78 episodes

Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

The Virtual Coffee Podcast Virtual Coffee

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

    Jessica Wilkins - Using Open Source to Create Connections

    Jessica Wilkins - Using Open Source to Create Connections

    Join hosts Bekah and Dan as they engage in a captivating conversation with Jessica Wilkins, a prominent figure from freeCodeCamp. In this episode, Jessica shares her invaluable insights on nurturing and developing relationships within the open source community. Delve into the nuances of effective collaboration with maintainers, understand the significance of embracing non-traditional skillsets, and discover the pathways to flourish as a contributor. Jessica's experiences with freeCodeCamp provide a unique perspective on the human dynamics and interpersonal relationships that form the backbone of successful open source projects.

    Episode Sponsor!
    We're grateful to be sponorsored by LevelUP Financial Planning, who understands the importance of finding balance between having an awesome life today, and being confident and excited about your future possibilities. If you want to take your financial confidence to the next level, check out levelupfinancialplanning.com.

    About Jessica

    Jessica Wilkins is a self taught developer and technical writer from Los Angeles, California.
    In her previous career, she was a professional oboist, educator and owner of JDW Sheet Music.
    Jessica's interest in programming came during the pandemic when she wanted to build the Black Excellence Music Project which celebrates black artists from the jazz and classical fields.
    She now works for freeCodeCamp on the curriculum team.
    @jdwilkin4 on GitHub@codergirl1991 on Twitter@jessica-wilkins-developer on LinkedInSponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!

    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 48 min
    Open Source Licenses with Matt McInnis, Tom Cudd, and Ray Deck

    Open Source Licenses with Matt McInnis, Tom Cudd, and Ray Deck

    Join hosts Bekah and Dan with guests Matt McInnis, Ray Deck, and Tom Cudd, as they chat about the complicated topic of open source software (OSS) licenses. They share insights into how to choose the appropriate license, how to understand licenses on other projects, and general guidelines for maintainers and contributors.
    Links:
    ChooseALicense.com by GitHubExample of clarifying subfolders in the LICENSE: TensorFlow’s models repo.Example of a License section in the README indicating what parts of the repo the license applies to: OpenAI’s Whisper model. Example of a paid product with an open source license: CraftCMSWe're grateful to be sponsored by LevelUP Financial planning, who understands the importance of finding balance between having an awesome life today, and being confident and excited about your future possibilities. If you want to take your financial confidence to the next level, check out levelupfinancialplanning.com.

    About Matt
    Matt is a full-stack developer (Rails+React) at Typist based in Toronto, Canada. Former artificial intelligence lead at IBM and Microsoft, mathematics professor at Centennial College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He really loves brunch.
    @MattyMc on GitHub@MattLovesMath on TwitterAbout Tom
    As an advocate for DevOps within teams and communities, Tom strives to bring positive change in the way Development and Operations teams work together. Tom loves to help people learn about teams, leadership, infrastructure, cloud, and automation.
    tomcudd.com@tomcudd on GitHub@tomcudd on TwitterAbout Ray
    Veteran leader of technology teams and startup companies over the last 20 years. Most recently founder of Statechange.ai, a learning community for solving the hardest 5% of no-code/low-code/AI-code challenges.
    raydeck.comstatechange.ai@rhdeck on GitHub@ray_deck on TwitterSponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!

    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 49 min
    OSS Book Review: Nadia Eghbal's Working in Public - The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

    OSS Book Review: Nadia Eghbal's Working in Public - The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

    Join hosts Bekah and Dan in this episode with Nadia Eghbal's "Working in Public" enthusiasts Jessica Wilkins and Brian Meeker. We discuss the nuances of open source collaboration highlighted in the book, the challenges and rewards of being both a contributor and a maintainer, and the profound impact of individual contributions in the open source community. Dive into the transformative journey of participating in open source and redefining its true meaning with OpenSauced.
    Links
    Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software by Nadia EghbalVirtual Coffee Book Club DiscussionThe left-pad storyEpisode Sponsor!
    We're grateful to be sponorsored by LevelUP Financial Planning, who understands the importance of finding balance between having an awesome life today, and being confident and excited about your future possibilities. If you want to take your financial confidence to the next level, check out levelupfinancialplanning.com.

    About Jessica

    Jessica Wilkins is a self taught developer and technical writer from Los Angeles, California.
    In her previous career, she was a professional oboist, educator and owner of JDW Sheet Music.
    Jessica's interest in programming came during the pandemic when she wanted to build the Black Excellence Music Project which celebrates black artists from the jazz and classical fields.
    She now works for freeCodeCamp on the curriculum team.
    @jdwilkin4 on GitHub@codergirl1991 on Twitter@jessica-wilkins-developer on LinkedInAbout Brian

    Brian Meeker is a full stack engineer who occasionally leaves his basement in Indiana. Currently, he works as a Senior Engineer at Online Rewards. He works mostly in Elixir these days, but has a past littered with a wide variety of technologies and platforms. Outside of work, Brian is a devoted father, avid nerd, and lover of metal.
    brianmeeker.me@CuriousCurmudgeon on GitHub@CuriousCurmudge on Twitter@brianmeeker on LinkedInSponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!

    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 44 min
    Ayu & Dominic - Hacktoberfest is Coming, Preptember is Here!

    Ayu & Dominic - Hacktoberfest is Coming, Preptember is Here!

    Join hosts Bekah and Dan in this episode with monthly challenge Preptember leads, Dominic and Ayu. We talk about the importance of preparing both as a contributor and a maintainer, some of the challenges you might face as someone new to those roles during Hacktoberfest, and some of the benefits you'll receive by participating in open source.

    Links
    Ayu's Episode: Working through burnout as a self-taught developerDominic's Episode: Finding value in challenging ourselvesYour GitHub Issues---

    About Dominic

    Dominic is a Full Stack Developer, community builder, remote worker and aspiring polymath. He's passionate about open source everything, decentralization, peer-to-peer tech and cryptocurrency. He's also to be found playing board games, studying paper maps and riding public transport.

    About Ayu

    Ayu is a self-taught front-end developer and technical blogger based in The Netherlands.
    She has a strong interest in building projects that are accessible to everyone.
    Her passion for life-long learning is what motivates her open-source contributions, project collaboration, and community engagement.
    Learning new things is something that fills her with excitement and she's eager to share her learning in public and pass on her knowledge through her blog and Twitter.

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    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!

    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 39 min
    Rafi - Exploring Side Projects and AI

    Rafi - Exploring Side Projects and AI

    Sponsor: LevelUP Financial Planning
    We're grateful to be sponsored by LevelUP Financial planning, who understands the importance of finding balance between having an awesome life today, and being confident and excited about your future possibilities. If you want to take your financial confidence to the next level, check out levelupfinancialplanning.com.

    Join hosts Bekah and Dan in this episode featuring Rafi, a talented full-stack developer from Bangalore. In this episode, you'll discover how building new things  and making progress helps him find calmness and focus. Learn Rafi's approach to side projects, including his exploration of Blender, mobile development, Chrome extensions, and Ionic framework. Rafi also shares valuable tips on leveraging AI to enhance learning during project work

    About Rafi:
    I am a developer, hobbyist who loves JavaScript, Star trek and Cats. I build things, talk tech and write things.
    @Rafi993 on GitHub

    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!

    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 45 min
    Taiwo Yusuf - The Importance of Having a Learning Mindset

    Taiwo Yusuf - The Importance of Having a Learning Mindset

    Sponsor: LevelUP Financial Planning
    We're grateful to be sponsored by LevelUP Financial planning, who understands the importance of finding balance between having an awesome life today, and being confident and excited about your future possibilities. If you want to take your financial confidence to the next level, check out levelupfinancialplanning.com.

    Join Bekah and Dan in this week's episode,  where they talk with Taiwo Yusuf, a back-end engineer with a passion for developing innovative solutions.  Despite being the top of his class in Electrical Engineering, he found his passion in backend development. He shares the importance of always learning, growing, and surrounding yourself with people who are more skilled than you are to find inspiration, support, and motivation.
    Links:
    Grace HealthAbout Taiwo:
    I'm Taiwo Yusuf, a back-end engineer with a passion for developing innovative solutions. I've been fortunate enough to work with amazing companies like Grace Health, LogicShift, and JufoPay. When I'm not busy coding, I'm an avid fan of generative art, and I adore cats. So, whether you want to talk about tech, art, or felines, let's connect and have a chat!
    @Taiwo_HY on Twitter@teezzan on GiHubSponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!

    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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One of my favorite tech podcasts

I love to listen each week and hear everyone’s journey in tech. 😀

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Highly recommend

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Best podcast ever!

So good!

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