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S13:E8 - How to get into data science and machine learning (Jay Feng)
Sep 21 • 43 min
Tune in and get the data on data science and machine learning
S13:E7 - What it’s like to build React (Sophie Alpert)
Sep 14 • 45 min
It’s not impossible to go from open source contributor to core team member
S13:E6 - How to think about accessibility and empowerment (Sareh Heidari)
Sep 7 • 35 min
There is more that the tech world could be doing in terms of accessibility and empowering communities of different backgrounds
S13:E5 - Why you should consider learning Ruby ( Jay McGavren)
Aug 31 • 35 min
Ruby, it’s a real gem
S13:E4 - Why you shouldn’t forget about CSS (Hui Jing Chen)
Aug 24 • 44 min
CSS is a super powerful tool.
S13:E3 - What’s the deal with auth (Sam Julien)
Aug 17 • 42 min
You are authorized to listen to this episode.
S13:E2 - How newbies can contribute to open source (Janessa Tran)
Aug 10 • 35 min
Just because you might be new to coding, doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to open source
S13:E1 - How live coding can level up your development (Jesse Weigel)
Aug 3 • 45 min
No matter your level of experience, there is value in sharing your code
S12:E9 - Introducing DevDiscuss (Penelope Phippen, Ben Halpern, Jess Lee)
Jun 8 • 43 min
DevDiscuss hosts Ben Halpern and Jess Lee speak with Penelope Phippen, director at Ruby Central, about the ways in which tech is failing trans folk and other’s who change their name, why this matters, and the ways in which tech can improve as an industry.
S12:E8 - How to harness privilege to create equitable design (Aubrey Blanche)
Jun 1 • 48 min
We should all be doing more to make the tech space more fair and equitable
S12:E7 - What it looks like to be a frontend developer for 20 years (Crysfel Villa)
May 25 • 37 min
Things may change, but history repeats
S12:E6 - Why personal projects are so important (Ze Frank)
May 18 • 43 min
It’s nothing personal, but you should probably have personal projects like Ze Frank, former president of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, and creator of the massively popular website,
S12:E5 - How to not get bogged down in technical debt (Nina Zakharenko)
May 11 • 42 min
You don’t want to live in technical debt.
S12:E4 - How no-code tools can help your coding (David Hoang)
May 4 • 33 min
Code and no-code isn’t mutually exclusive
S12:E3 - How to hack legally and penetrate the security field (Karen Miller)
Apr 27 • 42 min
If you try, even you can hack it…just do it legally.
S12:E2 - What is COBOL and should you learn it (Pete Dashwood)
Apr 20 • 34 min
We dig into whether COBOL should be added to your coding toolbox
S12:E1 - What is vanilla JS and how can it help you (Chris Ferdinandi)
Apr 13 • 42 min
In terms of JavaScript, being vanilla isn’t necessarily a bad thing
S11:E8 - How to not let imposter syndrome hold you back (Allen Whearry)
Mar 16 • 42 min
Imposter syndrome is a real thing, but you don’t have to let it control you.
S11:E7 - Why site reliability is so important (Molly Struve)
Mar 9 • 40 min
It’s never too early to start thinking about your site reliability.
S11:E6 - What are the pros and cons of working in civic tech (Aidan Feldman)
Mar 2 • 41 min
It’s no secret that government tech can be very underwhelming, but why is that? Who are the people working to make it better? And what does it take to excel in the civic space?
S11:E5 - Why defining your narrative arc is important to getting hired (Caitlin Cooke)
Feb 24 • 45 min
Learn how to think like a recruiter to get recruited.
S11:E4 - How to get into game development (Jonathan Jennings)
Feb 17 • 35 min
Jonathan Jennings, software engineer at RelayCars, tells us what it takes to win at game development.
S11:E3 - Why apprenticeships are important for equality, diversity, and inclusion (Ryan Carson)
Feb 10 • 45 min
We explore the growing movement toward creating paths to apprenticeships with Ryan carson, CEO and founder of Treehouse.
S11:E2 - Why all developers should understand the basics of testing (Angie Jones)
Feb 3 • 47 min
We talk putting your code to the test with Angie Jones, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools, and former Senior Software Engineer in Test at Twitter.
S11:E1 - Why ethics and contributor behavior matters in open source (Coraline Ada Ehmke)
Jan 27 • 44 min
We open the can of worms that is open source licenses with Coraline Ada Ehmke, software developer, and creator of the Contributor Covenant, as well as the Hippocratic License.
S10:E8 - What you should look for in online coding courses (Colt Steele)
Nov 11, 2019 • 41 min
Colt Steele, developer and bootcamp instructor at Udemy, talks about creating his online coding course curriculums, and some of the common mistakes students make while first learning to code, particularly through video courses.
S10:E7 - Why you should learn to speak machine (John Maeda)
Nov 4, 2019 • 43 min
John Maeda, Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient, tells us why people need to understand computers and learn how to “speak machine.”
S10:E6 - How can we make the future of programming more inclusive? (Tim O’Reilly)
Oct 28, 2019 • 34 min
We get into the future of programming with Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, and author of “WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us.”
S10:E5 - How to be a good manager and a good employee (Lara Hogan)
Oct 21, 2019 • 45 min
Lara Hogan, co-founder of Wherewithall and author of the new bestselling book, Resilient Management, gives us some real talk about being a manager and the skills you need in any supporting role in order to succeed.
S10:E4 - Building a personal brand early in your development career (Amy Chen)
Oct 14, 2019 • 36 min
We take a look at what being two years into your development career can look like, and the benefits of building a personal brand with Amy Chen, systems software engineer at VMware, and creator of the Amy Codes YouTube channel.
S10:E3 - How do you prepare for bootcamp and break into tech? (Ruben Harris)
Oct 7, 2019 • 38 min
Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma, shares his story about how he broke into the startup world, how people can do the same, and creating his app, which aims to help people build a coding community and better prepare themselves for bootcamps.
S10:E2 - What are the pros and cons of getting paid for open source (Katie Delfin)
Sep 30, 2019 • 36 min
We speak to Katie Delfin, one of the four software engineers who worked on GitHub’s new “GitHub Sponsors” tool, which allows open source contributors and maintainers to get paid for the work they are doing in open source.
S10:E1 - What does ageism in tech look like (Ariana Tobin)
Sep 23, 2019 • 35 min
We take a look at the insidious nature of one of Silicon Valley’s biggest open secrets: ageism in tech.
S9:E8 - Why you should read the new edition of the Pragmatic Programmer (Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas)
Aug 26, 2019 • 50 min
Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas, the authors of the best-selling book, The Pragmatic Programmer, talk about the release of the book’s 20th anniversary edition, what went into writing it, and what kind of impact they hope it might have.
S9:E7 - How do you create visual recognition software ethically and responsibly (Nashlie Sephus)
Aug 19, 2019 • 44 min
We talk to Nashlie Sephus, CTO of Partpic, and Applied Science Manager at Amazon Web Services, about how she developed Partpic, as well as some of the dangers of machine learning and what we can do to mitigate some of these issues.
S9:E6 - What is Java good for and why is it still one of the most popular coding languages (Peggy Fisher)
Aug 12, 2019 • 42 min
After its conception in 1995, Java is still powerful and one of the most popular languages to use. Peggy Fisher, content manager at Linkedin Learning Solutions, and author of the book Get Programming with Java, tells us why.
S9:E5 - Why you should understand user interface and design (Mina Markham)
Aug 5, 2019 • 48 min
We chat with Mina Markham, senior engineer at Slack and creator of the Pantsuit User Interface for Hilary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, about how she goes about making user interfaces and design, as well as some of her favorite resources and tools.
S9:E4 - What is workplace burnout and how can you stop it (Jeffrey Liebert)
Jul 29, 2019 • 41 min
Jeffery Liebert, a psychologist who specializes in workplace burnout in Silicon Valley, talks to us about what exactly workplace burnout is, how to identify it, and what people can do to mitigate it.
S9:E3 - How do you develop yourself and your code while fighting off trolls (Ali Spittel)
Jul 22, 2019 • 45 min
Ali Spittel, software engineer and developer advocate at DEV, talks about her popular blog, and how to develop your code and a thick skin while dealing with online abuse.
S9:E2 - What is data journalism and how do you tell stories through your code (Sandeep Junnarkar)
Jul 15, 2019 • 39 min
Sandeep Junnarkar, Director of Interactive Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, tells us what data journalism is, how to do it, and what the future might hold for it.
S9:E1 - How do you go from hackathons to building a hurricane relief business (Nick Feuer)
Jul 8, 2019 • 37 min
Nick Feuer, one of the creators of Project OWL, talks about how he and his team developed their deployable mesh network for bringing connectivity to survivors of natural disasters so that they can get the help they need from first responders.
S9:E0 - Season 9 trailer (Jeffrey Liebert, Ali Spittel, Mina Markham, Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas)
Jul 3, 2019 • 1 min
New theme music and a new set of amazing guests to talk about the things you need to know on your coding journey. Welcome to season 9.
S8:E8 - What it’s like to be in a computer science class (David Malan)
May 27, 2019 • 43 min
We talk computer science with Harvard professor David Malan who teaches the extremely popular class, CS50.
S8:E7 - How do you transform your career? (Kanika Tolver)
May 20, 2019 • 45 min
We talk career transformations with Kanika Tolver, founder of Career Rehab and senior project manager for the US Department of the Treasury.
S8:E6 - How to make the workplace more inclusive (Nicole Sanchez)
May 13, 2019 • 50 min
Nicole Sanchez talks making diversity and inclusion a part of your company’s culture, and work as the new place to find community.
S8:E5 - UX in healthcare (Danielle Smith)
May 6, 2019 • 46 min
Danielle Smith, director of user experience research and accessibility at Express Scripts, pulls back the hospital curtain on UX in healthcare.
S8:E4 - How to get hired (Kevin Lozandier)
Apr 29, 2019 • 52 min
Kevin Lozandier, Google user experience engineer, talks about overcoming a myriad of obstacles to get to his ultimate goal of working for Google.
S8:E3 - Coding without code (Joanna Smith)
Apr 22, 2019 • 46 min
Joanna shares the power of non-coding tools and how you can build amazing solutions with tools like GSuite.
S8:E2 - How to build a community (Michael Berhane)
Apr 15, 2019 • 57 min
Michael shares how he built the People of Color in Tech community and how he’s creating a sustainable business from it.
S8:E1 - From police recruit to developer (Tim Heuer)
Apr 8, 2019 • 55 min
In high school, Tim wanted to be a police officer. But after becoming a police recruit and making very little money, he decided to pursue other options. He talks about how that decision eventually led him to Microsoft, and how he navigated his career.
S7:E8 - How do you build a great product? (Ryan Hoover)
Mar 4, 2019 • 51 min
Ryan shares what makes a great product, what he looks for in products as an investor, and how you can get started in product management.
S7:E7 - When things go wrong at work (Jaime-Alexis Fowler)
Feb 25, 2019 • 50 min
When things get difficult at work, what do you? Who do you reach out to? Jaime-Alexis started a non-profit that connects you to professionals to help you handle workplace challenges.
S7:E6 - What are progressive web apps? (Frances Coronel)
Feb 18, 2019 • 56 min
What are progressive web apps? And why are they so important? Frances breaks down what they are, how they work, and how they make technology more accessible.
S7:E5 - What does it mean to be offline-first? (Carmen Bourlon)
Feb 11, 2019 • 53 min
Not everyone has fast internet, or access to internet at all. Carmen tells us all about the offline-first movement and how we can build products that are more accessible.
S7:E4 - What’s a compiler? (Thorsten Ball)
Feb 4, 2019 • 63 min
So what exactly is a compiler? And how is it different from an interpreter? And do you even need to know any of this stuff as a developer? Thorsten Ball has all the answers.
S7:E3 - Can you do open source full-time? (Jessie Frazelle, Bryan Liles)
Jan 28, 2019 • 60 min
We talk to Jessie Frazelle and Bryan Liles about their experiences and perspectives working on open source. We also feature our third episode of Tales from the Command Line, which is all about going from a really small startup to coding at a huge company.
S7:E2 - How do I level up? (Ben Orenstein)
Jan 21, 2019 • 56 min
What does it mean to level up as a coder, and how do you start that process? We dig into technical topics you should explore, and feature our second installment of Tales from the Command Line, which is all about building confidence.
S7:E1 - Moms who code (Bekah Hawrot Weigel)
Jan 14, 2019 • 50 min
Bekah is a mother of four who’s learning to code and used coding as a form of therapy to get through a very tough time in her life. We also introduce the first episode of a brand new segment, Tales from the Command Line.
S6:E8 - What do you need to know about security? (Kyla Guru)
Dec 3, 2018 • 44 min
Kyla Guru runs a cybersecurity company, has worked with IBM and Facebook, and she’s also sixteen. She shares how she became so passionate about cybersecurity and how we can protect ourselves and our users by building security into everything we do.
S6:E7 - From nanny to developer (Sudie Roweton)
Nov 26, 2018 • 46 min
One rainy night after a long day at work, Sudie took a moment to reflect on her life, her hopes and dreams. That reflection led to her moving to Utah and eventually becoming a developer for the Air Force. She shares how she did it.
S6:E6 - How do I learn design? (Laura Elizabeth)
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
Laura Elizabeth spent years learning design, and, now, she’s helping developers learn it too. She shares how you can learn design and why coders can make the best designers.
S6:E5 - Should you start freelancing? (Devon Campbell)
Nov 12, 2018 • 43 min
Devon is an accidental freelancer, and he absolutely loves it. He shares how he’s built a freelance career and why new coders should give freelancing a try.
S6:E4 - Why do I need to test my code? (Jonas Nicklas)
Nov 5, 2018 • 39 min
Jonas explains why testing is so important, how to get started, and what it was like to write Capybara, the very popular testing framework.
S6:E3 - What’s it like to code for NASA? (Jesslyn Tannady)
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
Jesslyn worked with NASA to build a navigation tool for space, kinda like Google Maps for astronauts. She shares how she did it and what she’s learned along the way.
S6:E2 - From librarian to developer (Hayley Swimelar)
Oct 22, 2018 • 37 min
Hayley was a librarian studying to be a web developer when she met the company that would hire her for her first technical role. But instead of web development, she was working in a world she knew nothing about: storage software.
S6:E1 - How do you build a database? (Jeff Nelson)
Oct 15, 2018 • 44 min
Jeff built his very own database. He shares how he did it, and why it’s so important for developers to understand the world of data.
S5:E8 - From musician to developer (Chad Fowler)
Sep 24, 2018 • 35 min
Before Chad was a technical author, developer, speaker, and investor, he was a professional musician. He shares how he got into coding and built an incredible tech career.
S5:E7 - What’s an Indie Hacker? (Courtland Allen)
Sep 17, 2018 • 47 min
How do you become an Indie Hacker? And how good of a coder do you need to be to become an Indie Hacker full time? Courtland shares lessons he’s gathered over the years on what it takes to live off of a product you build yourself.
S5:E6 - How do you build a robot in JavaScript? (Rachel White)
Sep 10, 2018 • 38 min
Rachel spends her free time building robots, creating hardware art, and making silicone molds of her friends’ faces. She shares how she was first introduced to the hardware world and breaks down what a simple hardware project looks like.
S5:E5 - How to figure out what’s next in your coding career (Jarvis Johnson)
Sep 3, 2018 • 46 min
Jarvis talks about transitioning from engineer to engineering manager, how he thinks about his career, and why, although being a developer can be wonderful, it may not be everything you think it’ll be.
S5:E4 - Learning to code with technical books (Katel LeDû)
Aug 27, 2018 • 36 min
Katel LeDû, CEO of A Book Apart, shares how to get the most out of a coding book, the benefits of reading technical books, and how she went from a career in photography to running a technical publishing house.
S5:E3 - From teacher to developer (Dan Piston)
Aug 20, 2018 • 42 min
It took about five years before Dan landed his dream coding job. He shares the many ups and downs of his coding journey.
S5:E2 - What is quality engineering? (Rocio Montes)
Aug 13, 2018 • 36 min
Intuit engineer, Rocio Montes, guides us through the world of quality, and shares why she’s so passionate about quality engineering.
S5:E1 - What is open source hardware? (Suz Hinton)
Aug 6, 2018 • 44 min
Suz Hinton introduces us to the world of open source hardware. She shares interesting projects, both artistic and functional, and breaks down the steps it takes to create a hardware product.
S4:E8 - What’s it like to be the CTO of Microsoft? (Kevin Scott)
Jun 12, 2018 • 38 min
Kevin Scott tells us all about his day-to-day, how he ended up as the CTO of Microsoft, and shares his thoughts on the value of computer science degrees.
S4:E7 - How to teach when you’re not an expert (Angela Andrews)
Jun 4, 2018 • 38 min
Angela Andrews hosted her first coding workshop at her dining room table. Since then, she’s hosted a number of coding workshops. She shares how she puts on these workshops and how being a newbie herself has helped her be a better teacher.
S4:E6 - From glass blower to developer (Michael Pimentel)
May 28, 2018 • 40 min
Michael started his career as a glass blower for movies and tv shows. He shares how he taught himself to code, and the one-year job search that landed him the developer job he has today.
S4:E5 - Are you ready for a hackathon? (Kathryn Hodge)
May 21, 2018 • 32 min
Kathryn’s participated in dozens of hackathons as a student, and shares all the ways hackathons have helped her in her professional coding career.
S4:E4 - What happens in a technical interview? (Parker Phinney)
May 14, 2018 • 42 min
We talk to Parker Phinney, creator of Interview Cake, on what to expect in an interview and what to do when you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing.
S4:E3 - What’s it like to be a coding apprentice? (Kasey Oglesby , Chris Bay)
May 8, 2018 • 48 min
Kasey shares her experiences as a coding apprentice and graduate of Launch Code, a non-profit that helps you launch your tech career through apprenticeships.
S4:E2 - What’s a quiet developer? (Seán Hanson)
May 1, 2018 • 37 min
We talk to Seán Hanson about what it means to be a quiet developer and how passion doesn’t always have to be loud.
S4:E1 - How do you build an iOS app? (Amir Rajan)
Apr 23, 2018 • 45 min
Amir Rajan is CEO of RubyMotion, a tool that helps you turn your ruby code base into an iOS app. He shares his own app building experience, and what developers should know when turning their project into a mobile app.
S3:E8 - How to learn to code when you have no time and money (Colleen Schnettler)
Mar 19, 2018 • 27 min
Colleen is a military spouse, mother of three, and taught herself how to code over a number of years. She tells us how she did it, and how you can do it too.
S3:E7 - From tech blogger to Fog Creek CEO (Anil Dash)
Mar 11, 2018 • 44 min
Anil Dash shares how he navigated his impressive career in tech and how he builds kindness into his company’s products.
S3:E6 - How does the internet work? (Julia Evans)
Mar 5, 2018 • 42 min
Julia Evans breaks down how the internet works and gives us an amazing introduction to computer networking.
S3:E5 - Which javascript framework should you learn? (Sarah Drasner)
Feb 26, 2018 • 43 min
Sarah explores the differences (and similarities!) between JavaScript frameworks, and what new developers should think about when deciding which to learn.
S3:E4 - What should developers know about online privacy? (Laura Kalbag)
Feb 19, 2018 • 45 min
Laura Kalbag explains how tracking tools work and how we as developers should approach online privacy when building our own products.
S3:E3 - What is cryptocurrency? (Preethi Kasireddy)
Feb 12, 2018 • 41 min
Preethi Kasireddy, a blockchain engineer, walks us through how cryptocurrencies work, what developers should care about, and how she transitioned from a career in finance to being a blockchain engineer.
S3:E2 - What’s a container? (Kelsey Hightower)
Feb 5, 2018 • 41 min
Kelsey Hightower gives us a newbie friendly tour of the world of containers. We talk about what problems they solve, and what new developers should know about them.
S3:E1 - Should you get a computer science degree? (Dave Thomas, Ashley Fong)
Jan 29, 2018 • 44 min
What’s the value of a computer science degree? Is it worth going back to school for? We talk to a computer science student and professor to help us answer these questions.
S2:E8 - Getting started on open source when you don’t know where to start (Richard Schneeman)
Dec 18, 2017 • 32 min
Richard Schneeman created Code Triage, where you can sign up for repos and get an open issue sent to your inbox. He talks about different ways first-timers can get started, and how small contributions can be incredibly impactful.
S2:E7 - How to get started in Augmented Reality (Molmol Kuo, Zach Lieberman)
Dec 10, 2017 • 43 min
Molmol and Zach, the wife and husband coding team, give us a solid intro to Augmented Reality and how they’ve built powerful experiences and beautiful stories using AR tools.
S2:E6 - Who decides the future of CSS? (Jen Simmons)
Dec 4, 2017 • 41 min
Jen Simmons gives tips on how to make your next CSS adventure more enjoyable and shares the honest ups and downs of her own coding journey.
S2:E5 - How to create an afro-futuristic virtual reality beauty salon (Carmen Aguilar y Wedge)
Nov 27, 2017 • 44 min
We talk to Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, a creator of NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism, a VR experience that’s appeared at Sundance, Tribeca, and many other film festivals. She shares how she and her team at Hyphen Labs created this artistic, technical exhibit.
S2:E4 - What makes a good speaker? (Lara Hogan, Kelsey Hightower)
Nov 20, 2017 • 41 min
Lara Hogan, who literally wrote the book on public speaking, and Kelsey Hightower, speaker and chair of many tech conferences, join us to share their personal speaking stories (and nightmares!) and the common mistakes they see first-time speakers make.
S2:E3 - How do tech companies read your resume? (Eddie Washington)
Nov 13, 2017 • 45 min
We talk to in-house recruiter, Eddie Washington, to give you the scoop on how companies evaluate your application and what you can do to increase your chances of getting that first interview.
S2:E2 - How do browsers work? (Lin Clark)
Nov 6, 2017 • 46 min
Lin Clark walks us through all the steps a browser takes to translate your html into pixels on the screen.
S2:E1 - How she built a mobile app to help victims of domestic violence (Alicia Carr)
Oct 30, 2017 • 42 min
Alicia Carr shares how to she created Pevo, an app to help women get out of domestic violence, and the technical and personal challenges that came with creating the app.
S1:E8 - What and why is web animation? (Rachel Nabors)
Oct 4, 2017 • 64 min
Rachel Nabors helps us understand what web animation looks like and how to use it to create powerful user experiences. She also shares her own inspiring journey of going from cartoonist to coder.
S1:E7 - Why is my website slow? (Lara Hogan)
Sep 27, 2017 • 52 min
Lara Hogan, VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and author of the book, Designing for Performance, breaks down common web performance issues, tools you can use to diagnose the problem, and how to use AB testing to measure your results.
S1:E6 - How to ace a technical interview (Tiffany Peon, La Vesha Parker)
Sep 20, 2017 • 60 min
Developers La Vesha Parker (Etsy) and Tiffany Peon (New York Times) break down each part of the technical interview process, giving you examples and explanations of exactly what they’re looking for.
S1:E5 - How to learn React and React Native on a deadline (Brent Vatne, Kim Goulbourne)
Sep 13, 2017 • 58 min
Kim Goulbourne shares her process for learning a new javascript framework, and the frustrations she experienced even as a seasoned developer.
S1:E4 - The JavaScript First Responder (Wes Bos)
Sep 5, 2017 • 48 min
Wes Bos shares how he learns, how he works, and how he slowly, eventually got over his hatred for JavaScript to become a beloved JavaScript teacher.
S1:E3 - How to teach yourself computer science (Vaidehi Joshi)
Aug 29, 2017 • 40 min
Vaidehi Joshi tells us about her year-long, technical writing project, basecs, how it’s changed her as a developer, and how she handles the trolls and negativity from people who don’t appreciate her work.
S1:E2 - Building community in a virtual world: Moderation tools in VR (Cameron Brown)
Aug 24, 2017 • 56 min
Cameron Brown, CCO at Against Gravity, tells us how his team creates a safe and welcoming space in their virtual reality game, Rec Room.
S1:E1 - Intro to Accessibility (Stephanie Slattery)
Aug 16, 2017 • 54 min
Stephanie Slattery, a front-end engineer specializing in accessibility, explains the 5 categories of disabilities, shows us how to implement suggestions from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and shares why she’s so passionate about accessibility.
Ep. 146 - Codeland - Mentorship, Technical Blogging, and Open Source Talks from Katrina Owen, Quincy Larson, and Nell Shamrell-Harrington (Katrina Owen, Quincy Larson, Nell Shamrell-Harrington)
Aug 1, 2017 • 50 min
Katrina Owen shares what it really takes to get a coding mentor, Quincy Larson gives us his best practices for writing technical blog posts, and Nell Shamrell-Harrington explores what it really takes for an open source project to be successful.
Ep. 145 - Codeland - NYPL and Khan Academy talks from Courteney Ervin and Celia La (Courteney Ervin, Celia La)
Jul 25, 2017 • 33 min
Courteney Ervin shares the ups and downs of building a product for one of the largest library systems in the world. Celia La walks us through the technical challenges (and solutions) of bringing Khan Academy’s quality content to people all over the world.
Ep. 144 - Codeland - Accessibility and Education talks from Sterling Walker and Maurice Rogers (Sterling Walker, Maurice Rogers)
Jul 18, 2017 • 45 min
Sterling shares her experience of making her company’s app accessible to two blind students. Maurice kicks off our education talks the story of Abacus, his side project that became the learning system used by thousands of students in Belize.
Ep. 143 - Codeland - Community Talks from Valerie Woolard Srinivasan and Rapi Castillo (Valerie Woolard Srinivasan, Rapi Castillo)
Jul 6, 2017 • 40 min
Valerie explores the importance of security in creating powerful and engaged communities. Rapi shares his story of creating a toy coding project in D3.js that sparked a movement and helped thousands of people become more politically engaged.
Ep. 142 - Codeland - Mental Health talks from Michelle Morales and Greg Baugues (Michelle Morales, Greg Baugues)
Jun 27, 2017 • 42 min
Michelle’s talk is a technical showcase of how her research project uses open source tools to better diagnose depression. Greg shares his personal struggles with ADHD and bipolar disorder, and how important it is for us to openly talk about mental health.
Ep. 141 - Codeland - Interview with NYC’s first CTO (Minerva Tantoco)
Jun 21, 2017 • 34 min
Minerva Tantoco, NYC’s first-ever CTO, shares how she started her long, impressive tech career, what programming looked like back her coding days, and how she hopes tech will transform cities for the better.
Ep. 140 - Codeland - Gaming and City Talks from Chris Algoo, Kate Rabinowitz, Eric Brelsford (Chris Algoo, Kate Rabinowitz, Eric Brelsford)
Jun 13, 2017 • 47 min
Chris shares how he co-created “Breakup Squad,” a game where you keep two exes from getting back together. Kate shows how open data can help improve your city. Eric shares how he used mapping tools to help turn vacant lots into beautiful spaces.
Ep. 139 - Codeland - Gaming Talks from Jessica Rudder and Opher Vishnia (Jessica Rudder, Opher Vishnia)
Jun 5, 2017 • 42 min
You’ll hear two awesome talks on gaming and code. Jessica shows us how to take advantage of our failures. Opher shares gaming technicques you can use to bring you websites to life.
Ep. 138 - Codeland - Art and Code Talks from Stephanie Nemeth and Dan Shiffman (Dan Shiffman, Stephanie Nemeth)
May 30, 2017 • 46 min
You’ll hear two amazing talks on art and code. Stephanie shares her inspiring story of building her first hardware project. Dan shows us how creative coding can be with his art and code showcase featuring installations of all shapes, sizes, and platforms.
Ep. 137 - Intro to Data Science (Briana Vecchione)
Apr 24, 2017 • 45 min
Briana helps us explore the steps it takes to answer a complex data question. We talk about the importance and difficulty of cleaning data, the role of ethics in data collection and analysis, and how a codenewbie can dig into this fascinating topic.
Ep. 136 - Welcome to WordPress (Ptah Dunbar)
Apr 17, 2017 • 61 min
Developer Ptah Dunbar, also known as “Pirate”, gives us a tour of WordPress, its thriving community, and the realities of being employed as a WordPress developer.
Ep. 135 - The Michael Jordan of Tech Talks (Kim Crayton)
Apr 10, 2017 • 48 min
Kim’s spoken at eight meetups, ten conferences, had talks accepted at three more, and has four upcoming talks already lined up. She shares how she got started and how she uses her education background to create unique tech talks.
Ep. 134 - Getting Into Hardware (Elecia White)
Apr 3, 2017 • 69 min
Elecia White gave us a tour of her hardware world, complete with stories of gadgets catching fire, the responsibility of creating life-saving ICU technology, and having fun with poopy robots.
Ep. 133 - Building Robot Vacuum Cleaners: An Intro to Embedded Systems (Chris Svec)
Mar 27, 2017 • 54 min
We explore the field of embedded systems with Chris Svec, get a solid intro to working with microprocessors, and discuss the many ways a codenewbie can start learning more about the fascinating world of embedded systems.
Ep. 132 - The Business of Open Source (Safia Abdalla)
Mar 20, 2017 • 48 min
Developer and open source maintainer Safia Abdalla helps us unpack the business side of open source and better understand how it really works.
Ep. 131 - Take My Money (Noel Rappin)
Mar 13, 2017 • 45 min
In this more technical episode, Noel takes us through some of the thorny situations of working with online payments and how a newbie can navigate the complex world of money.
Ep. 130 - 30 Million Downloads (Jo Overline)
Mar 6, 2017 • 47 min
Jo Overline’s created 30 apps, totally 30 million downloads over ten years. He shares his thoughts on what makes a successful app, how apps have evolved over the years, and whether or not there’s still room for the independent app maker.
Ep. 129 - Getting My First Developer Job (Paola Mata)
Feb 27, 2017 • 51 min
Paola’s learn-to-code journey involved two bootcamps, an internship, and a job search that lasted a year before landing her full-time iOS role. She shares the ups and downs of becoming a developer, and the many stressess of looking for a job.
Ep. 128 - Progressive Coders Network (Rapi Castillo)
Feb 19, 2017 • 52 min
Rapi shares how he created the Progressive Coders Network, how he thinks about open source contributors as members instead of sources of free labor, and why open source is a powerful tool for activism.
Ep. 127 - Creating a Game for Vets (Evan Sanderson)
Feb 13, 2017 • 66 min
Evan shares his experience creating a game designed to tell the story of vets. We talk about his process, the unique power of games, and what his hopes are for the future of games with a purpose.
Ep. 126 - The Mechanic (Ray Acevedo)
Feb 6, 2017 • 6 min
Ray was a mechanic, a full-time job he held while he learned to code part-time at the Coalition for Queens. In this specially produced segment, Ray shares his coding journey, how he came close to quitting altogether, and how his brother got him through.
Ep. 125 - Learning to Code in the 1960s (Mary L Gorden)
Jan 30, 2017 • 49 min
Mary takes us through her nearly 40 years of working with computers, which includes punch cards, using a terminal for the first time, and the ever-changing tools of programming.
Ep. 124 - Open Source Newbie (Shubheksha Jalan )
Jan 23, 2017 • 43 min
Shubheksha shares her experience contributing to open source, why it took her two years to contribute in a meaningful way, and how working on open source has boosted her confidence and sharpened her skills.
Ep. 123 - Rails Girls Summer of Code (Laura Gaetano)
Jan 16, 2017 • 69 min
Laura was a lot of stuff, like a music blogger, DJ, and maid. Now, she helps introduce others to tech through initiatives like Rails Girls Summer of Code. She tells us about the program, the value of working on open source, and how she became a developer.
Ep. 122 - The Ethics of Coding (Bill Sourour)
Jan 9, 2017 • 54 min
Bill Sourour was twenty-one when he built a website for promoting a drug that he later found may have contributed to a young woman’s suicide. We talk to Bill about this incident and the ethical responsibility of coders.
Ep. 121 - TechHire (Tess Posner)
Jan 2, 2017 • 71 min
Tess Posner talks about the realities of finding a job in tech at the salary you want, what technology’s increasing demand for talent means for job seekers, and what every codenewbie can do to maximize their chances of launching their tech career.
Ep. 120 - 100 Days of Code (Alexander Kallaway)
Dec 26, 2016 • 58 min
Alexander talks about creating #100DaysofCode, the hashtag challenge that’s helped him, and hundreds of others, incorporate coding into his daily routine.
Ep. 119 - Indie iOS Developer (Ish Shabazz)
Dec 19, 2016 • 43 min
Ish Shabazz recently released Stamp Pack, the iOS app that gave him his biggest launch yet. He talks about the iterative process of building it, what it’s like to create a new app category, and why being an independent iOS developer is getting harder.
Ep. 118 - Truck Driver (George Moore)
Dec 12, 2016 • 50 min
George Moore drove trucks for years. But he knew he wanted to do more with his life, so he slowly worked his way up to his current role, a master software engineer. He shares his incredible tech journey filled with uncertainties and perseverance.
Ep. 117 - Diversity in Tech - Part II (Ashe Dryden)
Dec 5, 2016 • 49 min
In part II, Ashe Dryden talks about how the harassment she’s experienced has influenced her life decisions and created her new normal, how her work has changed her perception of the internet, and what we can all do to be advocates in the workplace.
Ep. 116 - Diversity in Tech - Part I (Ashe Dryden)
Nov 28, 2016 • 54 min
Ashe Dryden helps us unpack the many questions, misconceptions, and realities of diversity in tech. In part I of our interview, she gives us a diversity primer, explains why this topic is so important, and tells us how she produces AlterConf.
Ep. 115 - Getting a Computer Science Degree (Terri Burns)
Nov 21, 2016 • 54 min
Terri Burns not only graduated with a CS degree, but also ran the largest student tech organization in the country. If you’re curious about the elusive CS degree, take a listen to this awesome, behind-the-scene conversation and see what it’s all about.
Ep. 114 - What’s an Innovation Accountant? (Nick DePrey)
Nov 14, 2016 • 55 min
Nick is an Innovation Accountant, a mix of data, coding, and experimentation. He talks about what it’s like to build the lisetning app, NPR One, what he’s learned about the way people listen to podcasts, and what technical skills he uses on the job.
Ep. 113 - Hackathons (Leslie Hitchcock)
Nov 7, 2016 • 41 min
Leslie Hitchcock produces the largest hackathons and tech events in the world for TechCrunch. She shares tips on how new coders can make the most out of hackathons, what types of coding projects people work on, and how to make hackathons more inclusive.
Ep. 112 - Comedy and Code - Part II (Baratunde Thurston)
Oct 31, 2016 • 58 min
We talk to Baratunde Thurston about how he brought together product development and comedy in his recent role at the Daily Show, how he uses coding and technology as tools, and how we should balance our responsibility as coders with having fun.
Ep. 111 - Comedy and Code - Part I (Baratunde Thurston)
Oct 24, 2016 • 59 min
Baratunde Thurston’s made a career of blending tech, comedy, and politics. He shares why he started in computer science but ended with a philosophy degree, how satirical apps are tech’s art-form, and how Comedy Hack Day creates unique coding experiences.
Ep. 110 - Coding in Uganda (Emily Karungi)
Oct 17, 2016 • 50 min
Emily Karungi has a degree in software engineering, but there were still times when she doubted whether or not she belonged. She talks about tackling those doubts, what it’s like to build software in Uganda, and how she’s helped others learn to code.
Ep. 108 - Tech Internships (Dara Oke)
Oct 3, 2016 • 51 min
Dara Oke graduated with four tech internships. She’s worked at Intel, Microsoft, and Twitter building features in languages and on topics she hadn’t yet learned. We talk about her day-to-day and how codenewbies can get their own real-world experience.
Ep. 107 - Mom and Son Learn To Code (Lorraine Hutter, Bobby Hutter)
Sep 26, 2016 • 60 min
Lorraine Hutter watched her son Bobby go to a bootcamp and learn to code. She saw him come home happy and excited, and she wanted to feel that same fire. So months later, she signed up for a coding program, and her son ended up as her teacher’s assistant.
Ep. 106 - Open Sourcing Mental Health - Part II (Julia Nguyen)
Sep 19, 2016 • 49 min
We continue our conversation with developer Julia Nguyen on her mental health journey, how it’s affected her life as a programmer, and what unique product decisions she has to make for “if me,” her mental health open source project.
Ep. 105 - Open Sourcing Mental Health - Part I (Julia Nguyen)
Sep 12, 2016 • 44 min
Julia Nguyen was diagnosed with OCD when she was in high school. In this incredibly open and honest interview, she talks about her own struggles with mental health and how she hopes to help others through her open source project, “if me.”
Ep. 104 - Scrum Master (Anjuan Simmons)
Sep 5, 2016 • 87 min
Have you ever heard of a scrum master and wondered what that was? Anjuan Simmons, certified scrum master and project manager, breaks it down for us in this highly informative interview.
Ep. 103 - Algorithms (Carina C. Zona)
Aug 29, 2016 • 76 min
In today’s episode Carina C. Zona helps us understand algorithms. She walks us through fascinating examples of how they’ve been used in technology over the years, exploring the benefits and unintended consequences they’ve had along the way.
Ep. 102 - My Very First App (Aurelian Sennett)
Aug 22, 2016 • 86 min
Long-time listener and codenewbie, Aurelian tells us how he started learning to code, how he built his education app, and what it’s like to have thousands of people pay for and use the first product he’s ever built.
Ep. 101 - Open Sourcerer of Django (Jacob Kaplan-Moss)
Aug 15, 2016 • 77 min
Jacob Kaplan-Moss is often credited for co-creating Django, one of the most popular web frameworks written in python. But that’s not exactly true. Jacob tells us the true story of Django’s creation and unpacks the concept of the talent myth.
Ep. 100 - Creating CodeNewbie ()
Aug 8, 2016 • 49 min
For our special 100th episode, CodeNewbie founder gets interviewed by her husband, Rob Frelow, on creating CodeNewbie, her own coding journey, and shares info on upcoming projects for CodeNewbie.
Ep. 99 - Creating Lifehacker - Part II (Gina Trapani)
Aug 1, 2016 • 39 min
Last episode we talked to Gina Trapani about her Lifehacker days. In this episode, we look to the future and hear about her work at Postlight, what it’s like to work with Paul Ford, and what she looks for when she’s hiring an engineer.
Ep. 98 - Creating Lifehacker - Part I (Gina Trapani)
Jul 25, 2016 • 83 min
In part one of our two-part interview, Gina talks to us about her journey going from famous blogger to product creator, the risks of building an app based on APIs, and what it felt like to shut down her company.
Ep. 97 - From Theater Technician to Programmer (Ashley Lewis)
Jul 18, 2016 • 68 min
Ashley Lewis used to light stages. But after some introspection, she realized that her passion wasn’t in light design. She talks to us about the similarities between coding and art plus how being introspective has helped her on her coding journey.
Ep. 96 - Developing Your Tech Talk Idea (Nickolas Means)
Jul 11, 2016 • 52 min
Nickolas Means talked about airplanes, and in doing so, he connected them with code in beautiful and interesting ways. In this interview, Nick explains how to take seemingly disconnected subjects and put them together in compelling talks.
Ep. 95 - Is The Website Down? (Stella Cotton)
Jul 4, 2016 • 57 min
Stella takes us through the journey of getting a Billion dollar Indiegogo site back up, shares what she’s learned about site availability and what CodeNewbies can do to be ready for their own heavy traffic.
Ep. 94 - UX Design and Gaming (Lil Chen)
Jun 27, 2016 • 50 min
Lil Chen’s been in gaming for years. She started by playing video games and now works as a UX Designer at YouTube Gaming. We talk about how her history in gaming affects her work as a designer and vice versa, plus how she keeps up with her coding skills.
Ep. 93 - Storytelling with Code (Michael Rau)
Jun 20, 2016 • 79 min
Michael Rau didn’t want to build an app, he wanted to create an experience. So he constructed a physical room, and with the help of a Rails app, and created a theater show called “Temping.”
Ep. 92 - Afghan Women Coding (Fereshteh Forough )
Jun 13, 2016 • 50 min
Fereshteh Forough wanted to help women in Afghanistan. She knew that attaining education was difficult, let alone technical training. But she tackled these issues head on by starting the first coding school for women in Afghanistan.
Ep. 91 - Creating EmberJS - Part II (Yehuda Katz)
Jun 5, 2016 • 59 min
In part two of our interview with Yehuda Katz, we talk about how he created EmberJS, and what it means to build a web framework. We also talk about what it means to be a beginner, and how growing up poor has influenced his perspectives as a coder today.
Ep. 90 - Creating EmberJS - Part I (Yehuda Katz)
May 30, 2016 • 67 min
Yehuda Katz has done many, many code things. In the first half of our two-part interview, he talks about what he looks for when he hires, how it took him years to feel like he could code, and why he doesn’t like the term “junior developer”.
Ep. 89 - Mobile Developer (Kaya Thomas)
May 23, 2016 • 57 min
Kaya Thomas has done a lot in a short period of time, like meet Michelle Obama and develop a mobile app. She talks about how she’s managed to be so successful while still a college student and her process for learning new coding skills so quickly.
Ep. 88 - CodeNewbie Apprentice (Sharon Siegel)
May 16, 2016 • 57 min
In December, CodeNewbie put out applications for the CodeNewbie Apprenticeship, and many interviews later, Sharon Siegel was chosen to be the 1st apprentice. She talks about her coding journey, and her goal of moving into a full-time developer role.
Ep. 87 - Vets Who Code (Jerome Hardaway)
May 9, 2016 • 51 min
Plenty of organizations work to help vets. What vet Jerome Hardaway noticed about these organizations is that they were mostly reactive. They responded to problems but few prevented them. So Jerome decided to create a non-profit to teach vets how to code.
Ep. 86 - Intro to Databases (Mark Nadal)
May 2, 2016 • 61 min
Mark Nadal was a front end developer looking for a better database. So he built his own. He walks us through the different types of databases, the limitations you might run into as you use them, and why he decided to build his own graph database.
Ep. 85 - Technical Writing (Chris Mills)
Apr 25, 2016 • 55 min
Chris loves writing tutorials for beginners, and he gets to do it for Mozilla. We talk about the different parts of good technical writing and how he manages to maintain that beginner mindset.
Ep. 84 - From Research To Code (Anna Lee)
Apr 18, 2016 • 40 min
Anna Lee spent years as a researcher. Going from a world of pharmaceutical science to being a front end web developer was definitely a leap, one she successfully made after quitting her job and doing an online course.
Ep. 83 - How To Get A Coding Job (Charles Max Wood)
Apr 11, 2016 • 64 min
One of the most popular questions for Newbies is, “How do you get a coding job?” In this episode, we talk with Chuck, podcaster of several very popular tech shows, on the journey of not just coding but landing a coding job.
Ep. 82 - What Is Code? (Paul Ford)
Apr 4, 2016 • 89 min
Paul Ford didn’t expect his article on coding to go big. But almost a year later, the Bloomberg issue dedicated to “What is code?” is still completely sold out. This episode we dig into the major topics covered in that long and highly entertaining piece.
Ep. 81 - Social Justice Warrior (Coraline Ada Ehmke)
Mar 28, 2016 • 66 min
Coraline wears the Social Justice Warrior title proudly. We talk to Coraline about what it means to be a social justice warrior, how she’s dealt with the trolling and harassment that comes with it, and how she stays above it and continues to fight.
Ep. 80 - Designing Makerspaces (Kristen Smith)
Mar 21, 2016 • 61 min
Kristen has spent a lot of time creating just the right spaces for making. We talk about what makes a good makerspace, what the behind-the-scenes of one looks like, and how she leveraged her liberal arts degrees to make the tech world more accessible.
Ep. 79 - Make Magazine (Mike Senese)
Mar 14, 2016 • 67 min
For our second episode of March Is For Makers, Mike talks to us about how he transforms complex technical information into accessible stories, how he got started making, and how the maker movement has changed over the years.
Ep. 78 - Hardware Newbie (Emily Xie)
Mar 7, 2016 • 47 min
In our first episode for March Is For Makers, our month-long celebration of everything making, we dig into the differences of software and hardware, and how Emily’s software background gave her an interesting perspective on her laser-cutting experience.
Ep. 77 - Technically Speaking (Chiu-Ki Chan)
Feb 29, 2016 • 57 min
Chiu-Ki Chan believes in speaking. She talks to us about starting Technically Speaking, a digest highlighting talks and open calls for proposals and how she successfully shares her career achievements without feeling too self-promoting.
Ep. 76 - Data Journalist (Matthew Mitchell)
Feb 22, 2016 • 48 min
One day Matt watched in disappointment as a trusted tv newscaster declared facts about his home country of Grenada, that conflicted with reports from his relatives back home. That was the beginning of his passion for news and his work in data journalism.
Ep. 75 - Coding In Colombia (Juan Pablo Buriticá)
Feb 15, 2016 • 72 min
Juan loves his home country, Colombia. But he was frustrated by the pervasive negative headlines describing it as dangerous. He knew Colombia’s potential, and he wanted to show the world what it was capable of. So he started organizing tech conferences.
Ep. 74 - Startup Box (Majora Carter)
Feb 8, 2016 • 66 min
Majora Carter grew up in the South Bronx, and has spent her life building up the community she loves. She tells us how she created Startup Box, a company focused on providing training and jobs for in-demand roles in quality assurance.
Ep. 73 - Coding Chef (Adrienne Lowe)
Feb 1, 2016 • 56 min
She spent 12+ years as a chef. But when Adrienne Lowe decided to invest in coding skills, she didn’t want to leave her culinary love behind. Adrienne shares how she uses her cooking skills to be a better coder and how a major life event got her started.
Ep. 72 - Security Newbie (Chris Palmer)
Jan 25, 2016 • 77 min
Chris Palmer spends his time thinking about how to make a browser more secure. We talk to Chris about how he makes security decisions and what new developers should consider when thinking about security in the products they build.
Ep. 71 - Internet For All (Danilo Campos)
Jan 18, 2016 • 59 min
Danilo lived in public housing until he was two. Now a self-taught iOS developer, he’s using his technical skills and personal journey to help bring the internet to the thousands living in public housing in the US.
Ep. 70 - From Servers to Security (Christina Morillo)
Jan 11, 2016 • 41 min
Christina started as a server administrator. But over the years, she found her way into information security. She talks to us about why CodeNewbies should care about security even as developers, and how she’s navigated her own coding journey.
Ep. 69 - Manager Newbie (Selena Deckelmann)
Jan 4, 2016 • 52 min
Selena’s been in tech for twenty years. She got her first taste of open source software back in 1995, and since then, she’s been an open source contributor bringing more people into tech.
Ep. 68 - Too Late To Be Awesome (Chanelle Henry)
Dec 28, 2015 • 71 min
Chanelle Henry wanted to be awesome. She saw people building inspiring products and wondered if it was too late for her to be that awesome. That question inspired a Medium blog post that ended up getting her invites to speak on that very topic.
Ep. 67 - Android Developer (Annyce Davis)
Dec 21, 2015 • 41 min
Annyce Davis became an Android developer by building an Android app. She took some time to hack away at a prototype, showed it to her boss, and was put in charge of building The Washington Posts’s first Android app.
Ep. 66 - Laboratoria (Mariana Costa)
Dec 14, 2015 • 45 min
Mariana Costa started Laboratoria to help young women in Lima, Peru get coding skills and improve their lives. A year and a half in, she’s launched this five-month program serving low-income women in four cities, and she’s just getting started.
Ep. 65 - Art and Code (Dan Shiffman)
Dec 7, 2015 • 65 min
Dan Shiffman doesn’t like titles. As an open source contributor, author, and professor, it might be because he has so many to pick from. In this episode, we touch on all three, focusing on his work with Processing and why he loves working with beginners.
Ep. 64 - Write Speak Code (Rebecca Miller Webster)
Nov 30, 2015 • 68 min
Rebecca Miller Webster created Write Speak Code for herself. She wanted a space that would encourage her to write more, speak more, and contribute to open source more. And in the process of creating that space for others, she grew herself.
Ep. 63 - Free Code Camp (Quincy Larson)
Nov 23, 2015 • 82 min
He’s only been coding for four years. But thirteen months ago, Quincy Larson launched one of the most beloved learn-to-code resources in the CodeNewbie community, Free Code Camp.
Ep. 62 - Hello Ruby (Linda Liukas)
Nov 16, 2015 • 54 min
Linda Liukas identifies more with being a children’s author than a developer. She used to work for Codecademy, started Rails Girls, and most recently wrote, Hello Ruby, a book introducing programming to children.
Ep. 61 - Brianna and Brianna’s Mother (Brianna Fugate)
Nov 9, 2015 • 91 min
Brianna tells us how she switched from being pre-med to computer science, and got over the intimidation of sitting next to kids who’d discovered coding long before she knew what programming was all about.
Ep. 60 - Impostor Syndrome (Alicia Liu)
Nov 2, 2015 • 50 min
Software Engineer Alicia Liu has thought a lot about Impostor Syndrome. In fact, she’s written three blog posts, one each year for the past three years, that have illustrated her own relationship with the term and its relevance in the tech community.
Ep. 59 - The GitHub Nomad (John Britton)
Oct 26, 2015 • 52 min
For now, home is Lisbon, Portugal. But as a full-time nomad, who knows where developer John Britton will be a few months from now. John tell us what it’s like to work remotely from various countries while being GitHub’s Education Liaison.
Ep. 58 - From Journalist to Developer (Amy Simmons)
Oct 19, 2015 • 48 min
Amy Simmons spent six years working as a journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC of Australia. As an online journalist, she thought it was a good idea to learn how to code and use that to tell her stories in a new way.
Ep. 57 - Podcasting with Changelog (Adam Stacoviak, Jerod Santo)
Oct 12, 2015 • 85 min
Developer Adam Stacoviak started Changelog seven years ago. He and his co-host Jerod Santo talk to us about what it’s been like building the show over the years, how they escaped podfade, and how they moved from podcast into video.
Ep. 56 - From Temp to Head of Design (Julie Ann Horvath)
Oct 5, 2015 • 67 min
Julie got into tech by doing temp data entry at the then little-known startup, Yammer. But she saw the opportunities available to those who could code, so she taught herself, taking on more responsibilities to finally become a designer and developer.
Ep. 55 - Open Source Contributor (Steve Klabnik)
Sep 28, 2015 • 80 min
The first open source project Steve Klabnik got involved with was a pretty big one, Hackety Hack. He only meant to help out, but when no else joined, he ended up running the show, and diving headfirst into the open source world.
Ep. 54 - The Hacker (Jonathan Barronville)
Sep 21, 2015 • 68 min
Jonathan doesn’t have a computer science degree. He doesn’t have a degree at all. But at 21, he’s been able to hack together a tech education that involves reading academic papers, implementing solutions he finds, and lots and lots of searching.
Ep. 53 - Peruvian Developer (Andrea Del Rio)
Sep 14, 2015 • 59 min
Andrea Del Rio talks about her role as a Mozilla Open Web fellow, how she’s using her technical skills to help civil society organizations, and what it’s like to build products for the Association for Progressive Communications.
Ep. 52 - International Dev (Ayori Selassie)
Sep 7, 2015 • 65 min
Ayori Selassie talks to us about how she navigated her career at Salesforce and how her participation in the State Department’s TechWomen Program helped her better understand the international tech landscape.
Ep. 51 - The Pragmatic Programmer - Part II (Dave Thomas)
Aug 31, 2015 • 87 min
In part two of our interview with Dave Thomas, we dive into some of his other contributions to the community, including coining the phrase “DRY” (Don’t Repeat Yourself), popularizing the code kata, and signing the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.
Ep. 50 - The Pragmatic Programmer Part I (Dave Thomas)
Aug 24, 2015 • 55 min
Dave Thomas has done a lot for the programming community. In Part 1 of this two-part interview he shares his own coding journey and gives advice to new developers on how to navigate the mountain of information available.
Ep. 49 - Getting The Job (Suzan Bond)
Aug 17, 2015 • 47 min
Suzan Bond calls herself a band manager, the title that captures the wide range of activities she does in her work helping developers grow their careers.
Ep. 48 - Freelance to Full-Time (Nicole Dominguez)
Aug 10, 2015 • 48 min
Nicole Dominguez taught herself to code at a pretty young age, and by the time she was in high school, she had paying freelance clients. At 21, she reflects on her freelance days, and what she’s learned as a teacher helping others learn coding concepts.
Ep. 47 - Design and Dev (Una Kravetz)
Aug 3, 2015 • 52 min
Una Kravets found her love of design at a young age, publishing homemade magazines and handing them out to her classmates. Now, she translates that love of design to code, building prototypes and design systems at IBM Design.
Ep. 46 - Self Taught Programmer (Courteney Ervin)
Jul 27, 2015 • 64 min
Courteney Ervin taught herself to code in her spare time. She tells us about her journey, the key moments that helped her advance her tech career, and shares advice on how others can make the most of their self-taught journey.
Ep. 45 - Design Director (Kristy Tillman)
Jul 20, 2015 • 72 min
When you ask Kristy Tillman about design, she doesn’t just talk about designing for a screen. She touches on space, rooms, fliers, products, both physical and digital. In this episode, we talk about her design process and how she hires for design roles.
Ep. 44 - CSS Tricks (Chris Coyier)
Jul 13, 2015 • 62 min
It took years for CSS Tricks to become the popular front-end and design resource it is today. Creator Chris Coyier talks about starting the website in 2007 and how it’s grown to be the incredible front end community it is now.
Ep. 43 - Code and Hip Hop (Earl Bey)
Jul 6, 2015 • 51 min
Programmer Earl Bey has always been a hip hop fan. He’s been rapping since he was ten, and even had his own manager. When he was later introduced to tech, he dove into coding full time. Now, he blends his new passion for code with his love for hip hop.
Ep. 42 - POODR And Beyond - Part II (Sandi Metz)
Jun 29, 2015 • 53 min
In part II of this two-part interview, Sandi Metz talks to us about speaking, how she prepares for her talks and her plans for her upcoming book.
Ep. 41 - POODR And Beyond - Part I (Sandi Metz)
Jun 21, 2015 • 52 min
Sandi Metz describes herself as an “accidental author.” Accident or not, her book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby (POODR) is beloved in the ruby community. In part I of this two-part interview, she talks to us about life pre- and post-POODR.
Ep. 40 - From Cars To Code (Angel Jose)
Jun 15, 2015 • 62 min
Angel Jose went from selling cars to a working as a developer in under eight months. He talks to us about making that transition, how he found his job, and how he deals with self doubt as a new programmer.
Ep. 39 - From Coding To Venture Capital (Andrew Chen)
Jun 8, 2015 • 69 min
He knew how to code, but when he graduated school, Andrew Chen decided to go into venture capital. He talks with us about how he leveraged his coding skills to being a tech advisor, and why you don’t have to be a great coder to build something great.
Ep. 38 - Hacker Hours (Aidan Feldman)
Jun 1, 2015 • 53 min
When developer Aidan Feldman had a line of people waiting to get coding help from him, he decided to try a different format. And that was the beginning of Hacker Hours, open office hours for anyone coding to come together and work on their skills.
Ep. 37 - From Skates To Code (Aimee Knight)
May 25, 2015 • 63 min
Software developer Aimee Knight used to be a professional figure skater. She tells us what it was like to transition into tech and how being a professional athlete has affected her coding journey.
Ep. 36 - Creating jQuery (John Resig)
May 18, 2015 • 124 min
John Resig, creator of jQuery, talks about what it was like to build the most popular javascript library and then walk away from it five years later to follow his passion for education.
Ep. 35 - Stellar (David Mazières)
May 11, 2015 • 57 min
David Mazières, Chief Scientist at Stellar, talks to us about his work at the Stellar foundation building software to expand financial access. We also talk why he doesn’t think you need a computer science degree to make an impact in tech.
Ep. 34 - Newbie Story: LaToya Allen (LaToya Allen)
May 4, 2015 • 57 min
For our first Newbie Story, we talk to LaToya Allen, junior software engineer at Avant, a fast-growing Chicago startup. She tells us how she went from bartending to becoming an apprentice, and got her first full-time engineering job in just three weeks.
Ep. 33 - Detroit Water Project (Tiffani Bell)
Apr 27, 2015 • 59 min
When developer Tiffani Bell first heard about the water crisis in Detroit she rolled up her developer sleeves and put up a page to help people who’s water had been shut off. Now, that page has turned into a non-profit, and she’s the executive director.
Ep. 32 - Rockbot (Raquel Velez)
Apr 20, 2015 • 72 min
You probably know her as rockbot, the username that captures her passion for robotics. In this episode, developer Raquel Velez shares that passion with us and gives us a beginner-friendly walkthrough of how a robot works.
Ep. 31 - Girl Develop It (Corinne Warnshuis)
Apr 13, 2015 • 54 min
Corinne Warnshuis sat in a Girl Develop It workshop to learn to code. Her love for the community and her community-building skills propelled her from coding newbie to Executive Director of Girl Develop It.
Ep. 30 - The Not-Bootcamp (Jeff Casimir)
Apr 6, 2015 • 78 min
At a time when people are lining up to get accepted by a programming bootcamp, Jeff Casimir decided to start one that is non-profit. We talk about why he decided to make the Turing School non-profit and how it approaches its programming curriculum.
Ep. 29 - A Children’s Makerspace (Gokul Krishnan)
Mar 30, 2015 • 32 min
Gokul Krishnan started the first makerspace in a children’s hospital. We talk about the benefits of making in the context of being in a hospital, how he approaches learning, and what kinds of tech projects these kids have made.
Ep. 28 - Coding Printers (Kate Donahue)
Mar 23, 2015 • 48 min
She was trained to be a web developer. But months after graduating from bootcamp, she’s at Makerbot, helping build the software that their 3D printers need to do their job. It’s an interesting change and we what some of the challenges are.
Ep. 27 - Intro to Raspberry Pi (Matt Richardson)
Mar 16, 2015 • 43 min
Matt Richardson, evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, talks to us about what the Raspberry Pi is, discuss some beginner friendly projects, and chat about a cool bike-based hardware project he made.
Ep. 26 - The Hardware Marketplace (Julia Grace)
Mar 9, 2015 • 64 min
Julia Grace talks to us about Tindie, the hardware marketplace where creators and hardware enthusiasts come together to share their goods. We talk about the challenges of building a hardware platform and the different problems these makers are solving.
Ep. 25 - From Software To Hardware (Sara Chipps)
Mar 2, 2015 • 36 min
When Sara Chipps sat in a conference and watched a speaker use JavaScript to interact with a smoke detector, she was entranced. She left with a bag of LEDs, and a new love for hardware that led to her ultimately starting her hardware company Jewliebots.
Ep. 24 - Monsters And Code (Sarah Frisk)
Feb 23, 2015 • 51 min
Developer Sarah Frisk uses her incredible drawing skills to teach coding tools and concepts like git through her comic, Monster Markup Manual. We talk about how art and code come together, and how monsters can do a great job of learning to code.
Ep. 23 - Ask CodeNewbie (Scott Hanselman, Tiffany Peon)
Feb 16, 2015 • 76 min
In our first live broadcast of the podcast, we brought on developers Scott Hanselman and Tiffany Peon to chat about hot topics in the CodeNewbie community. We talked about finding a dev job, code mentorship, and more.
Ep. 22 - Intro to UX (Catt Small)
Feb 9, 2015 • 71 min
Catt Small gives us a great intro to UX (user experience) design, including insight on her design process, how she works with users to create great digital experiences, and how code newbies can get started in UX design.
Ep. 21 - Teaching Kids To Code (Rebecca Garcia)
Feb 2, 2015 • 56 min
In today’s episode, we talk with Developer Rebecca Garcia about her thoughts on teaching code in public school and how she found her own way as a self-taught developer to her current role as a developer evangelist at Squarespace.
Ep. 20 - Accessibility (Joseph McLarty)
Jan 26, 2015 • 62 min
Joseph McLarty, developer and accessibility advocate, talks to us about issues of accessibility and how we can create and remove invisible barriers that keep people from accessing the web.
Ep. 19 - The Hard Way (Zed A. Shaw)
Jan 19, 2015 • 67 min
Zed A. Shaw, developer and author of the Learn the Hard Way series, talks to us about how to learn to code, his own approach to learning a new programming language, and why he’s not a fan of programming bootcamps.
Ep. 18 - Autotune, Inclusivity, and Getting A Job (Vanessa Hurst)
Jan 12, 2015 • 85 min
Vanessa Hurst, founder of CodeMontage, has spent a lot of her career making tech an inclusive space for all people, particularly women. We talk about how she created that space through Girl Develop It, and how to get that first tech job.
Ep. 17 - Getting Involved (Scott Hanselman)
Jan 4, 2015 • 55 min
You may have heard of Scott Hanselman from his own podcasts and his very popular tech blog. We talk to him about how he creates all this helpful tech content, why it’s important to be a social developer, and how we can evaluate our own coding abilities.
Ep. 16 - Code Ghost (Jenn Schiffer)
Dec 28, 2014 • 63 min
Engineer and artist Jenn Schiffer talks to us about the Vart Institute, the side project that blends her love of art with her love of javascript. We dive into how she brings those two worlds together, and her experience working on the academic side of CS.
Ep. 15 - Intro to DevOps (Christopher Webber)
Dec 21, 2014 • 58 min
There’s more to coding than just your code. In this episode, we talk to developer Chris Webber about devops, and all of the infrastructure-related things that are also important in getting your app to work.
Ep. 14 - On Testing (Noel Rappin)
Dec 14, 2014 • 50 min
We talk with, Noel Rappin, about different types of tests, walk through an example of how you can approach something with tests first, and talk about why test-driven development can be a great tool for planning and organizing your code.
Ep. 13 - The Not-So-Amateur Programmer (Lauren Orsini)
Dec 7, 2014 • 43 min
If you’re looking for solid, newbie-friendly guides to tech, Lauren Orsini’s got you covered. We talk about her writing process, how she tackles a new piece of technology and learns it well enough to write about it.
Ep. 12 - Mother Coders (Tina Lee)
Nov 30, 2014 • 49 min
We talk with Tina Lee about the challenges of being a mom learning to code, how organizers can make their tech events more mom-friendly, and how to make coding more accessible to all mothers.
Ep. 11 - 24 Pull Requests (Andrew Nesbitt)
Nov 23, 2014 • 53 min
We talk to Andrew Nestbitt about how code newbies can get started in making open source contributions, why getting involved in open source is a great idea, and how to get over the intimidation you might feel at making your first pull request.
Ep. 10 - Nitpicks and Devils (Katrina Owen)
Nov 16, 2014 • 53 min
Katrina talks to us about building her platform to help people become better programmers, how she went from being a secretary to studying biology to being a programmer, and how code newbies can make the most of
Ep. 9 - How To Build A Product (Poornima Vijayashanker)
Nov 9, 2014 • 50 min
Building a web product was a lot harder in 2006 than it is now. Poornima Vijayashanker tells us what it was like to code back in those days as founding engineer at Mint.
Ep. 8 - From Student Project to Big App (William Jeffries)
Nov 3, 2014 • 63 min
William Jeffries, creater of the Heat Seak app, tells us how the technology works, how he built the app as he was learning to code himself, and about the mindset that helped him get through the doubts many newbies face.
Ep. 7 - Meteor (Ciara Burkett)
Oct 26, 2014 • 33 min
Ciara Burkett, Meteor developer and teacher, tells us about organizing tech meetups, why she loves the beginner-friendly, javascript framework, and shares some of her own struggles learning to code.
Ep. 6 - Comics and Code (Rachel Nabors)
Oct 20, 2014 • 46 min
Rachel Nabors started as a cartoonist. Now a cartoonist, developer, and speaker, she tells us about her transition into programming, how to tell stories with code, and what it means to be an interaction developer.
Ep. 5 - Speaking of Speaking (Marty Haught)
Oct 12, 2014 • 59 min
Marty Haught, director of Ruby Central, has read and reviewed over 1,000 talk proposals. We talk about how to write a great talk proposal, how to make conferences a welcome and inclusive space for all developers, and how to prepare for your next big talk.
Ep. 4 - Wearing All The Hats (Kinsey Ann Durham)
Oct 5, 2014 • 26 min
Self-taught dev Kinsey Ann Durham didn’t stop at learning to code. We talk about what it was like to give her 1st tech talk, how to use your coding skills for social good, and how she handled someone telling her that she should be a secretary instead.