This time around Colin and CJ talk about learning styles and how to learn to learn. We highlight a documentation framework called "Diataxis," which provides a structured approach to content categorization, differentiating between tutorials, how-to guides, explanations, and references. The significance of recognizing and adapting to varied learning styles, such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. We share our personal experiences and emphasize the importance of diverse teaching methods and creating content even when the subject might have been covered elsewhere. Mentioned were unique projects like an offline Wikipedia on a tablet and a hacked Casio watch that serves as a two-factor authentication generator. The session ends with considerations on video creation and the challenges of live streaming.Resources:Hackers Inc Fitness Episode - https://hackersincorporated.com/episodes/losing-70-lbs-getting-in-shape-and-15-minute-workouts By Mody Tutor - https://www.mybodytutor.com/My Fitness Pal - https://www.myfitnesspal.com/Sendgrid - https://sendgrid.com/Resend - https://resend.com/Rails Conf Webhook Workshop - https://github.com/colinloretz/railsconf-webhooksdiataxis - https://diataxis.fr/Cloudflare Docs - https://developers.cloudflare.com/Crunchy Data Postgres Sandbox - https://www.crunchydata.com/blog/learn-postgres-at-the-playgroundPragmatic Thinking and Learning - https://www.amazon.com/Pragmatic-Thinking-Learning-Refactor-Programmers/dp/1934356050The Dreyfus Model - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreyfus_model_of_skill_acquisition
It's the One Year Anniversary of Build & Learn! In this episode we chat about refreshing OAuth tokens and building CRM features with SMS/voice APIs. CJ and Colin also talk about the tradeoffs of building "calm", bootstrapped companies versus venture-backed startups. It seems like everything that is old is new again! What startups from the 2009-2012 vintages do you think could do with some disruption today?Some resources mentioned:GoRailsTwilio FlexFollow along off-pod!@colinloretz on Twitter@cjav_dev on Twitter
In this episode you'll hear about Colin's adventure of building a Google Calendar Discord bot using CloudFlare, mastering Google Calendar APIs, and navigating serverless Postgres with neon.tech. We'll also share our insights on the benefits of being part of Y Combinator, and the unexpected hiccups we faced with Rails' Turbo Streams. Dive in and learn from our experiences!Resources:* https://neon.tech/* Jason's tweet: https://twitter.com/jmcharnes/status/1687286039356829698 * Cloudflare Worker docs: https://developers.cloudflare.com/workers/* Jumpstart Pro starter kit for Ruby on Rails: https://jumpstartrails.com/* Turbo Streams documentation: https://turbo.hotwired.dev/handbook/streams* YCombinator: https://www.ycombinator.com/* Google Calendar API docs: https://developers.google.com/calendar/api/guides/overview * Microsoft Startup program for credits: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/startups
Welcome back after the summer break! CJ and Colin get caught up after a summer of adventure and... new job announcements!CJ update Tahoe Time / Family TimeE-Bike with DadBoat / Plane flight simulatorColin update Spending time on the coworking spaceSummer campingRole reversals and announcement We have new jobs!Context switching Colin: product & engineering → developer relationsCJ: developer relations → product & engineeringFewer guard rails, much less narrow focus, wearing more hats, more autonomy, freedom and responsibilityCJ is now at CraftwerkNextJST3 stackMySQL with PlanetscaleDrizzle ORMZod schema validationBack office/Admin CRUD app in RailsColin is now at DiscordCurrently onboarding and learningBuilding a Google Calendar app to get fully up to speed on all the areas of the developer experienceOther happenings: RailsWorld is happening later this year in AmsterdamTickets sold out in 45 minutesSpeakers announced this weekMust download calendar app for MacOS folks: Fantastical
In this episode, we chat with Dave Paola, the founder of the Agency of Learning, an organization aimed at getting early-career developers job-ready, especially developer boot camp graduates. We delve into the history of boot camps, identify key gaps in current education methods, and explore how the Agency of Learning addresses these gaps by simulating a real-team environment and emphasizing technical and non-technical skills.Resources and LinksVisit the Agency of Learning to learn more about Dave's innovative approach to junior engineer hiring and management.For a more in-depth understanding of teaching for mastery, check out Sal Khan's illuminating TED Talk.Get involved with open-source contributions and support social good with Ruby for Good.Discover Casa, a case management open-source app that supports volunteer work for children in foster care.Dive deeper into the tech industry's professional growth and career progression with Engineering Ladders.Check out "Engineering Management for the Rest of Us" by Sarah Drasner for relatable and pragmatic advice on engineering management.Read David Marquet's transformative leadership book, "Turn the Ship Around" for a novel perspective on leadership and management.Connect with our guest on Twitter @dpaola2 for more enriching content and discussions.
In this episode, we talk with Chris Oliver about his deliberate approach to building GoRails and his other businesses on Rails. In a tech world that only seems to be moving faster and faster, we discuss the slow and steady path he has followed to create a fulfilling life for himself and his team while shipping awesome Rails things for his customers.Some links to things we discussed:Build Your Saas Episode: Nobody in SaaS wants to talk about thisBuild Your SaaS Episode: Super Fun SaaS Sales Tax (Part Deux)Die With Zero bookSome of the things Chris and his team work on:GoRails Jumpstart RailsHatchbox HostingThe Remote Ruby Podcast and many other things you can find at https://excid3.com/
In this episode, we're joined by Alan Shreve, the founder and CEO of ngrok, to discuss the future of software development and the emergence of innovative tools that simplify complex tasks -- like ingress. We talk about ngrok's solid approach to error handling, which enhances troubleshooting and user experience by assigning unique codes to each error. The conversation also delves into the evolution of ngrok, an "ingress as a service" platform designed to streamline the setup of web application infrastructure by abstracting complexities of networking, thereby reducing your workload.We address the challenges in distributed systems and the importance of automating processes, focusing on the role of tools like Heroku, Vercel, and CloudFlare in managing infrastructure and security. We explore the concept of edge computing and globally distributed applications, envisioning two potential futures - one with advanced storage layers handling global distribution and another where applications can split between the origin and the global edge.The discussion also highlights the shift in the industry away from tasks like memory management and assembly language and the rise of cloud-based tools, which lowers the barrier to entry for new developers. Despite the potential pitfalls of abstraction, like the reduced need for developers to tinker and learn, we see this as a positive development. We wrap by emphasizing the end goal of software development - delivering a product that serves the customer's needs, facilitated by tools that simplify and standardize the development process.Resources:ngrok: ingress as a service - https://ngrok.comIntroducing ngrok-go - https://ngrok.com/blog-post/ngrok-gongrok-go library - https://github.com/ngrok/ngrok-goIntroducing ngrok-rs - https://ngrok.com/blog-post/ngrok-rsVim plugin for GitHub CoPilot - https://github.com/github/copilot.vimStripe's Embeddable Payment Components - https://stripe.com/docs/payments/payment-element
CJ and Colin are back to chat about getting outside, recap the recent RailsConf and discuss building and participating in developer communities in 2023.Getting OutsideThe Nature Fix bookOutside 365RailsCamp in HawaiiRailsConf 2023 and Webhooks WorkshopWebhooks Workshop Github Repo Marp Markdown Presentation ToolRuby Central YouTube Channel RubyConf San DiegoSome other cool events/conferences that we've attendedBlue Ridge Ruby ConfRails SaaSRailsConfRubyConfRailsWorldLaraConWordCampGDCApple’s WWDCGoogle I/OStartup WeekendsNASA Space AppsFollow us on Twitter@buildandlearn_@cjav_dev@colinloretz
In this episode, Colin and CJ discuss using the new GPT tools for work and play.Open AILarge language modelsGenerative AIHow do we use it, and is it going to be doom & gloom?How We Use ItBrainstorming & riffing on ideas I was building something in React and hadn’t touched React in a few years. I had all this iteration going on in my components to generate dynamic content. Still, I wanted the topmost component to be able to have references to all these components to download them all as images in a zip file.Assistance with math-based things like animation or rendering graphics Example: I had to display a bunch of circles in a 2nd plane in a random patternComputers are pretty good at thatLearning how to do something new faster Explain this to me like I’m 5SummarizingWe use Descript for editing this podcastShifting the tone of writing, building a writing styleWriting video scriptsFinding obscure informationStory arcsBrushes to write tailwind classesJokesDnD character sheetsBing to find esoteric star wars character that’s buried on WookiepediaDoom and gloom or boon?What does this mean for the future?Privacy & security concerns Voice clones and scams (create a safe word!)Productivity + time Are we just going to be expected to be more productive with more output because cApItaLIsMConstitutional AI (Anthropic) give it principles to train on vs having human inputhttps://www.anthropic.com/index/core-views-on-ai-safetyChatGPT coauthored a PR to a major open-source projectvia Ruby Weekly: How long is it until ChatGPT makes a pull request to Rails? Oh, it (sort of) just happened. Ultimately it's still under the name of Rails core team member Guillermo Iguaran, however.Everything in this pull request, including the code, tests, changelog, commit message, pull request title and description has been created by ChatGPT with some guidance. If you believe ChatGPT is infringing your copyright please let me know.People to follow(Written by Notion AI)Here are 5 social media influencers to follow to stay up to date about AI:Rachel Woods (@the.rachel.woods on TikTok, @rachel_l_woods on Twitter)Logan.GPT (dev advocate for OpenAI)Swyx (shares a lot of thoughts on AI)Lex Fridman (MIT researcher and AI podcaster)Siraj Raval (AI educator and YouTuber)ToolsGithub CopilotCopilot X for VS Code & VS ExtensionCopilot DocsCopilot CLICopilot VoiceCopilot for PRsResourcesWolfram Alpha - How ChatGPT worksSiraj Raval - Automated AI YouTube channelthe.rachel.woods on safe wordsInvisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for MenAnthropic - AI SafetyRubyWeekly - ChatGPT Co-authored PR
In this episode about webhooks.fyi, we're joined by Keith Casey from ngrok. You'll hear about webhooks.fyi an information-rich resource for learning how to build and consume webhooks. webhooks.fyi is an open source knowledge base and directory listing and analyzing different webhook providers. We discuss webhook security, signature verification, forward compatibility, and more. Other Links from the Showhttps://webhooks.fyingrok.comWebhooks to Revolution the Web from @progriumWhat are Webhooks The Self Provisioning Runtime CaseySoftwareBuild and Learn around the web- Twitter: @buildandlearn_- Colin: @colinloretz- CJ: @cjav_dev
This week we are joined by Chelsea Otakan, infamously also known as @chexee on most of the internet. Chelsea is a product designer and front-end developer, currently working at Lattice. In this episode, we learn more about Chelsea's design origin story, her philosophies on product design, and why you should "build a skateboard, not a wheel".Chelsea's design philosophies- Ship quickly, ship for the user- Design is continuous- Design and build systems, not just features- Don't be afraid to dig deep- Critique early, often, and with everyoneOther Links from the Show- Shopify article on creating a "quality elevator" from Kyle Peatt: The system always kicks back - Chelsea's portfolio and work at Chexee.meBuild and Learn around the web- Twitter: @buildandlearn_- Colin: @colinloretz- CJ: @cjav_dev
In this episode of Build and Learn, we discuss code generation (codegen) and how Stripe uses it to generate SDKs for its APIs automatically. We talk about how a declarative shape of an API (such as Open API spec or GraphQL schema) can be fed into a tool to generate an SDK in a specific programming language. This process helps ensure that the SDKs are always in sync with the API and that any changes to the API are automatically reflected in the SDKs. Most SDKs today are still hand-written, but automatic generation is becoming more popular. We'll touch on the tradeoff between readable code and automatically generated code, which can be quite long and complex. You'll also hear how the Ruby clients for Orbit were likely written by hand and may not be up-to-date.Resources:Richard Marmorstein's Strangeloop talk about codegen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgRreyw-NlgCJ's RubyConf 2022 talk about codegen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm0fgIqfsO8Stainless API company: https://stainlessapi.com/Open API Spec: https://swagger.io/specification/ Stripe API Spec: https://github.com/stripe/openapiSwagger codegen: https://swagger.io/tools/swagger-codegen/ Orbit Ruby Activities gem: https://github.com/orbit-love/ruby-orbit-activities
In this podcast episode, we are diving into the world of developer advocacy and developer relations with Chris Traganos, aka "Trag."
In this episode, we're joined by Charlie Gerard to discuss various topics related to learning technology and building cool projects.
In this episode, you'll hear Lindsay's path from graphic designer to support engineer and how she now manages a team of support engineers. We discuss what this transition has looked like for her as well as the training and learnings she undertook along the way.In the second half of the episode, we dig into more specific tactics that her and her team have encountered like supporting customers through API version migrations, authentication issues and squashing bugs with their product engineering team. ResourcesLindsay Barrett on LinkedInLeadDevSupport Driven Slack, Podcast, Blog, Job Board, EventsGrowth SpaceEngineering Management for the Rest of Us by Sarah DrasnerWilliam Vincent's Django BooksQuestions or feedback for the show? You can DM us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/buildandlearn_
Welcome to the episode on AWS Amplify and Front-end frameworks! In this episode, we delve into Erik's experience as a developer and discuss some of the front-end trends he is seeing. We also highlight the importance of building small projects to learn new programming languages and frameworks. We touch briefly on server-side generation and rendering trends, Shopify's acquisition of Remix, and the dilemma of choice that can arise when faced with so many options. We also discuss the advent of code-style challenges to build more small projects and continue learning. In the second half of the episode, Erik provides an in-depth look at AWS Amplify and its various components that can be used to build full-stack applications. If you're interested in learning more about AWS Amplify or want to hear about Erik's developer journey, this episode is for you!
Chatting with Mike Bifulco about his philosophies behind building a personal brand as a developer.
The podcast discusses various ways to go about finding a job, with a focus on the tech industry. We'll talk about making a list of the tools and companies you're interested in, doing outbound and inbound outreach, networking, and preparing for interviews. We'll also get into some resources for practicing algorithms and communities to join.
This week we talk about Call for Proposals and how to submit a talk to a developer conference.
This episode of Build & Learn is all about content creation for developers. We'll discuss various types of content, including tweets, blog posts, newsletters, live streaming, and YouTube videos. We'll also share some resources that developers can use to get started with content creation..
This episode is all about giving and receiving feedback via code reviews. Use some of these tips and tricks in your next code review.
This episode is all about the build versus buy decision that every software company has to make at some point. We discuss whether it makes more sense to build something from scratch or buy an existing solution. We also talk about the tradeoffs of time and money that come with each option. In the end, we conclude that it's usually best to buy an existing solution unless you have a very specific need that can only be met by building something from scratch.
This week we dig into "unlimited" PTO and taking take off from work.
Debating traditional computer science vs bootcamp vs self taught paths into tech.
In this episode, CJ and Colin dig into the results of the 2022 StackOverflow Survey including the most loved and dreaded technologies and how developers are learning in 2022.
In this episode, CJ and Colin share their origin stories and what led them to become software developers. They also set the stage for what to expect on the show - building and learning from software development but also life. Audio note: this episode was recorded via Zoom. Look forward to better audio in Episode 2!
Welcome to Build & Learn, a podcast about software development and developing ourselves as software engineers. Hosted by CJ Avilla and Colin Loretz.
Fasting, Greyson crashes his bike.
We sold a car! Air Doctor update :)
Home Air Quality!
We review the Peloton stationary bike and chat about the school opening plans. Use Peloton referral code PV6BBX for $100 towards accessories at purchase!
A look back at how we've spent the first 4 months of COVID-19
Reflecting on 2019 and looking forward to 2020!
How to provide a 5-star experience and reach Superhost status on Airbnb
We recently started playing piano and Nicole and the boys are taking piano lessons. Here's what we've learned so far :)
We're in the middle of a mini remodel project, closing a wall that we tore down a couple of years ago. We joke about how we're not craftspeople, but doing our best!
In this week's episode, Nicole and CJ share their experiences as owners and managers for long term rentals.
Homebirth or Hospital birth? In this episode, we share our experience with both and also talk about why we recommend doulas.
Thinking about investing your money into real estate? In this episode, we talk about the difference between investing your money into a second home vs. an investment property. We also discuss the benefits of having a short term rental property.
In this episode, we share how we've turned "budgeting" into a game and how we have been able to reduce spending on groceries and personal items.
Trying to avoid all of the Halloween candy? In this episode, we discuss how to quickly get rid of ALL of the candy and discuss having non-candy options for kids.
Our experience and opinions on buying a home
Our Disneyland secrets. Where we stay, what we eat with dietary restrictions, our rest spots, and how we get in all of our favorite rides in one day.
It's important to create a supportive community. In this episode, we discuss how we keep up with our local friends and give you ideas on how to create your own community.
Raising kids takes a village. Let us help you with a few things we have learned over the years.
It can be easy to fall into a crazy cycle with your partner. In this episode we talk about how to nurture your marriage and how to get yourself out of these crazy cycles.
Need to plan your next wedding speech? In this episode, we give you our wedding toast secrets!
In this episode, we give you tips and tricks on how to prepare for a long term relationship, specifically marriage.