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Specialize or Bounce Around?

It's been a minute since we last gathered around the water cooler, as Allen starts an impression contest, Joe wins said contest, and Michael earned a participation award.
2021-03-01
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Why is Python Popular?

We dig into all things Python, which Allen thinks is pretty good, and it's rise in popularity, while Michael and Joe go toe-to-toe over a gripe, ahem, feature.
2021-02-15
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Game Jam Lessons Learned

We step back to reflect on what we learned from our first game jam, while Joe's bathroom is too close and Allen taught Michael something (again).
2021-02-01
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Who Owns Open-Source Software?

We discuss all things open-source, leaving Michael and Joe to hold down the fort while Allen is away, while Joe's impersonations are spot on and Michael is on a first name basis, assuming he can pronounce it.
2021-01-18
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Our Favorite Developer Tools of 2020

We start off the year discussing our favorite developer tools of 2020, as Joe starts his traditions early, Allen is sly about his résumé updates, and Michael lives to stream.
2021-01-04
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Into the Octoverse

It's the end of 2020. We're all tired. So we phone it in for the last episode of the year as we discuss the State of the Octoverse, while Michael prepared for the wrong show (again), Allen forgot to pay his ISP bill and Joe's game finished downloading.
2020-12-21
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We discuss the things we're excited about for 2021 as Michael prepared for a different show, Joe can't stop looking at himself, and Allen gets paid by the tip of the week.
2020-12-07
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What is a Developer Game Jam?

We learn all the necessary details to get into the world of developer game jams, while Michael triggers all parents, Allen's moment of silence is oddly loud, and Joe hones his inner Steve Jobs.
2020-11-23
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The DevOps Handbook – Create Organizational Learning

We wrap up our deep dive into The DevOps Handbook, while Allen ruined Halloween, Joe isn't listening, and Michael failed to... forget it, it doesn't even matter.
2020-11-09
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The 2020 Shopping Spree

It's our favorite time of year where we discuss all of the new ways we can spend our money in time for the holidays, as Allen forgets a crucial part, Michael has "neons", and Joe has a pet bear.
2020-10-26
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The DevOps Handbook – Enable Daily Learning

We dive into the benefits of enabling daily learning into our processes, while it's egregiously late for Joe, Michael's impersonation is awful, and Allen's speech is degrading.
2020-10-12
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The DevOps Handbook – The Value of A/B Testing

We wrap up the second way from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe has a mystery episode, Michael doesn't like ketchup, and Allen has a Costco problem.
2020-09-28
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Is Kubernetes Programming?

We gather around the water cooler to discuss some random topics, while Joe sends too many calendar invites, Allen interferes with science, and Michael was totally duped.
2020-09-14
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The DevOps Handbook – Enabling Safe Deployments

We learn the secrets of a safe deployment practice while continuing to study The DevOps Handbook as Joe is a cartwheeling acrobat, Michael is not, and Allen is hurting, so much.
2020-08-31
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The DevOps Handbook ? Anticipating Problems

We're using telemetry to fill in the gaps and anticipate problems while discussing The DevOps Handbook, while Michael is still weird about LinkedIn, Joe knows who's your favorite JZ, and Allen might have gone on vacation.
2020-08-17
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The DevOps Handbook – The Technical Practices of Feedback

It's all about telemetry and feedback as we continue learning from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe knows his versions, Michael might have gone crazy if he didn't find it, and Allen has more than enough muscles.
2020-08-03
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The DevOps Handbook – Architecting for Low-Risk Releases

Our journey into the world of DevOps continues with The DevOps Handbook as Michael doesn't take enough tangents, Joe regrets automating the build, err, wait never regrets (sorry), and ducks really like Allen.
2020-07-20
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The DevOps Handbook – The Technical Practices of Flow

We begin our journey into the repeatable world of DevOps by taking cues from The DevOps Handbook, while Allen loves all things propane, Joe debuts his "singing" career with his new music video, and Michael did a very bad, awful thing.
2020-07-06
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Survey Says … 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey

We review the Stack Overflow Developer Survey in the same year it was created for the first time ever, while Joe has surprising news about the Hanson Brothers, Allen doesn't have a thought process, and Michael's callback is ruined.
2020-06-22
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Google?s Engineering Practices ? How to Navigate a Code Review

As we learn from Google about how to navigate a code review, Michael learns to not give out compliments, Joe promises to sing if we get enough new reviews, and Allen introduces a new section to the show.
2020-06-08
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Google’s Engineering Practices – What to Look for in a Code Review

We learn what to look for in a code review while reviewing Google's engineering practices documentation as Michael relates patterns to choo-choos, Joe has a "weird voice", and Allen has a new favorite portion of the show.
2020-05-26
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Google’s Engineering Practices – Code Review Standards

We dig into Google's engineering practices documentation as we learn how to code review while Michael, er, Fives is done with proper nouns, Allen can't get his pull request approved, and Joe prefers to take the average of his code reviews.
2020-05-11
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Big Data – How Far is Too Far?

We gather around the water cooler at 6 foot distances as Michael and Joe aren't sure what they streamed, we finally learn who has the best fries, at least in the US, and Allen doesn't understand evenly distributing your condiments.
2020-04-27
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications – To B-Tree or not to B-Tree

We dig into the details of how databases use B-trees as we continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Michael's description of median is awful, live streaming isn't for Allen, and Joe really wants to bring us back from the break.
2020-04-13
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How to Work Remote Effectively

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.
2020-03-30
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications – SSTables and LSM-Trees

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.
2020-03-16
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Storage and Retrieval

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.
2020-03-02
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Why Attend Developer Conferences and What were the Hot Topics at NDC London 2020?

Jamie from https://dotnetcore.show/ 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 [?]
2020-02-17
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications ? Data Models: Query Languages

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.
2020-02-03
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications ? Data Models: Relationships

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.
2020-01-20
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Relational vs Document

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.
2020-01-06
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications ? Maintainability

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.
2019-12-23
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications ? Scalability

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.
2019-12-09
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Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Reliability

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.
2019-11-25
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Developer Shopping Spree 2019

We discuss this year's shopping spree only to learn that Michael spent too much, Allen spent too much, and Joe spent too much.
2019-11-12
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DevOps: Job Title or Job Responsibility?

We debate whether DevOps is a job title or a job responsibility as Michael finally understands dev.to's name, Allen is an infosec expert, and Joe wears his sunglasses at night.
2019-10-28
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3factor app – Async Serverless

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.
2019-10-14
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3factor app – Reliable Eventing

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.
2019-09-30
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3factor app – Realtime GraphQL

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.
2019-09-17
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The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Build Pragmatic Teams

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.
2019-09-03
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The Pragmatic Programmer – How to use Exceptions

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.
2019-08-20
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The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Generate Code

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.
2019-08-05
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The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Debug

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.
2019-07-23
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The Pragmatic Programmer – Know Thy Tools

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.
2019-07-08
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The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Estimate

Joe is distracted by all of the announcements from E3, Allen is on the run from the Feebs, and Michael counts debugging as coding. All this and more as we continue discussing The Pragmatic Programmer.
2019-06-24
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The Pragmatic Programmer – Tracer Bullets and Prototyping

The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how to use tracer bullets versus prototyping while Joe doesn't know who won the Game of Thrones, Allen thought he knew about road numbers, and Michael thinks 475 is four letters.
2019-06-10
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The Pragmatic Programmer – Is Your Code Orthogonal?

The dad jokes are back as we learn about orthogonal code while JZ (the 8-mile guy) has spaghetti on him, Michael's Harry Potter references fail, and Allen voice goes up a couple octaves.
2019-05-27
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The Pragmatic Programmer – The Evils of Duplication

We take a deep dive into the various forms of duplication and jump aboard the complain train as Allen complains about Confluent's documentation, Michael complains about Docker's documentation, and Joe complains about curl.
2019-05-13
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The Pragmatic Programmer – Investing in Your Knowledge Portfolio

We begin our journey into the wisdom of The Pragmatic Programmer, which as Joe puts it, it?s less about type-y type-y and more about think-y think-y, while Allen is not [?]
2019-04-29
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Should Your Web App be a Progressive Web App (PWA)?

We dig into the nitty gritty details of what a Progressive Web App (PWA) is and why you should care, while Allen isn't sure if he is recording, Michael was the only one prepared to talk about Flo and the Progressive Price Gun, and Joe has to get his headphones.
2019-04-15
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