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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.
129 Episodes
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.
Jamie from and Allen, ya know, from Coding Blocks, sat down together at NDC London to talk about the hot topics from the conference as well as how to get the most out of any conference you attend. If you’re reading this episodes show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s […]
We dive into declarative vs imperative query languages as we continue to dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Allen is gallivanting around London, Michael had a bullish opinion, and Joe might not know about The Witcher.
While we continue to dig into Designing Data-Intensive Applications, we take a step back to discuss data models and relationships as Michael covers all of his bases, Allen has a survey answer just for him, and Joe really didn't get his tip from Reddit.
We're comparing data models as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications as Coach Joe is ready to teach some basketball, Michael can't pronounce 6NF, and Allen measured some geodesic distances just this morning.
We dig into what it takes to make a maintainable application as we continue to learn from Designing Data-Intensive Applications, as Allen is a big fan of baby Yoda, Michael's index isn't corrupt, and Joe has some latency issues.
We continue to study the teachings of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Michael's favorite book series might be the Twilight series, Joe blames his squeak toy chewing habit on his dogs, and Allen might be a Belieber.
We start our deep dive into Joe's favorite new book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications as Joe can't be stopped while running downhill, Michael might have a new spin on #fartgate, and Allen doesn't quite have a dozen tips this episode.
We discuss this year's shopping spree only to learn that Michael spent too much, Allen spent too much, and Joe spent too much.
We debate whether DevOps is a job title or a job responsibility as Michael finally understands's name, Allen is an infosec expert, and Joe wears his sunglasses at night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Reply (1)


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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