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January 27, 2020
Every day we see companies market to us with a specific brand voice, and we can recognize the differences from one brand to the next. But what about personal brands? You as a person are a brand - it’s how you portray yourself on the internet and how others perceive you. I’m a brand, Emma’s a brand, Ali’s a brand. We’re all our own unique representations of ourselves. This week we’re discussing what it means to have your own personal brand and everything you need to know about building and managing your brand. 1:43 - What is a personal brand? 8:21 - Why would you want to build a brand? 11:10 - What are the benefits of having a personal brand? 13:29 - Who in tech has done a really good job of branding themselves? 15:29 - How did we build our brands? 18:03 - What platforms can you use to build a brand? 22:55 - The downsides of social media branding. 28:32 - How to build an audience. 32:08 - What we’re excited about in 2020.
January 20, 2020
Design for Developers One of the biggest things that developers struggle with is design. It’s easy to look at an application and know that it looks terrible, but hard to explain why. This episode we’re joined by Steve Schoger, co-author of the hugely popular Refactoring UI. We’ll learn some design tips and dive into the story behind the book as well as his other projects Hero Patterns and Hero Icons. Show notes 1:40 - Who are you? Tell us a bit more about your coding/design journey. 10:22 - What is your typical day-to-day? 15:40 - What are Hero Patterns and Hero Icons? 21:25 - What is Refactoring UI? 31:40 - What area of design do you think developers struggle the most with? 34:11 - What are the differences between UX design and visual design? 36:56 - Design tips for developers. 41:40 - Where to find Steve online. Resources Refactoring UI Steve's Twitter Steve's Portfolio Steve's YouTube Adam Wathan's Twitter Adam Wathan's Portfolio Tailwind CSS Hero Patterns Hero Icons Refactoring UI Screencasts Transcript We provide transcripts for all of our episodes. You can find them here!
January 13, 2020
To kick off our new season and a new year, this week we’ll be discussing 20 tips to start off strong in 2020. From mentorship to debugging to strategizing your learning, we'll give you all the advice you need for starting the year off right! 0:32 - 1. Challenge yourself to do something new. 04:30 - 2. Do a little bit each day. 07:03 - 3. Track your wins. 09:30 - 4. Get comfortable with failure. 12:08 - 5. Don't compare yourself to others. 16:28 - 6. Find a community. 19:24 - 7. People can be assholes, that's on them not you. 21:50 - 8. Find a mentor. 25:05 - 9. Take time to learn keyboard shortcuts. 30:30 - 10. Create your toolbox. 34:45 - 11. Learn how to debug. 38:30 - 12. Figure out how to stay up to date. 40:37 - 13. Overcome shiny object syndrome. 44:14 - 14. Pick one skill at a time to work on and learn it until you feel comfortable. 46:50 - 15. Decide if you want to be vertical or horizontal in knowledge. 50:09 - 16. Identify your learning style. 52:18 - 17. Take breaks. 54:29 - 18. Prioritize your values. 57:48 - 19. Use your powers for good. 59:33 - 20. Don’t forget that working in this field is a massive privilege. 01:02:59 - Shoutouts of the week
November 25, 2019
Have you ever watched or attended a conference and been in awe of the speakers? How do they know so much information? How do they prepare a talk? How do they even get the courage to speak in the first place and what is that process like? In this episode we’ll delve into all things conference talks. This is a very special episode because it’s our last episode this season. We’ve decided to release our podcast in seasons, which gives us more time to plan out our episodes and schedule guests ahead of time. We’ll be taking the month of December off and will be back with brand new episodes in January. Show Notes Our speaking experience - 1:31 What can I speak about? - 8:03 What is a CFP? - 11:51 Benefits of speaking - 17:22 Drawback of speaking - 19:53 Speaker fees - 24:19 Preparing your talk - 32:19 Speaking advice - 39:27 How do I get started? - 46:04 For full show notes, visit our website
November 18, 2019
Today we’re talking about web performance. Did you know that 40% of users abandon sites that take more than 3s to load? Turns out making your sites fast is pretty important! In this episode we’ll talk about what web performance is, why we should care, and we’ll give you tips for optimizing performance and measuring it. Show Notes What is web performance? - 1:18 Why should I care about performance? - 3:48 The cost of JavaScript - 6:59 What should I be measuring? - 14:02 Performance tools - 17:46 Performance-improving methods - 19:40 Progressive web apps - 26:49 For full show notes, check out our website.
November 11, 2019
How often have you encountered a problem and struggled to figure out where to start? Or maybe you aren’t super familiar with the browser tools available to debug your JavaScript code. So today we’ve brought on a special guest, Rebecca Hill, to help us learn about the world of debugging. Show Notes Who are you? - 1:12 How did you learn so much about debugging? - 2:00 Basic debugging steps - 3:12 Is debugging language agnostic? - 6:21 Why don't we teach debugging? - 9:36 Different types of debugging - 13:45 Common debugging mistakes - 17:09 Testing - 19:39 Browser features for debugging - 20:50 Tips for new developers - 22:40 Which browser is best for debugging? - 24:55 Where can you learn more? - 26:08 For full show notes, visit our website
November 4, 2019
In recent years, working remotely has become a more popular office perk not only among startups but enterprise businesses as well. Some companies even ONLY work remotely. In this week's episode, we'll discuss our experiences working remotely, the pros and cons from an employer and employee standpoint, and provide some advice on whether or not working remotely is a good fit for you. Show Notes What does it mean to work remotely? - 1:36 What is our experience working remotely? - 2:34 Pros & cons - 7:08 What makes a successful remote work experience? - 21:05 Should you work remotely as your first job? - 27:11 Personality traits for a healthy remote work experience - 31:35 Tips for working remotely - 33:31 For full show notes, check out our website.
October 28, 2019
If you’ve ever seen Kelly’s Twitter account then you’ve probably heard of Shopify, an E-commerce platform that gives you everything you need to sell online. This week we’re talking to JML, CTO at Shopify, and we’re giving you all the details. Show notes Who are you and what is your role at Shopify? - 1:05 What does a typical day at Shopify look like? - 1:41 What was your path in tech? - 3:36 What is Shopify & e-commerce in general? - 7:44 What makes Shopify different from competitors? - 12:41 Why should developers pay attention to Shopify? - 13:42 What are your favorite things that have been built by Shopify? - 22:09 How has Shopify's design system, Polaris, changed development? - 24:28 What tech stack do you recommend focusing on for new Shopify developers? - 30:06 What does the day in the life of a Shopify developer look like? - 31:01 For full show notes and transcript, check out our website
October 21, 2019
This week we're talking all things portfolios. What can a portfolio do for you? How can you build one? Do you even need a portfolio to be successful? This week we'll delve into the world of portfolios. Show Notes What is a technical portfolio? - 1:16 Do we have portfolios? - 8:13 Why would you want a portfolio? - 8:21 How do you build a portfolio as a backend developer? - 17:06 What can you put in your portfolio? - 18:11 What if I'm bad at design? - 20:26 What should developers focus on when building a portfolio? - 23:15 Fun portfolio examples - 25:24 Wins - 29:18 For full show notes, visit our website.
October 14, 2019
You've probably heard about some of the JavaScript frameworks that dominate the front end ecosystem. And this week's podcast we'll be discussing the pros and cons of JavaScript frameworks, go into detail about React, Vue, and Angular, and discuss tools and resources for how you can get started with these frameworks. Difference between a library & a framework - 1:04 Do we even need a framework? - 4:37 Pros & cons of using frameworks - 13:25 Popularity of different frameworks - 16:54 React - 25:31 Vue.js - 34:14 Angular - 39:34 Which framework is right for me? - 44:23 Evolution & speed of frontend development - 45:44 Learning these frameworks - 47:31 For the full show notes, check out our website.
October 10, 2019
October means it's time for Hacktoberfest. We're talking with Shannon Crabill about what open source is, how to get involved with Hacktoberfest, and tips & tricks for maintaining open source projects. Show Notes Who is Shannon? - 1:17 What is open source? - 4:19 How did you get involved in Hacktoberfest? - 4:55 What is it like to maintain an open source project? - 6:27 Tips && tricks for people wanting to work on maintaining an open source project - 7:35 How to contribute to Hacktoberfest projects? - 8:54 Advice for beginners getting started in open source - 11:51 How do you find projects to contribute to? - 13:09 Hard parts of open source - 14:30 Best parts of open source - 15:38 How to gain confidence to contribute - 16:52 Advice to someone beginning their coding journey - 18:06 For the full show notes, head over to our website!
October 7, 2019
October means it's time for Hacktoberfest. Hacktoberfest is an awesome event where you can get involved in open source whether it's your first time contributing or you're a seasoned pro. In this episode we'll discuss what Hacktoberfest is, how you can start contributing to open source, and with our special guests Peter and Jess from Dev, we'll talk about how you can maintain your own open source project. For full show notes, check out our website.
September 30, 2019
Design systems are in the world around us from the signs on the side of the highway to the setup of a grocery store and our products are no exception. But what exactly our design systems and how do we build them? In this episode, we'll take a look at the foundations of design systems, the benefits and drawbacks, and the process for creating one from the ground up. 1:23 What are design systems? 2:58 Emma's experience with design systems 3:52 Ali's experience with design systems 4:41 Kelly's experience with design systems 5:00 Do you need a design system and who are design systems for? 7:46 Benefits of design systems 11:11 Drawbacks of design systems and team structure 13:11 How do you measure success? 14:24 Challenges of building a design system 15:34 How to build a design system 18:19 Styling components 19:03 Documentation tools 21:09 Style guides 23:42 Why design systems fail 25:08 Who builds design systems 29:20 Tools for building design systems 32:54 Notable people in design systems 36:54 Wins For the full show notes and links to the speakers, check out our website!
September 23, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an effective teacher in the tech industry? Well wonder no more! We had the pleasure of chatting with Angie Jones, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools and Director at Test Automation University about her experience as a teacher. Angie talks to us about her teaching and learning styles and shares some advice for those looking to get into the world of teaching. In this episode, we discussed how to teach to multiple skill levels, common misconceptions about being a teacher, and much more! For the full show notes and links to the speakers, check out our website!
September 16, 2019
GraphQL has taken this industry by storm, but what is it exactly? In this special episode of the Ladybug Podcast we’ve invited 14 GraphQL experts from the community to educate us on all things GraphQL! 2:00 - What Is GraphQL? (Erin Fox) 8:21 - Benefits Of GraphQL (Akshar Takle) 11:19 - History Of GraphQL (Brian Douglas) 14:01 - Syntax (Chris Biscardi) 17:01 - Schemas (Kurt Kemple) 20:02 - Variables (Swyx) 24:24 - Fragments (Emma Wedekind) 25:36 - Directives (Jon Wong) 32:10 - Toolkit (Alan Johnson) 38:49 - React Hooks & GraphQL (Shruti Kapoor) 46:13 - GraphQL vs. REST (Chantastic) 49:20 - When NOT To Use GraphQL (Zach Lendon) 54:37 - Useful Tools For Learning/Using GraphQL (Manjula Dube) 1:01:27 - Making GraphQL Development Easier With Hasura (Rajoshi Ghosh) 1:05:06 - Wins! For the full show notes and links to the speakers, check out our website!
August 26, 2019
There are so many different paths your career can follow in the tech industry. There's frontend, backend, or even full-stack development. You could also be a software engineer, quality assurance engineer, UX engineer, manager, developer advocate, or something else entirely! For full show notes and resources for today's episode, check out the episode page on our website
August 19, 2019
Today we are doing a deep dive about entrepreneurship with our in house business owner, Kelly! Everyone can benefit from thinking entrepreneurially, even people who don’t want to start their own business. We’re going to ask Kelly about all the things that we are curious about and scare us about entrepreneurship. Check out full show notes and resources for today's episode, check out the episode page on our website
August 15, 2019
In our first part of our CSS episode, we discussed the foundations. In this special bonus episode we'll continue the conversation by covering some more in-depth areas of CSS, like layouts with Grid and Flexbox, animations, media queries, naming conventions, pre-processors, and frameworks. Read the full shownotes and transcripts on our site: ladybug.dev/episode/css-part-2
August 12, 2019
We all know that Peter Griffin Family Guy gif of him unable to work some blinds. This gif is always associated with the frustrations of CSS. Something changes, then something breaks. Why do people have these issues? How can you improve your CSS skills? What are the key concepts that you need to understand to write clean, maintainable styles? In this episode, we'll talk all about the nuances of CSS -- what it is, how it works, and how to get better at it. Read the full shownotes and transcripts at our site: ladybug.dev/episode/css-part-1
August 5, 2019
Have you ever been scared to contribute to a conversation or publish a blog post because you were worried you weren’t qualified enough? Wondered how you got to the point you’re at in your career because you feel you don’t belong? Or that you’re a fraud? You’re not alone! In this episode, we discuss how we have experienced impostor syndrome and our personal strategies for combatting it. 0:36 How have we experienced Impostor Syndrome Job Interviews (0:48) Quitting Computer Science & feeling like you stick out (2:04) Speaking for the first time at a conference (7:19) Feeling like you’re not qualified to teach something (11:46) When people say mean things about you (13:11) Running a company as someone young (16:32) Getting criticism (17:56) 21:21 Impostor Syndrome as a Business Owner 21:55 Impostor Syndrome pushing us to be better 24:40 Combatting Impostor Syndrome * Tracking your wins * Focusing on your personal journey instead of others’ * Being open about it and community w/ others 37:24 WINS Cecilia who just graduated from the full-stack software engineering boot camp at Georgia Tech and landed her first job as a junior software developer. Emma - Coding Coach Team is doing incredible things Lindsey - Survived 106 heat index for her engagement pics! Kelly - Started her own online store! Ali - Spoke at CodeLand which was her most difficult talk to date because of how personal it was Additional Links: The truth about impostor syndrome Why I keep an 'Accomplishments / Good Stuff' List Check out the full shownotes and transcripts on our site!
July 29, 2019
In this episode, we're getting to know the ladybug hosts, both on technical and non-technical topics. Listen in to learn about our favorite tech stacks, our biggest career milestones, favorite books, and more. Be sure to review the show notes on our website for links to all resources we discuss. We also have full transcripts listed there!
July 22, 2019
The landscape of technologies you can learn in the development world can be overwhelming if you don't know where to go next. In this episode, we discuss the technologies we're most excited about. From CSS to GraphQL, Django to WebAssembly, and design to augmented reality - we cover it all. Be sure to review the show notes on our website for links to all resources we discuss.
July 15, 2019
One of the most popular outlets for programmers is through blogging. In this episode, we discuss why each of us got into blogging, the pros and cons of starting your own blog, and tips on how to make your blog a success. View the show notes and a full transcript at ladybug.dev.
July 8, 2019
Side projects are an excellent way to express yourself creatively and build up your tech stack. But how do you find time to work on your side project when you have a full-time job and other responsibilities at home? In this episode, we discuss our personal side projects, along with some useful strategies for giving your side projects the attention they deserve. View the show notes and a full transcript at ladybug.dev.
July 1, 2019
There are several different ways you can learn how to code. In this episode, we discuss computer science degrees, bootcamps, and self-directed learning. Each has benefits and have brought a lot of people into the world of programming. Each also has challenges. We all have had unique paths to programming, so we'll incorporate our experiences and observations. Visit ladybug.dev for the full transcript and show notes!
June 19, 2019
(Kelly) What: Welcome to the lady bug podcast! I’m Kelly, I’m Ali, I’m Emma, and I’m Lindsey and we’re debugging the tech industry. (Lindsey) We’ll dive into topics within tech, entrepreneurship and careers. (Emma) Why: There’s a major lack of technical podcast out there so we’ve decided to start one. We want to give women in the tech industry a voice by sharing our diverse experiences and advice. But first, here’s a bit about us. Intros: Kelly Vaughn I’m a frontend developer and run a full-service marketing agency. I taught myself to code when I was 11 and turned a hobby into a full-time job after a long journey through undergrad and grad school. My agency focuses solely on Shopify, so when I’m coding, I’m spending most of my time building out Shopify themes, writing Shopify Scripts for Plus stores, and doing basic Shopify app development in Ruby on Rails. (How many times can I say Shopify in one sentence?) Outside of the actual day-to-day work I do, I’m really passionate about making my journey known as a woman entrepreneur in tech - the successes, failures, and everything in between. I want starting a career in tech to be as accessible as possible to everyone interested in giving it a shot. Ali Spittel I’m a mostly self-taught software engineer. I really love writing code, especially in Python and JavaScript. I work at Dev and split my time between writing code and doing developer advocacy. Before that, I taught at a bootcamp, and teaching code is my favorite thing to do.I want to make coding more accessible to people from all sorts of backgrounds. Emma Wedekind What we do: I was originally a biology major but decided I hated it so I turned to computer science. I’m a Software Engineer at LogMeIn where I build design systems using React. I am an instructor at Egghead, I am a panelist for JSParty, and I blog. I’ve also started an open source project Coding Coach that promotes mentorship in the tech industry. Our passions: I love CSS and design systems. I love Gatsby and animations. I am looking forward to chatting more about that. Lindsey Kopacz What we do - I’ve been a web developer for 5 years. Started teaching myself in 2012 and then got my first job in May 2014. I started off in Drupal and then started playing around with VueJS and React a couple years ago. Now I am a React Developer and creating data visualizations with d3! It’s no secret that I am an accessibility fiend. My mission in life isn’t really to convince stakeholders to be a good person, it’s to influence end empower developers to care about accessibility. (Ali) Upcoming Episodes: How to start coding, What are the hot technologies right now, how to get your first developer job, how to balance side projects and more! So head over to our site: ladybug.dev to hear about upcoming episodes! Can’t wait to share more with you all!
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