Podcasts 5: Podcasts for .NET and SQL Server

The world of development moves fast, and these are exciting times for developers in the Microsoft ecosystem, as the company has shifted direction in recent times, embracing open source and looking at cross-platform compatibility.

Podcasts are a way to keep up with this, as we follow on from Podcasts for Data Science on a series kicked off with Podcasts: Your Learning Made Easy.

 .NET Rocks

One of the earliest and longest-running tech blogs, .NET Rocks is presented by two veterans of the industry and usually they have a guest on to talk about a particular subject.

They publish 3 times a week, with content usually around the 45 minute mark.

Despite the name their topics are not all .NET focused, ranging from data science to javascript frameworks and security. Worth looking out for are the Geek Out shows, where the hosts dive deep into topics such as Getting to Mars, GM Foods and Thorium Molten Salt Reactors!


Coding Blocks

This podcast is one of the most technical around, hosted by three developers who talk in depth about topics from the software ecosystem. Coding Blocks publish once a month.

Unlike many similar podcasts these guys will go into the details around a topic, almost down to the code levels. Some of the most useful I have found include shows on Open Source Licensing, Design Patterns, 12-factor Apps and their favourite dev tools.

Be ready for long conversations, sidetracking and talk about gaming and other geek topics.

Office Hours

Office Hours is a weekly SQL Server focused podcast hosted by Brent Ozar and his team, who take questions from their online chat about SQL Server and answer them on the show.

These guys have a staggering knowledge of SQL Server and answer questions on almost any topic, usually getting through 10-15 questions every show.

SQL Server Radio

A show with a more European feel, SQL Server Radio publishes roughly every fortnight.

The format changes every time, with the hosts often approaching the show in a haphazard fashion. It is however, fun and informative, with the occasional guest to mix it up a little.

Honourable Mentions

There are more podcasts in this space, with the MS Dev Show worth a look for all things Microsoft and PowerScripting Podcast if you like Powershell



Duncan Thomson

A Remote Software and Database Contractor specialised in Umbraco, Duncan works from wherever he finds himself. He is the co-organiser of the Python Exeter and Data Science Exeter meetup groups and speaks about Remote Working, Umbraco, Python and .NET Outside of work he is keen on travel, random generation, foreign languages and good food.

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