The Bike Shed

The Bike Shed

On The Bike Shed, hosts Chris Toomey and Steph Viccari discuss their development experience and challenges with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

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    198: In Terms of Tradeoffs (Glenn Vanderburg)

    On this week's episode, Chris is joined by Glenn Vanderburg, VP of Engineering at, live from RailsConf. They discuss Glenn's RailsConf talk, "The 30-Month Migration", covering distributed data models, refactoring, and the wonders of postgres. They also discuss Glenn's famous talk, "Real Software Engineering", and what the term "software engineering" means within our communities.

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    197: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

    Steph and Chris discuss Redux, integration testing strategies, scoping data for React components, and take a question from a listener about improving process and reducing bugs in a complex service-oriented system with a hint of waterfall in their workflow.

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    196: I Can Be Wrong on the Internet

    On this week's episode, Chris welcomes Steph as the new co-host of The Bike Shed! Chris and Steph discuss their experiences using React, TypeScript, and Angular.

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    195: WebAssembly & WASI (Lin Clark & Till Schneidereit)

    On this week's episode, Chris is joined by Lin Clark and Till Schneidereit of Mozilla to discuss all things WebAssembly. Lin and Till are helping to lead the development and advocacy around WebAssembly and in this conversation they discuss the current state of WASM, new developments like the WebAssembly System Interface (WASI), and the longer term possibilities and goals for WASM.

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    194: My PGP Shame

    Mike Burns discusses the ins and outs of application security, his comprehensive Application Security Guide, common security holes, and his personal information & security management workflow.

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    193: A Thing I Know Almost Nothing About

    Edward Loveall, former thoughtbot design apprentice and now thoughtbot developer, chats about his thoughtbot origin story, podcasts, DNS, and "must have" developer tools on new machines.

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    192: I Don't Want to Think That Hard

    Sid Raval chats about functional programming, strong types, and accessibility. The discussion touches on TypeScript, Haskell, Scala, Elm, as well as accessibility and developer tools.

    Thank you to CircleCI for sponsoring this episode.

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    191: Open Source is Created By Humans (Devon Zuegel)

    Chris is joined by Devon Zuegel who recently joined GitHub in the new Open Source Product Manager role. Devon and Chris discuss the complexities inherent to open source including funding models, managing motivation and burnout, different open source models, and end with a discussion around how we can be better open source citizens, both as consumers and maintainers.

    Thank you to CircleCI for sponsoring this episode.

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    190: Going Steady With a Platform

    Alex Sullivan takes Chris on a tour of the mobile landscape comparing the core native platforms (the languages, developer tooling and IDEs, and fundamental thinking), React Native, and briefly touching on the newest entrant into the mobile space, Flutter.

    Thank you to CircleCI for sponsoring this episode.

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    189: It's Gonna Work, Definitely, No Problems Whatsoever

    Chris is joined by Steph Viccari to chat about Steph's recent experience working on the Hubspot API ruby wrapper, testing third-party APIs, VCR, using exceptions as control flow, and spooky mystery guests at a distance. A little something for everyone!

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