When and why should you write unit tests, and just how important are they? Take a listen and see what YOU think.
Welcome to the second Mini Code Adventure, a series of blog posts and videos that highlight fun and exciting projects that you get running in just a few minutes.
Now, let’s get to playing with Markov Chains! [Read more…]
MS Dev Show is a weekly podcast dedicated to the Microsoft developer. Each episode is a blend of technical depth and wit, so you can learn with a smile on your face! The show regularly features expert guests from across the technical spectrum, Azure cloud, Universal Windows Platform, Visual Studio, and cross-platform development. Even their take on the week’s technical “news” is insightful and inspiring, and we find ourselves frequenting their show notes to read more. [Read more…]
Welcome to the first Mini Code Adventure, a new series of blog posts and videos that highlight fun and exciting projects that you get running in minutes.
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…
In this episode we talk about how to insulate your application at it’s boundaries? What in the world does that even mean?! We’re not talking about those boundaries where others aren’t allowed to touch your keyboard (although that’s a real thing). No, we’re talking about making sure you make your code easier to maintain over time by coding to interfaces or wrappers for third party libraries or external APIs. Come join us on another deep dive into Clean Code, and our (polluted) thoughts on the topic. [Read more…]
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…]
This week, we continue our Clean Code discussion as we dive into the joys and pains of error handing.
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”.