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Rank #1: MJS 148: Farzad Yousefzadehr

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In this week's episode of My JavaScript Story, Charles Max Wood interviews Farzad Yousefzadehr, who was a guest on the React Round Up show. As a Senior Software Engineer, Farzad has the cool job of designing and refactoring existing games at Epic Games. He currently lives in Helsinki, Finland, with his lovely wife and cat.

Host: Charles Max Wood

Joined By Special Guest: Farzad Yousefzadehr

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May 26 2020

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Rank #2: MJS 132: Douglas Crockford

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Douglas Crockford self-described as the person who discovered that JavaScript has good parts is on this week's My JavaScript Story. Charles and Douglas talk about how Douglas got introduced to programming. and how he specialized in JavaScript.

Douglas realized that there's going to be a convergence of TV and computing very early in his career. So a lot of his career has been bridging those two things, helping the evolution toward digital media. After working for Atari he went to work at Lucasfilm where he stayed for 8 years.

Charles asks Douglas what he is working on now, and what his plans are for the future. Douglas is planning to write more books one of which is Math for Programmers.

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Joined by Special Guest:  Douglas Crockford

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Rank #3: MJS #010: Richard Feldman

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Welcome to the 9th My JS Story! Today, Charles Max Wood welcomes Richard Feldman. Richard works at No Red Ink, and he is the author of Elm in Action. He was in JavaScript Jabber and talked about Elm with Evan Czlapicki in episode 175 and covered the same topic alone in episode 229 . Stay tuned to My JS Story Richard Feldman to learn more how he started in programming and what he's up to now.

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Rank #4: MJS 090: AJ O’Neal

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Guest: A.J. O’Neal

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles talks with A.J. O’Neal who is a panelist on My JavaScript Jabber usually, but today he is a guest! The guys talk about AJ’s background and past/current projects. Today’s topics include: JavaScript, Ruby, jQuery, Rails, Node, Python, and more.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

0:00 – Advertisement: Get A Coder Job!

1:23 – Chuck: Introduce yourself, please.

1:27 – AJ: I brief introduction: I am a quirky guy who is ADD and I love to figure out why/how things work. I like self-hosting or owning things in technology.

2:00 – Chuck: Where do you work now?

2:02 – AJ: I work in UTAH at Big Squid!

3:29 – AJ: I have my own company, too!

3:41 – Chuck: Yeah we’ve talked about that before. Where can we go?

3:54: AJ: We have 2 products that are both Node. Greenlock for Node.js is one of them! The other one is Telebit.

5:44 – Chuck: This interview is all about your background. How did you get into programming?

6:04 – AJ: I was in middle school but before that my grandmother was a secretary at the Pentagon. She worked on getting people paid and she wrote a program to assist these paychecks to be printed with fewer errors. Because of that she had a computer at home. I remember playing games on her computer.

The guest talks about his background in more detail.

15:21 – Chuck: No it’s interesting! I’ve done a couple hundred interviews and they all say either: I went to school for it OR I did it for my free time. It’s interesting to see the similarities!

16:00 – AJ: Yep that’s pretty much how I got into it! I went on a church service mission to Albania and really didn’t do any computer work during those 2 years.

19:39 – Chuck: You went to BYU and your mission trip. A lot of that stuff I can relate to and identify with b/c I went to BYU and went on missions trip, too! And then you got into Ruby and that’s how we met was through Ruby!

20:25 – AJ: Yep that’s it. Then that’s when I learned about Node, too. There was a guy with a funny hate – do you remember that? (No.)

21:03 – Chuck: Maybe?

21:07 – AJ continues.

27:53 – Chuck: What made you make the transition? People come into and out of different technologies all the time.

28:18 – AJ: Yeah it started with me with jQuery!

Rails has layers upon layers upon layers.

AJ talks about different technologies their similarities/differences and mentions: JavaScript, Rails, Python, Node, Ruby, and much more.

31:05 – Chuck: Node went out of their way on certain platforms that Rails didn’t prioritize.

31:11 – AJ continues to talk about different technologies and platforms.

33:00 – Chuck: You get into Node and then at what point does this idea of a home-server and Node and everything start to come together? How much of this do you want to talk bout? At one point did they start to gel?

33:33 – AJ: It’s been a very long process and started back in high school. It started with me trying to think: How do I get this picture on my phone to my mom? I thought of uploading it to Flickr or could I do this or that? What about sending it to someone in China?

39:57 – Chuck.

40:01 – AJ continues and talks about libraries and certificate standards.

42:00 – AJ continues with the topic: certificates.

42:44 – Chuck: I am going to go to PICKS! Where can people find you?

42:55 – AJ: Twitter! Blog! GitHub! Anywhere!

43:55 – Chuck: Picks!

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Rank #5: MJS #032 Feross Aboukhadijeh

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MJS 032: Feross Aboukhadijeh

Today's episode is a My JavaScript Story with Feross Aboukhadijeh. Feross talked about his contributions to the JavaScript community to the decentralized web. Listen to learn more about Mike!

[01:00] – Introduction to Feross Aboukhadijeh

Feross was on episode 155 and he talked about Webtorrent. It was 2 years ago.

[01:35] – How did you get into programming?

Toddler

Feross has always been interested in computers and technology. His mom told him a story about how when he was a toddler, he was always watching people whenever they’re using technology – the television, the microwave, or the VCR. She said that he’s trying to imitate what he saw.

HTML and Web proxies

According to Feross, he became seriously interested when he was in middle school when he learned about HTML and wanted to make a personal site. In high school, there was this class that you could take. It’s a tech team where they went around and fixed teachers’ computers because they were understaffed. Some of the computers have administrator privileges turned on for the student accounts as well because some of the software that was required for certain classes needed it. The computers always had viruses on them because people would install first-person shooters and play during class time. They actually have school-wide filtering system so students can’t access certain sites. One of the categories they blocked was downloading sites. In order to even do their job, they have to figure out web proxies to get around the filters. He ended up setting up one of those on his own server.

First website

Feross’ real programming experience was PHP. It was in his junior year of high school. He bought a book in Barnes & Noble about PHP and MySQL. He wanted to build a site to host his favorite flash animations. That project was a database-driven website where people can segment their flash animations and soundboards, prank phone calls, and other internet humor. The site was called freetoflash. That was the first website that he built.

[07:10] – How did you get into JavaScript?

Feross thinks JavaScript is one of those languages that you don’t actually really bother to sit down and learn. There weren’t any good resources. According to him, He really didn’t know JavaScript until he started a company right after he graduated from college. He started taking JavaScript seriously because he was learning Node.js and realized that you can build real things from it. The start-up is called PeerCDN. They’re trying to make a content delivery network that would work in the browser using WebRTC. The idea is you would add a script tag to your website and then we would try to find other people visiting your site that already has the content that you want, you’ll fetch it from them over a peer-to-peer connection to save on your hosting build to reduce your CDN bill. That was a big Node application. It also has intense front-end component. He started learning about NPM, how you build things with microservices, and how do you deploy a JavaScript application. That was in 2013.

[09:35] – Webtorrent

Feross has been trying to transition Webtorrent into a distributed contribution model. It’s always been something that he would give out commit rights. If someone makes a good contribution, he’ll just add them to the Github for it. He recently made it into an organization on Github. He’s hoping to make it something that’s not completely dependent on him in order for it to continue existing. He’s going to be involved with it for the foreseeable future but he’s also trying to do new projects as well besides that. The good news is Webtorrent is mostly done in some sense. It works well. There are bugs. But if you use Webtorrent, especially if you use the desktop application to torrent things, it’s really polished and works nicely.

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Aug 30 2017

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Rank #6: MJS 097: Charles Lowell

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In this episode of My Ruby Story, Charles hosts Charles Lowell, founder and  developer at The Frontside Software based in Austin, TX.

Listen to Charles on the podcast JavaScript Jabber on this episode.

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Mar 06 2019

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Rank #7: MJS #019: Aimee Knight

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On today's episode, Charles Max Wood features My JS Story Aimee Knight. Aimee first appeared in episode 153, where talked about her career as a Junior Developer. She eventually became one of the awesome panelists of JavaScript Jabber. Tune in to learn about her journey in programming!

May 17 2017

40mins

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Rank #8: MJS 111: Anatoliy Zaslavskiy

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Anatoliy Zaslavskiy has been interested in computers since he was 7 years old, and began his programming career in high school, doing web development in PHP for the online community for his favorite show  Avatar: The Last Airbender. Anatoliy currently works for Hover as a Frontend developer transforming home photos into 3D models to help visualize what the final project will look like.

Anatoliy shares his journey as a developer with bipolar disorder and tells us how he restructured his career with his employer so he can focus on projects that he enjoys working on. This way he performs at his best and both him and Hover can benefit from his talents. Anatoliy and Charles stress the importance for companies to talk to their developers to understand their nature as both parties benefit from open and honest dialogue.

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Rank #9: MJS 145: Varya Stepanova

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Varya is an expert in design systems. She talks about the process of working in and building design systems. She learned basic Pascal at school. She did programming exercises on paper. She then got into building web pages for groups she was a part of. She then picked up PHP and went professional at that point. On the front-end, she began picking up JavaScript and worked using Yandex's internal framework. Follow here story through the rest of the podcast.

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Rank #10: MJS 119: Jeffrey Meyerson

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Jeffrey Meyerson, founder of FindCollabs and host at Software Engineering Daily joins Charles Max Wood for a discussion about latest trends in developer world, ways of monetizing podcasts and finding ads for podcasts.Jeffrey shares how he started hosts podcasts and how he became a developer.

Jeffrey's journey as a developer started out with his interest through music and poker. They compare advertising through sponsoring a booth in a conference versus advertising through a podcast. Tune in for a fun chat that covers everything from Keto dieting to software buzz words.

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Aug 20 2019

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Rank #11: MJS 047: Tim Caswell

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Panel: Charles Max Wood

Guest: Tim Caswell

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Tim Caswell. Tim got into programming when he was a kid and would mess around on a Commodore 64 he had found. He next moved onto writing games in Cue Basic, and once the internet came into play in the mid to late 90’s, his programming really took off, especially after he got Windows. Tim has since written his own language based on Lua, called Luvit, worked on browser-based IDE systems, like Cloud 9, and so much more. After working on many projects and programs over the years, he is now focusing on building his startup. His advice is to always balance your needs with what you can do and make sure that you are always moving forward.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • How did you get into programming?
  • Commodore 64
  • 386SX
  • Games in Cue Basic
  • CompuServe
  • SweetSharks.com startup
  • JavaScript and HTML
  • Learning about CPUs in college
  • Studied at Central Arkansas originally
  • C++
  • Software engineering at UT Dallas
  • Connect Framework
  • NVM in Bash
  • Luvit computer language
  • Polyglot startup
  • New product, SDK, coming soon
  • Daplie
  • Balance and moving forward
  • Getting paid for value
  • His mission
  • The power to create and to inspire
  • And much, much more!

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Rank #12: MJS 056: Jonathan Carter

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Panel: Charles Max Wood

Guest: Jonathan Carter

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Jonathan Carter. Jonathan is a PM at Microsoft and has been a web developer for over 15 years. At Microsoft, he’s had the opportunity to work on tooling, platform pieces for JavaScript applications, and many other things. He first got into programming when his uncle let him shadow him and the IT department he had working for him, and this is where he was first introduced to software and the idea of working with computers as a career. They talk about his proudest accomplishments within the JavaScript community as well as what he is working on now.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Jonathan intro
  • Asure
  • How did you first get into programming?
  • Interest in creating a website
  • Dual enrollment in high school at local community college
  • Started off with VB6
  • Uncle was very active in his programming start
  • .net
  • Scrappy boredom mixed with curiosity led to him actually getting into software
  • Everyone comes into programming differently
  • Your past is important in explaining where you have ended up
  • Node.js on Asure
  • How did you get into JavaScript?
  • Worked at a newspaper in the software division
  • Ajax
  • jQuery
  • Wanted to write better apps
  • CodePush
  • Stayed in JavaScript community because it brings him inspiration and excitement
  • Likes to be able and look back on his past projects
  • App development for fun
  • Is there anything that you are particularly proud of?
  • Profiling tools
  • Liked building tools that meet people where they are at and simplify their jobs
  • Qordoba
  • React Native
  • And much, much more!

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Apr 11 2018

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Rank #13: MJS 107: Dan Fernandez

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In this episode of My JavaScript Story, Charles hosts Dan Fernandez, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft.

Listen to Dan on the podcast JavaScript Jabber on this episode.

Dan went to a programming camp and fell in love with programming. He majored in Computer Science in college and started working for IBM upon graduation.  Listen to the show for Dan’s journey into programming and much more!

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Rank #14: MJS 038: Peter Cooper

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MJS 038: Peter Cooper

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Guest: Peter Cooper

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Peter Cooper. Peter was one the original panelist on Ruby Rogues and JavaScript Jabber. Currently, Peter runs several weekly new letters on JS, Ruby, Go, React, etc. Peter talks about his journey as a programmer, which started at an early age tinkering with his father’s computer at home. Peter describes the beginning as a hobby until he learned the skills to being programming on many platforms. Peter talks about how he learn Ruby and JavaScript, and in early stages of noodling or learning code. Lastly, Peter talks about his contributions to the community and giving back.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • How did you get into programming?
  • Playing with computers at an early age
  • Computers were a hobby, rather than a career builder then
  • Being heavily into to anything can become your career, age does not matter
  • Finding the skill or passion in programming
  • Natural ability to see and make sense of code
  • UseNet
  • AJax
  • Directness
  • Blogging 
  • New Letters
  • rubyflow.com
  • What is the ultimate goal of the new letters?
  • Contributions
  • Helping host podcasts
  • Current work?
  • and much, much more!

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Dec 06 2017

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Rank #15: MJS 101: Chris Ferdinandi

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In this episode of My JavaScript Story, Charles Max Wood hosts Chris Ferdinandi, a Senior Front-End Engineer at Mashery. Chris is also a panelist on the podcast JavaScript Jabber and runs Go Make Things.

Chris started out his career as in Human Resources, decided he wanted to go into development after he was asked to work on a coding project by his manager and he really enjoyed it. He got his first coding job as an entry level developer after attending a web development conference.

Chris authors Vanilla JavaScript Pocket Guides which are short, focused e-books and video courses made for beginners.

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Mar 28 2019

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Rank #16: MJS 061: Kyle Simpson

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Guest: Kyle Simpson

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Kyle Simpson. Kyle is most well-known for being the writer of You Don’t Know JS. He first got into programming because his friend’s dad was a programmer and he was hooked by the software side of computers. He grew up writing games with QBasic and Turbo Pascal and then in his teens did some client projects. He was very much a self-taught programmer and ended up sticking with it into his career today. They talk about what led him to JavaScript and what he is doing currently.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Kyle intro
  • You Don’t Know JS
  • How did you first get into programming?
  • Dad’s friend was a programmer
  • Dad built computers
  • Wrote games with QBasic and Turbo Pascal
  • Some client projects in teen years
  • Very much self-taught programmer
  • CS degree in college
  • First professional job at a biotech company
  • Do you feel people need to get a CS degree these days?
  • Grateful for his degree
  • What engineering taught him
  • Striving to understand why and how things work
  • Don’t need a CS degree but you do need a certain mindset
  • Valuable but not necessary
  • What led you to JavaScript?
  • Web Portal at his college
  • What made you want to deepen your knowledge of JS?
  • What are you working on now?
  • And much, much more!

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Rank #17: MJS 072: Orta Therox

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Guest: Orta Therox

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Orta Therox. Orta is a native engineer that believes that the right way to build systems is to understand as many systems as possible. He works predominately on iOS programming at a company called Artsy, where they make it easy to buy and sell art on the internet. He first got into programming because he loved playing video games as a child, loved creating his own video games, and worked his way up from there. They talk about his work at Artsy, how he used open source to learn himself how program, how he got into Ruby and then React and React Native, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • JavaScript Jabber Episode 305
  • Orta intro
  • Artsy
  • iOS programming
  • Hates lack of documentation
  • CocoaPods
  • Trouble with building native apps
  • His move to React and React Native
  • Used to run iOS team at Artsy
  • How did you get into programming?
  • Played video games as a kid
  • Taught himself with books
  • Using open source to learn
  • Open source by default idea
  • Loves giving back through blogging and open source
  • How did you get into Ruby?
  • MacRuby
  • Boundaries are very obvious in React Native
  • How did you get into React and React Native?
  • Native developers building stuff in JavaScript
  • Culture conflicts
  • How they dealt with dependencies in their apps
  • And much, much more!

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Aug 01 2018

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Rank #18: MJS 073: Tara Z. Manicsic

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Guest: Tara Z. Manicsic

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Tara Z. Manicsic. Tara is a developer advocate for Progress, is on their Kendo UI team, and is also a Google developer expert on the Web Technologies team. She first got into programming in the second grade when she learned Logo and came back to development when she was asked to do Crystal Reports at Harvard Law School. They talk about how she found Women Who Code, the importance of understanding open source software, having a support system, what is was about Node that got her excited, and more!

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Tara intro
  • Very excited and fascinated with the web
  • Helped to start up React Round Up as a panelist
  • Her experience as a developer
  • Started out as a business school dropout
  • How did you first get into programming?
  • Learned Logo in the second grade
  • Loved the ability to help people and create change
  • Crystal Reports at Harvard Law
  • CS courses with tuition assistance
  • Getting back into CS
  • Being a non-traditional student
  • Finding Women Who Code
  • First job as a Node software engineer
  • How did Women Who Code help you?
  • OpenHatch
  • Being familiar with open source software
  • The importance of having support
  • How did you first get into JavaScript?
  • Seeing jobs for Ruby on Rails
  • Matt Hernandez on JavaScript Jabber
  • NG conf
  • Her intro to the Angular community in person
  • And much, much more!

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Aug 08 2018

37mins

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Rank #19: MJS 036: Ryan Glover

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Guest: Ryan Glover

This week on My JavaScript Story, Charles speaks with Ryan Glover, Ryan is the COO of Clever Beagle. Clever Beagle is a company that helps people create their first products and begin selling to their customers. Clever Beagle uses platforms like  Meteor JS, Node JS, and React to provide frameworks for help build applications.

Ryan describes their business as a technical therapist for bringing ideas to fruition. Ryan shares his journey into programming by learning to build websites with Geocities. Thereafter, Ryan had began his self-taught journey with programming after learning he did not like his college major. Ryan talks about his contribution to the JS community, his website called Meteor Chef designed to help newbies learn to build with Meteor JS.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Learning Geocites
  • Becoming a Self Taught programmer
  • Freelancing
  • Building WordPress websites and learning JS
  • By trade a  being a designer
  • Building with JavaScript
  • Learning about Meteor on Hacker News in 2013
  • Sacha Greif 
  • Apollo
  • Raw Node JS
  • Understanding Webpack?
  • Gearheads vs. Builders
  • Boilerplates
  • and much, much more!

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Nov 23 2017

32mins

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Rank #20: MJS #009: Joe Fiorini

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Welcome to the 9th My JS Story! Today, Charles Max Wood welcomes Joe Fiorini. Joe has been into programming since his teenage years. He discussed about functional reactive programming in episode 61 of JavaScript Jabber. Get to know him better at My JS Story Joe Fiorini.

Mar 16 2017

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