We sit down with developers to talk about the latest and greatest in web development. These conversations will take you deeper into the human side of coding web applications and deliver insight that you might not expect.
Courtland Allen, the founder of indiehackers.com, chats with Joel about what defines an Indie Hacker, how he started his website, community building, the influence of revenue, and the subtle ways that you can lose your independency.
Hiro talks about rediscovering web development, how she went from working help-desk to becoming a freelance consultant, the unexpected challenges of freelance, and how jargon makes it difficult for people without a tech-background to learn and communicate.
What do we do when all of our needs are met when we are making seventy-five thousand plus a year, working for a company with some prestige, have a home, and don't have to worry about food. Jason Lengstorf wrestled with this after the company he was contracting with didn't have anything for him to do, but kept him around. New goals have to be set, and growth still has to happen.
Jason discovered that what he wanted was to help other people grow in their personal and professional lives. To help other people you have to have a set of skills beyond your technical skills, typically these skills would be called "soft skills," but they are often just as important as technical skills, Jason prefers to call these skills "meta" or "catalytic" skills. These are the skills used in planning, bringing people together, decision making, all of these being essential in our careers.
You don't just use these kinds of skills in a software project; they are also the tools that are used to build communities of people. Jason explains how the trick to bringing a group of people together with something is to make everyone feel invested in what they are a part of, and like they belong.
Today we are joined by Janelle Allen, a learning designer, who talks to us about backward design, how she grew into her role, the increase in quality of online courses, the importance of contact with users, and how to grow your audience.
Jen Looper, the founder of Vue Vixens, joins us today to talk about the Vue Vixens community, what makes a great workshop, how she chooses what tools to invest into for her career, and how her Ph.D. in French Literature has empowered her career in software development.
Today Maggie Appleton, the course illustrator at egghead.io, discusses how she became an illustrator, researching a technical topic she plans to illustrate, accidentally becoming a web developer, and how she turns technical concepts into digestible illustrations.
Today we are joined by Emma Wedekind who will speak about self-teaching, creating authentic content, what being a T-shaped developer means, how to ask good questions, and how she manages her work-life balance.
Today we are joined by Sara Vieira, a developer advocate and maker of wacky stuff on the internet. She joins us today to talk about why she makes all of her weird experiments, how being a lazy developer doesn't mean she isn't doing work, the Redux cargo cult, why you shouldn't always use GraphQL, her meetups and upcoming conference for woman speakers, and of course making people smile.
Josh Doody, the author of Fearless Salary Negotiation, offers us advice on how to get promoted, fight information asymmetry, not lose out on job and salary opportunities, and how to stay ahead in the industry.
Angie Jones, master inventor and automated testing engineer, joins us to talk about bridging the gap between the testing team and the rest of the development process, the challenges and limitations of automated testing, and some of the new and state of the art technologies in testing.
Today Julia Evans talks to us about her zine empire, the advantages of monetizing over staying free, how keeping the topic focused can be a better entry-level lesson than a high-level overview, and how she decides a zine's subject.
Join Brian Lonsdorf in a discussion on the purity of math and how it could be used to advance the greater software community, dispelling the myth that you need to be a wizard to use math and functional programming to do anything, how we can make dry topics more approachable and fun, the daunting wall of jargon, and finally some practical advice on including functional paradigms in your day to day work.
Jem Young talks to us today about being a passionate developer, how the software you write is an extension of you, being deliberate in the libraries you include in your codebase, and trusting engineers to know what they are doing.
Today Keith Peters walks us through his experiences with getting books published, experimenting with code and math for the last two decades, and his time spent working in physical mediums like woodworking and blacksmithing.
Today’s guest is Jason Lengstorf, a developer on the GatsbyJS team. Today Jason discusses his career path, what Gatsby accomplishes, how Gatsby compares with other static site generators, what's coming up in Gatsby 2, and what it's like to manage a large open source repo.
Today, we discuss the issue of accessibility and how focusing on making websites and software more accessible should be a constant consideration, particularly since it taps into an underserved market. Tune in to hear on discussion on this vital and fascinating topic.
The Internet and accessibility
How loading times affect accessibility
How accessibility helps everyone
Missing out on business by not being accessible
The importance of making accessibility a regular part of the conversation
“One of the benefits of incorporating a lot of these accessibility features is that they end up helping everyone.” -Jen Luker
“Only about one in ten websites, according to an audit that DQ did, is accessible.” -Jen Luker
Formidable Labs Inc.
Today, Henry Zhu, the lead maintainer of Babel, discusses what it's like to work on a large and important open source project. Henry gets into how Babel receives funding, how corporations are involved in open source, stewardship of an open source project, mental and physical health, and not compromising his values.
Phil Pluckthun is the creator of Dank Mono, a new monospaced programming font with ligatures. He is also a core contributor to Styled Components, a component-based CSS Library.
Tune in to hear a discussion on how Phil got involved with design, how he become a core contributor to the styled-components library, and how and why he started working on Dank Mono.
Ives Van Hoorne is a developer who built Code Sandbox, a fantastic online editor (we use it a lot at egghead).
Today, Ives talks about a childhood interest that would lay the groundwork for his future career path. Tune in to hear how he got his start, what led to Code Sandbox, and where he would like to see things go in the future.
Our guests all began in similar situations. They were all almost 300 pounds or more and decided they needed to make a permanent change. John Lindquist, Leonard Souza, and Taylor Bell discuss what caused them to have a wakeup call, and what they did to get healthy and stay healthy.
John Lindquist interviews Evan You, the creator of Vue.js. They discuss what made Evan want to become a developer, how he landed his first job, why he created Vue, and finally proxies and why they're powerful.
Today Joel catches up with Iheanyi Ekechukwu. Iheanyi is a Product Engineer currently working at DigitalOcean. He previously worked at IBM on Watson. They also talk about Iheanyi's education, stack, and side projects
Joel interviews Michel Weststrate, author of Mobx and his new library, Immer. Today they get into the power of Immer, its early success on Github, common mistakes in state management, and what is next for Mobx.
John Lindquist interviews Sarah Drasner, a senior cloud developer over at Microsoft and a Vue core team member. She is also known for making super cool animations. Today they discuss what got her from an art background to a full-time developer, resistance to change, why Vue is terrific, and the GreenSock animation platform (GSAP).
Joel Hooks interviews Andre Staltz, an open-source hacker, and creator of Cycle.js. Andre quit his job to become an open-source hacker and now spends 30% of his time on open-source development and 40% on the Scuttlebutt project.
Today they discuss the current web's stagnation, the vision of the peer to peer web, and what André is doing to reach that goal.
John Lindquist, co-founder of egghead.io, interviews Michael Jackson, co-creator of react-router and co-founder of React Training. Michael talks about his experience with running a massively popular repo with a relatively small code-base, pioneering of new features, and the future of CDN based importing.
John Lindquist interviews Ben Clinkinbeard, a veteran developer and egghead instructor. He currently works as a consultant, focusing on data visualization. Ben discusses his career path, the benefits of having a mentor, and the importance of Data Driven Documents.
John Lindquist has a conversation with the Mark Shust, an expert with Git and Docker. They talk about the 12-factor style of building an application and why devs should have a standard method.
Check out Mark’s egghead course, [Build a Twelve-Factor Node.js App with Docker](https://egghead.io/courses/build-a-twelve-factor-node-js-app-with-docker?utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=docker&utm_content=12-factor-node)
John talks with Juri Strumpflohner, an industry expert and angular trainer; and Rob Wormald, a developer on the Angular core team, getting into how Angular has evolved with the 2.0 release, powerful new features, their favorite libraries, and where the future is taking it.
Two leading TypeScript experts, Marius Schulz and Basarat Ali Syed, discuss their initial reactions and excitement for TypeScript and how it has evolved and earned their trust over the years. TypeScript has been the main focus of many of their products and trainings and they’ve gained their expertise by closely following the project and digging deep into the TypeScript compiler code. As TypeScript continues to improve with features, tooling, and performance they share their opinions on what they’re most looking forward to in the near future.