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Stories and interviews from people on their coding journey.






S5:E2 - What is quality engineering? (Rocio Montes)

You may have heard of quality assurance and testing, but what's quality engineering? Intuit engineer, Rocio Montes, guides us through the world of quality, and shares why she's so passionate about this piece of the product development process. She also shares her own journey of being a quality engineer and how you can get started on the same career path. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Chai (BDD/TDD assertion library) Mocha (JavaScript testing...


S5:E1 - What is open source hardware? (Suz Hinton)

Suz Hinton introduces us to the world of open source hardware. She shares interesting projects, both artistic and functional, and breaks down the steps it takes to create a hardware product. She also tells us what it's like to livestream her coding projects on her Twitch channel, and why she keeps doing it even though it can be scary and uncomfortable. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Suz's Twitch channel Adafruit Raspberry Pi Arduino


S4:E8 - What’s it like to be the CTO of Microsoft? (Kevin Scott)

Kevin Scott is the first CTO of Microsoft in almost twenty years. But what does the chief technology officer at such a large tech company do? He tells us all about his day-to-day, how he ended up at Microsoft, and shares his thoughts on the value of computer science degrees. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Microsoft Build (conference) Behind The Tech with Kevin Scott (podcast) LEAP Apprenticeship at Microsoft


S4:E7 - How to teach when you’re not an expert (Angela Andrews)

Angela Andrews hosted her first coding workshop at her dining room table. Since then, she's hosted a number of coding workshops, sharing her technical skills and introducing other codenewbies to new tech topics. She shares how she puts on these workshops and how being a newbie herself has helped her be a better teacher. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Head First Series (books) Hypervisor Geocities Philly WordPress Meetup WordPress Girl Develop It...


S4:E6 - From glass blower to developer (Michael Pimentel)

Michael started his career as a glass blower, creating lighting for movies and tv shows. But after cutbacks at work, he decided it was time to look into other careers, and revisited his childhood love of computers. He shares how he taught himself to code, and the one-year job search that landed him the developer job he has today. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) FreeCodeCamp


S4:E5 - Are you ready for a hackathon? (Kathryn Hodge)

Kathryn's participated in dozens of hackathons as a student, and even when things didn't go well, she kept going back. Kathryn shares all the ways hackathons have helped her in her professional coding career, what the real benefits are (spoiler alert: it's not the thing you're hacking on), and how you can get the benefits of a hackathon even if you're not a student. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) blondiebytes YouTube channel "Hackathons" CodeNewbie...


S4:E4 - What happens in a technical interview? (Parker Phinney)

Whether you're a new developer or an experienced developer, you probably don't enjoy the technical interview process. It's long, hard, and, often times, not even related to the actual job you're interviewing for. So how do you make the most of this notoriously difficult process? We talk to Parker Phinney, creator of Interview Cake, on what to expect in an interview and what to do when you feel like you don't know what you're doing. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Flatiron...


S4:E3 - What’s it like to be a coding apprentice? (Kasey Oglesby , Chris Bay)

Launch Code is a non-profit that helps you launch your tech career through apprenticeships. But what's it like to be a coding apprentice? Kasey, one of their graduates, shares her experiences as an apprentice and how she successfully navigated the tech industry and landed her first job. Chris, their VP of Education, talks about what companies are looking for when hiring a code newbie and how you can increase your chances of getting your first tech job even without a traditional CS...


S4:E2 - What's a quiet developer? (Seán Hanson)

A big part of the developer culture is sharing knowledge, writing blog posts, and posting code. You show your passion for coding by putting your work out there, but how do you show that passion if you can't publish your work? What if your job requires you to keep your work private? What if being quiet is part of being safe online? We talk to Seán Hanson about what it means to be a quiet developer and how passion doesn't always have to be loud. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Digital Ocean...


S4:E1 - How do you build an iOS app? (Amir Rajan)

Amir Rajan is CEO of RubyMotion, a tool that helps you turn your ruby code base into an iOS app. He shares his own app building experience, and what developers should know when turning their project into a mobile app. Show Links Digital Ocean (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Dice (sponsor) A Dark Room Metaprogramming Ruby Motion


S3:E8 - How to learn to code when you have no time and money (Colleen Schnettler)

Colleen is a military spouse, mother of three, and taught herself how to code over a number of years. She learned to code and became a freelance developer with little time, little money, and a lot of patience. She tells us how she did it, and how you can do it too. Show Links Digital Ocean (sponsor) #100DaysOfCode Saron's "Punch Your Feelings In The Face" talk Reshma Saujani's TED Talk "Teach girls bravery, not perfection" Operation Code


S3:E7 - From tech blogger to Fog Creek CEO (Anil Dash)

Anil Dash has been in tech for a long time. He’s a vocal advocate for inclusion and humane tech, writes amazing blog posts (and tweets!), and is now the CEO of Fog Creek. He shares how he navigated his impressive career in tech and how he builds kindness and community into his company's products. Show Links Digital Ocean - Get $100 infrastructure credit (sponsor) Trello Anil Dash's blog StackOverflow Glitch Fog Creek Software


S3:E6 - How does the internet work? (Julia Evans)

You type in a url and you get a website. But how did you get that website? What are all the little steps that happen when you request a page and (hopefully) see that page in your browser? Julia Evans breaks down how the internet works and gives us an amazing introduction to computer networking. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Juia's blog posts TCP dump UDP TCP Cat (command) Netcat Networking! Ack! (Julia's zine)


S3:E5 - Which javascript framework should you learn? (Sarah Drasner)

If you’ve been trying to figure out what JavaScript framework you should learn, Sarah is here to help. She explores the differences (and similarities!) between JavaScript frameworks like Vue.js, React, and jQuery, and what new developers should think about when deciding which tool to learn. She also shares how she got into coding, a journey she started as a science illustrator. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Women, Fire and Dangerous Things Coding Like A Boss (CodeNewbie Podcast episode with...


S3:E4 - What should developers know about online privacy? (Laura Kalbag)

Many companies use cookies, tracking, and behavioral ads to help them sell more things. But it also means they collect a lot of data on what we do and who we are, raising online privacy concerns. What does that mean for developers? Laura Kalbag explains how those tools work and what we as developers should think about when building our own products. Show Links Hover (sponsor) How Companies Use Personal Data Against People Better cookies Proton Mail Fast Mail Piwik GDPR


S3:E3 - What is cryptocurrency? (Preethi Kasireddy)

What is bitcoin? How do cryptocurrencies work? What is the blockchain? Preethi Kasireddy, a blockchain engineer, gives us a gentle introduction to the world of digital currencies. She walks us through how it all works, what developers should care about, and how she transitioned from a career in finance to being a blockchain engineer. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Coinbase Hack Reactor Ethereum docs How does Ehterium work anyway? (Preethi's blog post) Ethereum white paper Solidity Satoshi...


S3:E2 - What's a container? (Kelsey Hightower)

If you've heard of containers and this thing called Kubernetes, but you're not sure exactly how they work and what they are, this episode is for you. Kelsey Hightower of Google gives us a newbie friendly tour of the world of containers. We talk about what problems they solve, and what new developers should know about them. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Scalable Microservices with Kubernetes (free course) Kubernetes Up and Running (book) Jenkins Docker TensorFlow Digital Ocean Heroku Kubernetes


S3:E1 - Should you get a computer science degree? (Dave Thomas, Ashley Fong)

What's the value of a computer science degree? Is it worth going back to school for? We talk to a computer science student and professor to help us answer these questions. Ashley Fong is a history major who's going back to school to get her CS degree online. She shares how she made that decision and what her experience has been like. Dave Thomas is a programmer who recently became a professor. He shares why he had doubts about the value of the CS degree and how his experience teaching has...


S2:E8 - Getting started on open source when you don't know where to start (Richard Schneeman)

You want to get started in open source, but where do you start? How do you pick a repo? And once you do, what's the best way to help out, especially if it's your first time? Richard Schneeman is here to help. He's the creator of Code Triage, where you can sign up for repos and get an open issue sent to your inbox. He talks about different ways first-timers can get started, and how small contributions can be incredibly impactful. He also shares some hilarious stories from his own coding...


S2:E7 - How to get started in Augmented Reality (Zach Lieberman, Molmol Kuo)

You've heard of augmented reality, but you're not sure how to get started. Molmol and Zach, the wife and husband coding team, give us a solid intro to AR and how they've built powerful experiences and beautiful stories using AR tools. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Recording audio in space (Zach's project) Swift SceneKit ARKit