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  • S1:EP1 – 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

    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 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

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

  • Ep. 143 – Codeland - Community Talks from Valerie Woolard Srinivasan and 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 - Codeland - Mental Health talks from Michelle Morales and 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 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

    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 from the video gaming industry. Opher shows us a number of ways to use video game...

  • Ep. 138 – Codeland - Art and Code Talks from Stephanie Nemeth and Dan Shiffman

    In episode 1 of our Codeland miniseries, you'll 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 his...

  • 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

    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 Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (spon...

  • 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 to try new technologies and grow his coding skills outside of work. So he created #100DaysofCode, the hashtag challenge that’s helped him, and hundreds of others, incorpor...

  • 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 it’s like to create a new app category in the App Store, and why being an independent iOS...

  • 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 work...

  • 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 produces 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. 109 – Simple Programmer (John Sonmez)

    Years after John Sonmez had been programming, he learned something very important: while his coding skills were important, creating content was his secret. With his blog posts, and eventual books and speaking gigs, he was attracting and growing an audienc...

  • 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 and 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 Udacity (spo...

  • 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 (Saron Yitbarek)

    For our special 100th episode, CodeNewbie founder Saron Yitbarek gets interviewed by her husband, Rob Frelow, on creating CodeNewbie, her own coding journey, and shares info on upcoming projects for CodeNewbie.Show LinksBraintree (sponsor)Udacity (sponsor...

  • 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 Li...

  • 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 us...

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

    When one man decided to crowdfund a bailout for Greece on Indiegogo (a feat the 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 th...

  • 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 desig...

  • 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 codin...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 st...

  • 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 jou...

  • 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...

  • 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 L...

  • 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 what he combines technical knowledge and solid, good writi...

  • 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 Grownu...

  • 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 journe...

  • 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 confe...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 co...

  • 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 everythin...

  • 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 abo...

  • Ep. 76 – Data Journalist (Matt 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 wi...

  • 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 co...

  • 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...

  • 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 conferen...

  • 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 mak...

  • 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 importanc...

  • 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 shou...

  • 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...

  • 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 ge...

  • 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 Ja...

  • 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 tal...

  • 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 langua...

  • 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 pe...

  • 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 helpin...

  • 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 m...

  • Ep. 61 – Brianna and Brianna’s Mother (Brianna Fugate & Ronique Richburg)

    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 t...

  • 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. W...

  • 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...

  • 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 AB...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 d...

  • 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 t...

  • 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 LinksBraintree (spons...

  • 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...

  • 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 Developme...

  • 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...

  • 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 thought...

  • 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, an...

  • 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 sys...

  • 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...

  • 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 communi...

  • 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 o...

  • 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....

  • 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 phas...

  • 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 phas...

  • 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 LinksDev Bootcamp (sponsor) Digital Ocean (...

  • 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. H...

  • 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...

  • 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 h...

  • 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 h...

  • 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 f...

  • Ep. 34 – Newbie Story: 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 week...

  • 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 be...

  • 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 ca...

  • 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 codi...

  • 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 n...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 lea...

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

    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...

  • 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 L...

  • 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 kid...

  • 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 developer...

  • Ep. 19 – The Hard Way (Zed 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 t...

  • 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 man...

  • 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...

  • 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-ye...

  • 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 featur...

  • 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 "...

  • Ep. 13 – The Not-So-Amatuer 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 proces...

  • 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 - a...

  • 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. W...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 t...

  • 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....

  • 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 int...

  • 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 ta...

  • 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 or...

  • Ep. 3 – Code Couple w/Felicia and Jamal O’Garro

    After just two months of teaching themselves to code, Felicia and Jamal O'Garro got paid to build and fix other people's websites. And soon after that, they started Code Crew, the community that's taught over two thousand people how to code in just a y...

  • Ep. 2 – Code Like A Boss w/Brian Douglas

    Brian Douglas, rails developer at Izea and graduate of the Bloc program, shares his story of learning to code and finding a job in 7 months, while also getting his MBA, working full time, running the online study group, Ruby Newbies, and having a young...

  • Ep. 1 – Bootcamps, Water Coolers, and Hiring Devs (w/Carlos Lazo)

    Carlos Lazo, software developer at Time Inc. and graduate of the programming bootcamp, the Flatiron School, shares his unique programming experiences in the first episode of the CodeNewbie podcast. We talk about working in hardware and software, the d...