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Jeff Meyerson of Software Engineering Daily.
Jeff Meyerson of Software Engineering Daily

Jeff Meyerson, the host of the podcast Software Engineering Daily, sparked a big debate on GeekWire last week with his piece on coding bootcamps vs. traditional computer science education.

But that’s just one of the topics Meyerson has been exploring on the show, which features a variety of software engineering leaders and developers talking about the latest technologies and trends in the industry.

I recently sat down with Meyerson at the GeekWire offices to record a podcast about some of the big topics in the industry and on the minds of his guests. We talked about the rapid changes in front-end web development, the evolving role of open-source technologies, the changing nature of data science, and the globalization of software development among younger generations — such as the two Nigerian teenagers behind the Crocodile browser.

We also explored one of the questions Meyerson often asks guests on his show: Is software engineering more art or science? Meyerson says he believes software engineers are “fundamentally artists,” and “have been lured by a set of pernicious myths that encourage them to act like replaceable cogs.”

“I would say that the vast majority of people see programming more as a science,” he said. But in his view, “to get the best work out of yourself, you have to be thinking from an artistic perspective. So it makes sense to make your north star, as an engineer, some sort of artistic goal.”

Listen below to the conversation with Jeff Meyerson of Software Engineering Daily.

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