Developer On Fire

by Dave Rael

Developer On Fire with Dave Rael is an interview podcast with inspiring and successful software professionals telling personal stories about their experiences with delivering value. It is a chance for you to get to know your favorite geeks and learn more about who they are, how they deliver, and what makes them tick. Learn from and get to know special geeks like Matt Wynne, Rob Eisenberg, Udi Dahan, Ted Neward, John Sonmez, Phil Haack, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

  

Latest Episodes

Episode 428 | Zayne Turner - Joyful Perspectives

Guest:

Zayne Turner talks with Dave Rael about art, technology, learning, perspectives, people, motivations, and joy

Zayne Turner is a Principal Developer Evangelist with Salesforce. She focuses on helping developers gain the resources and skills they need to solve their toughest problems and build applications they can be proud of. She started working in technology and learned to code while working in the arts. Her past lives include poet, ghostwriter, developer, systems administrator, password resetter and keeper of all the batteries, and technical consultant. She is a fan of all foods, pie over cake, and coffee at all hours.

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Zayne's book recommendation:
Zayne's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Think about people
  2. Think about why
  3. Make sure that human part of your brain is alive - what you are doing should provide joy


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Posted on 17 June 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 427 | Venkat Venkataramani - Valuing People

Guest:

Venkat Venkataramani talks with Dave Rael about leadership, humility, contribution, commitment to doing the right things, and valuing people over software and data

Venkat Venkataramani is CEO and co-founder of Rockset. He was previously an Engineering Director in the Facebook infrastructure team responsible for all online data services that stored and served Facebook user data. Collectively, these systems worked across 5 geographies and and served more than 5 billion queries a second. Prior to Facebook, Venkat worked on the Oracle Database.

Venkat's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Understand to whom you are delivering value
  2. Default to action
  3. Optimize for iteration


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Posted on 10 June 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 426 | Gareth Small - Grateful Turnaround

Guest:

Gareth Small talks with Dave Rael about dark experiences, going to prison, software as a path to improvement, living with integrity, and teaching and learning

Gareth Small started learning how to code by building a browser based MMORPG in middle school. He loved it. Afterwards, he went a different direction, and ended up addicted to drugs. After high school, he was involved in a robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison shortly after. He didn't want this life. It was time to re-evaluate who he was. He wanted more out of life. During this time, he had the opportunity to help other inmates learn how to code. He spoke at the first ever tech conference in a prison on a 2D Canvas game he created. After release, he struggled to find work. He wasn't going to give up. He gained work experience through consulting and contracting for the first year where he scraped by just enough to survive. He interviewed for hundreds of jobs, failed, learned, adapted, and refined his interviewing process. In 2017, he was given the opportunity to work for a company which specialized in helping children with special needs through their charting software. Here, he gained a love for the quickly changing front-end. He has since become a specialist in front-end optimizations and technologies. With the hope of spreading what he's learned through interviewing and job hunting, he helps out in a slack group that focuses on helping felons returning to society who are interested in software development.

Gareth's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Always look for opportunities to grow (even in failure)
  2. Enjoy life (it's not promised)
  3. Take some time to understand what you want out of life


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Posted on 3 June 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 425 | Gina Maini - The Path Leads to Who You Are

Guest:

Gina Maini talks with Dave Rael about broad interests, F#, community, care-taking, shaping experiences, growth, and freedom

By day, Gina Maini is a mild-mannered, Digital Service Expert working at United States Digital Service, a cross-cutting agency inside the White House which helps other federal entities provide better services to citizens, immigrants, veterans, and many others (https://www.usds.gov/). By night, she’s a functional programmer and FSharp Board member. Today, Gina is speaking about her personal background surviving art school, being a self-taught programmer, her engineering days at Jet.com & WalmartLabs, and now her latest adventure— the public sector and care-taking. In her spare time she likes: being a cat lady, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, biking along the Potomac, ukulele, philosophy, fiction and poetry.

Gina's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Lower your general stress level (including using meditation)
  2. Unplug every now and then (and use your body in a physical way)
  3. Realize all the things we take for granted are really silly - don't get too attached to specific tools


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Posted on 27 May 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 424 | Adam Gordon Bell - Collecting Solutions

Guest:

Adam Gordon Bell talks with Dave Rael about learning, podcasting, applying patterns, the good fortune of software developers, and delivering value

Adam Gordon Bell has spent 14+ years in the trenches as a software developer. His recent interests include functional programming and using type systems to build better software. Adam hosts the CoRecusive Podcast (https://corecursive.com/) where he learns from experts in software development and you come along for the ride. Adam is also an advocate of distributed software development teams and, though he lives in Canada, he works daily with teammates in the EU and the US. Say hello on twitter at @adamgordonbell (https://twitter.com/adamgordonbell).

Adam's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Find a place and a role where you can deliver a lot of value
  2. Realize we are lucky
  3. Use tight feedback loops


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Posted on 20 May 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 423 | Mark Beckner - Finding Freedom

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Full show notes are at https://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-423-mark-beckner-finding-freedom


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Posted on 13 May 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 422 | Ted M. Young - Diving Deep

Guest:

Full show notes are at https://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-422-ted-m-young-diving-deep


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Posted on 6 May 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 421 | Gien Verschatse - Choosing Your Way

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Full show notes are at https://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-421-gien-verschatse-choosing-your-way


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Posted on 29 April 2019 | 12:00 am


Episode 420 | Dave Rael (with guest host Fran Eastwood) - Give It a Try

Guest:

Full show notes are at https://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-420-dave-rael-with-guest-host-fran-eastwood-give-it-a-try


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Posted on 22 April 2019 | 12:00 am