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  • S18:E4 - How to make sense of the testing landscape (Sergei Egorov)

    In this episode, we talk about how to make sense of the testing landscape with Sergei Egorov, Java Champion and co-founder and CEO of AtomicJar. Sergei talks about how he got into testing through game development, the different major types of testing, and...

  • S18:E3 - How you develop a CI/CD workflow (Victoria Lo)

    In this episode, we talk about how you develop a CI/CD workflow with Victoria Lo, solutions engineer at PayPal. Victoria talks about transitioning from pursuing business and finance to web development, how her personal coding blog was key to landing her j...

  • S18:E2 - What are some essential skills you’ll need to be successful on your coding journey (Fernando Doglio)

    In this episode, we talk about essential skills you’ll need to be successful in your coding journey with Fernando Doglio, data engineering manager at Accenture and author of the book Skills of a Software Developer. Fernando talks about the importance of l...

  • S18:E1 - What are SVGs and when should you use them (Christina Gorton)

    In this episode, we talk about Scalable Vector Graphics, or SVGs, with Christina Gorton, developer advocate at Forem. Christina talks about what an SVG is, and when might use SVGs over CSS or Javascript for your graphics or animations, and why using SVGs...

  • S17:E9 - What are some database architectures and their use cases (Kyle Bernhardy)

    In this episode, we talk about database architectures and some of their use cases, with Kyle Bernhardy, CTO of HarperDB. Kyle talks about what a database is, different types of databases, and when you might want to use one type of database over another....

  • S17:E8 - What's in store for CodeLand 2021 (Ben Halpern)

    In this episode, Ben and I talk about the conception of CodeLand, last year's CodeLand, which had to switch to a virtual conference due to covid-19, and the biggest differences between CodeLand 2020 and CodeLand 2021. Registration for CodeLand is pay-what...

  • S17:E7 - When and how might you want to use different clouds (Erica Windisch)

    In this episode, we talk about the cloud with Erica Windisch, principal engineer at New Relic, and founder of IOpipe. Erica talks about some of the history of the cloud, some of the major cloud providers, and what things as a newbie you might want to cons...

  • S17:E6 - How to transition into development after over a decade in your field (Christine Fletcher)

    In this episode, we talk about how to transition into development after over a decade in your field, with Christine Fletcher, UI/UX developer/designer at capSpire. Christine talks about experiencing burnout working as a nurse and deciding to take the leap...

  • S17:E5 - What is AWS and how you become a cloud engineer (Hiroko Nishimura)

    In this episode, we talk about Amazon Web Services, or AWS, with Hiroko Nishimura, AWS Hero, instructor on LinkedIn Learning and egghead.io, and creator of AWS Newbies. Hiroko talks going from IT to cloud computing, creating AWS Newbies, and some of the...

  • S17:E4 - How to find a mentor and be a successful manager (Tanaka Mutakwa)

    In this episode, we talk about management and mentorship with Tanaka Mutakwa, VP of engineering at Names & Faces. Tanaka talks about the skills he looks for while hiring early career developers, what makes a good manager and mentor, and how one even g...

  • S17:E3 - How to do remote work well (Kara Luton)

    In this episode, we talk about remote work with Kara Luton, software engineer at CrowdStrike. Kara talks about her biggest challenges transitioning into remote work, how she managed those challenges, and her experiences working remotely before and after t...

  • S17:E2 - DevNews: Inside the Gpt-3-Powered Chatbot That Someone Used to Talk to Their Fiancé Who Passed (Jason Rohrer)

    In this episode, we chat with Jason Rohrer, game designer and creator of Project December, whose GPT-3-powered chatbot has been used by people to talk to historical figures and personalities, and was even used by one person to talk to his late fiancé for...

  • S17:E1 - What is Linux and when is it right for you? (Courtney Wilburn)

    In this episode, we talk about linux with Courtney Wilburn, engineering manager at Elastic.Courtney talks about Linux distributions, the pros and cons of using Linux, and whether Linux is something people should add to their list of things to learn. Show...

  • S16:E8 - What you should know about frontend development ( Laurie Barth)

    In this episode, we take a deep dive into frontend development with Laurie Barth, senior software engineer at Netflix. Laurie talks about the difference between frontend and backend development, the difference between a frontend language and a framework,...

  • S16:E7 - How you can build communities for love and profit (Veni Kunche)

    In this episode, we talk about how to build communities and diversify tech with Veni Kunche, founder of Diversify Tech. Veni talks about her struggles landing her first coding job, often being the only woman of color at tech meetups in the past, and how s...

  • S16:E6 - What failing technical interviews can teach you ( Farhana Mustafa)

    In this episode, we talk all about technical interviews, with Farhana Mustafa, software engineer at Intuit. Farhana gets into the importance of having a support system of other learners when getting her computer science degree, her process for applying fo...

  • S16:E5 - What are the quirks that come with being a developer ( Tyler Hawkins)

    In This episode we talk about the quirks that come with being a developer with Tyler Hawkins, senior software engineer at Workfront, and the author of the very fun and cheeky post, “I Wish I Never Learned to Code.” Tyler talks about how statistics led hi...

  • S16:E4 - Which back-end should I use as a front-end developer ( Lee Robinson)

    In this episode, we talk about good back-end options for front-end developers, with Lee Robinson, head of developer relations at Vercel. Lee talks about the major differences between frontend and backend development, how the backend has developed over tim...

  • S16:E3 - How to create content and build communities ( Cassidy Williams)

    In this episode, we talk about content creation and building communities with Cassidy Williams, principal developer and experience engineer at Netlify. Cassidy talks about her strategy for doing internships, the intersection of content and community, and...

  • S16:E2 - What is creative coding and generative art ( Varun Vachhar)

    In this episode, we talk about creative coding and generative art with Varun Vachhar, developer experience engineer at Chromatic. Varun talks about what his role as a developer experience engineer looks like, how he got his start in coding with generative...

  • S16:E1 - What it’s like to break into tech as a mother (Arit Amana)

    In this episode, we talk about what it’s like to break into tech as a mother, with Arit Amana, software engineer at Forem. Arit talks about moving from WordPress freelancer to web developer, the challenges she has faced being a mother in tech, and her adv...

  • S15:E10 - DevNews: Platforms as Utilities, Archiving Yahoo Answers, and Companies Rescinding Accepted Offers (Josh Puetz, Nikolas Guggenberger, Jason Scott)

    In this episode of DevNews, we cover companies rescinding job offers after they have been accepted. Then we speak with Nikolas Guggenberger, executive director of the Yale Information Society Project, about Justice Clarence Thomas arguing for categorizing...

  • S15:E9 - What it looks like when you start coding very early in life (Opemipo Disu)

    In this off-season mini episode we talk about what it looks like when you start coding very early in life, with Opemipo Disu, 15-year-old developer advocate at urspace. Opemipu talks about what got him into coding so young, the resources and tools he enjo...

  • S15:E8 - What good soft skills look like (Ben Halpern, Kristen Palana, Liana Felt)

    We do a crossover episode with DevDiscuss and CodeNewbie talking about, and role playing different soft skills, because this topic of soft skills is so important that we thought both of our audiences could benefit from it. To talk about these skills and t...

  • S15:E7 - How to communicate complex technical topics (Anna Skoulikari)

    In this episode, we talk about how to communicate complex technical topics, with Anna Skoulikari, technical writer at Mambu. Anna talks about transitioning from UX designer to front end development, how to explain complex topics like Git, and why technica...

  • S15:E6 - What is cryptography and how to get into it ( Marcus Carey)

    In this episode, we talk about cryptography with Marcus Carey, enterprise architect at ReliaQuest. Marcus talks about going to the military and learning cryptography, what cryptography is, and the foundational things you need to know in order to make sure...

  • S15:E5 - What you need to know about APIs (Sue Smith)

    In this episode, we talk about what you need to know about APIs, with Sue Smith, developer educator at Postman. Sue talks about transitioning careers at 30, what APIs are, and why it’s important to have a good understanding of them. Show Links DevDiscus...

  • S15:E4 - What is Node.js and when might you use it (Danielle Adams)

    In this episode, we talk about Node.js with Danielle Adams, Node core team member, and lead software engineer at Heroku. Danielle talks about what Node is, when you might want to use it, and what her role is like on the Node core team, as well what the be...

  • S15:E3 - How to build an app from idea to maintenance (Kyle Lee)

    In this episode, we talk about how to build an app from idea to maintenance with Kyle Lee, senior developer advocate at Amazon Web Services. Kyle talks about having some trouble with JavaScript and then diving into mobile development instead, his advice f...

  • S15:E2 - How to code without typing (Matt Wiethoff, Tommy MacWilliam)

    In this episode, we talk about how to code without typing, with Serenade co-founders, Matt Wiethoff and Tommy MacWilliam. They talk about how Matt’s repetitive wrist injury started to derail his coding career, how they needed to invent the accessibility t...

  • S15:E1 - What are the skills you need to go from developer to entrepreneur (Ben Halpern)

    In this episode, we talk about what are the core skills you need to go from developer to entrepreneur with Ben Halpern, co-founder of Forem, which acquired CodeNewbie in 2020. Ben talks about getting into development with entrepreneurship on the brain, bu...

  • S14:E9 - How to build tech for social justice (Alex Qin)

    In this episode, we talk about how to build tech for social justice, with Alex Qin, co-founder and CEO of Emergent Works. Alex talks about the challenges she had to face being a woman in tech, how shaving her head caused people to treat her with more resp...

  • S14:E8 - What is .NET and why is it useful (Maria Nagagga)

    In this episode, we talk about .NET with Maria Naggaga, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft for .NET interactive and ASP.NET. Maria talks about how coding was actually a great path because of her dyslexia, what .NET is, what it’s good for and what the lea...

  • S14:E7 - How to stay motivated and get your first job ( Danny Thompson)

    In this episode, we talk about how to stay motivated and get your first job, with Danny Thompson, software engineer at Frontdoor and the chapter founder and organizer of GDG Memphis, a meetup for providing resources and supporting developers along their c...

  • S14:E6 - What is Typescript and when should you use it (Dan Vanderkam)

    In this episode, we talk Typescript with Dan Vanderkam, principal software engineer at Sidewalk Labs, and author of Effective TypeScript. Dan talks about the difference between working on a personal project versus a project at scale, what typescript is, a...

  • S14:E5 - What are the benefits of learning to code when you’re older (Allison Sheridan)

    In this episode, we talk about learning to code when you’re older, with Allison Sheridan, creator of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, and former IT Fellow at Raytheon. Allison talks about why she picked up coding in her retirement, her challenges and successe...

  • S14:E4 - How to use code to build cross-cultural understanding (Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk)

    In this episode, we talk about how to use code to build cross-cultural understanding, with Laura Gutierrez Funderburk, data science intern at Cybera’s Callysto Project. Laura talks about how diving into projects and finding mentors helped push her through...

  • S14:E3 - Introducing DevNews (Joseph Cox)

    In this episode of DevNews, hosts Saron Yitbarek and Josh Puetz, cover how Apple server problems caused slowdowns and crashes for app launching in all versions of MacOS, the rise of school districts being the targets of ransomware attacks, and GitHub rein...

  • S14:E2 - How to get into spatial computing (April Speight)

    In this episode, we chat we talk about spatial computing with April Speight, cloud advocate for spatial computing at Microsoft. April talks about moving from fashion to development, what spatial computing is, and her personal curriculum to learn what she...

  • S14:E1 - How to go from convict to coder (Rick Wolter)

    In this episode, we talk about about going from convict to coder with software engineer, Rick Wolter. Rick talks about being sent to prison for murder as a teen, deciding to learn to code while being locked up, and what it takes to land that first job wit...

  • S13:E8 - How to get into data science and machine learning (Jay Feng)

    In this episode, we talk about how to learn data science and machine learning, with Jay Feng, co-founder and head of data science at Interview Query. Jay talks about how data science got him back into development after some bad coding experiences, how the...

  • S13:E7 - What it’s like to build React (Sophie Alpert)

    In this episode, we talk about React with Sophie Alpert, engineering manager at Humu, former manager of the React core team at Facebook. Sophie talks about the decision to drop out of college to work full-time at Kahn Academy, what her favorite things abo...

  • S13:E6 - How to think about accessibility and empowerment (Sareh Heidari)

    In this episode, we talk about accessibility in tech and how tech can be used to empower people from a variety of backgrounds, with Sareh Heidari, Software engineer at BBC News. Sareh talks about transitioning from physics to development, how networking a...

  • S13:E5 - Why you should consider learning Ruby ( Jay McGavren)

    In this episode, we talk Ruby with Jay McGavren, author of Head First Ruby and Head First Go, and web developer at Kajabi. Jay talks about the pros and cons of using Ruby, what coding in Ruby looks like, and if it’s a good language for beginners to first...

  • S13:E4 - Why you shouldn’t forget about CSS (Hui Jing Chen)

    In this episode, we talk about learning and loving CSS, with Hui Jing Chen, UX Developer at Shopify. Hui Jing talks about how playing professional basketball led to becoming a developer, how she became a CSS expert, and why you should always read the spec...

  • S13:E3 - What’s the deal with auth (Sam Julien)

    In this episode, we talk auth, with Sam Julien, developer advocate engineer at Auth0. Sam talks about how he got out a rut and into development with a little help from his friends, what auth is, and what are the things you really need to know about it S...

  • S13:E2 - How newbies can contribute to open source (Janessa Tran)

    In this episode, we talk about getting into open source, with Janessa Tran, junior software engineer at Ten Forward Consulting. Janessa talks about being one of a triplet of coders, how contributing to open source early on helped her to level up her dev s...

  • S13:E1 - How live coding can level up your development (Jesse Weigel)

    In this episode, we’re talking about live coding with Jesse Weigel, senior software engineer at Dicks Sporting Goods, and YouTube live streamer for freeCodeCamp. Jesse talks about how he got into live streaming his work, the ways in which live streaming h...

  • S12:E9 - Introducing DevDiscuss (Penelope Phippen, Ben Halpern, Jess Lee)

    As an industry, tech is not well equipped to accept when people change their names. This problem effects a range of people, including those who have a change of marital status. However, it can especially effect the security of those who are survivors of d...

  • S12:E8 - How to harness privilege to create equitable design (Aubrey Blanche)

    In this episode, we’re talking about how as an industry, tech should strive for equitable design, and how you can harness your privilege to help create diversity, with Aubrey Blanche, director of global head of equitable design and impact at Culture Amp,...

  • S12:E7 - What it looks like to be a frontend developer for 20 years (Crysfel Villa)

    In this episode, we talk about how frontend development has changed over the past 20 years, and how to keep on learning new skills, with Crysfel Villa, Senior Software Engineer at InVision, and backend lead at Coding Coach. Crysfel talks about how he navi...

  • S12:E6 - Why personal projects are so important (Ze Frank)

    In this episode, we’re talking about personal projects, with Ze Frank, former president of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, and creator of the massively popular website, zefrank.com. Ze talks about his creative process, the wild west that was the internet of the...

  • S12:E5 - How to not get bogged down in technical debt (Nina Zakharenko)

    In this episode we’re talking about technical debt, with Nina Zakharenko, Principal Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Nina talks about what causes technical debt, what can happen when it gets out of control, and how we can mitigate the accumulation o...

  • S12:E4 - How no-code tools can help your coding (David Hoang)

    In this episode, we talk about using no-code tools to aid in your coding journey and your work, with David Hoang, director of design at Webflow. David talks about how he got into code through the fine arts, the utility of using no-code tools both for lear...

  • S12:E3 - How to hack legally and penetrate the security field (Karen Miller)

    In this episode, we're talking about how to hack legally with Karen Miller, associate cyber security engineer at the Software Engineering Institute. Karen talks about getting into cyber security through forensic and security competitions, reliable and saf...

  • S12:E2 - What is COBOL and should you learn it (Pete Dashwood)

    In this episode, we're talking about COBOL, with Pete Dashwood, CEO of PRIMA Computing, a company that helps other companies move off of COBOL. Pete talks about what it was like to be a programmer working in COBOL in the 60’s, what the programming languag...

  • S12:E1 - What is vanilla JS and how can it help you (Chris Ferdinandi)

    In this episode, we talk about about vanilla JavaScript with Chris Ferdinandi, author of the Vanilla JS Pocket Guide series, and creator of the Vanilla JS Academy training program. Chris talks about how he went from HR professional to JavaScript expert, t...

  • S11:E8 - How to not let imposter syndrome hold you back (Allen Whearry)

    In this episode, we’re talking about tackling imposter syndrome and succeeding, with Allen Whearry, software engineer at Yelp. Allen talks about his strategy for teaching himself to code, conquering his self-doubt, and how after applying for job after job...

  • S11:E7 - Why site reliability is so important (Molly Struve)

    In this episode, we're talking about site reliability with Molly Struve, lead site reliability engineer at DEV Community. Molly talks about going from studying aerospace engineering, to becoming an options trader, to then becoming a site reliability engin...

  • S11:E6 - What are the pros and cons of working in civic tech (Aidan Feldman)

    In this episode, we’re talking about civic tech with Aidan Feldman, Technology Director at General Service Administration’s Technology Transformation Services. We get into the pros and cons, and hurdles and hoops of working in civic tech, as well as the s...

  • S11:E5 - Why defining your narrative arc is important to getting hired (Caitlin Cooke)

    In this episode, we’re talking about getting hired with Caitlin Cooke, former VP of HR at Nava, and current Career Mentor at Pathrise. We get into the difference between getting hired in tech as opposed to other types of industries, the different steps to...

  • S11:E4 - How to get into game development (Jonathan Jennings)

    In this episode, we’re talking about game development with Jonathan Jennings, software engineer at RelayCars. We get into how he got into game design, the struggles of learning to code, and what it takes to be a successful game designer. Show Links DevDis...

  • S11:E3 - Why apprenticeships are important for equality, diversity, and inclusion (Ryan Carson)

    In this episode, we talk about the necessity of coding apprenticeships in making the tech world a more diverse and inclusive place, with Ryan Carson, CEO and founder of Treehouse. He talks about the limitations of the pure bootcamp model and how apprentic...

  • S11:E2 - Why all developers should understand the basics of testing (Angie Jones)

    In this episode, we’re talking about testing code with Angie Jones, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools, and former Senior Software Engineer in Test at Twitter. Angie talks about how she got into testing, some of the testing and problems she had to so...

  • S11:E1 - Why ethics and contributor behavior matters in open source (Coraline Ada Ehmke)

    In this episode, we're talking about ethics in open source with Coraline Ada Ehmke, software developer, and creator of the Contributor Covenant, as well as the Hippocratic License. Coraline talks about her coding journey, open source, licenses, and how an...

  • S10:E8 - What you should look for in online coding courses (Colt Steele)

    With the explosion of coding bootcamps, video courses, and other resources for coding, it can be tough for somebody starting out to cut the wheat from the chaff. We chat with Colt Steele, Colt Steele, developer and bootcamp instructor at Udemy, about his...

  • S10:E7 - Why you should learn to speak machine (John Maeda)

    We chat with John Maeda, Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient, about his journey into combining art and technology, going from working in academia to silicon valley, and his new book, “How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design For a Computational Age.”...

  • S10:E6 - How can we make the future of programming more inclusive? (Tim O'Reilly)

    We chat with Tim O'Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, about what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right with teaching programming today, and how we need to make coding more inclusive for more than just career developers. Show Links DevDiscuss (spon...

  • S10:E5 - How to be a good manager and a good employee (Lara Hogan)

    You can be an amazing developer, but a terrible manager. We chat with Lara Hogan, former VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, co-founder of Wherewithall, a company that coaches and levels up managers, and author of the new bestselling book, Resilient Managem...

  • S10:E4 - Building a personal brand early in your development career (Amy Chen)

    We chat with Amy Chen, systems software engineer at VMware and creator of the Amy Codes YouTube channel, about her career two years into being a professional developer, getting into coding for distributed systems, and the benefits of creating a personal b...

  • S10:E3 - How do you prepare for bootcamp and break into tech? (Ruben Harris)

    We chat with Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma, and a man with bit of an unconventional background. He’s worked as an event organizer for athletes and celebrities, an investment banker, and professional cellist. We chat with him about how he broke into th...

  • S10:E2 - What are the pros and cons of getting paid for open source (Katie Delfin)

    For all of the benefits of open source, such as pushing innovation and creating huge collaborative ways to build powerful products, there are also very legitimate concerns in terms of sustainability, exploitation of new developers, and the privilege of wh...

  • S10:E1 - What does ageism in tech look like (Ariana Tobin)

    Ageism in tech has been an open secret in Silicon Valley for years. We spoke with Ariana Tobin, engagement editor at ProPublica, and co-author of the investigative piece "Cutting 'Old Heads' at IBM," about what ageism in tech really looks like, and allega...

  • S9:E8 - Why you should read the new edition of the Pragmatic Programmer (Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas)

    The Pragmatic Programmer was published in 1999 by software engineers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas, and is considered to be one of the quintessential books on programming. For its 20th anniversary edition, we chat with Andy and Dave about the book’s impact, w...

  • S9:E7 - How do you create visual recognition software ethically and responsibly (Nashlie Sephus)

    At the time of this recording, the New York Times released a report titled "As Cameras Track Detroit’s Residents a Debate Ensues Over Racial Bias," which discussed some of the issues in machine learning such as algorithmic bias, and facial recognition sof...

  • S9:E6 - What is Java good for and why is it still one of the most popular coding languages (Peggy Fisher)

    GitHub cited Java as one of the most popular coding languages in 2018, and there is a reason why this language has stood the test of time. We chat with Peggy Fisher, content manager at Linkedin Learning Solutions, and author of the book Get Programming wi...

  • S9:E5 - Why you should understand user interface and design (Mina Markham)

    No matter how good of an idea you have for a product, if the design isn't executed well and people don't like the interface, the product might as well not even exist. To talk about the importance of good user interfaces and design, we brought in Mina Mark...

  • S9:E4 - What is workplace burnout and how can you stop it (Jeffrey Liebert)

    It's been an open secret in the tech world for a long time that workplace burnout is a real issue. One of the reasons why it persists is the general stigma around mental health and not having open discussions about it. And only just this year, in May 2019...

  • S9:E3 - How do you develop yourself and your code while fighting off trolls (Ali Spittel)

    We chat with Ali Spittel, a software engineer and developer advocate at DEV, an online community where programmers share ideas and help each other grow. Ali talks about the beginnings of her popular coding blog, strategies for dealing with online abuse, a...

  • S9:E2 - What is data journalism and how do you tell stories through your code (Sandeep Junnarkar)

    In this episode, we chat with Sandeep Junnarkar, Director of Interactive Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. He tells us about his journey into code launching the New York Times on the web, what data journalism is and how to do...

  • S9:E1 - How do you go from hackathons to building a hurricane relief business (Nick Feuer)

    In this episode we chat with one of the winner of IBM's 2018 Call for Code virtual hackathon, which focuses on challenging developers to find ways to reduce the impact of natural disasters through technology. The winners of Project OWL, a deployable mesh...

  • S9:E0 - Season 9 trailer (Jeffrey Liebert, Ali Spittel, Mina Markham, Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas)

    We're gearing up to launch season 9 on July 8th, and we couldn't be more excited for you to listen. We got a ton of great guests to talk about a bunch of awesome topics including workplace burnout, why you should learn user interface and design, and deali...

  • S8:E8 - What it's like to be in a computer science class (David Malan)

    CS50 is the largest class at Harvard, with 800 students, but you can also find these engaging lectures online. We chat with the professor of this popular and unconventional class, David Malan, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science. Sh...

  • S8:E7 - How do you transform your career? (Kanika Tolver)

    Deciding to start over again and begin a new career path can be overwhelming and stressful. We chat with Kanika Tolver, founder of Career Rehab and senior project manager for the US Department of the Treasury, about some of the most important things to co...

  • S8:E6 - How to make the workplace more inclusive (Nicole Sanchez)

    We chat with Nicole Sanchez, founder and managing partner at Vaya Consulting, a D&I consulting firm, about living by your company's values and making diversity and inclusion a founding priority. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) New...

  • S8:E5 - UX in healthcare (Danielle Smith)

    Danielle Smith, director of user experience research and accessibility at Express Scripts, gives us a look inside the world of UX in healthcare. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) New Relic (sponsor) Retool (sponsor) Microsoft 30 Days t...

  • S8:E4 - How to get hired (Kevin Lozandier)

    In this week’s episode, Saron chats with Google user experience engineer, Kevin Lozandier about how he spent years building his resume and after failing the first time, finally got in to Google. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) New Reli...

  • S8:E3 - Coding without code (Joanna Smith)

    How do you code without actually coding? What tools can you use to build apps and automate workflows without using any code? Joanna shares the power for these non-coding tools and how you can build amazing solutions with tools like GSuite. Show Links DevD...

  • S8:E2 - How to build a community (Michael Berhane)

    What does it take to build a community? And once you've built one, how do you sustain it? Michael shares his story of how he built the People of Color in Tech community and how he balances community and entrepreneurship. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) D...

  • S8:E1 - From police recruit to developer (Tim Heuer)

    Tim Heuer really wanted to be a police officer, so he started down that track and became a police recruit. But after facing the reality that police recruits don't get paid much and wanting to settle down with a lady he was seeing, he decided to look for o...

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

    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 sta...

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

    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...

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

    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 t...

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

    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...

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

    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 introductio...

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

    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 fea...

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

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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, questi...

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

    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 de...

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

    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...

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

    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...

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

    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 o...

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

    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 o...

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

    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 DevDisc...

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

    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...

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

    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? Court...

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

    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 i...

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

    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...

  • S5:E4 - Learning to code with technical books (Katel LeDû)

    With so many different ways to learn to code, how do you pick? And where do technical books fit into your learning curriculum? Katel LeDû is the CEO of A Book Apart, a company that produces short technical books. She shares how to get the most out of a co...

  • S5:E3 - From teacher to developer (Dan Piston)

    Dan decided he wanted to get into tech, so he looked for a new job. And he found one! But it wasn't exactly the coding job he was hoping for. In fact, it would be about five years before Dan landed that dream coding job. He shares how he navigated the man...

  • 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 sh...

  • 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 projec...

  • 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 compu...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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'...

  • 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 notori...

  • 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 in...

  • 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...

  • 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 DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevN...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 amaz...

  • 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 abou...

  • 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 h...

  • 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, a...

  • 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...

  • 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 onli...

  • 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...

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

    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 DevDiscus...

  • S2:E6 - Who decides the future of CSS? (Jen Simmons)

    Working with CSS can be frustrating, and sometimes just plain painful. But if you listen to Jen Simmons talk about CSS, her passion for it might rub off on you. She gives tips on how to make your next CSS adventure more enjoyable, explains how the CSS wor...

  • S2:E5 - How to create an afro-futuristic virtual reality beauty salon (Carmen Aguilar y Wedge)

    You put on a headset in a real life beauty salon in real life, and, in seconds, you’re transported to a virtual one. It’s full of colors, shapes, music, and the soothing voice of a narrator. She explains that you’re in a different world now, and you’re ab...

  • S2:E4 - What makes a good speaker? (Lara Hogan, Kelsey Hightower)

    This is the last week to submit a talk to Codeland, our annual tech conference, so we wanted to give you some insight on what makes a good talk, a good speaker, and a good proposal. You'll hear from Lara Hogan, who literally wrote the book on public speak...

  • S2:E3 - How do tech companies read your resume? (Eddie Washington)

    Applying to your first technical role (or your second!) can be a long and intimidating process, especially when you're not sure how to stand out. What do tech companies really care about? What should you put on your resume? What should you leave out? We t...

  • S2:E2 - How do browsers work? (Lin Clark)

    You use the browser all the time, but how much do you really know about it? Lin Clark walks us through all the steps a browser takes to translate your html into pixels on the screen. She also makes these wonderful coding cartoons. She shares her technique...

  • S2:E1 - How she built a mobile app to help victims of domestic violence (Alicia Carr)

    Alicia Carr grew up surrounded by domestic violence. So when she learned about coding, she decided to build a mobile app to help women escape domestic abuse. Her app, Pevo, got the attention of Apple, who featured her in their WWDC promo video. She shares...

  • S1:E8 - What and why is web animation? (Rachel Nabors)

    Web animation can be creative and fun, but what does it have to do with building a website? How do you use it in a form or a basic landing page in a way that's actually helpful and not just cute? Rachel Nabors helps us understand what web animation looks...

  • S1:E7 - Why is my website slow? (Lara Hogan)

    You've got an amazing website. It's beautiful, functional, but it takes forever to load. What do you do? Where do you even begin to debug that? Lara Hogan, VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and author of the book, Designing for Performance, breaks down com...

  • S1:E6 - How to ace a technical interview (Tiffany Peon, La Vesha Parker)

    Technical interviews are the worst. They’re hard, they’re scary, and they often feel like they’re designed to make you feel stupid. But no worries! We’re here to help. We take a behind-the-scenes look at the interview process at two very prestigious compa...

  • S1:E5 - How to learn React and React Native on a deadline (Brent Vatne, Kim Goulbourne)

    Kim’s a designer and developer who’s always had a side project. But her latest project was a bit different. Not only did she have to learn a new framework (React), she had to learn it and build her app in a few weeks to make her very public deadline. She...

  • S1:E4 - The JavaScript First Responder (Wes Bos)

    Wes Bos is pretty popular in the JavaScript and learn-to-code community. He produces tons of tutorials, blog posts, videos, many of them free, for people to learn and grown as developers. He takes us behind-the-scenes, sharing how he learns, how he works,...

  • S1:E3 - How to teach yourself computer science (Vaidehi Joshi)

    Vaidehi decided to take on a year-long challenge. She'd pick a computer science topic every week, do tons of research and write a technical blog post explaining it in simple terms and beautiful illustrations. And then she actually did it. She tells us abo...

  • S1:E2 - Building community in a virtual world: Moderation tools in VR (Cameron Brown)

    Rec Room is the most popular virtual reality game. It's a social space where you can play dodgeball, ping pong, darts and more with people from all over the world. But when you're inviting everyone to play, how do you make sure that everyone is safe? What...

  • S1:E1 - Intro to Accessibility (Stephanie Slattery)

    We kick off the first episode of our official first season with Stephanie Slattery, a front-end engineer who specializes in accessibility. She breaks down the world of accessibility, giving you the perfect introduction to this topic. She explains the five...

  • Ep. 146 - Codeland - Mentorship, Technical Blogging, and Open Source Talks from Katrina Owen, Quincy Larson, and Nell Shamrell-Harrington (Katrina Owen, Quincy Larson, Nell Shamrell-Harrington)

    In our final episode of our Codeland mini-series, Katrina Owen shares what it really takes to get that mentor you've always wanted, Quincy Larson gives us his best practices for writing technical blog posts people will actually read, and Nell Shamrell-Har...

  • Ep. 145 - Codeland - NYPL and Khan Academy talks from Courteney Ervin and Celia La (Courteney Ervin, Celia La)

    Courteney Ervin shares the ups and downs of building a product for one of the largest library systems in the world. Celia La walks us through the technical challenges (and solutions) of bringing Khan Academy's high quality content to people all over the w...

  • Ep. 144 - Codeland - Accessibility and Education talks from Sterling Walker and Maurice Rogers (Sterling Walker, Maurice Rogers)

    We wrap up our community talks with Sterling’s story of her very first project at her first dev job: making the app accessible for two blind students. Maurice kicks off our education talks with the story of Abacus, his side project that became the learnin...

  • Ep. 143 - Codeland - Community Talks from Valerie Woolard Srinivasan and Rapi Castillo (Valerie Woolard Srinivasan, Rapi Castillo)

    Valerie explores the importance of security in creating powerful and engaged communities, and breaks down three ways your code might be vulnerable. Rapi shares his story of creating a toy coding project in D3.js that sparked a movement and helped thousand...

  • Ep. 142 - Codeland - Mental Health talks from Michelle Morales and Greg Baugues (Michelle Morales, Greg Baugues)

    This episode features two talks on mental health that explore two very different sides of this important topic. Michelle’s talk is a technical showcase of how her research project uses open source tools to better diagnose depression. Greg shares his perso...

  • Ep. 141 - Codeland - Interview with NYC's first CTO (Minerva Tantoco)

    When Minerva Tantoco was first offered the CTO position for New York City, she thought it was a prank. But in 2014, she became the city’s first Chief Technology Officer. She sits down with Codeland’s emcee, Nikhil Paul, to talk about how she started her l...

  • Ep. 140 - Codeland - Gaming and City Talks from Chris Algoo, Kate Rabinowitz, Eric Brelsford (Chris Algoo, Kate Rabinowitz, Eric Brelsford)

    Chris Algoo shares how he co-created “Breakup Squad,” the game where you have to keep two exes from getting back together. Kate Rabinowitz shows us how open data can help build powerful, insightful tools to better understand and improve your city. Eric Br...

  • Ep. 139 - Codeland - Gaming Talks from Jessica Rudder and Opher Vishnia (Jessica Rudder, Opher Vishnia)

    In our second episode of our Codeland miniseries, we dig into our talks on gaming and code. Jessica shows us how we can use failure to become better developers with lessons learned from the video gaming industry. Opher shows us a number of ways to use vid...

  • Ep. 138 - Codeland - Art and Code Talks from Stephanie Nemeth and Dan Shiffman (Dan Shiffman, Stephanie Nemeth)

    In episode 1 of our Codeland miniseries, you get to hear two amazing talks on art and code. Stephanie's a first-time speaker from Amsterdam and shares her inspiring story of building her first hardware project. Dan shows us how creative coding can be with...

  • Ep. 137 - Intro to Data Science (Briana Vecchione)

    If you've heard of open data, big data, and data science and never quite knew what it was all about, this episode is for you. Briana helps us explore the different steps it takes to answer a complex data question with code, giving us a tour of the data sc...

  • Ep. 136 - Welcome to WordPress (Ptah Dunbar)

    WordPress powers 27% of the web, with sites big and small leveraging the popular platform. Developer Ptah Dunbar, also known as “Pirate”, gives us a tour of the platform, its thriving community, and the realities of being employed as a WordPress developer...

  • Ep. 135 - The Michael Jordan of Tech Talks (Kim Crayton)

    In just over a year, Kim’s spoken at eight meetups, ten conferences, had talks accepted at three more, and has four upcoming talks already lined up. And she’s just getting started. She shares how presenting at meetups became an accidental launchpad for he...

  • Ep. 134 - Getting Into Hardware (Elecia White)

    This week, we followed up our conversation about embedded systems with a focus on getting into hardware as a whole. Elecia White gave us a tour of her hardware world, complete with stories of gadgets catching fire, the responsibility of creating life-savi...

  • Ep. 133 - Building Robot Vacuum Cleaners: An Intro to Embedded Systems (Chris Svec)

    Chris’s job sounds impressive. After over a decade working in tech, he’s designed microprocessors and now helps build robot vacuum cleaners. He’s at the intersection of hardware and software in a space called embedded systems. We explore this field, get a...

  • Ep. 132 - The Business of Open Source (Safia Abdalla)

    When we talk about open source, we focus mostly on the code and contributions. But as a crucial element of the developer ecosystem, it’s important to think about the business side of things. How does it sustain itself? Is there money in open source? If th...

  • Ep. 131 - Take My Money (Noel Rappin)

    If you plan on getting a job as a developer, chances are, you’ll deal with the technical side of accepting online payments. It might be as easy as plugging in a tool like Stripe or Braintree, but it can quickly get complicated. In this more technical epis...

  • Ep. 130 - 30 Million Downloads (Jo Overline)

    Jo Overline’s created 30 apps, totally 30 million downloads over the past ten years. He’s taken his success as an app creator and built a business around it, launching a consultancy that helps individuals and businesses build successful products. He share...

  • Ep. 129 - Getting My First Developer Job (Paola Mata)

    The dream is to learn to code for a few months and get a job right away. But reality comes with a few more twists and turns, as Paola discovered on her way to landing her current software engineering position at BuzzFeed. She was an assitant looking for a...

  • Ep. 128 - Progressive Coders Network (Rapi Castillo)

    Rapi wasn’t very politically engaged until his husband told him about Bernie Sanders, and soon after, Rapi was hooked. He joined the Coders for Sanders group and created the Bernie Map, an open source project that would become valuable for future movement...

  • Ep. 127 - Creating a Game for Vets (Evan Sanderson)

    When Evan read an article about the rate of suicide among veterans returning from war, it broke his heart. So he decided to turn that heart break into advocacy. He read about and researched the experiences of vets and created a game designed to share thei...

  • Ep. 126 - The Mechanic (Ray Acevedo)

    Ray Acevedo was a mechanic, a full-time job he held while he learned to code part-time at the Coalition for Queens. In this specially produced segment, Ray shares his coding journey, how he came close to quitting altogether, how his brother got him throug...

  • Ep. 125 - Learning to Code in the 1960s (Mary L Gorden)

    Mary became a programmer in the late 1960s, back when coding was “barbaric,” as she put it. She takes us through her nearly 40 years of working with computers, starting with the era of punch cards. She shares the joy of using a terminal for the first time...

  • Ep. 124 - Open Source Newbie (Shubheksha Jalan )

    Shubheksha shares her experience contributing to open source, why it took her two years to contribute in a meaningful way, and how working on open source has boosted her confidence and sharpened her skills. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponso...

  • Ep. 123 - Rails Girls Summer of Code (Laura Gaetano)

    Before becoming a developer, Laura had a number of job titles, including music blogger, DJ, and maid. But it was a Rails Girls workshop that brought her back to the world of web that she fell in love with many years ago. Now, as a manger at the Travis Fou...

  • Ep. 122 - The Ethics of Coding (Bill Sourour)

    Bill Sourour was twenty-one when he was asked to build a website for a pharmaceutical company. It was a quiz that asked users to select symptoms so that it could recommend a drug as a possible solution. But for almost every option the user selected, the q...

  • Ep. 121 - TechHire (Tess Posner)

    If you’re hoping to get your first tech job and you haven’t heard of TechHire, this episode is for you. We talk to Tess, the managing director of TechHire, about working with employer and learning partners to place 100K people in tech jobs by 2020. She ta...

  • Ep. 120 - 100 Days of Code (Alexander Kallaway)

    Alex Kallaway was working as a full-time developer, but it wasn’t enough. He wanted a way to try new technologies and grow his coding skills outside of work. So he created #100DaysofCode, the hashtag-based challenge that’s helped him incorporate coding in...

  • Ep. 119 - Indie iOS Developer (Ish Shabazz)

    Ish Shabazz recently released Stamp Pack, the iOS app that gave him his biggest launch yet. He talks about the iterative process of building and selling an app, what’s it’s like to create a whole app category in the App Store, and why being an independent...

  • Ep. 118 - Truck Driver (George Moore)

    George Moore drove trucks for years. But he knew he wanted to do more with his life, and his wife encouraged him to go back to school, finish his degree, and pursue the tech career he’d started long ago. So he did. He started at help desk, and slowly clim...

  • Ep. 117 - Diversity in Tech - Part II (Ashe Dryden)

    In part II of our interview, Ashe Dryden talks about how the harassment she’s experienced has made her worry about the safety of people around her and influenced her decision to move to the woods. She tells us about the incident that made her angry enough...

  • Ep. 116 - Diversity in Tech - Part I (Ashe Dryden)

    Diversity in tech is a big topic. In our conversation with Ashe Dryden, programmer, organizer and diversity consultant, we unpack the many questions, misconceptions, and realities of diversity in our industry. In part I of our interview, Ashe gives us a d...

  • Ep. 115 - Getting a Computer Science Degree (Terri Burns)

    Terri Burns didn’t start off as a computer science major, but she ended up not only graduating with a CS degree but running one of the largest student tech organizations in the country. She tells us what it’s like to be a computer science major, the proje...

  • Ep. 114 - What's an Innovation Accountant? (Nick DePrey)

    Nick is an Innovation Accountant, a mash-up of data, analytics, coding, running experiments, and explaining to leadership how it’s all going. He talks about what it’s like to build NPR One, the listening app created by NPR, a decades-old, non-profit media...

  • Ep. 113 - Hackathons (Leslie Hitchcock)

    Leslie Hitchcock started her career writing white papers on information security. Now, she organizes some of the largest hackathons and tech events in the world for TechCrunch. She shares her tips on how new developers can make the most out of a hackathon...

  • Ep. 112 - Comedy and Code - Part II (Baratunde Thurston)

    In part two of our interview with comedian Baratunde Thurston, we talk about how he brought together product development and comedy to create entertaining apps in his recent role at the Daily Show, how he uses coding and technology as tools in the many un...

  • Ep. 111 - Comedy and Code - Part I (Baratunde Thurston)

    Baratunde Thurston’s made a career of combining tech, comedy, and politics. From launching Comedy Hack Day to his recent role as the Daily Show’s first Supervising Producer for Digital Expansion, he’s found innovative ways to use code as a tool for satire...

  • Ep. 110 - Coding in Uganda (Emily Karungi)

    Emily Karungi went to university for software engineering, but when she walked into class and had no idea what the students were talking about, she started to doubt about whether or not she belonged. She tells us how she tackled that intimidation, what it...

  • Ep. 108 - Tech Internships (Dara Oke)

    Dara Oke graduated with four tech internships under her belt. She’s worked at Intel, Microsoft, and Twitter building features in languages she hadn’t studied and on topics she hadn’t yet covered in school. But now as a program manager at Microsoft, she lo...

  • Ep. 107 - Mom and Son Learn To Code (Lorraine Hutter, Bobby Hutter)

    Lorraine Hutter watched her son Bobby go to a bootcamp and learn to code. She saw him come home happy and excited, and she wanted to feel that same fire. So months later, she signed up for a coding program, and her son ended up as her teacher’s assistant....

  • Ep. 106 - Open Sourcing Mental Health - Part II (Julia Nguyen)

    We continue our conversation with developer Julia Nguyen on her mental health journey, how it's affected her life as a programmer, and what unique product decisions she has to make for "if me," her mental health open source project. Show Links DevDiscuss...

  • Ep. 105 - Open Sourcing Mental Health - Part I (Julia Nguyen)

    Julia Nguyen was diagnosed with OCD when she was in high school. It took a long time for her to talk about it, but soon she was writing and giving talks on mental health. She’s even created an open source project to help those dealing with mental illness....

  • Ep. 104 - Scrum Master (Anjuan Simmons)

    Have you ever heard of a scrum master and wondered what that was? Anjuan Simmons, certified scrum master and project manager, breaks it down for us in this highly informative interview. He explains the practical applications of agile, the different tools...

  • Ep. 103 - Algorithms (Carina C. Zona)

    Carina C. Zona helps us understand algorithms, both what they are and how they are used. She walks us through fascinating examples of how they've been used in technology over the years, exploring the benefits and unintended consequences they've had along...

  • Ep. 102 - My Very First App (Aurelian Sennett)

    A lot can happen in a year. For high school biology teacher Aurelian Sennett, that time was spent writing his first program that launched his tech business to help schools solve scheduling problems. Long-time listener and codenewbie, Aurelian tells us how...

  • Ep. 101 - Open Sourcerer of Django (Jacob Kaplan-Moss)

    Jacob Kaplan-Moss is often credited for co-creating Django, one of the most popular web frameworks written in python. But that’s not exactly true. He’s also given credit for being an amazing developer. But that’s not very accurate either. Jacob tells us t...

  • Ep. 100 - Creating CodeNewbie ()

    For our special 100th episode, CodeNewbie founder gets interviewed by her husband, Rob Frelow, on creating CodeNewbie, her own coding journey, and shares info on upcoming projects for CodeNewbie. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) New Rel...

  • Ep. 99 - Creating Lifehacker - Part II (Gina Trapani)

    Last episode we talked to Gina Trapani about her Lifehacker days. In this episode, we look to the future and hear about her work at Postlight, what it’s like to work with Paul Ford (Episode 82), and what she looks for when she’s hiring an engineer. Show L...

  • Ep. 98 - Creating Lifehacker - Part I (Gina Trapani)

    Once upon a time, Gina Trapani started Lifehacker. It got big, really big, with the ups and downs of being the sole editor responsible for a website that millions of people read. But after awhile, she wanted to get back to coding. In part one of our two-p...

  • Ep. 97 - From Theater Technician to Programmer (Ashley Lewis)

    Ashley Lewis used to light stages. She worked as a theater technician working shows like Hamilton (when it was much smaller) and New York Fashion Week. But after some introspection, she realized that her passion wasn’t in light design, and she searched fo...

  • Ep. 96 - Developing Your Tech Talk Idea (Nickolas Means)

    Nickolas Means talked about airplanes, and in doing so, he connected them with code in beautiful and interesting ways. In this interview, Nick explains how to take seemingly disconnected subjects and put them together in compelling talks, and how he uses...

  • Ep. 95 - Is The Website Down? (Stella Cotton)

    When one man decided to crowdfund a bailout for Greece on Indiegogo (a feat that required over a billion dollars), Stella Cotton and her team found themselves in trouble. The site went down, and they had to figure out what to do. Stella takes us through t...

  • Ep. 94 - UX Design and Gaming (Lil Chen)

    Lil Chen has been in gaming for years. She started by playing video games, then become a competitive Super Smash Brothers player, and now works as a UX Designer at YouTube Gaming. We talk about how her long history in gaming affects her work as a designer...

  • Ep. 93 - Storytelling with Code (Michael Rau)

    Michael Rau didn’t want to build an app, he wanted to create an experience. So he constructed a physical room, and with the help of a Rails app, created a theater show called “Temping.” He talks through his concept, how he used his new coding skills to ma...

  • Ep. 92 - Afghan Women Coding (Fereshteh Forough )

    Fereshteh Forough wanted to help women in Afghanistan. She knew that attaining education was difficult, let alone technical training, and the cultural attitudes towards women didn’t help. But she tackled these issues head on by starting the first coding s...

  • Ep. 91 - Creating EmberJS - Part II (Yehuda Katz)

    In part two of our interview with Yehuda Katz, we talk about how he created EmberJS, and what it means to build a web framework. We also talk about what it means to be a beginner, and how growing up poor has influenced his perspectives as a coder today. S...

  • Ep. 90 - Creating EmberJS - Part I (Yehuda Katz)

    Yehuda Katz has done many, many code things. He co-created Ember.js, co-founded a tech startup Tilde, is a frequent contributor to open source projects including Handlebars, Bundler, and Thor, and is a member of the Rust Core Team. But it took years of pl...

  • Ep. 89 - Mobile Developer (Kaya Thomas)

    Kaya Thomas has done a lot in a short period of time. She’s met first lady Michelle Obama, she’s a mobile app developer, and she was selected as Glamour’s Top Ten College Women of the Year. She talks about how she’s managed to be so successful while still...

  • Ep. 88 - CodeNewbie Apprentice (Sharon Siegel)

    In December, CodeNewbie put out applications for the CodeNewbie Apprenticeship, and in 10 days received 322 applications from all over the world. Many interviews later, Sharon Siegel was chosen to be the first apprentice. She talks about her coding journe...

  • Ep. 87 - Vets Who Code (Jerome Hardaway)

    Plenty of organizations work to help vets. But what vet Jerome Hardaway noticed about these organizations is that they were mostly reactive. While they responded to problems, few worked to prevent them. So Jerome decided to create a non-profit to teach ve...

  • Ep. 86 - Intro to Databases (Mark Nadal)

    Mark Nadal was a front end developer looking for a better database. So he built his own. He walks us through the different types of databases, the limitations you might run into as you use them, and why he decided to build his own graph database. Show Lin...

  • Ep. 85 - Technical Writing (Chris Mills)

    Chris loves writing tutorials for beginners, and he gets to do it for Mozilla. We talk about the different parts of good technical writing, how he manages to maintain that beginner mindset, and how he combines technical knowledge and solid, good writing t...

  • Ep. 84 - From Research To Code (Anna Lee)

    Anna Lee spent years as a researcher. Going from a world of pharmaceutical science to being a front end web developer was definitely a leap, one she successfully made after quitting her job and doing an online course. Now she works at Society of Grownups....

  • Ep. 83 - How To Get A Coding Job (Charles Max Wood)

    As a podcaster of several very popular tech shows, Chuck gets questions from listeners all the time. One of the most popular questions he gets is one that you might also be asking, “How do you get a coding job?” In this episode, we dive into the journey o...

  • Ep. 82 - What Is Code? (Paul Ford)

    Paul Ford didn’t expect his article on coding to go big. But almost a year later, the Bloomberg issue dedicated to “What is code?” is still completely sold out. We dig into the major topics covered in that long and highly entertaining piece, like conferen...

  • Ep. 81 - Social Justice Warrior (Coraline Ada Ehmke)

    Coraline wears the Social Justice Warrior title proudly. She fights the battles, working tirelessly to create safer spaces for more people in tech. But noble as her cause may be, it is not without controversy. We talk to Coraline about what it means to be...

  • Ep. 80 - Designing Makerspaces (Kristen Smith)

    Kristen Smith has spent a lot of time creating just the right spaces for making. In her years working on spaces with Kohl’s, FabCafe, and now littleBits, she’s crafted experiences to get people excited about hardware, and using their creativity in new and...

  • Ep. 79 - Make Magazine (Mike Senese)

    Mike Senese has always loved tech. He grew up around it, and his fascination and curiosity led him to not only make stuff, but share it with the world. He’s written for tech publications, like Wired and Make Magazine, and hosted a number of TV shows cover...

  • Ep. 78 - Hardware Newbie (Emily Xie)

    Emily Xie spends most of her time coding in PHP. But recently, she got a chance to do some making by organizing a laser-cutting class for her Girl Develop It chapter. In our first episode for March Is For Makers, our month-long celebration of everything m...

  • Ep. 77 - Technically Speaking (Chiu-Ki Chan)

    Chiu-Ki Chan believes in speaking. Best case scenario, speaking gives her a way to share her journey and accomplishments. Worst case scenario, it’s a way to help her make small talk with other conference goers. Either way, she wins. She talks to us about...

  • Ep. 76 - Data Journalist (Matthew Mitchell)

    When Matt Mitchell saw the news anchor mention his home country of Grenada, he sat up straight. But his excitement soon turned to confusion when this trusted tv newscaster mispronounced names and places in Grenada, and declared facts that conflicted with...

  • Ep. 75 - Coding In Colombia (Juan Pablo Buriticá)

    Juan loves his home country, Colombia. But he was frustrated by the pervasive negative headlines describing the country as dangerous. He knew Colombia’s potential, and he wanted to show the world what it was capable of. So he started organizing tech confe...

  • Ep. 74 - Startup Box (Majora Carter)

    Majora Carter grew up in the South Bronx, and has spent her life building up the community she loves. Recently, that work has become a bit more technical. She tells us how she created Startup Box, a company focused on providing training and jobs for in-de...

  • Ep. 73 - Coding Chef (Adrienne Lowe)

    She spent over 12 years as a chef. But when Adrienne Lowe decided to invest in coding skills, she didn’t want to leave her culinary love behind. So she merged those two worlds in her blog, a mix of tech and food that got her invited to talk at conference...

  • Ep. 72 - Security Newbie (Chris Palmer)

    Chris Palmer spends his time thinking about how to make a browser more secure. But security is a broad concept that can mean different things to different people, and part of a developer’s job is balancing those needs. We talk to Chris about how he makes...

  • Ep. 71 - Internet For All (Danilo Campos)

    Danilo lived in public housing until he was two. Now a self-taught iOS developer, he’s using his technical skills and personal journey to help bring the internet to the thousands living in public housing in the US. We talk to Danilo about the importance o...

  • Ep. 70 - From Servers to Security (Christina Morillo)

    Christina started as a server administrator. But over the years, she found her way into information security, now serving as VP of Technology and Information Risk at Morgan Stanley. She talks to us about the vast world of security, why CodeNewbies should...

  • Ep. 69 - Manager Newbie (Selena Deckelmann)

    Selena’s been in tech for twenty years. She got her first taste of open source software back in 1995, and since then, she’s been an open source contributor bringing more people into tech. She talks about her new role as manager of a dev team, how open sou...

  • Ep. 68 - Too Late To Be Awesome (Chanelle Henry)

    Chanelle Henry wanted to be awesome. She saw people selling companies and building inspiring products and wondered if it was too late for her to be that awesome. That question inspired a Medium blog post that ended up getting a lot of attention, and getti...

  • Ep. 67 - Android Developer (Annyce Davis)

    Annyce Davis became an Android developer by building an Android app. She took some time to hack away at a prototype, showed it to her boss, and was put in charge of building The Washington Posts’s first Android app. She talks about how she went from Java...

  • Ep. 66 - Laboratoria (Mariana Costa)

    Mariana Costa started Laboratoria to help young women in Lima, Peru get coding skills and improve their lives. A year and a half in, she’s launched this five-month program serving low-income women in four cities, and she’s just getting started. She talks...

  • Ep. 65 - Art and Code (Dan Shiffman)

    Dan Shiffman doesn’t like titles. As an open source contributor, author, and professor, it might be because he has so many to pick from. In this conversation, we touch on all three, focusing on his work with Processing, a software sketchbook and language...

  • Ep. 64 - Write Speak Code (Rebecca Miller Webster)

    Rebecca Miller Webster created Write Speak Code for herself. She wanted a space that would encourage her to write more, speak more, and contribute to open source more. And in the process of creating that space for others, she grew herself, both as a perso...

  • Ep. 63 - Free Code Camp (Quincy Larson)

    He’s only been coding for four years. But thirteen months ago, Quincy Larson launched one of the most beloved learn-to-code resources in the CodeNewbie community, Free Code Camp. We deep dive into his own learning journey, what he’s learned from helping h...

  • Ep. 62 - Hello Ruby (Linda Liukas)

    Linda Liukas identifies more with being a children’s author than a developer. That might be because she’s spent a good amount of time helping others learn to code than actually coding herself. She used to work for Codecademy, started Rails Girls, and most...

  • Ep. 61 - Brianna and Brianna's Mother (Brianna Fugate)

    When she goes to events, she no longer writes her own name on her name tag. Instead, she writes “Brianna’s Mother”. Ronique, the proud single-mother of a coder talks to us about how she supports and advocates for her daughter, and what it’s been like to s...

  • Ep. 60 - Impostor Syndrome (Alicia Liu)

    Software Engineer Alicia Liu has thought a lot about Impostor Syndrome. In fact, she’s written three blog posts, one each year for the past three years, that have illustrated her own relationship with the term and its relevance in the tech community. We d...

  • Ep. 59 - The GitHub Nomad (John Britton)

    For now, home is Lisbon, Portugal. But as a full-time nomad, who knows where developer John Britton will be a few months from now. John tell us what it’s like to work remotely from various countries while being GitHub’s Education Liaison, a fascinating ro...

  • Ep. 58 - From Journalist to Developer (Amy Simmons)

    Amy Simmons spent six years working as a journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC of Australia. As an online journalism, she thought it was a good idea to learn how to code and use that to tell her stories in a new way. So with ABC’s...

  • Ep. 57 - Podcasting with Changelog (Adam Stacoviak, Jerod Santo)

    Developer Adam Stacoviak started Changelog seven years ago, and in that time has built a community and a media company, with the podcast taking center stage. He and his co-host Jerod Santo talk to us about what it's been like building the show over the ye...

  • Ep. 56 - From Temp to Head of Design (Julie Ann Horvath)

    She got into tech by doing temporary data entry at the then little-known startup, Yammer. But she saw the opportunities available to those who could code, so she taught herself, taking on more responsibilities to finally become a designer and developer. J...

  • Ep. 55 - Open Source Contributor (Steve Klabnik)

    The first open source project Steve Klabnik got involved with was a pretty big one - he took on Hackety Hack, the beloved application that helped kids learn to code. He only meant to help out, but when no else joined, he ended up running the show, and div...

  • Ep. 54 - The Hacker (Jonathan Barronville)

    Jonathan hacks away on his search engine at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, fine tuning it for the fashion queries his startup handles. He doesn’t have a computer science degree. He doesn’t have a degree at all. But at 21, he’s been able to hack together a tech...

  • Ep. 53 - Peruvian Developer (Andrea Del Rio)

    Andrea Del Rio talks about her role as a Mozilla Open Web fellow, how she’s using her technical skills to help civil society organizations, and what it’s like to build products for the Association for Progressive Communications. Show Links DevDiscuss (spo...

  • Ep. 52 - International Dev (Ayori Selassie)

    Ayori Selassie talks to us about how she navigated her career at Salesforce, moving seamlessly across different roles developing her technical and management skills. She also tells us about her work and time spent in different countries working in the tec...

  • Ep. 51 - The Pragmatic Programmer - Part II (Dave Thomas)

    In part two of our interview with Dave Thomas, we dive into some of his other contributions to the community, including coining the phrase “DRY” (Don’t Repeat Yourself), popularizing the code kata, and signing the Manifesto for Agile Software Development....

  • Ep. 50 - The Pragmatic Programmer Part I (Dave Thomas)

    Dave Thomas has done a lot for the programming community. He coined the phrase “DRY” (Don’t Repeat Yourself). He popularized the idea of code katas. He was one of the signers of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, and he's the founder of the Pra...

  • Ep. 49 - Getting The Job (Suzan Bond)

    Suzan Bond calls herself a band manager, the title that captures the wide range of activities she does in her work helping developers grow their careers. Her marketing, negotiating, and career management advice is filled with solemn, reflective thoughts o...

  • Ep. 48 - Freelance to Full-Time (Nicole Dominguez)

    Nicole Dominguez taught herself to code at a pretty young age, and by the time she was in high school, she had paying freelance clients. At 21, she reflects on her freelance days, what she’s learned as a teacher helping others learn coding concepts, and h...

  • Ep. 47 - Design and Dev (Una Kravetz)

    Una Kravets found her love of design at a young age, publishing homemade magazines complete with polls and special color editions and handing them out to her classmates. Now, she translates that love of design to code, building prototypes and design syste...

  • Ep. 46 - Self Taught Programmer (Courteney Ervin)

    Courteney Ervin taught herself to code. She did it in her spare time, finding hours late at night and on weekends to grow her skills. And in that time, she went to her first hackathon, made her first open source contribution, taught others to code, and fi...

  • Ep. 45 - Design Director (Kristy Tillman)

    When you ask Kristy Tillman about design, she doesn’t just talk about designing for a screen. She touches on space, rooms, fliers, products, both physical and digital. Her fluid, all-encompassing concept of design might be new to our CodeNewbie community,...

  • Ep. 44 - CSS Tricks (Chris Coyier)

    It took years for CSS Tricks to become the popular front-end and design resource it is today. Creator Chris Coyier talks about starting the website in 2007 and how it’s grown to be the incredible front end community it is now. He also talks about his othe...

  • Ep. 43 - Code and Hip Hop (Earl Bey)

    Programmer Earl Bey has always been a hip hop fan. He’s been rapping since he was ten, and even had his own manager. When he was later introduced to tech, he dove into coding full time. Now, he blends his new passion for code with his love for hip hop. He...

  • Ep. 42 - POODR And Beyond - Part II (Sandi Metz)

    Sandi Metz describes herself as an "accidental author." Accident or not, her book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby (POODR) is beloved in the ruby community, and she's used her ability to break down complex coding topics to build the second phase o...

  • Ep. 41 - POODR And Beyond - Part I (Sandi Metz)

    Sandi Metz describes herself as an "accidental author." Accident or not, her book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby (POODR) is beloved in the ruby community, and she's used her ability to break down complex coding topics to build the second phase o...

  • Ep. 40 - From Cars To Code (Angel Jose)

    Angel Jose went from selling cars to a working as a developer in under eight months. He talks to us about making that transition, how he found his job, and how he deals with self doubt as a new programmer. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor...

  • Ep. 39 - From Coding To Venture Capital (Andrew Chen)

    He knew how to code, but when he graduated school, Andrew Chen decided to go into venture capital. Since then, he’s used his technical background to become an advisor and investor in many tech startups, including Dropbox, Product Hunt, and AngelList. He t...

  • Ep. 38 - Hacker Hours (Aidan Feldman)

    When developer Aidan Feldman had a line of people waiting for their turn to get coding help from him, he decided to try a different format. Instead of one-on-one tutoring, how about open office hours for anyone coding to come together and work on their sk...

  • Ep. 37 - From Skates To Code (Aimee Knight)

    She used to be a professional figure skater. And a few years ago, she decided to hang up her skates and trade them in for some code. Software developer Aimee Knight tells us what it was like to transition into tech, how she got her first dev job, and how...

  • Ep. 36 - Creating jQuery (John Resig)

    John Resig, creator of jQuery, talks about what it was like to build the most popular javascript library and then walk away from it five years later to follow his passion for education. We unpack what it’s like to maintain such a popular toolkit, how he f...

  • Ep. 35 - Stellar (David Mazières)

    David Mazières, Chief Scientist at Stellar, talks to us about his work at the Stellar foundation building software to expand financial access. We also talk about how he uses temporary email addresses to ward off spammers, how he started coding in the four...

  • Ep. 34 - Newbie Story: LaToya Allen (LaToya Allen)

    For our first Newbie Story, we talk to LaToya Allen, junior software engineer at Avant, a fast-growing Chicago startup. She tells us how she went from bartending to becoming an apprentice, and got her first full-time engineering job in just three weeks. S...

  • Ep. 33 - Detroit Water Project (Tiffani Bell)

    When developer Tiffani Bell first heard about the water crisis in Detroit from a news article in the Atlantic, she was shocked. So she rolled up her developer sleeves and put up a page to help people who’s water had been shut off. Now, that page has becom...

  • Ep. 32 - Rockbot (Raquel Velez)

    You probably know her as rockbot, the username that captures her passion for robotics. In this episode, developer Raquel Velez shares that passion with us, telling us all about competing in the DARPA Grand Challenge, how she feels about self-driving cars,...

  • Ep. 31 - Girl Develop It (Corinne Warnshuis)

    Corinne Warnshuis sat in a Girl Develop It workshop to learn to code. Her love for the community and her community-building skills propelled her from coding newbie to Executive Director of Girl Develop It. She talks to us about her mission to make coding...

  • Ep. 30 - The Not-Bootcamp (Jeff Casimir)

    At a time when people are lining up to get accepted by a programming bootcamp, Jeff Casimir decided to start one that is non-profit. But he doesn't like the term bootcamp -- he prefers "program." We talk about why he decided to make the Turing School non-...

  • Ep. 29 - A Children's Makerspace (Gokul Krishnan)

    Gokul Krishnan started the first makerspace in a children's hospital. Working with kids who have chronic illnesses like cystic fibrosis, he created a way for them to be makers. We talk about the benefits of making in the context of being in a hospital, ho...

  • Ep. 28 - Coding Printers (Kate Donahue)

    She was trained to be a web developer. But months after graduating from bootcamp, she's at Makerbot, helping build the software that their 3D printers need to do their job. It's an interesting change -- she's using python instead of ruby, and learned C++...

  • Ep. 27 - Intro to Raspberry Pi (Matt Richardson)

    Matt Richardson, evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, talks to us about the little computer that's making hardware accessible to more people. We talk about what the Raspberry Pi is, discuss some beginner friendly projects, and chat about a cool bik...

  • Ep. 26 - The Hardware Marketplace (Julia Grace)

    Julia Grace talks to us about Tindie, the hardware marketplace where creators and hardware enthusiasts can come together to share their goods. We talk about the challenges of building a hardware platform, the different problems these makers are solving, a...

  • Ep. 25 - From Software To Hardware (Sara Chipps)

    It started at a conference. When Sara Chipps sat in the audience and watched a speaker use JavaScript to interact with a smoke detector, she was entranced. She left with a bag of LEDs, and a new love for hardware that led to her ultimately starting her ha...

  • Ep. 24 - Monsters And Code (Sarah Frisk)

    Developer Sarah Frisk uses her incredible drawing skills to teach coding tools and concepts like git through her comic, Monster Markup Manual. We talk about her love of drawing, how art and code come together, and how monsters can do a great job of learni...

  • Ep. 23 - Ask CodeNewbie (Scott Hanselman, Tiffany Peon)

    In our first live broadcast of the podcast, we brought on developers Scott Hanselman and Tiffany Peon to chat about hot topics in the CodeNewbie community. We talked about finding a dev job, code mentorship, and our thoughts on Zed Shaw’s critiques of pro...

  • Ep. 22 - Intro to UX (Catt Small)

    Catt Small gives us a great intro to UX (user experience) design, including insight on her design process, how she works with users to create great digital experiences, and how code newbies can get started in UX design. She also tells us how she used Leap...

  • Ep. 21 - Teaching Kids To Code (Rebecca Garcia)

    Developer Rebecca Garcia had always loved computers. At a young age, she went to MIT's two-week computer science camp. She was surrounded by kids who love to build and make, just like her. But at over $1K a week, it wasn't a very accessible way for kids t...

  • Ep. 20 - Accessibility (Joseph McLarty)

    Joseph McLarty, developer and accessibility advocate, talks to us about issues of accessibility and how we can create, and remove, invisible barriers that keep people from accessing the web. We talk about tools like screen readers, and how as developers,...

  • Ep. 19 - The Hard Way (Zed A. Shaw)

    Zed A. Shaw, developer and author of the Learn the Hard Way series, talks to us about how to learn to code, his own approach to learning a new programming language, and why he’s not a fan of programming bootcamps. He also answers a few questions from the...

  • Ep. 18 - Autotune, Inclusivity, and Getting A Job (Vanessa Hurst)

    Vanessa Hurst, founder of CodeMontage, has spent a lot of her career making tech an inclusive space for all people, particularly women. We talk about how she created that space through Girl Develop It, the non-profit she founded, her perspective on managi...

  • Ep. 17 - Getting Involved (Scott Hanselman)

    You may have heard of Scott Hanselman from his own podcasts and his very popular tech blog. We talk to him about how he creates all this helpful tech content, why it's important to be a social developer, and how we can evaluate our own coding abilities. S...

  • Ep. 16 - Code Ghost (Jenn Schiffer)

    Engineer and artist Jenn Schiffer talks to us about the Vart Institute, the side project that blends her love of art with her love of javascript. We dive into how she brings those two worlds together, what the difference is between teaching an eight-year...

  • Ep. 15 - Intro to DevOps (Christopher Webber)

    There's more to coding than just your code. In this episode, we talk to developer Chris Webber about devops, and all of the infrastructure-related things that are also important in getting your app to work. We untangle some devops concepts, like feature f...

  • Ep. 14 - On Testing (Noel Rappin)

    You've probably heard of this idea of testing. Or maybe you've just heard of test driven development and you're not really sure what it is or whether or not you should learn about it. In this episode, Noel Rappin, developer and author of the new book "Rai...

  • Ep. 13 - The Not-So-Amateur Programmer (Lauren Orsini)

    If you're looking for solid, newbie-friendly guides to tech, Lauren Orsini's got you covered. As a tech journalist for ReadWrite, she's written some CodeNewbie favorites, including a great explanation of git and GIthub. We talk about her writing process,...

  • Ep. 12 - Mother Coders (Tina Lee)

    When it was time for lunch, the other students ate and got to know each other while Tina Lee searched for a place to nurse her baby. The only one she found in that coding workshop was the cold, dark, filthy room where the company's developers slept - at l...

  • Ep. 11 - 24 Pull Requests (Andrew Nesbitt)

    It was just a static webpage, telling you to get in the holiday spirit by making open source contributions. But 24 Pull Requests soon became its own open source project, with people adding features to make it fun and easy to make those contributions. We t...

  • Ep. 10 - Nitpicks and Devils (Katrina Owen)

    She calls them nitpicks, her term for the code reviews people get on exercism.io. It's a platform that developer Katrina Owen created to help people get mentorship and feedback on their code. It started as a project for her own students, but grew into som...

  • Ep. 9 - How To Build A Product (Poornima Vijayashanker)

    Building a web product was a lot harder in 2006 than it is now. Poornima Vijayashanker tells us what it was like to code back in those days as founding engineer at Mint, an app that later sold to Intuit for $170 million. Since then, she's been helping peo...

  • Ep. 8 - From Student Project to Big App (William Jeffries)

    When William Jeffries had to think of a project to work on as a bootcamp student, he decided to build an app that could detect and report temperatures in apartments when they dropped below a certain degree. His mission was to help people find heat in the...

  • Ep. 7 - Meteor (Ciara Burkett)

    When Ciara Burkett saw the movie 'Hackers' at age five, she told her mother she wanted to be just that - a hacker. But it wasn't until exploring liberal arts in college that she remembered her early fascination with tech. So she gave finally it a try. Now...

  • Ep. 6 - Comics and Code (Rachel Nabors)

    Rachel Nabors started as a cartoonist. But when she needed jaw surgery and didn't have the health insurance to get it, she decided it was time to get more lucrative skills. Now a cartoonist, developer, and speaker, she tells us about her transition into p...

  • Ep. 5 - Speaking of Speaking (Marty Haught)

    Marty Haught, director of Ruby Central, the non-profit that organizes Rails Conf and Ruby Conf has read and reviewed over 1,000 talk proposals, and organize several regional and national conferences for developers. We talk about how to write a great talk...

  • Ep. 4 - Wearing All The Hats (Kinsey Ann Durham)

    Self-taught developer Kinsey Ann Durham didn't stop at learning to code. In two years, she's spoken at tech conferences around the world, started an organization in Kenya to help women entrepreneurs (and of course wrote the software it runs on), and organ...