Model View Conversation

Model View Conversation

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America’s Premier Tech Education Podcast


33: The NFL or the A-Team
Feb 17 • 36 min
The guys continue their discussion from last time on how to decide what kind of developer to become. They talk team size preferences, whether you like to be on the frontier or work with established best practices, and finish up with the importance of…
32: The iPhone is a Submarine
Feb 4 • 43 min
Ben and Brian explore the different kinds of developer you can become and how you might go about picking a platform/language to learn. There was so much to talk about, we needed to cover this in two episodes, so stay tuned for more next time. Follow us on…
31: A Textbook Case of Developer
Jan 13 • 52 min
Ben and Brian sit down with Brandi Bailey, a lifelong learner and a current iOS student at Lambda School. Brandi recounts her earliest memories of exploring the world of programming all the way to her current struggles and triumphs of learning iOS…
30: A Festivus for the Restivus
Dec 23, 2019 • 45 min
Happy Festivus everyone! On this last episode of the year, Ben and Brian tell you about all the tech things that have annoyed them so far in 2019, as well as their biggest tech accomplishments and a vision for a possible future in 2020. A departure from…
29: Don’t Join the Nerd Wars
Dec 11, 2019 • 61 min
Ben and Brian discuss the age-old and never ending debate on code structure and organization. They help disambiguate requirements from conventions and some stuff that's just one person's opinion. Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast. Chapters 00:00 - Intro…
28: You Can’t Make a Second First Impression
Nov 25, 2019 • 58 min
Ben and Brian discuss the happy news of Brian's new job and what might be the best practices for starting off a new job on the right foot. They chat about everything from making a good first impression, to relationship building with co-workers and…
27: The Old Man and the C
Nov 11, 2019 • 45 min
Ben and Brian chat with their first returning guest of the podcast, Ben's dad Joe! He's back and he's got news (and a little wisdom) to share with everyone. Listen to find out what it's like to be on the job hunt at 60 years old and how the challenges…
26: Jump in an Elevator and Talk to Yourself
Oct 28, 2019 • 66 min
Ben and Brian dive into a discussion about how to sell yourself during the interview process. They talk about the importance of having a personal elevator pitch, how to change your approach with each kind of person you'll encounter in the interview, and…
25: Refill Your Social Battery
Oct 7, 2019 • 59 min
The guys run through the advantages and usefulness of attending and potentially speaking at technical conferences. They provide advice on how to find the right conference and techniques for maximizing your experience while you're there. Follow us on…
24: A Need to Nerd Basis
Sep 23, 2019 • 58 min
The guys sit down with Lee Warrick, a junior front end web developer who recently attended a local bootcamp after years of being a firefighter and nurse. They talk about his transition from healthcare to programming, how the college experience differed…
23: Refill Your Tank with Fun
Sep 2, 2019 • 56 min
Ben and Brian discuss the importance of nurturing other interests besides coding, and how to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Whether you're just starting out, in the middle of an intense school program, or involved in a busy work schedule, it's…
22: Jack of All Trades, Master of One
Aug 19, 2019 • 62 min
Ben and Brian discuss how the educational landscape has changed since they became educators. They touch on how to create a nurturing classroom environment despite the pacing of the technnology industry and both the improvements and setbacks in they've…
Episode 21: Tell Your Story
Aug 5, 2019 • 60 min
Season 2 has arrived and Ben and Brian are back after a much appreciated hiatus! Thanks for sticking with us. On the season premiere episode, they discuss how to build a public narrative around your current career achievements as well as the goals you…
Episode 20: The Differently Technical
Jun 10, 2019 • 61 min
Welcome to the season finale of Model View Conversation! We hope you've enjoyed learning and growing with us. It's been almost a year since we started the show, which is hard to believe. Even though this is the end of season 1, don't worry. We've got some…
Episode 19: Ways to Learn, Part II
May 27, 2019 • 51 min
The guys return to finish their discussion of the different ways you can engage in learning about programming. This time they delve into online courses, bootcamp and other concentrated learning environments, and the importance of building stuff on your…
Episode 18: Ways to Learn, Part I
May 13, 2019 • 46 min
Ben and Brian discuss many different ways you can get started and learn about programming. So many ways in fact, we had to break it up into two parts! In this one we talk about books, onine tutorials, and podcasts. If none of those work for you, fear not…
Episode 17: The Invention of Fire
Apr 28, 2019 • 60 min
Ben and Brian discuss what it's like working with non-technical people or for a fundamentally non-technical company and how to navigate that as a programmer. They share their experiences with that at previous and current jobs as well as their best…
Episode 16: Not an Imposter
Apr 1, 2019 • 54 min
Ben and Brian discuss the important phenomenon of imposter syndrome and how it can create real roadblocks for developers in their career advancement. They discuss their own struggles with it both as juniors and even now as senior devs and what can be done…
Episode 15: We Were All Young Once
Mar 19, 2019 • 75 min
On this very special episode of Model View Conversation, the guys interview one of Ben's former iOS students, Shane Nelson, to see what he's been up to since graduation and how his career has progressed. Shane also has some questions for the hosts on how…
Episode 14: Don’t Cross the Streams
Mar 4, 2019 • 22 min
We have an exciting announcement we wanted to share. This is not like our usual episodes, but don't worry, we'll be back with our regularly scheduled programming next time. Please consider checking out our livestreams if live coding and seeing the full…
Episode 13: The Colonel’s Secret Recipe
Feb 18, 2019 • 55 min
Ben and Brian talk about where and how they do their daily work and offer advice about how to stay focused when working in potentially busy environments. They end by venturing into a couple of the more popular programming religious wars (spaces ftw!).…
Episode 12: Interview with an Interviewer
Feb 4, 2019 • 59 min
Ben and Brian are joined this time by their friend and former colleague David Rogers. He's a senior web developer and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. They cover everything from his career history so far to his extensive experience vetting and…
Episode 11: Engineer Your Life Habits
Jan 21, 2019 • 45 min
Ben and Brian ring in the new year (a little late) by discussing how they approach new year's resolutions and how they might apply that kind of goal making to their professional ambitions. Brian suggests breaking up your yearly goals into more digestible…
Episode 10: Done is Better Than Complicated
Jan 7, 2019 • 49 min
You need experience to be considered for a position, but how do you get it? Working on your own project is a great way to prove your skillset and showcase your unique vision. So what do you work on? How do you show off your work? What size project should…
Episode 9: For Sixty-Five, You Get Deluxe Me
Dec 24, 2018 • 56 min
Ben and Brian tackle the tricky subject of job salary negotiation. How do you even start? What is on the table and what isn't (hint: everything is)? How do to you navigate this process when you don't have much leverage in the industry? Be sure to listen…
Episode 8: The Jeopardy Effect
Dec 10, 2018 • 59 min
The guys dig into the ever scary topic of technical interviews. They share war stories about good (and bad) interviews they've been on themselves, how they'd like to steer interviews into more productive discussions, and even provide some useful questions…
Episode 7: Rounds Up to Three
Nov 26, 2018 • 54 min
Ben and Brian continue their discussion of how to get your first (or second) job as a new developer. This time it's all about resumes and applications. They discuss their own resumes and how they typically approach the average dev job posting. Do's and…
Episode 6: Get to Work
Nov 12, 2018 • 42 min
This episode marks the beginning of a new series centered around the topic of getting your first job as a junior developer. In this episode Ben and Brian provide an overview of the things you might be concerned with regarding the hiring process. In the…
Episode 5: Learn on Your Own
Oct 29, 2018 • 48 min
Jonny B and Caleb Stultz are here to discuss their own paths to development and what it's like to now be teaching others to code. Topics include things they wish they'd known when they started, how much work really goes into making online coding courses,…
Episode 4: Perspective & Autonomy
Oct 15, 2018 • 39 min
Ben and Brian ponder whether work/life balance is possible and if so, how to obtain it, particularly if you are new to the industry. Topics include: whether it's possible to have software development as a hobby if you already do that for your day job;…
Episode 3: Dev Team Assemble!
Oct 1, 2018 • 52 min
Ben and Brian discuss the pros and cons of working in groups as a junior developer. They continue by imagining the ideal characteristics of a group dynamic to foster juniors and build up their skills. Lastly, they give some advice on how to recognize and…
Episode 2: Driving Stick and Bailing Hay
Sep 17, 2018 • 49 min
Ben and Brian discuss self learning in this episode. Topics include: being unafraid of experimentation with new languages and techniques, learning how to learn, and resources that help facilitate learning. Chapters 00:00 - Intro 00:15 - Will this break?…
Episode 1: Who are We Exactly
Aug 30, 2018 • 14 min
We're on the air! It's been a long time coming (for us at least), but we've finally gotten all our i's crossed and t's dotted (we may have some work to do yet). Welcome to Model View Conversation, a tech education podcast devoted to those new to the tech…