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Coding Blocks

Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, Joseph Zack

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The world of computer programming is vast in scope. There are literally thousands of topics to cover and no one person could ever reach them all. One of the goals of the Coding Blocks podcast is to introduce a number of these topics to the audience so they can learn during their commute or while cutting the grass. We will cover topics such as best programming practices, design patterns, coding for performance, object oriented coding, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and a who ...
 
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It’s surprising how little we know about Git as we continue to dive into Git from the Bottom Up, while Michael confuses himself, Joe has low standards, and Allen tells a joke. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode191. News Thanks for all the great feedback on the last episode and for sticking wit…
 
After working with Git for over a decade, we decide to take a deep dive into how it works, while Michael, Allen, and Joe apparently still don’t understand Git. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode190. News Thank you for the new reviews DisturbedMime and Gjuko! Want to help out the show? Leave us…
 
Once again, Stack Overflow takes the pulse of the developer community where we have all collectively decided to switch to Clojure, while Michael is changing things up, Joe is a future predicting trailblazer, and Allen is “up in the books”. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode189. News Thank you …
 
In this episode we discuss strategies for navigating remote work, whether it's useful or counterproductive to push all computing to the edge, and how to build composable websites and applications. Ishan Anand Twitter LinkedIn GitHub Scott Steinlage Twitter LinkedIn Edgio Home Page Twitter Links Composability Summit…
 
We’re going back in time, or is it forward?, as we continue learning about Google’s automation evolution, while Allen doesn’t like certain beers, Joe is a Zacker™, and Michael poorly assumes that UPSes work best when plugged in. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode188. Survey Says For your day j…
 
In this episode we discuss the history and mission of Prisma, the boundary between Prisma Client and Prisma Migrate, and whether developers need to know the difference between SQL and NoSQL. Austin Crim Home Page Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Prisma Home Page Twitter GitHub Links Prisma Data Platform Deploying Prisma to Cloudflare Workers Remix with Kent…
 
We explore the evolution of automation as we continue studying Google’s Site Reliability Engineering, while Michael, ah, forget it, Joe almost said it correctly, and Allen fell for it. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode187. News Thank you for the new reviews: ASobering, rupeshbende, Mnmbrane, …
 
We finished. A chapter, that is, of the Site Reliability Engineering book as Allen asks to make it weird, Joe has his own pronunciation, and Michael follows through on his promise. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode186. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data …
 
In this episode we discuss leveraging serverless knowledge to launch your career, measuring the true cost of migrating a production application, and how serverless initiatives can spin out. Ryan Jones Twitter LinkedIn Serverless Guru Home Page Twitter Talking Serverless Links FSJam37 - Talking Serverless with Josh Proto Serverless: Zero to Paid Pro…
 
We haven’t finished the Site Reliability Engineering book yet as we learn how to monitor our system while the deals at Costco as so good, Allen thinks they’re fake, Joe hasn’t attended a math class in a while, and Michael never had AOL. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode185. Sponsors Retool – …
 
We say “toil” a lot this episode while Joe saw a movie, Michael says something controversial, and Allen’s tip is to figure it out yourself, all while learning how to eliminate toil. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode184. Sponsors Retool – Stop wrestling with UI libraries, hacking together data…
 
In this episode we discuss NoRedInk's experience using Elm in production, the combined power of functional programming and static type systems, building a language for the long term, and the difficulty of explaining the benefits of purely functional languages to developers who have never experienced them. Lindsay Wardell Home Page Twitter LinkedIn …
 
In this episode we discuss building excellent user experiencers without embarrassment inducing code, the definition of a "center-stack framework," whether the technical benefits of partial hydration actually lead to better UX, and that time Kent almost died. Kent C. Dodds Home Page Twitter GitHub YouTube Remix Home Page Twitter GitHub YouTube Disco…
 
Welcome to the morning edition of Coding Blocks as we dive into what service level indicators, objectives, and agreements are while Michael clearly needs more sleep, Allen doesn’t know how web pages work anymore, and Joe isn’t allowed to beg. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode183. Sponsors Sho…
 
We learn how to embrace risk as we continue our learning about Site Reliability Engineering while Johnny Underwood talked too much, Joe shares a (scary) journey through his mind, and Michael, Reader of Names, ends the show on a dark note. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode182. Sponsors Retool …
 
In this episode we discuss server side rendering on the edge, the challenges of headless e-commerce, and designing a framework specifically for Shopify storefronts. Josh Larson Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Home Page Hydrogen Home Page GitHub Documentation Stackblitz Links Flareact Hydrogen and Shopify Oxygen Deploy a Hydrogen App Shopify Storefront API …
 
It’s finally time to learn what Site Reliability Engineering is all about, while Jer can’t speak nor type, Merkle got one (!!!), and Mr. Wunderwood is wrong. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode181. Survey Says So, DevOps is a culture, but SRE is a job title? Take the survey at: https://www.codi…
 
In this episode we discuss building a better developer experience for managing AWS resources, designing an infrastructure as code language, the new Blitz.js toolkit, and how to make your users badass developers. Brandon Bayer Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Mina Abadir Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Flightcontrol Home Page Twitter Discord Links FSJam Roundtable w…
 
We’re living through the tail end, maybe?, of the Great Resignation, so we dig into how that might impact software engineering careers while Allen is very somber, Joe’s years are … different, and Michael pronounces each hump. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode180. Sponsors Mergify – Save time …
 
In this episode we discuss developer experience engineering, the growing influence of Rust on web development, building Discord bots, and what programming streamers can learn from gaming streamers. Prince Wilson Home Page Twitter Twitch GitHub Netlify Home Page Twitter GitHub Links Next-generation Deploy Previews, plus Netlify acquires FeaturePeek …
 
We dive into what it takes to adhere to minimum viable continuous delivery while Michael isn’t going to quit his day job, Allen catches the earworm, and Joe is experiencing full-on Stockholm syndrome. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode179. Sponsors Shortcut – Project management has never been …
 
In this episode we discuss the history, development, and future of RedwoodJS. Editor's Note: This episode was recorded over a year ago and kept in the vault because the audio is somewhat degraded relative to the average FSJam episode. But we are releasing it regardless because we believe the conversation is worthwhile for listeners that can tolerat…
 
We have a retrospective about our recent Game Ja Ja Ja Jam, while Michael doesn’t know his A from his CNAME, Allen could be a nun, and Joe still wants to be a game developer. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode178. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog …
 
We wrap up our discussion of PagerDuty’s Security Training, while Joe declares this year is already a loss, Michael can’t even, and Allen says doody, err, duty. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode177. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt after …
 
In this episode we discuss when CSS became modern, if PostCSS can replace the enduring Sass, the new capabilities enabled by Eleventy Serverless, and the value of online streaming. Stephanie Eckles Twitter GitHub Codepen Blog Twitch Modern CSS Home Page Links CSS Cascade Layers When CSS Isn’t Enough: JavaScript Requirements For Accessible Component…
 
In this episode we discuss deploying containers to the edge, microVMs, Twelve Factor Apps, Cloud Native Buildpacks, and WireGuard. Rugwiro Valentin Twitter GitHub Home Page Fly Home Page Twitter GitHub Links App Configuration with fly.toml flyctl Volumes on Fly The Twelve-Factor App Cloud Native Buildpacks Tokio WireGuard: Next Generation Kernel Ne…
 
We’re pretty sure we’re almost done and we’re definitely all present for the recording as we continue discussing PagerDuty’s Security Training, while Allen won’t fall for it, Joe takes the show to a dark place, and Michael knows obscure, um, stuff. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode176. Sponso…
 
In this Podrocket crossover episode, we discuss the motivation behind the creation of Everfund, the technologies the company has built upon, the process of migrating from a previous tech stack, and advice for other potential founders looking to start a company. Christopher Burns Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Everfund Home Page Blog Twitter GitHub LinkedI…
 
We continue our discussion of PagerDuty’s Security Training presentation while Michael buys a vowel, Joe has some buffer, and Allen hits everything he doesn’t aim for. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode175. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt…
 
In this episode we discuss the relation between progressive enhancement and partial hydration, appropriate use cases for the islands architecture, and the rediscovery of multi-page applications. Dylan Piercey Twitter GitHub Marko Home Page Twitter GitHub Discord Links What is Partial Hydration and Why is Everyone Talking About It? Async Fragments: …
 
In this episode we discuss the limitations of CSS animations, techniques for animating SVGs, and building animation centric websites without JavaScript frameworks. Cassie Evans Home Page Twitter LinkedIn Greensock Home Page GSAP Twitter LinkedIn GitHub Links Codebar Banner Ads AnimationTimeline CSS Transforms WebGL Canvas three.js GSAP + React, Fir…
 
We’re taking our time as we discuss PagerDuty’s Security Training presentations and what it means to “roll the pepper” while Michael is embarrassed in front of the whole Internet, Franklin Allen Underwood is on a full name basis, and don’t talk to Joe about corn. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/epi…
 
In this episode we discuss the challenges of local development and the unique benefits of developing in the cloud. Mike Nikles Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Home Page Gitpod Home Page Twitter GitHub Webstone GitHub Discord Links Theia A Better GitHub Flow Run RedwoodJS on Gitpod Why I Left Google and Joined Gitpod GitHub Codespaces OpenVSCode Server VS C…
 
With Game Ja-Ja-Ja-Jamuary coming up, we discuss what makes a game engine, while Michael’s impersonation is spot-on, Allen may really just be Michael, and Joe already has the title of his next podcast show at the ready. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode173. Sponsors Linode – Sign up for $100 …
 
In this episode we discuss the ubiquity of feature toggles, implementing features by user categorizations instead of individual users, and utilizing third party authentication to create a Jamstack native solution for feature flags. Jake Ginnivan Twitter GitHub Blog FeatureBoard Home Page Twitter Why FeatureBoard? Releasing FeatureBoard’s marketing …
 
In this episode we discuss leveraging existing non-technical skills as a developer, creating a safe space for questions on live streams, creative coding, and balancing the needs of developers and content editors with a headless CMS. Alex Trost Twitter Twitch GitHub Frontend Horse Home Page Frontend Horse Twitter Frontend Horse Discord Prismic Home …
 
We wrap up the discussion on partitioning from our collective favorite book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Allen is properly substituted, Michael can’t stop thinking about Kafka, and Joe doesn’t live in the real sunshine state. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode172. Sponsors Dat…
 
In this episode we discuss the battle over CSS purity, Styled Components versus Emotion, and how to form a mental model around styling by using patterns for common layouts instead of technology. Travis Waith-Mair Twitter GitHub Home Page Bedrock Layout Home Page GitHub Links Composing Layouts in React React Round Up - Composing Layouts for React…
 
In this episode we discuss the definition of reactive programming, the benefits of building a new framework on JSX, the usefulness of benchmarks, and the reckoning of single-page apps versus multi-page apps. Ryan Carniato Twitter GitHub Blog Solid Twitter GitHub Home Page Links SolidJS with Ryan Carniato Finding Fine-Grained Reactive Programming Ma…
 
In this episode we discuss the origins of Supabase, building workflows with Amazon's states language, encouraging open source contributions by building in public, and the future of online code editors. Ant Wilson Twitter GitHub LinkedIn Supabase Home Page Twitter GitHub Links Storage is now available in Supabase Workflows are coming to Supabase Usi…
 
We crack open our favorite book again, Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann, while Joe sounds different, Michael comes to a sad realization, and Allen also engages “no take backs”. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode171. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day tr…
 
Astro is a hot new tool for building incredibly lean static websites with your favorite framework, including React, Svelte, and Vue. By default, Astro ships 0 JavaScript to the browser, only loading fully interactive components as needed. Co-creator Fred K. Schott joins us to share how Astro got started, where it's heading, and gives a demo of the …
 
Links Next.js 12 swc Parcel 2 Beta 3 Deno.land URL imports Compromised npm packages of ua-parser-js React 18 and Next.js React Docs Beta React 18 Working Group A First Look at React 18 with Vite and Netlify Vercel Edge Functions Next.js Middleware Netlify Edge Handlers Worktop PlanetScale CockroachDB Serverless Fly Deploying Prisma Client to Cloudf…
 
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