March 13, 2020
Shirley Wu chats about her career as a freelancer, what data visualization is, how to get started with learning data visualization, taking data visualization into the real world, and her tech stack.
February 28, 2020
Courtland Allen, the founder of, 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.
February 7, 2020
Rosie Sherry talks with Joel Hooks about creating a true community.
January 24, 2020
Sarah Federman talks with Joel Hooks about accessible design systems
January 10, 2020
Segun Adebayo talks about how he ended up becoming a UX engineer as well as the Chakra UI design system.
January 3, 2020
Nick DeJesus talks to Joel Hooks about how he went from a gamer to a developer because of one side-project.
December 19, 2019
Monica Powell talks with Joel Hooks about the journey to her first development job, attending and organizing meetups, contributing to open-source, and time travel with git.
December 17, 2019
Erin Doyle talks with Joel Hooks about React and how she takes a test driven approach to accessibility.
December 11, 2019
Amelia Wattenberger talks with Joel Hooks about the book she wrote on data visualization with D3.
November 1, 2019
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.
October 11, 2019
Khalal talks about his experience writing the dad jokes SMS bot, how CS curriculums can kill the joy of coding, and the problems with bootcamp marketing.
September 17, 2019
Tracy Lee talks about the value of learning to code as an entrepreneur, mentorship, code bootcamps, and how to break into the industry.
September 6, 2019
Molly Struve shares her approach to ensuring that projects are performant, reliable, and well-documented.
August 30, 2019
Justin Samuels talks switching majors, debugging, asking questions, and representing Atlanta.
August 27, 2019
Will Larson talks about the moral dilemmas and decisions that managers have to make.
August 17, 2019
Marisa Morby talks about what she does as a product manager.
August 14, 2019
Laurie Barth talks about how to retain what you learn and provides solutions to the broken interview process.
August 3, 2019
Veni Kunche discusses computer science degrees, growth mindsets, and diversity.
July 22, 2019
Pariss Athena talks about how becoming a developer gave her freedom and the means to help others succeed.
July 20, 2019
Natalia Tepluhina talks about why Vue has such a great community and gets regarded as the most beginner-friendly framework.
July 8, 2019
J.C Hiatt talks about what he did to organize the conference MagnoliaJS and why he did it to help his community.
June 1, 2019
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. Resources: GatsbyJS Jason Lengstorf Twitter Github Joel Hooks: Twitter Website
May 17, 2019
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.
May 14, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
Today Maggie Appleton, the course illustrator at, 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.
April 29, 2019
Stacey Mulcahy joins us today to discuss Arduinos, cute dogs, growing your creativity, organizing a community, and facilitating the success of others.
March 28, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
Marcy Sutton is the Head of Learning at GatsbyJS. She discusses the van life, migrating her blog from Wordpress to Gatsby, what she does as the Head of Learning, the potential that Gatsby has as a platform, championing accessibility, static CSS versus inline CSS, how JavaScript is impacting roles and careers, and creating inclusive communities.
March 12, 2019
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.
February 22, 2019
Joel and Ali Spittel discuss her time in a teaching position, code challenges, blogging platforms, teaching beginners, and getting involved in local dev communities.
February 15, 2019
Joel and Chris Biscardi discuss, live-streaming, Gatsby becoming a dominant force, MDX replacing markdown, and building resources for maintainers.
February 5, 2019
In today's episode, Lindsey Kopacz discusses being authentic about your emotional state, blogging and the community, and the value of accessibility.
January 25, 2019
Tae'lur Alexis joins us today to talk about her experience with learning to code from scratch and becoming a professional software developer in 2018.
January 7, 2019
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.
December 12, 2018
Tania Rascia joins us today to talk about her experiences in transitioning from a professional chef to a web developer and the tools she used to get there.
December 8, 2018
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.
November 30, 2018
Today Diana Rodriguez talks to us about her experiences with fostering women's programming communities all over the world, as well as her own experiences with growing as a developer.
November 20, 2018
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.
November 2, 2018
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.
October 19, 2018
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.
October 5, 2018
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.
September 28, 2018
Dave Smith is on the Alexa Team at Amazon. Tune in today to hear about interviewing skills, what Dave looks for in candidates, and some obvious things to avoid when interviewing.
September 21, 2018
Eve Porcello joins us today to talk about speaking at conferences, GraphQL, starting a project to learn something with, and web-accessibility with the High Fives Foundation.
September 14, 2018
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.
August 29, 2018
This episode is a chat with Lynne Tye, the founder and developer of, a place for Software Developers to find the team and company that is right for them.
August 22, 2018
Jen Luker is a software engineer at Formidable Labs Inc. She has worked as a full-stack developer using PHP, Javascript, and CSS, but has a particular fondness for frontend technologies. 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. Topics: 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 Quotes: “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 Resources: Links Formidable Labs Inc. Deque aXe Jen Luker Website Twitter Github Joel Hooks: Twitter Website
August 15, 2018
Tune in to hear Shawn talk about what it means to be an infinite learner and builder and how he uses this approach to further his career.
July 30, 2018
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.
July 13, 2018
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.
June 27, 2018
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.
June 14, 2018
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.
June 4, 2018
Brian Vaughn speaks about his transition from graphic design to programming, his building of react-virtualized, him landing his job on the React core-team, and finally, React's goals with 17.
May 29, 2018
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.
April 19, 2018
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
April 3, 2018
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.
March 13, 2018
John Lindquist speaks with Jack Doyle, the creator of Greensock. They discuss a number of things including the motivation behind the creation of Greensock, managing GSAP forums, and how he transitioned from Flash to Javascript.
March 6, 2018
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).
February 26, 2018
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. They'll also discuss things that are more in Javascript land, such as Cycle.js and the callbag spec.
February 19, 2018
John Lindquist, co-founder of, 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.
February 12, 2018
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.
January 26, 2018
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](
January 17, 2018
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.
December 29, 2017
Kent C. Dodds, a leading React expert, speaks with John Lindquist and Joel Hooks, the co-founders of egghead, about how React is a fantastic technology to learn for both newcomers to programming and Javascript grey-beards alike.
December 22, 2017
Joel Hooks co-founder of, interviews Dan Abramov, co-author of Redux. They discuss the "Redux phenomenon" and the notion of improving the developer experience.
December 8, 2017
Will Button and Miller Hooks, two experienced Python developers, have a conversation about the differences between Python and Javascript, and what that means to a new programmer.
November 22, 2017
John sits down with Paul Frend and Brian Lonsdorf (aka Dr Boolean) to talk about functional programming concepts like transducers.
November 6, 2017
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.
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