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A newbie coder and a seasoned veteran discuss the questions that always come up when someone begins learning to code. Ed is looking at getting a career in programming and has been learning to code for just over a year. During this time he’s been building up a stack of questions that keep coming up from other newbie coders. Luckily, he’s got someone he can ask for help: Tom. Tom’s a seasoned coder, having worked in the industry for a few years now and has all the answers Ed needs, or does he?

A newbie coder and a seasoned veteran discuss the questions that always come up when someone begins learning to code. Ed is looking at getting a career in programming and has been learning to code for just over a year. During this time he’s been building up a stack of questions that keep coming up from other newbie coders. Luckily, he’s got someone he can ask for help: Tom. Tom’s a seasoned coder, having worked in the industry for a few years now and has all the answers Ed needs, or does he?
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A newbie coder and a seasoned veteran discuss the questions that always come up when someone begins learning to code. Ed is looking at getting a career in programming and has been learning to code for just over a year. During this time he’s been building up a stack of questions that keep coming up from other newbie coders. Luckily, he’s got someone he can ask for help: Tom. Tom’s a seasoned coder, having worked in the industry for a few years now and has all the answers Ed needs, or does he?

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Episodes

21: How do you get started with open source?

5/13/2019
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What is open source, and is contributing a good use of time for newbie coders?

Duration:00:36:55

20: What's it like to attend a tech conference? (Live at Future Sync)

5/6/2019
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We took our mobile studio to the excellent Future Sync conference.

Duration:00:34:01

19: What's it like being a remote developer?

4/29/2019
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Is the rise of the Digital Nomad all it's cracked up to be?

Duration:00:31:50

18: What's the interview process for a tech job?

4/22/2019
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In this episode Tom describes his most recent round of interviewing. What tasks and challenges did he find? How many rounds did he have to go through? And is any of this representative of interviewing in the wider tech industry? Find out all this and more in this week's thrilling instalment of A Question of Code.

Duration:00:32:33

17: How do you find a mentor?

4/15/2019
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Have our hosts ever had a mentor? Or been one? What does mentoring look like in the tech industry? And how should you go about finding a mentor? Find out in this week's uplifting instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:34:17

16: When should you specialise?

4/8/2019
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When should you specialise in your career? Is specialising even necessary at all? The week Tom lays down some hard-earned wisdom (which Ed is smart enough to unpick and not take too seriously). Does Ed feel like becoming a "specialist" yet? And has Tom learned anything useful from his past (mis) steps? Find out in this week's illuminating instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:29:19

15: What happens in a kick off meeting?

4/1/2019
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Ed and Tom kick off their new side hustle - as chosen by their rabid fanbase. The plan is to document the "behind the scenes" parts of programming: what does collaboration actually look like? And what actually happens at the beginning of a new project? Find out in this week's invigorating instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:21:37

14: How do you learn?

3/25/2019
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How does Ed (a teacher) recommend you learn things? Did Tom do it right, even if it was by accident? And why are most teenagers wasting their time when they sit down to revise for exams? Find out in this week's edifying instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:28:01

13: Project Introduction

3/18/2019
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There are plenty of places you can go to see people coding "live". But what about the non-code side of programming work? The admin, the logistics, the meetings?! In a break from the usual format, Ed and Tom kick-off a project to uncover all the hidden aspects of coding as a job. But what is this project? Find out in this week's compelling instalment of A Question of Code.

Duration:00:21:59

12: Should you get a CS degree?

3/11/2019
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Neither of our hosts have a degree in computer science. Does Tom wish he did have CS qualification? And would he recommend that Ed gets one? If not, what alternatives are there for someone beginning to learn to code? Find out in this week's enthralling instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:32:16

11: When should you change to your second language?

3/4/2019
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Ed’s reached the point where he needs to take on more than just Python. But it turns out he’s not that keen on JavaScript (much to Tom’s dismay). What should he learn next? And how important is it to learn more than one programming language? Find out in this weeks captivating installment of A Question of Code.

Duration:00:35:29

10: Is coding less fun when it’s your job?

2/25/2019
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Does working full-time suck the fun out of coding? Spoiler alert: coding is awesome and always finds ways to be inspiring and creatively rewarding. But there are inevitably times when work is, well, "work". Find out more in this week's enlightening instalment of A Question of Code.

Duration:00:26:59

9: Where do you find jobs?

2/18/2019
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For this week’s question Tom gives Ed lots of advice on where he should be applying to jobs. They discuss job boards and networking as well as many other places you can find jobs to apply to. Ed even gives Tom the opportunity to rant about recruiters (and Tom even manages to say some positive stuff about them!). If you’re even thinking about applying for a job in tech at the moment, make sure you listen to this week’s fascinating instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:34:15

8: When should you quit your job?

2/11/2019
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Some may call him brave, others may call him foolhardy. Ed has quit his job. Now that he has to find a job in tech, Tom and Ed discuss Ed’s plan of attack and why he chose *now* as the time to make the leap. Does Tom think his co-host has made the right choice? Find out in this week’s beguiling installment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:32:30

7: Where do you learn?

2/4/2019
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Ed and Tom run through the learning resources they find most useful. Which of our hosts has never made it all the way through a coding book? Who cheats at tests? Why doesn't Ed like watching video tutorials? Why does Medium mean Ed has to dust off the "bleeper" (and what even is a d$£kbar anyway)? Find out in this week's intriguing instalment of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:30:47

6: What tools do you need?

1/28/2019
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It's easy to get carried away with tooling, but what tools do you actually *need* if you want to learn to code? Ed and Tom break down their setups into "essential" and "really like and find very useful" tools. But which of them likes Vim the most? And which would sacrifice almost anything to keep using MacOS? Find out in this week's exciting installment of A Question of Code.

Duration:00:29:00

5: Which language should you learn first?

1/21/2019
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In this week’s episode Tom and Ed debate the best programming language to learn when you’re just starting out. They discuss the pros and cons of Python and JavaScript and give some tips for learning each of the languages, as well as some discussion on JavaScript frameworks and whether you should learn more than one language.

Duration:00:31:23

4: How do you manage your time?

1/14/2019
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How does Ed find enough time in the day to learn to code? Will Tom be able to take out the bins? In this episode Tom and Ed discuss the ways in which they manage their time, including time management tips (and philosophies), to do lists, and time trackers. Have you got a side-project / career change / life you’d like to have more time for? Make sure you listen to this episode of A Question of Code!

Duration:00:26:37

3: Freelance or full-time?

1/7/2019
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This week Tom and Ed get to grips with freelancing and working full time. What are the pros and cons of each? Which is the best way to start a career? Is working for yourself necessarily better than working in a big company? Ed finds out which he’s going to aim for first.

Duration:00:18:40

2: Frontend or Backend?

12/31/2018
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This week Tom and Ed discuss the differences between “frontend” and “backend” in the coding universe and what drew them to each. What is the difference between frontend and backend? How do I decide which path to take? All these questions will be answered and more in this week’s A Question Of Code.

Duration:00:17:38