Front End Happy Hour

Front End Happy Hour

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082 - Product management - Pouring Martinis
Jun 9 • 55 min
In this episode, we’re joined by product managers, Michael Spiegelman, Cathy Conk, and Eddy Wu from Netflix to talk with us about the relationship between engineers and product managers. Guests: Michael Spiegelman - @mspiegelman Cathy Conk - @CathyConk…
081 - CSS - continually sipping sazeracs
May 26 • 39 min
In this episode, we are joined by Tyler Childs, a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix to talk with us about building out scalable CSS and share some of the exciting new features in the latest version of CSS. Guests: Tyler Childs - @TylerChilds Panelists:…
080 - User experience - what if users are drunk?
May 14 • 52 min
In this episode, we are joined by Randall Koutnik, a Senior Software Engineer at Slack to talk with us about how we should be thinking about ways to build better user experiences. Guests: Randall Koutnik Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augustus…
079 - Home-brewing front end culture
Apr 28 • 47 min
In this episode, we are joined by Katie Sylor-Miller, a Staff Software Engineer from Etsy, to talk with us about ways to help build and foster a frontend culture within your companies. Guests: Katie Sylor-Miller - @ksylor Panelists: Ryan Burgess -…
078 - Our drinks are overrated
Apr 14 • 34 min
In this episode, Jem and Ryan each toss out frontend terms, languages, technologies, and patterns to debate if they are underrated or overrated. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @JemYoung Picks: Ryan Burgess - Martha & Bros. Coffee Ryan…
077 - Career growth - beers and careers
Mar 31 • 48 min
In past episodes we’ve shared our thoughts on helping others grow or how to help interns in your company, but we haven’t discussed our thoughts on our own career growth. In this episode, we’ll share our thoughts and opinions on career growth. Panelists:…
076 - Bandersnatching our drinks
Mar 3 • 39 min
Bandersnatch is an exciting Netflix interactive film that’s not only an amazing story, it has seamless experience that Netflix engineering teams have created. In this episode, we are joined by engineering managers, Maria Kazandjieva, Maxine Cheung, and…
075 - Component libraries - sharing our drinks
Feb 18 • 44 min
In this episode, we are joined by Jeeyun Linn, and Cole Turner to talk with us about building and using component libraries in a company. Guests: Jeeyun Linn - @jeeyunit Cole Turner - @coleturner Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young -…
074 - Beer money - negotiating salaries
Feb 4 • 52 min
We’ve talked about interviewing for engineering jobs, but once you have an offer, how do you negotiate the salary? In this episode, we’re joined by Matthew Gerstman, an engineer from Dropbox to talk with us about salaries, and stock. Guests: Matthew…
073 - Drinks to go - Native mobile solutions
Jan 20 • 48 min
There are a lot of great solutions available to support a native mobile experience for your application, but what’s the best option? In this episode we are joined by Jordanna Kwok from Netflix, to talk with us about some of the solutions and how to think…
072 - Pacing our drinks - Engineering Performance
Jan 6 • 51 min
Creating performant websites and applications continues to be really important, but what about engineering performance. How do we make sure we are improving our productivity as engineers. In this episode, we are joined Jacques Favreau and Michael Paulson…
071 - Web Performance - Chugging our drinks down fast
Dec 10, 2018 • 46 min
Creating performant websites and applications continue to be more and more important. In this episode, we are joined by Addy Osmani to talk with us about web performance and some future web platform APIs that help improve performance. Guests: Addy Osmani…
070 - Senior Engineer - Master Brewer
Nov 25, 2018 • 38 min
We are often asked, what makes you a Senior Software Engineer. It’s not an easy answer, there are a lot of interesting thoughts and responses. In this episode, we are joined by Lauren Tan to help discuss our thoughts on what makes someone be a Senior…
069 - Internships - Intern-sips
Oct 28, 2018 • 50 min
Starting your career is a daunting task. You’ve learned these brand new skills, but how do you apply them and get experience? In this episode, we are joined by Moira Huang, to help us talk about internships and how best leverage an internship into a full…
068 - Progressive Web Apps - Pale Wheat Ale
Oct 15, 2018 • 52 min
Progressive Web Apps have been hailed as the next big leap forward in building web applications. In this episode we’re joined by Aaron Gustafson from Microsoft to talk all about PWA’s and the future of the web. Guests: Aaron Gustafson - @AaronGustafson…
067 - Ethics - to drink or not to drink?
Oct 1, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode, we recorded a special live discussion on ethics in software development. The panel discussion was part of Certified Fresh Events with host Brian Rinaldi.
066 - Type systems - a static drink list
Sep 17, 2018 • 50 min
Static type systems in JavaScript provide a lot of value and have been growing in popularity. In this episode, we’re joined by Lauren Tan and Kunal Bohra to talk with us about the benefits of leveraging a type system in your codebase. Guests: Lauren Tan -…
065 - Recruiting - do you have time for a quick beer?
Sep 3, 2018 • 58 min
We’ve had a lot of great recruiting discussions on previous episodes. In this episode, we’re joined by 3 recruiters, Matt Stephenson, Zack Skelly, and Chris Ahsing from 3 different startups to talk with us about how to stand out as an engineer, and what…
064 - Librations - JavaScript libraries
Aug 19, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode, we’ll be discussing JavaScript libraries. We talk about when to use a library and when it might not be that practical. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @JemYoung Stacy London - @stacylondoner Picks: Ryan Burgess -…
063 - IoT - Internet of Tequila
Aug 5, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, we share our thoughts on IoT and smart devices in the home. We also talk about how JavaScript can be used to create your own smart devices. To talk with us about the smart devices, we’re joined by our guest, Sarah Showers from LinkedIn.…
062 - Web Components - shots of shadow dom
Jul 22, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode, we talk with Ravi Srinivas and Erick Purino from Netflix to share how they are leveraging Web Components to create dynamic advertisements across the web. Guests: Ravi Srinivas - @ducktyped Erick Purino - @superbokbok Panelists: Ryan…
061 - Build tooling - brewing complex bundles
Jul 9, 2018 • 51 min
The front end ecosystem of build tooling continues to grow and become more powerful over the years. In this episode, we’re joined by Jamie Kyle and Maia Teegarden to talk with us about the power of build tools. Guests: Jamie Kyle - @jamiebuilds Maia…
060 - Shots to growlers - finding the right size drink
Jun 25, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode, we are joined by Shirley Wu and Brian Holt to talk with us about the various experiences we’ve had with startups, large companies, agencies, and freelance work. Guests: Shirley Wu - @sxywu Brian Holt - @holtbt Panelists: Ryan Burgess -…
059 - A/B testing - Ale or Bourbon?
Jun 11, 2018 • 49 min
In our previous episode, we talked about user testing and to better understand how a product or application resonates with users. In this episode, we’re joined by Lisa Burgess to help talk with us about another great way to get user feedback, A/B testing.…
058 - User testing - Even a drunk person can do it
May 28, 2018 • 47 min
A lot of the work we do impacts the people using the product or application we’ve made and it’s important to understand how our users resonate with the products we create. A great way to better understand what works for a user is by doing user testing. In…
057 - Falcor - Modeling our drinks
May 13, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode, we’re joined by the Netflix Software Engineer, Anup Bishnoi to talk with us about the Netflix, open source, virtual JSON graph library, Falcor. Guests: Anup Bishnoi - @asyncanup Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young -…
056 - Drink-a-thon onstage at Reactathon
Apr 29, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode, we were live on stage at Reactathon conference in San Francisco discussing how to scale a React application. We share our thoughts on to best approaches to creating a good structure for your codebase at scale. We also share our…
055 - A mixologist’s tools
Apr 16, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, we discuss how we stay productive in our jobs. To help us with the discussion, we’re joined by Ellen Chisa, CEO, and Cofounder of Dark. We talk about tools and strategies we’ve found useful to help stay productive. Guests: Ellen Chisa -…
054 - Wasted on Elm
Apr 1, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode, we are joined by Richard Feldman to talk about the functional language Elm, which compiles to JavaScript. In the episode, we learn about the benefits to leveraging Elm and how to get started. Guests: Richard Fledman - @rtfeldman…
053 - Bar-tending to your codebase
Mar 18, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, we recorded live at SacJS event in Sacramento, California. On stage we discuss the challenges of migrating a codebase and when to make the decision its the right time to refactor. We share lessons we’ve learned from past experiences.…
052 - Looking Forward to a drink
Mar 4, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode, we recorded live on stage at Forward JS conference in San Francisco. We were joined by our special guest, Allen Wirfs-Brock to talk about how the web has changed over the years and how JavaScript has been a large influence. Guests: Allen…
051 - Gin and toxic culture
Feb 18, 2018 • 54 min
In this episode, we’ll be discussing things we’ve noticed in companies that have unhealthy culture, shady business practices, moving business targets and more. We talk about ways to avoid an unhealthy culture and how to help improve one. Panelists: Ryan…
050 - Angling for a drink
Feb 5, 2018 • 45 min
For our 50th episode, we are on stage live at the 2018 ngATL conference. We are joined by four of the talented speakers, Aimee Knight, Simona Cotin, John Papa, and April Wensel to talk about the state of Angular. Guests: Aimee Knight - @Aimee_Knight…
049 - Independent taste testing
Jan 21, 2018 • 69 min
We are back in 2018, for the first episode of the New Year we have two special guests, Shirley Wu and Amy Wibowo to talk with us about freelancing and running your own business. We discuss how to start freelance work, how to manage clients and how to…
048 - Toast to a new year
Dec 18, 2017 • 59 min
It’s been a great year! With 2017 coming to an end, we’ve decided to talk the highlights, trends, and disappointments of the year. We also talk about what we’re excited about in 2018. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augustus Yuan - @augburto Jem…
047 - Speak(easy)
Nov 26, 2017 • 49 min
Often times in our careers we’ve wanted to speak at conferences, meetups or even within our companies. It’s been a great way to share ideas and things we’ve learned. Giving a tech talk isn’t always the easiest thing. In this episode, we’ll be discussing…
046 - Locking down the liquor
Nov 14, 2017 • 49 min
In this episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, we discuss how as front end engineers we can impact security vulnerabilities in the applications and websites we are creating. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @JemYoung Derrick…
045 - Getting the bartender’s attention
Oct 29, 2017 • 53 min
In a previous episode, we discussed working with a recruiter during a job interview process. In this episode, we’re joined by Netflix recruiter, Bianca Bortolussi to discuss ways to help your engineering profile stand out to recruiters and hiring…
044 - Champagne ideas and caviar dreams
Oct 15, 2017 • 50 min
Writing great code isn’t always the only part of our jobs. In order to impact changes on our teams or the business, we need to be able to persuade others to buy into your ideas. This could be in the form of migrating to a new technology, process or even…
043 - Our first drink
Oct 1, 2017 • 58 min
We all had to start somewhere. In this episode, we are joined by Preethi Kasireddy to talk with us about her and our experiences of being a beginner to coding. Guests: Preethi Kasireddy - @iam_preethi Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Derrick…
042 - Work hard, drink hard
Sep 13, 2017 • 56 min
There’s always a lot to be done, but having a good work life balance is extremely important. In this episode, we are joined by Sarah Showers from LinkedIn, to talk with us about work life balance. We share our thoughts on what work life balance means to…
041 - Maintaining a healthy buzz
Aug 28, 2017 • 54 min
Maintaining and scaling code is an important aspect of our careers. In this episode, we discuss and share ideas to help keep a healthy code base that will scale with your company. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augustus Yuan - @augburto Stacy…
040 - React Native - Mix Once, Drink Everywhere
Aug 15, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Naoufal Kadhom, a Software Engineer from Netflix who’s also just released a payment library for React Native. In the episode, we’ll be discussing React Native and what it’s like to leverage it for Android and iOS…
039 - Smashed after a Swift shot
Jul 29, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Stefan Stumpfl, a mobile software engineer at LinkedIn working on LinkedIn Learning. During the past 5 years as an iOS developer, he has experience ranging from building his own app on a small 2-person team to larger teams…
038 - Plotting our drinks
Jul 18, 2017 • 56 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Shirley Wu, a Freelance Software Engineer who focuses on Data Visualization. Shirley shares a lot of knowledge about Data Visualization using JavaScript. Guests: Shirley Wu - @sxywu Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan…
037 - Amazing Manhattans Anywhere
Jul 5, 2017 • 57 min
We’ve received a lot of great questions from our listeners and wanted to take the time to answer them as an AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode. Thank you all for the great questions, we had a lot of fun answering them. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan…
036 - First drink in a new bar
Jun 18, 2017 • 44 min
Starting a new job is never easy, but a good onboarding process can make all the difference. In this episode, we talk about our experiences with onboarding at companies we’ve worked at and share our thoughts on what makes a good experience when starting a…
035 - Top shelf style guides
Jun 4, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Jyri Tuulos and Josh London to help discuss reusable components and building style guides. Jyri is a Staff Engineer at AdRoll and Josh is a Senior Designer at Netflix. We discuss best practices companies are leveraging…
034 - npm install beer —save-in-mouth
May 22, 2017 • 53 min
In this episode, we are joined by Laurie Voss, the COO and former CTO at npm. Npm, also known as Node Package Manager has been an important tool in the JavaScript community and has helped engineers share their code. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing…
033 - One part beer, three parts web components. Add lemon to taste
May 7, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode, we are joined by Trey Shugart who is a front-end developer (Principal Developer) at Atlassian, proponent of web components, and author of SkateJS to talk about Web Components. Items mentioned in the episode: Fast and the Furious 8, Skate…
032 - Imposter Syndrome - These are not the drinks you’re looking for
Apr 23, 2017 • 44 min
What’s it like to deal with Imposter Syndrome? In this episode, we are joined by Jessica Grist, a Software Engineer at Adroll to discuss how we’ve all experience Imposter Syndrome in our careers and share ways to help deal with it. Guests: Jessica Grist -…
031 - A flaming shot of burnout
Apr 9, 2017 • 47 min
Burnout is not a rare phenomenon that engineers deal with. In this episode, we talk about the ways we’ve been affected by burnout and how we’ve dealt with it. We discuss past experiences that have created burnout for us and ways we can prevent it from…
030 - Static site generators and dynamic drink drinkers
Mar 24, 2017 • 55 min
Websites have gotten a lot more complicated over the years. What happened to static HTML? In this episode we’re joined by Harry Wolff, the creator of Reptar, to talk about leveraging build tools to create static generated sites. We talk about the pros and…
029 - Alcoholic Angular
Mar 12, 2017 • 53 min
In this episode, we’re joined by our special guest, Ay┼čegül Yönet, a Software Engineer Autodesk, who will help us discuss the popular Google JavaScript framework Angular. In the episode, we discuss the benefits of leveraging Angular and what the major…
028 - JavaScript Universi-LongIslandIce-ty
Feb 26, 2017 • 53 min
We’ve all started somewhere. JavaScript isn’t always an easy language to learn. In this episode, we’re joined by Gordon Zhu, who teaches workshops on JavaScript at Watch and Code. We are also joined by Luis Vargas, a Senior Manager on Global Payments at…
027 - A drink for the “Rust” of us
Feb 16, 2017 • 45 min
Rust is an exciting systems programming language that’s being developed in Mozilla. In this episode, we’re joined by Jafar Husain to talk about the Rust and what the benefits of leveraging a language like Rust. We also talk about why a JavaScript engineer…
026 - Design, neat
Feb 7, 2017 • 54 min
In this episode, we’re joined by Julie Horvath, a Design Lead at Apple to help us talk about design. We discuss ways to help improve the collaboration between designers and frontend developers. Julie shares her perspective on building great user…
025 - From bar-back to frontender
Jan 25, 2017 • 45 min
We’ve all started out somewhere in our career. In previous episodes, we’ve talked about various ways we’ve learned front end development, but haven’t touched on mentorship. In this episode, Sarah Showers joins us in the conversation about starting out as…
024 - The hangover of 2016
Jan 16, 2017 • 52 min
As we look forward to all the great trends and changes that will happen in 2017, in this episode we discuss our thoughts and opinions on the various development trends and notable things that happened in 2016. Looking forward on 2017, we share some of the…
023 - Ember - Gin & Tomster
Dec 30, 2016 • 44 min
Ember is a growing JavaScript framework that large companies like LinkedIn are using for their web application. In this episode, we are joined by Stacy London from Atlassian to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of leveraging Ember as a JavaScript…
022 - Drinking with more style and less sass
Dec 16, 2016 • 52 min
Writing CSS seems pretty straight forward until your project and team starts to grow. CSS has a lot of issues, in this episode we share some advice for making it a little bit easier. We’ll also discuss ways to create a scalable CSS architecture for large…
021 - Mixed drinks and mixed languages
Dec 5, 2016 • 42 min
Have you had to deal with supporting more than one language in your web application? Offering content in several languages makes a better experience for your users but it can add many layers of complexity in your application’s design and architecture. In…
020 - Wasted on workflows
Nov 20, 2016 • 51 min
We are lost without our tools. In this episode, we share the tools and applications we can’t live without. We discuss what development environments we use and plugins we find useful. Items mentioned in the episode: MacOS, Windows, Ubuntu, .NET, C#,…
019 - Drinking to digital nomads
Nov 7, 2016 • 57 min
The idea of working remotely has become more realistic over the past few years, making it easier for engineers to do their work without being tied to a physical location. In this episode, we are joined by Darren Buckner, Founder and CEO of Workfrom, and…
018 - Shotgunning websites: web performance
Oct 29, 2016 • 44 min
Users are extremely sensitive to web performance. The slightest change in a website’s load time can impact a user staying or going. In this episode we talk about ways to help improve web performance and why it’s so important. Items mentioned in the…
017 - Managing our drinks
Oct 13, 2016 • 50 min
In this episode, we are joined by Chris Saint-Amant from Netflix to help discuss what it’s like to transition from being an engineer to becoming an engineering manager. We share our thoughts on what engineers expect in their manager and share advice for…
016 - Spilled beer and epic fails
Sep 25, 2016 • 41 min
As an engineer we build things, but we also make mistakes or introduce bugs into the software we write. In this episode, we share horror stories of things that we’ve experienced in our careers and how we’ve learned from them. Hopefully, this episode helps…
015 - A flight of JavaScript frameworks
Sep 13, 2016 • 48 min
In the JavaScript community, we have a lot of amazing frameworks that help us in our day to day work. It can be at times overwhelming to understand what framework is the best one to use. In this episode, we discuss our thoughts and opinions on the various…
014 - Hangovers and hotels: engineer conferences
Aug 28, 2016 • 35 min
Conferences continue to be a great way to learn and grow as an engineer. In the 14th episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast we discuss the value of conferences and why you might want to attend. It’s a special episode because we recorded at React…
013 - Drinking in the present to learn future JavaScript
Aug 18, 2016 • 65 min
In episode 13 of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, we’re joined by Jafar Husain from Netflix to talk with us about the future of JavaScript. Jafar is part of the TC-39 committee that helps determine the future specs of ECMAScript. Jafar shares a lot of…
012 - Ninja rockstar whiskey drinker with 10 years IPA experience
Aug 8, 2016 • 55 min
As an engineer or developer we currently fortunate enough to have a wide selection of amazing jobs and companies to work for. Although we have a wide selection of jobs, finding the right one is extremely important and may require some additional work. In…
011 - Transpilers - slow down and drink
Jul 28, 2016 • 45 min
Leveraging transpilers is extremely helpful in allowing us to extend the JavaScript language in ways JavaScript engines cannot. There are a lot of amazing transpilers available in the JavaScript community and we all love transpilers, but there are things…
010 - Raise your glass to women in tech
Jul 12, 2016 • 57 min
In the technology industry we’re continually trying to grow the diversity of people who are working in the space. Most recently there have been a lot of great efforts made to increase the number of women in tech. In this episode we are joined by two…
009 - Scotch makes us animated
Jun 7, 2016 • 52 min
In this episode we learn about animating with JavaScript. We’re joined by a special guest, Sarah Drasner, who is an expert in JavaScript and SVG animations. Having good animations in your product is really important for the overall user experience. In the…
008 - A Shot of Silicon Valley
May 24, 2016 • 59 min
Working in Silicon Valley is very unique. We work in a bubble, immersed in technology. There are billboards about frameworks, technology, and gadgets. Coffee shops are filled with people on Macbooks covered in stickers. Conversations on the train, coffee…
007 - a11y Cocktail
May 15, 2016 • 68 min
In this episode, we have a special guest joining us to talk about digital accessibility, Jennison Asuncion who is a leader in the accessibility community and has a lot of information to help us improve our websites and applications be more accessible for…
006 - Unit testing and whiskey tasting
Apr 25, 2016 • 51 min
We’ve all heard unit testing is good, but how do you get started writing unit tests? In this episode of Front End Happy Hour we share our experiences and advice writing unit tests. We discuss why it’s important and beneficial to have unit tests in your…
005 - Interviews make us drink
Apr 14, 2016 • 70 min
In order to work professionally as a front end developer, there is always an intense interview process. In this episode, we share our experiences and thoughts on the interviews we’ve done in the past. Not only have we had experience being interviewed,…
004 - ES6 and a Six Pack
Apr 4, 2016 • 61 min
ECMAScript 6 was a major release for the JavaScript language. There’s a lot of great new features that have been added. In this episode we discuss how you can start using ES6 today and what we’ll start seeing in the next year for the latest update to…
003 - From head to footer
Mar 24, 2016 • 52 min
In this ever changing industry of front end development, developers are constantly learning. In this episode of Front End Happy Hour we discuss everything from our school backgrounds and what lead us to front end development. We also share ways we stay up…
002 - RxJS - Async and Drink
Mar 16, 2016 • 54 min
In the second episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, our special guest, Ben Lesh joins us to talk about all the great things in RxJS 5. Items mentioned in the episode: Rx Marbles Guests: Ben Lesh - @BenLesh Panelists: Brian Holt - @holtbt Jem Young…
001 - The state of web development
Feb 29, 2016 • 48 min
For our very first episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, we have our panelists (Augustus Yuan, Derrick Showers, Jem Young, Ryan Anklam and Ryan Burgess) discuss their opinions on the Medium article posted in early January, titled “The Sad State of…