Developer Things Episode 7 feat. Rob Reynolds

Developer Things #7: Making the Lives of IT Easier and More Chocolatey with Rob Reynolds

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This episode of Developer Things features guest Rob Reynolds. Rob is the founder and CEO of Chocolatey, an open source package manager for Windows.

Rob started out as a developer of business apps for organizations, but he was interested in automation and had a dream of owning his own business one day. Eventually, he started working on NuGet, a package manager for .NET. The idea of Chocolatey evolved out of that experience. Chocolatey has been in business for about six years.

Some highlights of this podcast include:

  • Rob explains what Chocolatey does and how it’s used.
  • A discussion of how many people are using Chocolatey and what they’re using it for.
  • Some of the most common installs with Chocolatey include Flash player, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, Java, and Firefox.
  • How the idea of Chocolatey has evolved between the time that it started and now.
  • How Rob used Kickstarter to crowdsource the funds to cover the costs for Chocolatey.
  • The major selling points for Chocolatey.
  • How businesses can purchase Chocolatey for business.
  • What new things are coming for Chocolatey in 2018, including a central management dashboard.


Rob Reynolds


Quotes by Rob:

“Chocolatey itself has had over 105 million downloads.”

“I had an idea of something that was going to help me out, then I wanted to share it with others.”

“We’ve never considered Chocolatey really a finished product, just because we know that there are so many things that we can do with it.”

About Matt Watson

Matt is the Founder & CEO of Stackify. He has been a developer/hacker for over 15 years and loves solving hard problems with code. While working in IT management he realized how much of his time was wasted trying to put out production fires without the right tools. He founded Stackify in 2012 to create an easy to use set of tools for developers.