The Bike Shed
377: Error Handling
March 28th, 2023 | 45 mins 6 secs
Joël is a mentor for RailsConf and got matched with a speaker. Stephanie has been having trouble stepping away from her work. It's frustrating when chasing down a bug because something's gone wrong, and you spend a whole afternoon figuring out where it is. Joël and Stephanie discuss error handling as a possible solution.
376: Success and Fulfillment
March 21st, 2023 | 41 mins 3 secs
Stephanie has a win and a gripe from her client project this week. In a previous episode, Joël talked about his work exploring how to model dependent side effects, particularly D&D dice rolls. He went from the theoretical to the practical and wrote up a miniature D&D damage dice roll app that you put in a few inputs. Then it will roll all the dice necessary and tell you did you successfully hit your target and, if so, how much damage you did.
Together, they discuss how they think about fulfillment at work and what brings them fulfillment as developers.
375: Deleting Code
March 14th, 2023 | 31 mins 19 secs
The idea of deleting code has been swimming around in Stephanie's brain recently because she's been feeling nervous about it. Together, Joël and Stephanie explore ways of gaining confidence to delete code while feeling good about it.
374: Discrete Math
March 7th, 2023 | 30 mins 54 secs
Joël is joined by a very special guest, Sara Jackson, a fellow Software Developer at thoughtbot.
A few episodes ago, Stephanie and Joël talked about "The Fundamentals" and how many of the fundamentals of web development line up with a Computer Science degree. Joël made a comment during that episode that his pick for the most underrated CS class that he thinks would benefit most devs is a class called
"Discrete Math." Sara weighs in!
373: Empathy, Community and Gender Bias in Tech with Andrea Goulet
February 28th, 2023 | 42 mins 21 secs
Stephanie is joined today by a very special guest, Andrea Goulet. Andrea founded Empathy In Tech as part of writing her book Empathy-Driven Software Development. She's also the founder of the community Legacy Code Rocks and the Chief Vision Officer of two companies: Corgibytes and Heartware (which provides financial support to keep Empathy In Tech running).
Stephanie has strong opinions about the concept of "Makers and Menders" that the Corgibytes folks have written/spoken about, especially around those personas and gender stereotypes. Andrea joins Steph to evolve the conversation and add nuance to the discussion about legacy code/maintenance in our community.
372: Onboarding (Well!) Onto a Project
February 21st, 2023 | 37 mins 37 secs
Stephanie raves about more software development-related zines by Julia Evans. Joël has been thinking about the mechanics of rolling dice.
Stephanie also started on a new client project that Joël has already been working on for many months. They talk about onboarding.
371: The "Fundamentals"
February 14th, 2023 | 36 mins 32 secs
Joël has been fighting autoloading in a Rails app recently, and it's been really unpleasant. Stephanie has been experimenting with how she interacts with Slack.
What are "the fundamentals"? People often argue for the value of Computer Science classes for the jobbing programmer because we need "the fundamentals." But what are they? And does CS really provide that for us?
370: Creative Expression in Software Development
February 7th, 2023 | 38 mins 52 secs
Stephanie shares that she's been taking an intro to basket weaving class at a local art studio, and it's an interesting connection to computer science. Joël eats honeycomb live on air and shares a video that former Bike Shed host Steph Viccari found from Ian Anderson. It's a parody to the tune of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," but it's all about the Ruby 3.2 release.
In this episode, Stephanie and Joël shift away from literature and lean into art. Writing code is technical work, but in many ways, it's also aesthetic work. It's a work of art. How do you feel about expressing yourself creatively through your code?
369: Most Impactful Articles of 2022
January 31st, 2023 | 50 mins 23 secs
Joël has been pondering another tool for thought from Maggie Appleton: diagramming. What does drawing complex things reveal? Stephanie has updates on how Soup Group went, plus a clarification from last week's episode re: hexagons and tessellation.
They also share the top most impactful articles they read in 2022.
368: Sustainable Web Development
January 24th, 2023 | 36 mins 3 secs
Stephanie talks about hosting a "Soup Group"! Joël got nerd-sniped during the last episode and dove deeper into Maggie Appleton's "Tools for Thought."
Stephanie has been thinking a lot about Sustainable Web Development. What is sustainability? How does it relate to tech and what we do?
367: Value Objects
January 17th, 2023 | 34 mins
Joël's been traveling. Stephanie's working on professional development. She's also keeping up a little bit more with Ruby news and community news in general and saw that Ruby 3.2 introduced a new class called data to its core library for the use case of creating simple value objects.
366: Componentization and Branching Strategies
January 10th, 2023 | 38 mins 31 secs
Happy New Year! It's 2023 🎉 Joël and Stephanie chat about developer resolutions or things they'd like to do this year and then discuss componentization and branching strategies.
365: Career Progression
December 13th, 2022 | 37 mins 55 secs
Joël has been thinking a lot recently about array indexing. Stephanie started volunteering at the Chicago Tool Library, a non-profit community lending library for Chicagoans to borrow tools and equipment for DIY home projects!
It's the end of the year and often a time of reflection: looking back on the year and thinking about the next. Stephanie and Joël ponder if open source is a critical way to advance careers as software developers.
364: Constructive vs Predicative Data
December 6th, 2022 | 34 mins 7 secs
Stephanie and Joël attended RubyConf Mini, and both spoke there. They discuss takeaways and highlights from the conference.
The core idea for this episode is explained in this article: Constructive vs. Predicative Data. This came up recently in a conversation at thoughtbot about designing a database schema and what constraints could be encoded in the schema directly versus needing some kind of trigger or Rails validation to cover it.
November 22nd, 2022 | 34 mins 26 secs
Joël discovered Bardcore. Stephanie planned and executed an IRL meetup for folks in the WNB.rb virtual community group in Chicago and had a consulting win.
Together, they discuss what deployment processes look like for clients in their current workloads.
362: Prioritizing Learning
November 15th, 2022 | 29 mins 40 secs
This week, Steph and Joël discuss investment time and keeping track of things they want to learn.
How do you, dear listener, keep track of things you want to learn? When investment time rolls around, what do you reach for, or how do you prioritize that list? Are there things you actively decide not to focus on when choosing where to develop deep expertise? Are there things you wish you could spend time on if you could?