Podcast Episodes

Recovering From Burnout Burnout is a nasty and insidious process. It can sap your ability to push through challenges and ultimately cause you to fail if not dealt with quickly. It typically occurs when you have been overworked or over stressed for an extended period of time and have reached a breaking point. Burnout doesn't happen in a day, and can not be recovered from in a day. It's a plague on the software industry. Unfortunately, most of us aren't taught how to recover from burnout. We tend to learn it the hard way through experience.

Composite Data Types Generally speaking a data type is either primitive or composite. A primitive data type can either be a basic type that provides the basic building blocks for a language or a built-in type that the language treats and supports as a basic type. Composite types are ones that are a combination of primitive types or other composite types. These may or may not be built into the language you are using.

Write Your Story The theme for this past year has been goal setting. Writing your story goes beyond setting and achieving your goals. Stories are about growth and change. It is becoming your own guiding influence. Writing your story can help you find your voice. Telling your story affirms your values. It also helps you to find peace or hope. Sharing your story can help others.

Predictions 2018 We hit most of our predictions from last year. This is mostly because we saw "the handwriting on the wall" in several places. Also we have been keeping up with the industry. Doing so will help you to better predict when to make moves in your career and when to stay in place.

Resolutions 2018 Since this past year was about setting goals we're going to focus on what you do with those goals and how you get there next year. The theme will be Build Your Story and it will start in a couple weeks with an episode called Writing Your Story.

DateTime Part 3: Best Practices Best practices can help protect you from preventable errors and make it easier to reason about the code. Date and time libraries exist for a reason. That reason is because dates and times are complex to deal with programmatically, especially if they aren't the main purpose of your application.

DateTime Part 2: Computing and Time Protocols Time and date management are complicated and nasty on computers, because they are complicated and nasty in real life. While we often think of being able to tell time as being simple, historically it hasn't been. We're continually having to work to keep our timekeeping devices accurate so that we can use their results for everything from manufacturing to navigation, encryption, and missile guidance. Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used to synchronize time over packet-switched, variable-latency data networks. The goal is to synchronize all participating computers to within a few milliseconds of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

DateTime Part 1: History of Time Time is a complex subject and is heavily tied into our understanding of the universe. It has driven a lot more technological change and social change than you might think. Time is tricky to manage, but not bad, until you realize what's sitting atop this concept. In addition to distance and direction, time is probably one of the most important ways that we organize our reality.

Console Apps Console applications are often the simplest place to start when learning to develop software for desktop and server environments, requiring far less ceremony to get going. Having a better grasp of what is going on under the hood with console applications may help you significantly in your day job, even if you are primarily a web developer.

Stop Writing CRUDy Apps CRUD in and of itself isn't bad. Most of the problems we list are process related. There are few technical problems in the list. They are more about misuse. CRUD is a way of conceptualizing the relationship of how data is stored and transferred.