by CodeNewbie

Stories and interviews from people on their coding journey.


Latest Episodes

S6:E1 - How do you build a database? (Jeff Nelson)

Jeff is an executive at two very different tech companies, but data is at the heart of both. He describes how he uses data to make apps better and smarter, how he got started in the world of data, and how he built a database of his own. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Apache Thrift Concourse DB TensorFlow MVP Palantir Blavity Cinchapi

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Posted on 15 October 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E8 - From musician to developer (Chad Fowler)

Chad Fowler is an author, developer, speaker, and investor. He's been a CTO, he founded Ruby Central, the non-profit behind RubyConf and RailsConf, and is a recognizable tech figure, particularly in the Ruby community. But before he knew what code was, he was a professional musician. He shares how he switched careers without a computer science degree and how he's ended up with such an incredible tech career. He also shares how he's managed his bipolar disorder over the years, and how mental health has affected him and his career. Show Links Digital Ocean (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Hover (sponsor) What is Linux? "How to become accomplished" (video) Rails Recipes (book) Programming Ruby (book) Matz Dave Thomas (CodeNewbie Podcast interview) Smalltalk Perl Novell Directory Services (NDS) Delphi Wunderlist Ruby Gems RailsConf Ruby Central

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Posted on 24 September 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E7 - What's an Indie Hacker? (Courtland Allen)

Courtland Allen has built up a community of Indie Hackers, people who want to make money by selling products they build themselves. But how do you become an Indie Hacker? And how good of a coder do you need to be to become an Indie Hacker full time? Courtland shares lessons he's gathered over the years on what it takes to live off of your own product and how you can do it too. He also gives us his take on some popular tech business topics. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Making $125,000 a Month as a Solo Founder with Mike Carson of (podcast episode) Indie Hackers Podcast Indie Hackers MicroConf

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Posted on 17 September 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E6 - How do you build a robot in JavaScript? (Rachel White)

Rachel spends her free time building robots, creating hardware art, and making silicone molds of her friends' faces. She got her start with NodeBots, a beginner-friendly way of creating hardware projects using JavaScript. Rachel shares how she was first introduced to the hardware world, breaks down what a simple hardware project looks like, and tells us what it was like to be one of the first beta users of, back when it was called Show Links Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Strange Loop Pioneer Works Rachel's cyborg tweet Suz Hinton's CodeNewbie Podcast episode JSCONF US Tessel How microcontrollers work Arduino Johnny-Five NodeBots

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Posted on 10 September 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E5 - How to figure out what’s next in your coding career (Jarvis Johnson)

Jarvis recently went from engineer to engineering manager, taking his career down a whole new path. He talks about how he thinks about his career, what different tech career paths look like, and why, although being a developer can be wonderful, it may not be everything you think it'll be. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) "Why I don't code anymore" [Jarvis's YouTube video] Jarvis's YouTube Channel CodeNewbie Patreon

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Posted on 3 September 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E4 - Learning to code with technical books (Katel LeDû)

With so many different ways to learn to code, how do you pick? And where do technical books fit into your learning curriculum? Katel LeDû is the CEO of A Book Apart, a company that produces short technical books. She shares how to get the most out of a coding book, the benefits of reading technical books, and how she went from a career in photography to running a technical publishing house. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor) Submit a book idea to A Book Apart A Book Apart briefs

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Posted on 27 August 2018 | 4:00 am

S5:E3 - From teacher to developer (Dan Piston)

Dan decided he wanted to get into tech, so he looked for a new job. And he found one! But it wasn't exactly the coding job he was hoping for. In fact, it would be about five years before Dan landed that dream coding job. He shares how he navigated the many ups and downs of becoming a developer, and what helped him persevere. Show Links Hover (sponsor) Flatiron School (sponsor) Digital Ocean (sponsor)

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Posted on 20 August 2018 | 4:00 am

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