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Developer Tea

A podcast for developers designed to fit inside your tea break.

In today's question, Abigail asks about appropriate interview attire! Ask your question by emailing developertea@gmail.com. Today's episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your application, leading to faster resolution times and happier users! Check it out at Zendesk.com/developertea today!

Thinking About Logic Paths

September 26, 2016

In today's episode, we discuss how logic paths can help you understand how to construct clearer code. Today's episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your application, leading to faster resolution times and happier users! Check it out at Zendesk.com/developertea today!

Today's question is about creating better REST applications by making lighter objects. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec! Go and learn more about the fantastic resources we're creating for you daily at Spec.fm. Today's episode is also sponsored by Heap! If you're still using a basic analytics package for your site or application, you're probably missing out. Go to spec.fm/heap to be redirected to Heap’s special landing page where you can see a full feature breakdown.

In today's episode, I answer a listener question from Naren who wants to know how many hours are realistic for a developer to produce work in a given day. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec! Go and learn more about the fantastic resources we're creating for you daily at Spec.fm. Today's episode is also sponsored by Heap! If you're still using a basic analytics package for your site or application, you're probably missing out. Go to spec.fm/heap to be redirected to Heap’s special landing page where you can see a full feature breakdown.

In today's episode I discuss how to deal with a difficult team member, addressing a question from listener Lars. Thanks for the question, Lars! Today's episode is brought to you by Spec! Go and learn more about the fantastic resources we're creating for you daily at Spec.fm. Today's episode is also sponsored by Heap! If you're still using a basic analytics package for your site or application, you're probably missing out. Go to spec.fm/heap to be redirected to Heap’s special landing page where you can see a full feature breakdown.

The O-Word

September 16, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about talking. Specifically, we talk about using the word "obviously", as well as a few other "L-Y" words. Why are words so important? How can word choice affect our thinking and relationships? Thanks to listener Joey for sending in this question!

Note: Today's episode is a re-airing of an episode that came out last week. Tune in Friday for a brand new episode of Developer Tea! In today's episode, we talk about how to handle questions that you don't have good answers to. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

The Truth About Old Code

September 12, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about old code. Even though it may seem easier to rip out the old code and replace it entirely, slow down and listen to this episode first! Don't forget to subscribe in whatever podcasting app you use.

Picking the Right Side Project

September 9, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about the aspects that make for a great side project to increase your employability. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, we talk about how to handle questions that you don't have good answers to. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, we talk about three refactoring techniques, each you can employ in under 5 minutes. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Deliberate Practice: Part 2

September 2, 2016

In today's episode, we're talking specifically about deliberate practice. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Deliberate Practice: Part 1

August 31, 2016

In today's episode, we're talking specifically about deliberate practice. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

Tips for Students

August 29, 2016

In today's episode, I talk to those of you who are students starting school this semester. Please take a moment and subscribe and review the show and share with a student you think will enjoy this episode!

Today's episode is for all aspiring developers, and you can start today. It won't be easy, but it will work.

In today's episode, we talk about digging up your job description - your *real* job description, not just that list of languages you put on your resumé. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

In today's episode, we talk about 3 simple, concrete ways you can be a better coworker, starting today. Please take a moment and subscribe and review the show! Go to https://bit.ly/DevTeaOniTunes to review the show on iTunes today!

In today's episode, we talk about the importance of overcoming indecision. Today's episode is sponsored by Zendesk! With Zendesk, you can get feedback from your customers without making them leave your application, leading to faster resolution times and happier users! Check it out at http://zendesk.com/developertea today!

In today's episode, we begin a mini-series on developer poisons. Our first poisonous nemesis is cynicism. We'll talk about ways to effectively combat cynicism. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

In today's episode, I talk about my top productivity practice. I'll give you a hint: there's no hacks or tricks in this episode. Just hard work.

Getting Fast First

August 12, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about the importance of performance (especially as it relates to UI) and how getting fast first can ultimately lead to a cheaper project cost in the end. Be sure to share this episode with someone you think needs to hear it!

Finding Invisible Levers

August 10, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about the concept of "invisible levers", and how you can use the concept to help relieve tension in your projects. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

In today's episode, listener Daman asks about what to do next in his career. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I answer Sahar's question about whether or not it's okay to ask for a trial period as the interviewee. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Simple Machines

August 3, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about the redirection of misplaced energy through the lens of 7th grade science. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, we'll talk about putting process in it's correct place, and problems we can face when we use process incorrectly in our business. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Effective Simulations

July 29, 2016

In today's episode, I discuss the importance of effective simulations for developers. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

In today's episode I answer listener Michael's question about being qualified to jump career tracks. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

In today's episode, we talk about some of the characteristics of good code, and why it's so important for businesses to invest in good code. Today's episode is sponsored by RefactorU, the 10-week JavaScript training bootcamp focused on developers dedicated to reinventing themselves. You can get 20% off of tuition by mentioning Developer Tea today! Head over to http://spec.fm/refactor to get started.

In today's episode, listener Brett asks about what you should do when someone sets you up for failure. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec.fm, where designers and developers gather to level up in their careers. If you're interested in sharing your message with thousands of talented designers, developers, and entrepreneurs at the top of their field, head over to spec.fm/sponsors today!

Working on Saturdays

July 20, 2016

In today's episode, I answer yet another question from Reddit about working overtime. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec! If you are interested in having your message in front of thousands of developers and designers, head over to http://spec.fm/sponsors to learn more today!

In today's episode, I'm answering a few random questions from Reddit's r/cscareerquestions subreddit. Today's episode is sponsored by Rigor! Head over to http://spec.fm/rigor to get a kickoff call scheduled today.

In today's episode, I answer Utsha and Kim's questions about whether or not they are too old for a career in the tech industry. Today's episode is sponsored by WooCommerce! WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress, and is powering 30% of all online stores. Use the code "developertea" to get 25% off at WooCommerce.com now!

In today's episode, we'll talk about two common questions from early-career developers. Today's episode is sponsored by WooCommerce! WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress, and is powering 30% of all online stores. Use the code "developertea" to get 25% off at WooCommerce.com now!

In today's episode, I talk about three habits of great learners that you can adopt into your own habit system today! Today's episode is sponsored by WooCommerce! WooCommerce is customizable eCommerce built on WordPress, and is powering 30% of all online stores. Use the code "developertea" to get 25% off at WooCommerce.com now!

In today's episode, I answer a few questions from listener Marc about testing. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode I talk with Rita Rovira, who has been in the business of hiring developers for most of her career. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode I talk with Rita Rovira, who has been in the business of hiring developers for most of her career. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I answer listener Jack's questions about applying information he is learning through reading and other resources. Jack contacted me via Slack, and you can too! Head over to [http://spec.fm/slack](http://spec.fm/slack) to join us, and thousands of other developers and designers, today! Today's episode is sponsored by Linode. Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I answer a question from Reddit about job hunting during an internship. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode, we'll talk about a question sent in by listener Brad about becoming a leader. Join the Spec Slack community at spec.fm/slack to ask your question!

The Tone of Code

June 24, 2016

In today's episode, we talk about the "tone of code."

Air, Fuel & Ignition

June 22, 2016

In today's episode, I share with you a metaphor you can use that may help the next time you get stuck troubleshooting a bug.

In today's episode, I answer listener and designer Jona's question about coming into a development career. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode we're talking about picturing the perfect client. The challenge to you is to think about your goals and your dream clients. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec.fm. Go find more amazing podcasts specifically created for you, the developer!

In today's episode, Parag0n asks a question on Reddit about architecting a large software system for the first time. (Original question on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/cscareerquestions/comments/4nt759/expected_to_plan_and_architect_a_project_and_im/)

In today's episode, we talk about getting acquainted with failure. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec. If you're interested in sharing your message with tens of thousands of developers and designers, head over to spec.fm/sponsors and reach out to our team!

In today's episode, we talk about leading people to victory in meetings. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec. If you're interested in sharing your message with tens of thousands of developers and designers, head over to spec.fm/sponsors and reach out to our team!

Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, we're talking about redefining "Complete". This episode is the second in the "Great Developer Mindset" series. Today's discussion talks about when to consider your code complete, and the dangers of skipping the details. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I answer listener Ajay's question about how to determine what type of project he should choose to learn JavaScript. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, we talk about defeating the interview lull. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Get a 20 dollar credit today by going to linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 and get your first server up in minutes!

In today's episode , we're talking about the Work/Life Equation. Today's episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month. Thanks again to FreshBooks!

In today's episode, I'll be doing the first in a series of episodes about the Great Developer Mindset. In this part, we will talk about demystifying code. Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out on future episodes!

In today's episode I talk to Tony Hillerson, author of "Seven Mobile Apps in Seven Days." This a longer interview, split into two separate parts - be certain to subscribe so you don't miss out on future episodes! Today's episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month. Thanks again to FreshBooks!

In today's episode I talk to Tony Hillerson, author of "Seven Mobile Apps in Seven Days." This a longer interview, split into two separate parts - be certain to subscribe so you don't miss out on part two! Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's short inspiration episode, we discuss the "assumption of impossibility."

In today's episode, we talk about the "shutdown", yes-ifs, and flexible decision terms. Today's episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month. Thanks again to FreshBooks!

In today's episode, I talk with Ismael Burciaga, creator of Squares, about conferences and taking a first step into unfamiliar territory. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode, I interview Andi Graham, CMO and managing partner at Big Sea Design. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode, I had a chance to speak with Kim Bost, product designer at Dropbox! Today's episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month. Thanks again to FreshBooks!

In today's episode, I had a chance to speak with Kim Bost, product designer at Dropbox! Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I talk about 4 key moments on when to spend your energy to maintain a positive client relationship. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I talk to Developer Tea listener John about his transition period between jobs. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Improving Views

May 2, 2016

In today's episode we discuss 3 ways to improve your views. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I'll talk with you about maintaining relationships with your colleagues! If you're interested in sponsoring Developer Tea, head over to spec.fm/sponsors today!

In today's episode (and the next episode of Developer Tea), we discuss avoiding over-optimization by creating a "performance budget". Today's episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month. Thanks again to FreshBooks!

In today's episode (and the next episode of Developer Tea), we discuss avoiding over-optimization by creating a "performance budget". Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

Today's episode is all about proactive client communication! A HUGE thanks to today's sponsor, FreshBooks! FreshBooks is ridiculously easy to use, and will help you get your books straight and get paid faster. To claim your free month, go to FreshBooks.com / DeveloperTea and enter “Developer Tea” in the “how Did you Hear About Us?” Section when you sign up.

In today's episode, I give you some tips for refactoring based on the responsibility of your code. Today's episode is sponsored by FreshBooks! Get paid faster, and get control of your business cash flow. Head over to FreshBooks.com/DeveloperTea today to get started with a free month. Thanks again to FreshBooks!

Abstract Mental Models

April 18, 2016

In today's episode, I talk about four different types of abstract mental models. Today's episode is sponsored by Squares Conference! Go to SquaresConference.com and use the code SPECFM25 at checkout to get 25% off your ticket to Squares. I'll see you there!

In today's episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Castiglione (@castig), one of the cofounders of One Month (onemonth.com). Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Castiglione (@castig), one of the cofounders of One Month (onemonth.com). Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

Debugging is a part of every developer's career. In fact, a large portion of what developers do is *fix* code. In today's episode, I'm going to share with you two important mindsets to have to become a great debugger. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Interval Thinking

April 6, 2016

In today's episode, we'll discuss a perspective, "interval thinking", that could help return your estimation efforts to a more sane place. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I want to give you a mindset for prioritization that I believe can stick with you for the rest of your career. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

Foolishly Generous

April 1, 2016

In today's episode of Developer Tea, I issue a challenge to you, the listener, to be foolishly generous. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I talk about bringing new team members up to speed (this is a question from listener Matt Gale). Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I'm celebrating an amazing 3 million listens (thank you!) by going back to the core fundamentals of Developer Tea: Focus. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode, I'm celebrating an amazing 3 million listens (thank you!) by going back to the core fundamentals of Developer Tea: Focus. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode, I talk about impostor syndrome, specifically as it relates to the experienced developer. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I interview Sam Lambert, Director of Systems at GitHub. Today's episode is sponsored by Rollbar. With Rollbar, you get the context, insights and control you need to find and fix bugs faster. Rollbar is offering Developer Tea listeners the Bootstrap Plan, free for 90 days (300,000 errors tracked for free)! Head over to https://rollbar.com/developertea now for the free 90 day offer!

In today's episode, I interview Sam Lambert, Director of Systems at GitHub. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I answer a question from listener Simon about assimilating into a new culture. Simon's previous question can be found here: http://spec.fm/podcasts/developer-tea/16063 Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I interview Kalid Azad, writer and teacher, and creator of BetterExplained.com. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

In today's episode, I interview Kalid Azad, writer and teacher, and creator of BetterExplained.com. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I talk about crafting a better interview process. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I talk with Rachel Smith, a JavaScript developer currently working at CodePen! Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

In today's episode, I talk with Rachel Smith, a JavaScript developer currently working at CodePen! Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I interview Kenneth Reitz, Python product owner at Heroku! Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I interview Kenneth Reitz, Python product owner at Heroku! Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

Episode 200!

February 29, 2016

Today's episode is the 200th episode of Developer Tea! In this episode, I skip the stats, and instead share with you some of the things I've learned along the way of building this podcast since last January. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

Thinking Hats

February 26, 2016

In today's episode, we'll be talking about remaining flexible and wearing multiple "thinking hats." Developer Tea is proudly supported by Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive coding program that transforms beginners into full-stack web developers. Head over to devbootcamp.com/developertea to learn more.

In today's episode, I continue my interview with Jason Snell! Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

In today's episode I have the pleasure of being joined by Jason Snell! Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, we're going to discuss a few tips for preparing for a client meeting.

In today's episode, I interview designer and developer David Hemphill. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

In today's episode, I interview designer and developer David Hemphill. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, we're talking about a fundamental skill for building client relationships: active listening. Developer Tea is proudly supported by Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive coding program that transforms beginners into full-stack web developers. Head over to devbootcamp.com/developertea to learn more.

Part Two: Simon St. Laurent

February 10, 2016

In today's episode, I'll be talking with Simon St. Laurent, senior editor at O'Reilly and veteran web developer. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

Part One: Simon St. Laurent

February 8, 2016

In today's episode, I'll be talking with Simon St. Laurent, senior editor at O'Reilly and veteran web developer. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

Turbulence

February 5, 2016

In today's episode, I talk about turbulence, and a new approach to responding to difficulties you encounter. Developer Tea is proudly supported by Dev Bootcamp, the original immersive coding program that transforms beginners into full-stack web developers. Head over to devbootcamp.com/developertea to learn more.

Part 2: Una Kravets (@Una)

February 3, 2016

In today's episode, I interview Una Kravets, developer at IBM and prolific open source advocate. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

Part 1: Una Kravets (@Una)

February 1, 2016

In today's episode, I interview Una Kravets, developer at IBM and prolific open source advocate. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, we will discuss crucial steps for interview preparation. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to https://linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account! Thanks again to Linode for your support of Developer Tea.

In today's episode, I continue my interview with Rachel Nabors. Head over to Spec.fm if you missed the first part! Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

In today’s episode, I interview Rachel Nabors, front-end developer, animator, speaker, and writer.

In today's episode, we will discuss the sunk cost fallacy and 3 traps that lead to the sunk cost fallacy that you should avoid. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account!

Learning On The Job

January 20, 2016

In today's episode, I discuss four tips for learning on the job. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

Comparison Conundrums

January 18, 2016

In today's episode, we discuss the problems we may encounter when we employ one of our brain's superpowers, comparison. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $2,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode of Developer Tea, I talk about features your application doesn't need (at least for now). This episode is focused mostly towards early application development, but we discuss a few things that are completely relevant to later stage applications as well. Today's episode is sponsored by Linode! Head over to Linode.com/developertea or use the code DeveloperTea20 at checkout for a $20 credit towards your cloud hosting account!

Today's episode talks all about gear! We're discussing the gear I use to record this podcast. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code "DeveloperTea" at checkout to get one month of a 1GB droplet, completely free!

In today's episode, we discuss two cognitive biases that could kill your work, whether you are creating a startup product or working for a well established business. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! If you are looking for a job as a developer or a designer and don't know where to start, head over to http://www.hired.com/developertea now! If you get a job through this special link, you'll receive a $4,000 bonus - that's twice the normal bonus provided by Hired. Thanks again to Hired for sponsoring the show!

In today's episode, I respond to a question from listener Felix about getting past the "no experience" problem. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code DeveloperTea to get a FREE month of

In today's episode, I celebrate the one-year anniversary of Developer Tea! Thank you for making this year great. I look forward to many more!

In today’s episode, we talk about focus, once again! Focus is a topic that can’t be covered enough. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!

Happy New Year! In today's episode, I talk about resolutions. It's 2016, and you're probably making resolutions for the New Year. Listen to this episode if you want to make them stick. Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! Go to onemonth.com/developertea to get 25% your first month today!

In today's episode, I continue my interview with Marcelo Somers and John Gully.

In today's episode, I interview Marcelo Somers and John Gully, creators of The Pattern Pack (patternpack.org). Thanks to today's sponsor, OneMonth.com! Head over to onemonth.com/developertea to get 25% off your first month of enrollment!

Happy Holidays! Today, I simply want to thank you, and challenge you to start thinking about the upcoming year, and reflect on the past year.

In today's episode, we talk about when documentation can be a bad thing.

In today's episode, I finish the interview with Christopher Schmitt.

In today's episode, I talk with Christopher Schmitt, author of CSS Cookbook and part owner of Environments for Humans. Thank you to today's sponsor, Digital Ocean! Use the code DEVELOPERTEA at checkout to receive a $10 credit to your account.

Opinions: Ally or Enemy

December 16, 2015

Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! One Month is the first ever online school specifically for tech entrepreneurs. Enroll now at http://onemonth.com/developertea for 25% off your first month.

In today's episode, I continue my interview with Jessica Ivins. Today's episode doesn't have a specific sponsor. Instead, head over to spec.fm and check out the other shows on the network!

In today's episode, I had a chance to interview Jessica Ivins. Jessica is a User Experience educator at Center Centre. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!

In today's episode, I answer a question from listener Matt Hirsch: "Does it make more sense to spend a lot of money on extensive resources or spend less on short courses to learn code?" Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPERTEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

In today's episode, we discuss how to make the most of your off time. Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! One Month is the first ever online school specifically for tech entrepreneurs. Enroll now at http://onemonth.com/developertea for 25% off your first month.

The Voice Inside Your Head

December 4, 2015

In today's episode we discuss the concept of vocalizing the things you are thinking about as you work through a problem - the "voice inside your head."

In today's episode, I share some tips to help you start networking as a developer. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!

Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPERTEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit! In today's episode, we continue our discussion from last week about frameworks.

Today's episode is sponsored by Delighted! Delighted is the easiest way to gather feedback from your customers. Sign up for a paid account at https://delighted.com/tea and receive a $100 credit today!

Turkey & Tea

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for listening to Developer Tea. In today's short special episode, I issue a challenge for you!

In today's episode, I respond to Jean-Michel's question about when it's time to step up and lead a team that currently has no leader. Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! One Month is the first ever online school specifically for tech entrepreneurs. Enroll now at http://onemonth.com/developertea for 25% off your first month.

What's happening to the Ruby community? Is it flailing, or doing just fine? Some evidence and simple logic says both are possible. Let's explore it a bit further in today's episode! Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to start your job path today!

Today I talk with Andrea Goulet about software "makers and menders." Andrea is the CEO of CorgiBytes. Listen in if you are interested in refactoring and green field projects, and the difference between the two! Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPERTEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Thinking Small

November 18, 2015

In today's episode, we talk about solving small problems. I'll give you a few tips for scoping your problems down to be smaller. Thanks to today's sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code DeveloperTea10 to get $10 off on your new account. Visit http://linode.com/developertea to get started today!

In today's episode, we talk about FoMO (the fear of missing out) as it relates to deciding what tools to use. Thanks to today's sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code DeveloperTea10 to get $10 off on your new account. Visit http://linode.com/developertea to get started today!

The Frontend at Whiteboard

November 13, 2015

In today's episode I talk about some of the front-end tools we use at Whiteboard. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to get started today!

Today, I talk about how I grew this show from zero to 2 million users.

Today, we talk about participating in conferences, both as a speaker and as an attendee. Thanks to today's sponsor, Linode! Get root access on super-fast linux cloud servers in just a few minutes! Use the code DeveloperTea10 to get $10 off on your new account. Visit http://linode.com/developertea to get started today!

Code Without Fear

November 6, 2015

Code without fear! Happy late Halloween, everyone. :) Today's sponsor is Linode! Linode is focused on making their servers ultra-fast. Run containers or your own Git server, with full root access. Linode offers hourly billing with a monthly cap on all plans and add-on services. Head over to http://linode.com/developertea and use the code DeveloperTea10 to get a $10 credit today!

Sean asked me where to find well written code in Slack. (You can join us by going to http://spec.fm/slack)

Today I talk about managing projects that seem relatively large for one person (or a small team) to manage. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPERTEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Today I give you a short homily: Leave code (and anything, really) better than you find it!

Today, I discuss a question Jake Schwartz asked me in the Spec.fm Slack community. You can join our Slack community by going to spec.fm/slack Thanks to today's sponsor, imgix. imgix is real-time image resizing as a service. It's FREE to sign up and easy to get started. Go to imgix.com and let them handle your images, today!

In today's episode, I talk to Paul Straw and Sean Washington from Does Not Compute, the newest member of the Spec family. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! Go to Hired.com/developertea to get started today!

In today's episode, I talk to Paul Straw and Sean Washington from Does Not Compute, the newest member of the Spec family. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Use the code Developer Tea at checkout to get $10 credit on your account.

In today's episode, I discuss creating a "not to-do list", inspired by Warren Buffett's "two list strategy." Today's episode is presented by Spec! For show notes and more episodes, head over to http://spec.fm today. Don't forget to subscribe!

Solving The X/Y Problem

October 19, 2015

Today, we discuss the X/Y problem. Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com! Go to onemonth.com/developertea to start learning to code today!

Today I talk to you about questions you should always ask a potential employer. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired! If you are a developer or a designer looking for a job, Hired is a fantastic place to begin your journey! The special link for a doubled bonus is https://hired.com/developertea - be sure to use this link when you sign up.

Today, we'll discuss how to cultivate relationships as a developer. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Feature Runways

October 12, 2015

In today's episode, we talk about "Feature Runways."

Managing Questions

October 9, 2015

Today we talk about saving time by managing questions.

In today's episode, I answer a question from listener Crispin Bennet! Crispin wrote in and asked me about the balance between learning something ("deep-dive" style) and doing just enough to be productive today. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com (https://hired.com/developertea)! If you are a developer or a designer looking for a job, Hired is a fantastic place to begin your journey! Don't forget, show notes and all other episodes of Developer Tea can be found at Spec.fm!

Constant State of Alert

October 5, 2015

Today we talk about avoiding a state of constant yellow alert.

Today I talk with Gregg Pollack and Carlos Souza from Codeschool. Today's episode is brought to you by http://spec.fm!

Today I talk with Gregg Pollack and Carlos Souza from Codeschool. Today's episode is brought to you by http://spec.fm!

Destigmatizing Failure

September 28, 2015

In today's episode, I underline the importance of failure to the learning process, and then we discuss why failure should be destigmatized and looked at more in depth. Many thanks to today's sponsor, Hired.com! Head over to Hired.com/developertea and you could receive 5 or more job offers in a given week!

In today's episode, we talk about the flawed process we use in the development industry for hiring. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Part Two: Cap Watkins (@cap)

September 23, 2015

In this second part of my interview with Cap Watkins, we discuss the coexistence of specialization and generalization. This episode is brought to you by Spec.fm! Check out http://Spec.fm for a *ton* of content made specifically for developers and designers!

Part One: Cap Watkins (@cap)

September 21, 2015

In today's episode, I had a chance to talk with Cap Watkins, the VP of Design at Buzzfeed, about quite a few things - most importantly, collaboration. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec.fm! Head over to Spec.fm for tons of amazing content, created specifically for developers and designers looking to take their career to the next level. Don't forget to subscribe, and leave a review in iTunes!

False Dichotomies

September 18, 2015

In today's episode, we're talking about ways to avoid false dichotomies. Many thanks to today's sponsor, Hired.com! Head over to Hired.com/developertea and you could receive 5 or more job offers in a given week!

Today's episode is a short discussion on automation. We'll explore some helpful ways to look at automation that help make it more than simply scripting repeatable steps. Today's episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean! Visit digitalocean.com today and spin up a server in less than one minute!

In today's episode, I interview Eric Elliott. Eric is a JavaScript developer and author with a lot of knowledge to share! Be sure to check out JavaScript Scene, the blog Eric is primarily responsible for, here: https://medium.com/javascript-scene. Today's episode is brought to you by *Spec.fm*! Check out Spec for a constant stream of valuable content for developers and designers!

Today, I talk about a particular framework for making decisions. The framework presents a specific dichotomy between concreteness and subjectivity. Today's episode is sponsored by Spec.fm! Visit Spec.fm for more information about Developer Tea and podcasts and content for developers and designers.

Today, I discuss listener Pubudu's questions about how to find energy and enjoyment in his work, and how to stop procrastinating. Today's episode is sponsored by Hired.com! Visit hired.com/developertea today and you could receive 5 or more job offers each week!

In today's episode, I answer a question from listener Sahar. Sahar asks me about work life balance when work life is most taxing. Today's sponsor is DigitalOcean. Head over to digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code Developer Tea at checkout for a $10 credit. Head over to Spec.fm for more show notes and episodes of Developer Tea! Enjoy your tea!

In today's episode we talk about a message passing paradigm for programming. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec.fm - content and podcasts for developers and designers!

Closures, Private & Methods

September 2, 2015

In today's episode we talk about closures and private object methods. Today's episode is brought to you by Spec.fm! Check out Spec.fm for more podcasts and content for developers and designers.

In today's episode, I'll talk about choosing the best tool vs. choosing the right tool for a job. Be sure to check out: spec.fm, where you can join the Developer Tea slack channel spec.fm/slack and join the conversation.

In today's episode I review decorator and facade patterns. Special thanks to today's sponsor: DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started on cloud hosting. Use the promo code "DEVELOPER TEA" at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Today's listener question is about working on side projects in the same space as your day job. Today's Sponsor: Harvest. Harvest is a great way to track your time and send invoices. Try it free for 30 days at getharvest.com and use promo code TEATIME to get 50% off your first paid month.

Today's episode is about repeating yourself, and knowing when to repeat yourself and when not to. Thanks to today's sponsor: Code School. Visit codeschool.com/developertea to start learning web technologies from the comfort of your own browser for free.

Today I'm going to be sharing the simple perspective shift that helped me understand how valuable programming is, and billing for your features, not the amount of time you spend building it. Today's episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DEVELOPER TEA" at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Today we continue our discussion on The Twelve-Factor App. In this episode, we'll be focusing on dependencies and config, offering tips along the way. Thanks to Harvest, today's sponsor. Go to getharvest.com and try out their time tracking software for 30 days. After your trial use code TEATIME to get 50% off your first month.

Today's episode will be focused around codebase also known as a repository. We'll talk about understanding codebase, implementing techniques and deploying. Special thanks to today's sponsor: Hired. Check out hired.com/developertea for free, no obligation job searching and let employers come to you. If you or someone you know is looking for a job in development or design, get on hired.com/developertea.

In today's episode I'll dig into mutable states and go over two things you can do to get away from relying on states. Today's episode is powered by Code School. Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content. Visit www.CodeSchool.com/developertea for more information and start playing courses now.

Reading the Manual

August 12, 2015

In today's episode, I talk about the importance of stopping assumptions in their tracks by reading manuals. I'll go over documentation, and tips to get you started on the fundamentals of manual reading. Today's episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

In today's episode, I talk about intentional problem solving and challenge listeners to stop reaching for the quickest answer and instead experience the problem. This episode is made possible by Hired.com. Hired is your free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is out there searching for a design or development job or contract work be sure to check out Hired.com/developertea.

In today's episode I answer the listener question, "What should a beginner like me work on?" Aside from being a better coder, where should you expand knowledge on? Thanks to today's sponsor, Harvest. Harvest is your time tracking tool built to save you...well, time. Visit getharvest.com and give it a try free for 30 days. After your trial, enter code TEATIME at checkout and save 50% off your first month.

On Today's episode, I talk about making a good first impression. How can we engineer memorable moments that will have a positive impact on how people remember your product or service? Today's episode is brought to you by Hired. Hired is your free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is looking for a design or development job be sure to check out http://www.Hired.com/developertea.

In today's episode I review why focus is so important to coding. Today's episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code DEVELOPER TEA at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Today's episode, I answer a listener question from Janus, who focuses primarily on User Experience and Design. Today's episode is brought to you by Hired. Hired is your free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is looking for a job in development or design check out http://www.Hired.com/developertea.

In today's episode, I'll talk about what strengths can help you recognize which skills to become a master at. Today's episode is sponsored by Code School. Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content. Visit www.CodeSchool.com/developertea for more information and start playing courses now.

In today's episode, I talk about the disposability of our computing resources, code testing tips, and how to intermingle coding with planning. Today's episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DEVELOPERTEA" at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Clients are never happy when hearing that you've underestimated how long a project will take in reality. In today's episode, I talk about how to anchor your estimations and keep your clients happy, and a quick tip to get you there. Thanks to today's sponsor, Harvest. Harvest is your time tracking tool built to save you...well, time. Visit getharvest.com and give it a try for 30 days for free. After your trial, enter code TEATIME at checkout and save 50% off your first month.

In today's episode I'll talk about the importance of refactoring your software, identifying when you should refactor your code and tips and techniques for optimal refactoring to keep your code easier to maintain and easier for future extension. Today's episode is brought to you by Hired. Hired is your free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is looking for a job in development or design check out http://www.Hired.com/developertea.

Today we'll explore what the difference is between a junior and senior level developer, basic characteristics, and how to get from junior, to mid and senior programing levels. Today's episode is sponsored by Code School. Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content. Visit www.CodeSchool.com/developertea for more information and start playing courses now.

in today's episode, I get to talk with fellow developer and podcaster Patrick Hill about balancing hobbies and work life. Today's episode is brought to you by Hired. A free, no obligation resource for job searching. If you or someone you know is looking for a job in development or design check out http://www.Hired.com/developertea. If you or your referral lands the job, Hired will give you $4,000 as a thank you bonus!

In today's episode, Grant and I discuss his book, Taming Text, how he got into Natural Language Processing (NLP), and discover what he thinks is the next big problem to be solved in text and language analysis. This episode is brought to you by Codeschool. Code School has recently launched a second course on SQL, titled, "The Sequel to SQL." Check it out at codeschool.com/developertea.

Episode 100!

July 13, 2015

Today marks our 100th episode of Developer Tea. To celebrate, today's episode, is dedicated to improvement. I'll talk about the importance of improvement as a developer and as a person, give four tips for continuous improvement, and end with an exciting announcement! Today's episode is brought to you by OneMonth. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just...one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

Today I talk about more reasons to have a daily routine. This episode is presented by Code School. Go to codeschool.com/developertea to learn about their latest SQL course, "The Sequel to SQL".

Today, I dive into what helps us make good decisions, what hinders our ability to make those good decisions and tips to recognize biases so you can continue to make good decisions on a regular basis. Today's episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DEVELOPER TEA" at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Useful Laziness

July 6, 2015

In today's episode I talk about the positive and negative effects of laziness, and the overlap between simplicity and complexity. Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com - Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just...one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

Estimation is so hard to do. Today, I talk about overcoming estimation obstacles, and some tactics to help you along the way. Today's episode is presented by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DEVELOPER TEA" at the checkout after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

In the second half of the two-part interview with Russ, we talk about the importance of testing, testing methods, and how to stay productive. Thanks to today's sponsor, imgix. imgix is real-time image resizing as a service. It's FREE to sign up and easy to get started. Go to imgix.com and let them handle your images, today!

During today's first half of a two-part interview, I have the pleasure of talking with Russ Taylor. Russ works on the continuous integration team at Etsy. Today's episode is brought to you by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

Don't Delay, Say No

June 26, 2015

In today's episode, I talk about the fatal flaw of putting things off 'til tomorrow, and the simple, yet difficult, solution to the imbalance of the demand we experience versus our capacity to accomplish those demands. Today's episode is sponsored by Codeship. Go to codeship.com and use code DEVELOPERTEA for 20% off any premium hosted continuous integration platform.

In Part Two of this episode Mackenzie Child and I talk about his 12 in 12 challenge, and making the switch from designer to developer. Today's episode is brought to you by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

I caught up with Mackenzie Child to talk about his 12 in 12 challenge, making concrete goals, and learning to recognize when you're overcommitting. This episode is brought to you by Raygun. Raygun detects every error in your software, the second they happen, finding bugs before your users do. Sign up for a FREE trial at raygun.io

Teaching is one of the best ways to solidify the skills and knowledge you know. During this episode, I'll talk about when to start teaching, how to start teaching, and three benefits of teaching.

Today's listener question comes from Matthew, who asks: "How should I separate my social media identities, or should I separate my social media identities between professional and personal life?" This episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

Internship Tips

June 16, 2015

Today I talk about getting the most out of an internship. This episode is brought to you by Raygun. Raygun detects every error in your software, the second they happen, finding bugs before your users do. Sign up for a FREE trial at raygun.io

1 Million

June 15, 2015

Thanks to you, and all of our other listeners Developer Tea has reached over 1,000,000 unique listens! To commemorate the occasion we've created an official Developer Tea t-shirt found exclusively on Cotton Bureau. Visit bit.ly/dtshirt to pre-order your exclusive t-shirt. The last possible second to buy our design is Jun 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM EDT.

On today's episode, I talk about the importance of forming an informed opinion by disecting two questions in github's [Front-End Developer Interview Questions repository.][1] This episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

Beyond The Skillset

June 11, 2015

Today's episode was inspired by a listener question on job hunting and what makes you employable. This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started building apps for millions of small business today!

Brianna and Andrew Norcross are a powerhouse of a couple. They started Reaktiv Studios, a WordPress-focused agency based in Florida. I spoke with Brianna and Andrew about how they have learned to work together as a married couple. If you missed it, make sure you check out Part 1 of this series.

Brianna and Andrew Norcross are a powerhouse of a couple. They started Reaktiv Studios, a WordPress-focused agency based in Florida. I spoke with Brianna and Andrew about how they have learned to work together as a married couple. Be sure to subscribe if you don't want to miss part two! Show notes can be found at http://DeveloperTea.com. Today's sponsor is Codeship, a hosted continuous integration platform. Get started today at Codeship.com, and use the code developertea for 20% off any plan when you choose the premium plan!

Hey everyone! Today, I celebrate a hero of mine, Kent Beck. Full of quite a few pieces of wisdom, Kent is an incredible thinker and writer. Today, I share two quotes from Kent, and discuss their implications. Make sure you vote for Developer Tea for the Net Awards! To vote, simply go to http://bit.ly/votetea and follow the instructions on the page!

Media Consumption Diet

June 2, 2015

Today's episode is all about media consumption, and the importance of slowing down and being more intentional about what we consume. This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started building apps for millions of small business *today!*

Today, we discuss the place of formalization and theory, and how we should be starting from the position of discovery rather than trying to fit every problem to a pre-existing theoretical formula. Today's sponsor is Codeship, a hosted continuous integration platform. Get started today at Codeship.com, and use the code developertea for 20% off any plan when you choose the premium plan!

Today, I answer a question from listener Emalee about how to become a beginner mentor. From the outside looking in, this is very difficult! Going from "student" to "teacher" is a hard transition. I outline a few thoughts, and give you two tips from my experience. For episode notes, go to https://developertea.com

Metaphors are a powerful way of exploring a given subject. In this episode, I'll share with you why metaphors are so powerful, and how you can create effective metaphors yourself! To vote for Developer Tea in the 16th annual Net Awards, go to http://bit.ly/votetea! This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started building apps for millions of small business *today!*

In this episode, I give 4 tips for creating a great resume. The reality is, resumes are still an important part of the hiring process. Your resume can make or break you. So, what are employees looking for in a developer? I can only speak from my personal experience, and I believe these 4 tips will help you create a better resume for the job you want! Today's sponsor is Codeship, a hosted continuous integration platform. Get started today at Codeship.com, and use the code developertea for 20% off any plan when you choose the premium plan!

Today, I'm joined by the talented and intelligent Travis Neilson. Travis is the creator of DevTips, an instructional YouTube channel that has generated over 1 million views and about 35,000 subscribers! Travis invited me on his show recently, and I had such a good time that I decided to invite him to Developer Tea. We talk about quite a few things related to different platforms and media types, and being a publisher on each of these media types. You can find the YouTube channel for DevTips here: https://www.youtube.com/user/DevTipsForDesigners Make sure you also follow Travis on Twitter at https://twitter.com/travisneilson

Today, I'm joined by the talented and intelligent Travis Neilson. Travis is the creator of DevTips, an instructional YouTube channel that has generated over 1 million views and about 35,000 subscribers! Travis invited me on his show recently, and I had such a good time that I decided to invite him to Developer Tea. We talk about quite a few things related to different platforms and media types, and being a publisher on each of these media types. You can find the YouTube channel for DevTips here: https://www.youtube.com/user/DevTipsForDesigners Make sure you also follow Travis on Twitter at https://twitter.com/travisneilson

In this episode, I discuss the origin of difficulty and confusion, and how we can better deal with these things on a day to day basis. It turns out, frustration and confusion are some of the most important experiences in our lives. Today's episode is sponsored by Developer Tea! Go to [OneMonth.com/developertea](https://onemonth.com/developertea) to get 25% off now!

In today's episode, I discuss three different methods that will help create long lasting, usable memory more effectively. Today's sponsor is Codeship, a hosted continuous integration platform. Get started today at Codeship.com, and use the code developertea for 20% off any plan when you choose the premium plan!

In today's episode, I talk about the importance of synthesis to the process of creating novel things. I also discuss our obsession with originality and "creating from nothing." Today's episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DeveloperTea" on the billing page after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Today, I interview Daniel Rapp, creator of the Doppler.js library. Daniel is a computer science student in Sweden who is constantly investigating the intersection of math and creativity using code. Doppler became popular on GitHub, despite the fact that it isn't practically useful for most developers; this interested me, so I decided to reach out to Daniel. Show notes can be found at http://developertea.com/episodes/11297 Thanks to today's sponsor, Codeschool! http://codeschool.com/?ref=devtea

In today's episode, listener Summit asks about how to search for a new job while being employed, and how to keep from getting to exhausted. This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started building apps for millions of small business *today!*

In today's episode, I discuss the importance of relying on obviousness when designing software and user interfaces, and when you should be utilizing surprise. Today's episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DeveloperTea" on the billing page after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Matt is a beginner developer who is making a shift to support his new life situation, in which he is unable to work a normal 9-to-5 job in an office. Matt sent me an email asking a few questions about this shift, and how he should begin to learn. This episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com. Head over to OneMonth.com/developertea to get started learning Ruby on Rails in just one month, and receive a limited-time 25% discount!

In this week's inspiration episode starts with a quote from Brian Eno, a highly influential musician and audio engineer, about limiting options in order to better take advantage of our efforts.

Scott Belsky (http://twitter.com/@ScottBelsky) is the VP Products & Community at Adobe and cofounder of Behance. Scott is also a successful investor in major tech companies such as Periscope and Uber. Scott and I talk about the fundamental nature of creativity, why he created Behance, staying focused, the value of formal education, and what he wishes more people would ask him. Finally, at the end of the second part of the interview, Scott shares specific advice for developers who are wanting to work better with visionaries. Enjoy the interview! This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started building apps for millions of small business *today!*

Scott Belsky is the VP Products & Community at Adobe and cofounder of Behance. Scott is also a successful investor in major tech companies such as Periscope and Uber. Scott and I talk about the fundamental nature of creativity, why he created Behance, staying focused, the value of formal education, and what he wishes more people would ask him. Finally, at the end of the second part of the interview, Scott shares specific advice for developers who are wanting to work better with visionaries. Enjoy the interview!

In today's episode, we discuss the importance of standards and standards bodies for web technologies, specifically for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript specs. Today's episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DeveloperTea" on the billing page after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

In this episode, long-time listener Devin asks about how to grasp things that go over his head. You're not alone, Devin! In this episode, I give you (and others just like you) encouragement in the midst of your confusion, as well as some more practical advice for learning something new. Today's sponsor is OneMonth.com - go to OneMonth.com/developertea and enroll today to get 25% off your first month!

In today's episode, I talk with Hampton Catlin about fast Sass compilation with libsass, and then we discuss his latest project, Wordset, and why we need a truly open source dictionary. Further show notes can be found at http://developertea.com! This episode is sponsored by Intuit. Check out the developer sandbox and API explorer at http://intuit.me/DevTea

In this episode, I sat down with Hampton Catlin to talk about his Ruby survey, the implications of the data, and about the evolution (and naming) of Sass. Show notes can be found at http://developertea.com

In today's inspiration episode, I discuss the importance of removing barriers between you and your most important work, and why that is such an important thing to do. I then discuss 3 practical steps you can try that have helped me get to my focus state, and get more meaningful work done every day. Today's episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DeveloperTea" on the billing page after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Pamela Vickers and I sat down at Ancient City Ruby to talk about culture, conferences, and ping pong. And it was awesome. - [RailsGirls Atlanta](http://railsgirls.com/atl) - [PERMA](http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Citation/2012/11000/PERMA___A_Model_for_Institutional_Leadership_and.25.aspx) - [MINSWAN](http://blog.emmacodes.com/post/55841830917/minswan) - [Ruby Dramas](https://twitter.com/rubydramas) - [(Avoiding) Ruby Drama](http://rubydrama.com/) - [Hampton's Ruby Survey](http://www.askr.me/)

Pamela Vickers and I sat down at Ancient City Ruby to talk about culture, conferences, and ping pong. And it was awesome. - [@pwnela](http://twitter.com/pwnela) - [RailsGirls Atlanta](http://railsgirls.com/atl) - [PERMA](http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Citation/2012/11000/PERMA___A_Model_for_Institutional_Leadership_and.25.aspx) - [MINSWAN](http://blog.emmacodes.com/post/55841830917/minswan) - [Ruby Dramas](https://twitter.com/rubydramas) - [(Avoiding) Ruby Drama](http://rubydrama.com/) - [Hampton's Ruby Survey](http://www.askr.me/)

In today's episode, Clyde asks about learning to code while on the road. If you've ever tried to focus in a new environment, or if you are learning to code while changing locations, this episode is for you!

Ben Lesh is a senior UI engineer at Netflix, where he works on projects that use reactive programming in JavaScript to manage massive amounts of data. Ben talks with me about a variety of topics, focusing on reactive programming and data stream processing. Ben also gives his advice to you, whether you are a young developer or well into your career. Make sure you Tweet at Ben at https://twitter.com/benlesh and thank him for coming on the show! Today's episode is sponsored by DigitalOcean. Go to https://digitalocean.com to get started, and use the promo code "DeveloperTea" on the billing page after you create your account to get a $10 credit!

Ben Lesh is a senior UI engineer at Netflix, where he works on projects that use reactive programming in JavaScript to manage massive amounts of data. Ben talks with me about a variety of topics, focusing on reactive programming and data stream processing. Ben also gives his advice to you, whether you are a young developer or well into your career. Make sure you Tweet at Ben at https://twitter.com/benlesh and thank him for coming on the show!

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. But how can we get a better grasp on time? In this episode, I share a simple tip that exploits our brain's natural tendency to take shortcuts to help you better experience time and avoid the feeling of "time flying by" faster than you'd like. Today's episode is sponsored by OneMonth.com - go to http://onemonth.com/developertea to get 25% off your first month!

In this episode, we talk about "best practices" and advice, and what you should do with those things in your day to day life. Today's episode sponsored by Intuit! Head over to http://intuit.me/DevTea to get started!

I had the pleasure of attending Ancient City Ruby and interviewing a few folks while I was there. Ernie Miller was a speaker at ACR, and also sat down with me to talk about agile, humane development, and the implications of technically oriented people making a track switch to management. Thanks, Ernie! Don't forget to follow @erniemiller on Twitter and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on @DeveloperTea! Today's episode is sponsored by Intuit Developer. Get started developing applications for millions of business already using Quickbooks at http://intuit.me/DevTea today!

This episode is all about estimation, and how important it is to focus on estimating small things, and understand the implications of scale on your estimations. This episode is sponsored by Digital Ocean, cloud SSD hosting that you can deploy in just 55 seconds. Use the code "DeveloperTea" to get $10 off today at http://digitalocean.com - plans start at just $5/month!

I had the pleasure of attending Ancient City Ruby and interviewing a few folks while I was there. Ernie Miller was a speaker at ACR, and also sat down with me to talk about agile, humane development, and the implications of technically oriented people making a track switch to management. Thanks, Ernie! Don't forget to follow @erniemiller on Twitter and let him know you enjoyed hearing him on @DeveloperTea!

In today's episode, I'm ecstatic to announce 500k unique listens! That's half of a million, if you didn't already pick up on that. I'm looking forward to the 1 million mark with all of you! I also discuss a few tips for starting from ground zero. Thank you for your support! If you'd like to give back to Developer Tea, head over to http://developertea.com/donate - every donation is a huge help to making this show a reality 4 days a week!

Today I interview Rebecca Murphey, one of the JavaScript community's most memorable voices and a genuine, kind person. Rebecca has been doing JavaScript for quite a few years, and you might know her from yayQuery and other jQuery-related things, her work at Bocoup, or her writing on rmurphey.com. Rebecca now works at BazaarVoice. In this interview, we discuss a myriad of things, including the difficulties of writing third-party JavaScript, working with hardware, and her open source efforts on Scoutfile. Thank you for listening! Remember, you can support the show by going to https://developertea.com/donate

Today I interview Rebecca Murphey, one of the JavaScript community's most memorable voices and a genuine, kind person. Rebecca has been doing JavaScript for quite a few years, and you might know her from yayQuery and other jQuery-related things, her work at Bocoup, or her writing on rmurphey.com. Rebecca now works at BazaarVoice. In this interview, we discuss a myriad of things, including the difficulties of writing third-party JavaScript, working with hardware, and her open source efforts on Scoutfile. Thank you for listening! Remember, you can support the show by going to https://developertea.com/donate

In today's episode, I share some (insider) news with you that I think you'll find to be exciting.

In today's episode, listener Jessica asks what a full stack developer is.

Dont forget, you can support the show by donating at https://developertea.com/donate Dan Denney is a wealth of knowledge, and in today's episode, he's joined me to share some of that knowledge with you. Dan is an HTML email craftsman at Code School. On today's episode, we talk all about HTML email and Dan's experience with Front End Design Conference. Make sure you follow Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dandenney. Full show notes can be found at https://developertea.com.

In today's inspiration episode, I talk about the non-permanence of our work, and how that empowers us to make faster decisions.

Dont forget, you can support the show by donating at https://developertea.com/donate. Dan Denney is a wealth of knowledge, and in today's episode, he's joined me to share some of that knowledge with you. Dan is an HTML email craftsman at Code School. On today's episode, we talk all about HTML email. Make sure you follow Dan on Twitter: @dandenney. Full show notes can be found at https://developertea.com

In this episode, I answer listener Eric's questions about how to keep up with the news, and when to get a masters degree. Further resources/links can be found at DeveloperTea.com!

Richard Schneeman, Ruby developer at Heroku and awesome guy, joins me for the longest episode to date. Follow Richard on Twitter, @schneems! (Show notes can be found at https://DeveloperTea.com)

Richard Schneeman, Ruby developer at Heroku and awesome guy, joins me for the longest episode to date. Follow Richard on Twitter, @schneems! (Show notes can be found at https://DeveloperTea.com)

Children learn at an incredible rate. They also play significantly more than the average adult. Many studies have shown the importance of play for children in the learning process - so the question is, why don't we practice "play" as adults? "Episode 4: Learning about Learning": http://developertea.com/episodes/6530 Support Developer Tea: https://developertea.com/donate

In this episode, I discuss some of my personal rules for maintaining a reputation of professionalism. Support Developer Tea: https://developertea.com/donate

Should you be a generalized programmer or a specialized programmer? Generalized programmers learn a wide range of languages and/or frameworks, while a specialized programmer becomes an expert in something very specific. There are pros and cons to both, and in this episode, we'll discuss both.

Unless you're extraordinarily lucky, you'll be rejected multiple times in your life. Whether in your personal or professional life, rejection is a normal part of life, even for the best of the best (like the Beatles). In this episode, I encourage you to move past your rejection.

Should you be a generalized programmer or a specialized programmer? Generalized programmers learn a wide range of languages and/or frameworks, while a specialized programmer becomes an expert in something very specific. There are pros and cons to both, and in this episode, we'll discuss both.

In this episode, I answer a question I've received from many listeners: How do I come up with an idea for something to build? This question is somewhat complex, but we'll cover 5 basic tips for idea generation.

Scott Jehl is a designer and developer working at Filament Group. Scott is also an author and speaks regularly at conferences like An Event Apart. In this interview, Scott and I discuss progressive enhancement and his book, Responsible Responsive Design.

Today, I talk about coding for humans in this special Inspiration episode. Remember, computers are only what you tell them to be!

Scott Jehl is a designer and developer working at Filament Group. Scott is also an author and speaks regularly at conferences like An Event Apart. In this interview, Scott and I discuss progressive enhancement and his book, Responsible Responsive Design.

In today's episode, at the request of a listener I discuss the tradeoffs of choosing to adopt a new technology versus using what you already know, even when what you already know might not be the best tool for the job. Don't forget to subscribe to hear more Developer Tea!

In today's episode, I discuss why it's important to create a brand for yourself. Make sure you check out my interview with John Sonmez to hear more about building your own personal brand, and to participate in John's giveaway: https://www.developertea.com/episodes/7976

On today's episode, John Sonmez joins me to talk a bit about his brand new book, Soft Skills (Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Skills-software-developers-manual/dp/1617292397), and about the importance of branding yourself as a developer. John has graciously offered two awesome gifts to Developer Tea listeners! The first is a discount on John's course on how to market yourself as a developer! In the cart, just enter the coupon code DEVTEA to get $100 off! The second is a simple contest: comment on this episode at http://developertea.com/episodes/7976 and commit to writing a blog post every week for the next year, and John will choose one person to give a signed copy of his book Soft Skills! And, as an extra bonus, I will buy the domain name for the first year for the person who John chooses to give the book to. Don't forget, leave your comments on http://developertea.com/episodes/7976 if you want to be entered into the contest! If you'd like to support Developer Tea, visit http://developertea.com/buy-me-tea

Today's bonus episode is the first weekly inspiration mini-episode! Today's quote comes from Steve McConnell, author of Code Complete. Thank you for supporting Developer Tea with your listens! We just reached the 200k unique listens mark, and that's thanks to you! If you'd like to become a monthly supporter, head over to http://developertea.com/donate

In this episode, I answer a listener question about what route he should take in his technical education. Spoiler: I actually DO have an opinion and recommendation to this question. For a significant part of this episode, I discuss the concept of the famed "unicorn" developer, and why they're in such high demand. *Note: I accidentally called the listener a "guest" - probably because I consider everyone who listens to the show my personal guests 3 times a week. :)*

I'm excited to be interviewing Ben Orenstein from [Thoughtbot](http://thoughtbot.com/). Ben is a brilliant craftsman of a developer, and in this episode we discuss what it takes to be a craftsman. This is the second part of the interview, so be sure to check out the previous episode for the first part! [Become a Supporter of Developer Tea](https://developertea.com/donate) -Giant Robots Smashing into Other Giant Robots podcast: http://giantrobots.fm/ - Upcase: https://upcase.com/join - Vim for Rails Developers: https://www.codeschool.com/screencasts/thoughtbot-vim-for-rails-developers - Vim resources on Upcase: https://upcase.com/vim/resources - Trailmix.life: https://www.trailmix.life Ben's personal site and writings can be found at http://benorenstein.com Ben on Twitter, @r00k: https://twitter.com/r00k Ben on GitHub, @r00k: https://github.com/r00k

I'm excited to be interviewing Ben Orenstein from [Thoughtbot](http://thoughtbot.com/). Ben is a brilliant craftsman of a developer, and in this episode we discuss what it takes to be a craftsman. This interview is split into two parts, so be sure to check out the next episode for the second part! [Become a Supporter of Developer Tea](https://developertea.com/donate) -Giant Robots Smashing into Other Giant Robots podcast: http://giantrobots.fm/ - Upcase: https://upcase.com/join - Vim for Rails Developers: https://www.codeschool.com/screencasts/thoughtbot-vim-for-rails-developers - Vim resources on Upcase: https://upcase.com/vim/resources - Trailmix.life: https://www.trailmix.life Ben's personal site and writings can be found at http://benorenstein.com Ben on Twitter, @r00k: https://twitter.com/r00k Ben on GitHub, @r00k: https://github.com/r00k

18: Listener Questions

February 16, 2015

Around 1:00, Brett asks how to become an “advanced developer.” - Programming Paradigms Stanford Course: https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/programming-paradigms/id495054064 - Paul Graham’s essays on Lisp: http://paulgraham.com/articles.html - Python: https://www.python.org/ - Django: https://www.djangoproject.com/ - Whiteboard: http://whiteboard.is Around 8:10, Daniel asks how to make writing tests less boring and more joyful. Justin Weiss's article about adding tests to a non-TDD app: http://www.justinweiss.com/blog/2014/12/30/how-do-you-take-an-app-from-test-less-to-tdd/

Today I'm joined once again by Ryan Stout, the developer behind the powerful new Ruby web framework Volt. Ryan and I continue discussing why he created Volt, and some of the motivations for developers to move towards "isomorphic development". Check out Volt: http://voltframework.com Support Developer Tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

Today I'm joined by Ryan Stout, the developer behind the powerful new Ruby web framework Volt. Ryan and I discuss why he created Volt, and some of the motivations for developers to move towards "isomorphic development". Check out Volt: http://voltframework.com Support Developer Tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

In this episode, we talk about stigmas and stereotypes. As developers, and as humans, we have a responsibility to treat each other fairly. We also have a responsibility to our craft. In this episode, I discuss the one thing that developers should be measured by.

The first month of Developer Tea was officially marked yesterday, and in this episode, I'd like to thank you. I also challenge you towards the end of the episode. Thank you so much for listening to the show!

What was the last time you _practiced_ writing code? Any expertise arguably requires an intentional, focused effort on practicing a set of exercises. Kata acts as the practice exercises for programming. In this episode, I talk about code kata, and I also talk about the danger of being addicted to problems, and making sure we keep our kata efforts separate from our real problem-solving efforts. [codekata.com](http://codekata.com/) If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

In this episode, I interview front-end developer Daniel Kao. Daniel has been running his site, Diplateevo.com, since his freshman year in high school. Daniel is a brilliant individual, and happens to be only 20 years old. He has already had a chance to meet some of his heroes, like Chase Jarvis, Ramit Sethi, Peter Thiel, Randy Komisar, and more. This past year, Daniel did something that took a lot of self control: He cut sugar for a whole year. In our interview Daniel tells me why he made this choice. Finally, Daniel is moving into a complicated field (grant writing) that he has no experience or training in. In the interview, we discuss why this can actually be a great idea for your career. If you are enjoying the show, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

13: Flexibility

February 2, 2015

In this episode, I discuss flexibility. Why is flexibility important, and what can you do to make your code and your workflow more flexible? I'll share something I did recently that made creating this podcast a bit easier to accomplish. If you are enjoying the show, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

On this episode, I continue the interview Chris Coyier. Chris is the creator of CSS-Tricks.com, Codepen.io, and hosts Shoptalk Show with Dave Rupert. In this second part of a two-part interview, Chris and I talk about getting good at being a musician (or at cutting hair), why we rewrite code we've already written, and lots of other necessary things. Mentioned: - ShoptalkShow.com - Codepen.io - css-tricks.com - DeveloperTea.com Don't forget to subscribe, rate/review on iTunes, and get in touch! - Twitter: @developertea - https://twitter.com/developertea) - Email: developertea@gmail.com If you are enjoying the show, would you consider buying me some tea? http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

On this episode, I interview Chris Coyier. Chris is the creator of CSS-Tricks.com, Codepen.io, and hosts Shoptalk Show with Dave Rupert. In this first part of a two-part interview, Chris and I talk about how he got started with CSS Tricks. We also talk about what it's like to make such a massive amount of freely available resources. Mentioned: ShoptalkShow.com Codepen.io css-tricks.com DeveloperTea.com If you are enjoying the show, would you consider buying me some tea? http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

Ruby developer and author Justin Weiss joins me to talk about his experience working with Avdi Grimm on a guest episode for Ruby Tapas, why he chose Rails, and his book. Then, Justin gives you his 30-second suggestion to help you become a better developer. *Mentioned:* - Justin's book, Practicing Rails https://www.justinweiss.com/book/ - Justin's Blog: http://www.justinweiss.com/ - Sign up for Justin's awesome weekly newsletter: http://www.justinweiss.com/list/ If you are enjoying the show, would you consider buying me some tea? http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

In this episode, I talk about how I approach programmatic problems, and I give all developers my opinionated understanding of the most important factor of problem solving: imparting knowledge into your problem solving mechanisms. If you're enjoying the show, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

In this episode, I share some of the stuff I've been using. None of these folks are sponsoring the show. Mentioned: Ruby - https://www.ruby-lang.org Rails - http://rubyonrails.org Grape - https://github.com/intridea/grape Sinatra - http://www.sinatrarb.com Focus at Will - https://www.focusatwill.com vim - http://vim.org Sublime Text 2 - http://www.sublimetext.com/2 Thoughtbot's thoughts on vim: http://robots.thoughtbot.com/tags/vim Upcase - https://upcase.com Simplenote - http://simplenote.com Drafts - http://agiletortoise.com/drafts Quiver - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quiver-programmers-notebook/id866773894 If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

In this episode, we cover (only 2 of) the hardest parts of computer science. Spoiler alert: this short podcast will not solve all of your complex coding conundrums, but it will provide you with some alliterative show notes. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

On today's episode, I talk with Nick Morrison and Kody Dahl, both students about to graduate from the design BFA program at Georgia State University, for the second part of our interview.

Kody and Nick are both incredibly hard-working folks who happen to also work at Whiteboard.

In part two, we have a discussion about their professors, design software, life skills, and we (try) to answer the $150,000 question. The interview went quite a bit longer than we expected it to go, so I've decided to split the interview into two parts, so be sure to check out part 1 of episode 7 as well.
A big thanks to Nick and Kody! Follow them:
@Nickm717
@kodieodie If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

On today's episode, I talk with Nick Morrison and Kody Dahl, both students about to graduate from the design BFA program at Georgia State University.

Kody and Nick are both incredibly hard-working folks who happen to also work at Whiteboard.

In part one, we start a discussion on formal design education. The interview went quite a bit longer than we expected it to go, so I've decided to split the interview into two parts, which will both be released this week.
A big thanks to Nick and Kody! Follow them.
@Nickm717
@kodieodie If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

6: Feelback vs. Feedback

January 12, 2015

How do you code a feeling?

Today, we're going to be talking about how to deal with ambiguous feedback. The answer is kind of ambiguous, unfortunately, but we live in a subjective world, so let's all learn how to value subjective things, shall we? We've managed to hit LESS than 5 minutes on this one! Hope you enjoy it. Up next in the queue is our first interview episode double-release, which is a bit longer, so be on the look out! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

5: Addictions

January 9, 2015

In today's episode, we will not be talking about drugs. For long. Instead, we're going to talk about some kind-of amazingly weird trends in how we use technology, and how we might could be more intentional in the time we spend with screens. We (again) went over the 10 minute mark, but hopefully the discussion is worth the extra half minute to you! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

4: Learning about Learning

January 8, 2015

Learning is one of the most important skills for developers to cultivate. In this episode, I'll talk about why that's the case, and a method for learning you might not have tried before. Today's episode goes just a tad over 10 minutes - I'm doing my best to cut out the cruft, though. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

3: Prototypes

January 6, 2015

Prototyping is a process that bridges the gap between production and static design. In this episode, I talk a bit about what that means, and about what is required for all good prototypes. If you aren't prototyping now, you need to catch up. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: https://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea Edit: I accidentally called the Facebook prototyping tool, Origami, "Paper". Of course, this was a mistake. Sorry about that folks. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

2: Focus

January 5, 2015

In this episode, I talk about focus, and why it's so important for developers to cultivate focus. We'll discuss some pretty amazing statistics about how we use technology, and I challenge you to not listen to this podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

This is the proverbial "hello" episode, where I tell you what Developer Tea is all about. Developer Tea is born out of my own desire to have shorter podcasts that come out more often. I very rarely have the time to listen to so many of the podcasts I'd like to listen to, because they are just simply too long. Developer Tea is engineered to fit inside your tea (or coffee, or kombucha) break. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying me some tea: http://www.developertea.com/buy-me-tea

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