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Whiskey Web and Whatnot
Robbie Wagner, Chuck Carpenter
A show discussing whiskey, web development, and a wide range of whatnot. By the folks at Ship Shape (https://shipshape.io).
3 days ago
Bringing Types to Ember with Chris Krycho
1 hr 4 min
May 12, 2022
Are Monorepos and NFTs Worth It?
Do you use monorepos? Do you love NFTs named after dogs? Chuck and Robbie have mixed feelings on both monorepus and Shiba Inu tokens and they’re probably not the only ones conflicted. Developer tools and the metaverse are complex topics that don’t always yield solidly positive or negative results. The beauty of our ever-evolving digital space is the ability to continually iterate and learn from what’s not working. Having said that, just because something is new (and trending on Twitter) doesn’t mean it’s the best tool for the job, nor that it should be used for anything besides its original purpose. Between monorepos and digital coins, sometimes the hype outweighs the benefit. In this episode, Chuck and Robbie discuss their thoughts on monorepos, the downside to trending languages and developer tools, why the metaverse should be approached with caution, plus a whatnot covering everything under the sun. Key Takeaways [01:22] - A brief whatnot on SNOOs and Robbie’s status as a new parent. [02:55] - A whiskey review. [12:29] - Why Robbie can’t wrap his head around monorepos. [28:20] - Why Robbie is (semi) entrenched in the metaverse. [34:21] - Chuck and Robbie’s take on the Oscar slap and the future of comedy. [37:16] - A less serious whatnot about podcasts, electric cars, entertainment, and new babies. Quotes [21:43] - “I think that there’s good practice in saying ‘why?’ But I don’t think everything should always be one way. I think that [you should] just use the best tool for the job when you come across that.” ~ @CharlesWthe3rd [22:04] - “There are cases where monorepo could work and be good for people. I’m not saying they suck all the time. It’s my argument with everything — people use React because they think it’s cool, people use TypeScript because they think it’s the hotness, we need to type everything. Monorepos are cool because some guy said, ‘hey these are cool.’ If it’s not solving a real problem for you, just remove that from the code.” ~ @rwwagner90 [31:31] - “I still believe in the utility of the technology [of NFTs]. I do believe that there’s something there. And people are just going to get more clever in the way that they apply that and there will be more security down the line. There’s just way too many rug pulls these days to really make it all worth something.” ~ @CharlesWthe3rd Links SNOO Calumet Farm 12 Year Old Single Rack Black Guinness Factory Jack Daniel’s Sagamore Spirit Safari Rails Lerna JSON TypeScript Ember.js React Facebook Remix Shiba Token SHIBOSHIS The RECUR Portal Pass Netflix Darknet Diaries PRO-SPEED Autoworks babybrezza The Honest Company Pampers Costco Rivian Toyota Tacoma Model X Q7 Reddit Lucid Roadster Wawa Next.js Vercel Nuxt Connect with our hosts Robbie Wagner Chuck Carpenter Ship Shape Subscribe and stay in touch Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Whiskey Web and Whatnot Top-Tier, Full-Stack Software Consultants This show is brought to you by Ship Shape. Ship Shape’s software consultants solve complex software and app development problems with top-tier coding expertise, superior service, and speed. In a sea of choices, our senior-level development crew rises above the rest by delivering the best solutions for fintech, cybersecurity, and other fast-growing industries. Check us out at shipshape.io.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 21, 2022
Getting Lost in Git and Goodbye tsc
Apr 14, 2022
Developing as a Developer, Appreciating Workers, and Navigating Framework Wars with Chris Garrett
1 hr 7 min
Apr 7, 2022
Prioritizing Performance and the Future of the Terminal with Zach Lloyd
Mar 31, 2022
Setting Standards, Community Lifelines, and the Beauty of Open Source with Jen Weber
1 hr 4 min
Mar 29, 2022
Introducing: Whiskey, Web, and Whatnot!
Whiskey, Web, and Whatnot is a weekly podcast from Robbie Wagner and Chuck Carpenter, the founders of Ship Shape (https://shipshape.io). Listen each week for wide-ranging conversations with developers from across the web. Each episode includes sampling a whiskey, followed by a chat about tech things, and slowly devolves into various whatnot. Unlike some other technical podcasts, our format allows you to see another, more human side of the devs you follow and admire. You can subscribe now wherever you listen to podcasts, and learn more at https://www.whiskeywebandwhatnot.fm. Connect with our hosts Robbie Wagner Chuck Carpenter Ship Shape Subscribe and stay in touch Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Whiskey Web and Whatnot Top-Tier, Full-Stack Software Consultants This show is brought to you by Ship Shape. Ship Shape’s software consultants solve complex software and app development problems with top-tier coding expertise, superior service, and speed. In a sea of choices, our senior-level development crew rises above the rest by delivering the best solutions for fintech, cybersecurity, and other fast-growing industries. Check us out at shipshape.io.
Mar 24, 2022
Transitioning to Tech and Writing What You Know with Kara Luton
When it seems like everyone around you has worked in the same field for a really long time, making a career pivot with confidence can be tricky. But not everyone’s been coding since their early college days like Robbie and Chuck. Kara Luton started on track to become a professional ballerina. After college and a stint in music publicity, burnout prompted Kara to make a hard left and begin a career in tech. With all the developer bootcamps and online resources now available, making the switch has never been more accessible. Not to mention, the skills Kara learned as a ballerina and a music publicist helped shape the developer she is today. From staying dedicated and detail-oriented, learning to write and learning from burnout, Kara wouldn’t change anything about her unconventional path to software. In this episode, Chuck and Robbie talk with Kara about her experience learning and relearning Ember, why she loves the Ember community, her advice for those looking to switch careers, Kara’s cool home office, and why every developer has something valuable to offer. Key Takeaways [00:58] - A brief introduction to Kara. [03:16] - A whiskey review. [08:51] - Kara’s non-traditional path to tech. [15:57] - Kara’s experience in a bootcamp and her thoughts on bootcamps as a developer launchpad. [17:34] - How Kara found Ember. [23:10] - Kara’s advice for people looking to make a career pivot. [28:44] - Why Kara’s looking forward to contributing to open source projects. [32:30] - How Kara’s home office setup has evolved. [37:57] - Kara’s thoughts on NFTs. [40:17] - Why Kara loves animals and a deep dive on her two pet dogs. [47:48] - More of Kara’s hobbies outside of the web and a chat about Marvel movies. [58:48] - A soccer and sports-themed whatnot. Quotes [15:20] - “Ballet, it’s very detail-oriented and I feel like that’s something that’s really helped me in my career as a developer, like missing a semicolon or understanding the different syntaxes — it’s really helped me a lot. I’m really really grateful for my time doing ballet.” ~ Kara Luton [29:37] - “Contributing to the framework that you use will give you such good knowledge of it, even if it’s something small.” ~ Kara Luton [31:59] - “You never know if something you say, the way you phrase something, will just make it click for somebody in a way that they haven’t understood it before. I really really recommend people writing blog posts.” ~ Kara Luton Links Kara Luton CrowdStrike Glimmer.js Three Chord Bourbon Strange Collaboration Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Nashville Predators Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensives Belmont University freeCodeCamp Codecademy Ember.js Ryan Tablada Rock & Roll with Ember.JS Ember Octane Dev.to Ed Faulkner CodeNewbie Jessica Rose Alex Graul National Geographic Dependabot Ember Learning Team The Ember Times The Difference Between Regular Functions and Arrow Functions Introduction to CSS Grid: What You Should Know Kara’s work from home setup Yeti Blue Microphones Amazon Quartet Whiteboards Lume Cube The Frame TV Damien Hirst’s NFT Bored Ape Yacht Club Web3 is going just great Taras Mankovski Whiskey Web and Whatnot: Alternatives to Relay, the GraphQL Stack, and Adulthood with Charles Lowell and Taras Mankovski Connect with our hosts Robbie Wagner Chuck Carpenter Ship Shape Subscribe and stay in touch Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Whiskey Web and Whatnot Top-Tier, Full-Stack Software Consultants This show is brought to you by Ship Shape. Ship Shape’s software consultants solve complex software and app development problems with top-tier coding expertise, superior service, and speed. In a sea of choices, our senior-level development crew rises above the rest by delivering the best solutions for fintech, cybersecurity, and other fast-growing industries. Check us out at shipshape.io.
1 hr 5 min
Mar 17, 2022
Alternatives to Relay, the GraphQL Stack, and Adulthood with Charles Lowell and Taras Mankovski
Just because something is widely used doesn’t always mean it’s your best solution. Frontside Founder Charles Lowell and CEO Taras Mankovski, stumbled into an alt GraphQL stack simply because the nature of a product didn’t mesh with Apollo. After happening upon two up-and-coming technologies, GraphQL modules and Envelope, a solution was born, as was a newfound flexibility with GraphQL stacks. In this episode, Charles and Taras talk with Chuck and Robbie about their accidental developer discovery, the drawbacks of UI libraries, what a Relay alternative looks like, what in the world Pact is, and why adulthood is vastly overrated. Key Takeaways [00:48] - An introduction to the Frontside guys. [02:29] - A whiskey review. [08:46] - How Charles and Taras discovered a less-than-ordinary GraphQL stack. [18:39] - Why JSON:API doesn’t always make sense. [23:11] - Taras’ criteria for a valuable alternative to Relay. [25:04] - What is Pact? [28:30] - An NFT chat, and why adulthood is vastly overrated. [41:45] - Charles’ and Taras’ hobbies outside of the web and the best way to bond with your baby. [54:38] - A few last-minute mentions. Quotes [21:04] - “Relay is complex, it’s difficult, and it’s not as magical as other things that I’ve used. So I actually don’t think that the primary benefit is to the clients that consume it, ironically. I think the benefit is to the developers that are trying to understand.” ~ Charles Lowell [56:20] - “The combination of testing and simulation and the developer experience stuff, and the emergence of developer experience as an area of focus is exciting and interesting in the same way that web and Ember was when it started. Just that sense of, we’re discovering something new and there are people who are actively trying to solve a problem.” ~ Taras Mankovski Links Charles on Twitter Taras on Twitter Frontside The Balvenie Doublewood 12 The Singleton of Glendullan Liberty GraphQL Apollo Discord Envelope JSON:API runspired Whiskey Web and Whatnot: Discovering Ember, Adopting Orbit, and Unlocking Optimization with Chris Thoburn (runspired) Ember Data Orbit Relay Pact Swach Blockchain Web3 No JS Rails The Guild Hive GraphQL CodeGen The Sandbox Snoop Dog Second Life Linden Lab Duolingo Casamigos Deno GoJS Backstage Connect with our hosts Robbie Wagner Chuck Carpenter Ship Shape Subscribe and stay in touch Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Whiskey Web and Whatnot Top-Tier, Full-Stack Software Consultants This show is brought to you by Ship Shape. Ship Shape’s software consultants solve complex software and app development problems with top-tier coding expertise, superior service, and speed. In a sea of choices, our senior-level development crew rises above the rest by delivering the best solutions for fintech, cybersecurity, and other fast-growing industries. Check us out at shipshape.io.
Mar 10, 2022
Mar 3, 2022
Creating CodePen, Tackling Tailwind, and Keeping It Simple with Chris Coyier
Ten years after launching CodePen, Co-Founder Chris Coyier still thinks of his company as a scrappy startup. That’s because CodePen, an app and social community for testing and creating web projects, still feels like a company striving to prove itself in a world of jaded developers. Nevertheless, CodePen has successfully reached developers as they’re learning to code. In this episode, Chris talks with Chuck and Robbie about his online opinions that align and differ from Robbie’s, the evolution of CodePen, how they’ve managed to monetize, the advantages of sticking with CSS, why blogging is like grinding, and Chris’ parenting advice for new dads. Key Takeaways [02:23] - A whiskey review. [11:10] - The beauty of CodePen and a brief chat about Tampa. [16:11] - The niche that sets CodePen apart. [18:03] - Why going serverless is a wonderful thing. [23:11] - How CodePen has evolved and how they have monetized. [25:06] - How CodePen uses information for good.…
1 hr 10 min
Feb 24, 2022
Runspired vs. Chris Manson on Solving the Number One Open Source Maintainer Dilemma
As Chris Thoburn (otherwise known as runspired) began prepping for his own Whiskey Web and Whatnot, he found himself driving along to Chris Manson’s episode from a few weeks prior. Nodding along as Chris explained his point of view on all things Ember, runspired suddenly slammed on the brakes after hearing one pivotal sentence. At the center of his break slam and today’s fierce disagreement? The value of TypeScript and its place in the Ember community. Fortunately, Chris and Chris have the same end goal: to encourage more developers to use Ember and contribute to Ember projects. But how do we keep Ember contributor-friendly while keeping contributions careful? One of them yearns for a happy medium and the other feels that balance is forever impossible. In this episode, runspired and Chris Manson battle it out, discussing TypeScript’s place in the Ember community and balancing the volume of Ember contributors with the accuracy of developer edits. Key Takeaways [02:49] - A whis…
1 hr 19 min
Feb 17, 2022
Work-Life Balance, React, and Why Accessibility Is Everything with Melanie Sumner
In this episode, Robbie and Chuck talk with Melanie Sumner, web developer and member of the Ember Core Team. As a graduation gift from her Uncle, Melanie was handed a computer and told, “learn to write code,” because the future is tech. So that’s what she did. With a love of language and puzzles, writing code became her thrill and, after years in the Navy, her profession. Today, Melanie is active in the Ember community, serving on the Ember Core Team and advocating for veterans entering web development. Melanie talks with Robbie and Chuck about the value of empty days, intentional productivity, Ember’s evolution, React, and tips for making websites accessible. Key Takeaways [00:27] - A quick introduction to Melanie and her role in the Ember community. [01:38] - A whiskey review. [08:13] - Web dev “would you rather”. [12:36] - Why Melanie started learning to write code and her thoughts on work-life balance. [20:02] - The philosophy Melanie lives by and why she…
Feb 10, 2022
Astro, Dashboards, NFT Memberships, and a TV Roundup
From Astro, Vite, and Snowpack, to VR, and some favorite TV shows, today’s episode is the perfect opportunity to catch up on technical whatnots and a few exciting life updates from Chuck and Robbie. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered what NFTs, co-working spaces, and whiskey all have in common, today’s episode is for you. In this episode, Robbie and Chuck dive into the frameworks they’re using, the dashboards they’re analyzing, what’s new in the gaming universe, and the co-working space to check out if you happen to live near Middleburg, VA. And if you don’t, here’s how a virtual space can come to you. Key Takeaways [00:09] - A non-traditional introduction. [01:35] - A whiskey review. [09:00] - What Robbie’s working on. [14:41] - What it’s like working in Astro. [18:56] - What Chuck’s working on. [24:36] - Why Chuck is taking a break from VR. [36:00] - What’s new in games and TV. [47:40] - When Robbie’s getting a Tesla. [49:53] - An update o…
Feb 3, 2022
The Right Way to NFT, Blockchain, and Making Your Mark in the Digital Marketplace with Juan Palomino
In a world of invaluable yet intangible artwork and every developer fighting for a space on the blockchain, it’s hard to sort out what’s adding value to our brave new world and what’s taking up space. Juan Palomino, founder of Full Speed Media, has spent the last year knee-deep in his own NFT experiment. Along the way, he’s learned what to embrace and what to forget when it comes to making his mark in the digital economy. Juan started Full Speed Media as a way to provide live streaming services throughout the pandemic. While it began as a way to simply satisfy a growing demand, through his business, Juan began developing relationships with local organizations in Phoenix and realized the need for other web-based projects geared toward fundraising. A true lover of building cool stuff and experimenting with the latest tech trends, Juan eventually developed an NFT drop in partnership with a local artist. Since launch day, his community has minted almost 100 tokens and raised ju…
Jan 27, 2022
Discovering Ember, Adopting Orbit, and Unlocking Optimization with Chris Thoburn (runspired)
Jan 13, 2022
Decentralized Gaming, IntelliJ, Twitch, and the Shortcomings of Modern VR with Rob Cary
What do web development, Twitch, VR, and blockchain all have in common? More than you might think. After years as a game developer, Ship Shape’s longest-tenured employee Rob Cary was bound to put those unlikely virtual dots together and today he’s here to share a few original insights. After meeting Robbie Wagner in an elementary school play as a couple of accountants, their lives continued to overlap. From a choice in college to a knack for web development, making sweet beats, and ultimately, their careers, an intro to Rob may sound identical to an intro to Robbie. But unlike Robbie Wagner, Rob Cary has years of VR experience under his belt. Not to mention, some interesting ideas about the future of our virtual metaverse. In this episode, Robbie, Chuck, and Rob discuss the wonders of WebStorm and IntelliJ, what on earth decentralized gaming is, how VR has transformed the gaming world, and the mostly unknown link between Twitch and web development. Key Takeaways [00:28] - I…
Jan 6, 2022
Chuck’s Origin Story: Career Pivots, and Learning to Love Ember
After diving into Robbie’s backstory in episode 017, today we’re panning the camera to Chuck. If you’ve ever wondered how he ended up at Ship Shape and where Chuck first discovered the world of the web, today’s episode explores his digital origin story. Like Robbie, Chuck’s foray into software development began in Photoshop. In fact, for a period after graduating college, Chuck considered going to photography school. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you ask Robbie), shelling out cash for grad school seemed daunting and impractical. So he stumbled into a startup instead. After gigs at multiple startups, MLMs, a national network, and a non-profit abroad, a new baby sent Chuck searching for something with fewer hours and more flexibility. Spoiler alert: he ended up at Ship Shape. In this episode, Robbie and Chuck discuss Chuck’s gradual love for Ember, the frameworks that shaped his career, the developers who impressed him, and Chuck’s ideas on the future of the web.…
Dec 30, 2021
Robbie’s Origin Story: Learning to Code, Learning to Hire, and Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap
Dec 23, 2021
The Beauty of Remix, Falling for Tailwind, and Why NFTs Are a Scam with Kent C. Dodds
Dec 16, 2021
Next.js 12, React vs. Svelte, and the Future of Frameworks with Wes Bos
Between constantly changing frameworks, updates, and languages, web dev life is anything but stagnant. Shiny object syndrome is a real thing, and it’s easy to feel like there’s too much to keep up with. Wes Bos has his own point of view on the shifting landscape. Wes has spent years as a developer and has created a catalog of courses to help other developers improve their skills. Despite having his favorites, Wes argues there’s a place for everything in the melting pot that is modern web development. In this episode, Robbie, Chuck, and Wes discuss the rise of specialized frameworks, the future of frameworks like TypeScript, and Wes’ views on technology outside the workplace. Key Takeaways [00:27] – Who is Wes Bos? [01:40] – Wes or Robbie or Both? [05:42] – Whiskey review [18:46] – The benefits of Next.js 12 [21:03] – React vs. Svelte [26:20] – Wes’ thoughts on TypeScript [30:26] – Commiserating over IE 11 [33:52] – What Wes does in his…
Dec 9, 2021
Ember vs. React, Jamstack, and Holes in the Hiring Process with Chris Manson
They say if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. But if it is broken...keep iterating? While not everyone may agree on how to solve the technical headaches that come with one language or another, developer and Empress Creator Chris Manson has a few ideas. As more apps emerge, more problems inevitably appear. Chris has several non-negotiable best practices for keeping it simple and helping the developers who follow in his digital footsteps. Also a member of Ember’s core team, Chris has been working with the framework since December of 2011. After beginning his startup with Angular, Chris threw in the towel and pivoted to its simpler and more intuitive counterpart. Nevertheless, Ember is far from flawless and, as with most things, could always improve for the users who need it most. In this episode, Robbie, Chuck, and Chris discuss the fatal flaws of several old and emerging frameworks, the breakthrough shifts in the Ember community, why comparing Ember to React isn’t always a fair m…
1 hr 31 min
Dec 2, 2021
RedwoodJS, Developer Experience, and Developing for Scale with Tom Preston-Werner
Every developer straddles the fine line between creating a unique space and reinventing the wheel. Tom Preston-Werner has lived between those two lines for much of his career, most recently while developing an app framework for startups, RedwoodJS. Tom has always pushed himself to think outside the box rather than follow competitors. This aversion to groupthink kickstarted the creation of Redwood. It also helped Tom with the second-hardest part of app development: choosing a name. Tired of the physics names flooding the React world, Tom turned to nature for his framework. Not just a staple of the Bay Area, Redwoods start as tiny acorns and grow into enormous trees – a fitting analogy for an app designed to grow alongside expanding ventures. In this episode, Robbie, Chuck, and Tom discuss the other ways Tom’s outsider thought-process contributes to his creativity, the importance of helping users through the upgrade process, and his tried and true philosophy as a software develop…
Oct 14, 2021
Boss Hog: Magellan's Atlantic, Recaptcha, GraphQL, NFTs, Crypto
Chuck is in Middleburg, in person, for this episode, where we celebrate his Ship Shape anniversary with the WhistlePig Boss Hog: Magellan's Atlantic. We discuss preventing bots from submitting forms with recaptcha, caching with GraphQL and Redis, NFTs, crypto, and various whatnot.
Sep 8, 2021
Four Roses, Elixir, Flutter, and Whatnot w/ Sundi Myint
In this episode, we try some Four Roses, and chat with Sundi about Elixir, Flutter, cooking and various whatnot.
1 hr 7 min
May 26, 2021
Hughes Belle of Bedford, Ember and Whatnot w/ Robert Jackson (rwjblue)
In this episode of our Whiskey Web and Whatnot podcast, we are joined by our special guest, Robert Jackson, from the Ember Core Team. We sampled the Hughes Belle of Bedford Rye whiskey, discussed how Robert got into Ember, the pros and cons of Ember vs other frameworks, and various whatnot.
1 hr 12 min
May 20, 2021
Uncle Nearest 1856, JSON:API vs GraphQL, Traveling, Mexico, and Middleburg
In this episode we try the Uncle Nearest 1856 100 proof premium whiskey, discuss the pros and cons of JSON:API vs GraphQL, and give updates on our lives post-vaccination, the new office space in Middleburg, and the latest news in the Ship Shape world.
Apr 18, 2021
Old Elk, NFTs, Crypto, Tech Tangents
This time we accidentally try two different Old Elk whiskeys, talk about NFTs, crypto, and go on various tech tangents.
Apr 2, 2021
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, EmberConf, Next.js, Porsche vs Mustang
This week we try Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, discuss EmberConf and Next.js and talk about Porsches vs Mustangs.
Mar 19, 2021
Basil Hayden's Dark Rye, DevOps, Arcades and Whatnot
In this episode we try Basil Hayden's Dark Rye, discuss DevOps and Kubernetes, Arcades and Whatnot.
Mar 10, 2021
Kamiki Whisky, Ember/Glimmer updates and whatnot w/ Chris Garrett (pzuraq)
In this episode we try a Japanese whisky from Kamiki Whisky and chat with Chris Garrett (pzuraq) from the Ember Core Team about new things coming in the Ember/Glimmer world.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 3, 2021
Hudson Short Stack, Front End Frameworks, Italia
Feb 27, 2021
Rabbit Hole Dareringer, Serverless, Cryptocurrency
In our third episode we try the Rabbit Hole Dareringer bourbon in our new Norlan whiskey glasses, discuss the Serverless Application Framework, learn a bit about Chuck's previous life as a blackjack dealer, and talk about the craziness around GameStop stock and cryptocurrency trading.
Feb 12, 2021
Peerless Rye, Monorepos, Super Bowl LV
In this episode we sample Peerless Distilling's Rye, discuss the pros and cons of monorepos, and talk about our favorite and least favorite Super Bowl commercials.
Feb 8, 2021
On our first episode of Whiskey Web and Whatnot we have Sagamore Spirits Rye as our whiskey, discuss Travis CI's latest problems and how GitHub Actions has filled the space, as well as talk about Nintendo / PC games we've been interested in recently.