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Stories and interviews from people on their coding journey.
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S9:E5 - 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 ...
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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...
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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 M...
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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 2...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 me...
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S9:E0 - Season 9 trailer (Jeffrey Liebert, Ali Spittel, Mina Markham, Dave Thomas, Andy Hunt)

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 de...
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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....
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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...
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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 Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponso...
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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 Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) Linode (sponsor) Actualize (sponsor) SQL R (prog...
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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 Flatiron School (sponsor) Red Hat (sponsor) ...
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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 H...
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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 Flatiron School (spo...
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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 fo...
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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 ...
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S7:E7 - When things go wrong at work (Jamie-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? ...
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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 o...
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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 ...
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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 introduc...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 t...
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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 sour...
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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, que...
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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...
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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, ...
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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 y...
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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 mos...
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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 o...
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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 Hove...
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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,...
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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? Co...
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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 firs...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 pro...
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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 co...
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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 worksho...
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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 co...
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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: ...
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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 not...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 Digital Ocean (sponsor)...
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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 c...
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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 kindne...
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