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On The Bike Shed, hosts Chris Toomey & Steph Viccari discuss their development experience and challenges at thoughtbot with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

On The Bike Shed, hosts Chris Toomey & Steph Viccari discuss their development experience and challenges at thoughtbot with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

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United States

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On The Bike Shed, hosts Chris Toomey & Steph Viccari discuss their development experience and challenges at thoughtbot with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

Language:

English


Episodes

237: I Love The Squiggles

3/17/2020
On this week's episode, Steph and Chris discuss the pros and cons of memoization, Chris revisits the discussion around the value of react snapshot tests as well as his continued explorations with Inertia.js while Steph updates us on living in a schema-less world, and they round out the conversation with a listener question about pairing tools, setup, and approaches. This episode is brought to you by ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/BIKESHED). Click through to get three months for free....

Duration:00:39:18

236: What's GNU With You?

3/10/2020
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph discuss recent challenges associated with upgrading React Router and uploading files to Amazon S3. Steph also shares her latest reading adventure in cybersecurity and Chris reflects on his time at thoughtbot, how his approach to web development has shifted over the past seven years, and what he plans to do next. The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll (https://amzn.to/3aqoWJM) GNU (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU) UNIX (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix)...

Duration:00:44:20

235: Take a Deep Breath

3/3/2020
On this week's episode, Steph and Chris dig into their shared love of refactoring. How do they think about it, have they ever reverted a refactor, thoughts on deferred refactoring, and more. They also discuss some positive team habits, snapshot testing, the importance of keeping your testing as close to production as possible, and finally, Chris shares some big personal news. Snapshot tests (https://jestjs.io/docs/en/snapshot-testing) styled-components (https://www.styled-components.com/)...

Duration:00:44:24

234: No More Weird Stuff

2/25/2020
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph respond to a listener question about the complex tradeoffs between craft, preferences, and business needs. They also revisit Steph's recent work with mirage factories, Chris's struggles with test failures, and discuss Steph's recent use of the actsasparanoid gem. This episode is brought to you by Clubhouse (http://go.thoughtleaders.io/1658420200225). Click through to get 2 free months on any paid plan. Mirage.js (https://miragejs.com/) Creating Ember...

Duration:00:34:10

233: Software Development in Ancient Rome (Joël Quenneville)

2/18/2020
On this week's episode, Steph is joined by Joël Quenneville. It's the season for CFPs (call for proposals) and Joël shares insights about his past conference talk submissions, both the accepted and rejected. They also discuss writing habits that help increase blogpost frequency and helping teams upgrade their Rails application. Joël's "Rolling Random Romans" talk (https://youtu.be/YxGWQdFo2Yc) Steph's "Building Compliant Health Tech Products" Workshop...

Duration:00:42:56

232: I'm Not Allowed to Play With Other Shells

2/11/2020
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph celebrate the new Bike Shed website and logo! Steph finds a new way to optimize her keyboard happiness and Chris dabbles with Zsh auto-suggestions. They also explore the team and technical trade-offs in the pursuit of clean code and respond to a listener question about building products that meet strict security policies. This episode is brought to you by Clubhouse (http://go.thoughtleaders.io/1658320200211). Click through to get 2 free months on any...

Duration:00:30:15

231: Fun and Useful

2/4/2020
On this week's episode, Steph shares more of her Ember adventures, specifically sharing some of her work with the Mirage API mocking and prototyping library, and her search for factories and more ergonomic data in tests. Chris shares some struggles he's had recently with automation and tooling around deployment and releasing packages, and they discuss the inherent trade-offs that we have to consider when automating anything. Lastly they touch on Twitter's alt text accessibility features, and...

Duration:00:32:25

230: The Broken Road

1/28/2020
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph revisit the long-lived feature branch Chris has been working on and chat about adventures with Yalc. They also dive into the common questions and concerns associated with coding bootcamps, thoughtbot's exciting new partnership with Resilient Coders, and what it would be like to "start over". This episode is brought to you by Clubhouse (http://go.thoughtleaders.io/1658220200124). Click through to get 2 free months on any paid plan. yalc...

Duration:00:42:18

230: The Broken Road

1/28/2020
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph revisit the long-lived feature branch Chris has been working on and chat about adventures with Yalc. They also dive into the common questions and concerns associated with coding bootcamps, share thoughtbot's exciting new partnership with Resilient Coders, and contemplate what it would be like to "start over". This episode is brought to you by Clubhouse. Click through to get 2 free months on any paid plan. yalcthoughtbot + Resilient CodersBless the...

Duration:00:42:18

229: Nothing but Positive Fire

1/21/2020
On this week's episode, Steph and Chris catch up in their first recording of 2020. They discuss git workflows and the surprisingly strong opinions often associated with them, testing at all levels of your application, Steph gives a quick summary of her Ember adventures, and they round out the discussion with some new years systems building and Star Wars reviews. This episode is brought to you by Clubhouse (http://go.thoughtleaders.io/1658120200117). Click through to get 2 free months on any...

Duration:00:52:40

229: Nothing but Positive Fire

1/21/2020
On this week's episode, Steph and Chris catch up in their first recording of 2020. They discuss git workflows and the surprisingly strong opinions often associated with them, testing at all levels of your application, Steph gives a quick summary of her Ember adventures, and they round out the discussion with some new years systems building and Star Wars reviews. This episode is brought to you by Clubhouse. Click through to get 2 free months on any paid plan. Ember DocumentationJSON...

Duration:00:52:40

228: Friends and Food (George Brocklehurst)

1/14/2020
On this week's episode, Steph is joined by George Brocklehurst, a Development Director in the NYC thoughtbot office. Steph and George chat about the variety of projects and technologies that caught their attention during thoughtbot's recent internal hackathon. They also dive into Gitsh, a dedicated shell for Git commands, as they chat about preferred git workflows and George shares his recent adventure in updating Gitsh to support tab completion. FirebaseFlowGitsh - An interactive shell for...

Duration:00:50:07

227: Hacks and Cheats

1/7/2020
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph discuss their recent holiday hackathon efforts building a game in Elm. They discuss their experiences with Elm and the broader prospects of using Elm in more production applications. They also discuss the new git subcommands "git switch" and "git restore", and round things out with a listener question concerning FactoryBot and "minimum viable factories". Git new commands (git switch & git restore)Live playable version of the hackathon gameReaction...

Duration:00:32:31

226: Bespoke Nonsense

12/31/2019
On this week's episode, in celebration of the new year, Thom shares the 2019 blooper reel! Words are hard and here's the audio to prove it. Listen to all of the silly mishaps, goofs, and general nonsense captured in between the moments of "professional podcasting". Chris and Steph also reflect on their top themes of 2019 and discuss New Year Systems vs New Year Resolutions. Karabiner-ElementsRailsConf 2016 - The Guest: A Guide To Code Hospitality by Nadia OdunayoAtomic Habits

Duration:00:40:58

225: Pepper in Some Security

12/10/2019
On this week's episode, Steph gets Chris to share his biggest developer regrets over the years. They also revisit a favorite topic of estimation and story points, and round out the conversation with some details from the world of application security. ActiveSupport securecomparefixedlengthsecurecomparethoughtbot's Application security guidePepper (cryptography)How did this complicated RegEx come to be? (Derek's tweet)Vim RFactoryWhat I Believe About Software - Bike Shed episode 172Say No To...

Duration:00:40:40

224: The One Manhattan Rule

12/3/2019
On this week's episode, Chris catches us up on his latest keyboard adventures and Steph shares her first impression of working with Ember. They also dive into Chris's experience triaging errors Sentry, their love for Elm, how teams achieve a consistent velocity, and Steph's upcoming workshop on how to stay agile when building a healthcare product. To bring it home, they respond to a listener who's wondering when is it a good idea to convert a loose data structure (e.g.: hash) into a...

Duration:00:41:37

223: Terrible and Easy

11/26/2019
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph discuss identifying refactoring opportunities by highlighting overly coupled code and Chris announces that he has advanced his vim setup into the 21st century by making the switch to Neovim. Types of CouplingHuskyConquer of Completion PluginDive Into Neovim on UpcaseMastering the Vim LanguageOnramp to VimPostgres Check Constraints

Duration:00:44:52

222: That Eureka Moment

11/12/2019
On this week's episode, Steph and Chris dive into the world of crafting pull requests for optimal code review, as well as the flip side of providing code review. How can we make it easy for reviewers, and as reviewers, how can we make it easy for our teammates to incorporate our suggestions? They also discuss the world of testing, from integration to visual to unit testing, and some of the tools an practices they use at each level. Lastly, they discuss Steph's continued pairing adventures...

Duration:00:36:29

221: An Informed Opinion

11/5/2019
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph catch up on recent client adventures, revisit their feelings on using let in rspec, and spend a bit of time outside their respective comfort zones. There's also some talk about nearly full-time pairing, mechanical keyboards, debugging thorny datetime issues, and how we interact with our developer tools and workflows. This episode of The Bike Shed is sponsored by Honeybadger. Tuple (remote pairing app)Leopold 660 with Cherry MX BrownsHuskyCassidy...

Duration:00:45:13

220: Adequately Fun

10/29/2019
On this week's episode, Chris and Steph chat about their new client projects, VimScript, and ways to automate refreshing materialized views in tests. They also play the game Overrated/Underrated, created by Tyler Owen, and respond to a CS student who is feeling overwhelmed by the various technologies and looking to transition from tutorials to meaningful projects. This episode of The Bike Shed is sponsored by Honeybadger. thoughtbot dotfilesctrlp.vimFZFLearn Vimscript the Hard...

Duration:00:52:29