Podcast Recommendation: Developer Tea by Jonathan Cutrell

On my way to work I’m mostly listening to some podcasts. Two weeks ago I’ve found a (for me) new podcast that I would like to share here. It’s the Developer Tea podcast by Jonathan Cutrell. The episodes are relatively short and discuss only one special topic, which is often introduced by a listener’s question. The questions aren’t always directly related software development, but sometimes a kind of a meta-topic like some general career or work method topics. For example, he discusses things like: Should I go back to school and get a degree? How to deal with a demotivated co-worker? What should I do if I’m unsatisfied with my current tasks at work?

I like this podcast very much and have already listened to more than 20 episodes. Jonathan gives a lot of his personal opinion but also advice how he would approach a problem or act in a given situation. I do not always agree with him to 100%. However, I think his tips are very helpful and give some interesting insights and some new points of view. The only critics I have at the moment is the sponsorship. Every episode is sponsored by some company and he has a short sponsor break to promote the company or product. It is understandable that you want to make some money at least to cover your costs for hosting, etc. However, if you are listening to multiple episodes in a row it is a little bit annoying to hear the same kind of commercial over and over again. However, that’s maybe just me and I’m still listening to the podcast because of the great content.

Recently he started a new series on his podcast with the title Dev Career Roadmap. In this series of episodes he gives more detailed information and tips on how to start or get better in your developer career. I’m looking forward to the next episodes of this series and the podcast and I can recommend that you start to listen to some episodes. I think this podcast is definitely worth listening to!