The Cynical Developer is a dev podcast that features candid discussions with technical luminaries: by devs, for devs. The show started just a few months ago, and it’s already become a favorite of ours. We’re looking forward to many more great episodes! [Read more…]
Like I mentioned in my post on Meetup and Codewars, I think the best way to prepare for a technical/whiteboard/programming interview is to practice. Sites like Codewars make this kind of practice easier than ever, but the pressure of having potential employers watching over your shoulder adds a whole other dimension.
Because of that, I wanted to experiment with “live coding” through practice problems, talking through my decisions as I went along. This ended up being more difficult than I had anticipated, even without the live audience.
Now that I’m wrapping up my little experiment, I wanted to share a few things that I learned along the way…
The Reactionary is a blog featuring informative tutorials, opinion pieces, videos, book reviews and other great content about the React.js library.
Zac Braddy, the creator, is a really smart guy and we are really glad that he is fightin’ for the good guys. Also, he has a lot of cool T-Shirts. [Read more…]
Thanks to you, Coding Blocks has exceeded 1 million podcast *downloads!
When we started this podcast 3 years ago, we settled on a realistic goal of 100 downloads a month. We ended up doing a little better that first month, but we certainly didn’t expect to cross the million download mark, and we couldn’t have even begun to imagine all of the amazing people that we have met along the way.
We are looking forward to a new year full of surprises, but first we wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate a few numbers:
* 50+ episodes
* 1,000,000+ downloads
* 500+ 5 Star Reviews
* 5,000+ slack messages / week
Of those numbers, the one that excites us most is the last. The slack channel has become a place for developers of all backgrounds and experience levels to exchange ideas, help, and horror stories. We’re very proud to be members of such a cool community, and we thank you for hangin’ with us!
* Note: We pulled the download numbers from our feed hosting provider, Libsyn which attempts to de-dupe and de-bot numbers…but there’s still the very real possibility that 99% of the downloads were just us checking to see if it “worked on my machine”.
Every so often somebody in slack will ask for advice on getting their first programming job. Experience is critical in the tech industry, so that first step can be a doozy.
While there is a lot of great information available on the internet, my favorite advice is short and sweet: Meetup and CodeWars
This week we’re drawing a line in the sand between objects and data structures. Who will win? Take a listen and decide for yourself!
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Joe is back with another code challenge and this one is on a well known favorite – Fizz Buzz. If you’re looking to sharpen your “live” coding skills, code katas are a great way to go.
Come sharpen your coding skills:
Clan: Coding Blocks
In this video, Joe walks through another Kata from Code Wars. If you’re preparing for an interview or just want to sharpen your thinking / coding skills and see how other people do the same problem, code katas are awesome.
Try your hand at some Kata code challenges:
Clan: Coding Blocks
In this video, Joe walks through how he solves the “Get the Middle Character” problem. This is similar to questions you might get in a coding interview, so it’s worth watching to see how Joe thinks through the problem from beginning to end.
Come join the fun:
Clan: Coding Blocks
We continue talking our way through Clean Code, taking a deep look at the building blocks of programming in the quest to write the best functions. Oh, and everybody sings.
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