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The podcast that talks about all the different side quests we take on as player characters.

Developer Side Quests: The Podcast Al Rodriguez

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The podcast that talks about all the different side quests we take on as player characters.

    Building Games with JavaScript and Excalibur with Erik Onarheim

    Building Games with JavaScript and Excalibur with Erik Onarheim

    Guest Bio


    Erik Onarheim is a web development ranger that dabbles in druidic devops tradition. He spends his time in Minneapolis being chaotic good on the web using TypeScript, JavaScript, and .NET core. He makes web games for fun, is a part time bard, and scribbles drawings on parchment. You can find him in the twitterverse @ErikOnarheim


    What was the quest?
    Excalibur is a simple, free game engine written in TypeScript for making 2D games in HTML5 canvas. Our goal is to make it incredibly simple to create 2D HTML/JS games, for folks new to game development as well as experienced game developers. We take care of all of the boilerplate engine code, cross-platform targeting (using browserstack 😎), and more so you don't have to. Use as much or as little as you need!


    Links:



    Excalibur.js - 🎮 A simple HTML5 Canvas game engine written in TypeScript


    https://excaliburjs.com/
    https://github.com/excaliburjs/Excalibur 
    https://twitter.com/excaliburjs 
    TypeState - A strongly typed finite state machine for TypeScript
    https://github.com/eonarheim/TypeState
    https://erikonarheim.com/TypeState/example/

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    Leveling Up in Haskell with Darren Hoehna

    Leveling Up in Haskell with Darren Hoehna

    Guest Bio
    A male, human, force, or a FoMar. His go-to spell for quests is C#. Mainly because he's spent the most time studying C#. Also dabbling in C, C++, and Haskell. He also decided to become a Force because he likes having the power to bring computers to their knees and have them do what he says.
    A level 6 back-end spellcaster. Darren can do some front-end spells when a major quest needs him to. But usually he sticks with the back-end spells. This does not mean Darren can't do front-end spells. He just chooses to learn more about back-end magic because he's better at it than front-end magic.


    What was the quest?
    Learning Haskell. I wanted to learn different languages to improve my coding skills and to make myself more marketable. I decided to learn Haskell because 1. Learning Functional Programming I heard would help my programming because of the practices FP makes you follow. 2. To prove to other people that learning Hasekll is hard and that is okay. Too many people want to learn something "right now", or, they quit when something gets too hard.


    Links:



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/activefireball 


    Twitch: http://twitch.tv/ThatProgrammingGuy
    Youtube: Haskell Practice Makes Better
    Website: http://www.ThatProgrammingGuy.com
    Book: Mazes for Programmers
    Book: Learn you haskell for good
    Tool: Stack

    Special Guest: Daren Hoehna.

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    Starting Productivity in Tech with Jay Miller

    Starting Productivity in Tech with Jay Miller

    Guest Bio
    Jay is a hybrid class monk (meaning he does a lot of things, but does them for the journey) with a passion for productivity, automation, and community. His quest has been to create a business by helping developers and other tech folks with Marketing Services, Editing Services, and Productivity Coaching so he can escape cubicle captivity.


    What was the quest?
    Create a business around my fascinations with Automation, Productivity, and Content Creation.


    Links:



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kjaymiller
    Getting Things Done (GTD)
    Book: How to Be Everything
    Productivity in Tech
    Special Guest: Jay Miller.

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    Security Research with Antony Garand

    Security Research with Antony Garand

    Guest Bio
    Antony is a chaotic good thief trying to figure out the limit of today’s security in apps we all use. His day time role is to figure out security issues with popular CMSs and apps, while he gets out to write or solve security challenges during his free time, even though the authors of these apps might not expect them to be targeted. Security is a very vast domain, starting by lockpicking, passing through hacking websites and other applications and ending up with cryptography, the weird arcane magic of mathematics. Recently, he found himself writing about his findings, while hacking the platform he used to write his posts. You can find him on Twitter at AntoGarand, or read his posts on dev.to/antogarand


    What was the quest?
    Hacking companies I want to get into (Eg: disclose a vulnerability and send my resume). Making side money by hacking apps I was using. Generally testing the apps I am using for security flaws


    Links:



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoGarand
    Dev.to : https://dev.to/AntoGarand
    Burp Suite: https://portswigger.net/burp
    Ring 0 CTF: https://ringzer0ctf.com/
    Special Guest: Antony Garand.

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    Building a Podcast Search App with Joe Zack

    Building a Podcast Search App with Joe Zack

    Guest Bio


    Joe Zack is a Druid of the Moon, able to take the shape of the animal that best suits the needs of the moment. Sometimes that animal is a newt, and sometimes it's a Giant Octopus but either way Joe is always ready to lend a tentacle, or whatever.


    What was the quest?


    I love to learn via listening, so I wanted an app where I could search for podcast episodes by topic. I launched a little proof of concept and was surprised to see that there were other people interested in the project, so it's been a collaborative effort. There have been some challenges, but ultimately it's been very rewarding because of the product https://qit.cloud, but mostly because of the people I got to know while working together on the project.


    Links:



    Website:  https://www.codingblocks.net/
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/codingblocks
    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/codingblocks
    Special Guest: Joe Zack.

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    Learning by building a TODO App with all the bells and whistles with Lee Warrick

    Learning by building a TODO App with all the bells and whistles with Lee Warrick

    Guest Bio
    Lee Warrick is a multitasking bard with many feathers in his cap. Truly a jack-of-all trades and master of none, Lee has worked as a firefighter and nurse before changing jobs to web development where he now works as a Front-end Developer, using his Bardic charms to enchant his audience with sizzling CSS and jumping JavaScript tunes. Not satisfied with focusing only on his own quest as a developer, Lee formed a guild for fledgling developers in the form of the Project Codex Meetup in Orlando, FL, where he works tirelessly to support the membership with inspirational and educational talks and workshops. To extend that support even further beyond Orlando, Lee teamed up with Eddie Otero to spin epic yarns coding quests they've tackled, as well as those of other developers on the Tech Jr podcast. 


    What was the quest?
    I wrote leewarrick.com/Goaler as my own personal todo app over last winter break in React/Firebase. I've been slowly adding tweaks and updates as my own use cases change. Basically I wanted a no-nonsense todo app with that I could braindump all the stuff I have to do instead of keeping it in my head. Then I wanted to keep myself accountable so I assigned a countdown time to each task. It sorts tasks by due time or by last added. Beyond that I added functionality to group tasks under multi-step goals, since some things are too complex to be handled in one step.


    Links:



    Twitter: @leewarrickjr, @TechJrPodcast


    E-Mail: leewarrickjr@gmail.com
    Websites:


    https://leewarrick.com
    https://techjr.dev
    https://leewarrick.com/goaler
    https://leewarrick.com/babelfish

    Meetup: https://meetup.com/project-code-experience
    "Create React App" tool: https://github.com/facebook/create-react-app

    Wes Bos: https://wesbos.com/
    Special Guest: Lee Warrick.

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Great Podcast!!

I just found this podcast. The idea behind it is cool and the host does a good job interviewing his guests. I hope Al is back soon with more episodes. 👍

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