TechZing 60 – Peter Cooper & Coder I/O

Justin and Jason speak with Peter Cooper about how he started and sold Code Snippets and FeedDigest (now Feed Informer) and what he learned in the process, why he prefers to work on multiple projects and why he’ll give up on a project if it doesn’t show traction early, the story and technology behind Coder I/O and his strategy going forward, why he uses a rules engine for tagging posts and the¬†possibility¬†of augmenting it with a Bayes classifier, how he accumulated over ten-thousand points on Hacker News, why he was approached by Apress to write Beginning Ruby, the reasons for his upcoming tour of California and why he’s starting a video blog.

15 Comments
  1. Great interview with top questions just make want to get more stuff done.

    Thanks for that guys.

  2. I really like how the show is alternating between interviews and discussions. I especially like the informal interviews like this one where you ask questions but there is a lot of general discussion like non-interview shows. The informality of TechZing is one of the main reasons I’m a fan.

  3. Jason says:

    @Dan DeFelippi Thanks so much and I’m glad you’re enjoying the format. ;) Even though doing two shows per week is significantly more work, it’s been a lot of fun meeting all of these interesting people, so I imagine we’ll be continuing with this schedule.

    Justin and I are pretty informal guys, so I don’t think we’d be very comfortable doing it any other way.

  4. Jason says:

    @Joao Da Silva That’s exactly right! It’s all about getting stuff done. If you don’t get anything done, then not much is going to happen for you. That’s probably lesson number one and it’s something of which I have to remind myself at least once per day. Of course, internally it sounds more like “C’mon Roberts, get your shit together!” ;)

  5. Justin says:

    @Joao Da Silva , @Dan DeFelippi Thx for the very kind words :)

    @Jason I think we should put together a listener testimonial page… I’ll see if I can get on that.

  6. Neville says:

    @Jason, when you get done blogging “Cognitive Biases of Hacker News” let us know and we’ll vote it up on Hacker News…it’ll be a self-fulfilling prophecy :)

  7. Justin says:

    @Neville HAHAHAHA. Very funny! ;)

  8. Jason says:

    @Neville That is a good idea! It’s kind of meta-recursive or something. Besides, we need to create a TechZing/HN voting block anyway. ;)

  9. Biztactix says:

    I’m in desperate need for a web based GIT repository interface, that lets me code and commit.
    I have another job, I picked it cause it’s mindless, no thinking required and lots of internet downtime. However i can’t install stuff.

    Would be really good to have a GIT interfaced Editor via a web, If it was good enough it could possibly replace some software based interfaces, I’ve tried http://phpanywhere.net, It deleted the second half of a PHP page on upload to the server (not good) – Lucky i backup like 3 times
    And i’m also looking at http://ecoder.quintalinda.com/ – I’d have to upload that to my server, No GIT interface

    I only mention this as i believe it’s a good idea for a discussion, How do we as coders transplant our computers, We’ve got code snippets, special libraries and then they crash. How do we get this all onto the internet, so that we don’t need to use the same machine every day. I’m sure it would boost my productivity as i’m not always in my office when i want to write.
    I already have half a dozen servers, mix of windows and linux, so a web interface to them, let them do the processing.

    Appignite it?

  10. This was a very enjoyable episode – I felt like we were all having a nice chat at a coffeehouse!

  11. Do you guys still need a site redesign? If so, contact me via email and let’s work something out :)

    Love the podcast!

  12. botj says:

    For some reason I was fascinated to gain more insight into Justin’s leaving school at age 16. I assumed UK students left school at 18 like in the US.

    Here’s some more info for those as clueless as I was…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_of_school_leaving_age_in_England_and_Wales

    interesting stuff!

  13. Ben says:

    Hi all,

    Im getting a 404 on the download url: http://traffic.libsyn.com/techzing/techzing-060.mp3 and the player does not seem to play!

    Regards, Ben.

  14. Jason says:

    @Ben Thanks, for bringing it to our attention. We’re looking into it.

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