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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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” …
 
In this episode, we talk about how frontend development has changed over the past 20 years, and how to keep on learning new skills, with Crysfel Villa, Senior Software Engineer at InVision, and backend lead at Coding Coach. Crysfel talks about how he navigated his english language barrier learning to code 20 years ago, how putting himself out there…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about personal projects, with Ze Frank, former president of Buzzfeed Motion Pictures, and creator of the massively popular website, zefrank.com. Ze talks about his creative process, the wild west that was the internet of the early aughts, and the ubiquity of Flash. He also shares his journey into coding by creating fu…
 
In this episode we’re talking about technical debt, with Nina Zakharenko, Principal Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. Nina talks about what causes technical debt, what can happen when it gets out of control, and how we can mitigate the accumulation of that debt. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sp…
 
In this episode, we talk about using no-code tools to aid in your coding journey and your work, with David Hoang, director of design at Webflow. David talks about how he got into code through the fine arts, the utility of using no-code tools both for learning to code as well as in your career, and what some of his favorite no-code tools are. Show L…
 
In this episode, we're talking about how to hack legally with Karen Miller, associate cyber security engineer at the Software Engineering Institute. Karen talks about getting into cyber security through forensic and security competitions, reliable and safe resources to learn how to hack, and how to do it legally. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) Twilio…
 
In this episode, we're talking about COBOL, with Pete Dashwood, CEO of PRIMA Computing, a company that helps other companies move off of COBOL. Pete talks about what it was like to be a programmer working in COBOL in the 60’s, what the programming language is good at, and the current state of COBOL. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor…
 
In this episode, we talk about about vanilla JavaScript with Chris Ferdinandi, author of the Vanilla JS Pocket Guide series, and creator of the Vanilla JS Academy training program. Chris talks about how he went from HR professional to JavaScript expert, the pros of getting rid of all that tooling and learning good old fashion vanilla JS, and why th…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about tackling imposter syndrome and succeeding, with Allen Whearry, software engineer at Yelp. Allen talks about his strategy for teaching himself to code, conquering his self-doubt, and how after applying for job after job, he finally landed a position at Yelp. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Hero…
 
In this episode, we're talking about site reliability with Molly Struve, lead site reliability engineer at DEV Community. Molly talks about going from studying aerospace engineering, to becoming an options trader, to then becoming a site reliability engineer. She gets into the history of site reliability, what it is, and what it takes to do it well…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about civic tech with Aidan Feldman, Technology Director at General Service Administration’s Technology Transformation Services. We get into the pros and cons, and hurdles and hoops of working in civic tech, as well as the skills you need if you want a career in it. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) H…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about getting hired with Caitlin Cooke, former VP of HR at Nava, and current Career Mentor at Pathrise. We get into the difference between getting hired in tech as opposed to other types of industries, the different steps to step up your interviewing, including creating a “behavioral matrix,” and the pipeline strategy…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about game development with Jonathan Jennings, software engineer at RelayCars. We get into how he got into game design, the struggles of learning to code, and what it takes to be a successful game designer. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor) Cloudinary (sponsor) De…
 
In this episode, we talk about the necessity of coding apprenticeships in making the tech world a more diverse and inclusive place, with Ryan Carson, CEO and founder of Treehouse. He talks about the limitations of the pure bootcamp model and how apprenticeship programs can lead to real change in terms of equality, diversity, and inclusion. Show Lin…
 
In this episode, we’re talking about testing code with Angie Jones, Senior Developer Advocate at Applitools, and former Senior Software Engineer in Test at Twitter. Angie talks about how she got into testing, some of the testing and problems she had to solve while working at Twitter, and why all developers should understand the basics of testing. S…
 
In this episode, we're talking about ethics in open source with Coraline Ada Ehmke, software developer, and creator of the Contributor Covenant, as well as the Hippocratic License. Coraline talks about her coding journey, open source, licenses, and how and why it’s important to create an ethical framework for those licenses. Show Links MongoDB (spo…
 
It’s our final episode of season 6, and the 13th anniversary of Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. To celebrate, we revisit some of our all-time favourite readings from the archives. Show notes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lullatone Closing theme is “Oh Dear Diary” by Sloan Twitter Instagram Faceb…
 
Holly gets her friends out of jail, Vince lists his favourite things, Peggy crushes on Matthew Perry, and much more. Recorded live at The Royal Cinema in Toronto. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron. Photos from our Toronto event Rate or review GRTTWaK in iTunes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lull…
 
Dan hates camp, Amanda gets naked in the rain, Ash has a crush on a barista, and much more. Recorded live at La Sala Rossa in Montréal. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron. Photos from our Montréal event Rate or review GRTTWaK in iTunes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lullatone Closing theme is “Oh…
 
Amanda stinks up her school, Kate imagines a US-Canada war, Kayla describes Mr. Sexy, and much more. Recorded live at The Caveau in Moncton. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron. Photos from our Moncton event Rate or review GRTTWaK in iTunes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lullatone Closing theme is…
 
With the explosion of coding bootcamps, video courses, and other resources for coding, it can be tough for somebody starting out to cut the wheat from the chaff. We chat with Colt Steele, Colt Steele, developer and bootcamp instructor at Udemy, about his winding road to becoming a coder, what makes a good course, and the best way to find and learn …
 
Rachel predicts the future, Tim carries a knife, Sara compares Lucy Maud Montgomery to Stephen King, and much more. Recorded live at TWH Social in Kitchener. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron. Photos from our Kitchener event Rate or review GRTTWaK in iTunes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lullato…
 
We chat with John Maeda, Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient, about his journey into combining art and technology, going from working in academia to silicon valley, and his new book, “How to Speak Machine: Laws of Design For a Computational Age.” Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor) Cloud…
 
We chat with Tim O'Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, about what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right with teaching programming today, and how we need to make coding more inclusive for more than just career developers. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor) Cloudinary (sponsor) DevNews (spon…
 
Corrinne wants a pet gerbil, Heather wants to see balls, Lauryn wants to run away from home, and much more. Recorded live at The Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron. Photos from our Saskatoon event Rate or review GRTTWaK in iTunes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lulla…
 
You can be an amazing developer, but a terrible manager. We chat with Lara Hogan, former VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, co-founder of Wherewithall, a company that coaches and levels up managers, and author of the new bestselling book, Resilient Management, about her background going from web developer to manager, why becoming a manager isn’t nec…
 
We chat with Amy Chen, systems software engineer at VMware and creator of the Amy Codes YouTube channel, about her career two years into being a professional developer, getting into coding for distributed systems, and the benefits of creating a personal brand. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Heroku (sponsor) DevDiscuss (sponsor) …
 
Emilia recounts her first kiss, Michelle tries to guilt her parents, Natalie recognizes the importance of eye health, and much more. Recorded live at the Royal Cinema in Toronto. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron.Photos from our Toronto eventRate or review GRTTWaK in iTunesJoin the email newsletterUpcoming live eventsMusic by Podington Be…
 
We chat with Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma, and a man with bit of an unconventional background. He’s worked as an event organizer for athletes and celebrities, an investment banker, and professional cellist. We chat with him about how he broke into the startup world, his advice for people trying to do the same, and his app, Career Karma, a reso…
 
For all of the benefits of open source, such as pushing innovation and creating huge collaborative ways to build powerful products, there are also very legitimate concerns in terms of sustainability, exploitation of new developers, and the privilege of who actually has the time and resources to contribute to open source. We chat with Katie Delfin, …
 
Amy laments being a pre-teen, Krista writes a letter to her future self, Carolyn’s rabbit dies, and much more. Recorded live at The Carleton in Halifax. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron.Photos from our Halifax eventRate or review GRTTWaK in iTunesJoin the email newsletterUpcoming live eventsMusic by Podington Bear and LullatoneClosing th…
 
Ageism in tech has been an open secret in Silicon Valley for years. We spoke with Ariana Tobin, engagement editor at ProPublica, and co-author of the investigative piece "Cutting 'Old Heads' at IBM," about what ageism in tech really looks like, and allegations of ageism against the tech giant. Show Links MongoDB (sponsor) TwilioQuest (sponsor) Hero…
 
Marissa goes hottie hunting, Anna dislikes piano lessons, Jeni writes an unauthorized sequel to a 1964 young adult novel, and much more. Recorded live at the Victoria Event Centre in Victoria. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron.Photos from our Victoria eventRate or review GRTTWaK in iTunesJoin the email newsletterUpcoming live eventsMusic …
 
Carol watches Titanic, Alan shares a pun-filled geography lesson, Ev contemplates success and failure, and much more. Recorded live at The York Theatre in Vancouver. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron.Photos from our Vancouver eventRate or review GRTTWaK in iTunesJoin the email newsletterUpcoming live eventsMusic by Podington Bear and Lull…
 
The Pragmatic Programmer was published in 1999 by software engineers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas, and is considered to be one of the quintessential books on programming. For its 20th anniversary edition, we chat with Andy and Dave about the book’s impact, what’s changed in the new edition, and what remains the same, along with things they’ve learned …
 
At the time of this recording, the New York Times released a report titled "As Cameras Track Detroit’s Residents a Debate Ensues Over Racial Bias," which discussed some of the issues in machine learning such as algorithmic bias, and facial recognition software giving more false matches for black people than white people. We chat with Nashlie Sephus…
 
Zebariah hates Bill Gates, Haidee hates two of her friends, Loreen gives her sister a very unusual birthday card, and much more. Recorded live at the Victoria Event Centre in Victoria. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron.Photos from our Victoria eventRate or review GRTTWaK in iTunesJoin the email newsletterUpcoming live eventsMusic by Podin…
 
GitHub cited Java as one of the most popular coding languages in 2018, and there is a reason why this language has stood the test of time. We chat with Peggy Fisher, content manager at Linkedin Learning Solutions, and author of the book Get Programming with Java, about why Java is still so popular, what it’s good for, and how to get started. Show L…
 
No matter how good of an idea you have for a product, if the design isn't executed well and people don't like the interface, the product might as well not even exist. To talk about the importance of good user interfaces and design, we brought in Mina Markham, senior engineer at Slack and creator of the Pantsuit User Interface for Hilary Clinton's 2…
 
Luke wants a pet, Holly goes to a teen dance, Suzan grieves for a llama, and much more. Recorded live at The Royal Cinema in Toronto. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron.Photos from our Toronto eventRate or review GRTTWaK in iTunesJoin the email newsletterUpcoming live eventsMusic by Podington Bear and LullatoneClosing theme is “Oh Dear Dia…
 
It's been an open secret in the tech world for a long time that workplace burnout is a real issue. One of the reasons why it persists is the general stigma around mental health and not having open discussions about it. And only just this year, in May 2019, the World Health Organization finally made it an official medical diagnosis. We chat with Jef…
 
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