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Ep. 103 – Algorithms (Carina C. Zona)



Carina C. Zona helps us understand algorithms, both what they are and how they are used. She walks us through fascinating examples of how they’ve been used in technology over the years, exploring the benefits and unintended consequences they’ve had along the way, and how we as developers can boost those benefits and decrease those unintended consequences.

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Carina C. Zona

Carina C. Zona is a developer, advocate, and certified sex educator. She spends a lot of time thinking about the unexpected cultural effects of our decisions as programmers. Carina is the founder of CallbackWomen and co-organizer of the We So Crafty community of techies who craft.


Ep. 102 – My Very First App (Aurelian Sennett)



A lot can happen in a year. For high school biology teacher Aurelian Sennett, that time was spent writing his first program that launched his tech business to help schools solve scheduling problems. Long-time listener and codenewbie, Aurelian tells us how he started learning to code, how he built his education app, and what it’s like to have thousands of people pay for and use the first product he’s ever built.

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Aurelian Sennett

Teacher and co-owner of the Pace School Network. Self-taught programmer who created a product to solve a problem, and found that many others had that same problem. @AurelianSennettwindow.location.replace("http://www.codenewbie.org/podcast/six-months-of-coding");


Ep. 101 – Open Sourcerer of Django (Jacob Kaplan-Moss)



Jacob Kaplan-Moss is often credited for co-creating Django, one of the most popular web frameworks written in python. But that’s not exactly true. He’s also given credit for being an amazing developer. But that’s not very accurate either. Jacob tells us the true story of Django’s creation, why he calls himself a mediocre programmer, and unpacks the concept of the talent myth.

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Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Jacob is a core contributor to Django, co-owner of Revolution Systems, former Director of Security at Heroku, and currently on the Engineering team at 18F. twitter: @jacobianwindow.location.replace("http://www.codenewbie.org/podcast/open-sourcerer-of-django");


Ep. 100 – Creating CodeNewbie (Saron Yitbarek)



For our special 100th episode, CodeNewbie founder Saron Yitbarek gets interviewed by her husband, Rob Frelow, on creating CodeNewbie, her own coding journey, and shares info on upcoming projects for CodeNewbie.

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Ep. 99 – Creating Lifehacker – Part II (Gina Trapani)



Last episode we talked to Gina Trapani about her Lifehacker days. In this episode, we look to the future and hear about her work at Postlight, what it’s like to work with Paul Ford (Episode 82), and what she looks for when she’s hiring an engineer.

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Ep. 98 – Creating Lifehacker – Part I (Gina Trapani)



Once upon a time, Gina Trapani started Lifehacker. It got big, really big, with the ups and downs of being the sole editor responsible for a website that millions of people read. But after awhile, she wanted to get back to coding. In part one of our two-part interview, Gina talks to us about her journey going from famous blogger to product creator, the risks of building an app based on APIs, and what it felt like to shut down her company.

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Ep. 97 – From Theater Technician to Programmer (Ashley Lewis)



Ashley Lewis used to light stages. She worked as a theater technician working shows like Hamilton (when it was much smaller) and New York Fashion Week. But after some introspection, she realized that her passion wasn’t in light design, and she searched for other career options. She talks to us about the similarities between coding and her art background, what it’s like working as a theater technician, and how being introspective has helped her on her coding journey.

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Ep. 96 – Developing Your Tech Talk Idea (Nickolas Means)



Nickolas Means talked about airplanes, and in doing so, he connected them with code in beautiful and interesting ways. In this interview, Nick explains how to take seemingly disconnected subjects and put them together in compelling talks, and how he uses his public speaking training to turn these talks into inspiring performances.

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Ep. 95 – Is The Website Down? (Stella Cotton)



When one man decided to crowdfund a bailout for Greece on Indiegogo (a feat the required over a billion dollars), Stella Cotton and her team found themselves in trouble. The site went down, and they had to figure out what to do. Stella takes us through the journey of getting the Indiegogo site back up, shares what she’s learned about site availability and what CodeNewbies can do to be ready for their own heavy traffic.

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Ep. 94 – UX Design and Gaming (Lil Chen)



Lil Chen has been in gaming for years. She started by playing video games, then become a competitive Super Smash Brothers player, and now works as a UX Designer at YouTube Gaming. We talk about how her long history in gaming affects her work as a designer and vice versa, and how she keeps up with her coding skills at night.

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