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Hello from the Internet! This is your guide to the various aspects of the lovely world of web development. Every month we shall get together, and discuss an aspect of web development. We will unwrap the subject using questions sent by YOU the listener. You can contact us via the twitter on @localhostfm or email your questions to show@localhost.fm Mark Drew and Rob Dudley are stepping up to the challenge to answer these questions for you.
 
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One risk front end developers run in their day to day work is getting buried by the growing piles of frameworks and tools surrounding us and begging for attention. As JavaScript has grown as a viable language for not just site interactivity, but also our build processes and maintenance tools, it’s easy to forget that sometimes simpler is better. Th…
 
In this episode, we talk about how to learn data science and machine learning, with Jay Feng, co-founder and head of data science at Interview Query. Jay talks about how data science got him back into development after some bad coding experiences, how the different tools for machine learning and data science work together, and if machine learning i…
 
In this episode, we talk about React with Sophie Alpert, engineering manager at Humu, former manager of the React core team at Facebook. Sophie talks about the decision to drop out of college to work full-time at Kahn Academy, what her favorite things about React are, and going from the top open source contributor to React to then building it on th…
 
In this episode, we talk about accessibility in tech and how tech can be used to empower people from a variety of backgrounds, with Sareh Heidari, Software engineer at BBC News. Sareh talks about transitioning from physics to development, how networking and meetups helped her land her first job, and how the BBC integrates accessibility in their wor…
 
Users have consumed content since long before webpages existed. We have habits of scanning through content that are ingrained in our psyche, because we’ve learned to trust them when information hunting. The F-Pattern is one such technique that eventually informed our design, and still informs how we browse dense content on the web. In this episode,…
 
In this episode, we talk Ruby with Jay McGavren, author of Head First Ruby and Head First Go, and web developer at Kajabi. Jay talks about the pros and cons of using Ruby, what coding in Ruby looks like, and if it’s a good language for beginners to first learn. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor)…
 
In this episode, we talk about learning and loving CSS, with Hui Jing Chen, UX Developer at Shopify. Hui Jing talks about how playing professional basketball led to becoming a developer, how she became a CSS expert, and why you should always read the specs. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor) Clo…
 
How many times have we heard that your brain is a muscle, and you must exercise it just like your arms and legs? In the world of coding, whether you’re trying to pick up new languages, or deepen your knowledge of others, it’s incredibly important to find good resources to practice your trade regularly. This week Jeremy Walker, co-founder of one of …
 
In this episode, we talk auth, with Sam Julien, developer advocate engineer at Auth0. Sam talks about how he got out a rut and into development with a little help from his friends, what auth is, and what are the things you really need to know about it Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor) Cloudinar…
 
In this episode, we talk about getting into open source, with Janessa Tran, junior software engineer at Ten Forward Consulting. Janessa talks about being one of a triplet of coders, how contributing to open source early on helped her to level up her dev skills, and what you should look for as a beginner when choosing what open source projects to wo…
 
The Mantra of Milliseconds Matter has been repeated to us over the years ad nauseam. Even if we feel the saying is somewhat trite, the principle isn’t. As faster computers, better browsers, and increasing connection speeds erode techniques that encourage efficient design and development, it’s more important now than ever to be aware of how performa…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about live coding with Jesse Weigel, senior software engineer at Dicks Sporting Goods, and YouTube live streamer for freeCodeCamp. Jesse talks about how he got into live streaming his work, the ways in which live streaming has helped him as a developer, and his advice for folks who want to start their own coding lives…
 
DUX takes on the all-too-intimidating task of looking at Amazon in this episode, targeting features and experience on the site that we would make changes to so that the process of shopping and buying could be improved for users. Obviously an hour isn’t much time to talk about that, so we picked some of our favorites to use as examples of how you mi…
 
A last minute curve ball from Michael this week takes us down the road of a three-topic episode again. We get started by reviewing an article from Harry Roberts that gets into how to get the most performance out of your web fonts. From there, we look into an upcoming PageRank change that will use Web Vitals to factor UX into scores. Then we wrap up…
 
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is true as we dive deeper into dynamic frameworks like React or Angular, while simultaneously returning to tried and true methods of delivering performant content in the form of static HTML. In this episode, lead developer Jared White from the Bridgetown project stops in to help educate us a…
 
Libraries have long made up the cornerstone of community learning, education, and other support services. As their scope and utility grows, so too must the capabilities of their website. Far too often, however, cities don’t supply them with the resources necessary to optimize the user experience of their websites for their most common users. In thi…
 
As an industry, tech is not well equipped to accept when people change their names. This problem effects a range of people, including those who have a change of marital status. However, it can especially effect the security of those who are survivors of domestic violence, and those who are trans, who have to suffer through deadnaming by their tech …
 
In this episode, we’re talking about how as an industry, tech should strive for equitable design, and how you can harness your privilege to help create diversity, with Aubrey Blanche, director of global head of equitable design and impact at Culture Amp, and Founder and CEO of The Mathpath. Aubrey talks about how the term “diversity and inclusion” …
 
This past Thursday was Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the perfect time for us to sit down with Webflow developers EJ Mason and Rubin Nic to talk about the work they are doing to prioritize accessibility on the platform for both their clients and website visitors. Baking accessibility into your process as a core value is no small undertaking, a…
 
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