What is it like to be on the NetBeans podcast?

podcast_logoI was lucky enough to be asked to do an interview on the current NetBeans podcast to talk about my recent talk at DevFest Istanbul. Podcasting is a big growth area of broadcasting so I felt it would make an interesting blog article. So what is it like (and why are they successful)?

I am a regular listener to several podcasts (including the NetBeans podcast) so I had some idea of the format. In my opinion, the best podcasts have a very clear structure (and agenda) but a great deal of flexibility in each show. I was contacted by the regular host of the NetBeans podcast (Tinuola Awopetu) and we set a mutual time to record my interview. She is based in the Czech republic and I am in the UK so it was easy to find an overlapping slot in the day.

Most podcasts take place remotely on Skype or another conferencing tool, so a good connection is critical. I think part of the reason why podcasts work so well is that they are recorded remotely. When you can only hear the other people, you focus on what is said (not on what they do or how they act). This makes something much more interesting to listen to and gives them that intimacy of radio.

Sound quality was excellent when I spoke to Tinuola, and like a good podcast host, she immediately set me at ease and explained what would happen. Most podcasts aim for a specific time slot and agree what topics would be discussed. It was also good to hear that it was possible to edit the podcast in post production, so I could redo a reply if I was not happy. It works best to record in one go and then editing afterwards. Tinuola usually aims for a 10-15 minute slot as a good interview slot time. Enough time for a good chat but not too long to become boring or repetitive.

In actual podcast we talked about my recent trip to DevFest to talk about web developments, HTML5 and NetBeans, recent developments in NetBeans, PDF to HTML5 conversion and our plans for a new PDF viewer plugin for NetBeans using JavaFX. We even discussed my mediaeval history degree…. A good podcast presenter makes it feel like a ‘cosy’ chat which flows effortlessly and the time just flew past.

Then the real work begins (for the podcast team) of tidying up the recording, linking it in with other material and packaging it into the complete podcast. Like any pro, they always make it look effortlessly easy and natural but it takes some time to get it right. You can hear the finished result here – I hope you like it.

I really enjoyed being part of this great series of podcasts and if you are ever invited to feature on it, my advice is to say yes…

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.
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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX.

He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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