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Stories and interviews from people on their coding journey.
271 Episodes
In this episode, we talk about what it’s like to break into tech as a mother, with Arit Amana, software engineer at Forem. Arit talks about moving from WordPress freelancer to web developer, the challenges she has faced being a mother in tech, and her advice on how to level up and get promoted. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) DEV Forem Ruby on Rails Capterra
In this episode of DevNews, we cover companies rescinding job offers after they have been accepted. Then we speak with Nikolas Guggenberger, executive director of the Yale Information Society Project, about Justice Clarence Thomas arguing for categorizing some digital platforms as utilities and why this is a huge deal for the tech world. Finally, we chat with Jason Scott, co-founder of Archive Team, about their efforts to archive Yahoo Answers which is shutting down after 16 years. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Blind: Rescind Justice Clarence Thomas' Argument For Regulating Some Digital Platforms As Utilities Yahoo Answers to shut down May 4, 2021 Archive Team ArchiveTeam Warrior
In this off-season mini episode we talk about what it looks like when you start coding very early in life, with Opemipo Disu, 15-year-old developer advocate at urspace. Opemipu talks about what got him into coding so young, the resources and tools he enjoys using, and what his life looks like juggling high school and his coding projects. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) urspace JavaScript PHP Python Machine Learning Visual Basic edX Codecademy Coursera Udacity Jamstack IBM Watson
We do a crossover episode with DevDiscuss and CodeNewbie talking about, and role playing different soft skills, because this topic of soft skills is so important that we thought both of our audiences could benefit from it. To talk about these skills and to help us show what they can look like, we are joined by artist and educator, Kristen Palana, and Liana Felt, senior people operations manager at Forem. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Soft Skills & Career Success: How to Be Excellent at Work
In this episode, we talk about how to communicate complex technical topics, with Anna Skoulikari, technical writer at Mambu. Anna talks about transitioning from UX designer to front end development, how to explain complex topics like Git, and why technical writing isn’t as boring as some might think it sounds. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Technical Writing UX Design Git Learning Journey - Guide to Learn Git (Version Control) Mambu Git GitHub
In this episode, we talk about cryptography with Marcus Carey, enterprise architect at ReliaQuest. Marcus talks about going to the military and learning cryptography, what cryptography is, and the foundational things you need to know in order to make sure the apps you’re building are secure. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Cryptography ReliaQuest BASIC Pascal (programming language) WarGames Python JavaScript Node.js C (programming language) C++ Transport Layer Security (TLS) SSL SSH (Secure Shell) OAuth GitHub NIST: Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines HoneyDocs OWASP Top Ten Burp Scanner OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP)
In this episode, we talk about what you need to know about APIs, with Sue Smith, developer educator at Postman. Sue talks about transitioning careers at 30, what APIs are, and why it’s important to have a good understanding of them. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Application Programming Interface (API) JSON Postman Glitch
In this episode, we talk about Node.js with Danielle Adams, Node core team member, and lead software engineer at Heroku. Danielle talks about what Node is, when you might want to use it, and what her role is like on the Node core team, as well what the best way to learn Node is, and whether you need to focus on and get really comfortable in JavaScript first, or if you can jump right into it. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Node.js Heroku Women Who Code NYC JavaScript GeoCities jQuery React Ember.js NPM SemVer Java C C++ Rust Express.js
In this episode, we talk about how to build an app from idea to maintenance with Kyle Lee, senior developer advocate at Amazon Web Services. Kyle talks about having some trouble with JavaScript and then diving into mobile development instead, his advice for learning the basics of mobile app development, and where he draws inspiration from. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Amazon Web Services (AWS) JavaScript Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Swift Objective-C Hackintosh Brain Dump UIKit
In this episode, we talk about how to code without typing, with Serenade co-founders, Matt Wiethoff and Tommy MacWilliam. They talk about how Matt’s repetitive wrist injury started to derail his coding career, how they needed to invent the accessibility tool, which one of them literally needed to help build the tool itself, and what stack they used to build it. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Serenade BattleBots C (programming language) Quora David Malan CS50 Machine learning (ML) Artificial intelligence (AI) Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tendinitis Electron Python TypeScript React C++ QBasic
In this episode, we talk about what are the core skills you need to go from developer to entrepreneur with Ben Halpern, co-founder of Forem, which acquired CodeNewbie in 2020. Ben talks about getting into development with entrepreneurship on the brain, building DEV and now his new venture, Forem, and what skills he looks for when hiring developers. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) DEV GeoCities PHP Linux Ruby on Rails Node.js Lynda Egghead Udemy Stripe API
In this episode, we talk about how to build tech for social justice, with Alex Qin, co-founder and CEO of Emergent Works. Alex talks about the challenges she had to face being a woman in tech, how shaving her head caused people to treat her with more respect and launched her on a path toward social justice, and her company’s first in-house app, Not 911. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Emergent Works Not 911 How to go from convict to coder Python Betaworks GIPHY Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race Gamergate Women Who Code Shaving my Head Made me a Better Programmer The New Jim Crow The Fortune Society React Doodle Jump
In this episode, we talk about .NET with Maria Naggaga, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft for .NET interactive and ASP.NET. Maria talks about how coding was actually a great path because of her dyslexia, what .NET is, what it’s good for and what the learning curve is to use it effectively. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) .NET .NET Interactive ASP.NET HTML IDE Visual Studio Code Visual Studio OpenDyslexic Google Material Theme Git Flatiron School BlackBerry PowerShell Microsoft Teams Jupyter Notebook University of Waterloo The University of British Columbia AWS Azure Java C# F# Visual Basic React Ruby on Rails Docker Django Python JavaScript CRUD GraphQL
In this episode, we talk about how to stay motivated and get your first job, with Danny Thompson, software engineer at Frontdoor and the chapter founder and organizer of GDG Memphis, a meetup for providing resources and supporting developers along their careers. Danny talks about going from gas station fry cook to developer, how to maintain drive and motivation on your coding journey, and his four steps to landing your first job. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Frontdoor GDG Memphis freeCodeCamp HTML CSS JavaScript SQL Vanilla JS Java C# Python LinkedIn #100DaysOfCode Angular
In this episode, we talk Typescript with Dan Vanderkam, principal software engineer at Sidewalk Labs, and author of Effective TypeScript. Dan talks about the difference between working on a personal project versus a project at scale, what typescript is, and how it can help you once you move to those larger projects. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) TypeScript Sidewalk Labs Effective TypeScript The Secret Guide To Computers BASIC Mount Sinai Alphabet Inc AlphaGo JavaScript Type Systems C# Turbo Pascal Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs, Third Edition TypeScript Handbook Basarat's TypeScript Deep Dive Basarat's T Programming TypeScript TypeScript Quickly
In this episode, we talk about learning to code when you’re older, with Allison Sheridan, creator of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, and former IT Fellow at Raytheon. Allison talks about why she picked up coding in her retirement, her challenges and successes on her coding journey, as well as her tips for learning. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) NosillaCast Raytheon Fortran Programming by Stealth Base.cs Podcast Automator HTML CSS JavaScript Git PHP Codecademy Stack Exchange Stack Overflow Programming is My Happy Place Visual Studio Code GitHub Taming the Terminal DEV Notability BASIC
In this episode, we talk about how to use code to build cross-cultural understanding, with Laura Gutierrez Funderburk, data science intern at Cybera’s Callysto Project. Laura talks about how diving into projects and finding mentors helped push her through her coding journey, using Jupyter Notebooks to create curriculums for teachers with the goal of cross-cultural understanding, and why building tech with that mission in mind is important. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Cybera Callysto Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU Co-operative Education BC Cancer Research Centre Anopheles Mosquito Python Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Jupyter Notebook Tla'amin Nation Callysto-Salish-Baskets Callysto-Fish-Traps Vancouver Datajam Pyladies R-Ladies GitHub
In this episode of DevNews, hosts Saron Yitbarek and Josh Puetz, cover how Apple server problems caused slowdowns and crashes for app launching in all versions of MacOS, the rise of school districts being the targets of ransomware attacks, and GitHub reinstating youtube-dl, a program to download videos from YouTube and other video sites, after a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown. And then they chat with Senior Staff Writer at Motherboard, Joseph Cox, whose piece titled, “How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps,” shines a spotlight on the location data industry, and who is being targeted. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps Standing up for developers: youtube-dl is back Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks Apple Addresses Privacy Concerns Surrounding App Authentication in macOS
In this episode, we chat we talk about spatial computing with April Speight, cloud advocate for spatial computing at Microsoft. April talks about moving from fashion to development, what spatial computing is, and her personal curriculum to learn what she needed to in order to make the switch from project management to the world of extended reality. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Spatial computing Extended reality Project management Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Google Career Certificates Augmented reality (AR) Virtual reality (VR) Mixed Reality HoloLens Magic Leap Program Management Vive Oculus Go Oculus Quest Google Cardboard Udacity Unity Python C# Codecademy Channel 9 Scott Hanselman: Announcing free C#, .NET, and ASP.NET for beginners video courses and tutorials Mixed Reality Toolkit Chatbots Artificial intelligence (AI) Data Science Microsoft Azure Facial Recognition MIT Reality Hack Mixed Reality Academy
In this episode, we talk about about going from convict to coder with software engineer, Rick Wolter. Rick talks about being sent to prison for murder as a teen, deciding to learn to code while being locked up, and what it takes to land that first job with a felony on your record. Show Links DevDiscuss (sponsor) DevNews (sponsor) Career Karma (sponsor) Cockroach Labs (sponsor) Rick Woltx The Last Mile Python Bucky Roberts Tutorials Khan Academy Adobe Dreamweaver Free Code Camp Big Nerd Ranch FIU (Florida International University) Swift C# .NET Java Object-oriented programming Rails
Comments (39)

MAZ 12211

Love it! I personally can't believe a 15-year-old could code (I thought only adults do). Very good Opemipo Disu! you're inspiring me to keep going! Good Luck!

Apr 12th

Daniel P

Decent interviews, the guests are usually great, the host seems slightly detached, though. Too many commercials. Literally the first three minutes she's going through sponsors.

Mar 15th

Daniel P

Too many commercial breaks.

Mar 15th

HiKi GaYa

just started this podcast 💥🔥

Mar 3rd

Anderson da Silva (@AndyDaSilva52)

Official Link for the epsisode with Transciption and additional information:

Mar 22nd


Just started a flex bootcamp for software engineering at Thinkful and have been getting lost in trying to memorize all of the key terms. This helped me feel alot less stressed out. Thank you!

Feb 14th


I learned a lot. Now I get what I am doing wrong. I need to know a little bit more about the UI patterns

Aug 19th
Reply (1)


awesome 👍

Aug 10th


what is going on? I can't access the episodes anymore.

Jul 17th
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Philip-Alexander Jach


Jun 9th

A.L. Blackwell

Great Podcast Episode! Very Clear Not Hard To Understand At All

May 11th

Kyle St. Jean

I found this podcast to be very difficult to listen to because of has broken English. I spent more time trying to make sure that I understood exactly what words he was trying to say, rather than trying to focus on the content and value that he was going to provide us.

Apr 29th

Kyle St. Jean

I found his story to be intriguing, however I had a very difficult time listening to this podcast because his English was so broken. I spend an awful lot of time just trying to put together what he was saying, instead of paying attention to the value that he was giving and what he had to say

Apr 29th

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Apr 23rd

Rafael Moraes

Excellent as ever. =}

Apr 10th

Rafael Moraes

Excellent episode!

Feb 20th

Fahad Naeem

Great episode. I enjoyed it.

Feb 6th

Fatur Arif Muchamad

what in the name of macaroni minute 30:00 hmm hmm mean 🐐🐐🐐🐐

Jan 29th

eric wyns

This pod cast is life to be honest. Hopefully one day I could be interviewed and the title reads warehouse dock to python developer. #codegoals

Jan 10th

Marcos Cabrera

Great episode!

Jan 3rd
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