Podcast Episodes

More Important Than Salary

Early on in your development career, you probably saw a report at some point showing how much senior developers are paid. While the high pay can be nice, there are aspects of many senior developer jobs that you want to avoid. In short, there are things that are more important to your quality of life and sanity than your pay.

Document VS Relational Databases

It seems like most developers these days are pretty comfortable with relational databases. However, not everything can (or should) fit neatly into a relational model. For various reasons, a NoSql database that stores documents may be a much better solution.

Basics Of Negotiation

You've been at the company for several years with lots of value brought in but aren't seeing it in your pay check. You are enjoying working from home and want to make it a permanent thing at your workplace. You've decided to buy that new car but hate high pressure salesmen. Welcome to the world of negotiation...

Design Basics

Lots of developers will tell you that they aren't very good at design. While that may be true, it turns out that we all still have to do basic UI work in our jobs.

Types of Programmers: Knowledge Base

Whether you're a young genius, a forever dreamer, or a wise sage, you'll meet many different types of developers. The way they express their knowledge and skills can be boiled down into several personality archetypes.

Scrum Master Mistakes

A lot of companies say that they do scrum. As a subset of agile, this approach can be beneficial to your team's development process. However, bad scrum can rob your team of efficiency, alienate your developers, and destabilize your product over time.

The Significance of 256

Two raised to the power of eight (2^8) or 256 has played a significant part in computer science. A byte, made up of 8 bits, has 256 possibilities. From the early days of computing this number has been significant.

REST Anti-Patterns

If you have an HTTP-based API, you're most likely using the principles of REST to organize your system. While building such a system, it's helpful to organize your code in a way that is not only clean and eloquent, but that is thoroughly predictable to both new developers and anyone else working with your system.

Understanding Documentation

If you are like most developers, you probably like writing documentation even less than reading it. There is a lot more to writing good, solid documentation than most people consider, and that includes your boss, your project manager and even yourself.

Types of Programmers: Interpersonal

From Bearded Wizards to Jesters and even Martyrs there are many different personalities that you will run into during your career as a developer. These different personalities and personality types can work together or cause strife in your life depending on how well you can relate and work with them.