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Author: Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, Joe Zack

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Pragmatic talk about software design best practices: design patterns, software architecture, coding for performance, object oriented programming, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and a whole lot more.

You'll be exposed to broad areas of information as well as deep dives into the guts of a programming language. Most topics discussed are relevant in any number of Object Oriented programming languages such as C#, Java, Ruby, PHP, etc.. All three of us are full stack web and database / software engineers so we discuss Javascript, HTML, SQL and a full spectrum of technologies and are open to any suggestions anyone might have for a topic. So please join us, subscribe, and invite your computer programming friends to come along for the ride.
146 Episodes
We learn all the necessary details to get into the world of developer game jams, while Michael triggers all parents, Allen's moment of silence is oddly loud, and Joe hones his inner Steve Jobs.
We wrap up our deep dive into The DevOps Handbook, while Allen ruined Halloween, Joe isn't listening, and Michael failed to... forget it, it doesn't even matter.
The 2020 Shopping Spree

The 2020 Shopping Spree


It's our favorite time of year where we discuss all of the new ways we can spend our money in time for the holidays, as Allen forgets a crucial part, Michael has "neons", and Joe has a pet bear.
We dive into the benefits of enabling daily learning into our processes, while it's egregiously late for Joe, Michael's impersonation is awful, and Allen's speech is degrading.
We wrap up the second way from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe has a mystery episode, Michael doesn't like ketchup, and Allen has a Costco problem.
Is Kubernetes Programming?

Is Kubernetes Programming?


We gather around the water cooler to discuss some random topics, while Joe sends too many calendar invites, Allen interferes with science, and Michael was totally duped.
We learn the secrets of a safe deployment practice while continuing to study The DevOps Handbook as Joe is a cartwheeling acrobat, Michael is not, and Allen is hurting, so much.
We're using telemetry to fill in the gaps and anticipate problems while discussing The DevOps Handbook, while Michael is still weird about LinkedIn, Joe knows who's your favorite JZ, and Allen might have gone on vacation.
It's all about telemetry and feedback as we continue learning from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe knows his versions, Michael might have gone crazy if he didn't find it, and Allen has more than enough muscles.
Our journey into the world of DevOps continues with The DevOps Handbook as Michael doesn't take enough tangents, Joe regrets automating the build, err, wait never regrets (sorry), and ducks really like Allen.
We begin our journey into the repeatable world of DevOps by taking cues from The DevOps Handbook, while Allen loves all things propane, Joe debuts his "singing" career with his new music video, and Michael did a very bad, awful thing.
We review the Stack Overflow Developer Survey in the same year it was created for the first time ever, while Joe has surprising news about the Hanson Brothers, Allen doesn't have a thought process, and Michael's callback is ruined.
As we learn from Google about how to navigate a code review, Michael learns to not give out compliments, Joe promises to sing if we get enough new reviews, and Allen introduces a new section to the show.
We learn what to look for in a code review while reviewing Google's engineering practices documentation as Michael relates patterns to choo-choos, Joe has a "weird voice", and Allen has a new favorite portion of the show.
We dig into Google's engineering practices documentation as we learn how to code review while Michael, er, Fives is done with proper nouns, Allen can't get his pull request approved, and Joe prefers to take the average of his code reviews.
We gather around the water cooler at 6 foot distances as Michael and Joe aren't sure what they streamed, we finally learn who has the best fries, at least in the US, and Allen doesn't understand evenly distributing your condiments.
We dig into the details of how databases use B-trees as we continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Michael's description of median is awful, live streaming isn't for Allen, and Joe really wants to bring us back from the break.
Since we can't leave the house, we discuss what it takes to effectively work remote while Allen's frail body requires an ergonomic keyboard, Joe finally takes a passionate stance, and Michael tells them why they're wrong.
It's time to learn about SSTables and LSM-Trees as Joe feels pretty zacked, Michael clarifies what he was looking forward to, and Allen has opinions about Dr Who.
In this episode, Allen is back, Joe knows his maff, and Michael brings the jokes, all that and more as we discuss the internals of how databases store and retrieve the data we save as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications.
Comments (17)

Tomas Simonavičius

Joe your'e the best. Keep those jokes comming 😂

Oct 10th


Very helpful topics and ideas presented in an easy to follow way.

Aug 1st
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Great podcast. love it

Jul 25th
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Khuderchuluun Ak


May 6th

Kai Rynners

Very cool podcast. I read the book a while back and thought it was brilliant. But this episode made it even better. As good was the book was, you really nailed it home with your insights and interpretation!

May 1st

Kirill Krasheninnikov

Nice podcast. Their shopping lists episodes are the best

Dec 24th

Adam Wiedeman

you guys are the dopest!

Dec 9th


Would be great if you can discuss design patterns

Dec 4th


Very useful talk, thanks guys!

Dec 4th

Ryan Doerr

Listened to almost all of these on my commute to work! These three guys have a great dynamic and great topics. Keep 'em coming!

Oct 11th

Khuderchuluun Ak

subscribed a few days ago, already loving this podcast!

Aug 3rd

Luciano Leite

Great podcast, best for learning.

Jun 1st

Alisdair Frost

I thoroughly enjoy this podcast. The hosts are entertaining, knowledgeable and have great insight into the management of developers as well as the work of developers. Tons of great resources are cited throughout and they try to keep a range of environments and languages in mind in all of their episodes.

Mar 31st

Larry Reppert

This is a Great podcast.

Nov 13th
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