by CodeNewbie

Stories and interviews from people on their coding journey.


Latest Episodes

S5:E2 - What is quality engineering? (Rocio Montes)

You may have heard of quality assurance and testing, but what's quality engineering? Intuit engineer, Rocio Montes, guides us through the world of quality, and shares why she's so passionate about this piece of the product development process. She also shares her own journey of being a quality engineer and how you can get started on the same career path. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Chai (BDD/TDD assertion library) Mocha (JavaScript testing framework) Design for Delight RSpec

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Posted on 13 August 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E1 - What is open source hardware? (Suz Hinton)

Suz Hinton introduces us to the world of open source hardware. She shares interesting projects, both artistic and functional, and breaks down the steps it takes to create a hardware product. She also tells us what it's like to livestream her coding projects on her Twitch channel, and why she keeps doing it even though it can be scary and uncomfortable. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Suz's Twitch channel Adafruit Raspberry Pi Arduino

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Posted on 6 August 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E8 - What’s it like to be the CTO of Microsoft? (Kevin Scott)

Kevin Scott is the first CTO of Microsoft in almost twenty years. But what does the chief technology officer at such a large tech company do? He tells us all about his day-to-day, how he ended up at Microsoft, and shares his thoughts on the value of computer science degrees. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Microsoft Build (conference) Behind The Tech with Kevin Scott (podcast) LEAP Apprenticeship at Microsoft

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Posted on 12 June 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E7 - How to teach when you’re not an expert (Angela Andrews)

Angela Andrews hosted her first coding workshop at her dining room table. Since then, she's hosted a number of coding workshops, sharing her technical skills and introducing other codenewbies to new tech topics. She shares how she puts on these workshops and how being a newbie herself has helped her be a better teacher. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Head First Series (books) Hypervisor Geocities Philly WordPress Meetup WordPress Girl Develop It Philadelphia VM World CodePen Amazon Web Services (AWS) Vim

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Posted on 4 June 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E6 - From glass blower to developer (Michael Pimentel)

Michael started his career as a glass blower, creating lighting for movies and tv shows. But after cutbacks at work, he decided it was time to look into other careers, and revisited his childhood love of computers. He shares how he taught himself to code, and the one-year job search that landed him the developer job he has today. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) FreeCodeCamp

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E5 - Are you ready for a hackathon? (Kathryn Hodge)

Kathryn's participated in dozens of hackathons as a student, and even when things didn't go well, she kept going back. Kathryn shares all the ways hackathons have helped her in her professional coding career, what the real benefits are (spoiler alert: it's not the thing you're hacking on), and how you can get the benefits of a hackathon even if you're not a student. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) blondiebytes YouTube channel "Hackathons" CodeNewbie Podcast episode MHacks8

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Posted on 21 May 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E4 - What happens in a technical interview? (Parker Phinney)

Whether you're a new developer or an experienced developer, you probably don't enjoy the technical interview process. It's long, hard, and, often times, not even related to the actual job you're interviewing for. So how do you make the most of this notoriously difficult process? We talk to Parker Phinney, creator of Interview Cake, on what to expect in an interview and what to do when you feel like you don't know what you're doing. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Dice (sponsor) Interview Cake

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Posted on 14 May 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E3 - What’s it like to be a coding apprentice? (Kasey Oglesby , Chris Bay)

Launch Code is a non-profit that helps you launch your tech career through apprenticeships. But what's it like to be a coding apprentice? Kasey, one of their graduates, shares her experiences as an apprentice and how she successfully navigated the tech industry and landed her first job. Chris, their VP of Education, talks about what companies are looking for when hiring a code newbie and how you can increase your chances of getting your first tech job even without a traditional CS background. Show Links Dice (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) Launch Code

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Posted on 8 May 2018 | 4:00 am

S4:E2 - What's a quiet developer? (Seán Hanson)

A big part of the developer culture is sharing knowledge, writing blog posts, and posting code. You show your passion for coding by putting your work out there, but how do you show that passion if you can't publish your work? What if your job requires you to keep your work private? What if being quiet is part of being safe online? We talk to Seán Hanson about what it means to be a quiet developer and how passion doesn't always have to be loud. Show Links Flatiron School (sponsor) Dice (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) "On Quiet Developers" Seán's talk Dark Matter Developers

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Posted on 1 May 2018 | 4:00 am