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This Old App

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A podcast about learning, coding, smashing stuff together, breaking things apart, startups, failing, winning, and any other buzzwords we can think of..
24: React-ions and Corrections to Last Week
Nov 20 • 28 min
Last week’s episode about the speed of React development either struck a nerve, had enough keywords for a Google SEO explosion, or involved a prominent member of the React dev team (cough, Mr. Abramov) for us to hit our highest ratings, yet. So we…
23: Is React the Popular Kid in School?
Nov 13 • 62 min
During Randy’s interviewing stint, he spoke to a good number of firms that had needs for different stacks, but one particular framework stood out: React. Startups, small firms, and enterprise firms, alike, all seemed to have projects involving flavors of…
22: Chipping Away at Project Blockers
Oct 30 • 43 min
Don continues to work on his Azure-backed PDF processing application and describes his process to fix a number of blockers. After making progress, Randy asks him about widget pipeline options, like IFTTT and Zapier, and then attempts to invoice Don for…
21: Debugging Azure with Ego Driven Development
Oct 16 • 46 min
In another effort to prevent Don and Randy from working on the same stack, Don wanders off into Microsoft land to build a web app on Azure, and promptly runs into trouble. Through a little troubleshooting, they figure out the problem while discussing the…
20: Thinking About Smart Homes
Oct 9 • 29 min
After a two-week break, we return to discuss how Randy’s buying a house and is thinking about all the new tech and gadgets he can add to it. We discuss home automation, the unnecessary features added to some appliances, and the cool stuff being added to…
19: To Test or Not to Test?
Sep 18 • 50 min
Do you practice test-driven development or feel left out of the “cool-kids” club of folks that swear testing is a necessity to develop quality code? We discuss our history with testing, how we haven’t always used it, the struggle to learn it, and how…
18: What to Use for Mobile Development?
Aug 28 • 46 min
We discuss the state of development around iPhone and Android development, mainly with using non-native code bases. Randy makes valid complaints about Apple. Don wonders why he isn’t allowed to complain about Apple. The subjects of ReactNative,…
17: Grab Bag - GraphQL vs REST, Websockets, Uber Fusion, Redux Sux, and Firestore Search
Aug 7 • 56 min
Don and Randy get back from a couple weeks of trips and projects and discuss a grab-bag of subjects of things they’ve worked on or learned.
16: Returning to Game Development with Renee Lahoff
Jul 24 • 41 min
We speak with Renee Lahoff, content editor for Moms Can: Code, who began a career years ago as a game developer, left the industry to start a family, and found that a return to the business wasn’t as difficult as expected. Topics covered: Unity, Game Jam,…
15: Benefits of Coding While Streaming with Jesse Weigel
Jul 10 • 47 min
Jesse Weigel talks about being a self-taught developer, how he got started live-streaming his code on FreeCodeCamp and YouTube, and how creating a coding community makes him a better developer.
14: Moms Can: Code with Bekah Hawrot Weigel
Jun 26 • 52 min
After giving birth to her fourth child, and suffering a serious medical issue in the process, Bekah Hawrot Weigel coped by finding a new path in life as a software developer. We talk about how she joined Moms Can: Code, founded by Erica Peterson, and…
13: Callbacks! and Promises! and Awaits! Oh My!
Jun 19 • 28 min
We discuss the asynchronous nature of JavaScript, the old-person method of callbacks, the evolution to Promises, and then the shiny new car of Async/Await. We whine about the learning curve of all three approaches and try to figure out why so many blog…
12: Relational vs Document DBs
Jun 12 • 51 min
We yell at document datastores to get off our lawns! We talk about the joys of SQL and 50-year-old relational databases we grew up with, trying to make sense of why MongoDB, Firestore, and Dynamo are necessary, and Randy’s unhealthy love for Materialized…
11: Project Chasms - Part 3, Prototype Feedback and The Bug
Jun 5 • 40 min
We discuss our prototype of Chasms as it’s used in the wild, successfully supporting a real business.
10: Appraising Alexa (and other voice interfaces)
May 29 • 54 min
We talk about Alexa development, the strong developer ecosystem Amazon is investing for it, some of the privacy problems it’s facing, and a few quips about Apple, Google, Microsoft, and even Samsung.
9: Finding Firebase
May 22 • 47 min
We talk about Firebase as a new backend tool for a few projects we’re working on and cover many of its features, what is weird about it, and why this seems to be a product in which Google is making a big investment. Hint: It’s about the Person, er, people!
8: Project Chasms - Part 2, Debugging and Brainstorming
May 15 • 39 min
In another installment related to the Chasms app, we discuss errors with the prototype, finding the right balance of customer/product fit, and the need to brainstorm without adding requirements to the ideas.
7: Project Chasms - Part 1, Getting Started
May 8 • 17 min
Listen as Don and Randy begin a new side project together from problem/solution explanation, planning, and build approach. We aim to reduce the product scope and target a quicker launch of the prototype.
6: Why do we podcast (and other projects)?
May 1 • 45 min
People (and ourselves) have been asking: Why are you all doing this? What is motivating you to podcast? In this episode, we discuss our motivations for podcasting, our side projects, and why we’re doing multiple challenges at the same time.
5: The 30-Day Deadline of Failure and Follow-Through
Apr 24 • 32 min
Mark Thompson gave himself a tough 30-day deadline to build and launch the first version of his app, TotallyStrong.me. Setting a goal gave him tremendous motivation, but also served him with a strong dose of feeling failure. Find out how Mark finally…
4: Learning and Shipping with Flutter
Apr 17 • 23 min
Mark Thompson discusses his learning and launching a native app using Flutter, a new cross-platform framework developed by Google.
3: Learning CSS Grid
Apr 9 • 20 min
We have a guest, Megan Schemmel, discuss her new career as a developer, learning Wordpress, and taking on the new Grid functionality of CSS
2: Learning JavaScript (Better)
Apr 8 • 16 min
Don and Randy discuss the steps we’ve taken to better learn JavaScript, Node.js, React, and React Native. A whole lotta videos and pain.
1: The Intro!
Apr 6 • 6 min
Randy and Don introduce our new, loose-form podcast, and talk about how it contrasts with our more formal, parent podcast, CTO Think.