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Learn to Code is a podcast hosted by Chris Castiglione (OneMonth.com) based in Brooklyn, NY. Each week Chris interviews successful business founders, startups and programmers to ask them: How did you learn to code? What tips and tricks do you have for finding meaningful work?

Learn more about One Month and the Learn to Code podcast at www.onemonth.com.
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This week on the Learn to Code Podcast Mattan Griffel, award-winning teacher of the Introduction to Programming Using Python course at Columbia Business School, and I discuss the question: “Why are MBAs learning to code?” Over the past four years, Mattan has taught thousands of MBAs. Recently he has begun work on a textbook to scale his curriculum to business schools all around the country titled Python for MBAs. In this episode, we’ll discuss why entrepreneurs and managers are using Python to automate routine tasks. We’ll look at student use cases, and how and why Python does a better job at data analysis than more traditional tools like Excel. Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
You’ve launched your first website. It’s a big day! You want to throw a party, crack a beer, and high-five everyone you see. Except, there’s no one around — zero comments on your blog and your site doesn’t even show up in any Google rankings. This week on the podcast, I’m chatting with Kenny Kline (JAKK Media), who’s built a multi-million dollar business helping drive organic traffic to his client’s websites. IMHO Kenny is the #1 content marketing guru in New York. Over the years, I’ve learned so much from Kenny that has helped drive 2-3x more traffic to OneMonth.com. That’s why I’m especially excited to share this episode. You’ll learn how Kenny Kline learned to code, what a content marketer does, and how to gain the skills necessary to apply for your dream content marketing job! The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.    
In this episode, Sahil Lavingia tells us how he learned Python, build Gumroad, as well as his advice for newbies stuck on choosing a programming language. Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
This week I chat with Sahil Lavingia (Gumroad.com Founder) who spent years running a profitable business with millions of adorning customers — only to be told again and again that he was a huge failure. In this episode, Sahil and I discuss the expectations of taking VC money, and the metrics for success (and failure) that startups must answer to. Sahil begins,  "In 2011, I left my job as the second employee at Pinterest — before I vested any of my stock — to work on what I thought would be my life’s work. I thought Gumroad would become a billion-dollar company, with hundreds of employees. It would IPO, and I would work on it until I died. Something like that. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. Now, it may look like I am in an enviable position, running a profitable, growing, low-maintenance software business serving adoring customers. But for years, I considered myself a failure. At my lowest point, I had to lay off 75 percent of my company, including many of my best friends. I had failed. It took me years to realize I was misguided from the outset. I no longer feel shame in the path I took to get to where I am today — but for a long time, I did. This is my journey, from the beginning."  Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
WordPress development is in high demand! If you dream of launching a freelance web development career you'll want to know the basics of how to customize WordPress with Advanced Custom Fields (ACF).  In this episode, I chat with Elliot Condon — the creator of Advanced Custom Fields. You'll learn: How Elliot learned to code, How you can use WordPress + ACF to build amazing websites, and how to start a freelance career as a WordPress developer.   Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter. 
33% of the web is powered by WordPress. There's a lot of WordPress sites out there! Because of that, WordPress is a huge target for hackers, and security should be a priority for everyone, even if you're not a developer. In this episode, I chat with Jason Cohen, CTO of WPEngine, about what WordPress security for beginners. We discuss:  The best plugins for keeping your WordPress sites secure. How to know if your WordPress site is already hacked What you can do if you think your WordPress site is hacked Pros and cons of the various types of WordPress hosting that are out there. Everything from WordPress.com, to shared hosting, to manage WordPress hosting solutions. Jason's thoughts on WordPress Jetpack, Automatic (the company behind WordPress)'s default WordPress security plug-in. Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
This week on the podcast I'm chatting with Bryan Helmig, the CTO, and co-founder of Zapier. In our discussion, we talk about how Bryan learned to code, how One Month uses Zapier's automation tools to save us time and $$$, AND our list of The Most In-Demand Tech Skills.  Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
Welcome to the Learn to Code Podcast here at One Month. Today on the show we have Zed Shaw. Zed is the author of Learn Python the Hard Way. and the popular website Learn Code the Hardway.  In this episode, we'll be talking about how Zed learned to code, how to get the most out of his book series, and advice on next steps for after you complete Learn Python the Hard Way.  In my chat with Zed Shaw we discuss: How Zed Shaw learned to code Why Zed named his book series "Learn to Code the Hard Way" Codecademy vs. Learn The Hard Way Ruby vs. Django vs. Vue.js Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.
Nathan Baschez (Product Hunt, Gimlet Media) is one of the most prolific people I know, having worked at half a dozen of the coolest startups I can think of, all in just the past ten years.   I first met Nathan back in 2012 while we were working at General Assembly in New York City. At the time General Assembly had just acquired Nathan's startup Dash — an early learn to code app much like Codecademy.   Since then Nathan has gone on to co-create Product Hunt, launch HardBound (a visual storytelling app), as well as dedicate his talents to Gimlet Media and Substack. In my chat with Nathan we discuss:  How to design a career Strategies for choosing projects Behind the scenes of early days at General Assembly, and Product Hunt What it's like to work at Gimlet Media (home to the Reply All Podcast, Startup, and the CrimeTown Podcast) Tips for staying focused when learning to code for the first time Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
Hacker Noon is one of the best tech blogs to stay up to date with coding trends, blockchain, and startups. With over 7000 writers and 200,000 daily readers, Hacker Noon has become the voice of hackers around the world. Linh Dao Smooke is the co-founder and COO of Hacker Noon. Today she and I chat about Hacker Noon's origin, why they're parting ways with Medium, and future of the publication.  In this episode, we discuss:  What is Hacker Noon? How did Hacker Noon get started? Why is Hacker Noon leaving Medium? And where are they going? How could someone get started writing for Hacker Noon? What are the top all-time stories on Hacker Noon? Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
Buddy Galletti is a FullStack Academy student and One Month alumni. He's currently enrolled in Fullstack's 26 week online Bootcamp where he's learning HTML, JavaScript, CSS and React. I interviewed Buddy to tell us about his journey learning to code, and to share an honest review of what it's like being a student at Fullstack Academy.  In this episode we discuss:  What is a coding bootcamp? What coding languages does Fullstack Academy teach and why? What is the day-to-day work life of a coding bootcamp student? Does Fullstack Academy help you get a job? How hard is it to get into Fullstack Academy? How much is Fullstack Academy? Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
Joel Califa is a professional problem solver. He's a successful designer, developer, team leader, and overall self-proclaimed generalist.  Joel’s career has led him to the role of Senior Product Designer at two well-known digital companies: Digital Ocean and GitHub. Over the years, Joel has interviewed hundreds of job applicants (both technical and non-technical). Last week I sat down with Joel to ask him, “What advice do you have for someone trying to get hired at GitHub? And what rate should web designer be asking for 2019?”  In this episode you will learn:  How Joel Califa prepares for an interview How to get hired at GitHub How much money a web designer makes in 2019 Interviewing tips for getting hired as a web designer  Joel's favorite web design tools and apps Salary negotiating tips anyone can use!   Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
What's the difference between front-end and back-end coding? Whether you're hiring a developer, becoming a developer, or just getting started learning to code — you're going to need to know the difference between the two terms "front-end" and "back-end." In this SHORTS episode of the Learn to Code Podcast I'm going to explain the differences in terms of skill level, programming languages, and salary.  Front-end developers primarily use three languages: HTML, CSS, Javascript. While back-end developers will choose at least one of the following programming languages are PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js, and Java.  Full Blog Post and Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.       
Why are product managers learning to code? This week I chat with product manager (and self-taught programmer) Irma Mesa (@_justirma) about why and how she learned to code. Irma is a product manager at Open Up Resources. Open Up Resources is a non-profit that creates K-12 curriculum, and is funded by some from some pretty big names like The Bill and Linda Gates Foundation and The Schusterman Foundation. In this episode, we talk about the various resources that Irma used to learn to code (Codecademy, freeCodeCamp, One Month). How helpful were each of these coding courses? Which was the most helpful? What did she use first? What language would she recommend if you're new to just starting a code? All that and more!  Episode Show Notes and Full Transcript  The Learn to Code Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Follow One Month on Facebook and Twitter.   
In a previous episode of the Learn to Code Podcast I discussed best practices for building a website. Today I want to discuss when NOT to build a website! As well as some cheap, and quick ways to validate your idea before you write a line of code.  I've built a lot of websites that no one has ever visited.😭 I've seen clients spend $10,000 to build a website, and then afterwards never make an update! Without love, websites die. HTML ages like bread, not like wine.  In this episode, I discuss the concept of MVP (minimum viable product) and how successful companies like Dropbox, the Skimm, and Oculus Riff all launched without writing a single line of code.  Episode Show Notes ► https://learn.onemonth.com/non-programming-for-programmers/ STAY TUNED: One Month ► https://www.onemonth.com/ YouTube ► https://youtube.com/c/onemonth Facebook ►https://www.facebook.com/OneMonthEdu/ Podcast ►https://learn.onemonth.com/new-learn-to-code-podcast/    
Brett Martin teaches Digital Literacy for Decision Makers (with me!) at Columbia University Business School. In this conversation, we share our curriculum, notes, and stories teaching digital literacy to MBAs.  In this lesson you'll learn:  Brett's definition of digital literacy  How to tell if someone is digitally literate Types of digital literacy  Coding literacy vs. Digital Literacy  The tectonic forces that shape internet culture A brief history of the internet Why MBAs at Columbia University are learning to code Who is Brett Martin? Brett Martin is the co-founder and managing partner of Charge Ventures, which works with early-stage companies trying to get funding here in Brooklyn, New York. Brett has quite a legacy of working on some fantastic products. He co-founded a company called Switch, which is a mobile job discovery application, as well as Sonar, an app that I used to use back in the day. He's written for Harvard Business Review and helped launch a little known website called Vice. Yeah, he helped launch the original Vice website. So, he's done quite a few amazing things. Read the transcript and show notes Visit www.onemonth.com for the podcast transcript, links mentioned in this episode, and to listen to more episodes of the Learn to Code Podcast.
Meaghan Jones (@meaghanwonder) graduated from UC Berkeley with a Masters in Latin America Studies. Having grown up in California, Meaghan always dreamed of working and living abroad. She loved Latin America, and so "Latin American Politics" seemed like her to working abroad! She arrived in Brazil, and hit a wall. At first, Meaghan had a difficult time getting work. She ended up teaching English for a few months, but always had the feeling that she could be doing something more, she wanted to work somewhere that she could continue actively learning on the job, and she wanted a job that matched her creative potential. Meaghan returned to the States, and that’s when she joined Epicodus, a coding bootcamp in Portland, OR. Meaghan worked hard, and learned to code in just 6 months. Since graduating from Epicodus's coding bootcamp Meaghan has landed a job at Hotjar, working remotely from San Paolo, Brazil. (Meaghan is also One Month alumni! When Meaghan joined Hotjar she enrolled in One Month’s Learn Python course, and we met soon after!) Full story > https://learn.onemonth.com/how-i-learned-to-code/ Visit www.onemonth.com for the podcast transcript, links mentioned in this episode, and to listen to more episodes of the Learn to Code Podcast.    
In just 10 minutes Chris Castiglione (@castig) of OneMonth.com shares his advice on How to Build a Website in 2019. ❤️  When should you use Squarespace? WordPress? Or build the website from scratch? As a web developer with over ten years of experience (working on sites from Toyota, The Grand Central Oyster Bar and dozens of startups), people are often asking him, "Can you build me a website?" In this episode, Chris gives a framework for helping you decide:  When you should use a CMS like Squarespace, WordPress, or Wix. When might you want to learn to code and build it yourself from scratch? Should you hire a web developer or outsource to Upwork.com?   Ultimately, the two questions you want to ask when building a new website boil down to two factors:  Ease — How easy do you want this to be?  Customizable — How customizable do you want this to be?   In less than 10 minutes, Chris will share best practices, questions, and cost when deciding how to build a new website. Visit www.onemonth.com for the podcast transcript, links mentioned in this episode, and to listen to more episodes of the Learn to Code Podcast.     
Mike Heavers (@heaversmike) has been designing, strategizing, and coding for the web for over 20 years. He works with HTML, React, JavaScript, Python as well as, other tools like After Effects, Ableton, and most recently Machine Learning. He's also worked with companies like Nike, Facebook, Lululemon and universities like Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. Today, we'll be discussing what goes into being a successful freelance developer. In this episode you'll learn:  Freelancer vs. Consultant: What's the difference? What is a web agency? How did you land your job at your first Web Development Agency? How do you find clients? How do you know what to charge your clients? How do you do invoicing and pricing? What are the best resources to stay up to date on web development? What's the best language to learn if you want to become a freelance web developer? You can find Mike on Twitter @heaversmike.  Learn to Code HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, Ruby and more at www.onemonth.com. That’s also where you can find all of the podcast transcripts, and links mentioned in the show. 
Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) is co-host of the ShopTalk podcast, built CSS-Tricks.com, one of my favorite resources for staying up-to-date with HTML, CSS and all things front-end. He also co-founded CodePen, a popular coding playground for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  In my interview with Chris Coyier we discuss: How Chris Coyier learned to code!  What's a front-end developer? What resources do you use to stay up to date on web dev? Lessons learned from over 300+ episodes of the ShopTalkShow Podcast How many blog posts has Chris written for CSS-Tricks? (You won't' believe the answer)  Listen to Chris Coyier on his coding podcast: ShoptalkShow: https://shoptalkshow.com/ Learn to Code HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, Ruby and more at www.onemonth.com. That's also where you can find all of the podcast transcripts, and links mentioned in the show.
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