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TPDP031: Developer Education through Books, Video Courses, and Conferences

In this episode I'm joined by Adrienne Tacke, author of Coding for Kids: Python, and Alex Ziskind, owner of the NativeScripting course platform. The topic of this episode is broken into two parts. The first is around improving your skills as a developer through different education avenues such as eBooks, video courses, conferences, and other events. The three of us on the show are developers, like many of the listeners. We each have our own methods towards learning new development...


TPDP030: Building a Developer Community with Meetups

In this episode I'm joined by Vijay Menon, organizer of the JavaScriptLA and JavaScript South Bay Meetup groups in Southern California. The topic of this episode is around the importance of being a part of a developer community and building your own if one doesn't already exist in your local area. In this episode you'll hear success stories that Vijay has had at his very large and successful developer communities and the work that is involved for building and managing your own on


TPDP029: Asynchronous JavaScript Development

In this episode I'm joined by Corbin Crutchley, a seasoned JavaScript developer with extensive knowledge of various frameworks such as Vue.js, Angular, and React.js. Corbin also operates his own development blog, Unicorn Utterances. The topic of this episode is around asynchronous development using JavaScript and no particular framework. If you're coming from other programming languages, the concept of promises, callbacks, async / await, and similar all might seem daunting when it comes to...


TPDP028: Coding Bootcamps vs Traditional Computer Science Degrees

In this episode I'm joined by Ben Nelson, co-founder of Lambda School, an increasingly popular coding bootcamp with a slightly different structure and monetization strategy than the others. Computer Science programs at a university are known to be tough, painful, and exhausting. This is because of the nature of the material, duration of the program, and the fact that you're probably going to be challenged with difficult classes outside the direct scope of software development. This is where...


TPDP027: Static Website Generation with Hugo

In this episode I'm joined by Bjørn Erik Pedersen, the core maintainer of Hugo, a popular static site generator built with the Go programming language. Content management systems can be clunky because of all the layers involved in the stack. These systems usually have a database and backend technology in place before the content is ever sent to the browser for rendering. Not to mention, the more layers you are working with, the higher chance you'll be attacked through a bug or exploit. This...


TPDP026: Game Development with Houdini

In this episode I'm joined by Ben Mears who works for SideFX, a visual effects company for the gaming and film industry. The focus of this particular episode is around Houdini, a popular tool used within both industries. However, we're going to put a gaming spin on the episode. Creating visual effects for games can be complicated and time consuming, but they don't have to be. With Houdini, you can use procedural, node-based workflows, for generating game assets and terrains. Ben Mears and I...


TPDP025: Securing Applications with a Second Factor of Authentication

In this episode I'm joined by Luke Walker who is a Solutions Architect at Yubico, the company that creates security hardware tokens such as the YubiKey. Security is a big deal in for both end users who are supplying data and developers who are working to keep that data safe. Luke and I spend some time in this episode discussing some of the various two-factor authentication (2FA) mechenisms that can be implemented in web applications and where some of these mechenisms fall short. In addition...


TPDP024: Mobile Application Security

In this episode I'm joined by first time guest, Rob Lauer, and repeat guest TJ VanToll, to talk about securing mobile applications from multiple perspectives. Both Rob and TJ work for Progress, the core contributors of the mobile development framework, NativeScript, but NativeScript is by no means the focus of the episode. The focus is around security, and that can mean numerous things ranging from code security, the security of any data on the device at rest, and the security of data being...


TPDP023: Being a Freelance Developer Contractor or Consultant

In this episode I'm joined by Nolan Erck who is a freelance developer consultant and is the owner of South of Shasta Consulting, located in Sacramento, California. The focus of this episode is to dive deep into freelance development and some of the things to consider versus working as a full-time employee for a typical organization. This is valuable to anyone looking to transition from their current developer career or to anyone who is just now entering the work force and is looking for...


TPDP022: NoSQL Databases and the Flexibility of a Non-Relational Model

In this episode I'm joined by Matt Groves, Senior Developer Advocate at the NoSQL database company, Couchbase. The focus of this episode is to become familiar with NoSQL and where it makes sense to use it in your projects, both new and old. Matt and explore numerous NoSQL database technologies which include Graph, Document, Key-Value, and Columnar, and look at the possible advantages they bring over the RDBMS alternative. I know Matt Groves from my time working with him at Couchbase. While...


TPDP021: Developer Evangelism

In this episode I'm joined by Matthew Revell, founder of the Developer Relations consultancy organization, Hoopy. Developer Relations, Developer Advocacy, and Developer Evangelism, are relatively new roles at many organizations, but are critical for spreading awareness and getting adoption of any product the organization sells. Matthew shares his experience in Developer Relations, more specifically Developer Evangelism, and what those in the role do on a day-to-day as well as how it benefits...


TPDP020: GraphQL for API Development

In this episode I'm joined by Lee Byron, former Facebook employee, who is one of the co-creators of GraphQL. Coming from RESTful API development, I've run into many pain-points that GraphQL works to alleviate, and is one of the reasons why I've become such an advocate for it for modern development. Lee and I spend a lot of time discussing the fundamentals of GraphQL and how to get started with it in development. Not only are we focusing on the how, but we are also focusing on the why, which...


TPDP019: Automated Software Delivery for Cloud Native Applications

In this episode I'm joined by Jim Clark who works as the Chief Architect at Atomist. Jim and I spend a lot of time discussing how the pipeline model to software delivery can be improved by making it a workflow and event driven model instead with a service like Atomist. The pipeline approach can only get you so far and it is limited in how the appropriate teams can get the necessary notifications to function efficiently. Jim and I explore how to get beyond these common problems. A brief...


TPDP018: Progressive Web Application Development

In this episode I'm joined by Tara Manicsic who works as a Developer Advocate team at Progress Software. Tara and I spend time discussing Progressive Web Applications (PWA) and how you can be effective building them with service workers, among other things, for mobile devices as well as standard desktop-based web browsers. If you're into developing modern web and mobile applications, getting informed on Progressive Web Application (PWA) development is something you should consider. A writeup...


TPDP017: Going FaaS on Serverless with OpenWhisk

In this episode I'm joined by Carlos Santana who works on the Cloud Functions team at IBM. Carlos and I get all your questions answered when it comes to what serverless is and how you can create your own very scalable functions that can be deployed on it. We name drop a few providers such as AWS Lambda and Azure Functions, but the focus is centered around IBM's Cloud Functions service which uses Apache OpenWhisk. If you're into developing web applications, learning about functions as a...


TPDP016: Job Hunting as a Software Engineer

In this episode I am joined by Brenda itReverie, a fellow application developer that I met when I was at NativeScript Developer Days 2017. Brenda and I shift the focus away from software development for a moment and focus on hunting down and locking in a job in application development, a subject that is long, stressful, and never pleasant. In this episode we answer all your questions regarding getting called by recruiters and tackling those complicated algorithm and coding challenges given...


TPDP015: Authorizing Access with OAuth

In this episode I am joined by Ryan Chenkie, Developer Advocate at the internet safety company, Auth0. Ryan and I discuss OAuth and how it can be used for authorizing third-party access to your data. If you've been keeping up, you'll remember that I wrote the very popular ng-cordova-oauth and ng2-cordova-oauth libraries for Ionic Framework that allowed mobile applications to work with OAuth providers like Google and Facebook. There are a lot of common questions around the protocol such as...


TPDP014: Object Storage for Application Developers

In this episode I am joined by Krishna Srinivas, engineer at the open source object storage company, Minio. Krishna and I discuss object storage which is different than database storage or plain filesystem storage. A popular object solution is Amazon S3, but it is not the only solution. Object storage is great for protecting data from corruption or loss as well as providing a great way to work with it via standard HTTP. This makes it great for application development. A writeup to this...


TPDP013: The Go Programming Language and Where it Fits in Modern Development

In this episode I am joined by Matt Holt, creator of the very popular web server known as Caddy. Instead of focusing on Caddy in this particular episode, we focus on the Go programming language, which was used to make Caddy so successful. The Go programming language, sometimes referred to as Golang, is a very popular alternative to languages like PHP and Node.js because it is very fast, efficient, and lightweight in comparison. Both Matt and I explore why this is and how you can use it in...


TPDP012: Getting the Help You Need on Stack Overflow, Blogs, and Forum Boards

I record a lot of programming videos and write even more tutorials. With all this content comes a lot of questions from my subscribers, some questions being better than others. This brought be to the topic of explaining how to ask a good question and get the best possible help from the developer community in places like Stack Overflow and other outlets such as The Polyglot Developer. I want to make sure all my subscribers succeed in their careers as developers. Following the simple best...