36 episodes

Ben Gohlke and Brian Gates discuss how to get started and get ahead in the ever changing industry of software development. Current senior developers in their respective fields and former bootcamp instructors, Brian and Ben help to decipher the myriad options available to new engineers just starting out and how to navigate the educational and institutional challenges of the tech industry.

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    • 4.9, 11 Ratings

Ben Gohlke and Brian Gates discuss how to get started and get ahead in the ever changing industry of software development. Current senior developers in their respective fields and former bootcamp instructors, Brian and Ben help to decipher the myriad options available to new engineers just starting out and how to navigate the educational and institutional challenges of the tech industry.

    36: Bama's On It!

    36: Bama's On It!

    On the latest episode, Podcast Brian interviews his former student Testing Brian on his career, from starting out in the kitchens of Alabama to going back to school in his late 30's, to becoming a successful QA engineer. The guys chat about testing and its importance to the modern software ecosystem, and the challenges involved with learning how to break things in a structured manner.


    NOTE: This episode was recorded at the end of February. The live company event mentioned in this episode was cancelled and the hosts are WFH full time now. Fortunately the podcast was always remotely recorded, so no interruption to our schedule!


    Please stay safe and hopefully this podcast gives you something fun to listen to while you're staying inside.


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    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:00:47 - Bama's backstory
    00:06:11 - Back to school later in life
    00:08:45 - Swamp coolers to dev jobs
    00:16:38 - How to write your own job description
    00:24:49 - What is QA?
    00:30:31 - What is automated testing?
    00:41:17 - Bama's latest challenge
    00:52:18 - Don't be the deer?
    00:58:26 - Outro
    Special Guest: Brian Heptinstall.

    • 59 min
    35: The Old Man and the SQL

    35: The Old Man and the SQL

    Ben's dad Joe just had to make it a three-peat. He's back again with updates on what it's like to look for a new job at 60, how to deal with recruiters, how to promote yourself online, and most importantly, whether the advice we gave him was actually any good! Advice and experience is shared that's applicable for professionals at any point in their career.


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    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:00:42 - Job search update
    00:10:54 - 20th vs. 21st Century job searching
    00:23:45 - Getting practice at finding a job
    00:38:59 - Emotional journeys
    00:41:32 - We actually give good advice?
    00:55:08 - Outro
    Special Guest: Joe Gohlke.

    • 56 min
    34: Almost Software

    34: Almost Software

    The guys continue their tour of software and software-adjacent roles within an organization. Today's show is all about the roles that are integral to the success of a software product, but aren't directly involved with producing code.


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    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:37 - UI/UX Designer
    00:16:34 - Testing/QA
    00:28:00 - DBA
    00:42:22 - Dev Ops
    00:49:08 - Product Owner
    00:59:23 - Project Manager
    01:07:00 - Outro

    • 1 hr 7 min
    33: The NFL or the A-Team

    33: The NFL or the A-Team

    The guys continue their discussion from last time on how to decide what kind of developer to become. They talk team size preferences, whether you like to be on the frontier or work with established best practices, and finish up with the importance of UI/UX to a project and how you might decide if that's a possible path for juniors. Stay tune for the next episode where they will get into all the other jobs that surround the core development team.


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    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:00:21 - Big team or small team?
    00:14:22 - Best practices vs. wild west frontier
    00:24:52 - UI/UX and its importance to a product
    00:36:04 - Outro

    • 36 min
    32: The iPhone is a Submarine

    32: The iPhone is a Submarine

    Ben and Brian explore the different kinds of developer you can become and how you might go about picking a platform/language to learn. There was so much to talk about, we needed to cover this in two episodes, so stay tuned for more next time.


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    Chapters


    00:00 - Intro
    00:25 - Where do you start?
    03:24 - What do you like?
    12:50 - Front end vs. back end
    21:28 - Are you a math person?
    42:46 - Outro

    • 43 min
    31: A Textbook Case of Developer

    31: A Textbook Case of Developer

    Ben and Brian sit down with Brandi Bailey, a lifelong learner and a current iOS student at Lambda School. Brandi recounts her earliest memories of exploring the world of programming all the way to her current struggles and triumphs of learning iOS programming as a second career. She has lots of great advice to impart to others who may be on the same journey or about to start down the path of learning to code.


    Big thanks to @blubrandi for coming on the show and sharing her story!


    Sorry for missing our previous episode date. Ben was under the weather, but we're back on track. Talk to you again you in two weeks!


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    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:00:31 - Brandi gets the programming bug
    00:04:41 - Brandi's professional journey
    00:10:58 - Developer training and the Ivory Tower
    00:23:32 - Imposter Syndrome: for junior and senior devs alike
    00:42:27 - Brandi paints her perfect picture of life post-Lambda School
    00:51:29 - Outro


    Links


    Lambda School
    Apple IIc
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    Special Guest: Brandi Bailey.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Zman484 ,

Are you a fan of dev discussions?

If so, then this is the podcast for you. Ben and Brian have fascinating conversations about all aspects of developing software. I enjoy the differing viewpoints offered on the show and the thoughtful discussion around them. Keep up the great work!

Nicolás Ri ,

The Best

Super informative podcast about all things junior dev and other good topics .You can definitely tell how passionate Ben is about teaching iOS development which i think is really rad. thanks for filling my Airpods with good and informative content while on the clock. Keep up the good work.!!!

Rick Wolter ,

Fire!!!!

I love this show. I’m an aspiring iOS developer and have gotten such practical advice from this show. It’s suited for web devs as well. They approach things from both perspectives. One host is a web dev and the other is an iOS dev so there conversations are often nuanced to reflect that. I find the contrasting backgrounds to be just one of their unique traits as a show. Give them a listen, you will not be disappointed.

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