Talking Code

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Louisa Barrett of Haught Codeworks tells us about how to become an effective junior developer. We also speak in depth about how to become a better teacher. Here's what to listen for: 01:54 - Who is a junior developer? 02:59 - How did you go from going to an art school to wanting to learn about c…
Diana Smith of Segment tells us how to get the most out of our analytics tools. In the pursuit of trying to be data-driven, we have been conditioned to track everything. Diana tells us why this can be dangerous if we want to draw useful insights from our data. Here's what to listen for: 00:49 - …
Sarah Doody, a UX designer, consultant, and writer, tells us how to build products with great user experiences. We will hear why user experience is far more important than design. Here's what to listen for: 00:46 - What is Sarah’s background in UX (User Experience)? 03:09 - What is the distincti…
Mubashar Iqbal, the #1 product maker on ProductHunt, tells us about how he launches products that people use in weeks, not months. Here's what to listen for: 00:57 - What is Mubashar’s Background? 02:11 - What does being the most featured maker on Product Hunt mean? 03:25 - What helped you to be…
Ben Orenstein of Upcase tells us how to go from a junior to a senior developer. He reveals a number of things senior developers do that junior developers don't. Here's what to listen for: 02:34 - Would a degree in computer science benefit somebody who is interested in starting programming? 03:23…
Lincoln Ritter, director of engineering at Animoto, shares how they use data to make more informed product decisions. Here's what to listen for: 02:01 What can we do with data? 04:21 Why should a company care about data and trends? 08:02 How can you become more data-driven? 12:28 How can you get…
Abby Covert, author of How to Make Sense of Any Mess, teaches us about information architecture, a subject she strongly feels is a core life skill. She's seen people get fired over language and informs us that – quite obviously in hindsight – architecture is less expensive than design. Here's what…
Sven Lenaerts joins us to share his expertise on product design and user experience. This conversation includes some thoughts on MVPs, when to hire a designer, and what a product person really does. Here's what to listen for: 00:46 What do you do as a product designer and UI/UX designer? 04:18 …
James Ward shares how the hosting landscape has changed for web applications over the years and how you can avoid some of his middle-of-the-night pager nightmares. Here's what to listen for: 00:47 What are the differences between hosting services? 05:19 What is a sysadmin? 07:14 What is the adva…
Jonathan Cornelissen tells us about DataCamp, the need for data scientists, and how to become one yourself. We also learn about some popular languages and libraries for analyzing data. Here's what to listen for: 00:43 What is the story behind DataCamp? 02:06 What is data science? 02:52 What kind…
Jeff Patton, author of User Story Mapping, teaches us how to map user stories by focusing on the user's journey to an outcome. He shares his opinion on the notorious "MVP" and how he helped Gary Levitt build his MVP with Mad Mimi. Here's what to listen for: 00:49 What is a user story? 02:07 What…
Michael Bernstein of Code Climate explains how to monitor your code's quality with static analysis. He tells us how you can maintain or improve quality over time, and what you can do to fix poor code. Here's what to listen for: 00:44 What is high quality code? 02:06 What is code that’s easy to r…
Anthony Thomas tells us how he made the leap from manufacturing to starting a tech team at Sticker Mule. He explains why your first developer is so critical to your founding team. Here's what to listen for: 00:51 What was your background prior to starting Sticker Mule? 01:39 What was the drive t…
Tom Dale tells us about building modern web applications that are becoming increasingly like native apps. We discuss JavaScript frameworks like Ember and the future of the web. Here's what to listen for: 00:43 What is the difference between websites and web applications? 03:05 What is a single p…
David Cramer tells us how to catch and fix critical errors that can affect your bottom line. We also discuss the key differences between exceptions and bugs, and how to handle errors gracefully. Here's what to listen for: 00:43 What is an exception? 01:21 What’s the difference between an excepti…
Randy Rayess tells us when and how you should outsource development of your software, how to reduce your risk, and the way your team should think about feature prioritization. Here's what to listen for: 00:52 Why do companies outsource software development? 02:10 What’s the difference between co…
Brad Van Vugt and Matt Harris talk about transactional emails – how to send your users emails they'll act on at critical moments in your application's lifecycle. Here's what to listen for: 00:49 What is a transactional email and how is this different from a regular email? 01:26 Can you give me s…
Justine Jordan explains how your company should treat email, the difference between designing for email and the web, and what you can do to up your open rates. Here's what to listen for: 00:44 How are most people reading email today? 02:46 What are most companies doing to send email? 04:23 What’…
Fred Stevens-Smith of Rainforest explains the need for quality assurance testing and how to actually do it in the resource constrained environment of a startup. Here's what to listen for: 4:06 What is quality assurance testing? 5:19 What are the main differences between an automated test and a Q…
Jordan Gal of CartHook talks about how he found his technical co-founder, how he de-risked his app before building it, and the tension between business and technology requirements. Here's what to listen for: 2:17 How did CartHook get started? 4:04 How did you find your technical co-founder? 6:55…
Dave Hoover on coding bootcamps and how immersive learning environments are helping to fix the developer talent shortage. Plus: should you learn to code? Here's what to listen for: 0:44 Why are software developers in such short supply? 3:01 How do developer boot camps help solve the talent short…
Basecamp's Ryan Singer on the difference between UI and UX, how to build meaningful solutions for problems and people, and what it means to "scratch the itch." Here's what to listen for: 0:40 What is user interface (UI) design? 3:14 Is focusing on user experience (UX) a distraction? 5:04 Who on …
Here's what to listen for: 0:54 What is object-oriented programming and what is procedural programming? 5:28 What is object-oriented design? 8:44 Should I plan out all my code in advance? 15:21 What makes for good software? 19:52 What is technical debt? 28:58 What is cargo culting? 32:29 What rul…
Florian Motlik on how testing and validation using the continuous integration and deployment model results in manageable, quality software. Here's what to listen for: 0:52 What is continuous integration? 4:37 What is source control? 7:50 What is automated testing? 18:59 What is high-level testin…
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 14th, 2015
Latest Episode
Oct 20th, 2015
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
24
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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