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Mar 20, 2021
BookBytes 42: So You Want to Talk About Race
Adam, Jason, and Rizel talk about race and how to talk about race. They cover issues like privilege, intersectionality, police brutality, and microaggressions.
1 hr 12 min
Nov 29, 2020
BookBytes 41: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Haskell
Jason has dipped in and out of Haskell over the years, Adam did very little of the problems, and Jason teaches Adam a lot about functional programming.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 22, 2020
BookBytes 40: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Clojure
Going through Clojure was an eye opening experience for Jason, and for Adam it’s intriguing, but the learning curve is very steep.
Nov 15, 2020
BookBytes 39: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Erlang
Jason loved tinkering with Erlang, they both read a little bit of Learn You Some Erlang, and Adam had a hard time with concurrency.
Nov 8, 2020
BookBytes 38: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Scala
Adam loves how it supports functional and object-oriented programming, Jason said it would take a long time to really wrap his head around it, and Adam had a hard time installing and running it.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 1, 2020
BookBytes 37: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Prolog
Adam remembered using Prolog in college, Jason felt like he had no what he was doing, Adam thought it was fun and mind bending, and Jason felt like writing a Sudoku solver was like having cheat mode on.
Oct 25, 2020
BookBytes 36: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Io
Adam thought Io is a weird language, it changed Jason's perspective, and Adam thought the interview with the creator was insightful.
Oct 5, 2020
BookBytes 35: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Ruby
Adam and Jason talk about the benefits of learning new languages, they talk through their experience with Ruby, and discuss their solutions to the challenges in the book.
Aug 23, 2020
BookBytes 34: Life in Code
Adam tells the story of how Ellen got into programming, Jason describes the barriers of the current online courses, Megan talks about the sexism Ellen experienced, and they talk about Y2K and ponder the difference between life and AI.
Aug 9, 2020
BookBytes 33: You Look Like a Thing and I Love You
Adam, Jason, and Megan learn about some of the amazing things AI can do, laugh at the dumb stuff it does sometimes, are a bit disappointed by its limitations, and come out more informed about what to realistically expect going forward.
May 25, 2020
BookBytes 32: Remote
Jason and Adam talk about working remotely amid a global pandemic. Adam got a standing desk, they agree that is better when everyone is remote, and they talk about having a good setup and routines.
Feb 24, 2020
BookBytes 31: Radical Candor - Part 2
Jason brings up the differences between Apple and Google, Jen talks about taking breaks, and they discuss gender politics.
Feb 2, 2020
BookBytes 30: Radical Candor - Part 1
Adam talks about an awful boss he had, Jen talks about 2 wolves, they talk about rockstars vs superstars, and the radical candor framework.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 8, 2019
BookBytes 29: Getting Things Done
Jason and Jen interview Adam about Getting Things Done, Jen and Adam talk about bullet journaling, and Jen relates it all to imposter syndrome.
Sep 1, 2019
BookBytes 28: Cracking the Coding Interview
Adam talks about how he has used the book to prepare for interviews, Safia talks about the Microsoft interview process, Jason tells a story about arguing in an interview, and they each talk about a problem they solved.
Jul 21, 2019
BookBytes 27: Measure What Matters
Jason read Measure What Matters, and Adam and Safia have a bunch of questions about what OKRs are and how they work.
Jun 17, 2019
BookBytes 26: Ready Player One
Jason talks about how close we are to the technology in the book, Safia interviews the parents about screen time with kids, and they talk about 80's references and old video games.
1 hr 9 min
Jun 3, 2019
BookBytes 25: Code Girls: Part 3
They discuss how to pronounce The Bombe, Adam talks about Conway's Law, and Safia compares sexism in the workplace to warfare.
May 12, 2019
BookBytes 24: Code Girls: Part 2
Safia has a new job, they talk about how much they know or don't know about WWII, Safia talks about the disposability of the women, and they talk about women's pockets and things that remind them of Computer Science.
Apr 17, 2019
BookBytes 23: Code Girls: Part I
Safia compares the recruiting efforts to modern day, Jason looks at good qualities for cracking codes and did some research on Shakespeare authorship, Jen talks about the challenges women go through, and they talk about strategies for cracking codes.
Mar 26, 2019
BookBytes 22: Code Girls: Introduction
Adam asks what they think about the title of the book, Safia is struck by the fact that women were disqualified because of ethnicity, Jen mentions how women's photos became a source of commentary, and Safia talks about what people value in men vs women.
Feb 24, 2019
BookBytes 21: Ara the Star Engineer: Author - Komal Singh
Everyone chats with Komal Singh about her motivations, the creation process, and the illustrator. And Jason's daughter even gets a question answered.
Feb 10, 2019
BookBytes 20: Ara the Star Engineer
Everyone geeks out over this children's picture book, Jason and Jen read it to their daughters, Adam and Safia overthink it a little bit, and they give advice on reading it to a child.
Jan 20, 2019
BookBytes 19: The Imposter's Handbook: Author - Rob Conery
We talk with Rob about his book, how and why he wrote it, as well as the next book that's coming out.
Dec 16, 2018
BookBytes 18: The Imposter's Handbook: Testing and Essential Unix
Safia compares test code to cake batter, Safia and Jen talk about testing culture, Jason says Rust makes testing easier, and Adam compares Unix to Eunuchs.
Nov 20, 2018
BookBytes 17: The Imposter's Handbook: Functional Programming and Databases
Safia talks about the four themes of functional programming, Jason tells us the difference between currying and partial application, Jason finds out that third normal form is not the most normal form. And Adam found out that BASE is the opposite of ACID.
Oct 21, 2018
BookBytes 16: The Imposter's Handbook: Software Design Patterns and Software Design Principles
Safia finds out that she already knew some of the design patterns, but not the name, Adam is confused about the fascade pattern, they talk about DRY, YAGNI, and they get into TDD, and a bit of the Unix philosophy.
Sep 16, 2018
BookBytes 15: The Imposter's Handbook: Advanced Algorithms and Compilation
They talk about some advanced algorithms, Safia goes on a tangent about Grace Hopper, and Jason made a compiler in Rust.
Sep 2, 2018
BookBytes 14: The Imposter's Handbook: Data Structures and Simple Algorithms
The hosts cover one algorithm each, after wrapping up the data structures chapter.
Aug 19, 2018
BookBytes 13: The Imposter's Handbook: Big O and Data Structures
They go over big O and data structures, Jason and Safia have a vulcan mind meld over Timsort, and Adam almost went down a rabbit trail of YouTube videos.
Aug 5, 2018
BookBytes 12: The Imposter's Handbook: Machinery (and the Turbo Button)
The hosts talk about various types of machines from finite-state machines, pushdown machines, and turing machines, and then get distracted by retro computing and the turbo button.
Jul 23, 2018
BookBytes 11: The Imposter's Handbook: Complexity and Lambda Calculus
Adam and Jen have new jobs, they talk about complexity in the real world vs academia, and then Safia and Adam get some real-time learning in lambda calculus.
1 hr 4 min
Jun 25, 2018
BookBytes 10: The Imposter's Handbook: Introduction and Computation
They talk about the first chapter, their computer science backgrounds, genetic algorithms, Star Trek, their first computers, and what they're looking forward to in the book.
Jun 17, 2018
BookBytes 9: Technically Wrong: Author - Sara Wachter-Boettcher
We talk with Sara about why she wrote the book and some of her thoughts about how to change the industry.
May 28, 2018
BookBytes 8: Technically Wrong: Part 2
We get into a lively discussion about sexism and racism in the workplace and the interview process, and Safia puts Adam and Jason in the hot seat.
1 hr 6 min
May 14, 2018
BookBytes 7: Technically Wrong: Part 1
Many apps and websites are sexist, racist, or marginalize people. In this episode, we talk about a lot of examples from the book about these apps.
Apr 30, 2018
BookBytes 6: Technically Wrong Intro
We get some updates from Safia and talk about our expectations for the book.
Apr 23, 2018
BookBytes 5: Apprenticeship Patterns: Author - Dave Hoover
We talked with one of the authors of Apprenticeship Patterns about the process of writing the book, reading, learning, career paths, and changes he would make to the book.
Apr 9, 2018
BookBytes 4: Apprenticeship Patterns Ch 5-7
We talked about drinking from the firehose, practicing the craft, building breakable toys, and reading (coding books, Descartes, and Beowulf).
1 hr 5 min
Mar 26, 2018
BookBytes 3: Apprenticeship Patterns Ch 3-4
We talk about mapping out our careers (or lack thereof), what titles mean at companies, craft vs art, being the worst, and getting mentors.
Mar 12, 2018
BookBytes 2: Apprenticeship Patterns Ch 1-2
How do you set yourself up for success in your career as a software engineer? How do you learn? How do you go from junior to senior?
Mar 5, 2018
BookBytes 1: Apprenticeship Patterns Intro
In this episode, we introduce the hosts, the podcast, and the first book we'll be reading, Apprenticeship Patterns.