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October 14, 2019
We take an introspective look into what's wrong with Michael's life, Allen keeps taking us down random tangents, and Joe misses the chance for the perfect joke as we wrap up our deep dive into Hasura's 3factor app architecture pattern.
September 30, 2019
We discuss the second factor of Hasura's 3factor app, Reliable Eventing, as Allen says he still _surfs_ the Internet (but really, does he?), it's never too late for pizza according to Joe, and Michael wants to un-hear things.
September 17, 2019
We begin to twitch as we review the first factor of Hasura's 3factor app, Realtime GraphQL, while Allen gets distrac ... SQUIRREL!, Michael might own some bell bottoms, and Joe is stuck with cobalt.
September 3, 2019
We learn how to apply the concepts of The Pragmatic Programmer to teams while Michael uses his advertisement voice, Joe has a list, and Allen doesn't want anyone up in his Wheaties.
August 20, 2019
After 112 episodes, Michael can't introduce the show, Allen pronounces it "ma-meee", and don't make Joe run your janky tests as The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how we should use exceptions and program deliberately.
August 5, 2019
We continue our dive into The Pragmatic Programmer and debate when is it text manipulation vs code generation as Joe can't read his bill, Michael makes a painful recommendation, and Allen's gaming lives up to Southern expectations.
July 23, 2019
It's about time we finally learn how to debug by taking take a page from The Pragmatic Programmer playbook, while Michael replaces a developer's cheat sheet, Joe judges the H-O-R-S-E competition for VI, and Allen stabs you in the front.
July 8, 2019
We dig into the details of the basic tools while continuing our journey into The Pragmatic Programmer while Joe programs by coincidence, Michael can't pronounce numbers, and Allen makes a point.
June 24, 2019
Joe is distracted by all of the announcements from E3, Allen is on the run from the Feebs, and Michael counts debugging as coding. All this and more as we continue discussing The Pragmatic Programmer.
June 10, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how to use tracer bullets versus prototyping while Joe doesn't know who won the Game of Thrones, Allen thought he knew about road numbers, and Michael thinks 475 is four letters.
May 27, 2019
The dad jokes are back as we learn about orthogonal code while JZ (the 8-mile guy) has spaghetti on him, Michael's Harry Potter references fail, and Allen voice goes up a couple octaves.
May 13, 2019
We take a deep dive into the various forms of duplication and jump aboard the complain train as Allen complains about Confluent's documentation, Michael complains about Docker's documentation, and Joe complains about curl.
April 29, 2019
We begin our journey into the wisdom of The Pragmatic Programmer, which as Joe puts it, it's less about type-y type-y and more about think-y think-y, while Allen is not quite as pessimistic as Joe, and Michael can't wait to say his smart words.
April 15, 2019
We dig into the nitty gritty details of what a Progressive Web App (PWA) is and why you should care, while Allen isn't sure if he is recording, Michael was the only one prepared to talk about Flo and the Progressive Price Gun, and Joe has to get his headphones.
April 1, 2019
The Date deep dive continues as we focus in on C# and JavaScript, while Michael reminisces about the fluorescent crayons, Joe needs a new tip of the week, and Allen confuses time zones.
March 18, 2019
We take a deep dive into understanding why all Date-s are not created equal while learning that Joe is not a fan of months, King Kong has nothing on Allen, and Michael still uses GETDATE(). Oops.
March 4, 2019
After being asked to quiet down, our friend, John Stone, joins us again as we move the conversation to the nearest cubicle while Michael reminds us of Bing, Joe regrets getting a cellphone, and Allen's accent might surprise you.
February 18, 2019
We gather around the water cooler to celebrate our 100th episode with our friend John Stone for some random developer discussions as Michael goes off script, Joe needs his techno while coding, and Allen sings some sweet sounds.
February 4, 2019
We learn all about JAMstack in real-time as Michael lowers the bar with new jokes, Allen submits a pull request, and Joe still owes us a tattoo.
January 21, 2019
We dig into heaps and tries as Allen gives us an up to date movie review while Joe and Michael compare how the bands measure up.
January 8, 2019
We ring in 2019 with a discussion of various trees as Allen questions when should you abstract while Michael and Joe introduce us to the Groot Tree.
December 17, 2018
Just in time to help you spread some cheer this holiday season, the dad jokes are back as we dig into the details of hash tables and dictionaries.
December 3, 2018
We continue our deep dive into data structures, this time focusing in on arrays and array-like types as Allen gives Shania Twain some singing competition, Joe is going to owe us another tattoo, and wait ... when does Michael think C++ was invented?
November 19, 2018
We begin our journey into data structures by taking a deep dive into primitives while Allen makes Michael blush and Joe crashes his browser.
November 5, 2018
With the holiday season soon approaching, we address the most important requirements list of all ... our wish lists as Joe has to disclose a cheese powder incident, Michael hopes his Bitcoin gains some value, and Allen researches his purchases to the extreme.
October 22, 2018
This is a special episode recorded at Microsoft Ignite 2018 where John Callaway from The 6 Figure Developer Podcast joins Allen Underwood to talk about Azure Functions and CosmosDB. Find out what they are and why you might want to try them out for yourself.
October 8, 2018
We continue our dive into how to learn things while Michael's voice sounds an awful lot like Joe's, Joe says it's a square, and Allen says it's a triangle ... oh, and Google Feud is back!
September 24, 2018
We have some fun with our names, get ahead of ourselves during Survey Says, and vet Michael's tip on-air as we take a deep dive into comparing some popular Git workflows and when should we use which.
September 10, 2018
We wrap up our conversation on complexity and play some more over/under as Allen thinks learning is backwards, Michael doesn't write clean code, and Joe brings his dog to the discussion.
August 27, 2018
We continue our dive into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook as Allen is Allen, Joe is Michael, Michael is Joe.
August 13, 2018
Joe's voice sounds funny, Allen has a theme, and Michael pours one out for Media Play as Michael's and Allen's impersonation of Joe is on point (#NailedIt).
July 30, 2018
We meet up around the water cooler for a quick round of lightning talks as Allen and Michael sing FizzBuzz while Joe passes the caching buck.
July 16, 2018
We continue digging into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook as Joe explains Florida time, Allen likes greedy algorithms, and Michael shares his geography knowledge.
June 25, 2018
It's time we discuss algorithms we all need to know as we continue diving into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook while Michael will read anything, Allen questions Greenland's name, and Joe talks wormholes.
June 11, 2018
We're talking databases, indexes, search engines, and why they're basically microwaves in this episode while Joe wears a polo, Allen's quick brown fox jumps over whatever, and Michael gives out fake URLs.
May 28, 2018
Inspired by Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook, we take an introspective look at ourselves to find two weaknesses and one strength while Allen shows off his vocal prowess in song, Joe needs a list, and Michael is a dash.
May 14, 2018
This episode we talk complexity theory while digging into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook as Allen channels his inner Austin Powers, Michael finds linearly to complex to pronounce, and Joe ruins Batman for the rest of us.
May 1, 2018
This episode we're talking about server naming conventions, confusing command line arguments, and how high we can get our voices. Huge thanks to the NSA and the freedom of information act for making this episode possible.
April 16, 2018
It's time for more design Ant-EYE or Ant-EEE patterns as we venture into cesspool that awaits. Come find out what these patterns are, why you should, and how to avoid them. Bonus: Michael drops the term Heinz Doofenshmirtz - Joe and Allen didn't know this pattern, but maybe you will. Full show notes at: https://www.codingblocks.net/episode79
April 3, 2018
It's time for more cowbell as we have a special guest in the studio, Will Madison (@IAmWillMadison), join us as Allen finally gets tripped up trying to pronounce a name, Joe teaches us the value of practice, and Michael evacuates in a rainbow colored straight line.
March 19, 2018
We're back with our last deep dive into Robert C. Martin's latest book, Clean Architecture, while Allen suffers from sleep deprivation, Joe shows us his dance moves, and Michael's mind is blown on how to unit test.
March 7, 2018
It's time for another deep dive into Robert C. Martin's Clean Architecture as Joe puts us on the spot, Allen has a new mission, and Michael shares his Easter eggs.
February 19, 2018
Michael can't tell higher from lower, Allen puts his views where he wants them, and Joe snaps it to a Slim Jim as we discuss how to make our architectures scream while discussing Robert C. Martin's Clean Architecture.
February 5, 2018
It's time for another deep dive into Robert C. Martin's Clean Architecture as Allen warns us about driving in front of him, Joe tries to describe a diagram again, and Michael can't understand the survey results.
January 23, 2018
Joe drinks too much coffee, Allen spits his coffee out, and Michael feels vindicated as the discussions about Robert C. Martin's latest book, Clean Architecture, continues.
January 8, 2018
Joe baits Michael, Michael takes the bait, and Allen lets it happen, as Uncle Bob explains how we can quantify the coupling between our components from his latest book, Clean Architecture.
December 11, 2017
Joe is down with OCP, Michael argues DRY, and Allen deletes our show notes as we dig into Components and Component Cohesion from Robert C. Martin's (aka Uncle Bob) Clean Architecture.
November 13, 2017
We're back with another installment as we challenge ourselves to compare how we'd each spend $2,500 on developer gear as Allen waxes on about the loudest quiet keyboard, Joe teaches us how cheese is made, and Michael puts some neon on his computer.
October 30, 2017
Michael forgets what his favorite part of the show is, Joe makes us wait to learn what his favorite part is, and Allen pronounces it "pair-a-dig-'ems" as we continue our deep dive into Uncle Bob's latest book: Clean Architecture.
October 2, 2017
Joe learns of our harebrained idea, Michael learns of Eisenhower's matrix, and Allen explains polyfills as we begin our dive into Uncle Bob's latest book, Clean Architecture.
September 18, 2017
Allen brings the dad jokes, Michael unplugs, and Joe gets a second wind as we discuss the anti-patterns found in object oriented programming.
September 5, 2017
It's time for another episode as Joe wants to choke a developer, Michael scraps his new social networking platform, and Allen finally learns of dad jokes while we continuing the anti-patterns conversation.
August 21, 2017
We've discussed design patterns too much. Now it's time for some discussion about anti-patterns as Joe has dark visions about robots, Allen has to take sensitivity training, and Michael picks Arial.
July 27, 2017
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July 10, 2017
Know what Joe and Waldo have in common? We can't find either, as this week, it's just Allen and Michael to continue the dive into Domain Driven Design.
June 26, 2017
We're not saying that Michael is Carmen Sandiego. We're just saying that nobody has ever seen them in a room together. And this week, we don't know where in the world either are, as Allen and Joe continue the Domain Driven Design discussion without Michael. Nor Carmen.
June 13, 2017
Stitcher is back and so are we as Michael proves he doesn't have a career as a rapper, Allen can't type on his phone, and Joe tweets with famous authors as we continue our dive into Domain Driven Design talking about aggregate roots, factories, and repositories.
May 29, 2017
We continue our Domain Driven Design conversation this week as Allen is indecisive, Michael decides for him, and Joe can't handle the night life.
May 11, 2017
We're back with another exciting episode as Michael questions Hollywood, Allen dreams of his Hackintosh, and Joe is surrounded by Star Wars as we talk about how to jumpstart your next app with Michael Crump (@mbcrump) and Clint Rutkas (@clintrutkas).
April 24, 2017
This week, Michael asks his customers about their anemic domain model, Allen talks in front of people, and Joe plays Rocket League as we begin our dive into understanding domain driven design.
March 20, 2017
This week we talk about all of the bad things we've done while making software. The good, the bad, ... oh wait, it compiles, never mind.
March 6, 2017
We're back with another deep dive into the infamous book Clean Code by Uncle Bob as Joe alters columns, Michael misreads things, and Allen has a positive customer service experience.
February 5, 2017
This week Allen is troubled by circles, Michael talks like a game show host, and Joe announces it's twins as we continue our deep dive into the classic Clean Code book by Robert C. Martin.
January 23, 2017
When and why should you write unit tests, and just how important are they? Take a listen and see what YOU think. For the full show notes visit: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode54
January 8, 2017
In this episode we talk about how to insulate your application at it's boundaries? What in the world does that even mean?! We're not talking about those boundaries where others aren't allowed to touch your keyboard (although that's a real thing). No, we're talking about making sure you make your code easier to maintain over time by coding to interfaces or wrappers for third party libraries or external APIs. Come join us on another deep dive into Clean Code, and our (polluted) thoughts on the topic.
December 28, 2016
This week, we continue our Clean Code discussion as we dive into the joys and pains of error handing.
December 13, 2016
This week we're drawing a line in the sand between objects and data structures. Who will win? Take a listen and decide for yourself! For the full show notes visit: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode51
November 29, 2016
Ever judged a book by its cover? Of course you have. Ever passed judgement on some code simply because it didn't look pretty? There's more to writing code than having it functional and in this episode we dive into the reasons code formatting actually matters. There are more reasons than you probably realize to format your code nicely and in particular ways. Join us to hear our takes (and debates) on the right way to format your code.
November 7, 2016
This week, Michael fails geography, Allen introduces us to Croom, and Joe has to potty as we head into our third installment of the Clean Code series. The original version of the show notes can be found at: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode49
October 17, 2016
We continue talking our way through Clean Code, taking a deep look at the building blocks of programming in the quest to write the best functions. Oh, and everybody sings. The original version of the show notes can be found at: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode48
September 28, 2016
In this episode, we take our first dive into the book Clean Code by Robert Martin and specifically we talk about writing meaningful names for all things code related. You'll be amazed at how following some decent rules that you can start naming things that will help you and fellow coders understand your code at a glance.
August 27, 2016
Storing smaller subsets of data in a faster, closer memory can make astronomical differences in performance. This episode we're talking about the caching tools and techniques that application frameworks provide. The original version of the shownotes can be found at: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode46
August 12, 2016
In this episode we give a general overview of caching, where it’s used, why it’s used, and what the differences in hardware implementations mean in terms we can understand.  This will be foundational to understanding caching at a software level in an upcoming episode.  There’s also something about the number 37 that may be the […]
August 2, 2016
This week on Coding Blocks, Allen says www as best he can, Joe eats the microphone, and Michael does something crazy as we discuss Stack Overflow's Salary Calculator and our experiences in landing the job - what to do and what not to do.
July 5, 2016
This time we're talking about problems with nulls, stored procedures, and impostor syndrome. Episode 43’s Full Show Notes: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode43
June 3, 2016
In this episode we go back to the design pattern well that we’ve been away from for so long.  We cover the Command, Repository and Mediator design patterns.  It was hard for us to believe, but it’s been almost a year since our last design patterns episode!!!  Come on in for fun, learning, and of […]
April 19, 2016
This week on Coding Blocks, Joe changes a different kind of string, Allen drools over the Hellcat, and Michael shares his random thoughts. We span a collection of topics including GraphQL framework envy, bash on Windows, and whether it takes two to Django.
March 20, 2016
Are you an Advanced Programmer? We dig into the final section of Robert Read's fantastic writing: How to be a programmer. Also, how to cheat at Jira, a lazy butcher and Leia vs Galadriel Link to Episode 40's Full Show Notes http://www.codingblocks.net/episode40
February 27, 2016
In Episode 38, we dug into the first section of the essay by Robert Read on what it takes to be a programmer.  In that episode there was a lot of great information on what to expect and what should be expected of you as a developer.  In this episode, we go into the second […]
January 28, 2016
Talking about the short book “How to be a Programmer”, which covers a huge spectrum of important topics for developers of all levels. Show Notes: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode38
January 3, 2016
We wrapped up 2015 with another favorites of 2015 and a chance to win a gray Coding Blocks T-Shirt just by leaving a comment on the show notes page! Tools are anything from hardware, to software or a service that we feel is integral in our daily needs as programmers. There's a total of 20 picks in all - each of our top 5 and then a consensus top 5. We'd love to hear your thoughts on any tools you find are invaluable so please head over to the show notes and leave a comment! For a detailed set of show notes including all the links and goodies and the chance to win the T-Shirt, head over to: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode37
December 20, 2015
Welcome back to the dramatic conclusion of our discussion on the 12 factor app. This time we're talking dev/prod parity, logs, and admin processes. Oh, and Call of Duty!
November 23, 2015
It's time for more DevOps fun as we continue learning about the Twelve-Factor app. This week we dive into the next three chapters: port binding, concurrency, and disposability.
November 10, 2015
The holidays are coming sooner than we realized, so we gotta get our wish lists together. After all, no one wants to sit around the Festivus Pole without their favorite dev toys. This week we discuss some of the toys we love, as well as the ones we drool over, and even the ones we're not so crazy about.
October 22, 2015
We're headed back to the Twelve-Factor app territory and this time we're picking up with the next three chapters - backing services, building and releasing and processes.  Jump in to get the shownotes and listen to the next three pieces of building a manageable and scalable twelve-factor app. See the show notes and take the survey by visiting: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode33
September 17, 2015
Dipping our toes into the DevOps waters with the Twelve-Factor App. How important is depedency management, and how fired would you be if you accidently leaked your company's source code? See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode32
August 22, 2015
In this episode we dive into Javascript Promises.  If you're used to the olden way of doing an async call with a callback, you'll definitely want to give this episode a listen as you could improve your mental sanity 10 fold by learning how to use promises in your application! See these notes on the web: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode31
July 26, 2015
Part 4 of our design patterns series, this time up it's Adapters, Facades, and Mementos. Oh, and which tech luminary would make the best head of state! See these notes on the web: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode30
June 29, 2015
It's that time again. This week we answer a question, Allen registers for school, Joe reads some numbers, Michael breaks out the survey results, and Joe cringes at the thought of bidets. It's time for episode 29! And we thought, what better to talk about than to continue our discussion on hierarchical data solutions. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode29
June 8, 2015
So, how DO you persist hierarchical Data? We discuss two common solutions to this age-old problem: Adjacency Lists and Nested Set Models. Also, Build Atlanta, technical problems, multi-monitor vs ultra-wide, and utilizing gaming mice to up your game. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode28
May 8, 2015
In this, Episode 27 of the Coding Blocks Podcast, we are answering several questions / comments from our listeners regarding: more frequent episodes, naming of classes / assemblies, Test Driven Development, the differences between MVC and MVVM and a number of other side conversations such as aliasing tables in SQL. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode27
April 19, 2015
In this episode we discuss algorithms, puzzles and the best way to ensure you're prepared for an interview programming problem. It's not uncommon for interviewers to have software developers write code on a board during an interview process, especially with one of the larger tech companies out there. So in this podcast we discuss a number of resources to help you hone your problem solving skills and some step by step approaches that can be used to improve your ability to perform under pressure! See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode26
March 30, 2015
This week we give away Joe's stuff, we break up with IE8 like a big boy, Joe and Allen get excited about readme files, and we argue about which is worse: bad code or bad architecture. That and more in this week's episode where we explore the new bits in ASP.NET 5. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode25
March 16, 2015
This week we tackle one of life's great questions, does Jack Bauer give high fives? Also, we go over everything you need to know about delegates, events, callbacks and closures in .NET. Big thanks to @kappelcodesalot for being the inspiration for this episode! See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode24
February 10, 2015
It's time to get back to basics. It's easy as a software developer to be working on the latest and greatest frameworks, using the best methodologies, trying out new things. Sometimes it's a good idea to get a refresher on the very basic fundamentals. In this episode we go over the access modifiers that are common in C# and Java as well as ways to emulate these types of behaviors in Javascript. And let's be honest - encapsulation is only effective if you're providing programmers that come after you with a roadmap of how things should work. For that reason we also discuss Command Query Separation and some other ideas and practices that are a part of good programming practices. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode23
January 21, 2015
Organizing your code, moving from school-work to work-work, the future of Silverlight, and lots of poo-pooing! See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode22
December 28, 2014
We gather around the Festivus pole this holiday season and before we get into the Airing of Grievances, we discuss our favorite tools. No, not people. Actual tools. Srsly. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode21
December 15, 2014
If you're a software developer, one of the things you do in your daily job is test your code. You may be testing by running your application and trying out various things to make sure it works properly, but there must be a better way than navigating through every screen of your application to ensure everything is working as expected? Sure there is - Unit Testing. In this episode we talk about the various different types of testing and then we get deep into the specifics of what Unit Tests are, why they're important, why they're difficult, and why they're necessary and should be used in your applications. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode20
November 9, 2014
We're back to the gang of four, continuing with another segment of design patterns. This time we're talking about some of our favorite Behavioral Design Patterns: Observer, Chain of Responsibilities, Iterator patterns. Also, why the visitor pattern is weird and what it's like to be raked over hot coals. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode19
October 26, 2014
We're excited about ASP.NET vNext, we might be Superman, a cute little ninja was MEAN to Allen, and we attempt to answer some questions. See the full shownotes here: http://www.codingblocks.net/episode18
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