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Mentoring Developers is a podcast for new and aspiring software engineers and their mentors. In each information-packed episode, senior and junior software professionals talk about their first forays into programming, their struggles, their goals and passions, their thoughts on mentorship, actionable advice for newbies and their managers, and much more. This podcast is for you if you have ever struggled with or wanted to help someone with technical and career decisions, resources for learning, anxieties, fitting in, or achieving success.



A new or aspiring software developer is faced with a multitude of hurdles on her way to becoming a respected and accomplished member of the development community. Is there anything better than throwing them in the deep end of tight development schedules and hope they survive?



In many years of working with and mentoring new and aspiring software developers, Arsalan has noticed that newbies often struggle in silence and the software development industry has failed to provide a clear path for people to succeed and to understand their needs especially when it comes to minorities, women, and people with disabilities.



It's about time someone talked about these issues from the point of view of new developers. This podcast calls for empathy towards the inexperienced developer who may not fit the mold of a "brogrammer" but deserves to be treated as an asset rather than a liability.

The Mentoring Developers Podcast with Arsalan Ahmed: Interviews with mentors and apprentices | Career and Technical Advice | The Mentoring Developers Podcast with Arsalan Ahmed: Interviews with mentors and apprentices | Career and Technical Advice | Diversity in Software | Struggles, Anxieties, and Career Choices

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Mentoring Developers is a podcast for new and aspiring software engineers and their mentors. In each information-packed episode, senior and junior software professionals talk about their first forays into programming, their struggles, their goals and passions, their thoughts on mentorship, actionable advice for newbies and their managers, and much more. This podcast is for you if you have ever struggled with or wanted to help someone with technical and career decisions, resources for learning, anxieties, fitting in, or achieving success.



A new or aspiring software developer is faced with a multitude of hurdles on her way to becoming a respected and accomplished member of the development community. Is there anything better than throwing them in the deep end of tight development schedules and hope they survive?



In many years of working with and mentoring new and aspiring software developers, Arsalan has noticed that newbies often struggle in silence and the software development industry has failed to provide a clear path for people to succeed and to understand their needs especially when it comes to minorities, women, and people with disabilities.



It's about time someone talked about these issues from the point of view of new developers. This podcast calls for empathy towards the inexperienced developer who may not fit the mold of a "brogrammer" but deserves to be treated as an asset rather than a liability.

    Episode 82 – How do you even break into a software career | Mentoring Developers | Newbie Developer

    Episode 82 – How do you even break into a software career | Mentoring Developers | Newbie Developer

    How hard is it to switch careers and be accepted as a legitimate software engineer? Will you be considered an imposter? Tune in to this episode to find out! We discuss with Kevin Schwartz his career-switching journey into software and the ways he may have stumbled and fumbled and finally found his way. For show notes and to listen to the audio podcast, visit http://mentoringdevelopers.com/episode82 and let us know what you think!

    Watch this episode on YouTube here.

    Kevin’s Bio:

    Kevin Schwartz is 27 and very recently switched careers into the development field after learning on the side for years.  He is working with BYBE and doing some freelance projects for income and mostly interested in Front End Web Development. He graduated from The Ohio State University for New Media and Communication technology with a minor in design. 

     

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    • 41 min
    Episode 80 – Greg Thomas shows you how to move up the tech ladder

    Episode 80 – Greg Thomas shows you how to move up the tech ladder

    Leave a comment with your career level to get the chance to win a copy of Code Your Way Up for free.

    Watch this episode on YouTube here.

    Greg’s Bio:

    Greg Thomas has been writing code, leading projects, breaking builds or developing and launching products – all while amassing an impressive wealth of experience as a team leader. 

    He is the Founder of BetaRover Inc, a cloud solution provider that helps customers onboard their organizations to the cloud.  He leads a team of developers in delivering solutions on the Azure platform stack building services, databases and any other integrations they need to make the successful transition to the cloud.

    Important Links



    * Code Your Way Up website

    * Watch this on YouTube

    * Twitter: @codeyourwayup

    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-a-thomas/

    * Blog: www.rambli.com



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    Episode 79 – Matt Darby (reloaded)

    Episode 79 – Matt Darby (reloaded)

    In this episode, Arsalan talks to Matt Darby from Columbus Ruby Brigade and Rackspace about his journey into software development and how he feels about the idea of structured mentorship for new and aspiring developers.

    Matt’s Bio:

    Matt has developed on the web for 17 years. He can configure pools of servers, architect and develop the applications on those servers, and make it all look good (and run). He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and he leads the Columbus Ruby Brigade. He has launched projects for folks from Rackspace, AT&T, Sprint, LivingSocial and SeoMoz to local engineering and consulting firms.

    Episode Highlights and Show Notes:

    Matt: I don’t see a lot of companies treating younger programmers as assets. They aren’t investing in them and they are using them to fill in some holes in their staffing but they probably are aware that a certain percentage of those people are probably gonna either not fit in, not like the job – you know certain amount have to shake out…

    Matt: You are going to get bruised every single time you promote yourself. Someone’s gonna laugh at you or you’re gonna fail or get punched – metaphorically – but the key is getting over there and it’s like a standup comedian. You know you’re going to get bruised sometimes…

    Matt: Keep your head up… programming is a tough journey – it really is. Once you learn something you tend to very quickly forget the pain you went through to learn that… keep working to promote yourself and make sure people know who you are…



    * Columbus Ruby Brigade

    * Pair Columbus

    * Rackspace

    * Rails Casts



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    • 39 min
    Episode 78 – Panel Discussion – Which languages and frameworks should you choose in 2021 as a new developer

    Episode 78 – Panel Discussion – Which languages and frameworks should you choose in 2021 as a new developer

    Have you been wondering what technologies you should invest your time in as we approach 2021 in the middle of a global deadly pandemic? Listen to this panel discussion to get our thoughts on that and share your thoughts with us in comments and email!

    Find the episode on YouTube here.

    Warner’s Bio

    Warner Moore is a strategic executive leader and manager with a


    background in technology and information security. He has focused his


    career in working with entrepreneurial growth organizations where


    technology is their business and product. Within these organizations,


    Warner has an accomplished record of building successful cybersecurity


    programs and high performing teams who embrace DevOps culture and


    practices. 

    As an international speaker, Warner has been invited to present to


    university students, technology professionals, and business leaders in a


    classroom setting as well as at conferences such as Startup Week,


    CloudDevelop, Path to Agility,  InfoSec Summit, CodeMash, Security


    BSides, DevOpsDays, and Abstractions.

    Warner is passionate about culture, innovation, and community. His


    commitment to these values is demonstrated through his work leading


    organizations such as Ohio LinuxFest, LOPSA, and Toastmasters. The


    culmination of this work is the founding of Tech Community Coalition in


    2016, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable the greater


    tech community.

    After building security and privacy capabilities for numerous


    organizations across industries at companies such as CoverMyMeds and


    Bold Penguin, Warner founded the cybersecurity strategy firm Gamma


    Force. Through Gamma Force, Warner serves as a virtual CISO for clients


    that include Deep Lens and Smart Columbus, and advises startups to scale


    them through concept and growth phases.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Epidode 81 – CSS vs. SASS vs. LESS : Kevin Mack shows us how to navigate between these and beyond!

    Epidode 81 – CSS vs. SASS vs. LESS : Kevin Mack shows us how to navigate between these and beyond!

    Kevin and Arsalan discuss the different options available to software developers to style their web pages. CSS is great for browsers to interpret and machines are great at using it but is there an easier, more intuitive way of describing the look and feel for a user interface? Certainly! There are many preprocessing tools and languages that are available to the modern web developer. But are they all equal? What are some good options and which are better for you if you are a new or aspiring software developer. CSS or SASS or LESS or something else? Watch the show to find out.

    Watch this episode on YouTube here.

    Important Links



    * Watch this on YouTube

    * Twitter: @nicetransition and @mentoringdevs

    * Kevin’s CodePen: http://codepen.io/nicetransition

    * Github: http://github.com/nicetransition



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    • 48 min
    Episode 77 – Covid 19 and life in a startup

    Episode 77 – Covid 19 and life in a startup

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Highly recommend for new devs!!

If you’re a new software developer, are a dev looking to move into management or have any desire to learn what it’s like to build software on a daily basis - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Arsalan does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to building elegant software and learning on the job. It's fun, easy to dive into and every episode gives you a chance to learn something new. Highly recommend listening and subscribing regardless of where you are in your developer journey!

RichardDev ,

Terrific for those new to software development or those hiring new devs

If you are an aspiring or new developer this podcast will provide you with some much needed guidance and support. This is the only podcast that I found that a newbie could understand and relate to. The podcast addresses some common issues, concerns and sources of confusion that most people new to the field encounter. The host, Arsalan, clearly really cares about mentoring developers and does this as a service to the community.

dawidgatti ,

It truly help you understand this world

Definelty a perfect podcast for young developers wanting to udnerstand how to go about becommign a good developer.

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