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Ep. 28: With Great Metrics Comes Great Responsibility - Max Kanat-Alexander on Developer Productivity at LinkedIn

Episode Description: Developer Productivity Engineering is becoming more and more a mainstream idea. But what does it mean and how does it apply to me? Today we talk with an engineering wizard, Max Kanat-Alexander about how his company, LinkedIn, thinks about developer productivity. Using his team as framing we will investigate methodologies and approaches he and his team use that enables happier and more productive engineers. Max has held numerous roles throughout his career including Chief Architect for the open-source Bugzilla project and Tech Lead for Code Health at Google....

November 14, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 27: Smiling Security - Sentinel Serenades with Laura Bell Main

Episode Description Your password must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, a special character and be at least 8 characters long. These directions should be all too familiar to you when creating a new password for some new account you are signing up for. Have you ever stopped to think about why these requirements exist? Today, we are joined by, Laura Bell Main, a passionate cyber security expert who will share her journey with us into the wide world of security, help us understand the importance of security and ground us in a daunting world with simple and effective ways to secure our digital lives....

October 10, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 26: Inclusivity Is For All - Building an accessible web with Punk Rock, CrossFit and Derek Fons

Episode Description For front end engineers there are so many frameworks that abstract away the actual HTML sometimes making accessibility and web fundamentals an afterthought. Accessibility in 2023 must be a 1st class citizen. How do you know if you are making things accessible for your users? Today we are joined by, Derek Fons, a passionate engineer to discuss building a community with empathy, web fundamentals, simple things you can do to make a more accessible website and more....

September 12, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 25: Real World Mindset - Serving Empathetic Engineering with Kelsey Hightower

Episode Description When you think of Kubernetes or Docker, I bet empathy is not the first word that comes to mind. Today, I am joined by, Kelsey Hightower whose passion it is to bring empathy to work everyday and we talk about how to reframe our approach to building tools for humans, learning from the physical world, config management, containerization and more. Kelsey earned his CompTIA A+ certification and began his career working at BellSouth installing DSL....

August 7, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 24: The HOWL stack is your new tech stack - An explanation of Hypermedia and HTMX with Carson Gross

Episode Description What is your tech stack of choice these days? Have you tried the HOWL stack? Do you have front end clients that are bloated, have huge bundle sizes and have complicated tooling? Are you having to write business logic on the server AND the front end? The HOWL stack might be just for you. The HOWL stack is Hypermedia On Whatever (backend) you’d Like. Hypertext you say? Yeah you know like text displayed on a computer screen that has references to other text....

July 10, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 23: Always Be Curious - The ABCs of running your own software consultancy with Matthew Holland

Episode Description There are so many different types of career paths in the world of software, how do you know which path to take? Would you like wearing many hats (not just software), working for yourself and being exposed to lots of different types of tech? If so, maybe software consulting is the right path. In today’s episode we are joined by a React Native Mobile consultant who will answer questions like how do you put yourself out there to become a consultant?...

June 12, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 22: Contending with Contenda - Crafting a video to text AI catalyst with Lilly Chen

Episode Description Sign up for a Private Contenda Beta @ The tech landscape is exploding with AI tools to help you automate all sorts of workflows like code completion with Github Copilot or personal assistants like Chat GPT. But what about if you are a content creator with hours of recorded video content, what tools exist for you? “Content is King” so you have to be putting out diverse content continuously....

May 8, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 21: iSnap youSnap let’s build a scalable app - Designing for scale with Denny Sam

Episode Description When you design and build a web application for scale, you need to make a lot of decisions and small details can add up to create massive impact. So when you build a web application how do you know what framework to use, which cloud provider to choose or database solution to use? Relational, Document, Graph? You may also need users to login to your site but how do you authenticate them?...

April 10, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 20: DxE and Me - Reducing time to hello world through Developer Experience Engineering with Cassidy Williams

Episode Description As a developer have you ever worked on an API endpoint but you can’t easily find the documentation for the API to see how pieces work, or can’t find the specific sequence diagram on how your domains interact, or how about using some clunky outdated internal tool that you have to use to compile your code, well your user experience is suffering, more specifically your developer experience is poor....

March 7, 2023 · 3 min · Nigel Finley
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Ep. 19: Grab your cloak and wand its TypeScript Wizardry time with Matt Pocock

Episode Description TypeScript here, TypeScript there, everywhere a little TypeScript! Grab your cloak and wand and join us on this wizarding journey!! That’s right today’s episode is all things TypeScript. We dive into TypeScript and uncover its true power of catching errors early, running anywhere javascript does, and giving you type inference all with the help form a true master of the language. We also touch on different ways to think about imposter syndrome and ways to grow your audience as a content creator....

February 6, 2023 · 2 min · Nigel Finley