32 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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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.

    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.


    Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast.


    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!


    Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast.


    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
    Try Guys play chess with a chess master: 4 on 1!
    Special Guest: Brandi Bailey.

    • 52 min
    30: A Festivus for the Restivus

    30: A Festivus for the Restivus

    Happy Festivus everyone! On this last episode of the year, Ben and Brian tell you about all the tech things that have annoyed them so far in 2019, as well as their biggest tech accomplishments and a vision for a possible future in 2020.


    A departure from out usual style, but we wanted to bring you something hopefully a little more fun for the end of the year.


    We hope you all enjoy the holidays and remind you to take the opportunity to step away from the computer and any tech learning you might be doing to enjoy a breather. Breaks often produce an even better understanding of the learning material when you return.


    See you next decade!


    Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast.


    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:02:25 - Inscrutable error messages
    00:05:22 - Computer problems are the worst
    00:08:12 - So this is a grievance
    00:12:38 - Tech hiring: why is it so bad?
    00:19:15 - What happened Apple?
    00:22:10 - Mega Corps: where good products go to die
    00:26:21 - Huge mega corps: do we need them?
    00:28:33 - Surveillance capitalism
    00:35:48 - Accomplishments for the year
    00:39:41 - A vision of a possible future
    00:44:17 - Outro


    Links


    Parse bought by Facebook
    Ring doorbell susceptible to hacks
    Ring allows very permissive access to data from law enforcement
    Functional Typescript in React
    Lambda School's iOS Program
    iOS Orlando Meetup
    We stream the meetup live on Twitch
    Apple's SwiftUI tutorials
    Combine Framework

    • 45 min
    29: Don't Join the Nerd Wars

    29: Don't Join the Nerd Wars

    Ben and Brian discuss the age-old and never ending debate on code structure and organization. They help disambiguate requirements from conventions and some stuff that's just one person's opinion.


    Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast.


    Chapters


    00:00 - Intro
    01:36 - Code syntax
    04:17 - Code formatting
    11:59 - Coding with your team, not against it
    28:45 - Coding to conventions
    41:01 - Personal preferences
    59:38 - Outro


    Links


    Wikipedia article on indentation styles
    Airbnb JS style guide
    Ray Wenderlich's Swift style guide
    Google's Swift style guide

    • 1 hr 1 min
    28: You Can't Make a Second First Impression

    28: You Can't Make a Second First Impression

    Ben and Brian discuss the happy news of Brian's new job and what might be the best practices for starting off a new job on the right foot. They chat about everything from making a good first impression, to relationship building with co-workers and leadership, to work in your personal life that can lead to more happiness at your job.


    Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast.


    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:04:45 - Making a good first impression
    00:14:29 - Managing your manager
    00:26:37 - Building relationships in-person
    00:35:18 - Attributes of a quality co-worker
    00:44:58 - Happy and fulfilled person, happy employee
    00:56:36 - Outro

    • 58 min
    27: The Old Man and the C

    27: The Old Man and the C

    Ben and Brian chat with their first returning guest of the podcast, Ben's dad Joe! He's back and he's got news (and a little wisdom) to share with everyone. Listen to find out what it's like to be on the job hunt at 60 years old and how the challenges faced in that scenario are in some ways remarkably similar to when you're just starting out in your career.


    Follow us on Twitter @mvcpodcast.


    Chapters


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:17 - Joe's career news
    00:06:03 - 21st century job search
    00:17:16 - Marketing yourself
    00:27:40 - Finding a new job in your sixties
    00:44:55 - Outro


    Links


    Joe's resume - check out his 30+ years of experience!
    Special Guest: Joe Gohlke.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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.

Joe_the_Oracle_DBA ,

Very Good Resource

Excellent resource for job seekers, new and experienced. I wish I had this available when I was looking for my first programming job. Great coverage and thoughtful analysis of the issues and concerns facing job seekers. Really helpful for the less experienced. Full of clever hints and tips for casting a wide enough net to pull in that good job that we all want. Loved The Gambler reference because knowing when to "fold'em" is just as important as sticking it out. It's my consistent piece of advice for young job seekers and that's don't be afraid to say in an interview "I appreciate your time, but I don't think this is a good fit" if it is clearly going very badly. It's so often the case that the interviewer is just as terrible as interviews as you are. There is no sense in wasting everyone's time.

Disclaimer: I'm Ben Gohlke's dad and of course, he's awesome in this. Brian is pretty good too!

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