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Veteran web developers RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III host this informal, whiskey-fueled fireside chat with your favorite web devs. They discuss all things web development including JavaScript, TypeScript, EmberJS, React, Astro, SolidJS, CSS, HTML, Web3, and more. They take a unique approach and focus on getting to know the human side of developers and their hobbies outside of work, all while sampling a new whiskey that they rate on their unique tentacle scale.

Whiskey Web and Whatnot: Web Development, Neat RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III

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Veteran web developers RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III host this informal, whiskey-fueled fireside chat with your favorite web devs. They discuss all things web development including JavaScript, TypeScript, EmberJS, React, Astro, SolidJS, CSS, HTML, Web3, and more. They take a unique approach and focus on getting to know the human side of developers and their hobbies outside of work, all while sampling a new whiskey that they rate on their unique tentacle scale.

    Why Svelte Might Just Outdo React: Rich Harris Unveils Shocking Comparisons!

    Why Svelte Might Just Outdo React: Rich Harris Unveils Shocking Comparisons!

    In this special International Whiskey Day episode of 'Whiskey Web and Whatnot', hosts RobbieTheWagner, and Charles William Carpenter III are joined by special guest Rich Harris.


    They share a toast with Lagavulin Offerman Edition whiskey and dive into a discussion covering a range of topics from Rich's journey in software development, his work on the Svelte framework, to his thoughts on cheese, fermented foods, and brewing kombucha.


    The conversation transitions into deeper tech discussions about TypeScript, the evolution of web development tools, the balance between developer experience and user experience, and the upcoming features in Svelte 5. Rich also shares personal anecdotes from his career in journalism and his passion for cooking and skiing.


    The episode concludes with insights into the overabundance of tech conferences and a note on the upcoming Svelte Summit.


    Key Takeaways


    [00:00] - Welcome to the International Whiskey Day Special
    [00:48] - Meet Rich Harris: The Man Behind Svelte
    [01:28] - The Great Cheese Debate: To Love or Not to Love
    [02:40] - Brewing Kombucha: A Fermented Adventure
    [03:59] - Whiskey Tasting: The Lagavulin Offerman Edition Experience
    [07:29] - Rating the Whiskey: From Smoky Notes to Leather Hints
    [10:34] - Exploring Smoky Whiskeys and Beyond
    [11:57] - Hot Takes on Tech: TypeScript, Tailwind, and More
    [24:51] - The Evolution of Digital Journalism and Development Tools
    [27:40] - Git Practices and the GraphQL Debate
    [30:29] - The Developer's Dilemma: Tool Selection and User Experience
    [31:17] - The Spicy Segment: A Critical Look at ES Build
    [33:11] - Developer Experience vs. User Experience: A Shift in Priorities
    [34:24] - The Evolution of Svelte: From Speed to Ease of Use
    [40:34] - Introducing Svelte 5: A Ground-Up Rewrite
    [50:03] - Beyond Tech: Dream Jobs and Personal Passions
    [56:54] - The Global Developer Conference Scene
    [59:18] - Final Thoughts and Svelte Promotion

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    Flagging Features and Dropping Beats with Ben Rometsch

    Flagging Features and Dropping Beats with Ben Rometsch

    In this episode of Whiskey Web and Whatnot, hosts RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III are joined by Ben Rometsch, CEO and co-founder of Flagsmith.


    The discussion kicks off with a lighthearted conversation about the absence of landscapers at Chuck's house, leading into Ben's unexpected affinity for the New Orleans Saints due to a memorable game at Wembley in London.


    Ben shares his journey from running a web agency for 23 years to starting Flagsmith as a side project, which has now become a growing business with 97 percent of its codebase being open-source.


    The conversation shifts to a whiskey tasting of Redwood Empire's Lost Monarch, featuring a blend of aged bourbons and whiskey, followed by a discussion on various tech topics including AI in jobs, the value of front-end frameworks, and Git practices.


    Later, Ben provides a detailed overview of Flagsmith, emphasizing its open-source nature, the importance of feature flags in development, and how the platform has evolved with contributions from the community, including paying customers. The episode wraps up with personal insights from Ben, including his dream of being an author and his fondness for the video game Parappa the Rapper.


    Key Takeaways


    [00:00] - Opening Banter and Landscaper Tales
    [00:55] - Introducing Ben and Flagsmith
    [03:02] - A Deep Dive into Whiskey Tasting
    [10:31] - Hot Takes on AI, Frameworks, and Git Practices
    [25:38] - Exploring Flagsmith: An Open Source Journey
    [32:32] - The Challenges of Staging and Production Environments
    [33:42] - The High Cost of Configuration Differences
    [36:11] - The Evolution of Engineering Practices and Frameworks
    [42:15] - The Business Value of Open Source and Commercial Software
    [53:38] - Personal Passions: From Tech to Writing and Retro Gaming

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    Secrets Exposed: The Art of Keeping API Keys Safe From Developer Slip-Ups with Dante Lex

    Secrets Exposed: The Art of Keeping API Keys Safe From Developer Slip-Ups with Dante Lex

    In this episode of Whiskey Web and Whatnot, hosts RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III are joined by Dante, the founder of Onboardbase and hi.new. Dante shares insights on building security infrastructure for distributed teams and discusses the common mistakes businesses make by trusting developers with sensitive API keys and database credentials.


    The episode also features a whiskey tasting segment where Robbie, Charles, and Dante taste and review Woodford Reserve double oaked whiskey. Additionally, the conversation touches on various topics, including TypeScript preferences, Tailwind CSS, git practices, and potential careers outside of tech. Dante also talks about the challenges of being a solo founder and the current state of raising funds from VCs and angel investors.


    The episode wraps up with a casual chat about Manchester United's current performance and Dante's potential career choices if he weren't in tech.


    Key Takeaways


    [00:32] - Meet Dante: Security Infrastructure for Distributed Teams
    [02:10] - Diving into Whiskey Tasting: Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
    [10:06] - Tech Talk: TypeScript, Tailwind, Git, and VS Code Preferences
    [20:10] - Deep Dive into Onboardbase and Proxy Vault
    [28:08] - Exploring Untapped Niches: Security and Energy
    [29:11] - The Unforeseen Impact of AI on Security
    [30:22] - The Realities of Cybersecurity and Compliance
    [33:07] - Open Source Security Tools: A Game Changer
    [34:56] - The Journey of Starting a Software Company
    [36:56] - The Challenges and Strategies of Fundraising
    [42:13] - Navigating the Complexities of Soccer Fandom
    [49:30] - Career Alternatives: Content Creation and Beyond
    [52:31] - Wrapping Up: Beta Invites and Open Source Contributions

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    When Hackers Send the Bill: Who Really Pays for Cloud Catastrophes?

    When Hackers Send the Bill: Who Really Pays for Cloud Catastrophes?

    In this episode of Whiskey Web and Whatnot, hosts RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III delve into a mix of topics starting with their thoughts on the Jack Daniels Sinatra Select whiskey, including its unique packaging and taste profile.


    The conversation then shifts to the challenges developers face with hosting services and unexpected bills, touching on the responsibilities of CTOs within companies and how the role impacts team dynamics and code quality.


    Wrapping up, they touch on the reality TV show 'Love is Blind,' sharing personal takes and humorous insights into the dynamics and drama of the show. Throughout, the duo maintains their light-hearted and engaging banter, making for an entertaining and varied discussion.


    Key Takeaways


    [00:00] - Welcome to Whiskey, Web, and Whatnot!
    [01:49] - Diving Into Today's Whiskey: Jack Daniels Sinatra Select
    [04:36] - Tasting Notes and Opinions on Sinatra Select
    [09:04] - The Tentacle Scale: Rating Sinatra Select
    [15:38] - Navigating the Costs of Cloud Services
    [25:42] - The Business of Investing in Web Technologies
    [32:17] - Exploring the Role of a CTO in Various Company Sizes
    [34:28] - The Evolving Responsibilities of a CTO
    [35:55] - Navigating Technical Leadership and Team Morale
    [39:08] - The Fine Line of CTO Involvement in Projects
    [45:09] - Promotion and Performance in the Tech Industry
    [47:14] - Shifts in Mentorship and Team Dynamics
    [52:19] - Reality TV Deep Dive: Love is Blind Analysis
    [58:18] - Gaming, Work-Life Balance, and Podcasting Insights

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    From AI Deep Dives to Giblets and Fig Wasps with Ken Wheeler

    From AI Deep Dives to Giblets and Fig Wasps with Ken Wheeler

    This episode features a unique blend of discussions and narratives, weaving together spirited debates on technology and AI's impact on society and creativity, personal stories of whiskey appreciation, and a humorous recount of an epic day drinking adventure gone awry.


    Hosts Robbie Redundant, Charles Codes No More, and guest Ken Wheeler explore the intersections of tech and life, delving into topics like job automation, the future of software development, and the essence of human creativity in the age of AI.


    Meanwhile, a tale of misadventure highlights the lighter, more unpredictable side of tech gatherings, replete with plans gone awry, late-night escapades, and the importance of connecting with friends and family amidst the chaos of professional life.


    This spirited dialogue captures the essence of navigating the modern world's complexities with humor, insight, and a healthy dose of alcohol-induced wisdom.


    Key Takeaways


    [00:24] - Introducing Special Guest: Ken Wheeler
    [00:51] - Diving Into the World of Orphan Barrel Whiskeys
    [01:47] - The Unique Charm of Orphan Barrel Selections
    [09:11] - Tasting Notes and Whiskey Rating System
    [14:43] - From EmberJS to Whiskey Marketing Dreams
    [15:03] - The Evolution of Web Development and Frameworks
    [30:05] - Gaming: From VR Experiences to GTA Realities
    [35:22] - The Therapeutic World of Power Washing
    [37:48] - The Future of Jobs in the Age of AI
    [38:17] - Debating the Future of Work and AI's Impact
    [39:22] - The Fight Club Analogy: Resetting the System
    [39:51] - The Trade-Offs of Modern Convenience vs. AI Dominance
    [40:53] - Survival Skills and the Human Condition
    [41:29] - The Evolutionary Quirks of Humanity
    [42:43] - The Predicament of Natural Selection and Human Survival
    [44:14] - The Vegan Lifestyle: A Modern Luxury
    [45:18] - Exploring Dietary Choices and Sustainability
    [47:52] - The Complexities of Preparing and Consuming Food
    [55:18] - The Future of AI and Its Societal Impacts
    [01:04:00] - The Pursuit of Happiness in Modern Society
    [01:07:00] - Closing Thoughts and Future Plans

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    From Data Lakehouses to Penis Botox: An Unfiltered Journey through Tech and Life w/ Mal

    From Data Lakehouses to Penis Botox: An Unfiltered Journey through Tech and Life w/ Mal

    In this episode of 'Whiskey Web and Whatnot', hosts RobbieTheWagner and Charles William Carpenter III (Chuck) kick things off by playfully anticipating Chuck's landscaper interruptions due to his Phoenix area recording location. They introduce their special guest, Mal (short for Malissa) from Canada, who shares about her career as an analytics engineer and her ventures into content creation.


    The episode takes a fun turn into reviewing Rabbit Hole Cave Hill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, discussing its unique mash bill, and sharing tasting notes despite Mal's limited whiskey experience. The conversation then transitions into various topics including the technicality of job titles in tech, hot takes on developer tools and practices, amusing personal anecdotes, and discussions on data, cooking, and their personal preferences in pets, tech tools, and lifestyle choices.


    The episode is filled with light-hearted banter, insightful discussions on technology, personal stories, and a deep dive into the nuances of whiskey tasting.


    Key Takeaways


    [00:40] - Special Guest Introduction: Mal
    [01:44] - Diving into Rabbit Hole Cave Hill Bourbon
    [02:59] - Mal's Drink Preferences and Sugar Revelations
    [07:04] - The Art of Tasting Whiskey
    [09:05] - Shipping Alcohol Challenges and Canadian Living
    [13:30] - Tech Talk: Hot Takes on Development Tools
    [25:15] - Data Talk: Analytics Engineer Insights
    [33:48] - Decoding Data Lakes vs. Data Warehouses
    [34:37] - Celebrity Neighbors and Lakeside Living
    [35:59] - Exploring Voice Flow and AI Automation
    [36:24] - The Journey of Finding Passion Projects
    [38:42] - AI Misconceptions and Realities
    [46:37] - Navigating Remote Work and Team Dynamics
    [46:49] - The Quest for the Perfect Home Office Setup
    [54:48] - Culinary Adventures and the Costco Hotdog Dilemma
    [01:01:06] - Reflections on Personal Branding and Online Presence

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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46 Ratings

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The Go To Podcast

This is my go to podcast for all things web. Highly entertaining and even more informative. The extra reviews of whiskey are a bonus!

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Always a good time, and extremely informative!

I love this show! It is a great way to stay up to date on tech trends, while also learning about my favorite beverage! Robby and Charles are great hosts and they always have awesome guests!

Dark Pebble ,

Always a Great Listen

I recently started listening to this podcast and have been loving it so far. I’ve also started to go back to previous episodes.
Each episode starts with the hosts and guest trying and rating a particular whiskey. I enjoy whiskey but can’t tell why I like one over another. Their descriptions have helped me pay more attention to each aspect of the smell/taste. It’s also entertaining when they have a guess who isn’t a fan.
After that the hosts interview their guest for the rest of the episode. They do a really go job of keeping the conversation going back and forth. It isn’t like a lot of the interview podcasts out there that feel like a Q&A session.
I highly recommend listening. The only downside: it’s only an hour each week.

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