computing

If you’re interested in the history of computers, the electronics which lead to them, and programming, then I would recommend listening to Sean Hass’ Advent of Computing. Sean presents exceptionally well researched audio essays about individuals, certain famous (and not so famous) computers, programming languages, and more than a few important applications from the 1940s all the way up to the modern era. It really lights up a part of my brain which laid dormant for the longest time.

Sean was also a guest on Tabs and Spaces, recently.

Complete Developer Podcast

Similar to Coding Blocks and Tabs and Spaces, Complete Developer Podcast is a discussion on many different topics that software engineers should know. Beej, one of the hosts, explains the show as:

The podcast by coders, for coders, about all aspects of creating your best life as a developer

- Beej

Both Beej and Will share their collective experience and cover topics ranging from the deeply technical (i.e. SQL database) to the personal (i.e the different types of people that you’ll work with throughout your career).

Podcaster’s Live!

If you’re at all interested in learning about the behind the scenes stuff that podcasters do, or are interested in starting your own, then you really should listen to Steve Worthy’s Podcasters Live! show. This show is part live video stream, and part audio podcast. At the time of writing this episode, Steve has already interviewed some of the big names in podcasting, and has a long list of other big names that he’s reaching out to.

I was on one of the earliest live streams that Steve did as part of Podcasters live!, too.

Wrapping Up

We’ll be back on September 9th, 2022 with an interview with Nick proud about how he used Azure Cognitive Services Form Recogniser in a real-world business application, but in the mean time make sure that you check out the following podcasts:

and take a look at our contact page if you’re interested in:

The show notes, as always, can be found at, every URL listed in this episode will be linked there, and there will be a link directly to them in your podcatcher.

And don’t forget to spread the word, leave us a rating or review on your podcatcher of choice - head over to for ways to do that - or reach out via our contact page, and to come back next time for more .NET goodness.

I will see you again real soon. See you later folks.

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