SpoolCast: Design Patterns and Anti-Patterns with Bill Scott

Jared Spool

April 28th, 2008

SpoolCast: Design Patterns and Anti-Patterns with Bill Scott
Recorded: November 30th, 2007 from the studios at UIE.
Brian Christiansen, UIE Podcast Producer
Duration: 39m | File size: 20 MB
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In this week’s SpoolCast, I had a chance to speak with Bill Scott. Bill has been one of my heroes for years, having really pushed the envelope as an evangelist for the public Yahoo! Design Pattern Library. He then went on to work on the Yahoo! Teachers project, where he took his knowledge of Ajax and Web 2.0 techniques and applied it to a creative solution for educators. Most recently, Bill has become the Director of UI Engineering at Netflix, where he now is driving how technology can enhance the user experience at one of the companies that understands what it takes.

During our conversation, we talked about some of the innovative techniques he’s using at Netflix, what he learned from the Yahoo! Teachers project, and his most recent work on Anti-patterns — learning from what we shouldn’t be doing.

I think you’ll enjoy this podcast. We look forward to your questions and thoughts. Let us know in the comments!

[Note: We had prepared this podcast to be released earlier this year, but due to schedule conflicts, its release was delayed. As a result, the intro mentions the very successful 2008 Web App Summit as if it’s still to come. But don’t worry: we’ll have another one next year, so stay tuned!]

8 Responses to “SpoolCast: Design Patterns and Anti-Patterns with Bill Scott”

  1. Wzorce projektowe « Everyday things in use Says:

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  2. ada Says:

    Hi Jared,

    Would you please tell me the screen/video-capture software that Bill and you use on Mac? I am afraid that I couldn’t quite get its name. I want to do (and record) some user sessions using a Mac.


  3. Jared Spool Says:

    Hi Ada,

    We use Snap Z Pro to make movies.


  4. ada Says:

    Thanks Jared. I have just downloaded a trial copy of Snap Z.


  5. Jeff Garbers Says:

    Eager to subscribe to the podcast, but iTunes is telling me that the URL “http://www.uie.com/podcast/” can’t be found. Was this taken offline or is something askew? Thanks!

    (side note: I enjoyed your talk last time I saw you… at Interchi ’93 in Amsterdam. 😉

  6. Jared Spool Says:

    Hey Jeff,

    The link fell victim to a recent software upgrade.

    Should be fixed now.


  7. Doug Says:

    Hi, the link to the text transcript is broken. I’d love to copy and paste part of the exchange and send it around to my coworkers about the making applications suck.


  8. Daniel Szuc Says:

    Love the integration that Netflix has created between its web and call center channels – something many companies don’t do well at all.

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