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The Function Call

The Function Call

Author: Austin Gil

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The Function Call is a show about friends, and it’s also a show about programming. We get together and talk about tech, what we're working on, and the little things, like what we had for dinner last night. Come hang out, have a laugh, and maybe learn something new. Support this podcast:
19 Episodes
In this episode Austin introduces Grant to the wonderful world of CSS resets and normalizers. We discussed what they are, why you might want one, and what makes them different from a library/framework. Austin had some technical difficulties at the end, but it was a fun show regardless. Links: bedrocss Style Check Shoutouts: AJ - Hammocks Grant - Take time off work Austin - bedrocss and Style Check --- Support this podcast:
Why did it break? Why does it work? In this episode, Grant takes us on a Grant Rant about why the "It works and I have no idea why" meme is troublesome. How this erodes communication, confidence, and leads to a deeper sense of imposter syndrome. Austin goes along for the ride, mostly just for comedic value. Shoutouts: Grant: Boss Baby Austin: The Boys --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, Grant and Austin have a MEANINGFUL chat about markup, but it was all just semantics. We covered a wide range of topics from HTML to accessibility to JSON-LD, and more. Links: Vue dynamic components How to Build HTML Forms Right: Semantics JSON-LD CSS Tricks - display: contents Shoutouts: Austin: Raised By Wolves Grant: Ground Keeper --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, Grant and Austin discuss some recent issues working with dates at work, advice about working with time and dates in JavaScript, what libraries we currently run with, and the future of time in the browser. We also share some takes on storing dates in databases, and the native HTML date input. Links: moment.js Bundlephobia Day.js Date-fns Luxon.js MDN Date input Date input bug in Safari Shoutouts: Grant - The Texas power grid Austin - Lovecraft Country --- Support this podcast:
In this episode of The Function Call, Austin, Grant, and AJ get a visit from special guest, Ben Katz. Ben shared lots of valuable insights about the interview process, both from the interviewer and interviewee side. For interviewees, we went into tips on getting a job, dealing with LinkedIn, and some things to look for and/or things to avoid. On the interviewer side of things, we talked about the lack of clarity on needs, how resumes are inherently boring, the fact that screening is usually arbitrary and lead to lots of false negatives, and problems with the interview process in general Links: Leetcode Picks AJ: Amy’s burritos Grant: Full Face Helmets Ben: Mechanical watches Austin: Cracking the Coding Interview --- Support this podcast:
In this episode of The Function Call, Grant, AJ, and Austin sit silently in a room and just watch you buy your fifth tub of guacamole. Just kidding. We're talking all about analytics. We get into different types of analytics, various ways of implementing them, and some opinions of why we love and/or hate them. This was a very fun topic because it's so relevant today for balancing privacy and performance against business goals. Links: Google Analytics Cloudflare Insights Fathom Plausible Microphone Isolation Box Shoutouts: AJ: Epsilon Notes Grant: AdBlock Plus Austin: Merino wool 🐑 --- Support this podcast:
Like shaving yacks? Well this is the episode to listen to! We discuss our pointless opinions about programming and decide once-and-for-all "tabs vs. spaces" and all sorts of other things that don't matter. TLDR: Is html a programming language; NO Single vs double quotes vs backticks; SINGLE Variable naming case; follow conventions? YES (per project/team) Semi colons; YES (but automate it) Curly Braces:  1TBS Dangling commas, YASSS! CSS order: "have structure" Ternarys: NO Shoutouts: AJ: MF DOOM Grant: "Sneks" (a.k.a. snakes) Austin: Canva --- Support this podcast:
In this episode we covered a whole gamut of client side options for storing data. Here's a list of some of the things we talked about: In memory storage ("Throw it on the window" - Grant) sessionStorage localStorage IndexedDB Cookies Service Worker URL FileSystem API Links: Shoutouts: Austin - Sleep stories by Wysa Grant - sleep train your baby. --- Support this podcast:
11: The State of the Web

11: The State of the Web


In this episode, Grant and Austin share their thoughts on the state of the web. We cover topics ranging from operating systems to browser features to modifications in the language. No shoutouts this time. Predictions instead. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, Grant and Austin talk about the idea of ambidextrous development, or the ability to translate between various frameworks, libraries, and languages. Well covered "stack blinders", copying code from StackOverflow, and freeing yourself from a framework limited view of development. Background: Grant suggested this topic after seeing this tweet. “I'm working on some ecommerce components that would play nicely with use-shopping-cart right now. Anyone have a good resource on making ACCESSIBLE side panels to slide from the right? They can't be keyboard selected when off-screen” Links: Shoutouts: Grant: Riding bikes. Austin: NPR podcasts --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we get a guest visit from Stuart Runyan, VP of Engineering at Aside from his insights, we fumble our way through explaining what a content management system is, different types of CMSs, why they're awesome, when they're not so awesome, and what to look for when shopping for one. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, Austin shares everything he knows about JSON Web Tokens (JWT). Grant and AJ come along for the ride as we get into authentication vs. authorization, sessions, databases and more. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, Austin sits down to chat with Sarah Shook all about her experience breaking into the Twitter tech scene. We covered tips on growing an audience, how to make friends, can Twitter help with your job search, and does it make you a better developer? Sarah is a very nice person and was a great guest.  --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, our senior mechanical keyboard expert, Grant, tells us all about mechanical keyboards. A bit of history, a lot about different options, and we go into what we like or dislike about keyboards. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we take a whirlwind tour of CSS-in-JS, lead by our trusty pilot, Grant. We get an overview on what it is, why we need it, and what some good options are. ** spoiler alert ** Austin does not approve. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we talk about serverless architecture. What it is, how it works, and what we think about it. ** Spoiler alert ** Grant doesn't like serverless.  --- Support this podcast:
Sitting down with Austin and Grant to talk about Server Side Rendering (SSR). We covered some of the benefits, some of the myths, and different ways to can accomplish it. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode, we walk through some of the tech stacks we're currently working with, what we would pick today if we were starting a greenfield project, and what technology we are interested in but have little to no experience. Give it a listen and let us know what your favorite tech stacks or pancake stacks are. --- Support this podcast:
We walk through a little history of our developer journeys. Where we were before programming, how we broke in, and what we're doing today. Give it a listen and get to know us a little better. --- Support this podcast:
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