I've been getting into Ruby & other software engineering talks lately, as they complement my usual diet of quantum physics, neuroscience, and social psychology lectures. I'm not actually that smart, a lot of it goes over my head, but sometimes I get concepts and other times they prompt me to poke through Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia, etc.

Anyway, Technical Talks:

Starts off with some fun ranting about some bad code, then gets real. Fantastic.

How people on dev teams interact, and how to maintain sanity.

How to design your Ruby gem so people will actually want to use it.

How to make sure your open source project doesn't die, and actually get other people to contribute.

Why estimation is important and how it goes wrong.

Gets into some of the low-level capabilities the Ruby engine gives you. I thought I knew a lot about Kernel and Object methods, but this taught me otherwise.


I guess most of these are "soft talks" in that they aren't about some new library or specific functions of programming. But these topics are critical to working on a team. Even if you know some or all the material, it's worth a refresher course now and again.