Tech Jr

Tech Jr
A Tech podcast by Juniors Devs, for Junior Devs!

Authentication and GraphQL for junior devs with Sam Julien
May 29 • 68 min
Sam Julien, dev advocate for Auth0 joins us to explain authentication strategies for early career devs, as well as GraphQL
Successfully making a career change and learning Ruby with Will Johnson
May 20 • 77 min
Will Johnson returns to share his success since we last spoke on the show. We talk about Will’s work at Egghead, learning Ruby, and how his life has changed since breaking into the tech industry.
JavaScript Game Development in PhaserJS with SharpFives
May 13 • 74 min
Alex Hrybyk, aka SharpFives joins us this week to talk about game development in JavaScript with PhaserJS. Alex not only does the code, but the music and art for his games; we dig into his entire game production process.
Salary Negotiation with Michelle Brenner
May 6 • 71 min
We talked to Netflix Engineer Michelle Brenner about Salary negotiation this week. We cover strategies for documenting your performance, when to go outside the review process, and when to think about jumping ship. We also talk about backend development,…
Machine Learning in JavaScript Round 2 with Gant Laborde
Apr 29 • 84 min
Gant Laborde joins us this week to talk about the lastest and greatest in AI/ML, his new course kickstarter, and more.
Surviving a Dead-end Tech Job with Stephen Santiago
Apr 22 • 67 min
When you first start out in the tech industry, your first job might not be that great. Fullstack Developer Stephen Santiago joins us this week to give advice on how to make the best of a bad situation and get the most out of a job, even if you’re not…
Exploring IoT and DevOps with Jared Porcenaluk
Apr 15 • 89 min
IoT (Internet of Things) and DevOps are difficult concepts to wrap your head around. This week Orlando IoT’s organizer and DevOps extraordinaire Jared Porcenaluk joins us to explain what IoT and DevOps are, and how to get into either area.
Surviving Code Reviews with Marko Markovich
Apr 8 • 74 min
Code Reviews are a scary thing for a lot of developers. Senior Engineer Marko Markovich joins us this week to talk about the code review process and how to handle is as a junior developer. We talk about what to expect, how to handle constructive vs…
The University of Barnes and Noble with Jayson Phillips
Apr 1 • 68 min
Jayson Phillips is a self-proclaimed graduate of the University of Barnes and Noble. This week we talk to Jayson about working for a bootcamp, learning to code, and dig into some fun tech like flutter, Golang, and Rust.
Refactoring your finances with Lucas Casarez
Mar 25 • 87 min
This week we’re talking all about personal finance with CFP Lucas Casarez. Lots of developers know plenty about technology, but how much do you know about budgeting, investments, and paying off debt? Lucas walks us through some specific advice on how you…
Big Conferences vs Small Conferences
Mar 18 • 48 min
When you picture tech conferences, you probably think about huge convention centers and thousands of attendees, big name speakers, and more. But what about smaller, local conferences? This week we explore the differences between attending big and small…
Everything about conference speaking with Karl Hughes
Mar 11 • 69 min
CFP Land Creator Karl Hughes joins us this week to talk about why you should consider speaking at conferences and how to accomplish that goal.
Why you should use React Native with Jamon Holmgren
Mar 4 • 70 min
React Native is a powerful tool that lets you write JavaScript/React to create Mobile apps. RN expert Jamon Holmgren joins us to explain how to learn React Native.
TypeScript and Side Projects with Dylan Israel
Feb 26 • 69 min
Dylan Israel joins us this week to share TypeScript tips, lessons learned in building a following, and how to manage multiple side projects.
Rahat Chowdhury talks about self-care and mental health for developers
Feb 19 • 58 min
This week we talk about mental health and self-care. Rahat Chowdhury joins us to discuss how to manage depression, impostor syndrome, and avoid burnout during the job search and your career.
Living in a garage and learning to code: Chris Arter shares his amazing story
Feb 12 • 91 min
Chris Arter learned to code one Summer in a Florida garage with no AC, no Wifi, and no money. This week we hear how Chris turned his life around during hard times.
Learning how to write front-end tests with Tomasz Łakomy
Feb 5 • 71 min
Front-end testing is a notoriously difficult subject to study, so we got a notorious teacher. This week senior front-end engineer Tomasz Łakomy walks us through the basics of front-end testing and explains the importance of writing tests for your code.
Advent of Code! Lee spends a month learning Python through code puzzles
Jan 29 • 58 min
Have you heard of Advent of Code? It’s one of the most challenging collection of programming puzzles out there. So naturally, Lee got suckered into trying it. To up the ante, he decided to do it in Python, which he is not very good at.
Jason Lengstorf shares his story, plus job-search, content-creation, and JAMstack tips
Jan 22 • 88 min
Jason Lengstorf is a Gatsby alumni, Netlify developer advocate, and all-around great guy to talk to. We grill him about how he went from rock band member to rockstar developer (sorry), working with the JAMstack, selling vacuums door-to-door, and how to…
Kyle Gill goes from college student to lunch with Kent C Dodds to working for Gatsby
Jan 15 • 93 min
This week we talk to Gatsby learning team member Kyle Gill on how he became a web developer, and how you can apply what Kyle learned on his journey to your own job search and career.
Starting your own conference, online meetup, and more with developer advocate Brian Rinaldi
Jan 8 • 60 min
Have you ever wondered what goes into running a tech conference? Brian Rinaldi joins us to talk about event organizing and being a developer advocate.
Happy New Year 2020! We reflect on 2019, and talk about goals and plans for next year.
Dec 31, 2019 • 32 min
Lee and Eddie talk about their accomplishments and achievements in 2019, as well as resolutions and goals for 2020.
Dr. Ana Bell joins us to talk about teaching Python at MIT to new programmers.
Dec 4, 2019 • 63 min
Author and Lecturer Dr. Ana Bell tells us all about teaching python to college students that have never coded before, as well as how she would approach teaching her parents to program.
Coder to Soldier and back! Howard Salter shares his wisdom as a veteran soldier, coder, and boot camp instructor
Nov 27, 2019 • 79 min
Eddie’s Boot Camp instructor Howard Salter joins us this week to talk about his story as a developer turned soldier turned developer, as well as his experiences teaching boot camp students in-person and online.
Gregg Pollack shares his successes and failures with startups and mastering Vue
Nov 20, 2019 • 89 min
Vue Mastery Creator Gregg Pollack joins us this week to share his journey in creating multiple successful Orlando startups, as well as a sneak preview of Vue 3.
Irma Mesa talks about Product Management and Remote Work
Nov 13, 2019 • 72 min
This week Irma Mesa joins us to talk about working from home, product management, and giving back to the community. Listen to her story and learn about how she helps her company make their best product possible… from home!
Phil Palmieri explains how to get a job working with Node
Nov 6, 2019 • 72 min
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a job working with Node? Are you a front-end developer wondering what back-end development is like? Phil Palmieri walks us through the challenges he faces as a Node developer as well as what he looks for in new…
Prototyping, Product Management, and Conference Proposals with Marisa Morby
Oct 30, 2019 • 83 min
The only thing developers are worse at than pseudocoding is prototyping. Marisa Morby walks us through designing our apps and tells us how she approaches user research both at Gatsby and for personal projects. Then we talk about public speaking and Terry…
How to Learn Laravel and PHP with Matt Stauffer
Oct 23, 2019 • 88 min
PHP powers a lot of the internet, but developers love to hate on PHP. Matt Stauffer, author of ‘Laravel Up and Running’ wants to change that. Matt tells us how to avoid the pitfalls of learning PHP and the best way to get started learning.
What do CTOs want from developers? David Ledgerwood and Megan Fister Share their Research plus Resume and Linkedin advice
Oct 16, 2019 • 94 min
Do the terms “Passion” and “Culture Fit” make you confused and slightly annoyed when you ask what an employer is looking for in a new hire? We dig into what those things mean and what hiring managers really want in a candidate. Then, Ledge and Megan tell…
We’ve Been Developers for One Year!
Oct 9, 2019 • 75 min
Lee and Eddie are celebrating their one year anniversaries in the tech industry! What have they learned, what surprised them, and what advice would they give their past selves?
“What is Data Science?” with Amelia Bennett
Oct 2, 2019 • 55 min
Data Scientist Amelia Bennett is one part programmer, one part statistician, and one part …fireball hurling mage? In this episode she walks us through what her role is as a data scientist, as well as how she employs programming and machine learning to…
UX Microinteractions and Animations with Jenell Pizarro
Sep 25, 2019 • 69 min
Jenell Pizarro is a local Orlando developer from humble boot camp origins that now leads her own team of front-end developers. We talk to her about her story, community involvement, and UX Microinteractions!
Machine Learning with JavaScript? Gant Laborde teaches us Tensorflow.js
Sep 18, 2019 • 71 min
Mad Scientist Gant Laborde joins us to explain how you can get into Machine Learning with a little JavaScript knowledge, no math required. We answer what ML/AI is, how TensorflowJS fits in, as well as make a few Skynet jokes.
Social Media Secrets, Getting Kids to code, and Self-learning with Will Johnson
Sep 11, 2019 • 63 min
Will teaches us how to use Social Media to impress employers and build relationships, how to teach kids to code, and how he stays motivated to learn while juggling being a father of 6 and working 12-hour shifts at his factory job.
Kurtis Kemple on AWS Amplify and becoming a Developer with a Felony Conviction
Sep 4, 2019 • 72 min
We dive into working with AWS and cloud architecture this week with Kurt Kemple, a developer advocate for AWS. Kurt teaches us about AWS Amplify and how to get started with AWS, and then shares his story about getting started in the Tech industry as an…
Testing Node Microservices with Gil Tayar
Aug 28, 2019 • 65 min
Testing is tough. This week we have Senior Applitools Architect Gil Tayar on the show to explain the types of testing, why you should test, and how to test node without pulling your hair out.
Recruiter Mike Torres shares Job-Search Strategies and Secrets
Aug 21, 2019 • 80 min
Ever wondered what recruiters do or how they operate? We did. Mike Torres wants to transition to a developer career and was willing to take us behind the curtain of the recruiting world!
Let’s Explain Programming Jargon
Aug 14, 2019 • 60 min
One of the hardest parts of programming is learning the basics. What are variables, functions, and recursion? Lee and Eddie attempt to tackle the basics in a way anyone can understand.
Chris Biscardi introduces Gatsby Themes
Aug 7, 2019 • 71 min
Chris Biscardi joins us this week to talk about Gatsby Themes, MDX, consulting, why companies should hire juniors, and Rocket League
Aisha Blake talks juniors, conferences, and diversity in the tech industry
Jul 31, 2019 • 84 min
Aisha Blake joins us this week to explain how she ended up speaking at 14 conferences this past year as a junior developer, as well as starting a few of her own.
Travis Neilson talks UX/UI and the Design Process
Jul 24, 2019 • 117 min
What is UX/UI? Is there a pseudo-code process for design? Google Search Designer Travis Neilson joins us to answer these questions and more!
Our Typical Developer Workdays
Jul 17, 2019 • 57 min
Have you ever wondered what the day-to-day is like for a developer? Lee and Eddie talk about what they do daily and what it’s like to actually work as a Junior Developer.
Getting into Gatsby with Amberley Romo
Jul 10, 2019 • 86 min
Gatsby Team Member Amberley Romo joins us to tell her story and explain why you should try Gatsby! We also talk about the need for diversity in tech, and the struggles of being a Junior Developer
Hacking the Job Search with Vincent Tang
Jul 3, 2019 • 58 min
Have you ever wondered how LinkedIn or Indeed work? Vincent Tang has done the research and joins us on the show to share his findings on how to raise your visibility when looking for a job!
How to learn Java with Michael Kimball, The Code Operative
Jun 26, 2019 • 65 min
We’re Oscar Mike with The Code Operative! Michael Kimball is a backend developer with his own YouTube channel dedicated to teaching Java, and this week he answers our questions about the language and how to get started.
Roy Jossfolk talks Freelancing for Junior Devs
Jun 19, 2019 • 81 min
Freelance Web Developer Roy Jossfolk joins us to share his strategies for freelancing and common pitfalls to avoid when getting started.
Career Coach Chad Bostick on Getting Hired as a Junior Developer
Jun 12, 2019 • 68 min
Developer Career Coach Chad Bostick joins us to talk about how to get hired as a junior dev with no experience, resume tips, salary negotiations, and more!
On Music and Development
Jun 6, 2019 • 55 min
Lee and Eddie discuss similarities between musicians and developers, and how the journey of learning music maps to that of a budding developer.
Dev Interview: Scott Tolinski
May 29, 2019 • 87 min
Special guest Scott Tolinski of Level Up Tutorials and the Syntax podcast joins us to talk about his journey, business, and to answer all of your listener submitted questions!
Dealing with Impostor Syndrome
May 8, 2019 • 60 min
Lee and Eddie talk about their run-ins with impostor syndrome and give advice on how to short-circuit those feelings when they surface.
Apr 22, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, we talk about jQuery! Should you learn it or should we pronouce jQuery and let it rest in peace?
Should you do a Coding Bootcamp?
Apr 15, 2019 • 91 min
In this Episode, Lee and Eddie talk about their experiences in a coding Bootcamp. Was it worth it? Do bootcamps deserve the ire of the tech industry?
Pilot Episode
Apr 8, 2019 • 40 min
In this first episode, we introduce the show and ourselves