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S7:E8 - How do you build a great product? (Ryan Hoover)

3/4/2019
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Ryan took his love of products and created Product Hunt, a place to share and discover new products, which sold to Angel List for a rumored $20M. Ryan shares what makes a great product, what he looks for in products as an investor, and how you can get started in product management. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Product Hunt Dreamweaver

Duration:00:51:56

S7:E7 - When things go wrong at work (Jaime-Alexis Fowler)

2/25/2019
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You've got a new job at a new company in a new industry. It's been a few weeks, and things feel a bit off. Maybe you were excluded from a meeting, or your boss isn't being supportive, or maybe you're worried about keeping that new job. What do you do? Who do you call for help? Jaime-Alexis started a non-profit to solve this problem. She created a hotline where you can reach professionals to help you strategize how to tackle workplace challenges. She digs into some of common issues that folks...

Duration:00:50:47

S7:E6 - What are progressive web apps? (Frances Coronel)

2/18/2019
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What are progressive web apps? And why are they so important? Frances breaks down what they are, how they work, and how they make technology more accessible. We also have our sixth episode of "Tales from the Command Line" where Scotts gives us a tour of the infrastructure needed to make mobile happen. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Google - Progressive Web Apps Mozilla - Progressive Web Apps Microsoft - Progressive Web Apps...

Duration:00:56:58

S7:E5 - What does it mean to be offline-first? (Carmen Bourlon)

2/11/2019
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Not everyone has fast internet, or access to internet at all. It might be because it's too expensive, or simply that the infrastructure isn't there. Whatever the reason, high-speed internet isn't as universal as we might think. But what does that mean for developers? How do we build products that work even without fast internet? Carmen breaks it down and tells us all about the offline-first movement. We've also got an episode of Tales from the Command Line that's all about what offline-first...

Duration:00:53:37

S7:E4 - What's a compiler? (Thorsten Ball)

2/4/2019
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So what exactly is a compiler? And how is it different from an interpreter? And do you even need to know any of this stuff as a developer? Thorsten Ball has all the answers. He's written two books on the topic and he gives us a newbie-friendly introduction to the world of compilers and interpreters. We've also got our fourth episode of Tales from the Command Line, where Scott tells us about the computer science professor who failed the entire class. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red...

Duration:01:03:27

S7:E3 - Can you do open source full-time? (Jessie Frazelle, Bryan Liles)

1/28/2019
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What does open source look like when you do it at a big company? Is it even possible to work on open source full-time? In this special episode, we talk to Jessie Frazelle and Bryan Liles about their experiences and perspectives on open source. We also feature our third episode of Tales from the Command Line, which is all about going from a really small startup to coding at a huge company. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Codeland...

Duration:01:00:26

S7:E2 - How do I level up? (Ben Orenstein)

1/21/2019
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You've been coding for a little while. Maybe you just finished a bootcamp, maybe you're in your first job or your second. But at what point do you get to level up? And what does leveling up even look like for a developer? We talk to Ben Orenstein, one of the creators of Upcase, a learning platform designed specifically to "take the junior out of your title." He shares what technical topics you should learn when trying to level up, and what steps a newbie might take to start that leveling up...

Duration:00:56:30

S7:E1 - Moms who code (Bekah Hawrot Weigel)

1/14/2019
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Bekah is a mother of four who’s learning to code. But what’s incredible about her story isn’t just that she’s raising young children while finding 2-4 hours every day to code, it’s that she used coding as a form of therapy to get through a very tough time in her life. We’re also introducing a new segment called Tales from the Command Line, and in our first episode, we dig into coding and mental health. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean...

Duration:00:50:53

S6:E8 - What do you need to know about security? (Kyla Guru)

12/3/2018
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Kyla's really passionate about cybersecurity. She's so passionate that she started a company that produces events and content to help people better understand security and how to protect themselves. She's worked with IBM and Facebook, created open source curriculum that's being used in other countries, and she's also sixteen. She shares why she's so passionate about security, what we as consumers and developers should pay attention to, and how we can build security into all the things we...

Duration:00:44:39

S6:E7 - From nanny to developer (Sudie Roweton)

11/26/2018
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It was late at night when Sudie ran to her bus stop after a long day at work, just in time to see the bus pull away. And then it started raining. She took this moment to reflect on her life, and ask herself questions about her goals and her dreams, questions that led to her moving to Utah, getting a computer science degree, and working as a developer for the Air Force. She tells us how she made the career change and what she learned along the way. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat...

Duration:00:46:38

S6:E6 - How do I learn design? (Laura Elizabeth)

11/19/2018
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You have an idea for an app. You manage to get the basic features working, but it doesn't look great. After all, you're a coder, not a designer, so what do you do? Laura Elizabeth spent years learning design, and, now, she's helping developers up their design game. She shares some helpful design tips, explains what it really takes to get better at design, and tells us why coders can make the best designers. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean...

Duration:00:34:57

S6:E5 - Should you start freelancing? (Devon Campbell)

11/12/2018
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Devon didn't mean to be a freelancer. But when he applied to developer jobs and didn't hear back, he started freelancing to bring in some money temporarily. Five years later, he's still freelancing and loving it. He shares how he got his first client, how he sets his rate, and why he thinks freelancing is a great first job for a new coder. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Codeland Conf Pong (game) Visual Basic Bootstrap Devon's...

Duration:00:42:58

S6:E4 - Why do I need to test my code? (Jonas Nicklas)

11/5/2018
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If you're new to testing, the idea of writing tests for code that you wrote might sound strange. You just wrote it, so, theoretically, you should know what it does, right? But with a growing codebase and lots of people touching the code, implementing your piece of software might come with some unexpected side effects! Jonas explains why testing is so important, how to get started, and what it was like to write Capybara, the very popular testing framework. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor)...

Duration:00:39:34

S6:E3 - What’s it like to code for NASA? (Jesslyn Tannady)

10/29/2018
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Jesslyn worked with NASA to build an app for astronauts. She and a small team used augmented reality to create a navigation tool, much like Google Maps for space. Building it meant learning new tools, even traveling to a volcano to test it out. But most of what she built, she learned on the job. She tells us how she did it, what she's learned about leveling up in a short amount of time, and how she got started on her coding journey. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor)...

Duration:00:44:30

S6:E2 - From librarian to developer (Hayley Swimelar)

10/22/2018
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Hayley works with storage software. But before that job, she had no idea what storage software even was. In fact, at the time, she was a librarian working towards becoming a web developer. Then one day, she visited a booth at OSCON, a huge conference on open source, where she met the company that would end up hiring her for her first technical role in storage software. She talks about what it was like to transition from librarian to developer, and gives us an intro to the world of storage...

Duration:00:37:27

S6:E1 - How do you build a database? (Jeff Nelson)

10/15/2018
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Jeff is an executive at two very different tech companies, but data is at the heart of both. He describes how he uses data to make apps better and smarter, how he got started in the world of data, and how he built a database of his own. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Codeland Conf Apache Thrift Concourse DB TensorFlow MVP Palantir Blavity Cinchapi

Duration:00:44:14

S5:E8 - From musician to developer (Chad Fowler)

9/24/2018
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Chad Fowler is an author, developer, speaker, and investor. He's been a CTO, he founded Ruby Central, the non-profit behind RubyConf and RailsConf, and is a recognizable tech figure, particularly in the Ruby community. But before he knew what code was, he was a professional musician. He shares how he switched careers without a computer science degree and how he's ended up with such an incredible tech career. He also shares how he's managed his bipolar disorder over the years, and how mental...

Duration:00:35:12

S5:E7 - What's an Indie Hacker? (Courtland Allen)

9/17/2018
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Courtland Allen has built up a community of Indie Hackers, people who want to make money by selling products they build themselves. But how do you become an Indie Hacker? And how good of a coder do you need to be to become an Indie Hacker full time? Courtland shares lessons he's gathered over the years on what it takes to live off of your own product and how you can do it too. He also gives us his take on some popular tech business topics. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat...

Duration:00:47:47

S5:E6 - How do you build a robot in JavaScript? (Rachel White)

9/10/2018
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Rachel spends her free time building robots, creating hardware art, and making silicone molds of her friends' faces. She got her start with NodeBots, a beginner-friendly way of creating hardware projects using JavaScript. Rachel shares how she was first introduced to the hardware world, breaks down what a simple hardware project looks like, and tells us what it was like to be one of the first beta users of Twitch.tv, back when it was called Justin.tv. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red...

Duration:00:38:26

S5:E5 - How to figure out what’s next in your coding career (Jarvis Johnson)

9/3/2018
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Jarvis recently went from engineer to engineering manager, taking his career down a whole new path. He talks about how he thinks about his career, what different tech career paths look like, and why, although being a developer can be wonderful, it may not be everything you think it'll be. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Codeland Conf "Why I don't code anymore" [Jarvis's YouTube video] Jarvis's YouTube Channel CodeNewbie Patreon

Duration:00:46:03