August 4, 2020
The panel talks with Jonathan Reinink about his new library, IntertiaJS. InertiaJS is a tool that allows you to create a monolith server rendered site, but where you write your own custom back end, and then use a front end framework like React, Vue, or Svelte. We discuss how Intertia works at a very granular level, how it compares to tools like Next.js and Nuxt, why monoliths are better than using APIs, how Interita handles authentication and form submissions, and much more. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Guest Jonathan Reinink Sponsors Scout APM | We'll donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Scout React Native Remote Conf 2020 Links Turbolinks Picks Jonathan Reinink: Follow Jonathan on Twitter > @reinink, Website Inertia.js - The Modern Monolith Lost in Space Aimee Knight: Our AWS bill is ~ 2% of revenue. Here's how we did it Steve Edwards: Colonoscopy Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
July 28, 2020
Danny Thompson discusses his road to a successful tech career, after working for years outside the industry (frying chicken at gas-stations). He explains the importance of setting goals and following through, and how to overcome adversity, and handle setbacks. It's simultaneously a very inspirational story, but also filled with lots of very practical advice and action items to pursue. For example, the importance of attending and participating in Meetups and engaging with the local tech community. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Danny Thompson Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing Scout APM | We'll donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Scout React Native Remote Conf 2020 Links AI powered resume builder Picks Danny Thompson: Follow Danny Thompson on Twitter > @DThompsonDev James Q Quick - YouTube Brad Traversy - YouTube Florin Pop - YouTube AJ O’Neal: Template Resume This Video Is Sponsored By ███ VPN The Wisdom of the Ancients by Sir Francis Bacon Free AudioBook) Aimee Knight: Amazon Web Services Eco Performance Bamboo Clothing I Handmade I by TransientCraft Charles Max Wood: The One Funnel Away Challenge! Conferences Steve Edwards: xkcd: Wisdom of the Ancients Casablanca (1942) - IMDb Dan Shappir: Adopt a puppy or other pet Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
July 21, 2020
Yoav Wiess is a Developer Advocate at Google on the Chrome team, and also co-chair of the W3C Performance Working Group. In this episode Yoav explains how JavaScript resources are currently being delivered to browsers, and limitations and downsides with these approaches. He then describes a proposal for an advanced JavaScript delivery method that addresses these limitations. When this proposal is implemented, it will enable much more efficient download of JavaScript into browsers, boosting Web performance. This is a public proposal, and Yoav invites the community to participate in the standardization process. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Yoav Weiss Sponsors Scout APM | We'll donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Scout React Native Remote Conf 2020 Links JSJ 434: Understanding and Using ES Modules in Node with Gil Tayar Picks Yoav Weiss McCumskey: Follow Yoav on Twitter > @yoavweiss Scroll to Text Fragment - Chrome Platform Status AJ O’Neal: Follow AJ on Twitter > @coolaj86 The Beatles: Abbey Road(great dynamic range) (note: the title I meant to use) Deno | Dan Shappir: "Inspired by @Apple's #WWDC2020, I quickly built WashOS Charlie Gerard 🏳️‍🌈 (@devdevcharlie) / Twitter The Beatles: a musical appreciation and analysis by composer, Howard Goodall CBE Steve Edvards: Going Full Static - NuxtJS Aimee Knight: Teach Yourself Computer Science Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
July 14, 2020
Join the 30-DAY CHALLENGE: "You Don't Know JS Yet" Gareth McCumskey, a Solutions Architect in Cape Town, South Africa engages the panelists of JavaScript Jabber in an informative discussion about the broad topic of serverless. The JavaScript expert explains that serverless is essentially a way to use the existing managed services of the cloud in building a solution. He expounded on the different ways in which to employ the use of serverless. Panel AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Gareth McCumskey   Sponsors Scout APM | We'll donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy Scout React Native Remote Conf 2020 Picks Gareth McCumskey: Follow Gareth on Twitter > @garethmcc Oryx Pro - System76 Full-Stack Application Development on AWS (Free Video Course)   AJ O’Neal: Follow AJ on Twitter > @coolaj86 Serviceman | Pathman | Steve Edvards: The Black Stallion (1979) - IMDb Charles Max Wood: Remote Conferences Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
July 7, 2020
Join the 30-DAY CHALLENGE: "You Don't Know JS Yet" Alex Russell works for Google on the Chrome team and is the lead of Project Fugu which focuses on Web Capabilities and Progressive Web Apps. Alex leads the JavaScript Jabber panel in a discussion of writing less JavaScript and focusing on performance and functionality on low bandwidth connections and low performance phones. Because accessibility is downstream, now, of performance, he argues that we need to focus on performance to make applications that give a good experience on lower end phones and connections. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Dan Shappir Guest Alex Russell React Native Remote Conf 2020   Links 1 Million Teachers And Staff Lost Their Job In April JSJ 428: The Alphabet Soup of Performance Measurements - Picks Alex Russell: Follow Alex on Twitter > @slightlylate, Website WebPageTest - Website Performance and Optimization Test AJ O’Neal: Flint 4KP HDMI Capture Bureau of Justice Statistics Black Voices Matter Lyndon Johnson was a civil rights hero. But also a racist. | MSNBC Aimee Knight: Package Phobia Unsplash Charles Max Wood: PodWrench Home | Brandon Sanderson Dan Shappir: Package Phobia Episode 253 – Take Responsibility for Your Career and Work on Things You Enjoy with Dan Shappir – IT Career Energizer   Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
June 30, 2020
Join the “You Don’t Know JS Yet” 30-day CHALLENGE   SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT at the end of this episode. Don't miss it. Kyle Simpson, author of the You Don't Know JS Yet series joins the JavaScript Jabber panel to discuss the origins and approach to his book series. The discussion varies to the basic parts of JavaScript, the parts you should know, and how to learn them. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Kyle Simpson Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Links getify/TypL: The JavaScript Type Linter Picks Kyle Simpson: Follow Kyle Thompson on Twitter > @getify github/super-linter: Combination of multiple linters to install as a GitHub Action Charles Max Wood: WordPress Vlog - Video Blog & Podcast WordPress Theme by meks | ThemeForest Book Camp - Use Promo code "JSJABBER" Dan Shappir: Wix in the '90s Breaking Chains with Pipelines in Modern JavaScript A Promise of a Bright Future With Async Iterators, Generators, and Pipes, Part 1 Join the “You Don’t Know JS Yet” 30-day CHALLENGE Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
June 23, 2020
React Native Remote Conf July 28th to 31th Jonathan Sampson hops into the Jabber session to talk about the Brave Browser. He and the panel wander through the topics of privacy, browser design, and features. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Jonathan Sampson "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Picks Jonathan Sampson: Follow Jonathan Sampson on Twitter > @BraveSampson, @jonathansampson Office Ladies JavaScript: The First 20 Years The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s AJ O’Neal: Predictably Irrational Dragon Ball Z Aimee Knight: What Is BGP? 8Greens Charles Max Wood: Traffic Secrets DotCom Secrets Expert Secrets Steve Edwards: Home Town Dan Shappir: Web Vitals JSJ 428: The Alphabet Soup of Performance Measurements What's New in Lighthouse 6.0 Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
June 16, 2020
React Native Remote Conf July 28th to 31th What is MongoDB? How does it work? How is it different than a standard relational database? How does it fit into a modern web app? This week, the panel gets the answers to these questions and more when they talk to Joe Karlsson, Software Engineer and Developer Advocate at MongoDB. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Guest Joe Karlsson Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing Remote Work: Get a Job or Make a Career Working From Home "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Links Free MongoDB Official Courses | MongoDB University Course to start with MongoDB Developer Hub Picks Joe Karlsson: Follow Joe on Twitter > @JoeKarlsson1 MongoDB Twitch Animal Crossing: New Horizons AJ O’Neal: The guys who invented the term "sharding"? Supporting Pick: WikiPedia confirms that Ultima Online popularized the term "sharding" Your Coffee Shop Doesn't Use Two-Phase Commit Aimee Knight: What happens when I type kubectl run? The Cereal School Steve Edwards: Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse of Reason Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
June 2, 2020
The panel is joined by Travis Tidwell, co-founder and CTO of, a ME*N stack platform that incorprates a form builder with automatically generated REST API endpoints. Travis discusses the history of, how it’s built and works, and lays the smackdown on panelist and noted NoSQL database skeptic AJ O’Neal by showing how MongoDB is the appropriate DB for storing form data in JSON format. Panel Steve Edwards AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Guest Travis Tidwell Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing Remote Work: Get a Job or Make a Career Working From Home "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Links Picks AJ O’Neal: Follow AJ on Twitter > @coolaj86 File System | Node.js v14.3.0 Documentation JDD Steve Edwards: Follow Steve on Twitter > @wonder95, Website Needtobreathe - Rivers In The Wasteland Travis Tidwell: Follow Travis on Twitter @softwaregnome, Github VEX IQ - VEX Robotics Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
May 19, 2020
Gil Tayar gave a presentation recently on ES modules in Node. He joins the panel to discuss how to use and think about ES modules. With considerable pushback from AJ, Gil explains how to start using modules and what the tradeoffs are between modules, script tags, and build tools. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Gil Tayar Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing Remote Work: Get a Job or Make a Career Working From Home "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Links JSJ 341: Testing in JavaScript with Gil Tayar Picks AJ O’Neal: USB 4 Heavy Duty Suction Cups Miracle Berry Aimee Knight: AJ ONeal - YouTube Charles Max Wood: Dr. Erickson COVID video Zelda: Breath of the Wild 75HARD Steve Edwards: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog Dan Shappir: Visit Israel Gil Tayar: Follow Gil on Twitter > @giltayar Sunset Blvd Node v14.0.0 Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber    
May 12, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 13th to 15th - register now! Noam Rosenthal has worked in both web and native technologies. He leads off with a discussion of the history of the web, browsers, and specifically webkit. The panel then goes into how browsers and built and discuss the differences between the different browsers. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Noam Rosenthal "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Links JSJ 428: The Alphabet Soup of Performance Measurements Test suites for Web platform specs — including WHATWG, W3C, and others JSJ 421: Semantic HTML with Bruce Lawson Picks AJ O’Neal: vim 8 plugins Nikelodeon Gak / Super Clean Projector Screen Steamer Aimee Knight: BlinkOn Steve Edwards: Steve's email: Instagram - dad jokes Dan Shappir: Eggs Noam Rosenthal: Follow Noam on Twitter > @realnoam Hyperisolation The Art of Storytelling Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
May 5, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 13th to 15th - register now! Joe Karlsson is a developer advocate at MongoDB. He and the panel walk through the different approaches, uses, and libraries for building IoT with JavaScript Panel Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood AJ O’Neal Dan Shappir Steve Edwards Guest Joe Karlsson Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today!   Links Cylon.js - JavaScript framework for robotics, physical computing, and the Internet of Things using Node.js Johnny-Five: The JavaScript Robotics & IoT Platform Arduino - Home Tessel 2 Tessel Kit for Johnny-Five The Programming Language Lua Gumstix, Inc. Picks AJ O’Neal: MicroPython - Python for microcontrollers Raspberry Pi Reverse Emulator (Part 1) Raspberry Pi Reverse Emulator (Part 2) Arduino With Python: How to Get Started – Real Python Duktape How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic Getting Started in Electronics Make: Electronics (Book) Make: Electronics (Component Pack) Aimee Knight: Cutting Your own Hair Joe's Appartment Charles Max Wood: The Iron Druid Chronicles Series by Kevin Hearne JavaScript Jabber Meetup Steve Edwards: Pearls Before Swine Dan Shappir: JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 JS VidCon Future Sync Conference Joe Karlsson: Follow Joe on Twitter > @JoeKarlsson1 Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
April 28, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 13th to 15th - register now! The JSJ panel talks with Morad Stern from Wix about personal branding; what it is, why it’s important for developers, and how to build it. Panel Steve Edwards AJ O’Neal Dan Shappir Guest Morad Stern Sponsors Taiko | Click here for 10% discount "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today!   Links Obama asks America to learn computer science Configuring Apache Solr Multi-core With Drupal and Tomcat on Ubuntu 9.10 Picks AJ O’Neal: Follow AJ on Twitter > @coolaj86 War Stories | How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation Crash Bandicoot Co-Creator Andy Gavin: Extended Interview | Ars Technica The Story of Spyro the Dragon | Gaming Historian Utah Node.js: Scaling Node.js at Plaid Steve Edwards: Follow Steve on Twitter > @wonder95, Website Six13 Uptown Passover - an "Uptown Funk" adaptation for Pesach Dan Shappir: Follow Dan on Twitter > @DanShappir Scott Lynch Morad Stern: Follow Morad on Twitter > @morad This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See: Seth Godin Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
April 21, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 13th to 15th - register now! Matt Crook joins the conversation to talk with the JavaScript Jabber panel to talk about his experience going through Nashville Software School. The panel discusses and asks questions about getting into programming, working through the bootcamp, and what prospects are for bootcamp graduates. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Matt Crook Sponsors Taiko | Click here for 10% discount "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! Picks AJ O’Neal: PostgREST The Way of Kings VirtualBox Bootable Installers for MacOS, Windows, and more Aimee Knight: State of Microservices 2020 Report Peloton Bike Charles Max Wood: The Hobbit D&D Starter Set JavaScript Weekly Remote Meetups Remote Conferences Reading to Kids Steve Edwards: It Is Well With My Soul Pitbull Gold PRO Skull Shaver Brad Balfour Dan Shappir: Gödel, Escher, Bach Translating "The Hobbit" in Captivity Matt Crook: Follow Matt on Twitter > @mgcrook, Instagram, LinkedIn Swolenormous Fireship Static Headz Yugen Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
April 14, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 13th to 15th - register now! Join us as we talk to Joyce Lin, a developer relations advocate with Postman, and we talk about this amazing tool for interacting with APIs. We discuss it’s more well-known features, and also learn about other less well known, but very powerful features that allow users to greatly increase the usefulness of the tool, both for front end and back end developers. Panel Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Guest Joyce Lin Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing | Click here for 10% discount ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links Postman Roadmap on Trello Follow Postman on Twitter > Postman | The Collaboration Platform for API Development Picks Steve Edwards: The Big Red NO! Button Desktop Sound Toy Joyce Lin: Follow Joyce on Twitter > @petuniaGray The Science of Well-Being by Yale University | Coursera Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
April 7, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 14th to 15th - register now! Dan Shappir takes the lead to explain all of the acronyms and metrics for measuring the performance of your web applications. He leads a discussion through the ins and outs of monitoring performance and then how to improve and check up on how your website is doing. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Sponsors Taiko, free and open source browser test automation | Click here for 10% discount ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links : The Picture element - HTML: Hypertext Markup Language | MDN Picks AJ O’Neal: The Way of Kings Taco Bell Aimee Knight: @DanShappir Dan Shappir: New accessibility feature in Chrome Dev Tools: simulate vision deficiencies, simulate vision deficiencies, including blurred vision & various types of color blindness. In Canary at the bottom of the Rendering tab. Better Call Saul Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
March 31, 2020
JavaScript Remote Conf 2020 May 14th to 15th - register now! Mani Vaya joins Charles Max Wood to talk about how developers can add the enterepreneur hat to the others they wear by starting a side gig. They discuss various ideas around entrepreneurship, the books they got them from, and how they've applied them in their own businesses. Panel Charles Max Wood Guest Mani Vaya Sponsors Taiko __________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! __________________________________________________ Picks Mani Vaya: Good to Great The Lean Startup Charles Max Wood: Expert Secrets The Masked Singer Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabbber
March 24, 2020
Dave Karow is a developer evangelist for Split. He dives into how you can deliver software sustainably without burning out. His background is in performance and he's moved into smooth deliveries. He pushes the ideas behind continuous delivery and how to avoid getting paid to stay late in "free" pizzas. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Dan Shappir Guest Dave Karow Sponsors G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing Taiko - free and open source browser test automation CacheFly ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links Continuous Delivery The Practical Test Pyramid Accelerate The Unicorn Project Ender's Game Ender's Shadow Atlassian Summit DeliveryConf JSJ 418: Security Scary Stories and How to Avoid Them with Kevin A McGrail Feature toggle Dave Karow Progressive Delivery Speaker Deck Dave Karow Learn Enough Command Line to Be Dangerous Beyond Code Bootcamp Picks Aimee Knight: Designing for Performance Early Riser or Night Owl? Dan Shappir: AJ O’Neal: CineRAID CR-H458 DataCenter 8TB Drives Tiltamax Wireless Follow Focus System Charles Max Wood The Expanse Course Creator PRO Dave Karow: Accelerate Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabb
March 17, 2020
Dan Shappir takes the lead and walks the panel through the history of JavaScript and a discussion on ES6, TypeScript, the direction and future of JavaScript, and what features to be looking at and looking for in the current iteration of JavaScript. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Sponsors Taiko - free and open source browser test automation Split ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links The TC39 Process Le Creuset Star Wars™ Han Solo Roaster | Williams Sonoma 124 JSJ The Origin of Javascript with Brendan Eich Crockford on JavaScript Le Creuset Turkey MJS 108: Dan Shappir MJS 132: Douglas Crockford JSJ 392: The Murky Past and Misty Future of JavaScript with Douglas Crockford "Things You Can Do In ES6 That Can't Be Done In ES5" - View Source talk by Dan Shappir Object Property Value Shorthand in JavaScript with ES6 Spread syntax - JavaScript | MDN JavaScript for-loops are… complicated - HTTP203 Optional chaining - JavaScript | MDN Breaking Chains with Pipelines in Modern JavaScript Picks AJ O’Neal: Expert Secrets Course Creator Pro Braun Series 7 Aimee Knight: Kickstarter Employees Win Historic Union Election Broccoli Sprouts Nutrition And Benefits Of Sulforaphane Charles Max Wood: The Expanse The Masked Singer LEGO Masters Steve Edwards: Beano Steve Wright HBO special Dan Shappir: CC 001: Clean Agile with Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin .NET 019: The History of .NET with Richard Campbell RRU 097: State Management and React Component Design with Becca Bailey Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
March 10, 2020
In this episode of JavaScript Jabber the panelists and guest delve into the advantages of the shadow dom, transitioning from polymer js polyfills to native web components when moving for SAP UI to UI5, which works within React, Vue, Angular, and others. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Dan Shappir Guest Peter Müßig Follow Peter on Twitter > @pmuessig, Github Sponsors Taiko, free and open source browser test automation ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links OpenUI5 Home - SAPUI5 SDK Picks AJ O’Neal: Vinyl Clocks Acrylic Stand AJ's YouTube Channel (AMA) Aimee Knight Announcing Div Ops as the Slack and Reddit communities Steve Edwards Today on Pearls Before Swine - Comics by Stephan Pastis Dan Shappir The Wixing Street Interview | Facts about Wixing in Germany werbung | versuch nicht zu lachen UI5 Web Components Peter Müßig JavaScript Jabber Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber
March 3, 2020
The panelists discuss that latest State of JS survey. They begin talking about the merits and methods of the survey and then discuss the value you can extract from the survey. They also consider the various comparisons and trends presented by the survey and what they may mean. Panel: AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Dan Shappir Sponsors: G2i | Enjoy the luxuries of freelancing ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links: The State of JavaScript 2019 Picks: Aimee Knight: Fruit and Veggie Trays A curated list of Chaos Engineering resources. AJ O’Neal: Gear.Club Unlimited Charles Max Wood: Clean Coders Podcast Workshops with Chuck Dan Shappir: Wix Engineering Blog Beating Textbook Algorithms in String Search   Follow JavaScript Jabber on Twitter > @JSJabber  
February 25, 2020
Una Kravets talks to the panel about CSS and its future. We dive into what Houdini is and how much of it is implemented in the browsers. She explains how the changes outlined in Houdini will improve the user experience on the web and developer experience for web developers. Panel: Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Guest: Una Kravets Sponsors: Split ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links: CSS Houdini Working with the new CSS Typed Object Model PaintWorklet.registerPaint | MDN Is Houdini Ready Yet? extra.css New horizons in CSS: Houdini and the Paint API CSS Houdini Experiments Picks: Aimee Knight: Things you can do with a browser in 2020 AJ O’Neal: SD Card Wallet SP 128gb MicroSD Rocketek Charles Max Wood: Gmelius (Affiliate link) MyPillow Chilipad (Affiliate link) Una Kravets: Follow Una on Twitter - @Una Una's Podcast - Toolsday Web Series: Designing in the Browser Having a nice Couch Bob's Discount Furniture
February 18, 2020
Bruce Lawson is an expert in and proponent of semantic HTML. After receiving some good natured ribbing, Bruce walks the panel through the benefits of semantic HTML. He provides several examples on how it's used and in particular how it helps with other issues like accessibility and navigability on your websites. Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Dan Shappir Guest Bruce Lawson Sponsors G2i Springboard | Promo code "JABBER" gives $500 off the job-guaranteed Course ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind The 4 minute business case for accessible online shopping Picks AJ O’Neal: Better Mic Sound Canon T4i 650D Canon T5i Course Magic Lantern Filmic Pro & Promovie Aimee Knight: - Native image lazy-loading for the web! Charles Max Wood: Codineer - 100 days of Vue challenge Dan Shappir: Alex Russell - The Mobile Web: MIA Bruce Lawson Website Bruce Lawson: Taffy music band Follow Bruce on Twitter @brucel
February 11, 2020
Adam dives into how to document your application using OpenAPI (formerly Swagger) and then how to generate great documentation for your API's using Redoc. He gives us the history of Redoc, breaks down the process for building API documentation, and understanding the OpenAPI specification. Panelists Aimee Knight Dan Shappir AJ ONeal Steve Edwards Guest Adam Altman Sponsors G2i ____________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links Https:// Picks Steve Edwards: Aimee Knight: Dan Shappir: Old Kingdom Book Series AJ O’Neal: Final Fantasy VII and VIII (Physical Copy, English) on Play Asia Adam Altman:
February 4, 2020
Today’s guest is Ben Collins, who creates online courses, writes tutorials, and teaches workshops around G Suite and App Script. Apps Script is a scripting platform developed by Google for light-weight application development in the G Suite platform. It is an implementation of JavaScript with the express purpose of extending Google apps. App Script was started 10 years ago as a side project, and it eventually took on its own life. Ben talks about some of the different things that App Script can do and where things are stored. They discuss different ways you can get into the script and how to import external scripts from a CDN. Ben gives two examples, one simple and one sophisticated, that you might build from App Script. He talks about event triggers and how authentication is handled. He goes over the three deployment options, namely web app, app executable, sheets add-on, and deploying from the manifest. Ben talks about how triggers are managed in App Script and options for debugging. There is also the option to develop locally as well as in the browser. The show ends with him talking about how to build using HTML in App Script. Panelists Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Dan Shapir Guest Ben Collins Sponsors G2i Split ____________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links G Suite AppScript Clasp Picks Steve Edwards: King Kong Apparel Aimee Knight: Developers Mentoring Other Developers Dan Shapir: The Web Almanac AJ O’Neal: Photography Magic Lantern Bem Collins: Cold Turkey app Follow Ben at and Twitter
January 28, 2020
In this episode of JavaScript Jabber the panel interviews security expert, Kevin A. McGrail. He starts by explaining what security frameworks and what they do. The panel wonders how to know if your developers are capable of self-auditing your security or if you need help. Kevin shares recommendations for companies to look at to answer that question. Aimee Knight explains the hell she has been in making changes to be compliant with CCPA. The panel considers how policies like this complicate security, are nearly impossible to be compliant with and how they can be weaponized. They discuss the need for technical people to be involved in writing these laws.  Kevin explains how you can know how secure your systems actually are. He shares the culture of security first he tries to instill in the companies he trains. He also trains them on how to think like a bad guy and explains how this helps developers become security first developers. The panel discusses how scams have evolved and how the same scams are still being run. They consider the importance of automated training and teaching developers to do it right the first time. Finally, they consider the different ways of authentication, passwords, passphrases, sim card, biometrics. Kevin warns against oversharing or announcing vacations. The panel discusses real-world tactics bad guys use. Kevin explains what he trains people to do and look out for to increase security with both social engineering and technical expertise.  Panelists Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Dan Shappir Steve Edwards Guest Kevin A McGrail Sponsors ABOUT YOU | Split CacheFly ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links Ghost in the Wires Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight: The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM  AJ O’Neal: I'll Let Myself In: Tactics of Physical Pen Testers  Copying Keys from Photos, Molds & More  The LED Traffic Light and the Danger of "But Sometimes!"  Regina Spektor  The Weepies  Dan Shappir: This is what happens when you reply to spam email  What is Your Password?  Kevin A McGrail: XKCD Security  IT Crowd Steve Edwards: XKCD Password Generator  Nerd Sniping
January 21, 2020
Burke Holland works for Microsoft on the Azure team in developer relations. He starts the show talking about how he got started in serverless. He’s careful to note that just because things are marketed as serverless doesn’t always make them so. In order for something to be serverless, it must be sufficiently abstracted in terms of technology, only require payment for what is used, and infinitely scalable. He talks about the statelessness of serverless, and the panel discusses what it means to be stateless. Burke reminds listeners that serverless is not for long-lived operations, but there are features in serverless providers that can help you get around this. Burke talks about how writing serverless code differs from standard or previous coding approaches and practices. He advises that serverless functions are best kept small, and talks about how to fit them in with other kinds of APIs. The panelists talk about the multi-cloud and why people would want to be on multiple cloud servers. Burke talks about what Microsoft has done with Serverless Frameworks to accomplish multi-cloud compatibility. The JavaScript experts discuss the advantages and disadvantages of picking JavaScript over other languages, and Burke talks about why he prefers TypeScript and the Easy-Off feature. They talk about speed on a serverless platform, especially concerning the cold start time, which Azure is relentlessly trying to lower. He does talk about some things that can be done to decrease load time and about premium functions. The panel discusses how to debug serverless functions and tools that are available, such as the Azure Functions extension.  They talk about ways to set up more secure functions to keep things from racking up charges. Burke talks about some things Microsoft does internally to control cloud costs, such as sending monthly reports with reminders to delete and using tools like Azure Reaper to delete short-lived projects. Azure can also put spending caps on subscriptions, but when you hit that cap you can’t serve any more requests. Burke concludes by saying that most of the time, going serverless is a lower-cost way to improve productivity, and because it’s event-driven, it allows you to tie into things that you’re already doing in the cloud. Serverless almost always justifies itself from an ease of use point of view and a cost point of view.  Panelists Aimee Knight Steve Edwards Dan Shapir AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Guest Burke Holland Sponsors G2i Split ____________________________ > "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links Microsoft Azure Swagger GraphQL Kong Serverless Frameworks TypeScript Serverless Doesn’t Have to Be an Infuriating Black Box Azure Functions CosmoDB Is Serverless Really as Cheap as Everyone Claims? Azure Reaper Picks Steve Edwards: Louis L'Amour books, especially The Lonesome Gods Ultra Sabers Azure Reaper Burke Holland: Follow Burke on Github Dan Shapir: Taking a vacation AJ O’Neal: Hello World by Hannah Fry Ikea Kallax Charles Max Wood: The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job Buy Me a Coffee Devchat is looking for show hosts and sponsors!
January 14, 2020
In this episode of JavaScript Jabber the panel interviews Sean Grove from OneGraph; asking him questions about GraphQL tooling and common complaints about GraphQL. Sean starts by explaining what GraphQL is and how it benefits frontend developers. GraphiQL is a frontend open sourced tool produced by OneGraph, Sean explains how this handy tool simplifies GraphQL.   Authentication and authorization are one of the biggest criticisms of GraphQL. Sean walks the panel through the solution, getting a schema definition language and adding directives to build a simple authentication and authorization. The panel defines authentication and authorization and explains the difference.    The next issue common with GraphQL that the panel discusses is migration. Sean explains how OneGraph helps with migration using a Rust network layer and how it works. They also discuss how to migrate without this tool. Without the tool it is painful and he recommends incremental migration.    Sean explains that another problem in GraphQL is poor documentation. He explains why the documentation is poor and explains how they hope to fix it at OneGraph. The last issue they cover is the length of queries. Sean tells the panel how they can handle this problem with depth analysis or persistent queries. The episode ends with an elevator pitch for Reason.  Panelists Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Dan Shappir Guest Sean Grove Sponsors Split CacheFly ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links  Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight:  Cats in your lap AJ O’Neal: The Grievance Studies Affair  Go Proverbs  Music Dan Shappir: Guatemala Tigana  Sean Grove: Yuki Li: “Breaking Out of Box”  Charles Max Wood: A Christmas Story Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Little Drummer Boy Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town The Ultimate Gift Frosty the Snowman
January 7, 2020
Maximiliano Firtman is a mobile web developer from Buenos Ares, Argentina. He has been a developer for 24 years and his most recent focus has been on progressive web apps, or PWAs. Steve and Max reflect on the technologies they were using when they first got started in web development and talk about their experience with mobile development. One area that Max emphasized was bringing the web into the mobile space. They discuss the progression of web access on mobile and some of the available tools. Max notes that responsible design has a very high cost in web performance for mobile devices, which requires unique approaches. They discuss some of the issues with latency in mobile, even on 4G. The solution to this latency is PWAs. Progressive web apps are a set of best practices to create web apps that are installable. They can work offline at high speeds on several operating systems. Once installed, it looks like any other app on the system. Max delves into more details on how it works. He talks about how the resources for your application are managed. He assures listeners that it’s just a website that’s using a new API, they’re not changing the way the web works, and that when that API is there, the app can be installed. It will also generally use your default browser. Steve and Max discuss how local data is stored with PWAs. To write PWAs, you can use Angular, React, JavaScript, or Vue, and it’s a pretty transparent process. Max talks about some common tools used for local storage and some of the PWAs he’s worked on in the past. The benefit of using PWAs is that they generally run faster than regular web apps. To get started, Max advises listeners to install one and start exploring. Panelists Steve Edwards Guest Maximiliano Firtman Sponsors G2i ____________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links Progressive Web Apps IndexedDB Max's site Picks Steve Edwards: The Club Maximiliano Firtman: Llama Follow Max on Twitter
December 31, 2019
In this episode of JavaScript Jabber Charles Max Wood continues interviewing speakers at RxJS Live. First, he interviews Mike Ryan and Sam Julien. They gave a talk about Groupby, a little known operator. They overview the common problems other mapping operators have and how Groupby addresses these problems. The discuss with Charles where these types of operators are most commonly used and use an analogy to explain the different mapping operators.   Next, Charles talks to Tracy Lee. Her talk defines and explains the top twenty operators people should use. In her talk, she shows real-world use cases and warns against gotchas. Tracy and Charles explain that you don’t need to know all 60 operators, most people only need about 5-10 to function. She advises people to know the difference between the different types of operators. Tracy ends her interview by explaining her desire to inspire women and people of minority groups. She and Charles share their passion for diversity and giving everyone the chance to do what they love.   Dean Radcliffe speaks with Charles next and discusses his talk about making React Forms reactive. They discuss binding observables in React and how Dean used this in his business. He shares how he got inspired for this talk and how he uses RxJS in his everyday work.     The final interview is with Joe Eames, CEO of Thinkster. Joe spoke about error handling. He explains how he struggled with this as did many others so he did a deep dive to find answers to share. In his talk, he covers what error handling is and what it is used for. Joe outlines where most people get lost when it comes to error handling. He also shares the three strategies used in error handling, Retry, Catch and Rethrow and, Catch and Replace. Charles shares his admiration for the Thinkster teaching approach. Joe explains what Thinkster is about and what makes them special. He also talks about The DevEd podcast.  Panelists Charles Max Wood Guests Mike Ryan  Sam Julien Tracy Lee Dean Radcliffe Joe Eames Sponsors ABOUT YOU | Sentry -use the code "devchat" for 2 months free on Sentry's small plan CacheFly ____________________________________________________________ "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ___________________________________________________________ Links RxJS Live Youtube Channel
December 24, 2019
In this episode of JavaScript Jabber Charles Max Wood does interviews at RxJS Live. His first interview is with Hannah Howard at RxJS Live about her talk. Hannah is really enthusiastic about RxJS especially when it comes to frontend development. Her talk is about how to architect full-scale apps with RxJS. Hannah gives a brief summary of her talk. Charles having met Hanna previously at Code Beam asks her how functional programming and reactive programming work together in her mind. Hannah describes how she sees programming.   Charles’s next interview is with Ben Lesh, a core team member of RxJS. Ben has been working on RxJS for the last four years. In his talk, he shares the future of RxJs, the timeline for versions 7 and 8. With Charles, he discusses his work on RxJS and the adoption of RxJS.    Next, Charles interviews Sam Julien and Kim Maida. They gave a talk together covering the common problems developers have when learning RxJS. In the talk, they share tips for those learning RxJS. Charles wonders what inspired them to give this talk. Both share experiences where they encouraged someone to use RxJS but the learning curve was to steep. They discuss the future of RxJS adoptions and resources.    Finally, Charles interviews Kim alone about her second talk about RxJS and state management. She explains to Charles that many state management libraries are built on RxJS and that it is possible to roll out your own state management solution with RxJS. They discuss why there are so many different state management libraries. Kim shares advice for those looking to roll out their own solutions. Panelists Charles Max Wood Guests Hannah Howard Ben Lesch Sam Julien Kim Maida Sponsors Sentry -use the code "devchat" for 2 months free on Sentry's small plan CacheFly Links RxJS Live Youtube Channel
December 17, 2019
Noah, a.k.a. Svelte Master, is from Indiana and recently moved to San Francisco. He has been given title Computational Linguist by SoundHound. He starts the show by talking about his Youtube channel all about Svelte. Svelte is a JavaScript framework similar to React and Vue. When you write components, Svelte will compile it into Vanilla JS, CSS, or HTML, and create a small bundle that will be sent to the client. Svelte is a ‘disappearing framework’, so your bundles come out as DOM APIs and there is no Svelte in the end result. Because the Svelte framework doesn’t send with the bundle, bundle sizes are significantly smaller, and it runs on all browsers. Noah shares some Svelte’s performance statistics. Sapper is a companion technology to Svelte that gives you server side rendering, routing, code splitting, and other features. Noah talks about how to write plugins for Svelte and embedding components. One main difference between Svelte and other frameworks is that it lacks a virtual DOM. This is because since it is just compiling down to JavaScript and the framework is not sent with the package, it doesn’t need a virtual DOM and instead updates as things change. Noah talks more about how this works. Some of Svelte Master’s favorite things about Svelte is that you write less code, especially unnecessary code, and state management is simple. He talks about how routing is handled through other tools like Sapper. The panel talks about methods for testing a Svelte app, adding Svelte components into a website, and pulling in third party libraries. They discuss whether there are things that you can’t do with Svelte that would require React or Vue. The show ends with Noah talking about what the future holds for Svelte and how to get started with it.  Panelists Steve Edwards Charles Max Wood **To receive your 40% OFF coupon for Manning Publications (good for all our products in all formats) visit us on Facebook - click on "Send A Message"and type "YES"** Guest Noah (Svelte Master) Sponsors Sentry | Use the code “devchat” for $100 credit ____________________________________________________________ > "The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today! ____________________________________________________________ Links SoundHound Svelte Master Youtube channel Show 173: Hasty Treat Wes and Scott Look at Svelte Svelte Sapper Rollup Netlify Heroku Cypress  Apollo Async/await Svelma Sveltstrap Svelte-Apollo Smelte Electron Svelte-Native  Picks Steve Edwards: The Court Jester Charles Max Wood: The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job The Bishop’s Wife Miracle on 34th Street Daniel Caldas: WaniKani
December 10, 2019
Daniel Caldas is calling from Singapore. He currently works as a software engineer for Zendesk and has also worked in Portugal and Germany. He has worked primarily on the frontend with Node and JavaScript. He talks about his experience testing JavaScript, how he got started with Jest, and why he likes it. Daniel finds Jest very easy to use and straightforward. He likes that Jest has a single reference page for documentation. He feels that Jest is largely complete out of the box and has only made a small add on to get rid of Boilerplate in some tests. Daniel explains what a snapshot, how they work, and why he prefers fixtures over factories. He gives tips on how to set up your tests so that they are easy to follow. He finds it helps to structure your scenarios in the fixture description. He talks about gotchas in Jest. While Jest is largely easy to use, Jest has been around for a while and breaking changes do happen. It’s important to check what version your code base is using. While there are a lot of free sources around Jest online, he advises listeners to stick as close to the official documentation as possible, or to people associated with Jest, and to read recent stuff. As for conventions, Jest has pretty much everything out of the box and the built in conventions make it easy to navigate any project that uses Jest. Daniel talks about some of the features available in Jest, converting observables into promises, and tricks he has used to make tests easier to put together. He talks about his method for keeping his mocks and stubs straight. He advises listeners to have some organizational rules, such as starting the imports alphabetically, and to always follow those rules. He talks about how he runs tests and what environments he uses. While Jest is normally used for unit testing, Daniel has also used it for end to end tests, and he talks about his experience with an open source project doing both types in Jest. Daniel concludes the show by advising listeners starting with JavaScript and frontend, don’t think too much about the library you’re going to use because you’ll probably end up using Jest. It’s more important to have unit tests and a proper testing framework at the beginning than anything else. He also invites listeners to check out his open source work on Github. Panelists Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood   **To receive your 40% OFF coupon for Manning Publications (good for all our products in all formats) visit us on Facebook - click on "Send A Message"and type "YES"** Guest Danile Caldas Sponsors Sentry | Use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Links Zendesk Jest React Babel ESLint Async/Await Cypress React-d3-graph Unrevealed tips for unit testing with Jest Picks Aimee Knight: The Difference Between Fault Tolerance, High Availability, and Disaster Recovery AJ O’Neal: Rubin Report with Lindsay Shepherd Charles Max Wood: White Christmas Holiday Inn Daniel Caldas: Home Alone
December 3, 2019
Today the panel is discussing iterating on open source projects. Aimee and AJ recall a conversation they had in the past on this subject and AJ talks about some of his experience iterating with open source. AJ believes that we have an obligation to capture the value of what you create so that we can reinvest and create more value, though he admits that making money in open source is a unique challenge because donations only really work if you have a project that gets billions of downloads a month. As your project grows, it has to change in order to survive, and eventually you will need to get financial support from your project. The panel agrees that some of the main issues with iterating in open source are maintaining the code and getting feedback from users, financial backing, and roadmapping and integrations. The panel discusses their methods for getting feedback from their users. This feedback is valuable because it can show you things that you missed. They acknowledge that there can be conflicts of interest between those who only use the project and those who financially support it, and you have to make a choice. Unfortunately, someone is probably going to be inconvenienced no matter what choice you make. When making these decisions, you have to consider who it helps, who it frustrates, and who it may cause problems for. The panelists talk about different ways they’ve handled making these decisions in the past. The JavaScript experts talk about the importance of having data on your user base in order to make good choices for your users. They talk about different methods for notifying your users of upcoming changes and how it will affect compatibility, and some of the challenges with communicating with your users. AJ talks about an iteration he thought was a good idea but that a lot of people hated and how he noticed that the new users liked it but the old users did not. They panel agrees that people in general don’t like change. AJ talks about what he learned from this experience. Another common issue is integrating with other services. Integrating with cloud services, or at least giving people the option to integrate gives you an opportunity to reach more people and maintain the project long term. AJ gives some final thoughts to close the show, namely that most projects never go anywhere, and that’s ok. If you’ve got something that starts going somewhere, think early on about how you can better serve the community and remember that these people are mostly grateful and semi-willing to support you. He believes that if you are helping people create value, you deserve to see the fruits of your labor. He advises listeners to stay true to your open source ideals, think about your users perspective, and that the earlier you can think about this and make these choices, the better it is for your project   Panelists Aimee Knight Steve Edwards AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Sponsors Sentry | Use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Links How-npm-am-i React Vue.js Let’s Encrypt Async/await Node Picks Aimee Knight: Debug Like a Ninja Steve Edwards: Jack Ryan  AJ O’Neal: Why I, as a black man, attend KKK meetings Charles Max Wood: It’s a Wonderful Life Mr. Kreuger’s Christmas
November 26, 2019
Today the panel discusses the difference between Swagger and Open API with Josh Ponelat. Josh details the difference between the two. Swagger is a set of protocols around describing restful APIs. Swagger was taken over by a company called SmartBear, who donated the donated the specification to the Open Linux Foundation, and that became the Open API. Swagger is the tooling surrounding these specifications. Open API is a standardized way to describe a restful API in a YAML file. Once you’ve got a YAML file to describe your API, you can use tooling like Swagger to leverage that and take it to the next level. Using the Open API process is useful for situations where you already have an API in place, but want to codify and document it so that it’s controlled. Then going forward, you won’t introduce contradictions and it remains consistent because it’s documented in a YAML file. The process leaves room for enhancement in the future as well. Josh talks about some of the benefits of standardizing your API and some of the use cases besides tooling. A standardized API can help show developers how to use your API, SDKs, and service stubs by knowing your API is consistent in style. This makes it easier to find breaking changes and more. Josh talks more about Swagger, a finite set of tooling around Open API, most of which are open source. He talks about other tools that test APIs and do linting on YAML files. Some of the companies that use Open API include Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Josh talks about how Amazon implements Open API. Josh talks about the book he’s writing, Designing APIs with Swagger and Open API. The book goes over describing APIs today, how to design APIs without writing code first, and how to get the most out of the system. The show concludes with Josh talking about the power of consistency and writing things down on paper. He discusses where implications that the standardization of APIs has on the text industry.  Panelists Dan Shapir Charles Max Wood Guest Josh Ponelat **To receive your the 40% OFF coupon for Manning Publications (good for all our products in all formats) visit us at Facebook - click on "Send A Message"and type "YES"** Sponsors Sentry | Use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Links Swagger Open API Difference Between Swagger and Open API GraphQL Designing APIs with Swagger and Open API Picks Dan Shapir Saga of Pliocene Exile Charles Max Wood Merchandise  BusyCal Josh Ponelat AsciiDoc FASD tool
November 20, 2019
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November 19, 2019
Carl Mungazi is a frontend developer at Limejump in London. He is a former journalist and switched to programming in 2016. Today the panel is discussing the benefits of reading source code. Carl began reading source code because he came into programming late and from a different field. His first project was with Mithril, and he read the source code and documentation to help him understand it. The panelists discuss how reading the source code has helped them and others to improve their coding. They compare reading and understanding source code to learning a foreign language, and discuss different methods.  Carl gives some suggestions for reading source code effectively. He advises people to be patient and step through the code. Accept that you will probably take a wrong path at some point or another, but the more you read, the more you will see patterns in how libraries are structured. He also encourages listeners to approach the authors, as they are often happy to lend a hand. Reading source code is an active approach of stepping through, debugging, putting in break points, checking the stack, and so forth. It’s also important to do outside research.  Since he has been reading source code, Carl has come to prefer plain JavaScript and libraries with as little code as possible. The panel discusses the benefits of small, simple libraries. Carl gives examples of techniques that he learned from reading a library source code and how he applied it to his own coding style. Reading source code has made him more careful about mixing logic and UI, and now he separates them. He also is more confident in seeing a problem, going to a preexisting library, and just importing the fix for that problem rather than the whole library. Reading source code is really about understanding the code you use in your project. It may slow you down, but you’ll be thankful in the long term because it will help you solve future bugs more efficiently. Carl talks more about his debugging process. He still relies on a debugger, but reading a library helps you to see patterns and guess the output of a function. These patterns persist in other libraries as well. Once you can guess correctly what will happen, you go back to reading the code and find instances where the output is unexpected, and fix it. Carl’s closing thoughts are that through reading source code, he has learned that although code is used differently in each library, they are all written in the same language, and therefore interrelated. This gave him more confidence in reading code because they’re all fundamentally the same. When a bug is discovered, he encourages listeners to look at the source code before googling a solution.  Panelists AJ O’Neal Dan Shapir Steve Edwards Charles Max Wood Guest Carl Mungazi Sponsors  Sentry | Use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Adventures in Angular Links Mithril.js Preact Limejump Picks AJ O’Neal Zen of Python The Go Proverbs Go with Versions Link’s Awakening soundtrack Dan Shapir Programming Pearls book Lord of Light Steve Edwards Jabra Elite 65T Charles Max Wood Garth Brooks The Rocky movies Carl Mungazi Follow Carl @CarlMungazi and EcmaScript Spec HTML 5.2 Snarky Puppy
November 12, 2019
Dean is a developer from Chicago and was previously on React Round Up 083. Today he has come over to JavaScript Jabber to talk about reactive programming and Storybook. Reactive programming is the opposite of imperative programming, where it will change exactly when needed instead of change only when told to. Reactivity existed long before React, and Dean talks about his history with reactive programming. He illustrates this difference by talking about Trello and Jira. In Trello, as you move cards from swimlane to another swimlane, everyone on the board sees those changes right away. In Jira, if you have 11 tabs open, and you update data in one tab, probably 10 of your tabs are stale now and you might have to refresh. Reactive programming is the difference between Trello and Jira. The panel discusses why reactive JavaScript is not more widely used. People now tend to look for more focused tools to solve a particular part of the problem than an all in one tool like Meteor.js. Dean talks about the problems that Storybook solves. Storybook has hot reloading environments in frontend components, so you don’t need the backend to run. Storybook also allows you to create a catalogue of UI states. JC and Dean talk about how Storybook could create opportunities for collaboration between engineers and designers. They discuss some causes of breakage that automation could help solve, such as styles not being applied properly and internationalization issues. Dean shares how to solve some network issues, such as having operators in RxJs. RxJs is useful for overlapping calls because it was built with cancelability from the beginning.  Dean talks about his stool Storybook Animate, which allows you to see what the user sees. Storybook is an actively updated product, and Dean talks about how to get started with it. The show concludes tih Dean talking about some things coming down the pipe and how he is actively involved in looking for good general solutions to help people write bulletproof code.  Panelists JC Hiatt With special guest: Dean Radcliffe Sponsors Hasura, Inc. Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Adventures in Angular Links RRU 083 Knockout.js  Node.js Meteor.js RXJS Storybook Animate RX Helper library Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks JC Hiatt: Joker DevLifts Dean Radcliffe:  Twitter @deaniusol and Github @deanius The Keyframers Action for Healthy Kids
November 5, 2019
Today the panel is talking about security features that are being added to Node 13. AJ talks about the background and what he’s working with Let’s Encrypt. He talks about changes that Node has made to the TLS module. TLS is a handshake that happens between a client and a server. They exchange certificates, generate some random numbers to use for encryption, and TLS handles the encryption. The move to HTTP/2 is all about fixing legacy bugs and legacy features from the SSL days and reducing the number of handshakes. AJ talks about the difference between TLS and HTTPS. While TLS reduces the handshakes between client and server, HTTPS is just HTTP and has no knowledge that TLS is going on. HTTP/2 is more baked in as both encryption and compression are part of the specification and you get it automatically. HTTP/2 is also supposed to be faster because there’s fewer handshakes, and you can build heuristic based web servers. Since browsers have varying degrees of compatibility, a smart HTTP/2 server will classify the browser and anticipate what files to send to a client based on behavior and characteristics without the client requesting them A lot of these new features will be built into Node, in addition to some other notable features. First, there will now be set context on the TLS object. Second, if you’re connected to a server, and the server manages multiple domains, the certificate will have multiple names on it. Previously, each different server name had a different network request, but now a .gitcertificate will let you get all the metadata about the certificate, including the primary domain and all the secondary domains and reuse the connections. These new features are a great improvement on the old Node. Previously, the TLS module in Node has been an absolute mess. These are APIs that have been long neglected, and are long overdue core editions to Node. Because of these additions, Node Crypto has finally become usable. HTTP/2 is now stable, usable, and has backwards compatable API, and a dictionary of headers to make it more efficient in compression. The conversation turns back to certificates, and AJ explains what a certificate is and what it represents. A certificate has on it a subject, which is a field which contains things like common name, which in the case of HTTPS is the server name or host name. then it will have subject alternative names (SAN), which will have a list of other names that are valid on that certificate. Also included on the certificate is the name of the authority that issued the certificate. AJ talks about some of the different types of certificates, such as DV, OV, and EV certificates. They differentiate between encryption and hashing. Hashing is for verifying the integrity of data, while encryption can be used either as signing to verify identity or to keep data owned privately to the parties that are part of the connection. Encryption does not necessarily guarantee that the data is the original data. The show concludes with AJ talking about how he wants to make encryption available to the average person so that everyone can share securely.  Panelists Steve Edwards AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Sponsors Tidelift Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Ruby Rogues Links Let’s Encrypt Greenlock HTTP/2 Node.js Node Crypto JWK LZMA Gzip Broccoli.js HTTPS GCM ASN.1 OWASP list Diffie Hellman Key Exchange Khana Academy Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange pt.2 Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Steve Edwards: Panasonic SD-YD250 bread machine AJ O’Neal: Greenlock v.3 Samsung Evo 4 TOB paired with 2012 Macbook Pro Dave Ramsey on Christian Healthcare Ministries Charles Max Wood:  Velcro straps Mac Pro Upgrade Guide
October 31, 2019
Gant Laborde is the Chief Innovation Officer of Infinite Red who is working on a course for beginners on machine learning. There is a lot of gatekeeping with machine learning, and this attitude that only people with PhDs should touch it. In spite of this, Gant thinks that in the next 5 years everyone will be using machine learning, and that it will be pioneered by web developers. One of the strong points of the web is experimentation, and Gant contrasts this to the academic approach. They conversation turns to Gant’s course on machine learning and how it is structured. He stresses the importance of understanding unicode, assembly, and other higher concepts. In his course he gives you the resources to go deeper and talks about libraries and frameworks available that can get you started right away. His first lesson is a splashdown into the jargon of machine learning, which he maps over into developer terms. After a little JavaScript kung fu, he takes some tools that are already out there and converts it into a website. Chris and Gant discuss some different uses for machine learning and how it can improve development. One of the biggest applications they see is to train the computers to figure monotonous tasks out while the human beings focus on other projects, such as watching security camera footage and identifying images. Gant restates his belief that in the next 5 years, AI will be everywhere. People will grab the boring things first, then they will go for the exciting things. Gant talks about his creation NSFW.js, an open source train model to help you catch indecent content. He and Chris discuss different applications for this technology. Next, the panel discusses where machine learning can be seen in everyday life, especially in big companies such as Google. They cite completing your sentences in an email for you as an example of machine learning. They talk about the ethics of machine learning, especially concerning security and personal data. They anticipate that the next problem is edge devices for AI, and this is where JavaScript really comes in, because security and privacy concerns require a developer mindset. They also believe that personal assistant devices, like those from Amazon and Google, will become even more personal through machine learning. They talk about some of the ways that personal assistant devices will improve through machine learning, such as recognizing your voice or understanding your accent.  Their next topic of discussion is authenticity, and how computers are actually incredibly good at finding deep fakes. They discuss the practice of placing passed away people into movies as one of the applications of machine learning, and the ethics surrounding that. Since developers tend to be worried about inclusions, ethics, and the implications of things, Gant believes that these are the people he wants to have control over what AI is going to do to help build a more conscious data set.  The show concludes with Gant talking about the resources to help you get started with machine learning. He is a panelist on upcoming DevChat show, Adventures in Machine Learning. He has worked with people with all kinds of skill sets and has found that it doesn’t matter how much you know, it matters how interested and passionate you are about learning. If you’re willing to put the pedal to the metal for at least a month, you can come out with a basic understanding. Chris and Gant talk about Tensorflow, which helps you take care of machine learning at a higher level for fast operations without calculus. Gant is working on putting together a course on Tensorflow. If you’re interested in machine learning, go to to sign up for Gant’s course. He also announces that they will be having a sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Panelists Christopher Buecheler With special guest: Gant Laborde Sponsors React Round Up Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Adventures in Angular Links Machine Learning: How To go from Zero to Hero NSFW.js Tensorflow.js PyTorch Keras  Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Christopher Buecheler: Next.js Big Wreck, But For The Sun Gant Laborde: Free 5 day mini course on
October 29, 2019
Guests Chris heilmann and Zohair Ali are developers for Microsoft working on the Edge project. Today they are talking about Edge on Chromium and the future of developer tools. Edge will now be built in Chromium rather than being its own engine, aligning it more with what is being used on the open web right now. The Edge team wanted to seize the opportunity to bring something into the Chromium project based on the needs of real users and contribute to the open source web. Edge on Chromium won’t be limited to Windows 10 either, but will be available on Mac, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This project is still in beta with no set release date, so the Edge team is looking for people to test it out on Mac and tell them how it works. Chris and Zohair talk about the different parts of a web browser and what distinguishes Chrome from Chromium.  Chromium is not just a platform, it’s an entire browser that you can install. Google adds a bunch of Google services to Chromium, such as being able to sign into your Google account,  and that’s how you get Google Chrome. Similarly, the new Edge adds its own features on top of Chromium, so you can sign into your Microsoft account. By now the browser engines are so similar to each other that the users are looking for the user experience, interface, and services around it, so it made more sense for the Edge team to contribute to Chromium than to maintain their own engine and help it improve. Chris and Zohair talk about some of the features in Edge on Chromium. One service they’re particularly excited about is the Collections feature, where you can drag images, text, etc into Collections and export it to Excel or Word. Collections was inspired by what users need, and they talk about some of the different use cases for it. The new Edge on Chromium will also have an IE mode for products that still require IE 11. If you define what services need IE 11, Edge will open an IE 11 tab within the browser so you will not have to jump between browsers. Unfortunately, this feature is only available on Windows. Edge on Chromium will also offer an integration with VS Code, called Elements for VS Code, which takes part of the developer tools from Edge and puts it inside VS Code. Since the tools are based on Chromium, it stays in the same context all the time so you don’t have to jump back and forth, and you can see the changes live in your browser. This feature is in beta right now and they are looking for people to test it.  The Edge team talks about their process for creating tools. They are working on putting their tools into other languages so that they are accessible to more people. They talk about how they want to avoid creating Edge specific tools as much as possible because they want to make it better for everybody. One of their biggest struggles is everybody demands developer tools, but nobody wants to contribute, so they don’t have as much feedback and not as much outside contribution. That’s why they keep calling for people to try out the new Edge on Chromium and give them feedback. They want to make that change more transparent so that they build things that people want. They will have to make some of their own tools, but they make sure that they don’t have any third party dependencies. They mention that all Chrome extensions are compatible with Edge, so if it’s available in the Chrome webstore, you can add it to Edge, you just have to be sure to allow it. They talk about some of the testing tools available. The show concludes with a discussion of the fate of Chakra Node.  Panelists AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Dan Shapir Steve Edwards With special guests: Chris Heilmann and Zohair Ali Sponsors Tidelift Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Views on Vue Links Chromium Microsoft Edge Insider Microsoft Chakra Core Elements for VS Code MS Edge Driver Puppeteer  Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight: Cypress testing library Steve Edwards:  CSS Tricks Screencast episode 174: Using Local Overrides in Devtools Dan Shapir: The Chronicles of Amber AJ O’Neal: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Lover by Taylor Swift Chris Heilmann: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TabNine Zohair Ali: Saga graphic novel series
October 24, 2019
In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, Charles talks about the new direction he has for the company. He wants to drive people to the point that they have the skills that make people want to hire and work with them, to teach them how to ‘Max out’. Today the panel the skills that developers need to progress in their careers: social skills.  The panel talks about their observations from work that the people who advanced and grow in their career were the ones with social skills, not necessarily with technical skills. The company wants to get stuff done, and if your social skills are getting in the way of projects getting done because you can’t work with others, you are not that useful to the company, and you will be stuck in the lower ranks while others who may not have the same technical skills will rise in the ranks because they are pleasant to work with. Mani talks about his personal experience getting laid off for lacking these soft skills. But then he read the book 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green, realized his shortcomings, and started to apply just one lesson from the book. Within 6 months, he was promoted. Mani delves deeper into the first lesson taught in 48 Laws of Power, Never Outshine the Master. Fundamentally, this means that you don’t try to prove in meetings how good you are, or that they’re wrong, or that you think that you are better than them. The more you the aforementioned things, the less likely you will be to get promoted or trusted. Mani talks about how he used to do these things and how it cost him multiple jobs. When he put this lesson into practice, he changed his methods and the boss started to like him, leading to his promotion 6 months later. The panel discusses this lesson and what benefits can come from it.  Mani shares another lesson that he learned through the story of a friend trying to get him to invest in his business. After Mani refused to invest multiple times, his friend stopped asking him to invest, but instead asked him for business advice. Eventually, Mani invested in the business because when he saw that his friend was influenced by his advice, it engendered trust between them. The panel agrees that if you want to influence someone, you have to be influenced by them. It is important to treat someone as a person rather than an asset or wallet, and ensure them that their investment is not their end goal. One of the most fundamental social skills that you must be able to like people, because other people can smell manipulation.  The panel transitions to talking about the paradoxical nature of social skills and that they are often the opposite of what you think will work in a situation. Unfortunately, there will always be difficult people to work with. To illustrate how to work with difficult people, Mani shares the story of how Gengis Khan was convinced not to destroy a city of artists and engineers by his advisor, Yelu Chucai. Gengis Khan agreed because Yelu Chucai was able to structure his plea in a way that would also benefit Gengis Khan.  The conversation shifts to how to conduct an interview to see if a candidate will fit into your team culture. First, you must know what you’re looking for and understand your team culture, and then ask for stories of when they accomplished something in the interview. If every story is all about how they did something and they don’t include other people, then that may indicate their self-centeredness. They discuss the Ben Franklin Effect.  For those listeners wondering where to begin with all this self improvement, Mani has read over 2,000 books on business and offers a course on his website, Mani has teamed up with JavaScript Jabber to offer a special deal to the listeners of this podcast. To get lifetime access to Mani’s courses at a 40% discount, follow the links below.  Panelists Steve Edwards Charles Max Wood With special guest: Mani Vaya Sponsors React Native Radio Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan React Round Up Links 48 Laws of Power by Robert Green The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell The Ben Franklin Effect and  40% off for the first 200 people Coupon code: Jabber Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Steve Edwards: Rex Chapman Charles Max Wood: BombBomb  Stolen bike prank Mani Vaya:  How I Built This by NPR As a Man Thinketh
October 22, 2019
Vitali Zaidman is a full stack developer who works for WellDone Software Solutions and is currently working on a project with working on SEO. Today’s show is about SEO for developers. SEO stands for search engine optimization, which helps your website appear higher on search engines. SEO has changed a lot in the past 10 years. It has become much more regulated, and the “dirty tricks” of the past will actually penalize you, so it is important to do it properly. Today the best way to promote yourself on Google besides making good content is for developers to optimize the content, make it small, operational, secure, accessible, and operate on mobile. Much of it goes back to using semantic HTML since Google looks at it before looking at the structure of your website, how valuable it is, and how users interact with it. Having good semantics helps Google determine how valuable it is, so semantic HTML should be a top priority. Semantic HTML can also make your site more accessible to users, which will in turn give you a larger audience.  The panel talks about some of the challenges of SEO faced by companies. While bigger companies have the privilege of dedicated SEO teams, small companies often lack these specialists. Thankfully, Google has made their guidelines for SEO very accessible and gives you a lot of tools to track your optimization. The panel talks about different methods of SEO, such as including FAQ at the bottom of the web page, optimizing page speed, and image optimization. Structured data like questions and answers enriches the data that is shown for users on the search results page. To score your website’s SEO, Google released the tool PageSpeed Insights, which will assign your website a performance score.  Google uses two main tools to track a website’s SEO. First, they use real field data. If you opt in to ‘help improve Chrome’s features and performance’ when you install Chrome, it tracks how fast websites load on your Chrome, and they collect this information to understand how webpages load. It is required that your website has a certain amount of visitors to be tracked and added to the database. Second, Google has their own devices that will check your website. Currently, they are using a Moto G4 to test for mobile access, and a slow internet connection. Because of this, it is pretty easy to get a good score on desktop, but difficult to get a good score on mobile. The technology that drives all this is called Lighthouse.  Overall, performance is the main thing users look for, so aim for good performance and fast websites. The panel discusses the correlation between performance and SEO. For example, Fox News and CNN are two of the top search results for ‘news’, but they have a dismal Google PSI score. They conclude that performance shouldn’t be ignored, but be careful about directly correlating performance and SEO. They also caution against getting obsessed over certain aspects of SEO by themselves.  Panelists Dan Shapir Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood With special guest: Vitali Zaidman Sponsors Tidelift Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Elixir Mix Links SEO JSON Google Webmaster guidelines Google PageSpeed Insights Chrome CrUX Lighthouse Here's How the Google Speed Update Will Impact Your Site Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight: Spotify CLI Dan Shapir: Chrome Dev Summit 2019 Dan Shapir on Twitter The Anubis Gates Charles Max Wood: St. George Marathon Vitali Zaidman:  Vitali’s website Arzamas Academy
October 17, 2019
Tanmai is one of the founders at Hasura. Hasura gives you instant graphQL APIs on top of a Postgres database. The eventual idea is to make data access secure and easy. Tanmai explains the challenges of doing this in the cloud. He talks about some of the difficulties with the tooling around using GraphQL and its bias towards working well with a monolith. Since GraphQL is basically a shared type system that describes your API, that means all your types need to be in the same code base. This is at odds with the folks who want to do microservices and serverless functions, because since their API is split across multiple services they have different types, and forcing these types to work together defeats the purpose of using microservices. Also, storing state across requests doesn’t work well with serverless and cloud native stuff. In short, learning to live without state is one of the general challenges with going serverless. This is where Hasura comes into play, and Tanmai explains how it works. Hasura is metadata driven, and each instance of the server can leverage multiple calls and exhibit a high amount of concurrency. It’s designed to be a little more CPU bound than memory bound, which means that configuring auto scaling on it is very easy and allows you to utilize the elasticity of cloud native applications. Tanmai clarifies his usage of the word ‘cloud native’, by which he means microservices. He explains that when you have a metadata based engine, this metadata has a language that allows you to bring to bring in types from multiple upstream microservices, and create a coherent graphQL API on top of that. Hasura is a middle man between the microservices and the consumer that converts multiple types into a single coherent graphQL API. Next, Tanmai explains how Hasura handles data fetching and a high volume of requests. They also invented PostgresQL, RLS-like semantics within Hasura. He explains the process for merging your microservices into a single graphQL interface. Back on data fetching, Tanmai explains that when the product is an app, preventing an overabundance of queries becomes easier because during one of the staging processes that they have, they extract all of the queries that the app is actually making, and in the production version it only allows the queries that it has seen before. Hasura is focused on both the public interface and private use cases, though private is slightly better supported.  Tanmai talks about the customizations available with Hasura. Hasura supports two layers. One is an aliasing layer that lets you rename tables, columns, etc as exposed by PostgresQL. The other is a computer column, so that you can add computer columns so you can extend the type that you get from a data model, and then you can point that to something that you derive.  The panelist discusses the common conception of why it is a bad idea to expose the data models to the frontend folks directly. They discuss the trend of ‘dumbing down’ available tooling to appeal to junior developers, at the cost of making the backend more complicated. They talk about some of the issues that come from this, and the importance of tooling to solve this concern.  Finally, Tanmai talks about the reasons to use Hasura over other products. There are 2 technologies that help with integrating arbitrary data sources. First is authorization grammar, their version of RLS that can extend to any system of types and relationships, The second is the data wrapper, part of the compiler that compiles from the graphQL metadata AST to the actual SQL AST. That is a generic interface, so anyone can come in and plug in a Haskell module that has that interface and implement a backend compiler for a native query language. This allows us to plug in other sources and stitch microservices together. The show concludes with Tanmai talking about their choice to use Haskell to make Hasura.  Panelists AJ O’Neal Dan Shapir Steve Edwards Charles Max Wood With special guest: Tanmai Gopal Sponsors Adventures in DevOps Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan The Dev Ed Podcast Links Hasura Haskell Node.js Cloud Native Microservices  PostGraphile  Postgres  PostgresQL RLS Swagger JAMstack Soap Rest Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks AJ O’Neal: The Economic Singularity Capital Cities GameCube Homebrew Dan Shapir: Romania JSCamp Steve Edwards: Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders Charles Max Wood: TripIt St. George Marathon VO2 Max app Tanmai Gopal:  Follow Tanmai on Twitter @tanmaigo Broken Earth Trilogy The Three-Body Problem graphQL Asia
October 15, 2019
JavaScript Jabber celebrates its 400th episode with former host Dave Smith and some other familiar voices. Each of the panelists talks about what they’ve been up to. Dave hasn’t been on the show for 3 years, but he and Jameson Dance have started a podcast called Soft Skills Engineering where they answer questions about the non-technical side of engineering. When he left the show he was the director of engineering on Hire View, and currently he works for Amazon on Alexa. Christopher Buecheler has been on several JSJ, RRU, and MJS episodes. His time is divided between contracting for startups and his own company, a tutorial and resource site for JavaScript developers.  Dan Shapir has also been on JSJ as a guest, and is currently works for Wix doing performance tech. He enjoys speaking at conferences, such as JS Camp in Bucharest, Romania and the YGLF conference. Steve Edwards was previously on MJS 078. He started on Drupal in the PHP world, switched to JavaScript, and then a few years ago he started looking at Vue. Now he does Vue fulltime for ImageWare Systems. As for Charles, his primary focus is the podcasts, since produces around 20 episodes per week. 5 new shows were started in July, and he talks about some of the challenges that that brought. One of his most popular shows recently was JSJ 389: What makes a 10x Engineer? This helped him realize that he wants to help teach people how to be a successful engineer, so he’s working on launching a new show about it.  The panelists share some of their favorite JSJ episodes. They discuss the tendency of JSJ to get early access to these fascinating people when the conversation was just beginning, such as the inventor of Redux Dan Abramov, before their rise to stardom. The talk about the rise in popularity of podcasting in general. They agree that even though JavaScript is evolving and changing quickly, it’s still helpful to listen to old episodes.  Charles talks about the influence JavaScript Jabber has had on other podcasts. It has spawned several spinoffs, including My JavaScript Story. He’s had several hosts start their own shows based off JavaScript Jabber, including Adventures in Angular and The DevEd Podcast. JavaScript Jabber has also been the inspiration for other podcasts that aren’t part of There aren’t many podcast companies that produce as many shows as they do and they’re developing their own tools. moved off of WordPress and is in the process of moving over to Podwrench. Charles talks about all the new shows that have been launched, and his view on ‘competing’ podcasts. Charles is also considering doing an audio drama that happens in a programming office, so if you would like to write and/or voice that  show, he invites you to contact him.  The show concludes with the panel talking about the projects they’ve been working on that they want listeners to check out. Christopher invites listeners to check out He also has plans to write a short ebook on unit testing with jest, considered doing his own podcast, and invites people to check out his fiction books on his website. Dan talks about his involvement with Wix, a drag and drop website service, that recently released a technology called Corvid which lets you write JS into the website you build with Wix. This means you can design your user interface using Wix, but then automate it, add events functionality, etc. Dan is also going to be at the Chrome Dev Summit conference. Dave invites listeners to check out the Soft Skills Engineering podcast, and Charles invites listeners to subscribe to his new site  Panelists Dan Shapir Christopher Buecheler Steve Edwards Dave Smith Charles Max Wood Sponsors Tidelift Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Adventures in .NET Links The Dev Rev MJS 099: Christopher Buecheler JSJ 338: It's Supposed to Hurt. Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone to Master Your Craft with Christopher Buecheler RRU 029: Christopher Buecheler Getting Ready to Teach Lessons Learned from Building an 84 Tutorial Software Course MJS 108: Dan Shapir JSJ 334: Web Performance API with Dan Shapir JSJ 371: The Benefits and Challenges of Server Side Rendering with Dan Shapir MJS 078: Steve Edwards JSJ 179: Redux and React with Dan Abramov JSJ 187: Vue.js with Evan You JSJ 383: What is JavaScript? JSJ 385: What Can You Build with JavaScript JSJ 390: Transposit with Adam Leventhal JSJ 395: The New Ember with Mike North JSJ 220: Teaching JavaScript with Kyle Simpson JSJ 313: Light Functional JavaScript with Kyle Simpson JSJ 124: The Origin of JavaScript with Brendan Eich JSJ 073: React with Pete Hunt and Jordan Walke JSJ 392: The Murky Past and Misty Future of JavaScript with Douglas Crockford JSJ 391: Debugging with Todd Gardner JSJ 389: What Makes a 10x Engineer? Corvid by Wix   Soft Skills Engineering podcast                                                                                                                                                                           Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Steve Edwards: Christopher Buecheler: Apollo GraphQL Playground @TheTimeCowboy Jake Lawrence Charles Max Wood: St. George Marathon GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel Vrbo Dan Shapir: Revolutions by Mike Duncan podcast The Winter of the World book series Dave Smith: 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast by BBC The Mind
October 10, 2019
Valeri Karpov is a maintainer on Mongoose, has started a few companies, and works for a company called Booster Fuels. Today’s topic debugging with Async/Await. The panel talks about some of the challenges of debugging with Async. AJ, however, has never encountered the same problems, so he shares his debugging method. Valeri differentiates between .catch vs try...catch, and talks about why he prefers .catch. There are two ways to handle all errors in an async function without leading to an unhandled promise rejection. The first is to wrap the entire body of the async function in a try...catch, has some limitations. Calling an async function always returns a promise, so the other approach is calling .catch on the promise to handle any errors that occur in that function body. One of the key differences is if you return a promise within an async function, and that return promise is wrapped in a try...catch, the catch block won’t get called if that promise is rejected, whereas if you call .catch on the promise that the function returns, you’ll actually catch that error. There are rare instances where this can get tricky and unintuitive, such as where you have to call new promise and have resolve and reject, and you can get unexpected behavior. The panel discusses Valeri’s current favorite JS interview question, which is,  “Given a stream, implement a function called ‘stream to promise’ that, given a stream, returns a promise that resolves to the concatenation of all the data chunks emitted by the stream, or rejects if the stream emits an error event.” It’s really simple to get this qustion right, and really simple to get it wrong, and the difference can be catastrophic. AJ cautions listeners to never use the data event except in the cases Val was talking about, only use the readable event. The conversation turns to the function of a readable event. Since data always pushes data, when you get a readable event, it’s up to you to call read inside the function handler, and then you get back a chunk of data, call read again and again until the read returns null. When you use readable, you are in control and you avoid piling functions into RAM. In addition, the right function will return true or false to let you know if the buffer is full or not. This is a way to mix imperative style into a stream. The next discussion topics are the differences between imperative style and reactive style and how a waits and promises work in a normal four loop. A wait suspends the execution of a function until the promise is resolved. Does a wait actually stop the loop or is it just transpiling like a promise and it doesn’t stop the loop. AJ wrote a module called Batch Async to be not as greedy as promise.all but not as limited as other options. The JavaScript panelists talk about different async iterators they’ve used, such as Babel. They discuss the merits of Babel, especially since baseline Android phones (which a significant portion of the population of the world uses) run UC Browser that doesn’t support Babel, and so a significant chunk of the population of the world. On the other hand, if you want to target a large audience, you need to use Babel. Since frameworks in general don’t handle async very well, the panel discusses ways to mitigate this. They talk about different frameworks like Vue, React, and Express and how they support async functions. They discuss why there is no way for you to actually cancel an async option in an actual case, how complex canceling is, and what you are really trying to solve for in the cancellation process.  Canceling something is a complex problem. Valeri talks about his one case where he had a specific bug that required non-generic engineering to solve, and cancelling actually solved something. When AJ has come across cancellation issues, it’s very specific to that use case. The rest of the panelists talk about their experiences with having to cancel something.  Finally, they talk about their experience with async generator functions. A generator is a function that lets you enter into the function later. This makes sense for very large or long running data sets, but when you have a bounded items, don’t complicate your code this way. When an async generator function yields, you explicitly need to call next in order for it to pick up again. If you don’t call ‘next’, it’s essentially cancelled. Remember that object.keys and object.values are your friends.  Panelists Christopher Buecheler AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood With special guest: Valeri Karpov Sponsors The DevEd Podcast Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Adventures in DevOps Links Mongoose Express 5 Node Streams Pull Streams MongoDB Babel HTML Webpack Vue Express RxJS Console.log Json.stringify Batchasync.js How to Write Batch Async Functions Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks AJ O’Neal: Ethan Garofolo YouTube Christopher Buecheler: Functional Design Patterns for Express.js Charles Max Wood: Microsoft Ignite Valeri Karpov: Follow Valeri on Twitter @code_barbarian and Github @vkarpov15 Jurassic Park: A Novel
October 8, 2019
Guest Paige Niedringhaus has been a developer full time for 3 years, and today she is here to talk about Node 12. One of the things she is most excited about is the ES6 support that is now available, so things that used to require React, Angular, or Vue can now be done in Node. The require function will not have to be used in Node 12. AJ is worried about some of these changes and expresses his concerns. Paige assures him that in the beginning you won’t have to switch things to imports. You may have to change file extensions/types so Node can pick up what it’s supposed to be using. They are also trying to make it compatible with CommonJS. Node 12 also boasts an improved startup time. The panel discusses what specifically this means. They talk about the code cache and how Node caches the built in libraries that it comes prepackaged with. The V8 engine is also getting many performance enhancements. Paige talks about the shift from promises to async. In Node 12, async functions will actually be faster than promises. They discuss some of the difficulties they’ve had in the past with Async08, and especially callbacks.  Another feature of Node 12 is better security. The transcripted security layer (TLS), which is how Node handles encrypted strains of communication, is upgrading to 1.3. The protocol is simpler to implement, quicker to negotiate sessions between the applications, provides increased end user privacy, and reduces request time. Overall, this means less latency for everybody. 1.3 also gets rid of the edge cases that caused TLS to be way far slower than it needed to be.  The conversation turns to properly configuring default heap limits to prevent an ‘out of memory’ error. Configuring heap limits is something necessary when constructing an incredibly large object or array of objects. Node 12 also offers formatted diagnostic summaries, which can include information on total memory, used memory, memory limits, and environment lags. It can report on uncaught exceptions and fatal errors. Overall, Node 12 is trying to help with the debugging process. They talk about the different parsers available and how issues with key pairing in Node have been solved.  Paige talks about using worker threads in Node 12. Worker threads are really beneficial for CPU intensive JavaScript operations. Worker threads are there for those things that eat up all of your memory, they can alleviate the load and keep your program running efficiently while doing their own operations on the sideline, and returning to the main thread once they’ve finished their job. None of the panelists have really used worker threads, so they discuss why that is and how they might use Worker Threads in Node 12.  In addition, Node 12 is making Native module creation and support easier, as well as all the different binaries a node developer would want to support. Paige makes it a point to mention the new compiler and minimum platform standards. They are as follows: GCC minimum 6 GLIVC minimum 2.17 on platforms other than Mac and Windows (Linux) Mac users need at least 8 and Mac OS 10.10 If you’ve been running node 11 builds in Windows, you’re up to speed Linux binaries supported are Enterprise Linux 7, Debian 8, and Ubuntu 14.04 If you have different requirements, go to the Node website Panelists J.C. Hyatt Steve Edwards AJ O’Neal With special guest: Paige Niedringhaus Sponsors Tidelift Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Sustain Our Software Links Async CommonJS njs Promise Node Event Stream llhttp llparse LLVM Papa Parse Json.stringify  Json.parse Optimizing Web Performance TLS 1.3 Overlocking SSL Generate Keypair Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks J.C. Hyatt: AWS Amplify framework 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Petersen React and Gatsby workshops Steve Edwards: The Farside comic coming back? AJ O’Neal: Field of Hopes and Strings Link’s Awakening Dune Paige Niedringhaus: DeLonghi Magnifica XS Automatic Espresso Machine, Cappuccino Maker CONNECT.TECH Conference Follow Paige on Twitter, Medium, and Github
October 3, 2019
Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent is a self taught web developer from west France. He has worked for BBC, The Guardian, and The Financial Times in the UK. He has also worked in the US for SalesForce and currently works for Shopify on their Polaris design system. Shopify has multiple design systems, and Polaris is open source. Today the panel is talking about design systems and developer tooling around design systems. To begin, Kaelig explains what a design system is. A design system is all of the cultural practices around design and shipping a product. It includes things like the words, colors, spacing grid system, and typography, plus guidance on how to achieve that in code. The panelists discuss what has made design systems so popular. Design systems have been around for a while, but became popular due to the shift to components, which has been accelerated by the popularity of React. The term design system is also misused by a lot of people, for it is much more than having a Sketch file.  Next, they talk about whether design systems fall under the jurisdiction of a frontend developer or web designers. Kaelig has found that a successful design system involves a little bit of everyone and shouldn’t be isolated to one team. They talk about what the developer workflow looks like in a design system. It begins with thinking of a few common rules, a language, and putting it into code. As you scale, design systems can become quite large and it’s impossible for one person to know everything. You either give into the chaos, or you start a devops practice where people start to think about how we build, release, and the path from designer’s brain to production. The panelists then talk about how to introduce a design system into a company where there are cultural conflicts. Kaelig shares his experience working with SalesForce and introducing a design system there. They discuss what aspects of a design system that would make people want to use it over what the team is currently doing. Usually teams are thankful for the design system. It’s important to build a system that’s complete, flexible, and extensible so that you can adapt it to your team. A good design system incorporates ‘subatomic’ parts like the grid system, color palette, and typography, referred to as design tokens. Design systems enable people to take just the bits of the design system that are interesting to them and build the components that are missing more easily.  The conversation turns to the installation and upgrade process of a design system. Upgrading is left up to the customer to do on their own time in most cases, unless it’s one of the big customers. They talk about the role of components in upgrading a design system. Kaelig talks about the possibility of Shopify transitioning to web components. Kaelig shares some of his favorite tools for making a design system and how to get started making one. A lot of design teams start by taking a ton of screen shots and looking at all the inconsistencies.Giving them that visibility is a good thing because it helps get everyone get on the same page. The panelists talk about the role of upper management in developing components and how to prioritize feature development. Kaelig talks about what drives the decision to take a feature out. The two main reasons a feature would be removed is because the company wants to change the way things are done and there’s a different need that has arisen. The show concludes by discussing the possibility of a design system getting bloated over time. Kaelig says that Design systems takes some of the burden off your team, help prevent things from getting bloated, allow you to ship less code.   Panelists Chris Ferdinandi Aimee Knight Steve Emmerich With special guest: Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent Sponsors Sustain Our Software Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Adventures in Blockchain Links Shopify Polaris Bootstrap React Sketch.ui Figma.ui  CSS StoryBook ESLint Jest Ensign Webpacker Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Steve Emmerich: CedarWorks play beds  Azure’s container instances Aimee Knight: Awesome Actions for Github Chris Ferdinandi: Free Meek docuseries Simplicity: Part 2 by Bastian Allgeier Kaelig Deloumeau-Prigent: Dependabot Ink by Vadim Demedez Follow Kaelig on Twitter @kaelig
October 1, 2019
Jonathan Lee Martin is an instructor and developer. He got his start in teaching at Big Nerd Ranch doing 1-2 week trainings for mid to senior developers, and then transitioned to 16 week courses for career switchers. He also worked for Digital Crafts for a year, and then wanted to focus on building out his own personal teaching brand. One of his first steps toward building his own brand was to publish his book, Functional Design Patterns for Express.js.The inspiration for Jonathan’s book came from his experience teaching career switchers. He wanted to experiment in the classroom with teaching functional programming in a way that would be very approachable and applicable and dispel some of the magic around backend programming, and that became the template for the book. Jonathan loves the minimalist nature of Express.js and talks about its many uses. He believes that it knowing design patterns can take you pretty far in programming, and this view is related to his background in Rails. When he was working in Rails taming huge middleware stacks, he discovered that applying design patterns made builds take less time. He talks about other situations where knowing design patterns has helped. Express.js leans towards object oriented style over functional programming, and so it takes to these patterns well. Express.js has its shortcomings, and that’s where Jonathan’s favorite library Koa comes into play.  The conversation switches back to Jonathan’s book, which is a good way to start learning these higher level concepts. He purposely made it appealing to mid and senior level programmers, but at the same time it does not require a lot of background knowledge. Jonathan talks about his teaching methods that give people a proper appreciation for the tool. Jonathan talks more about why he likes to use Express.js and chose to use it for his book. He cautions that his book is not a book of monads, but rather about being influenced by the idea of composition over inheritance. He talks about the role of middleware in programming.  The panel asks about Jonathan’s toolchain and approach to writing books, and he explains how his books are set up to show code. They discuss the different forms required when publishing a book such as epub, MOBI, and PDF. Jonathan found it difficult to distribute his book through Amazon, so he talks about how he built his own server. Charles notes that your method of distributing your book will depend on your goal. If you want to make the most money possible, make your own site. If you want to get it into as many hands as possible, get it on Amazon. Many of the JavaScript Jabber panelists have had experience publishing books, and Jonathan shares that you can reach out to a publisher after you’ve self-published a book and they can get it distributed. Jonathan believes that If he had gone straight to a publisher, he would have gotten overwhelmed and given up on the book, but the step by step process of self-publishing kept things manageable. The panelists discuss difficulties encountered when publishing and editing books, especially with Markdown. Jonathan compares the perks of self-editing to traditional editing. Though he does not plan to opensource his entire editing pipeline, he may make some parts available. The show concludes with the panelists discussing the clout that comes with being a published author.  Panelists Charles Max Wood Christopher Buecheler  J.C. Hyatt With special guest: Jonathan Lee Martin Sponsors Adventures in Blockchain Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan The Freelancers’ Show Links Big Nerd Ranch Digital Crafts JSJ 070: Book Club JavaScript Allonge with Reginald Braithwaite JavaScript Allonge by Reginald Braithwaite Functional Design Patterns for Express JS by Jonathan Lee Martin Node.js Express.js Koa Minjs  Sinatra Http.createserver Monads Middleware  Markdown Pandoc Diff-match-path library Epub MOBI LaTeX  Stripe Checkout Fstoppers Softcover Bookseller API  Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Christopher Buecheler: newsletter J.C. Hyatt: Corsair wireless charging mouse pad Charles Max Wood: Magnetic whiteboard baskets Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books Jonathan Lee Martin: Eric Elliot JS YellowScale Follow Jonathan and find his book at
September 26, 2019
Mike North is the Ember guy at Frontend Masters and LinkedIn’s web developer trainer. Today the panel is talking about the upcoming Ember update, which Mike calls a total reinvention of the way you build with Ember. Finally, they are letting go of the cruft and stuff they had to hold on to in order to support IE8 and using modern interface The panel talks about some of the issues with IE8, and agree that the reason Ember felt its age because it was built for IE8. Ember 314 is moving from the past into the present, a sleek modern way to build apps. Mike talks about how easy the new Ember is to use. Mike talks about the excitement in the Ember community because the new build is focused on stability and seamlessness. Charles talks about his less seamless experience with the Angular community. For context, Mike North’s first frontend masters course was recorded in 2014, and he’s only had to change two lines of code. Ember is the only framework that has managed to go all the way from IE7/IE8 to today without a major gap,breaks, or rewrites. They transition to talking about what keeps Ember going. There is an effort to make sure things are decentralized and not tied to any specific company, although Apple, Netflix, Nasa, and PlaysStation all use it. LinkedIn has also been hiring Ember core member to continue working on it, and sponsoring open source work.  Next, they talk about how Ember works with TypeScript. You can install an Ember add on with one terminal command that will enable TypeScript in an Ember app.There are some issues that could cause misalignment with JavaScript and TypeScript, but Ember has designed things around it. MIke talks about the major change in the learning curve with using Ember and how far Vanilla JS will take you. Overall, it is a lot more approachable than it used to be.  They move on to talk about the availability of third party solutions with Ember. Mike assures them that Ember has add-ons, and parts of the framework are opening up to allow experimentation with components. There are lots of ways to make Ember your own without running the risk of diverging, giving more flexibility than ever while maintaining the happy path. Testing within Ember is also a priority, and they want the code to be as readable as possible. The last topic discussed in this show is the importance of developer education. LinkedIn looks at employment numbers and the rate at which new jobs open, and software engineering is growing like crazy and will likely continue to grow.The rate at which new people are graduating with computer science and programming degrees, as well as those from unconventional backgrounds, is not keeping up with the number of jobs. This means that there will be fewer senior people spread across bigger groups of developers with less experience. The panel agrees that it is the responsibility of people who have been around or learned something period to pass on the knowledge because the more knowledge is passed on, the more stable things will remain as seniors become more scarce. It is also important for companies to level up junior developers. They conclude by talking about tools available for people who want to learn more about Ember Octane, and Mike makes an open request to the JS community.  Panelists Charles Max Wood Steve Emmerich Chris Ferdinandi Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Christopher Buecheler With special guest: Mike North Sponsors React Native Radio Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Dev Ed Podcast Links Ember Frontend Masters IE8 Ember Octane Sprout Core TypeScript ES6 Lodash  Mocha Backstop.js  Semver Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Chris Ferdinandi: Vanilla JS Academy, get 30% off with code ‘jsjabber’ Steve Emmerich: 123 Magic RGDK Aimee Knight: Recursion blog post Wholesome Provisions Protein Cereal AJ O’Neal: Carby V2 by Insurrection Industries GameCube Mods Charles Max Wood: Nikon D5600 Rode Newsshooter Viltrox light panel Quest Nutrition pumpkin bars Christopher Buecheler: Tool’s Fear Inoculum on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Mike North: Github Universe Github Tracer Bench Follow Mike @mike-north on Github, @northm on LinkedIn, and @michaellnorth on Twitter
September 24, 2019
Episode Summary Dominik Kundel works as developer evangelist at Twilio. Dominik talks about the history of Twilio, which actually started with integrating phone calls into apps and then moved to SMS integration. Today Charles and Dominik are talking about how the SMS message approach can augment your user experience. Since many people are not familiar with implementing SMS, Dominik talks about how Twilio can help. Twilio created was a supernetwork where they work with carriers and gateways around the world to ensure that they provide reliable services. They also focus heavily on making sure that the developer experience is great. Uber and Lyft are two of the companies that use Twilio, and Dominik shares some of the interesting things that they’ve accomplished. He is particularly excited about phone number masking to support privacy. Uber and Lyft use phone number masking so that your driver doesn’t see your real number and you don’t see theirs. Instead, each of you sees a Twilio number. This use case is becoming more common.  Twilio recently introduced Flex, which Dominik explains is their contact center solution. Flex is designed to keep with their philosophy of everything should be programmable and configurable, and take it on to a software shipment. This is their first time shipping software instead of just APIs. Flex is highly customizable and flexible, allows you to build React plugins that let you change anything you want. Charles asks Dominik about some of the gotchas in telephony. One major issues is spam calls, which Twilio is trying to work with some providers on a ‘verified by Twilio’ list. This list lets companies get verified, and they’re working on ways to let you know the reason why they’re calling without having to answer your phone. This can be difficult because each country has different regulations. Dominik talks about what it would take for someone who wanted to build an SMS gateway themselves. They would have to work with carriers and learn SMS protocols. It’s important to note that SMS and phone calls have different protocols Dominik talks about some of the unique use cases they’ve seen their system. Some examples are contextual communications, account verifications, and codex creation. There are other fun examples, such as a drone controlled via text message, a fake boyfriend app, and a dog that was taught to take selfies that are sent to his owner.  Charles asks about ways to get started with Twilio. If you want to explore this and don’t know where to get started, try Twilio Quest, a game to teach you how to use Twilio. There is also documentation, which is good if you know exactly what you want to achieve, or if you just want to explore possibilities then download Twilio Quest.  They delve into a more specific use case for Twilio to send text to subscibers of DevChatTV. Dominik talks about ways of dealing with sending notifications to people outside of the US. You can send with a US number to any country code, or you can personalize it, so that people in the UK receive it from a UK number and so on through automatic geocode matching. They talk about Twilio’s billing.  Finally, they talk about security within telephony in light of recent hacks. They discuss the security of two factor authentication.Two factor authentication and security, especially in light of recent hacks. Dominik talks about the API called Authy, where you can implement different ways of doing two factor authentication, such as push notifications, time based one time password, sms, and phone calls. For most people in the world two factor authentication is very safe, unless you’re a very important person, then you’re more at risk for targeted attacks. They conclude by talking about Twilio’s acquisition of Sendgrid. Panelists Charles Max Wood With special guest: Dominik Kundel Sponsors iPhreaks Show Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Ruby Rogues Links Twilio Flex React Rust Twilio Quest Twilio docs Twilio Completes Acquisition of Sendgrid Authy Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Superfans by Pat Flynn   Dominik Kundel: Enable a setting called javascript.implicit Follow him @dkundel
September 19, 2019
Episode Summary Surma is an open web advocate for Google currently working with WebAssembly team. He was invited on the show today to talk about using web workers and how to move work away from the browser’s main thread. His primary platform is bringing multithreading out of the fringes and into the web. The panel talks about their past experience with web workers, and many of them found them isolated and difficult to use. Surma believes that web workers should pretty much always be sued because the main thread is an inherently bad place to run your code because it has to do so much. Surma details the differences between web workers, service workers, and worklets and explains what the compositer is.  The panel discusses what parts should be moved off the main thread and how to move the logic over. Surma notes that the additional cost of using a worker is basically nonexistent, changes almost nothing in your workflow, and takes up only one kilobyte of memory. Therefore, the cost/benefit ratio of using web workers gets very large. They discuss debugging in a web worker and Surma details how debugging is better in web workers.  Surma wants to see people use workers not because it will make it faster, but because it will make your app more resilient across all devices. Every piece of JavaScript you run could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. There’s so much to do on the main thread for the browser, especially when it has a weaker processor, that the more stuff you can move away, the better. The web is tailored for the most powerful phones, but a large portion of the population does not have the most powerful phone available, and moving things over to a web worker will benefit the average phone. Surma talks about his experience using the Nokia 2, on which simple apps run very slow because they are not being frugal with the user’s resources. Moving things to another thread will help phones like this run faster.   The panel discusses the benefit of using web workers from a business standpoint. The argument is similar to that for accessibility. Though a user may not need that accessibility all the time, they could become in need of it. Making the app run better on low end devices will also increase the target audience, which is helpful is user acquisition is your principle metric for success.  Surma wants businesses to understand that while this is beneficial for people in countries like India, there is also a very wide spectrum of phone performance in America. He wants to help all of these people and wants companies acknowledge this spectrum and to look at the benefits of using web workers to improve performance. Panelists Charles Max Wood Christopher Buecheler Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal With special guest: Surma Sponsors Adventures in DevOps Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Adventures in Angular Links Web workers Service workers Worklets  Ecto model Babel Swoosh Comlink WhatsApp Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: For Love of Mother-Not Surma: Follow Surma @DasSurma on Twitter and at WebAssembly Spec AJ O’Neal: The GameCube Ultimate Pikmin for Wii and GameCube Super Monkey Ball Christopher Buecheler CinemaSins Sincast podcast
September 17, 2019
Episode Summary Douglas is a language architect and helped with the development of JavaScript. He started working with JavaScript in 2000. He talks about his journey with the language, including his initial confusion and struggles, which led him to write his book JavaScript: The Good Parts. Douglas’ take on JavaScript is unique because he not only talks about what he likes, but what he doesn’t like. Charles and Douglas discuss some of the bad parts of JavaScript, many of which were mistakes because the language was designed and released in too little time. Other mistakes were copied intentionally from other languages because people are emotionally attached to the way things “have always been done”, even if there is a better way. Doug takes a minimalist approach to programming. They talk about his opinions on pairing back the standard library and bringing in what’s needed. Douglas believes that using every feature of the language in everything you make is going to get you into trouble. Charles and Douglas talk about how to identify what parts are useful and what parts are not. Douglas delves into some of the issues with the ‘this’ variable. He has experimented with getting rid of ‘this’ and found that it made things easier and programs smaller. More pointers on how to do functional programming can be found in his book How JavaScript Works Charles and Douglas talk about how he decided which parts were good and bad. Douglas talks about how automatic semicolon insertion and ++ programming are terrible, and his experiments with getting rid of them. He explains the origin of JS Lint. After all, most of our time is not spent coding, it’s spent debugging and maintaining, so there’s no point in optimizing keystrokes. Douglas talks about his experience on the ECMAScript development committee and developing JavaScript. He believes that the most important features in ES6 were modules and proper tail calls. They discuss whether or not progression or digression is occurring within JavaScript. Douglas disagrees with all the ‘clutter’ that is being added and the prevalent logical fallacy that if more complexity is added in the language then the program will be simpler.  Charles asks Douglas about his plans for the future. His current priority is the next language. He talks about the things that JavaScript got right, but does not believe that it should not be the last language. He shares how he thinks that languages should progress. There should be a focus on security, and security should be factored into the language.  Douglas is working on an implementation for a new language he calls Misty. He talks about where he sees Misty being implemented. He talks about his Frontend Masters course on functional programming and other projects he’s working on. The show concludes with Douglas talking about the importance of teaching history in programming.  Panelists Charles Max Wood With special guest: Douglas Crockford Sponsors Sustain Our Software Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Views on Vue Links JavaScript: The Good Parts How JavaSript Works “This” variable ECMAScript C++ JS Lint ECMA TC39 Dojo Promise RxJS Drses Misty Tail call Frontend Masters course JavaScript the Good Parts Follow DevChatTV on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Superfans by Pat Flynn SEO course Agency Unlocked by Neil Patel Douglas Crockford: The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth Game of Thrones Follow Douglas at
September 12, 2019
Episode Summary Todd Gardner is a software developer, podcaster on the show Script and Style, startup founder, and comedy host for Pub Conf, a ‘comedy after party for developers’. Since he was last on the show 6 years ago, he has seen his startup TrackJS become quite successful. TrackJS is a JavaScript error monitoring service which gives you visibility into your client side experience. It’s different from other tools because focused on simplicity, so you’ll never need a guy on your team dedicated solely to TrackJS because everyone can use it. The panel begins by talking about debugging methods and tools. Some rely solely on the debugger built into their platform while others prefer to use a third party service. They discuss the necessity of using a third party debugger and if there are better solutions than just the built in debugger.  They then discuss what to do after you’ve fixed a bug, such as if it is necessary to write a test to make sure it was completely fixed They talk about things to do to make debugging more effective. Todd and Aimee believe that code needs to begin by being designed for debug-ability.  The panel discusses issues with invisible boundaries encountered while debugging, such as running out of memory. They talk about ways to mitigate issues that happen outside of your code base. Todd talks about the dangers of ad-blockers, and the panel agrees that it is important to consider how your website will be crippled by the user’s own technology. The end user in a production environment will have a different experience than you did writing it on a professional computer.  Todd talks about the difference between debugging for the web versus a mobile application. Todd has encountered particular problems with debugging on a remote device, and he talks about how he solved the issue. The show concludes with Todd giving a quick elevator pitch for TrackJS Panelists Chris Ferdinandi Christopher Buecheler Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Steve Emmrich With special guest: Todd Gardner Sponsors Adventures in Blockchain Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan React Round Up Links Track JS (free trial available) Script and Style podcast PubConf Console.log Blackbox for Firefox and Chrome Redux lager Remote JS  Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Christopher Buecheler: React/TypeScript cheat sheet  Chris Ferdinandi: Pokemon Brawl  Space Invaders game newsletter Aimee Knight: TechLead Youtube channel Charles Max Wood: Atomic Habits Getting up at 4 am Steve Emmrich: Trello Babushkas and grandmas to help you with your newborn Todd Gardner: PubConf Follow Todd @toddhgardner or
September 10, 2019
Episode Summary Adam Leventhal is the CEO and cofounder of Transposit. Transposit was born from the desire to build a way for developers to work with lots of different APIs, take authentication and pagination off the table, and let developers focus on the problems they’re trying to solve. Transposit is a serverless platform that’s free and gives you a combination of SQL or JavaScript to start playing with your API. Since interacting with API data securely can be difficult, the panel discusses how Transposit might replace the personally built tools and how does it compare to JAMstack. They talk about some common things that people do wrong with security. Transposit is often used as the full backend, and Adam shares how that works. There is a list of APIs that Transposit can talk to, and you can build your own connector. You can also work with JavaScript and SQL simultaneously.  Chris Ferdinandi asks some more specific questions about how Transposit can work with email lists. Adam clarifies the difference between connectors and apps in Transposit. He delves into more detail on what makes it work under the hood.  There are some 450,000 Stack applications but the majority have one user because they built it to communicate specifically with their API. The panel discusses how Transposit can help with this. Since Transposit is still in startup mode, it is free for now, and can connect to any public facing API. Adam talks about their decision not to make it open source and gives more details on where the authentications occur. The show wraps up with the panel talking about the pros of going serverless Panelists Chris Ferdinandi Christopher Buecheler With special guest: Adam Leventhal  Sponsors Adventures in .NET Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry’s small plan Elixer Mix Links Transposit SQL JAMstack OpenAPI Swagger YAML MailChimp React Redux Converting a string into Markup with Vanilla JS How to create a map of DOM nodes with Vanilla JS Custom events in Internet Explorer with Vanilla JS DOM diffing with Vanilla JS part 1 DOM diffing with Vanilla JS part 2 Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Christopher Buecheler: Manchester Orchestra Chris Ferdinandi: Reef Elizabeth Warren Adam Leventhal: Hamilton the biography Antler Follow Adam on Twitter @ahl
September 5, 2019
Sponsors Sustain Our Software Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Adventures in Blockchain Panel Charles Max Wood Episode Summary In today’s show, Chuck talks about the recent tweet thread about 10x engineers. He goes through each of the points in the tweet and talks about each of them in turn. There are only two points he sort of agrees with, and believes the rest to be absolute garbage. One of the issues with this tweet is that it doesn’t define what a 10x engineer is. Defining a 10x engineer is difficult because it is also impossible to measure a truly average engineer because there are many factors that play into measuring productivity. Chuck turns the discussion to what a 10x engineer is to him and how to find one. A 10x engineer is dependent on the organization that they are a part of, because they are not simply found, they are made. When a 10x engineer is added to a team, the productivity of the entire team increases. Employers have to consider firstly what you need in your team and how a person would fit in. You want to avoid changing the entire culture of your organization. Consider also that a 10x engineer may be hired as a 2x engineer, but it is the employer that turns them into a 10x engineer. Overall, Chuck believes these tweets are asinine because it’s impossible to measure what makes a 10x engineer in the first place, and hiring a person that fits the attributes in the list would be toxic to your company.  Links 10x engineer twitter thread Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Good to Great by Jim Collins Keto diet Podcast Movement
September 3, 2019
Sponsors Adventures in Blockchain Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit My Ruby Story Panel Aimee Knight  Chris Buecheler AJ O’Neal With Special Guest: Brian Lonsdorf Episode Summary Brian Lonsdorf works for Salesforce, specializes in functional programming, and wrote a book called Professor Frisby’s Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming. Brian talks about when he got into functional programming and when in their career others should be exposed to it. He talks about the fundamental tenets of functional programming (static mathematical functions), how it differs from object oriented programming, and how to manipulate data in a functional environment. The panel wonders if it is possible to use functional and object oriented programming together and discuss the functional core imperative shell. Brian talks about what is ‘super functional’ and why JavaScript isn’t, but includes methods for making it work. He shares some of the trade-offs he’s found while doing functional programming. Brian defines a monad and goes over some of the common questions he gets about functional programming, such as how to model an app using functional programming. The show concludes with Brian talking about some of the work he’s been doing in AI and machine learning.  Links Promise Functional core, imperative shell RxJs Monad Professor Frisby's Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight: After The Burial (band) Chris Buecheler: Minecraft in JavaScript AJ O’Neal: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen Greenlock v3 campaign Brian Lonsdorf: Follow Brian @drboolean Chris Penner Comonads
August 29, 2019
Sponsors GitLab | Get 30% off tickets with the promo code: DEVCHATCOMMIT Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Views on Vue Panel Charles Max Wood Joe Eames Episode Summary Today Joe and Charles are discussing how to stay current in the tech field. Since looking at all the new technology can be overwhelming, they advise listeners on what to focus on, which will differ depending on your career. Joe brings up that one of the top reasons people choose a job is because it has a technology they want to learn. Joe and Charles discuss trends in the tech world, such as the rise and fall of Rails. They discuss what to do if you’re happy with what you’re doing now but want your career to stay viable. While it is important to continue moving along with technology, they agree that the stuff that’s really important is the stuff that doesn’t change. Charles believes that if you have a solid knowledge on a subject that isn’t necessary current, that is still very valuable.  Joe and Charles discuss the importance of having a learning plan and the importance of having soft skills in addition to technological know-how. Another important part of staying current is figuring out where you want to end up and making a plan. If you want to work for a specific company, you need to learn the technology they’re using. Joe talks about some of his experiences trying to get a job with a big company and how he was reminded of the importance of the fundamentals.  They discuss the merits of being a generalist or a specialist in your studies and the best approach once you’ve chosen a technology to learn. Once you’ve learned a technology, it’s important to start building with it. Charles and Joe talk about different ways of learning, such as books, videos, code reading, or tutorials, and the importance of finding a medium that you can understand. They discuss the isolating nature of tutorials and how it is important to have real-world experience with the code. They discuss how to know if you’ve learned a technology well enough to move onto the next thing, and whether the technologies you studies should be career focused or passion based. Charles advises listeners to divide their time as follows: 50% of your learning should be focused on what you’re currently doing at your job, 25% looking towards the future and studying upcoming technology, and 25% on your passion.  Links Node Backbone Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Rails 6 Containerization Joe Eames: Gatsby
August 27, 2019
Sponsors GitLab | Get 30% off tickets with the promo code: DEVCHATCOMMIT Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Panel Chris Beucheler AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight With Special Guest: Chris Biscardi Episode Summary Chris is an independent consultant working with open source startups. He taught himself to program and started in open source. He talks about how he got into programming and how he learned to code. One of Chris’ current clients is Gatsby, a static site generator. Chris talks about his work with Gatsby themes, how he got started working with Gatsby, and how you can get started with Gatsby. Chris talks about how Gatsby differs from other static site generators and how difficult it is to use. The panel discusses possible use cases for Gatsby, and agree that if your site is going to get more complex and larger over time, something like Gatsby is what you want to use. Chris talks about what it’s like to migrate to Gatsby from another service. The panel discusses the pros and cons of server-side rendering. Chris talks about building more app-oriented sites with Gatsby and things that you can plug into a Gatsby theme besides a blog. The show concludes with Chris and the panelists agreeing that if you can write it in JavaScript, you can ship it in a Gatsby theme.  Links Gatsby Shadowing Docker React GraphQL WordPress Hugo Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks AJ O’Neal: Sam Walton Made America: My Story Cinematic by Owl City Aimee Knight: Some things that might help you make better software Chris Beucheler: Venture Cafe Providence  Chris Biscardi: Jason Lengstorf Twitch show Chris’ Blog
August 22, 2019
Sponsors RxJS Live Panel Charles Max Wood Christopher Beucheler Episode Summary Today Charles and Christopher discuss what can you do with JavaScript. They talk about the kinds of things they have used JavaScript to build. They discuss non-traditional ways that people might get into JavaScript and what first drew them to the language. They talk about the some of the non-traditional JavaScript options that are worth looking into. Christopher and Charles talk about some of the fascinating things that have been done with JavaScript, such as Amazon Alexa capabilities, virtual reality, and games. They spend some time talking about JavaScript usage in game creation and building AI. They talk about how they’ve seen JavaScript change and progress during their time as developers. They talk about areas besides web that they would be interested in learning more about and what kinds of things they would like to build in that area. They finish by discussing areas that they are excited to see improve and gain new capabilites. Links Node.js WebGL React React Native Quake TenserFlow.js WebAssembly Hermes Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Instagram JavaScript Jabber Reccomendations New shows: Adventures in Block Chain, Adventures in .Net Christopher Beucheler: Pair programming VS Code Live Share
August 20, 2019
Sponsors Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Panel Charles Max Wood AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Aimee Knight With Special Guest: Evan Weaver Episode Summary Evan Weaver is the CEO and cofounder of FaunaDB, a serverless database and a great way to get started with GraphQL. Evan talks about what went into building the FaunaDB and his background with Twitter. FaunaDB arose from trying to fix Twitter’s scalability issues, and the panel discusses scalability issues encountered in both large and small companies. They talk about the difference between transient and persistent data. They discuss how to develop locally when using a serverless database and the importance of knowing why you’re using something. Evan talks about how developing locally works with FaunaDB. He addresses concerns that people might have about using FaunaDB since it is not backed by a tech giant. Evan talks about some of the services FaunaDB offers and talks about the flexibility of its tools. He talks about how to get started with FaunaDB and what the authentication is like. Finally, Evan talks about some well known companies that are using FaunaDB and what they are doing with it.  Links FaunaDB GraphQL Netlify AWS Lambda SQL Jamstack  Akkeris Graphile Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Captain Sonar Canny JSJ Reccomendations Aimee Knight: Falling in Reverse Joe Eames: Battlestations Evan Weaver Forza Motorsport Follow Evan on Twitter and Github @evan
August 15, 2019
Sponsors RxJS Live Panel Charles Max Wood Christopher Beucheler Aimee Knight Episode Summary Today’s episode is an exploration of the question “What is JavaScript?”. Each of the panelists describes what they think JavaScript is, giving a definition for both technical and non-technical people. They talk about how the different layers of JavaScript tie into their definitions. They agree that it’s incorrect to call JavaScript one of the ‘easy’ programming languages and some of the challenges unique to JavaScript, such as the necessity of backwards compatibility and that it is used in tandem with CSS and HTML, which require a different thinking method. They discuss the disdain that some developers from other languages hold for JavaScript and where it stems from. They discuss methods to level up from beginner to mid level JavaScript programmer, which can be tricky because it is a rapidly evolving language. They revisit the original question, “What is Java Script?”, and talk about how their definition of JavaScript has changed after this discussion. They finish by talking about the story they want to tell with JavaScript, why they chose JavaScript, and what is it they are trying to do, create, become through using the language. They invite listeners to share their answers in the comments. Links JQuery JavaScript JSON React.js Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: The Dungeoncast  Aimee Knight: This Patch of Sky Christopher Beucheler: Silversun Pickups album Widow’s Weeds Andrew Huang YouTube channel
August 13, 2019
Sponsors Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Panel Charles Max Wood With Special Guest: Anatoliy Zaslavskiy Episode Summary Anatoliy Zaslavsky works for Hover, made framework called Pickle.js, and has been on JavaScript Jabber before. Today Chuck and Anatloliy are talking about the importance of mental health. Anatoliy has Bipolar Disorder, and he talks about what it is and his experience with it and how his manic and depressive episodes have affected him. Thankfully, his employers at Hover have been extremely supportive. Chuck and Anatoliy talk about what people should do when they are suffering from a mental illness so that they can do the things they love again. Some of the best ways of coping with mental health issues are to keep a lifeline out to friends and family, go to a professional therapist, stay on a consistent exercise and sleep pattern, and stay away from substances. They talk about how to support someone that is suffering from a mental illness.  Anatoliy talks about some of the symptoms and behavioral changes he has during both manic and depressive episodes and how it has affected him in the workplace. Mental health issues are almost always accompanied by changes in behavior, and Chuck and Anatoliy talk about ways to approach a person about their behavior. Anatoliy gives advice on how to work with your employer while you are suffering from a mental illness. For mental illnesses that aren’t as dramatic as Bipolar Disorder, Anatoliy talks about coping mechanisms such as staying away from triggers, knowing what motivates you and communicating it to your employer, and other practices that have helped him. He talks about some of his triggers and how it has affected his work, both for the better and worse.  Finding out what helps you cope and what triggers you is often trial and error, but it can help to talk to other people in your field who struggle with the same mental health issues. Anatoliy talks about the pros and cons of working from home or in an office when you have a mental illness. They finish by talking about a few other points on mental health and resources for those suffering from a mental illness to get the help they need.    Links Bipolar disorder Pickle.js  Ketamine therapy Ruby Rogues ep. 142: Depression and Mental Illness with Greg Bauges JSJ 358: Pickle.js Tooling and Developer Happiness with Anatoliy Zaslavskiy NAMI DBS Alliance Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: ExpressVPN Anatoliy Zaslavskiy: Contact Anatoliy at Visit his website Misu app (in beta)
August 8, 2019
Sponsors Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit RxJS Live Panel Charles Max Wood Christopher Beucheler AJ O’Neal With Special Guest: John Somnez Episode Summary John is the founder of Bulldog Mindset andSimple Programmer, which teaches software developers soft skills, and the author of a couple books. He specializes in creating a personal brand and marketing. He addresses the rumors of him leaving software development and gives an introduction to marketing yourself as a software developer and its importance. The panel discusses their experience with consulting and how marketing themselves has paid off. John talks about the importance of having soft skills. In his opinion, the most important soft skills for programmers are communication, persuasion and influence, people skills and charisma. He talks about highlight those soft skills. The truth is, more and more people are hiring for people skills rather than technical skills. The panel discusses more about the importance of people skills. John talks about ways to build your personal brand. One of the easiest ways is blogging but he talks about other methods like podcasts YouTube, writing books, and others. A key to building a personal brand is choosing something that you can become the best at, no matter how small it is. The panel shares their experiences of what things have gotten them attention and notoriety and talk about how other influential programmers got famous. They talk about interacting with central platforms like Medium and Github. Building a personal brand for software developers is the same as any other personal brand, such as having a consistent message, consistent logos and color schemes, and repeated exposure). Most people in the software world aren’t willing to do what’s necessary to build a personal brand, so it makes you stand out when you do it. John talks about the importance of controlling your image so that companies want to hire you. John gives a brief overview of his course How to Market Yourself as a Software Developer.  Click here to cast your vote NOW for JavaScript Jabber - Best Dev Podcast Award Links John Somnez’s books Data Grid Girl Follow JavaScript Jabber on Facebook and Twitter   Picks Charles Max Wood: To Sell is Human How to Win Friends and Influence People John Somnez: Follow John at and The Little Book of Stoicism Training Peaks Christopher Beucheler: Strasborg, France AJ O’Neal Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Parallels Cam Slide
August 6, 2019
Sponsors Datadog Sentry– use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Panel Charles Max Wood With Special Guest: Charlie Cheever Episode Summary Guest Charlie Cheever joins the discussion on JavaScript Jabber today. He was previously on React Round Up episode 47. Charlie works on Expo, which is a way to make React apps on every platform. Right now, Expo supports IOS, Android, and Web, provides a standard library of features, and takes care of services like builds and updates over the air. There are also code generators and templates available in Expo. Expo is focused on use cases where you just need to use a little bit of React Native in your app. Charlie talks about the origins of Expo, which was born from increased access of websites from people’s phones and the desire for a cross-platform tool that was as easy as building on the web. One of the biggest benefits is that Expo gives you the peace of mind knowing your app will work across all phones and all platforms. They discuss how to approach building your API’s for Expo so that it’s easy for people to use and have it consistent across all these different systems. Expo also has a voting board where people can submit suggestions for new features. Expo is compatible with map view and React Native maps. Currently, Expo is missing bluetooth and things where the underlying platform wants to have a direct relationship with the developer, such as in-app purchases. Charlie talks about other components available in Expo, all of which can be modified. They discuss the influence of React on augmented reality and VR. Charlie talks about the updating feature of Expo. Charlie talks about the evolution of Expo and their goal to be a “developer first” company. He talks about the company, libraries, The Client, and services. He gives advice on how to get started with React Native development and using Expo. There is also Expo Web, which can be used to create a website, and if you create an app with Expo you get a website too. Expo hopes to be a stable, easy, coherent way of using all these tools across your entire experience of building your application so that you can relax a little bit. Click here to cast your vote NOW for JavaScript Jabber - Best Dev Podcast Award Links Expo Flex Valve jQuery Expo voting board LottieFiles SQLite React Native Maps The Client app NPM Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Vdot02 Zoom H6 Portable 6 track Recorder Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone Chain React Conf Charlie Cheever: Draft bit (still in beta) AWS Amplify Follow Charlie @ccheever
August 1, 2019
Sponsors Netlify RxJS Live Panel Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood With Special Guest: Jeff Meyerson Episode Summary Jeff Meyerson is the host of the Software Engineering daily podcast and has also started a company called FindCollabs, an online platform for finding collaborators and building projects. Jeff started FindCollabs because he believes there are all these amazing tools but people are not combining and collaborating as much as they could, when so much good could be accomplished together. FindCollabs is especially useful for working on side projects. The panelists discuss the problems encountered when you try to collaborate with people over the internet, such as finding people who are facing similar and gauging interest, skill, and availability. Thankfully, FindCollabs has a feature of leaving reviews and rating your partners so that users can accurately gauge other’s skill level. Users can also leave comments about their experience collaborating with others. The only way you can show competence with an interest is to contribute to another project. FindCollabs is also a good place to look for mentors, as well as for Bootcamp graduates or people going through an online coding course. If you are part of an organization, you can create private projects. The company plans to expand this feature to all users in the future.The panelists talk about their past experiences with collaborating with other people. Jeff talks about his podcast Software Engineering Daily and how it got started and the focus of the podcast. As someone working in technology, it is important to stay current on up and coming technology, and listening to podcasts is an excellent way to do that. Jeff talks about where he thinks podcasting is going, especially for programmers. The panel discusses some of the benefits of listening to programming podcasts. Jeff talks about how he is prepping Software Engineering Daily for the future. He shares the audience size for Software Engineering Daily and some of the statistics for his different channels. Jeff has also released an app for Software Engineering Daily, and he shares some information on how it was written. Finally, Jeff gives advice for people who want to use FindCollabs and some of the next steps after creating a profile. Click here to cast your vote NOW for JavaScript Jabber - Best Dev Podcast Award Links FindCollabs Greenlock Telebit SwingCycle Software Engineering Daily Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight: Burnout and the Brain AJ O’Neal: Saber’s Edge from Final Fantasy by Distant Worlds Greenlock on FindCollabs Telebit on FindCollabs Charles Max Wood: Adventures in Machine Learning on FindCollabs Adventures in Virtual Reality on FindCollabs Adventures in Python on FindCollabs Adventures in Java on FindCollabs Air conditioning MFCEO Project Jeff Meyerson: Follow Jeff  @the_prion  Listen Notes Linbin’s Podcast Playlist Hidden Forces Podcast
July 30, 2019
Sponsors Datadog Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Panel Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi Joe Eames AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood With Special Guests: Josh Thomas and Mike Hartington Episode Summary Today’s guests Josh Thomas and Mike Hartington are developers for Ionic, with Josh working on the open source part of the framework on Ionic. They talk about their new compiler for web components called Stencil. Stencil was originally created out of work they did for Ionic 4 (now available for Vue, React, and Angular) and making Ionic 4 able to compliment all the different frameworks. They talk about their decision to build their own compiler and why they decided to open source it. Now, a lot of companies are looking into using Stencil to build design systems The panel discusses when design systems should be implemented. Since Ionic is a component library that people can pull from and use themselves, Jeff and Mike talk about how they are using Stencil since they’re not creating a design system. The panel discusses some of the drawbacks of web components. They discuss whether or not Cordova changes the game at all. One of the big advantages of using Stencil is the code that is delivered to a browser is generated in such a way that a lot of things are handled for you, unlike in other systems.The panelists talk about their thoughts on web components and the benefits of using a component versus creating a widget the old fashioned way. One such benefit of web components is that you can change the internals of how it works without affecting the API. Josh and Mike talk about some of the abilities of Stencil and compare it to other things like Tachyons. There is a short discussion of the line between frameworks and components and the dangers of pre optimization. If you would like to learn more about Stencil, go to and follow Josh and Mike @Jtoms1 and @mhartington. Click here to cast your vote NOW for JavaScript Jabber - Best Dev Podcast Award Links Building Design Systems book Stencil Cordova Shadow DOM Tachyons Ionic 4 Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Aimee Knight: What Does Debugging a Program Look Like? AJ O’Neal: Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Neon Genesis Evangelion soundtrack Prettier Chris Ferdinandi: Kindle Paperwhite Company of One Charles Max Wood: Ladders with feet Lighthouse Acorns Joe Eames: Moment.js How To Increase Your Page Size by 1500% article Day.js Josh Thomas: Toy Story 4 Mike Hartington: Building Design Systems
July 29, 2019
JSJ BONUS EPISODE: Observables and RxJS Live with Aaron Frost Mon Jul 29 2019 13:00:56 GMT+0300 (+03) Episode Number: bonus Duration: 29:35   Host: Charles Max Wood Joined by Special Guest: Aaron Frost Episode Summary Aaron Frost joins Charles to talk about what Observables are and why developers should learn about them and use them in their code. He explains the difference between Observables, Promises and Callbacks with an example. Aaron then invites all listeners to attend the upcoming RxJS Live Conference and introduces the impressive speaker line-up. The conference will take place on September 5-6 in Las Vegas and tickets are still available. Aaron also offers a $100 discount to all listeners with the code "chuckforlife". For any questions you can DM Aaron at his Twitter account. Links RxJS Live Conference RxJS Conference Tickets Aaron's Twitter Promises Callbacks
July 25, 2019
Sponsors Datadog Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Panel Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood With Special Guest: Rene Rubalcava Episode Summary Rene is a software developer for ESRI and works in spatial and mapping software. ESRI has been around since 1969 and has seen their work explode since they shifted to providing address and location services. Rene talks about how he thinks about location and mapping when building software around it and things that he has to approach in unique ways. The panel discusses some of their past experiences with location software. Some of the most difficult aspects of this software is changing time zones for data and actually mapping the Earth, since it is not flat nor a perfect sphere. Rene talks about the different models used for mapping the Earth. Most mapping systems use the same algorithm as Google maps, so Rene talks about some of the specific features of ArcGIS, including the ability to finding a point within a polygon. Rene talks about what routing is, its importance, and how it is being optimized with ArcGIS, such as being able to add private streets into a regular street network. The panel discusses how the prevalence of smartphones has changed mapping and GPS and some of their concerns with privacy and location mapping. One thing ESRI is very careful about is not storing private information. Rene talks about the kinds of things he has seen people doing with the mapping and location data provided by ArcGIS, including a Smart Mapping feature for developers, mapping planets, indoor routing, and 3D models.  Links Webricate  Esri ArcGIS Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Rene Rubalcava: Old Man’s War series Always Be My Maybe Rene’s website AJ O’Neal: INTL Colorful Time zones in Postgress Time zones in JavaScript Aimee Knight: Advice to Less Experienced Developers Charles Max Wood: Heber Half Marathon Netlify CMS Villainous Firefox
July 23, 2019
Sponsors Datadog Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Panel Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi Christopher Beucheler AJ O’Neal With Special Guest: Javan Makhmali Episode Summary Today’s guest is Javan Makhmali, who works for Basecamp and helped develop Trix. Trix is a rich text editor for the web, made purposefully simple for everyday use instead of a full layout tool. Trix is not the same as Tiny MCE, and Javan discusses some of the differences. He talks about the benefits of using Trix over other native browser features for text editing. He talks about how Trix has simplified the work at Basecamp, especially when it came to crossing platforms. Javan talks more about how Trix differs from other text editors like Google Docs and contenteditable, how to tell if Trix is functioning correctly, and how it works with Markdown. The panel discusses more specific aspects of Trix, such as Exec command. One of the features of Trix is it is able to output consistently in all browsers and uses semantic, clean HTML instead of classnames. Javan talks about how Trix handles getting rid of the extraneous cruft of formatting when things are copy and pasted, the different layers of code, and the undo feature. He talks about whether or not there will be more features added to Trix. The panel discusses who could benefit from using Trix. The show finishes with Javan talking about Basecamp’s decision to make Trix open source and why they code in CoffeeScript.  Links Trix Tiny MCE Contenteditable Markdown SVG HTML CoffeeScript Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Javan Makhmali: API for form submissions Chris Ferdinandi: CSS Grid Alex Russel Twitter thread How To Live a Vibrant Life with Early Stage Dementia AJ O’Neal: Mario and Chill Chip Tunes 4 Autism: Catharsis Toilet Auger Christopher Beucheler:  Medium to Own blog Aimee Knight: Absolute Truth Unlearned as Junior Developer
July 18, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte $1000 signing bonus Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Panel Charles Max Wood Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi AJ O’Neal Christopher Beucheler Episode Summary Today the panel discusses the effect of current development practices, such as the heavy reliance JavaScript, on the web. Chris explains why he believes that current development practices are ruining the web. The panelists discuss different situations where they see complications on the web. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using an enterprise scale platform like React. The panel discusses Twitter’s move away from their legacy code base to CSS and JavaScript. The panelists agree that the way things are built, since it’s so JavaScript heavy, is alienating to people who work with other languages, and in turn other areas like UI are undervalued. They talk about possible reasons things ended up this way and some of the historical perception of a frontend as not a place for ‘real’ development. Because the web is now a serious platform, things associated with the backend has been thrown at the frontend where it doesn’t belong. They talk about changes in the ways programming is viewed now versus the past.  There is a discussion about how market demands that have influenced the web and if the market value CSS as highly as other languages. They mention some of the Innovations in CSS. Chris shares his solutions for the problems they’ve been discussing, namely using less JavaScript, leaning more heavily on what the browser gives you out of the box, and avoiding dependency where possible. They talk about ways to get involved if you want to take a leaner approach to the web. Ultimately, it is important to embrace things about the past that worked, but sprinkle in new technology when it makes sense Links Stimulus React Vue AppleScript Perl .NET Angular  Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Tiny Epic Galaxies EverywhereJS Aimee Knight: Complete Guide to Deep Work Chris Ferdinandi: Developer Bait and Switch Chris will be speaking at Artifact Conference AJ O’Neal: Weird Al: White and Nerdy Quantum board game Deploy Sites with Only Git and SSH Christopher Beucheler: Material Monstress
July 16, 2019
Sponsors DataDog Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry small plan CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Joined by Special Guest: Steve Faulkner Episode Summary Coming to you live from the podcast booth at Microsoft BUILD is Charles Max Wood with Steve Faulkner. Steve is a Senior Software Developer for Azure Cosmos DB at Microsoft. Cosmos DB is a global distributed, multi-model noSQL database. Steve explains the Cosmos DB service and scenarios it can be used in. They discuss how Cosmos DB interacts with Azure functions and how partition keys work in Cosmos DB. Listen to the show for more Cosmos DB updates and to find out how Steve he got his twitter handle @southpolesteve. Links Steve’s GitHub Steve’s Twitter Steve’s LinkedIn Steve Microsoft Build 2019   Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB AiA 241: Azure Functions with Colby Tresness LIVE at Microsoft BUILD AiA 242- Azure Functions Part II with Jeff Hollan LIVE at Microsoft BUILD Microsoft Learn Resource Partitioning in Azure Cosmos DB Picks Steve Faulkner: FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch Overcooked on Steam Fastly
July 11, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte $1000 signing bonus Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Linode Panel Charles Max Wood Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Episode Summary Today the panel discusses what is necessary to get a website up and how complicated or simple it needs to be. They mention different tools they like for static sites and ways to manage their builds and websites. They talk about why some people choose to host their websites and at what point the heavier tools become a concern. They discuss whan it is necessary to use those heavy tools. They caution listeners to beware of premature optimization, because sometimes businesses will take advantage of newer developers and make them think they need all these shiny bells and whistles, when there is a cheaper way to do it. It is important to keep the tools you work with simple and to learn them so that if you encounter a problem, you have some context and scope. The option of serverless website hosting is also discussed, as well as important things to know about servers. The panel discusses what drives up the price of a website and if it is worth it to switch to a cheaper alternative. They discuss the pros and cons of learning the platform yourself versus hiring a developer. The importance of recording the things that you do on your website is mentioned. Several of the panelists choose to do this by blogging so that if you search for a problem you can find ones you’ve solved in the past. Links Heroku Github Pages Netlify Eleventy DigitalOcean Lightsale Ubuntu Git clone Node static server Systemd script NGinx Cloud66 Thinkster Gatsby Docker Gentoo How to schedule posts with a static website How to set up automatic deployment with Git with a vps Automating the deployment of your static site with Github and Hugo Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Microsoft build Aimee Knight: Systems Thinking is as Important as Ever for New Coders Chris Ferdinandi: Adrian Holivadi framework video Server Pilot   AJ O’Neal: Jeff Atwood tweet More on Stackflow Architecture Minio Joe Eames: Miniature painting  
July 9, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Joined by Special Guest: Jessica Deen Episode Summary Coming to you live from the podcast booth at Microsoft BUILD is Charles Max Wood with The Deen of DevOps aka Jessica Deen. Jessica is a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. As an advocate she acts a liaison between developer communities and Microsoft to help understand developer pain points and road blocks especially in areas such as Linux, open-source technologies, infrastructure, Kubernetes, containers and DevOps. Jessica explains how to go about setting up a containerized application, Kubernetes and how to use Dockerfiles. Charles and Jessica then talk about how to get started with a Kubernetes cluster and the resources available for developers that don't have any infrastructure. Jessica advises that developers start with Azure DevOps Services and then go to Microsoft Learn Resource. Charles also encourages listeners to also check out the Views on Vue podcast Azure DevOps with Donovan Brown for further references. Jessica also recommends following people on Twitter and GitHub to find out about solutions and resources. Links Dockerfile and Windows Containers Kubernetes Jessica’s GitHub Jessica’s Twitter Jessica’s LinkedIn Jessica’s Website Microsoft Build 2019 Microsoft Learn Resource HTTP application routing Getting started with Kubernetes Ingress Controllers and TLS certificates Kubernetes Ingress Controllers and Certificates: The Walkthrough Azure DevOps Services VoV 053: Azure DevOps with Donovan Brown LIVE at Microsoft Ignite Jessica Deen Youtube Kubernetes in 5 mins – YouTube Follow Adventures in Angular on tv, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Jessica Deen: Lachlan Evenson Cloud Native Computing Foundation Kubernetes Handles on Twitter Shoe Dog Memoir Air Jordan 4 Fire Red Gum Singles Day Charles Max Wood: Real Talk /JavaScript Podcast The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
July 2, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Joe Eames Christopher Buecheler Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Joined by special guest: Dan Shappir Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, special guest Dan Shappir, Performance Tech Lead at Wix, kicks off the discussion by defining server-side rendering (SSR) along with giving its historical background, and touches on the differences between server rendering and server-side rendering. He helps listeners understand in detail how SSR is beneficial for the web and takes questions from the panel about how it affects web performance in cases where first-time users and returning users are involved, and how does SSR fare against technologies such as pre-rendering. He then elaborates on the pitfalls and challenges of SSR including managing and declaring variables, memory leaks, performance issues, handling SEO, and more, along with ways to mitigate them. In the end, Dan sheds some light on when should developers use SSR and how should they start working with it. Links Dan’s Twitter Dan’s GitHub SSR WeakMap Follow JavaScript Jabber on, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Christopher Buecheler: Tip - Take some time off once in a while Aimee Knight: Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects AJ O’Neal: Fatherhood! Joe Eames: Tiny Towns The Goldbergs Charles Max Wood: EverywhereJS Christopher Buecheler’s books Get a Coder Job - Publishing soon! Dan Shappir: Quora Corvid by Wix You Gotta Love Frontend Conferences
June 25, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry small plan CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Joined by Special Guest: Jeff Hollan   Episode Summary Coming to you live from the podcast booth at Microsoft BUILD is Charles Max Wood with Jeff Hollan. Jeff is a Sr. Program Manager for the Azure Functions cloud service. Continuing from where Colby Tresness left off in Adventures in Angular 241: Azure Functions with Colby Tresness LIVE at Microsoft BUILD, Jeff defines what “serverless” really means in developer world. Jeff also talks about various scenarios where Azure functions are extremely useful and explains what Durable Functions are. Jeff and Charles discuss creating and running an Azure function inside a container and the upcoming capabilities of Azure functions they are currently working on. Links JavaScript Jabber 369: Azure Functions with Colby Tresness LIVE at Microsoft BUILD Durable Functions Jeff’s GitHub Jeff’s Twitter Jeff’s LinkedIn Jeff’s Website Jeff’s Medium Microsoft Build 2019 Follow JavaScript Jabber on, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Jeff Hollan: Calm App Game of Thrones TV Series Charles Max Wood: Family Tree App
June 18, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Linode offers $20 credit CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Joined by Special Guest: Colby Tresness Episode Summary Coming to you live from the podcast booth at Microsoft BUILD is Charles Max Wood with Colby Tresness. Colby is a Program Manager on Azure Functions at Microsoft. Azure functions are the serverless functions on Azure. Colby explains what the Azure functions premium plan entails, then talks about KEDA – Kubernetes-based event-driven autoscaling, a Microsoft and Red Hat partnered open source component to provide event-driven capabilities for any Kubernetes workload. One of the other cool features of serverless functions they talk about is the Azure serverless community library. Colby and Charles discuss the best way to get started with Azure functions, as well as the non-JavaScript languages it supports. Links Colby’s GitHub Colby’s Twitter Colby’s LinkedIn Colby’s Blog Microsoft Build 2019 KEDA Red Hat Azure Serverless Community Library Follow Adventures in Angular on tv, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Colby Tresness: Barry (TV Series 2018– ) – IMDb  Charles Max Wood: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The MFCEO Project Podcast – Andy Frisella  Downtown Seattle
June 11, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Linode offers $20 credit CacheFly Panel Joe Eames AJ O’Neal Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, Joe Eames and AJ O’Neal talk about what TypeScript is, and their background and experiences with it. They discuss the different kinds of typed languages such as dynamic vs static, strong vs weak, implicit vs explicit casting and the reasons for selecting one type over the other. AJ shares his opinion on not preferring TypeScript in general, while Joe offers a counter perspective on liking it, and both give a number of reasons to support each argument. They talk about some final good and bad points about TypeScript and move on to picks. Links TypeScript CoffeeScript Follow JavaScript Jabber on, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Joe Eames: Cypress What if your dev environment was a PWA? 🤯 | Eric Simons Angular 8 Intergalactic Star Wars Tantive IV Lego set AJ O’Neal: Measure What Matters @root on npm @bluecrypt on npm
June 4, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Linode offers $20 credit CacheFly Panel Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Chris Ferdinandi Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, the panelists discuss each one’s definition of the term ‘pairing’ in programming, including factors like being remote or local, having different seniority levels and the various approaches of going about it in general. They talk about how valuable pairing is, in terms of benefiting the individual as well as how productive it is for the company or the overall business. The panel also discuss prototyping, pseudo-coding and the advantages and trade-offs involved in pair programming. They talk about their own experiences in which pairing had proven to be extremely beneficial and the ones where it went completely wrong, thereby helping listeners understand the dos and don’ts of the technique. In the end, they elaborate on what actually happens in pairing interviews and the overall hiring process while sharing anecdotes from their own lives. Links Follow JavaScript Jabber on, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Chris Ferdinandi: Enso Rings Vanilla JS Projects AJ O’Neal: Salt and Pepper Grinder set Peppercorn blend Pink Himalayan salt Aimee Knight: Enneagram test Kittyrama
May 28, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Linode offers $20 credit CacheFly Panel AJ O’Neal Chris Ferdinandi Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Joined by special guest: Mikeal Rogers Episode Summary This episode of JavaScript Jabber starts with Mikeal Rogers introducing himself and his work in brief. Charles clarifies that he wants to focus this show on some beginner content such as node.js basics, so Mikeal gives some historical background on the concept, elaborates on its modern usage and features and explains what “streams” are, for listeners who are starting to get into JavaScript. The panelists then discuss how languages like Go and Python compare to node.js in terms of growth and individual learning curves. Mikeal answers questions about alternate CLIs, package management, Pika, import maps and their effect on node.js, and on learning JavaScript in general. Chris, Charles and AJ also chip in with their experiences in teaching modern JS to new learners and its difficulty level in comparison to other frameworks. They wrap up the episode with picks. Links Mikeal on Twitter Mikeal on GitHub Follow JavaScript Jabber on, Facebook and Twitter. Picks Chris Ferdinandi: Mozilla Firefox Artifact Conference Aimee Knight: A Magician Explains Why We See What’s Not There Programming: doing it more vs doing it better Mikeal Rogers: The Future of the Web – CascadiaJS 2018 Brave Browser Charles Max Wood: Podwrench
May 21, 2019
Sponsors Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Triplebyte $1000 signing bonus Linode Panel Charles Max Wood Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Episode Summary Today the panel discusses the necessity of a front end framework. Overall, there is a consensus that frameworks are not necessary in all situations. They discuss the downsides of using frameworks, such as being restricted by the framework when doing edge development and the time required for learning a framework. They talk about the value of frameworks for learning patterns in programming. The panel delves into the pros and cons of different frameworks available. Joe shares a story about teaching someone first without a framework and then introducing them to frameworks, and the way it helped with their learning. One of the pros of frameworks is that they are better documented than manual coding. They all agree that it is not enough to just know a framework, you must continue to learn JavaScript as well. They talk about the necessity for new programmers to learn a framework to get a job, and the consensus is that a knowledge of vanilla JavaScript and a general knowledge of the framework for the job is important. New programmers are advised to not be crippled by the fear of not knowing enough and to have an attitude of continual learning. In the technology industry, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the developments and feel that one cannot possibly learn it all. Charles gives advice on how to find your place in the development world. The show concludes with the panel agreeing that frameworks are overall a good thing and are valuable tools. Links JWT Angular Vue Backbone GoLang Express React Redux Hyper HTML 4each Pascal JQuery Npm.js Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: Podwrench Aimee Knight: How to Love Your Job and Avoid Burnout So Good They Can’t Ignore You Chris Ferdinandi: Vanilla JS toolkit Thinkster Artifact Conference AJ O’Neal: Binary Cocoa Binary Cocoa Slamorama Kickstarter Binary Cocoa Straight 4 Root
May 14, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Linode CacheFly Panel AJ O’Neal Joined by special guest: Sam Selikoff Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, Sam Selikoff, Co-Founder at EmberMap, Inc. starts with giving a brief background about himself and his work followed by a discussion with AJ O’Neal about the Ember community. Sam mentions some of the biggest advantages in using Ember, and what it should and should not be used for. He explains the architecture of Ember apps, addresses some of the performance concerns and then dives into Octane in detail. He talks about a bunch of Ember components, compiler compatibility, relative weight of Ember apps compared to other frameworks, the underlying build system, and security considerations. Sam then helps listeners understand the usage of ES6 classes and decorators in Ember at length. At the end, they discuss component rendering and element modifiers and move onto picks. Links Sam’s website Sam on Twitter Sam on GitHub Follow JavaScript Jabber on, Facebook and Twitter. Picks AJ O’Neal: Good Mythical Morning - YouTube Sam Selikoff: The Man In the High Castle Tailwind CSS
May 7, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Linode CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Aimee Knight AJ O’Neal Aaron Frost Joe Eames Joined by Special Guest: Gareth McCumskey Summary Gareth McCumskey introduces JAMstack and serverless. He goes into great detail on how it works. Aimee Knight and Aaron Frost voice their concerns about going serverless. Aimee thinks it feels dirty. Aaron has concerns about the code, is it actually easier, what use cases would he use it for, and does it actually save money. Gareth addresses these concerns and the rest of the panel considers the positive and negatives of using JAMstack and serverless. Charles Max Wood asks for specific use cases; Gareth supplies many uses cases and the benefits that each of these cases. Links Picks Charles Max Wood: Join the mailing list Watch out for new podcasts Send me defunct podcasts you love Aimee Knight: Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management. Quest Nutrition Protein Bars AJ O’Neal: Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy by Nobuo Uematsu Legend Of Zelda Concert 2018 Original Soundtrack by Never Land Orchestra How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic by Michael Jay Geier   Aaron Frost: The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea Gareth McCumskey: Steam Play on Linux Joe Eames: Expanding your horizons Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks: Languages That Are Shaping the Future
April 30, 2019
Sponsors Sentry use code “devchat” for 2 months free Triplebyte $1000 signing bonus Panel Charles Max Wood Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Joined by Special Guest: Chris DeMars Episode Summary Special guest Chris DeMars is from Detroit, MI. Currently, he works for Tuft and Needle and is an international speaker, Google developer expert, Microsoft mvp, and web accessibility specialist. He comes from a varied work background, including truck driving and other non-tech jobs. Today the panel discusses web accessibility for people with disabilities. According to a study done by WebAIM, 97.8% of homepages tested had detectable WCAG 2 failures. The panel discusses why web accessibility is doing so poorly. Chris talks about some of the biggest mistakes he sees and some very simple fixes to make sites more accessible. Chris talks about the importance of manual testing on screen readers and emphasizes that it is important to cover the screen to make sure that it really works with a screen reader. Chris talks about some of the resources available for those who wish to increase accessibility on their sites.   The team discusses tactics for prioritizing accessibility and if there is a moral obligation to make sites accessible to those with disabilities. Chris talks about his experience making accessibility a priority for one of the companies he worked for in the past. They discuss the futue of legal ramifications for sites that do not incorporate accessibility, and what responsibility falls on the shoulders of people who regularly use assistive devices to notify companies of issues. They finish the show with resources available to people who want to learn more. Links The DOM Semantic markup writings Alt attribute Axe by DeQue Bootstrap Aria lable WebAim study Follow DevChat on Facebook and Twitter Picks Charles Max Wood: LootCrate Aimee Knight: Implementing Git in Python tutorial Chris Ferdinandi: "Fighting Uphill" by Eric Bailey “The Web We Broke” by Ethan Marcotte AllBirds sneakers Newsletter AJ O’Neal: Golang Channel vs Mutex vs WaitGroup Nobuo Uematsu The Best Way to Tin Enameled Wire Joe Eames: Gizmos board game accessibility course (not released yet) Chris DeMars: Dixxon Flannel Company accessibility simulator Refactr accessibility workshop in June Follow Chris
April 23, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit CacheFly Panel AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Chris Ferdinandi Joined by Special guest: Nicholas Zakas Summary Nicholas Zakas discusses the overuse of JavaScript and the underuse of HTML and CSS. The panel contemplates the talk Nicholas Zakas gave 6 years ago about this very same topic and how this is still a problem in the development community. Nicholas expounds on the negative effects overusing Javascript has on web applications and the things that using HTML and CSS do really well. The panel talks about the need for simplicity and using the right tool to build applications. Nicholas recommends the methods he uses to build greenfield applications and to improve existing applications. Links Picks Chris Ferdinandi: The Umbrella Academy Official Trailer AJ O’Neal: Jurassic Park Terminator 2 E6000 adhesive Aimee Knight: Charles Max Wood: Joe Eames: Richard Castle books Nicholas Zakas: The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
April 16, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit CacheFly Panel Aaron Frost AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi Joined by special guest: James Shore Episode Summary Special guest James Shore returns for another episode of JavaScript Jabber. Today the panel discusses the idea of evolutionary design. Evolutionary design comes from Agile development. It is based on the principles of continuous integration and delivery and test driven development. In short, evolutionary design is designing your code as you go rather than in advance. The panelists discuss the difficulties of evolutionary design and how to keep the code manageable. James Shore introduces the three types of design that make up evolutionary design, namely simple design, incremental design, and continuous design. They talk about the differences between evolutionary design and intelligent design and the correlations between evolutionary design increasing in popularity and the usage of Cloud services. They talk about environments that are and are not conducive to evolutionary design and the financial ramifications of utilizing evolutionary design. The panelists talk about the difficulties of planning what is needed in code and how it could benefit from evolutionary design. James enumerates the steps for implementing evolutionary design, which are upfront design, reflective design, and refactoring . The team ends by discussing the value of frameworks and how they fit with evolutionary design. Links Agile Angular API CRC cards (class responsibility collaborators) Ember IntelliJ NPM React Redux Scrum Waterfall XJS Picks AJ O’Neal: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse Pre-gap tracks album list QuickChip remover alloy Aimee Knight: Bouldering James Shore: Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse Pandemic Legacy Aaron Frost: Easter Candy, especially Nerd Jelly beans Cadbury Mini Eggs Fun D&D moments Joe Eames: Chronicles of Crime board game
April 9, 2019
Get Mani's 2x Productivity Course Sponsors Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Triplebyte CacheFly Panel Aaron Frost AJ O’Neal Joe Eames Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Joined by special guest: Mani Vaya Episode Summary Mani is the founder of a book summary business called At 2000 Books, Mani studies the world’s greatest business and personal development books. Then he takes the most important ideas from each book and presents them in tight, 9- to 15-minute video summaries. You get the 4-7 most important ideas in a condensed format that's easy to absorb, easy to review, and easy to put into action immediately. To help people with productivity, Mani created an awesome course called “10x Productivity" His “10x Productivity" video course contains summaries of the 50 greatest books ever written on time management, productivity, goal setting, systems, execution, strategy and leverage. "10x Productivity" pack includes summaries of all the NY Times Best Sellers on Productivity & Time Management, such as: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Getting Things Done by David Allen Deep Work by Cal Newport The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg The One Thing by Gary Keller Essentialism by Greg McKeown All together, this collection includes more than 250 strategies, tips, tools & techniques for: - Becoming more productive - Getting results rather than being busy, stressed out & frustrated - Time Management - Defeating procrastination - Achieving big goals - Hacking your brain for high performance - Identifying the highest leverage points that lead to much faster results - Creating powerful habits - Installing execution systems that make goal achievement inevitable 10x Productivity Package contains: Summaries of the 50 greatest books ever written on Productivity & Time Management 250+ greatest ideas, tips and strategies on Time Management & Productivity 10+ Hours of no-fluff solid Video Content PDF Summaries of all 50 books Since Mani is my friend and fellow mastermind member, I worked with him to get you guys an amazing discount (using discount code “DEVCHAT”) on the 10x Productivity Book Summary Pack which you can find here Make sure to use the Coupon code “DEVCHAT” to get the discount. Links Mani’s 2x Productivity Course use the code “devchat” for a discount Picks AJ O’Neal: M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village colophony/pine sap/rosin/flux for electronics work Aimee Knight: Interested In Becoming A Site Reliability Engineer? blog post Charles Max Wood: Entreprogrammers episode 248 Kanbonflow Physical Pomodoro timer Mani Vaya: NPR’s How I Built This podcast 2000 Books podcast
April 2, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte offers a $1000 signing bonus Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit CacheFly Panel AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Joined by Special Guest: Anatoliy Zaslavskiy Summary Anatoliy Zaslavskiy introduces pickle.js and answers the panels questions about using it. The panel discusses the automated testing culture and employee retention. The panel discusses job satisfaction and why there is so much turn over in development jobs. Charles Max Wood reveals some of the reasons that he left past development jobs and the panel considers how the impact of work environments and projects effect developers. Ways to choose the right job for you and how to better a work situation is discussed. Anatoliy finishes by advocating for junior developers and explaining the value they bring to a company. Links Picks AJ O’Neal The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim How to Diagnose and Fix Everything Electronic, Second Edition by Michael Jay Geier Charles Max Wood The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand out From The Crowd by Allan Dib Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Anatoliy Zaslavskiy Acro yoga  
March 26, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Clubhouse CacheFly Panel Aaron Frost AJ O’Neal Chris Ferdinandi Joe Eames Aimee Knight Charles Max Wood Joined by special guests: Hillel Wayne and Richard Feldman Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, Hillel Wayne kicks off the podcast by giving a short background about his work, explains the concepts of formal methods and the popular npm package - event-stream, in brief. The panelists then dive into the recent event-stream attack and discuss it at length, focusing on different package managers and their vulnerabilities, as well as the security issues associated with them. They debate on whether paying open source developers for their work, thereby leading to an increase in contribution, would eventually help in improving security or not. They finally talk about what can be done to fix certain dependencies and susceptibilities to prevent further attacks and if there are any solutions that can make things both convenient and secure for users. Links STAMP model in accident investigation Hillel’s Twitter Hillel’s website Richard’s Twitter Stamping on Event-Stream Picks Joe Eames: Stuffed Fables Aimee Knight: SRE book - Google Lululemon leggings DVSR - Band Aaron Frost: JSConf US Chris Ferdinandi: Paws New England Vanilla JS Guides Charles Max Wood: Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones KSL Classifieds Upwork Richard Feldman: Elm in Action Sentinels of the Multiverse Hillel Wayne: Elm in the Spring Practical TLA+ Nina Chicago - Knitting Tomb Trader
March 19, 2019
Sponsors Triplebyte Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Clubhouse CacheFly Panel Chris Ferdinandi Aimee Knight Aaron Frost AJ O’Neal Joined by special guest: Keith Cirkel Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, Keith Cirkel, Senior Application Engineer at GitHub, briefly explains the projects he is working with and moves on to the recent changes done by GitHub to their website, including the decision to remove jQuery, and not choosing a popular framework such as React or Vue. He talks about some problems in using Internet Explorer 11, how these GitHub changes can help with certain browser compatibility issues, and a few challenges the team had to face during the redesigning process. The panelists then discuss event delegation, performance considerations, and web components. Keith gives some insight into accessibility and they talk about related user concerns. Links Keith’s website Keith’s GitHub Keith’s Twitter GitHub Engineering blog Financial Times – Polyfill service Include fragment - element Picks Aaron Frost: Bag Man What It’s Like to Be A Woman on the Internet Aimee Knight: Smooth Sailing with Kubernetes Joe Eames: GitHub Free users get free unlimited private repositories Swig Things I don’t know as of 2018 AJ O’Neal: Isopropyl alcohol Bang good electronics Soldering Iron – Hakko, X-Tronic Keith Cirkel: GitHub careers Heston’s Pod & Chips Brexit Chris Ferdinandi: 52 things I learned in 2018 Learn Vanilla JS
March 12, 2019
Sponsors Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Triplebyte Clubhouse CacheFly Panel Charles Max Wood Joined by special guest: Aaron Gustafson Episode Summary  This episode of JavaScript Jabber comes to you live from Microsoft Ignite. Charles Max Wood talks to Aaron Gustafson who has been a Web Developer for more than 20 years and is also the Editor in Chief at “A List Apart”. Aaron gives a brief background on his work in the web community, explains to listeners how web standardization has evolved over time, where Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) come from, where and how can they be installed, differences between them and regular websites and their advantages. They then delve into more technical details about service workers, factors affecting the boot up time of JavaScript apps, best practices and features that are available with PWAs.  Aaron mentions some resources people can use to learn about PWAs, talks about how every website can benefit from being a PWA, new features being introduced and the PWA vs Electron comparison. In the end, they also talk about life in general, that understanding what people have gone through and empathizing with them is important, as well as not making judgements based on people’s background, gender, race, health issues and so on. Links Creating & Enhancing Netscape Web Pages A List Apart A Progressive Roadmap for your Progressive Web App Windows Dev Center - Progressive Web Apps MDN web docs PWA Stats PWA Stats Twitter Aaron’s website Aaron’s Twitter Picks Aaron Gustafson: Homegoing Zeitoun Charles Max Wood: Armada 
March 5, 2019
Sponsors Kendo UI Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Clubhouse CacheFly Panel Joe Eames Aimee Knight Joined by special guest: Richard Feldman Episode Summary In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, Richard Feldman, primarily known for his work in Elm, the author of “Elm in Action” and Head of Technology at NoRedInk, talks about Elm 0.19 and the new features introduced in it. He explains how the development work is distributed between the Elm creator – Evan Czaplicki and the other members of the community and discusses the challenges on the way to Elm 1.0. Richard also shares some educational materials for listeners interested in learning Elm and gives details on Elm conferences around the world touching on the topic of having diversity among the speakers. He finally discusses some exciting things about Elm which would encourage developers to work with it. Links Elm in Action Frontend Masters – Introduction to Elm Frontend Masters – Advanced Elm Small Assets without the Headache Elm Guide ElmBridge San Francisco Renee Balmert Picks Aimee Knight: Most lives are lived by default Joe Eames: Thinkster Richard Feldman: Framework Summit 2018 – Keynote speech Nix Package Manager A Philosophy of Software Design
February 27, 2019
Sponsors: Netlify Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Clubhouse Panel: Charles Max Wood Special Guest: Brady Gaster In this episode, Chuck talks with Brady Gaster about SignalR that is offered through Microsoft. Brady Gaster is a computer software engineer at Microsoft and past employers include Logical Advantage, and Market America, Inc. Check out today’s episode where the two dive deep into SignalR topics. Links: Vue jQuery Angular C# Chuck’s Twitter SignalR SignalR’s Twitter GitHub SignalR Node-SASS ASP.NET SignalR Hubs API Guide – JavaScript Client Real Talk JavaScript Parcel Brady Gaster’s Twitter Brady Gaster’s GitHub Brady Gaster’s LinkedIn Picks: Brady Team on General Session Korg SeaHawks Brady’s kids Logictech spot light AirPods Charles Express VPN Hyper Drive J5 ports and SD card readers Podwrench
February 19, 2019
Sponsors Sentry- use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Netlify Clubhouse CacheFly Episode Summary   In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, the panelists talk with Tommy Hodgins who specializes in responsive web design. He starts with explaining to listeners what it means by a responsive web layout and goes on to discuss the techniques in using JavaScript in CSS in depth. He elaborates on dynamic styling of components, event-driven stylesheet templating, performance and timing characteristics of these techniques and describes different kinds of observers – interception, resize and mutation, and their support for various browsers. He also talks about how to go about enabling certain features by extending CSS, comparison to tools such as the CSS preprocessor and Media Queries, pros and cons of having this approach while citing relevant examples, exciting new features coming up in CSS, ways of testing the methods, caffeinated stylesheets, along with Qaffeine and Deqaf tools. Links JS in CSS – Event driven virtual stylesheet manager Qaffiene Deqaf Tommy’s Twitter Fizzbuzz   Picks Joe The Captain Is Dead Aimee Developer on Call Tip – Try to follow a low-sugar diet Chris Tommy’s snippets on Twitter – JS in CSS All things frontend blog Gulp project Charles Coaching by Charles in exchange of writing Show Notes or Tags Tommy JS in CSS
February 12, 2019
Sponsors Netlify Sentry use the code "devchat" for $100 credit Clubhouse Panel: Joe Eames Aimee Knight Chris Ferdinandi AJ O’Neal Charles Max Wood Special Guest - Sarah Dayan In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, the panelists talk to Sarah Dayan, who is a Frontend Software Engineer working for Algolia in Paris. They about the complications in handling money in software development and ask Sarah about the journey that led to the creation of Dinero.js, it’s implementation details, importance of maintaining good documentation, dealing with issues faced along the way, various features of Dinero and working with open source projects in general. Check it out! Show Topics: 0.40 - Advertisement : Netlify 1:44 - Sarah introduces herself and Chris talks about his interest in learning more about Dinero and compliments Sarah on its great documentation. 3.10 - Sarah gives some background saying that she created and published Dinero around a year ago. She goes on to explain that the Dinero library helps in handling monetary values. It comes with several methods to parse, manipulate and format these values. The reason behind creating it is that there is no consensus on representing money in software development currently. She shares the story from her previous job where her work was to maintain legacy accounting software, and along the way they realized, that since JavaScript did not have a way to natively represent decimal values, it led to adding large numbers of rounded up numbers continuously, eventually leading to wrong computations. 6:50 - Aimee asks about ways to handle different currencies in Dinero. Sarah answers that she has followed Martin Fowler’s money pattern where two different currencies were not allowed to be worked on directly, conversion was mandatory, just like in real life. 7:50 - Charles talks about his old freelance work where he was overwhelmed while handling and representing money in software. 8:25 - Aimee enquires if Dinero can be used for both frontend and backend. Sarah replies that it can be used anywhere and explains that there is no such thing as just a number when it comes to money, there must be a currency associated with it. 9:30 - Charles asks how to figure out the direction to go to when dealing with money and to make sure that all use-cases are covered. Sarah answers that in cases such as floating-point math where the computations don’t end up being accurate as handling is not supported, numbers can be used if treated as subunits (for e.g. 100cents = 1$). However, even then, there are issues in dividing money. She then explains the procedure of “allocation” from the Fowler pattern and she says that Dinero helps in doing the same in such scenarios. 12:54 - They discuss how they did not realize how difficult it was dealing with monetary values in development. Sarah talks about the fact that there are numerous aspects involved in it, giving the example of rounding off and stating that there are even factors such as different laws in different countries that need to be considered. 16:00 - AJ asks details about crafting the library, maintaining the centralized code and covering of edge cases and using inheritance. Sarah explains the concept of domain driven development and the importance of being an expert in the respective domains. She talks about the library structure briefly, describing that is kept very simple with a module pattern and it has allowed her to manage visibility, make it immutable, include currency converters, formatters and so on. 19:34 - AJ asks about the internal complexity of the implementation. Sarah answers that code wise it is extremely simple and easy, anyone with a limited JavaScript experience can understand it. 20:50 - AJ asks if it’s open source to which Sarah answers in affirmative and says that she would like external help with implementing some features too. 22:10 - Chris asks about Sarah’s excellent documentation approach, how has she managed to do it in a very detailed manner and how important it is in an open source project. Sarah says that she believes that documentation is extremely important, and not having good docs is a big hindrance to developers and to anyone who is trying to learn in general. She talks about her love for writing which explains the presence of annotations and examples in the source code. 27:50 - Charles discusses how autogenerated documentation gives an explanation about the methods and functions in the code but there is no guidance as such, so it is important to have guides. Sarah agrees by saying that searching for exact solutions is much simpler with it, leading to saving time as well. 29:43 - Chris speaks about Vue also being quite good at having guides and links and thanks Sarah for her work on Dinero. 30:15 - Advertisement - Sentry - Use code “devchat” to get two months free on Sentry’s small plan. 31:23 - Chris asks what the process is, for creating and running Dinero in different places. Sarah explains that she uses rollup.js which is a bundler suited for libraries, it takes in the ES module library and gives the output in any format. She states that the reason for using the ES module library is that she wanted to provide several builds for several environments with a clean and simple source and goes on to explain that these modules are native, have a terse syntax, easy to read and can be statically analyzed. She also gives the disadvantages in choosing webpack over rollup. 36:05 - Charles asks if anyone else is using Dinero. Sarah replies that around two or three people are using it, not much, but she is happy that it is out there to help people and she enjoyed working on it. 37:50 - Joe asks if there are any interesting stories about issues such as involving weird currency. Sarah answers in affirmative and gives the example of the method “hasCents”. She explains that she had to deprecate it because the unit “cents” does not have any value in non-Western currencies, and has created “hasSubUnits” method instead. She explains some problems like dealing with currencies that don’t support the ISO 4217 standard. 42:30 - Joe asks if social and political upheavals that affect the currencies have any effect on the library too. Sarah gives the example of Chinese and Japanese currencies where there are no sub-units and states that it is important to be flexible in developing stuff in an ever-changing domain like money. She also says that she does not include any third-party dependency in the library. 46:00 - AJ says that BigInts have arrived in JavaScript but there is no way to convert between typed arrays, hexadecimal or other storage formats. But later (1:10:55), he corrects that statement saying that BigInts in fact, does have support for hexadecimals. Sarah talks about wanting to keep the code simple and keep developer experience great. 49:08 - Charles asks about the features in Dinero. Sarah elaborates on wanting to work more on detecting currencies, improve the way it is built, provide better support for type libraries and get much better at documentation. 52:32 - Charles says that it is good that Sarah is thinking about adopting Dinero to fit people’s needs and requirements and asks about different forms of outreach. Sarah says that she blogs a lot, is active on Twitter and attends conferences as well. Her goal is not popularity per se but to help people and keep on improving the product. 55:47 - Chris talks about the flip side that as the product grows and becomes popular, the number of support requests increases too. Sarah agrees that open source projects tend to eat up a lot of time and that doing such projects comes with a lot of responsibility but can also help in getting jobs. 59:47 - Sarah says that she is available online on her blog - frontstuff, on Twitter as Sarah Dayan and on GitHub as sarahdayan. 1:00:06 - Advertisement - Clubhouse 1:01:01 - Picks! 1:11:42  - END - Advertisement - CacheFly! Picks: Sarah DocSearch - Algolia AJ O’Neal The Legendary Profile by Modern Jazz Quartet Webcam Cover by Dcreate How Music Works - David Byrne Chris Tommy Hodgins Code Series Tom Scott - YouTube Future Man Joe Timeless A Christmas Carol narrated by Patrick Stewart Aimee Hacker News thread on working with Legacy Codebases Charles George Marathon Garmin Forerunner 235  
February 5, 2019
Sponsors Netlify Sentry use the code "devchat" for $100 credit Clubhouse Panel: Charles Max Wood AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Aaron Frost Chris Ferdinandi Joe Eames Tim Caswell Notes: This episode of JavaScript Jabber has the panelists reminiscing on the past. First, they discuss the projects they’re working on. Tim has joined MagicLeap doing JavaScript and C++. Aaron Frost is one of the founders of HeroDevs. AJ works at Big Squid, a company that takes spreadsheets and turns them into business actions, and is expecting a daughter. Aimee has been exploring developer advocacy, but wants to focus primarily on engineering. She is currently working at MPM. Joe has taken over the CEO position for, a company for learning web development online. Chris switched from being a general web developer specializing in JavaScript and has started blogging daily rather than once a week, and has seen an increase in sales of his vanilla JavaScript educational products. Charles discusses his long term goal for He wants to help people feel free in programming, and help people find opportunities though the through empowering content. Next, the panelists discuss their favorite episodes. Some of the most highly recommended episodes are JSJ 124: The Origin of Javascript with Brendan Eich (1:44:07) JSJ 161: Rust with David Herman (1:05:05) JSJ 336: “The Origin of ESLint with Nicholas Zakas” (1:08:01) JSJ 338: It’s Supposed To Hurt, Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone to Master Your Craft with Christopher Buecheler (43:36) JSJ 218: Ember.js with Yehuda Katz (42:47) Last, the panelists discuss what they do to unwind. Activities include working out, reading, playing Zelda and Mario Kart, studying other sciences like physics, painting miniatures, and Dungeons and Dragons. Picks: Charles Max Wood Villainous Board Game Joe Eames Azul Stained Glass Board Game AJ O’Neal Magnetic Hourglass: Amazon | Hobby Lobby $6  Aimee Knight Aaron Frost Matrix PowerWatch Chris Ferdinandi Tim Caswell
January 30, 2019
Sponsors KendoUI Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Clubhouse Panel AJ O’Neal Aimee Knight Joe Eames Charles Max Wood Special Guest: James Shore Episode Summary James Shore is a developer who specializing in extreme programming, an Agile method. He also used to host a screencast called Let’s Code Test-Driven JavaScript. They begin by discussing the core of Agile development, which James believes is being responsive to customers and business partners in a way that’s sustainable and humane for the programmers involved. It prioritizes individuals and interactions over processes and tools. More can be found in The Agile Manifesto. James delves into the historical context of the immersion of Agile and how things have changed from the 90’s. Now, the name Agile is everywhere, but the ideals of agile are not as common. There is a tendency to either take Agile buzzwords and apply them to the way it was done long ago, or it’s absolute chaos. James talks about ways to implement Agile in the workplace. He believes that the best way to learn Agile is work with someone who knows Agile, or read a book on it and then apply it. James recommends his book The Art of Agile Development: Pragmatic Guide to Agile Software Development for people who want to started with Agile development. The panelists talk about where people often get stuck with implementing Agile. The hosts talk about their own processes in their company. They discuss how people involved in the early days of Agile are disappointed in how commercial it has become.They agree that what’s really the most important is the results. If you can respond to a request to change direction in less than two weeks and you don’t have to spend months and months preparing something, and you do that in a way where the people on the team feel like their contributing, then you’re doing Agile. James thinks that the true genius of Agile is in the way the actual work is done rather than in the way your organize the work. Links Agile Scrum Waterfall Feature Driven Development Extreme Programming (XP) Jira Bamboo Confluence Atlassian stack Cowboy Mock objects Grows Method by Andy Hunt Picks AJ O’Neal: Origin by Dan Brown Searching Aimee Knight: Hacker News Interview Questions Thread. Joe Eames: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix Charles Max Wood: Getting up early John Sonmez Kanbanflow video Drip James Shore: Lost in Space on Netflix Star Citizen PC game Jame’s Agile book online
January 22, 2019
Sponsors KendoUI Sentry use the code "devchat" for $100 credit Clubhouse CacheFly Panel Aimee Knight Aaron Frost Chris Ferdinandi Joe Eames Special Guest: Ryan Duffy  In this episode of JavaScript Jabber, the panelists talk with Ryan Duffy who works on the EnactJS framework at LG Electronics. Ryan explains the framework in depth and answers all the questions about its design and implementation from the panelists and discusses some challenges faced along the way. Check it out!   Show Notes: 00:28 – Advertisement - KendoUI 1:08 - Ryan introduces himself and explains a bit about the EnactJS framework. While giving some background, he says that it is the 3rd generation of web frameworks that supports apps on webOS and they started building Enact on top of React about two years ago. 2:00 - Aimee asks what exactly does webOS mean. Ryan answers that webOS was created by Palm for phones and related devices and it has several instances of chromium running on device with some service layer stuff. 2:36 - Aaron mentions that webOS was big when other operating systems were still coming up, and Ryan agrees saying that it didn’t get the adoption needed to make it successful later. 3:00 - Ryan says that he always loved building apps for webOS phones given the flexibility and ease coming from a web development background. 3:53 - Aaron asks on which other applications is webOS running other than TV. Ryan answers that TV is one of the major consumptions, and it also runs on certain robots such as the concierge ones, watches to some extent and a lot of projects internally, not yet released in the market. 4:50 - Aaron asks if the Enact framework is big internally at LG. Ryan replies that it is the primary framework used for apps running on webOS. 5:03 - Aaron enquires about the nature of adoption of Enact for third party or non-LG people, to which Ryan states that Enact remains the standard framework for people who are building apps. 5:32 - Joe joins in the conversation. 6:25 - Aaron remarks that given that webOS is used in latest robots, televisions, watches and other such apps, it sounds like they are heavily investing into it. Ryan affirms by saying that the webOS journey goes from Palm phones to HP tablets to finally coming to LG. He goes on to explain their team structure, stating that there are two major teams in play right now - the R&D team is in the US and the implementation team is in Korea. 8:00 - Aaron asks about the role their team plays in the app development. Ryan replies that his team is the stack team that forms the foundation for the apps and they take decisions on what the components should look like and similar tasks. The app teams based in Korea decide their menu based on those decisions. 8:35 - Aaron asks what exactly is meant by the Blink team. Ryan answers that the it’s the team that works with an LG customized version of chromium. 9:10 – Aaron then asks about his individual role in the team. Ryan says that he is one of the managers of the stack team and he’s been on the team for little more than 4 years. 9:30 - Aaron asks about the evolution of the framework over time. Ryan describes the historical background by saying that in the initial Enyo design the team built, was component based, and every tool needed to build single page apps had to be developed from scratch. He says that they felt the need to move on to an improved framework as they wanted to take advantage of the robust ecosystem that existed, so they ported component libraries of Enyo using the React toolset to form Enact. 11:43 - Aaron asks if Enyo then ceased to exist to which Ryan states that it is still around to some extent. 12:20 - Aaron asks if the team has something like “create Enact app” to create a new app internally, like React. Ryan mentions that Jason - a tooling and automation expert from their team has built a feature called V8 snapshot - which loads JavaScript into memory and takes a snapshot - can in turn be loaded by the TV to launch the app in order to achieve a faster load time. He says that their long-term goal is to increase compatibility with the ecosystem. 14:40 - Aaron asks if he can use the React CLI to create something for TV as a third-party developer. Ryan elaborates that CLI can be used to build, compile and bundle apps and there is another tool- SDK to bundle it for delivery to the TV. The app is tested fully in chrome, bundled and deployed to the TV. 15:25 - Aaron asks if choosing React was a natural decision for the team. Ryan explains that they researched on some component-based frameworks that were available at that time and found that React was the best choice. 17:30 - Aimee asks the reason for open sourcing the framework. Ryan mentions that Enyo always has been open source. He also remarks that the team does not get a lot of input from the community and would like to get more information about what’s working and what’s not and how they can contribute back. 19:40 - Aaron asks about the kind of apps can be built by using Enact except for TV. Ryan says that any kind can be built but the hesitation is that the UI library is specially designed for TV, so they may look different for other spaces like phones or other devices. 20:35 – Advertisement – Sentry – Use the code “devchat” to get two months free on Sentry’s small plan. 21:30 - Aaron asks what decisions around making apps are made by Enact for the developers. Ryan explains that the architectural pattern they have chosen is higher order components, and there is a lot of attention on render props that can be easily plugged into the apps. 22:48 - Aaron asks if the state part was built by the team on their own. Ryan answers in affirmative that everything in Enact is completely built by the team, no external states are used within the framework. No decisions are made in the data space yet. He mentions that they had tried to limit their Enact development effort in cases where the solution was already available unless they had a new perspective on the problem. 24:30 - Aaron remarks the idea of Enact being something like a webpack is becoming clearer for him and asks Ryan if his team is spending most of their time in building component libraries. Ryan affirms by explaining that Enact is designed in layers. He goes on to explain that focus management is a difficult problem to solve where the ability to navigate an application intuitively such as in the case of remote control is handled by a certain component. Also, as LG ships TVs all over the world, there are significant internationalization requirements. He then elucidates the TV centric moonstone library in detail and states that they took all the base capabilities from it and formed a UI layer. 27:26 - Aaron asks if moonstone is theme-able. Ryan says that it’s not and the UI layer in not styled. 28:40 - Chris asks, as someone who manages open source projects and builds tools, about the process of making decisions on the kind of components to include and challenges Ryan and his team faced in the open source space. 29:45 – Ryan says that they haven’t had the ideal open source experience yet. They do have a lot of discussions on API design and components but it’s a struggle to what to include and what to not. 31:25 - Chris shares his own experience while stating that finding a common ground is always hard especially when there is internal resistance in convincing people to use new software. Ryan says that internally their biggest struggle is that a group of people use the Qt platform and there is chunk of webOS that is built on it and not on Enact. Trying to convince people to do the migration from Enyo to Enact was difficult but they have had most success in trying to eliminate friction and it was easier in the sense that there weren’t any required parameters for things. 36:05 – Aaron states that all his questions are answered and his understanding of Enact is clear. 36:21 – Advertisement  - Clubhouse 37:10 – Picks! 43:41- END – Advertisement - CacheFly!   Picks Joe Monsters of Feyland Chris Presentation by Eric Bailey on Accessibility - If its interactive, it needs a focus style Jimu Robots Wall-E Aimee Coworkers at NPM Aaron Pierogi The Cursed Child Ryan EnactJS Thinking, Fast and Slow Firefox DevTools
January 15, 2019
Sponsors KendoUI Sentry use the code “devchat” for $100 credit Clubhouse Panel AJ O’Neal Chris Ferdinandi Charles Max Wood Joined by special guest: Phil Hawksworth and Divya Sasidharan Episode Summary This episode features special guests Philip Hawksworth and Divya Sasidharan. Phil lives just outside of London and Divya lives in Chicago, and both of them work for Netlify. Divya is also a regular on the Devchat show Views on Vue. The panelists begin by discussing what JAMstack is. JAM stands for JavaScript, API, and Markup. It used to be known as the new name for static sites, but it’s much more than that. Phil talks about how dynamic ‘static’ sites really are. JAMstack sites range from very simple to very complex, Static is actually a misnomer. JAMstack makes making, deploying, and publishing as simple as possible. The panelists discuss the differences between building your own API and JAMstack and how JavaScript fits into the JAMstack ecosystem. They talk about keys and secrets in APIs and the best way to handle credentials in a static site. There are multiple ways to handle it, but Netlify has some built in solutions. All you have to do is write your logic for what you want your function to do and what packages you want included in it, they do all the rest. Every deployment you make stays there, so you can always roll back to a previous version. Charles asks about how to convert a website that’s built on a CMS to a static site and some of the tools available on Netlify. They finish by discussing different hangups on migrating platforms for things like Devchat (which is built on WordPress) and the benefits of switching servers. Links API React JAMstack CMS (content management system) CDM (Customer Data Management) Markup UI (User Interface) Jekyll Progressive Enhancement 11ty Hugo React Static Gatsby Vue AWS AWS Lambda Azure Markdown WordPress Zapier Stefan Baumgartner article RSS feed Picks AJ O’Neal: Prince Ali Ababwa (Aladdin) Node v.10.12 Chris Ferdinandi: Bouncer Philip Morgan Consulting Jonathan Stark Consulting Charles Max Wood: Mastadon Social Thanksgiving turkey Phil Hawksworth: Dripping (solidified meat drippings spread on toast) They Shall Not Grow Old Divya Sasidharan: Fear, Trust, and JavaScript Women’s Pockets Are Inferior Debt: A Love Story
January 8, 2019
Sponsors: KendoUI Sentry use the code "devchat" for $100 credit Clubhouse Panel: Charles Max Wood Special Guests: Ed Thomson In this episode, the Charles speaks with Ed Thomson who is a Program Manager at Azure through Microsoft, Developer, and Open Source Maintainer. Ed and Chuck discuss in full detail about Azure DevOps! Check out today’s episode to hear its new features and other exciting news! Show Topics: 0:59 – Live at Microsoft Ignite 1:03 – Ed: Hi! I am a Program Manager at Azure. 1:28 – Rewind 2 episodes to hear more about Azure DevOps! 1:51 – Ed: One of the moves from Pipelines to DevOps – they could still adopt Pipelines. Now that they are separate services – it’s great. 2:38 – Chuck talks about features he does and doesn’t use. 2:54 – Ed. 3:00 – Chuck: Repos and Pipelines. I am going to dive right in. Let’s talk about Repos. Microsoft just acquired GitHub. 3:18 – Ed: Technically we have not officially acquired GitHub. 3:34 – Chuck: It’s not done. It’s the end of September now. 3:55 – Ed: They will remain the same thing for a while. GitHub is the home for open source. Repos – we use it in Microsoft. Repositories are huge. There are 4,000 engineers working in these repositories. Everyone works in his or her own little area, and you have to work together. You have to do all this engineering to get there. We bit a tool and it basically if you run clone... Ed continues to talk about this topic. He is talking about One Drive and these repositories. 6:28 – Ed: We aren’t going to be mixing and matching. I used to work through GitHub. It’s exciting to see those people work close to me. 6:54 – Chuck. 6:59 – Ed: It has come a long way. 7:07 – Chuck: Beyond the FSF are we talking about other features or? 7:21 – Ed: We have unique features. We have branch policies. You can require that people do pole request. You have to use pole request and your CI has to pass and things like that. I think there is a lot of richness in our auditing. We have enterprise focus. At its core it still is Git. We can all interoperate. 8:17 – Chuck. 8:37 – Ed: You just can’t set it up with Apache. You have to figure it out. 8:51 – Chuck: The method of pushing and pulling. 9:06 – Chuck: You can try DevOps for free up to 5 users and unlimited private repos. People are interested in this because GitHub makes you pay for that. 9:38 – Ed and Chuck continue to talk. 9:50 – Ed: Pipelines is the most interesting thing we are working on. We have revamped the entire experience. Build and release. It’s easy to get started. We have a visual designer. Super helpful – super straightforward. Releases once your code is built – get it out to production say for example Azure. It’s the important thing to get your code out there. 10:55 – Chuck: How can someone start with this? 11:00 – Ed: Depends on where your repository is. It will look at your code. “Oh, I know what that is, I know how to build that!” Maybe everyone isn’t doing everything with JavaScript. If you are using DotNet then it will know. 12:05 – Chuck: What if I am using both a backend and a frontend? 12:11 – Ed: One repository? That’s when you will have to do a little hand packing on the... There are different opportunities there. If you have a bash script that does it for you. If not, then you can orchestrate it. Reduce the time it takes. If it’s an open source project; there’s 2 – what are you going to do with the other 8? You’d be surprised – people try to sneak that in there. 13:30 – Chuck: It seems like continuous integration isn’t a whole lot complicated. 13:39 – Ed: I am a simple guy that’s how I do it. You can do advanced stuff, though. The Cake Build system – they are doing some crazy things. We have got Windows, Lennox, and others. Are you building for Raspberries Pies, then okay, do this... It’s not just running a script. 15:00 – Chuck: People do get pretty complicated if they want. It can get complicated. Who knows? 15:26 – Chuck:  How much work do you have to do to set-up a Pipeline like that? 15:37 – Ed answers the question in detail. 16:03 – Chuck asks a question. 16:12 – Ed: Now this is where it gets contentious. If one fails... Our default task out of the box... 16:56 – Chuck: If you want 2 steps you can (like me who is crazy). 17:05 – Ed: Yes, I want to see if it failed. 17:17 – Chuck: Dude, writing code is hard. Once you have it built and tested – continuous deployment. 17:33 – Ed: It’s very easy. It’s super straightforward, it doesn’t have to be Azure (although I hope it is!). Ed continues this conversation. 18:43 – Chuck: And it just pulls it? 18:49 – Ed: Don’t poke holes into your firewall. We do give you a lot of flexibility 19:04 – Chuck: VPN credentials? 19:10 – Ed: Just run the... 19:25 – Chuck comments. 19:36 – Ed: ...Take that Zip... 20:02 – Ed: Once the planets are finely aligned will just pull from it. 20:25 – Chuck: I host my stuff on Digital Ocean. 20:46 – Ed: It’s been awhile since I played with... 20:55 – Chuck. 20:59 – Ed and Chuck go back and forth with different situations and hypothetical situations. 21:10 – Ed: What is Phoenix? 21:20 – Chuck explains it. 21:25 – Ed: Here is what we probably don’t have is a lot of ERLANG support. 22:41 – Advertisement. 23:31 – Chuck: Let’s just say it’s a possibility. We took the strip down node and... 23:49 – Ed: I think it’s going to happen. 23:55 – Ed: Exactly. 24:02 – Chuck: Testing against Azure services. So, it’s one thing to run on my machine but it’s another thing when other things connect nicely with an Azure set-up. Does it connect natively once it’s in the Azure cloud? 24:35 – Ed: It should, but there are so many services, so I don’t want to say that everything is identical. We will say yes with an asterisk. 25:07 – Chuck: With continuous deployment... 25:41 – Ed: As an example: I have a CD Pipeline for my website. Every time I merge into master... Ed continues this hypothetical situation with full details. Check it out! 27:03 – Chuck: You probably can do just about anything – deploy by Tweet! 27:15 – Ed: You can stop the deployment if people on Twitter start complaining. 27:40 – Chuck: That is awesome! IF it is something you care about – and if it’s worth the time – then why not? If you don’t have to think about it then great. I have mentioned this before: Am I solving interesting problems? What projects do I want to work on? What kinds of contributions do I really want to contribute to open source? That’s the thing – if you have all these tools that are set-up then your process, how do you work on what, and remove the pain points then you can just write code so people can use! That’s the power of this – because it catches the bug before I have to catch it – then that saves me time. 30:08 – Ed: That’s the dream of computers is that the computers are supposed to make OUR lives easier. IF we can do that and catch those bugs before you catch it then you are saving time. Finding bugs as quickly as possible it avoids downtime and messy deployments. 31:03 – Chuck: Then you can use time for coding style and other things. I can take mental shortcuts. 31:37 – Ed: The other thing you can do is avoiding security problems. If a static code analysis tool catches an integer overflow then... 32:30 – Chuck adds his comments. Chuck: You can set your policy to block it or ignore it. Then you are running these tools to run security. There are third-party tools that do security analysis on your code. Do you integrate with those? 33:00 – Ed: Yep. My favorite is WhiteSource. It knows all of the open source and third-party tools. It can scan your code and... 34:05 – Chuck: It works with a lot of languages. 34:14 – Ed. 34:25 – Chuck: A lot of JavaScript developers are getting into mobile development, like Ionic, and others. You have all these systems out there for different stages for writing for mobile. Android, windows Phone, Blackberry... 35:04 – Ed: Let’s throw out Blackberry builds. We will ignore it. Mac OS dies a fine job. That’s why we have all of those. 35:29 – Chuck: But I want to run my tests, too! 35:36 – Ed: I really like to use App Center. It is ultimately incredible to see all the tests you can run. 36:29 – Chuck: The deployment is different, though, right? 36:40 – Ed: I have a friend who clicks a button in... Azure DevOps. 37:00 – Chuck: I like to remind people that this isn’t a new product. 37:15 – Ed: Yes, Azure DevOps. 37:24 – Chuck: Any new features that are coming out? 37:27 – Ed: We took a little break, but... 37:47 – Ed: We will pick back up once Ignite is over. We have a timeline on our website when we expect to launch some new features, and some are secret, so keep checking out the website. 39:07 – Chuck: What is the interplay between Azure DevOps and Visual Studio Code? Because they have plugins for freaking everything. I am sure there is something there that... 39:30 – Ed: I am a VI guy and I’m like 90% sure there is something there. You are an eMac’s guy? The way I think about it is through Git right out of the box. Yes, I think there are better things out there for integration. I know we have a lot of great things in Visual Code, because I worked with it. 40:45 – Chuck: Yes, people can look for extensions and see what the capabilities are. Chuck talks about code editor and tools.  41:28 – Ed: ... we have been pulling that out as quickly as possible. We do have IE extensions, I am sure there is something for VS Code – but it’s not where I want to spend my time. 42:02 – Chuck: Yes, sure. 42:07 – Ed: But everyone is different – they won’t work the way that I work. So there’s that. 42:30 – Ed: That Chuck. 42:36 – Chuck: Where do people get news? 42:42 – Ed: Go to here! 42:54 – Chuck: Where do people find you? 43:00 – Ed: Twitter! 43:07 – Chuck: Let’s do Picks! 43:20 – Advertisement – Fresh Books! Links: GitHub Microsoft’s Azure Microsoft’s Pipeline Azure DevOps Erlang WhiteSource Chuck’s Twitter Ed Thomson’s Twitter Ed Thomson’s GitHub Ed Thomson’s Website Ed Thomson’s LinkedIn Picks: Ed Podcast - All Things Git
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