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Loosely Coupled Podcast
98 minutes | 2 years ago
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about how automation can be helpful in your day to day life as a developer.
86 minutes | 2 years ago
Working with Legacy
This episode is all about legacy code. Jeff and Matt talk about what legacy code is how you can work through the task of working within a legacy codebase. In some instances it makes sense to replace older applications with APIs, but sometimes that is a problem. Jeff and Matt both talk about real-life situations they've been in and how they worked through it.
104 minutes | 6 years ago
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about our friends, allies, and sometimes sworn enemies in the development world: product managers and project managers. They will cover how to interact with these roles and even how to be a good manager.
82 minutes | 6 years ago
Systems Administration and DevOps
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about systems administration and DevOps for developers. This topic is important because, as developers, having an understanding of the full stack your application is deployed on can separate you as a senior developer. They talk about some times when having some insight into working with linux, managing and configuring webservers, databases, etc. has come in handy as well as reference some important things you should know as a developer to be able to help in an emergency or just to maintain your application’s health in production.
69 minutes | 6 years ago
Minimum Viable Product
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the concept of a minimum viable product and what it means to us as developers. The concept of an MVP is simple but it often gets used as an excuse to put out poorly-implemented products. Listen as Jeff and Matt discuss their opinions about the problems with MVP in our industry and how we as developers can fight against them.
82 minutes | 6 years ago
Live from PHP[tek] 2015
This is a live mashup episode with PHP Roundtable from php[tek] 2015 where we are joined by Sammy Kaye Powers from PHP Roundtable, Jordi Boggiano from Composer, Coderabbi, and a host of other people drifting in and out of the conversation from the audience. This was a special episode where we commemorate the success of PSR-7 with an ice cream cake.
96 minutes | 6 years ago
Resolution Won't Fix
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about a very important skill all developers need to learn: how to say no. Saying no is pretty easy but there are ways to appropriately convey the reason why doing what is being asked is not a good idea.
91 minutes | 6 years ago
Open Sourcing Libraries and Packages
In this episode Jeff and Matt discuss what it means when you take the step to open sourcing your package or library. This is significantly different than working on an application and the goal of this episode is to talk about what you’re getting yourself into as a package maintainer.
73 minutes | 6 years ago
Like a Boss
In this episode, Jeff and Matt discuss the benefits and drawbacks to being someone’s employee or to being a freelancer and being your own boss. There are many reasons you might choose one or the other, and only you can make that decision. This episode is a discussion of the past experiences Jeff and Matt have with freelancing and being employed.
96 minutes | 6 years ago
How We Work
In this episode Jeff and Matt explore how they go about organizing their work life and our personal lives. They cover the idea of how the process evolves depending on your environment and even your personal inclinations. In 2011, Jeff wrote a blog post about the tools he used back then and realized that it has changed a little but for the most part works for him. They cover some pitfalls of processes that require tickets/stories to be broken down into parts where developers cannot understand what they’re doing or why, and how they’ve learned over time to get to that information. They also talked about learning how to be professionals and defend against situations that would impact your work or your code in negative ways. Finally they touch on Matt’s work scheduling experiment which is inspired by the Makers Schedule versus the Managers Schedule and how it has helped him be more productive.
93 minutes | 6 years ago
In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about their experiences of getting teams moving on good practices. They will cover times when it has been challenging to convince higher-ups the value of doing certain things, all the way to how to go about changing teams by example.This episode is sponsored by our friend, Coderabbi, who is currently on the Wisdom as a Service World Tour 2015. The tour is a spirited initiative to engage 35+ User Groups representing over 2000 PHP developers around the world in a conversation about Community, Software Craftsmanship, Personal Growth and Professional Development. You can check out wisdomworldtour.com for more information or to see just where in the world is Coderabbi.
86 minutes | 6 years ago
Mentoring and Apprenticing
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the idea of establishing and participating in mentoring relationships. As participants in the PHP Mentoring organization or initiative, mentorship is an important part of Jeff’s and Matt’s lives as developers. The main theme in this episode is that you should find a way to get past your fears and find a way to get involved with mentoring in your community. Along the way they cover some advice based on past experiences of what to expect and how to establish successful relationships.This episode is sponsored by our good friend Coderabbi who is just about to depart for Europe on the initial leg of his Wisdom as a Service World Tour. The Tour is a spirited initiative to engage more than 35 User Groups representing over 2000 PHP developers around the world in a conversation about Community, Software Craftsmanship, Personal Growth and Professional Development. If you are a User Group Organizer who would like arrange a Tour visit, a potential sponsor who wants your message to be a part of the conversation or are simply interested in playing “Where in the world is Coderabbi?”, visit wisdomworldtour.com today!While you’re following links don’t forget to follow @_looselycoupled, @wisdomworldtour, @coderabbi, @jcarouth, and @shrtwhitebldguy to keep up to date on all of the things.
93 minutes | 6 years ago
Estimation is Hard
In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about the difficult task all developers are continuously faced with: estimation. They cover some examples of times they have found estimation difficult, techniques that have worked for them, and even some advice on how to deal with the stress of estimating incorrectly. Ultimately, estimation is a part of the necessary communication that must happen for a project to be successful.This episode is sponsored by coderabbi. If you do not know or do not currently follow coderabbi, you are missing out and should fix that right now. He is bringing the Wisdom as a Service tour to areas around the world in the coming months. Join him in his Virtual Hallway Track, IRC channel #coderabbi on Freenode.
106 minutes | 6 years ago
Mental Health in the Tech Industry
In this episode, Jeff and Matt discuss mental health, a very important and very personal topic. There is a lot of great work being done right now in our industry to bring awareness to issues of mental health including > prompt by EngineYard, Open Sourcing Mental Illness by Ed Finkler, and #HackTheStigma, among others. This discussion talks about our thoughts on the topic in general as well as gets into personal experiences.If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, you are not alone.
96 minutes | 6 years ago
The Not-So-Secret Life of Remote Developers
In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about some things they have learned about being remote developers. While both are currently employed as remote developers they have also worked in on-site jobs. This episode is a collection of things that might be different, things to expect, things that might be hard, and, of course, whether you need to wear pants.
115 minutes | 6 years ago
Job Descriptions and Interviews
In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about how to look at job descriptions and what to expect during interviews for the jobs you really want to have. They will combine their experiences on both sides of the interview room and reminisce about good and bad interview experiences. Interviewing may be stressful, but it’s how you advance your career.
94 minutes | 7 years ago
In this episode Jeff and Matt finally discover the mystery of the Trello card “Elephpantitus” and attempt to cover how important or how unimportant it is to diversify your programming background within a given language community. Perhaps it’s a good idea to focus on being a PHP developer rather than a WordPress developer or a Magento developer, or maybe it isn’t. This episode could be titled Maybe since they weren’t really sure which way to lean starting out.
84 minutes | 7 years ago
I Learnded Goodly
In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about how we teach and how we learn as developers. Often subjects such as testing or object-oriented programming are taught in ways that could be considered the most difficult way possible. This episode covers some advice about how teach these types of subjects in an accessible way and, even better, how to go about learning difficult subjects.
95 minutes | 7 years ago
Titles and Classifications
In this episode Jeff and Matt continue their conversation about careers by discussing their thoughts on titles and classifications of developers. If you’ve ever asked “what is a senior developer?” or even “am I a senior developer?” this episode is for you.
107 minutes | 7 years ago
In this episode Jeff and Matt discuss experiences with career management and career development. This was the first ever live recording of an episode, broadcast over Google Hangouts on Air. With the help of the kind folks in the IRC channel (#looselycoupled on Freenode) this episode covers topics such as salary negotiation, when to ask for a raise or promotion, how to plan a career plan, how to deal with co-workers in difficult situations, and a few other pieces of advice about successfully navigating a career as a developer.
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