Coding Blocks

Coding Blocks
Podcast about computer programming and software development so you can learn on the go.

Google’s Engineering Practices – What to Look for in a Code Review
May 25 • 101 min
We learn what to look for in a code review while reviewing Google’s engineering practices documentation as Michael relates patterns to choo-choos, Joe has a “weird voice”, and Allen has a new favorite portion of the show.
Google’s Engineering Practices – Code Review Standards
May 10 • 99 min
We dig into Google’s engineering practices documentation as we learn how to code review while Michael, er, Fives is done with proper nouns, Allen can’t get his pull request approved, and Joe prefers to take the average of his code reviews.
Big Data – How Far is Too Far?
Apr 26 • 111 min
We gather around the water cooler at 6 foot distances as Michael and Joe aren’t sure what they streamed, we finally learn who has the best fries, at least in the US, and Allen doesn’t understand evenly distributing your condiments.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – To B-Tree or not to B-Tree
Apr 12 • 116 min
We dig into the details of how databases use B-trees as we continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Michael’s description of median is awful, live streaming isn’t for Allen, and Joe really wants to bring us back from the…
How to Work Remote Effectively
Mar 29 • 130 min
Since we can’t leave the house, we discuss what it takes to effectively work remote while Allen’s frail body requires an ergonomic keyboard, Joe finally takes a passionate stance, and Michael tells them why they’re wrong.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – SSTables and LSM-Trees
Mar 15 • 98 min
It’s time to learn about SSTables and LSM-Trees as Joe feels pretty zacked, Michael clarifies what he was looking forward to, and Allen has opinions about Dr Who.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Storage and Retrieval
Mar 1 • 135 min
In this episode, Allen is back, Joe knows his maff, and Michael brings the jokes, all that and more as we discuss the internals of how databases store and retrieve the data we save as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications.
Why Attend Developer Conferences and What were the Hot Topics at NDC London 2020?
Feb 16 • 76 min
Jamie from and Allen, ya know, from Coding Blocks, sat down together at NDC London to talk about the hot topics from the conference as well as how to get the most out of any conference you attend.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Query Languages
Feb 2 • 98 min
We dive into declarative vs imperative query languages as we continue to dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Allen is gallivanting around London, Michael had a bullish opinion, and Joe might not know about The Witcher.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Relationships
Jan 20 • 134 min
While we continue to dig into Designing Data-Intensive Applications, we take a step back to discuss data models and relationships as Michael covers all of his bases, Allen has a survey answer just for him, and Joe really didn’t get his tip from Reddit.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Relational vs Document
Jan 5 • 113 min
We’re comparing data models as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications as Coach Joe is ready to teach some basketball, Michael can’t pronounce 6NF, and Allen measured some geodesic distances just this morning.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Maintainability
Dec 22, 2019 • 126 min
We dig into what it takes to make a maintainable application as we continue to learn from Designing Data-Intensive Applications, as Allen is a big fan of baby Yoda, Michael’s index isn’t corrupt, and Joe has some latency issues.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Scalability
Dec 8, 2019 • 112 min
We continue to study the teachings of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Michael’s favorite book series might be the Twilight series, Joe blames his squeak toy chewing habit on his dogs, and Allen might be a Belieber.
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Reliability
Nov 25, 2019 • 122 min
We start our deep dive into Joe’s favorite new book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications as Joe can’t be stopped while running downhill, Michael might have a new spin on #fartgate, and Allen doesn’t quite have a dozen tips this episode.
Developer Shopping Spree 2019
Nov 11, 2019 • 152 min
We discuss this year’s shopping spree only to learn that Michael spent too much, Allen spent too much, and Joe spent too much.
DevOps: Job Title or Job Responsibility?
Oct 27, 2019 • 120 min
We debate whether DevOps is a job title or a job responsibility as Michael finally understands’s name, Allen is an infosec expert, and Joe wears his sunglasses at night.
3factor app – Async Serverless
Oct 13, 2019 • 91 min
We take an introspective look into what’s wrong with Michael’s life, Allen keeps taking us down random tangents, and Joe misses the chance for the perfect joke as we wrap up our deep dive into Hasura’s 3factor app architecture pattern.
3factor app – Reliable Eventing
Sep 29, 2019 • 123 min
We discuss the second factor of Hasura’s 3factor app, Reliable Eventing, as Allen says he still _surfs_ the Internet (but really, does he?), it’s never too late for pizza according to Joe, and Michael wants to un-hear things.
3factor app – Realtime GraphQL
Sep 16, 2019 • 141 min
We begin to twitch as we review the first factor of Hasura’s 3factor app, Realtime GraphQL, while Allen gets distrac … SQUIRREL!, Michael might own some bell bottoms, and Joe is stuck with cobalt.
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Build Pragmatic Teams
Sep 2, 2019 • 127 min
We learn how to apply the concepts of The Pragmatic Programmer to teams while Michael uses his advertisement voice, Joe has a list, and Allen doesn’t want anyone up in his Wheaties.
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to use Exceptions
Aug 19, 2019 • 114 min
After 112 episodes, Michael can’t introduce the show, Allen pronounces it “ma-meee”, and don’t make Joe run your janky tests as The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how we should use exceptions and program deliberately.
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Generate Code
Aug 4, 2019 • 122 min
We continue our dive into The Pragmatic Programmer and debate when is it text manipulation vs code generation as Joe can’t read his bill, Michael makes a painful recommendation, and Allen’s gaming lives up to Southern expectations.
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Debug
Jul 22, 2019 • 113 min
It’s about time we finally learn how to debug by taking take a page from The Pragmatic Programmer playbook, while Michael replaces a developer’s cheat sheet, Joe judges the H-O-R-S-E competition for VI, and Allen stabs you in the front.
The Pragmatic Programmer – Know Thy Tools
Jul 7, 2019 • 123 min
We dig into the details of the basic tools while continuing our journey into The Pragmatic Programmer while Joe programs by coincidence, Michael can’t pronounce numbers, and Allen makes a point.
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Estimate
Jun 23, 2019 • 118 min
Joe is distracted by all of the announcements from E3, Allen is on the run from the Feebs, and Michael counts debugging as coding. All this and more as we continue discussing The Pragmatic Programmer.
The Pragmatic Programmer – Tracer Bullets and Prototyping
Jun 9, 2019 • 105 min
The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how to use tracer bullets versus prototyping while Joe doesn’t know who won the Game of Thrones, Allen thought he knew about road numbers, and Michael thinks 475 is four letters.
The Pragmatic Programmer – Is Your Code Orthogonal?
May 26, 2019 • 121 min
The dad jokes are back as we learn about orthogonal code while JZ (the 8-mile guy) has spaghetti on him, Michael’s Harry Potter references fail, and Allen voice goes up a couple octaves.
The Pragmatic Programmer – The Evils of Duplication
May 12, 2019 • 106 min
We take a deep dive into the various forms of duplication and jump aboard the complain train as Allen complains about Confluent’s documentation, Michael complains about Docker’s documentation, and Joe complains about curl.
The Pragmatic Programmer – Investing in Your Knowledge Portfolio
Apr 28, 2019 • 156 min
We begin our journey into the wisdom of The Pragmatic Programmer, which as Joe puts it, it’s less about type-y type-y and more about think-y think-y, while Allen is not quite as pessimistic as Joe, and Michael can’t wait to say his smart words.
Should Your Web App be a Progressive Web App (PWA)?
Apr 14, 2019 • 118 min
We dig into the nitty gritty details of what a Progressive Web App (PWA) is and why you should care, while Allen isn’t sure if he is recording, Michael was the only one prepared to talk about Flo and the Progressive Price Gun, and Joe has to get his…
The Second Date is Always Easier
Mar 31, 2019 • 98 min
The Date deep dive continues as we focus in on C# and JavaScript, while Michael reminisces about the fluorescent crayons, Joe needs a new tip of the week, and Allen confuses time zones.
Why Date-ing is Hard
Mar 17, 2019 • 106 min
We take a deep dive into understanding why all Date-s are not created equal while learning that Joe is not a fan of months, King Kong has nothing on Allen, and Michael still uses GETDATE(). Oops.
What Should You Learn Next?
Mar 3, 2019 • 74 min
After being asked to quiet down, our friend, John Stone, joins us again as we move the conversation to the nearest cubicle while Michael reminds us of Bing, Joe regrets getting a cellphone, and Allen’s accent might surprise you.
Tackling Tough Developer Questions
Feb 17, 2019 • 104 min
We gather around the water cooler to celebrate our 100th episode with our friend John Stone for some random developer discussions as Michael goes off script, Joe needs his techno while coding, and Allen sings some sweet sounds.
JAMstack with J.A.M.
Feb 3, 2019
We learn all about JAMstack in real-time as Michael lowers the bar with new jokes, Allen submits a pull request, and Joe still owes us a tattoo.
Data Structures – Heaps and Tries
Jan 21, 2019 • 88 min
We dig into heaps and tries as Allen gives us an up to date movie review while Joe and Michael compare how the bands measure up.
Data Structures – (some) Trees
Jan 7, 2019 • 109 min
We ring in 2019 with a discussion of various trees as Allen questions when should you abstract while Michael and Joe introduce us to the Groot Tree.
Data Structures – Hashtable vs Dictionary
Dec 16, 2018 • 109 min
Just in time to help you spread some cheer this holiday season, the dad jokes are back as we dig into the details of hash tables and dictionaries.
Data Structures – Arrays and Array-ish
Dec 2, 2018 • 158 min
We continue our deep dive into data structures, this time focusing in on arrays and array-like types as Allen gives Shania Twain some singing competition, Joe is going to owe us another tattoo, and wait … when does Michael think C++ was invented?
Data Structures – Primitives
Nov 18, 2018 • 162 min
We begin our journey into data structures by taking a deep dive into primitives while Allen makes Michael blush and Joe crashes his browser.
Developer Shopping Spree
Nov 4, 2018 • 163 min
With the holiday season soon approaching, we address the most important requirements list of all … our wish lists as Joe has to disclose a cheese powder incident, Michael hopes his Bitcoin gains some value, and Allen researches his purchases to the…
Azure Functions and CosmosDB from MS Ignite
Oct 21, 2018 • 67 min
This is a special episode recorded at Microsoft Ignite 2018 where John Callaway from The 6 Figure Developer Podcast joins Allen Underwood to talk about Azure Functions and CosmosDB. Find out what they are and why you might want to try them out for…
How to Learn Programming Skills
Oct 7, 2018 • 72 min
We continue our dive into how to learn things while Michael’s voice sounds an awful lot like Joe’s, Joe says it’s a square, and Allen says it’s a triangle … oh, and Google Feud is back!
Comparing Git Workflows
Sep 23, 2018 • 108 min
We have some fun with our names, get ahead of ourselves during Survey Says, and vet Michael’s tip on-air as we take a deep dive into comparing some popular Git workflows and when should we use which.
Does Big O Matter?
Sep 9, 2018 • 112 min
We wrap up our conversation on complexity and play some more over/under as Allen thinks learning is backwards, Michael doesn’t write clean code, and Joe brings his dog to the discussion.
What is Algorithmic Complexity?
Aug 26, 2018 • 101 min
We continue our dive into Rob Conery’s The Imposter’s Handbook as Allen is Allen, Joe is Michael, Michael is Joe.
Thunder Talks
Aug 12, 2018 • 120 min
Joe’s voice sounds funny, Allen has a theme, and Michael pours one out for Media Play as Michael’s and Allen’s impersonation of Joe is on point (#NailedIt).
Lightning Talks
Jul 29, 2018 • 118 min
We meet up around the water cooler for a quick round of lightning talks as Allen and Michael sing FizzBuzz while Joe passes the caching buck.
Graph Algorithms
Jul 15, 2018 • 75 min
We continue digging into Rob Conery’s The Imposter’s Handbook as Joe explains Florida time, Allen likes greedy algorithms, and Michael shares his geography knowledge.
Algorithms You Should Know
Jun 24, 2018 • 135 min
It’s time we discuss algorithms we all need to know as we continue diving into Rob Conery’s The Imposter’s Handbook while Michael will read anything, Allen questions Greenland’s name, and Joe talks wormholes.
Search Driven Apps
Jun 10, 2018 • 138 min
We’re talking databases, indexes, search engines, and why they’re basically microwaves in this episode while Joe wears a polo, Allen’s quick brown fox jumps over whatever, and Michael gives out fake URLs.
Programmer Strengths and Weaknesses
May 28, 2018 • 110 min
Inspired by Rob Conery’s The Imposter’s Handbook, we take an introspective look at ourselves to find two weaknesses and one strength while Allen shows off his vocal prowess in song, Joe needs a list, and Michael is a dash.
Understanding Complexity Theory
May 13, 2018 • 111 min
This episode we talk complexity theory while digging into Rob Conery’s The Imposter’s Handbook as Allen channels his inner Austin Powers, Michael finds linearly to complex to pronounce, and Joe ruins Batman for the rest of us.
Docker for Developers
Apr 30, 2018
This episode we’re talking about server naming conventions, confusing command line arguments, and how high we can get our voices. Huge thanks to the NSA and the freedom of information act for making this episode possible.
Design Anti-Patterns: YoYo, The God Object and More
Apr 15, 2018 • 88 min
It’s time for more design Ant-EYE or Ant-EEE patterns as we venture into cesspool that awaits. Come find out what these patterns are, why you should, and how to avoid them. Bonus: Michael drops the term Heinz Doofenshmirtz - Joe and Allen didn’t know this…
Deliberate Practice for Programmers
Apr 2, 2018 • 136 min
It’s time for more cowbell as we have a special guest in the studio, Will Madison (@IAmWillMadison), join us as Allen finally gets tripped up trying to pronounce a name, Joe teaches us the value of practice, and Michael evacuates in a rainbow colored…
Clean Architecture – Are Microservices Truly Decoupled?
Mar 18, 2018 • 131 min
We’re back with our last deep dive into Robert C. Martin’s latest book, Clean Architecture, while Allen suffers from sleep deprivation, Joe shows us his dance moves, and Michael’s mind is blown on how to unit test.
Clean Architecture – What is the Humble Object Pattern?
Mar 6, 2018 • 104 min
It’s time for another deep dive into Robert C. Martin’s Clean Architecture as Joe puts us on the spot, Allen has a new mission, and Michael shares his Easter eggs.
Clean Architecture – Make Your Architecture Scream
Feb 18, 2018 • 145 min
Michael can’t tell higher from lower, Allen puts his views where he wants them, and Joe snaps it to a Slim Jim as we discuss how to make our architectures scream while discussing Robert C. Martin’s Clean Architecture.
Clean Architecture – The Art of Drawing Lines
Feb 4, 2018 • 113 min
It’s time for another deep dive into Robert C. Martin’s Clean Architecture as Allen warns us about driving in front of him, Joe tries to describe a diagram again, and Michael can’t understand the survey results.
Clean Architecture – Keeping Your Options Open
Jan 22, 2018 • 139 min
Joe drinks too much coffee, Allen spits his coffee out, and Michael feels vindicated as the discussions about Robert C. Martin’s latest book, Clean Architecture, continues.
Clean Architecture – How to Quantify Component Coupling
Jan 7, 2018 • 139 min
Joe baits Michael, Michael takes the bait, and Allen lets it happen, as Uncle Bob explains how we can quantify the coupling between our components from his latest book, Clean Architecture.
Clean Architecture – Components and Component Cohesion
Dec 10, 2017 • 118 min
Joe is down with OCP, Michael argues DRY, and Allen deletes our show notes as we dig into Components and Component Cohesion from Robert C. Martin’s (aka Uncle Bob) Clean Architecture.
How to Spend $2,500 on Developer Gear
Nov 13, 2017 • 118 min
We’re back with another installment as we challenge ourselves to compare how we’d each spend $2,500 on developer gear as Allen waxes on about the loudest quiet keyboard, Joe teaches us how cheese is made, and Michael puts some neon on his computer.
Clean Architecture – Programming Paradigms
Oct 29, 2017 • 128 min
Michael forgets what his favorite part of the show is, Joe makes us wait to learn what his favorite part is, and Allen pronounces it “pair-a-dig-‘ems” as we continue our deep dive into Uncle Bob’s latest book: Clean Architecture.
Clean Architecture – Fight for Architecture
Oct 1, 2017 • 97 min
Joe learns of our harebrained idea, Michael learns of Eisenhower’s matrix, and Allen explains polyfills as we begin our dive into Uncle Bob’s latest book, Clean Architecture.
Object Oriented Mistakes
Sep 17, 2017 • 115 min
Allen brings the dad jokes, Michael unplugs, and Joe gets a second wind as we discuss the anti-patterns found in object oriented programming.
Project Management Anti-patterns
Sep 4, 2017 • 125 min
It’s time for another episode as Joe wants to choke a developer, Michael scraps his new social networking platform, and Allen finally learns of dad jokes while we continuing the anti-patterns conversation.
Software Design Anti-patterns
Aug 20, 2017 • 124 min
We’ve discussed design patterns too much. Now it’s time for some discussion about anti-patterns as Joe has dark visions about robots, Allen has to take sensitivity training, and Michael picks Arial.
Software Architecture – What is Supple Design?
Jul 27, 2017
More Domain Driven Design talk this week: Supple Design, Declarative(ish?) Programming, and Ohio Envy. Sponsors – Use code “CODING BLOCKS” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section Linode – Use code…
Software Architecture – Explicit Constraints, Processes, Specification Pattern, and more
Jul 9, 2017 • 123 min
Know what Joe and Waldo have in common? We can’t find either, as this week, it’s just Allen and Michael to continue the dive into Domain Driven Design.
Software Architecture – Strategic Design and Domain Events
Jun 25, 2017 • 118 min
We’re not saying that Michael is Carmen Sandiego. We’re just saying that nobody has ever seen them in a room together. And this week, we don’t know where in the world either are, as Allen and Joe continue the Domain Driven Design discussion without…
Software Architecture – Aggregate Roots, Factories, and Repositories
Jun 12, 2017 • 131 min
Stitcher is back and so are we as Michael proves he doesn’t have a career as a rapper, Allen can’t type on his phone, and Joe tweets with famous authors as we continue our dive into Domain Driven Design talking about aggregate roots, factories, and…
Software Architecture – The Domain in Domain Driven Design
May 29, 2017 • 101 min
We continue our Domain Driven Design conversation this week as Allen is indecisive, Michael decides for him, and Joe can’t handle the night life.
How to Jumpstart Your Next App
May 11, 2017 • 87 min
We’re back with another exciting episode as Michael questions Hollywood, Allen dreams of his Hackintosh, and Joe is surrounded by Star Wars as we talk about how to jumpstart your next app with Michael Crump (@mbcrump) and Clint Rutkas (@clintrutkas).
Why Domain Driven Design
Apr 23, 2017 • 92 min
This week, Michael asks his customers about their anemic domain model, Allen talks in front of people, and Joe plays Rocket League as we begin our dive into understanding domain driven design.
How We Badly Built Stuff
Mar 19, 2017 • 98 min
This week we talk about all of the bad things we’ve done while making software. The good, the bad, … oh wait, it compiles, never mind.
Clean Code – How to Build Maintainable Systems
Mar 5, 2017 • 118 min
We’re back with another deep dive into the infamous book Clean Code by Uncle Bob as Joe alters columns, Michael misreads things, and Allen has a positive customer service experience.
Clean Code – How to Write Classes the Right Way
Feb 5, 2017 • 83 min
This week Allen is troubled by circles, Michael talks like a game show host, and Joe announces it’s twins as we continue our deep dive into the classic Clean Code book by Robert C. Martin.
Clean Code – How to Write Amazing Unit Tests
Jan 22, 2017
When and why should you write unit tests, and just how important are they? Take a listen and see what YOU think. For the full show notes visit:
Clean Code – Integrating with Third Party Libraries the Right Way
Jan 8, 2017 • 78 min
In this episode we talk about how to insulate your application at it’s boundaries? What in the world does that even mean?! We’re not talking about those boundaries where others aren’t allowed to touch your keyboard (although that’s a real thing). No,…
Clean Code – Error Handling
Dec 27, 2016 • 85 min
This week, we continue our Clean Code discussion as we dive into the joys and pains of error handing.
Clean Code – Objects vs Data Structures
Dec 12, 2016
This week we’re drawing a line in the sand between objects and data structures. Who will win? Take a listen and decide for yourself! For the full show notes visit:
Clean Code – Formatting Matters
Nov 29, 2016 • 138 min
Ever judged a book by its cover? Of course you have. Ever passed judgement on some code simply because it didn’t look pretty? There’s more to writing code than having it functional and in this episode we dive into the reasons code formatting actually…
Clean Code – Comments Are Lies
Nov 6, 2016 • 139 min
This week, Michael fails geography, Allen introduces us to Croom, and Joe has to potty as we head into our third installment of the Clean Code series. The original version of the show notes can be found at:
Clean Code – How to Write Amazing Functions
Oct 16, 2016
We continue talking our way through Clean Code, taking a deep look at the building blocks of programming in the quest to write the best functions. Oh, and everybody sings. The original version of the show notes can be found at:…
Clean Code – Writing Meaningful Names
Sep 27, 2016 • 111 min
In this episode, we take our first dive into the book Clean Code by Robert Martin and specifically we talk about writing meaningful names for all things code related. You’ll be amazed at how following some decent rules that you can start naming things…
Caching in the Application Framework
Aug 26, 2016
Storing smaller subsets of data in a faster, closer memory can make astronomical differences in performance. This episode we’re talking about the caching tools and techniques that application frameworks provide. The original version of the shownotes can…
Caching Overview and Hardware
Aug 12, 2016 • 95 min
In this episode we give a general overview of caching, where it’s used, why it’s used, and what the differences in hardware implementations mean in terms we can understand. This will be foundational to understanding caching at a software level in an…
Stack Overflow Salaries and Landing the Job
Aug 2, 2016 • 159 min
This week on Coding Blocks, Allen says www as best he can, Joe eats the microphone, and Michael does something crazy as we discuss Stack Overflow’s Salary Calculator and our experiences in landing the job - what to do and what not to do.
Nulls, Procs, and Impostor Syndrome
Jul 4, 2016 • 100 min
This time we’re talking about problems with nulls, stored procedures, and impostor syndrome. Episode 43’s Full Show Notes:
Command, Repository and Mediator Design Patterns
Jun 2, 2016 • 128 min
In this episode we go back to the design pattern well that we’ve been away from for so long. We cover the Command, Repository and Mediator design patterns. It was hard for us to believe, but it’s been almost a year since our last design patterns…
Dev Talk: Django, VB vs C#, and Bash on Windows
Apr 18, 2016 • 112 min
This week on Coding Blocks, Joe changes a different kind of string, Allen drools over the Hellcat, and Michael shares his random thoughts. We span a collection of topics including GraphQL framework envy, bash on Windows, and whether it takes two to Django.
How to be an Advanced Programmer
Mar 19, 2016 • 143 min
Are you an Advanced Programmer? We dig into the final section of Robert Read’s fantastic writing: How to be a programmer. Also, how to cheat at Jira, a lazy butcher and Leia vs Galadriel Link to Episode 40’s Full Show Notes…
How to be an Intermediate Programmer
Feb 27, 2016 • 170 min
In Episode 38, we dug into the first section of the essay by Robert Read on what it takes to be a programmer. In that episode there was a lot of great information on what to expect and what should be expected of you as a developer. In this episode, we go…
How to be a Programmer: Personal and Team Skills
Jan 28, 2016 • 146 min
Talking about the short book “How to be a Programmer”, which covers a huge spectrum of important topics for developers of all levels. Show Notes:
Our Favorite Developer Tools for 2015
Jan 3, 2016 • 113 min
We wrapped up 2015 with another favorites of 2015 and a chance to win a gray Coding Blocks T-Shirt just by leaving a comment on the show notes page! Tools are anything from hardware, to software or a service that we feel is integral in our daily needs as…
The Twelve Factor App: Dev/Prod Parity, Logs, and Admin Processes
Dec 20, 2015 • 100 min
Welcome back to the dramatic conclusion of our discussion on the 12 factor app. This time we’re talking dev/prod parity, logs, and admin processes. Oh, and Call of Duty!
The Twelve-Factor App: Port Binding, Concurrency, and Disposability
Nov 23, 2015 • 74 min
It’s time for more DevOps fun as we continue learning about the Twelve-Factor app. This week we dive into the next three chapters: port binding, concurrency, and disposability.
Toys for Developers
Nov 9, 2015 • 109 min
The holidays are coming sooner than we realized, so we gotta get our wish lists together. After all, no one wants to sit around the Festivus Pole without their favorite dev toys. This week we discuss some of the toys we love, as well as the ones we drool…
The Twelve-Factor App: Backing Services, Building and Releasing, Stateless Processes
Oct 21, 2015 • 82 min
We’re headed back to the Twelve-Factor app territory and this time we’re picking up with the next three chapters - backing services, building and releasing and processes. Jump in to get the shownotes and listen to the next three pieces of building a…
The Twelve-Factor App: Codebase, Dependencies, and Config
Sep 17, 2015 • 73 min
Dipping our toes into the DevOps waters with the Twelve-Factor App. How important is depedency management, and how fired would you be if you accidently leaked your company’s source code? See the full shownotes here:
Javascript Promises and Beyond
Aug 22, 2015 • 78 min
In this episode we dive into Javascript Promises. If you’re used to the olden way of doing an async call with a callback, you’ll definitely want to give this episode a listen as you could improve your mental sanity 10 fold by learning how to use promises…
Design Patterns Part 4 – Adapter, Facade, and Memento
Jul 26, 2015 • 74 min
Part 4 of our design patterns series, this time up it’s Adapters, Facades, and Mementos. Oh, and which tech luminary would make the best head of state! See these notes on the web:
Hierarchical Data cont’d – Path Enumeration and Closure Tables
Jun 29, 2015 • 69 min
It’s that time again. This week we answer a question, Allen registers for school, Joe reads some numbers, Michael breaks out the survey results, and Joe cringes at the thought of bidets. It’s time for episode 29! And we thought, what better to talk about…
Hierarchical Data – Adjacency Lists and Nested Set Models
Jun 8, 2015 • 98 min
So, how DO you persist hierarchical Data? We discuss two common solutions to this age-old problem: Adjacency Lists and Nested Set Models. Also, Build Atlanta, technical problems, multi-monitor vs ultra-wide, and utilizing gaming mice to up your game. See…
Your Questions Our Answers SYN-ACK with Packet Loss
May 7, 2015 • 94 min
In this, Episode 27 of the Coding Blocks Podcast, we are answering several questions / comments from our listeners regarding: more frequent episodes, naming of classes / assemblies, Test Driven Development, the differences between MVC and MVVM and a…
Algorithms, Puzzles and the Technical Interview
Apr 19, 2015 • 86 min
In this episode we discuss algorithms, puzzles and the best way to ensure you’re prepared for an interview programming problem. It’s not uncommon for interviewers to have software developers write code on a board during an interview process, especially…
ASP.NET 5 – It’s Basically Java
Mar 29, 2015 • 93 min
This week we give away Joe’s stuff, we break up with IE8 like a big boy, Joe and Allen get excited about readme files, and we argue about which is worse: bad code or bad architecture. That and more in this week’s episode where we explore the new bits in…
Delegate all the things!
Mar 15, 2015 • 88 min
This week we tackle one of life’s great questions, does Jack Bauer give high fives? Also, we go over everything you need to know about delegates, events, callbacks and closures in .NET. Big thanks to @kappelcodesalot for being the inspiration for this…
Back to Basics – Encapsulation for Object Oriented Programming
Feb 10, 2015 • 67 min
It’s time to get back to basics. It’s easy as a software developer to be working on the latest and greatest frameworks, using the best methodologies, trying out new things. Sometimes it’s a good idea to get a refresher on the very basic fundamentals. In…
Silverlighting through your College Enumeration
Jan 21, 2015 • 63 min
Organizing your code, moving from school-work to work-work, the future of Silverlight, and lots of poo-pooing! See the full shownotes here:
Our Favorite Tools
Dec 28, 2014 • 80 min
We gather around the Festivus pole this holiday season and before we get into the Airing of Grievances, we discuss our favorite tools. No, not people. Actual tools. Srsly. See the full shownotes here:
We’re Testing Your Patience…
Dec 15, 2014 • 86 min
If you’re a software developer, one of the things you do in your daily job is test your code. You may be testing by running your application and trying out various things to make sure it works properly, but there must be a better way than navigating…
Design Patterns – Iterators, Observers, and Chains, Oh My
Nov 8, 2014 • 63 min
We’re back to the gang of four, continuing with another segment of design patterns. This time we’re talking about some of our favorite Behavioral Design Patterns: Observer, Chain of Responsibilities, Iterator patterns. Also, why the visitor pattern is…
Programmer Questions and Answers
Oct 25, 2014 • 66 min
We’re excited about ASP.NET vNext, we might be Superman, a cute little ninja was MEAN to Allen, and we attempt to answer some questions. See the full shownotes here:
Got Any Hot Stacks?!
Sep 25, 2014 • 59 min
In this episode, we have a discussion about what type of technology stack you should choose when you go to create your own project whether it be for profit or an open source type of deal. As programmers, we often struggle with balancing our ADHD…
Design Patterns Part 2 – Oh behave!
Sep 5, 2014 • 63 min
In this episode we have quite a bit of news to discuss as well as the main topic, behavioral design patterns for Object Oriented programming. This continues the series on letting you know about the various design patterns that exist so that you can add to…
Static Analysis w/ NDepends – How good is your code?
Aug 10, 2014 • 83 min
This week we’re discussing NDpend, a static analysis tool for .NET. Triage your biggest problems, Prioritize your refactoring, and CYA with real metrics and trend lines. We also discuss hidden nuggets, Pintrest-envy, and we pour another one out for google…
Databases the SQL [see-kwuhl]
Jul 24, 2014 • 93 min
Welcome back for part 2 of the podcast about databases. In this half, we discuss several of the things we believe that developers should know about databases. From joins to unions, group by’s and indexing, we try to touch on a lot of the items that most…
All Your Database Are Belong to Us
Jul 13, 2014 • 59 min
Part one of our two part database podcast starts with choosing the RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) and what to do when you run into deficiencies in that particular database system. For detailed show notes, head over to…
What programmer do you want to be?
Jun 22, 2014 • 68 min
“Water Cooler” episode talking about sweet sugary C# kisses, JavaScript as a first language, T-shaped developers, how to get addicted to drugs and…Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? See the full shownotes here:
Design Patterns Part 1 – You Create Me!
Jun 7, 2014 • 97 min
This week we’re tackling the first section of seminal Design Patterns book: Creational Patterns. We discuss factories of factories, “bullet hell” games, pathological liars, and Allen’s lack of voice. Big thanks to @rajsotweet for calling us out and…
C# 6 and Roslyn – Pour Some Sugar On Me
May 4, 2014 • 93 min
In this episode, we talk about new features in C# 6. What we like, what we love…and binary literals. For the full show notes and links, please visit:
Aspectacular with Vlad Hrybok – You down with AOP?
Apr 1, 2014 • 82 min
You down with AOP - Aspect Oriented Programming? This week we’re talking with Vlad Hrybok about his spectacular Aspect Oriented Framework: Aspectacular. For all the show notes and links, please visit:
Accessories for Programmers
Mar 17, 2014 • 55 min
Q: What do developers love more than developing? A: Expensive accessories!!! This week we’re talking about our Christmas in July lists. Dream keyboards, mouses, office furniture and tablets…oh my! For the full show notes and all the glorious gadget links,…
SOLID as a Rock!
Mar 2, 2014 • 63 min
In this episode we tackle the SOLID principles in .NET and discuss the eternal struggle between perfect code and looming deadlines. For the full show notes and links, please visit:
There’s Something About LINQ
Jan 25, 2014 • 64 min
In this episode we discuss LINQ - Language Integrated Query , what’s so special about .NET, the differences IQueryable and IEnumerable, and another round of “Never Have I Ever”. Oh, and jokes! For the full show notes and links, please visit:…
We Still Don’t Understand Open Source Licensing
Dec 27, 2013 • 47 min
We’re trying to wrap our heads around open source software licensing. We discuss the main types of licenses (and a few of our favorites!), what it means to violate a license, and take a fun look at a few weird questions. Before you download a “free” open…
OWASP and You!
Nov 27, 2013 • 67 min
This week, we talk about OWASP and their list of top 10 application security risks. What they are, infamous examples, and what you can do about it. Application security is becoming increasingly important and knowing what the problems are and how you can…
Source Control Etiquette
Oct 11, 2013 • 56 min
This episode is all about source control etiquette. Whether you use GIT, Subversion, CVS, Source Safe, TFS, Mercurial, or other, you can pick up some advice on things to do or avoid. For the full show notes and links, please visit:…
Boxing and Unboxing in .NET
Sep 28, 2013 • 33 min
This episode is all about boxing and unboxing. We discuss memory management, the pros (yes, there are a few!) and cons of boxing/unboxing, some of the weird side effects and how to you can avoid it with generics and ToString methods. Learn about the…
I is for Interface
Sep 9, 2013 • 45 min
The good, the bad, and the ugly side of interfaces. We list some minor gripes, their limitations, and some strange gotchas as well as some tips for how we like to (mis|ab)use them. See the full show notes and links by visiting:…