Does Not Compute

A weekly chat about the lives and workflows of modern web developers

September 18, 2018

143: Discord and WebRTC

In episode 143 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about working with customer email subscriptions, reducing operational costs, and how Discord handles 2.5 million WebRTC users.

September 11, 2018

142: Functional Polymorphism

In episode 142 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about mechanical keyboards, replacing Vuex with custom controllers, and implementing GraphQL with Dataloader.

September 4, 2018

141: Always Run Your Tests

In today's episode of Does Not Compute, Rockwell narrows in on front-end performance issues and mutation side-effects while Sean works out some Vuex kinks.

August 28, 2018

140: Second-System Effect

In episode 140 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about migrating away from jQuery, implementing Vuex's Dynamic Registration, and TailwindCSS with utility classes.

August 21, 2018

139: Strongly Typed Parameters

In episode 139 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about building out GraphQL queries, pattern matching Elixir Maps, and DataLoader.

August 14, 2018

138: Do I or don't I?

In episode 138 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about integrating external APIs, the benefits and downsides of bolt on GraphQL server providers, and the power of PostgreSQL.

August 7, 2018

137: Software Breadboards

In episode 137 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about the difficulties of estimating software projects and accountability, how Rockwell designs hardware for Remote Ham Radio, and tracking your daily productivity.

July 31, 2018

136: Sometimes You've Just Got To Write Code

In episode 136 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about application downtime, removing complexity from functions with pattern matching, and websocket memory usage.

July 24, 2018

135: Elixir Powered Ham Radio

In episode 135 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about ham radio, Erlang Term Storage (ETS), and choosing a language.

July 17, 2018

134: Dreaming of GraphQL

In episode 134 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Rockwell talk about handling app dependencies, deployment pipelines, and debugging memory leaks.

July 10, 2018

133: Exploring Dokku and Flynn

In episode 133 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Mikhail talk about deploying your own apps, handling user data, and Nuxt.

July 3, 2018

132: Vue Powered Development

In episode 132 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Apple's declining hardware quality, the Web as a platform, and user privacy.

June 26, 2018

131: Improving Developer Ergonomics

In episode 131 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about completing the migration to Nuxt, improving separation of concerns, and developer ergonomics.

June 19, 2018

130: Maturing an MVP

In episode 130 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the states of refactoring, separation of concerns, and leveraging Vue and Nuxt.

June 12, 2018

129: Solar Powered Development

In episode 129 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the benefits of remote development, managing quality of features developed, and changing opinions of Javascript apps.

June 5, 2018

128: Communicating With Non-Technical Colleagues

In episode 128 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about working on the road, finding their strengths on a team, and working with non-technical colleagues.

May 29, 2018

127: Exploring Docker

In episode 127 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of documentation, exploring Docker, and dealing with imposter syndrome.

May 22, 2018

126: Paul Tries Jiu Jitsu

In episode 126 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about visiting Vermont, learning docker, and talking control of your servers.

May 15, 2018

125: What's My Name

In episode 125 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about moving slow and considering things, building features that work around existing user behaviors, and using Google's natural language API.

May 8, 2018

124: Always Be Open To Other Techniques

In episode 124 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about software architecture and design patterns, learning through adversity, and how empathy can help you make better software.

May 1, 2018

Re-Air: 02 - Component is A Fancy Word for Class

Re-Air: 02 - 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.

April 24, 2018

123: Stop Trying To Change The World

In episode 123 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about learning to feel fulfilled throughk your work and how changing the world with technology isn't always a good thing.

April 17, 2018

122: Time Budgets & Sticky Brains

In episode 122 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the benefits of pair programming, and how a little introspection each day can keep you motivated.

April 10, 2018

121: Outgrowing Ego

In episode 121 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about switching priorities from tech based things to people based things, building software for the user on the other side, and learning to see past the mountain in front of you through experience.

April 3, 2018

120: Source of Truth

In episode 120 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about camping and national parks, writing functional feature specs for an application, and some practical examples of elixir's pattern matching and guard clauses.

March 27, 2018

119: Separation of Concerns

In episode 119 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about rethinking separation of concerns, building reusable components with Vue.js, and how relying on some simple Elixir conventions can replace the need for external libraries.

March 20, 2018

118: Paring Down

In episode 118 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's first full week on the road, avoiding fire ants and spiders, and about pairing down your belongings to a few quality items.

March 13, 2018

117: The Underbed Situation

In episode 117 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about music they're into lately and the insecurty that comes with letting someone into a codebase you've grown from the ground up.

March 6, 2018

116: Think Of Schemas As Post-It Notes

In episode 116 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about rethinking Sean's approach to organizing Ecto Schemas, learning and growing from incorrect assumptions, and digging into a new Nuxt.js app for Design Kollective.

February 27, 2018

115: CTOing is Hard

In episode 115 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Phoenix contexts, refactoring a production Elixir app, and learning how to be CTO's past the MVP phase.

February 20, 2018

114: Navigating A New Code Base

In episode 114 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's first week at Design Kollective, vscode, learning how to work with a new code base, and how Phoenix 1.3 encourages good code organization by its design.

February 13, 2018

113: Robo-Productive

In episode 113 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new job with Design Kollective, developer workflows, and about becoming the person you want to be one decision at a time.

February 6, 2018

112: Being Lazy To Get Things Done

In episode 112 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about hippo dentistry, GraphQL, and Absinthe (the Elixir GraphQL implementation).

January 30, 2018

111: Two Weeks To A New Job

In episode 111 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new job, Combat Jiu Jitsu, and implementing GraphQL with Elixir's Absinthe library

January 23, 2018

110: Focus On The Foundation

In episode 110 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Tacos and Affogatos, UFC 220 and the importance of fundamentals, and about keeping a journal for personal and professional growth.

January 16, 2018

109: Building With What You've Got

In episode 109 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's broken iPhoneX, Phoenix Contexts, and how sometimes you just gotta use a library.

January 9, 2018

108: New Year, New Problems, New Fixes

In episode 108 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Meltdown and Spectre and Paul's journey into Elixir.

December 19, 2017

107: Napping & Reducing

In episode 107 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about living in an RV in San Francisco and boiling web apps down to data input and output.

December 12, 2017

106: Thank Goodness For HTTPS

In episode 106 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of HTTPS and VPNs, 1Password and RememBear, and using PostGIS to build location aware features for into your app.

December 5, 2017

105: No Sleep Till New Hires

In episode 105 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about wireframing with Balsamiq, project management with GitHub and ZenHub, and how doubling down on sleep is always the right idea.

November 28, 2017

104: Down The Streaming Rabbit Hole

In episode 104 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about streaming on Twitch, being at your desk vs. being present, F.lux/Nightshift, and the importance of a steady sleep schedule.

November 21, 2017

103: CSS Anxiety

In episode 103 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Destiny 2, choosing a stack for an MVP, Nuxt.js, and sunsetting Coffeescript.

November 14, 2017

102: Spreadsheets Are The Way of The Future's Past

In episode 102 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk Whizzy Wheels, using Raspberry PI/Homekit to control your lights, how spreadsheets are often overlooked and under utilized, and the differences between relational and document based data bases

November 7, 2017

101: Get Me To The Wifi

In episode 101 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's recent launch of Design Kollective, JSON and Postgres, and Paul's RV progress.

October 3, 2017

100: Little Significant Changes

In episode 100 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the perceptual cliff, Ecto.Changeset, ExUnit, and reflect on the past 100 episodes of the show.

September 26, 2017

99: When Syntax Takes A Back Seat

In episode 99 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about getting things for free with tools like Unity 3D and Unreal Engine, Apple's ARKit, and the future of Augmented Reality.

September 19, 2017

98: Nerd Out About Anything You Want

In episode 98 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about checking out the county fair, NestNotes going live in the app store, and Basecamp 3's ios app architecture.

September 12, 2017

97: What's Your Longest Bug Fix?

In episode 97 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about building SSR Spas, how far the modern javascript workflow has come, five day bug fixes, and converting coffeescript to ES6.

September 5, 2017

96: Seemingly Seamless

In episode 96 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about oAuth, email confirmation and users, and how sometimes choosing to use that big pacakge hurts you in the long run.

August 29, 2017

95: Earned Trust

In episode 95 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about surviving the thunder dome aka PUBG, M.2, the Logitech MX Master mouse, and using Nuxt.js to build both ssr/spa and pure spa apps.

August 22, 2017

94: That Feeling When Tools Do The Thing

In episode 94 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about splitting JS into multiple bundles with Webpack, Nuxt.js community modules, and how they each approached authorization and permissions for their applications.

August 15, 2017

93: Climb The Hill To The Next Plateau

In episode 93 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Ecto in comparrison to ActiveRecord to learn SQL, Postgres's Trigger Functions, SQL Views, and the importance of writing good documentation and developer guides for your app.

August 8, 2017

92: Dev Surgeons

In episode 92 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Nuxt.js and PWAs, Pomodoro, using 1Password, and backup paranoia.

August 1, 2017

91: Making Money On The Internet Is Weird

In episode 91 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Netlify CMS, Ecto and Postgres, and being paranoid about making money selling things on the internet.

July 25, 2017

90: Buffet of Work

In episode 90 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the differences in building apps when you have user data, 2 Factor auth with 1Password, microcosm, and Paul's upcoming RV move.

July 18, 2017

89: Delegate to Improve Sanity

In episode 89 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about trusting Stripe and Shopify to know what's best when it comes to payment forms and checkout, saving your time and sanity by delegating ops work to Heroku, and how making decisions because of a scale you don't yet have "but might someday" isn't a good idea.

July 11, 2017

88: Put Your Code Out There For Future You

In episode 88 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Phoenix 1.3, Contexts/BDD, and how sharing your code is as much for yourself as it is for others.

June 27, 2017

87: Outlet Popularity

In episode 86 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about wrangling the Touch Bar using BetterTouchTool, battling guilt while taking breaks from work throughout the day, and Paul's shiny new MacBook Pro.

June 20, 2017

86: Toaster Oven Angst - When Products Don't Live Up To The Hype

In episode 86 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about being disappointed by consumer products, using Bear Writer, and umbrella apps in Elixir

June 13, 2017

85: Vueing All Day Long

In episode 85 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the latest WWDC announcements, and Native/Web VR.

June 6, 2017

84: Salted Base Functionality

In episode 83 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how Paul wrapped his Vue.js app in a thin Cordova wrapper, shipping web based mobile apps to the App Store, and why focussing on the basics of usability for web and mobile apps is so important.

May 30, 2017

83: JSONB: The Way of The Present

In episode 83 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's new ultrawide monitor & recording interface, their new found addiction with the game Factorio, and using JSON Schema and JSONB to create flexible yet validatable data storage with Postgres.

May 23, 2017

82: We All Have Our Vices

In episode 82 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about evaluating a new 2016 MacBook Pro, searching for a good external monitor, and doing things the idiomatic way instead of doing things the way you've always done them.

May 16, 2017

81: Take a Data Dump

In episode 81 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Codepen's projects feature for quick R&D projects, about remembering sIFR font replacement, and Sean's continued Elixir exploration.

May 9, 2017

80: Real-ality

In episode 80 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about more about VR, how we might already be living in a simulation, and the cost of building a Windows machine vs. the cost of Apple hardware.

May 2, 2017

79: Half the Battle is Showing Up

In episode 79 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using dependencies wisely, Paul's participation in Ludem Dare 38, and about how learning new things is such a great way to improve your existing skills.

April 25, 2017

78: I'm Only One Camel

In episode 78 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new game Microcosm, IDE's and Unity 3D, and strongly typed languages.

April 18, 2017

77: Oh, Emails.

In episode 77 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about foregoing DSL's in favor of more control over an Elasticsearch implementation, using MJML to build transactional emails with Rails, and using Docker to mirror your development environment with your production environmen

April 11, 2017

76: Decoupling the Backend

In episode 76 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about exploring new languages in search of performance benefits, when it might be ok to re-write an app to boost performance, and how decoupling your application backend from the frontend can give you the flexibility you need to explore your options.

April 4, 2017

75: I'd Like Some Data, Please

In episode 75 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using VPNs around the clock, API and Vuex implementation details, and about building reliable and boring appications

March 28, 2017

74: All the Other -ends

In episode 73 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about taking a brief look at Go, using Nuxt.js in production, and using GitHub Projects to not only help keep you organized, but also to keep your team members in the loop

March 21, 2017

73: Vacation Dread

In episode 73 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's API connected IOT alarm clock, Using Papertrail for setting up notifications from your app's logs, and using Nuxt.js to churn out server rendered Vue.js apps.

March 14, 2017

72: Lovely Ways to Work

In episode 72 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's new ventures in Elixir, and about how making hard decisions now will help you see benefits in the long term.

March 7, 2017

71: Waste Deep in Bugs

In episode 71 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using the Paw app to make app migration and deploys just a little easier with Heroku and using one GitHub "issues" repository for decoupled server/client apps.

February 28, 2017

70: I Got A Fancy IoT Button

In episode 47 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's fancy new Amazon IoT button, Amazon Lamda, and Paul's new Unblog

February 21, 2017

69: Don't @ Me

In episode 69 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Google Sheet's handy feature called Explore, Heroku's Dataclips and a gem called Blazer for business intelligence, and why we disagree with the notion that if you can't do without tools then you're not a real developer.

February 14, 2017

68: Slight Moment of Paranoia

In episode 68 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how you should check your data backups right this instant, Heroku Pipelines, Rails Form Helpers vs. Spas, and how changing your focus just a bit can bring you relief from Javascript Fatigue

February 7, 2017

67: So Very TDD

In episode 67 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about some basic rules for refactoring, how TDD can help you refactor with confidence, and when it might be time to reevaluate a tool in your toolbox

January 31, 2017

66: The Wonderful World of Validation and Callbacks

In episode 66 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the learning the hard way while being in the hot-seat, how leveraging the tools provided to you by a framework like Rails can save you time and frustration, and how Component is just a fancy word for Class

January 24, 2017

65: Night Brain

In episode 65 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about NightBrain, why consistency is important in design, and applying the principles of learning on demand to non technology related fields

January 17, 2017

64: Mise en Place and Harmony

In episode 64 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about deep work and battling distractions, applying Mise En Place to our trade as web developers, and about how much you can learn about yourself when you're in charge of your working schedule

January 10, 2017

63: Default Patterns

In episode 63 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how keeping a simple Research file in your project can help you be more productive, how using pre-existing design guidelines can help you make more informed decisions, and about how they are adjusting to their new roles as Designer/Developers.

December 20, 2016

62: Follow The Breadcrumb Trail

In episode 62 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new job and some of the challenges he faces in the upcoming year, how being present can be one of your most important tools, and documentation, documentation, documentation.

December 13, 2016

61: Dive Into The Bare Metal

In episode 61 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about some useful Rails gems for better sanity checking in development, Webpack and Hot Module Replacement, and how reading the docs is always better than just copying and pasting.

December 6, 2016

60: Poke Around Without Blasting (Sean's Interviewing Strategy)

In episode 60 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's new job, job interview preparation, and the importance developers providing customer support for the applications they work on

November 29, 2016

59: Post-Election Chat

In episode 59 of Does Not Compute, recorded after the 2016 United States presidential election, Sean and Paul talk about a few ways people can protect their digital privacy over the next few years.

November 15, 2016

58: Map, Reduce & Filter

In episode 58 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk read receipts and email, why good communication skills are important for programmers, and how learning on demand can help tackle the age old imposter syndrome

November 8, 2016

57: Should Sync Exist?

In episode 57 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how your tools only matter if they save you time while maintaining quality, and how you can change your programming tools while not having to change your methodolog

November 1, 2016

56: Poor Sublime

In episode 56 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Visual Studio Code, JSON Schema, and how learning complicated tools like Redux and Vuex take up more time up front, but can empower you to build complex applications efficiently

October 25, 2016

55: Actions & Reducers

In episode 55 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk some more about React, Redux, Vuex, and Vue, but also about how important it is to know that the important part of programming is thinking about how and why you're going to do something before you do it

October 18, 2016

54: Clean Desk Keepers

In episode 54 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about their desk preferences and cable management, React and Redux, and the importantce of specialization as the Front End industry continues to expand

October 11, 2016

53: Spaghetti Mess Optimist

In episode 53 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about learning React, what's new in Vue 2.0, and how the future of JavaScript is bright and full of possibilities

October 4, 2016

52: Let's Be Honest, Everybody's Transpiling

In episode 52 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Vue 2.0 and the ecosystem surrounding it, utilizing presentational, container, and stateless components, and how developers absolutely should be involved in the discussion surrounding user experience design

September 27, 2016

51: Is Liking ES5 Normal?

In episode 51 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about GitHub and GitLab's new project management features, GitHub's recent decision to use GraphQL, and if its ok to like ES5 over ES6

September 20, 2016

50: Speed & Function

In episode 50 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about life after finishing a long running project, the benefits of Functional CSS paired with a headless CMS, and an awesome tool for pair programming called Hyperdev

September 13, 2016

49: Knocking on Wood

In episode 49 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about keeping long running projects organized and the whirlwind that is a project launch

September 6, 2016

48: The Community Dish

In episode 48 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new game Slappy, a realtime Node framework called Feathers, Hapi.js, and how much fun you can have by experimenting with new tools

August 30, 2016

47: Trial By Experimentation

In episode 47 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how scheduling your time can help you maximize your productivity while lowering lower your stress, and Sean's return to Hapi.js and introduction to MongoDB

August 23, 2016

46: Don't Mailbox It

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

August 16, 2016

45: Turn Around and Float

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

August 9, 2016

44: Gadget Cleanse

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

August 2, 2016

43: Productivity Happiness

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

July 26, 2016

42: The Coffee's Good But The WiFi's Terrible

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.

July 19, 2016

41: Note to Self: Elixir

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

July 12, 2016

40: De-Shrouded Mystery

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

July 5, 2016

39: Learn to Observe

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.

June 28, 2016

38: Onion Problems

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

June 21, 2016

37: Brain Food Jar

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

June 14, 2016

36: Smooth it Out

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

June 7, 2016

35: Ricochet into Brunch

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

May 31, 2016

34: Quick Wins

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

May 24, 2016

33: Get the Cookbook

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

May 17, 2016

32: Up Your Game

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

May 10, 2016

31: The Next New Shiny (feat. Peter Cooper)

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.

May 3, 2016

30: End User Humanity

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

April 26, 2016

29: The Why & How

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

April 19, 2016

28: General Firehosery

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

April 12, 2016

27: Checking Intent

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

April 5, 2016

26: Expose the Fraud

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.

March 29, 2016

25: Falling With Style (feat. Jon Gold)

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

March 22, 2016

24: Making Connections

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.

March 15, 2016

23: Use Your Words

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.

March 8, 2016

22: Crossing the Aisle

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.

March 1, 2016

21: Force Refresh

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.

February 23, 2016

20: On Demand Learning

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?

February 16, 2016

19: Typin' in Google

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.

February 9, 2016

18: Learning Habits

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.

February 2, 2016

17: Safety in Numbers

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).

January 26, 2016

16: Hello World Superheroes

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.

January 19, 2016

15: Minimum Viable Performance

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.

January 12, 2016

14: Time For The Talk...

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.

January 5, 2016

13: Frogs on Lily Pads

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.

December 29, 2015

12: MacGyver Programming

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.

December 22, 2015

11: Focused Down Learning

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.

December 15, 2015

10: Doing One Simple Thing Really Really Well

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.

December 8, 2015

09: A Trip Down Memory Lane

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.

December 1, 2015

08: Know Your Toolset

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.

November 24, 2015

07: Syntactical Sugar

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.

November 17, 2015

06: Programming Street Smarts

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.

November 10, 2015

05: Learn To Learn

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.

November 3, 2015

04: Setting Foundations

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.

October 27, 2015

03: Massive Proliferation of Tools

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.

October 20, 2015

02: Component Is Just A Fancy Word For Class

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.

October 13, 2015

01: There's Always Paypal

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.

October 12, 2015

00: Pilot

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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