Grab Bag - GraphQL vs REST, Websockets, Uber Fusion, Redux Sux, and Firestore Search
Don and Randy get back from a couple weeks of trips and projects and discuss a grab-bag of subjects of things they've worked on or learned.
7 Aug 2018
Building an App (and Learning) with Vue.js
Randy has started working on the Chasms project again, and after the previous episode with David Rogers, he chose to use (and learn) Vue.js to get it started. Don and Randy discuss the various libraries being used to build the app, along with some strategies for other folks to get started with the framework.
19 Mar 2019
Is React the Popular Kid in School?
During Randy's interviewing stint, he spoke to a good number of firms that had needs for different stacks, but one particular framework stood out: React.Startups, small firms, and enterprise firms, alike, all seemed to have projects involving flavors of React running in development or production. This week Don and Randy discuss why React has caught fire and if it matters or not.
13 Nov 2018
Callbacks! and Promises! and Awaits! Oh My!
19 Jun 2018
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Power Apps for the People
Don has been hearing Randy tell him to quit coding so much and finally does something about it: He decides to build an app without writing a line of code (but not delegating it to someone else) by using Microsoft's Power Apps platform. This week, we discuss everything about PowerApps and how this might be THE FUTURE!
5 Nov 2019
Just Doing It Yourself Because of Liam Neeson
As a continuation to a previous episode, Don discusses why he's going to roll up his sleeves and handle a data-gathering project himself. He attempts to support his choice using a reference to a Liam Neeson movie quote and Randy begins berating Don with more Liam Neeson movie examples than is appropriate. Along the way, the discussion covers some good considerations about business management, outsourcing, training in-house, and how hand-on work can ruin actual job duty focus.
5 Mar 2019
Clean Code is Covered in Caca
This week, we shall rant! The term "Clean Code" is a vague and irresponsible phrase to use regarding programming and Randy will have nothing of it. It's time Uncle Bob's cute money-making catch phrase was put to pasture.
24 Sep 2019
Document Datastores and Many-to-Many Relationships
While continuing work on the Chasms app, Randy asks Don for his two cents on an approach to solving a document datastore (firestore) schema involving a many-to-many relationship. A discussion ensues to make sure the whole approach to the project is right.
2 Apr 2019
Trying to find a product-market fit
Don and Randy discuss the latest installment of the Chasms app saga. Don heads out to Denver for a sales conference loaded with potential customers of the Chasms text-to-chat system, but finds no takers. Further research finds a well-funded competitor, named after a dubious fruit. Is the Chasms project dead on arrival?
28 May 2019
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Relational vs Document DBs
We yell at document datastores to get off our lawns! We talk about the joys of SQL and 50-year-old relational databases we grew up with, trying to make sense of why MongoDB, Firestore, and Dynamo are necessary, and Randy's unhealthy love for Materialized Views. In addition, Lotus 1-2-3 is a database, no matter what Don says.
12 Jun 2018
Breaking down bootcamps
Randy reacts to a Tweetstorm about Lambda School using his former experiences as a bootcamp teacher to add some perspective
30 Jul 2019
Using a Framework Before Mastering the Language
27 Aug 2019
What to Use for Mobile Development?
28 Aug 2018
Typescript Pain. Is there any Gain?
Randy is diving back into the Chasms backend using Firebase Functions, which is written (by him) in Typescript. We discuss the ins and outs as to why Typescript was chosen, some pain points that cropped up along the way, Randy's attempt to rip it out, and ultimately why sticking with Typescript was necessary in this particular case.Alternative episode title: Typescript. Do I need this crap?
16 Apr 2019
Twilio Segments, Pricing, and Proxy
Randy has been working on Twilio a bit since the team last worked on the Chasms project and updates Don on some of the interesting features Twilio has brought to market. In addition, they discuss a few gotchas about SMS pricing that might needlessly cost developers a few extra bucks.
19 Nov 2019
Using Cypress for Integration Testing
Randy and Megan recently worked on a Single Page App and Megan learned how to use Cypress for integration/acceptance testing. Don and Randy discuss how Cypress works vs the old stalwarts, like Selenium. Automated testing for the win!
25 Jun 2019
A Front-End Dev That Can't Build a Website?
Chris Coyier recently posted a tweet regarding a front-end developer he knew that "could not build a website." Is this strange? Shouldn't every developer that claims front-end skills be able to prop up a basic site?
15 Oct 2019
Developers, Ageing, Naps, and What Are We Talking About, Again?
Don and Randy discuss the changes that ageing has on their development skills and focus, how to combat it (or adapt to it), and stay somewhat off the "old person joke" train... sort of.
13 Aug 2019
Viable or crap? Discussing Blockchain, VR, Autonomous Cars, and Drone Delivery
21 Jan 2020