Thursday, February 12, 2009

Conversation with Mike Blake

My Florida tour started with a couple days at Acts As Conference, where I was able to get a few great "How I Got Started In Programming" interviews. After that, though, the pair-programming tour started with Mike Blake, owner of AppTrain Software. He was kind enough to host me for two days, and we spent the time exploring RSpec, talking about the joy of coding, and working on a site that he had revived for our time together. We spent the first day retro-fitting some specs onto the codebase, while the second day was introducing him to resource_controller and reworking the application.

Along with hosting me, Mike was super supportive by contributing significantly to cover expenses while down here in sunny Florida. Mike's "How I Got Started In Programming" interview will be before too long, but we also sat down for a great talk about software development, looking at development as fun, and the relationship between music and coding.

Mike is also an active member of the local arts community in the Orlando area, working with and supporting the music and art scene.

I really enjoyed the time I got to spend with Mike, and I continue to be flattered by the support I get from local community members along my tour.

Enjoy our talk!

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