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May 16, 2022

Rod Paddock is the CTO of Dash Point Software, Inc. and the Editor in Chief of CODE Magazine! In 2001, Rod founded Dash Point Software, Inc. to develop high-quality custom software solutions. With over 30 years of experience, some of his current and past clients include Six Flags, First Premier Bank, Microsoft, Calamos Investments, The U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Navy. Along with developing software, Rod is a well-known author and conference speaker. Since 1995, he has given talks, training sessions, and keynotes in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Rod was a guest way back in Episode 111.


Topics of Discussion:

[4:19] What was the state of the industry like when Rod started teaching?

[6:12] Rod talks about the event that led him to have dinner with Top Gun pilots, and a moment of celebrity fame in an elevator.

[10:11] Rod talks about Code Magazine and how it has developed over the years.

[11:01] Rod speaks about the state of remote work, and how it’s giving people time back for more creativity.

[15:29] What are the important factors and Rod’s process when planning for applications to live a long time?

[21:26] Rewriting applications is a lot of times harder than building from the ground up.

[23:22] There are a lot of ways to build, and that includes both planning and a little bit of luck.

[24:02] When do you know if it’s time to rebuild a current application?

[26:08] You have to know where your problems and pain are, and every system has pain.

[29:34] Why is laziness a good thing for a software developer?

[36:50] People are very resilient and very resourceful, and they will figure out how to make your software do stuff you would never expect.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Architect Tips — New video podcast!

Azure DevOps

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

.NET DevOps for Azure: A Developer’s Guide to DevOps Architecture the Right Way, by Jeffrey Palermo — Available on Amazon!

Jeffrey Palermo’s YouTube

Jeffrey Palermo’s Twitter Follow to stay informed about future events!

Dash Point Software, Inc.

A Philosophy of Software Design, by John Ousterhout

Software Engineering at Google: Lessons Learned from Programming Over Time, by Titus Winters, Tom Manshreck, and Hyrum Wright

Code Magazine — Use Code TADP For Free Subscription

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.


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  • “I consider myself extremely fortunate in my whole career.” — Rod
  • “Lots of people are getting essentially 20 hours a week back, and just not from commuting, which is pretty cool.” — Rod
  • “Rewriting applications is a lot of times harder than building from the ground up.” — Rod
  • “You have to pay attention to the way you’re building your applications, and that helps the longevity as well, and know the pieces that you can rip out and rebuild.” — Rod
  • “People are very resilient and very resourceful, and they will figure out how to make your software do stuff you never thought it was going to do.” — Rod 


Rod: Website | Twitter