Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ep. 16 – Code Ghost (Jenn Schiffer)



Engineer and artist Jenn Schiffer talks to us about the Vart Institute, the side project that blends her love of art with her love of javascript. We dive into how she brings those two worlds together, what the difference is between teaching an eight-year old and an eighty-year old how to code (she’s taught both), and about her experience working on the academic side of computer science.

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Ep. 15 – Intro to DevOps (Christopher Webber)



There’s more to coding than just your code. In this episode, we talk to developer Chris Webber about devops, and all of the infrastructure-related things that are also important in getting your app to work. We untangle some devops concepts, like feature flats and the different programming environments, and talk through what a code newbie should know about devops when working on their code projects.

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Ep. 14 – On Testing (Noel Rappin)



You’ve probably heard of this idea of testing. Or maybe you’ve just heard of test driven development and you’re not really sure what it is or whether or not you should learn about it. In this episode, Noel Rappin, developer and author of the new book “Rails 4 Test Prescriptions” gives us a newbie-friendly explanation of the world of testing. We talk about different types of tests, we walk through an example of how you can approach something with tests first, and why test driven development can be a great tool for planning and organizing your code, especially as a code newbie.

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Ep. 13 – The Not-So-Amatuer Programmer (Lauren Orsini)



If you’re looking for solid, newbie-friendly guides to tech, Lauren Orsini’s got you covered. As a tech journalist for ReadWrite, she’s written some CodeNewbie favorites, including a great explanation of git and GIthub. We talk about her writing process, how she tackles a new piece of technology and learns it well enough to write about it, and why she calls herself an “amateur” programmer and really needs to stop.

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Ep. 12 – Mother Coders (Tina Lee)



When it was time for lunch, the other students ate and got to know each other while Tina Lee searched for a place to nurse her baby. The only one she found in that coding workshop was the cold, dark, filthy room where the company’s developers slept – at least that’s what it looked like. And she sat, frustrated that in a workshop that was meant to be inclusive, she still felt very much alone. So she started Mother Coders, the tech education program designed for mothers who want to gain technical skills. We talk about the challenges of being a mom learning to code, how organizers can make their tech events more mom-friendly, and how to make coding more accessible to all mothers.

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