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Does Not Compute

A weekly chat about the lives and workflows of modern web developers, hosted by Sean Washington & Paul Straw.

46: Don't Mailbox It

August 23, 2016

In episode 46 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about preferring simple tools over complex tools, how to keep your remote teammates in the loop, and Sean's migration from Sass to Functional CSS

45: Turn Around and Float

August 16, 2016

In episode 45 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about moving from CoffeeScript to ES6, some observations from the outside in about popular open source libs that are maintained by one or a few individuals, and how picking off low hanging fruit from an issue list frees up those maintainers to do more heavy lifting

44: Gadget Cleanse

August 9, 2016

In episode 44 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about feels while being totally disconnected from the internet, the technical debt associated with micro npm modules, password managers and password security, and how the first step in educating users begins with us developers

In episode 43 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Vue 2.0, Sean's upcoming move across the country, and working remotely with an introverted personality

In episode 42 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Apple's 12in MacBook for web development, GitHub using system fonts, Work In Progress Pull Requests for your sanity, and prerendering your JavaScript.

In episode 41 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Elixir and linked lists, the benefits of jumping into unfamiliar programming territory, and an interesting UX trick to make your users think your app is working

40: De-Shrouded Mystery

July 12, 2016

In episode 40 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about simplifying functional programming by using some basic math properties, Elixir, Google's AMP project, and js.org

39: Learn to Observe

July 5, 2016

In episode 39 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how they approach setting personal and professional goals, address the age old question "How does one get started with programming these days?", and how learning a few things about yourself you can dramatically reduce the amount of frustration you'll experience.

38: Onion Problems

June 28, 2016

In episode 38 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the power of simplicity when it comes to personal productivity and how that means different things for different people, and how going into situations in life with optimism will often lead to a better quality of life

37: Brain Food Jar

June 21, 2016

In episode 37 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about their origin stories and the path that led them to where they are today

36: Smooth it Out

June 14, 2016

In episode 36 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about declarative design tools, Decent.scss, and the benefit of moving towards building apps in an API/Client bundle

In episode 35 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about a hot new build tool (and tasty meal) called Brunch, using the CSS will-change property, and write more meaningful CSS

34: Quick Wins

May 31, 2016

In episode 34 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about remembering accessibility while building out UIs on a tight time budget, how using an html outliner can help you write semantic html, and how using tools like cssstats.com can help you keep tabs on your CSS before things become out of control

33: Get the Cookbook

May 24, 2016

In episode 33 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk GitHub's unlimited private repos, how having your own playbook can save you time on repetitive questions and tasks, and how the right programming cookbook can accelerate your learning

32: Up Your Game

May 17, 2016

In episode 32 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how taking a step back from the programming world often leads to perspective, and how to deal with being thrown into the deep end of a new language or framework

In episode 31 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk to Peter Cooper of Cooper Press about how they manage the sheer volume of tech news being shared each day, being able to adapt to new technologies by learning on demand, and the ever changing landscape of social media.

In episode 30 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about building software for people, Sean's first dive into Node.js, and Paul's newfound fondness of functional CSS

29: The Why & How

April 26, 2016

In episode 29 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of introspection and project postmortems as a tool for learning, as well as lay out a few tips for dealing with client questions that require you to research before answering

28: General Firehosery

April 19, 2016

In episode 28 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using todo apps to get things done (or the lack thereof), and how they feel about the slack vs. email controversy

27: Checking Intent

April 12, 2016

In episode 27 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the pros and cons to working remotely as a programmer and contempt culture - our intentions are not magic

26: Expose the Fraud

April 5, 2016

In episode 26 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the new headless CMS fad, dealing with insecurities as a new lead developer, and Octopus' new SCSS utilities for building sites with Functional/Atomic CSS.

In episode 25 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk to Jon Gold about using Functional CSS to ship consistent interfaces with less code, when it's a good idea to introduce type safety to your javascript, and Jon's everlasting love of Vim

24: Making Connections

March 22, 2016

In episode 24 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the Montues, Epicurrence, and Fluent conferences, remembering to consider your users that don't have updated hardware or fast internet, and a few tips if you're on the hunt for a new job.

23: Use Your Words

March 15, 2016

In episode 23 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk some more about Test Driven Development, how learning to read stack traces and the difference between error types will save you multitudes of time, and what Sean thinks about IDEs after another week of use.

In episode 22 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's initial thoughts from venturing out of Sublime Text into IDE land, Paul's new open graph image tool called Motif, and how missing the latest web technology boat isn't a bad thing.

21: Force Refresh

March 1, 2016

In episode 21 of Does Not Compute Sean and Paul talk about idea debt, creating a sense of purpose over urgency, how important it is to force yourself to rest, and how you can use Nightwatch.js to setup quick end to end tests for your app.

20: On Demand Learning

February 23, 2016

In episode 20 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about JavaScript fatigue fatigue, diving deep into what actually interests you in tech, and the importance of toy projects - just have some fun! That's why we all got into this at the first place right?

19: Typin' in Google

February 16, 2016

In episode 19 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Git while working with a team, GitHub Flow, what to look for in an open source readme, and some of the available options for deploying your website or webapp.

18: Learning Habits

February 9, 2016

In episode 18 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of getting involved with a coding community for beginners and experts alike, and how being intentional with your time and energy will have a huge impact on your productivity and ability to learn new things.

17: Safety in Numbers

February 2, 2016

In episode 17 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the Ruby on Rails Doctrine, a few CSS and JavaScript refresher tips, and Otto by HashiCorp, automated development environments made easy (eventually).

16: Hello World Superheroes

January 26, 2016

In episode 16 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how to get started with webpack, JavaScript Modules, and the current state of modern JavaScript and the community surrounding it.

In episode 15 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Placem.at, Paul's new open source placeholder image service, FancySelect/Selectize and JS based select enhancements, and how you probably already know a few functional programming tricks.

14: Time For The Talk...

January 12, 2016

In episode 14 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about testing your JavaScript (the how's and when's), Paul's new imgix open source JavaScript tools Luminous & Drift, and ES6 as compared to Coffeescript.

13: Frogs on Lily Pads

January 5, 2016

In episode 13 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about simple CSS grids, SVG vs. Gif and SVG accessibility, SVG vs. icon fonts, and a pretty awesome js based csv parsing tool called Papa Parse.

12: MacGyver Programming

December 29, 2015

In episode 12 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Adobe Generator, 5 Active Record tips, Flexbox and CSS Calc for layout, and web accessibility basics.

11: Focused Down Learning

December 22, 2015

In episode 11 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about remote development setups via DigitalOcean and Coda, Javascript Closures and Promises, and how to be productive while learning new things.

In episode 10 of Does Not Compute, Paul and Sean talk about learning from your past code mistakes, Ruby 2.3 and POROs in Rails, Programming Idioms, and how simplifying down your methods often leads to cleaner, more readable code.

09: A Trip Down Memory Lane

December 8, 2015

In episode 9 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how having empathy toward clients can help you stay motivated on long running projects, a few install tips for installing SSL on your servers, and how choosing convention over configuration can lead to greater productivity for you and your team.

08: Know Your Toolset

December 1, 2015

In episode 8 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how to manage legacy data migrations safely with Rails, Metaprogramming in Ruby, and the difference in knowing the tools that you choose and being dependent on those tools.

07: Syntactical Sugar

November 24, 2015

In episode 7, Sean and Paul talk how developers can benefit directly by investing some time into learning design, Rails ActiveSupport::Concerns and Plain Old Ruby Objects, and how to deal with mental fatigue.

06: Programming Street Smarts

November 17, 2015

In episode 6 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about programmer over-engineering, cowboy programmers, and the duct tape programmer. Also in today's discussion are the new Vue.js devtools, and how Drew Wilson built a mac app over night to scratch an itch.

05: Learn To Learn

November 10, 2015

In episode 5, Sean and Paul discuss a very helpful article entitled 10 tips for young programmers, how to use active model serializers in rails, and how to deal with programmer frustration.

04: Setting Foundations

November 3, 2015

In episode 4 of Does Not Compute, Sean & Paul talk about how to break down a new technique or idea into something manageable while on a deadline, how using keyboard shortcuts can significantly increase productivity, and how code is for people, not computers.

In the 3rd episode of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul discuss being just plain worn out, and how burnout is a real thing that happens to everyone, and what to do if it's happening to you. They also talk about how you don't need to know everything to be a good programmer, and how it's important to get to you the tools that you use instead of switching to every new fad.

In the second episode of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul discuss different options for managing image assets within a Rails app, Sean's favorite new way to package a rails app for deploying to production, and how you might not even need to build a Single Page Application with all of those fancy (and expensive) new tools.

01: There's Always Paypal

October 13, 2015

In this episode of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul discuss how not to use magic numbers in programming, how you can and should lint your code, utilizing slack communities for instant feedback from others, how asking questions is one of the best ways to learn to program, and how a technique called time boxing can help you focus your time and be more productive.

00: Pilot

October 12, 2015

This is a test episode to get everything set up in iTunes and get RSS feed running smoothly. Until that happens though, you can listen to Sean and Paul talk about Javascript frameworks such as Vue and react, Web Components, and an experimental site navigation called Zoomable UI.

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