The Bike Shed

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

250 episodes of The Bike Shed since the first episode, which aired on October 31st, 2014.

  • 234: No More Weird Stuff

    February 25th, 2020  |  34 mins 10 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph respond to a listener question about the complex tradeoffs between craft, preferences, and business needs. They also revisit Steph's recent work with mirage factories, Chris's struggles with test failures, and discuss Steph's recent use of the acts_as_paranoid gem.

  • 233: Software Development in Ancient Rome (Joël Quenneville)

    February 18th, 2020  |  42 mins 56 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph is joined by Joël Quenneville. It's the season for CFPs (call for proposals) and Joël shares insights about his past conference talk submissions, both the accepted and rejected. They also discuss writing habits that help increase blogpost frequency and helping teams upgrade their Rails application.

  • 232: I'm Not Allowed to Play With Other Shells

    February 11th, 2020  |  36 mins

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph celebrate the new Bike Shed website and logo! Steph has found a new way to optimize her keyboard happiness and Chris dabbles with Zsh auto-suggestions. They also explore the team and technical trade-offs in the pursuit of clean code and respond to a listener question about building products that meet strict security policies.

  • 231: Fun and Useful

    February 4th, 2020  |  32 mins 25 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph shares some of her Ember testing adventures, Chris discusses the subtle realities of tooling and automation, and they answer a listener question about using React without an API.

  • 230: The Broken Road

    January 28th, 2020  |  42 mins 19 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph revisit the long-lived feature branch Chris has been working on and chat about adventures with Yalc. They also dive into the common questions and concerns associated with coding bootcamps, thoughtbot's exciting new partnership with Resilient Coders, and what it would be like to "start over".

  • 229: Nothing but Positive Fire

    January 21st, 2020  |  52 mins 40 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph and Chris catch up in their first recording of 2020. They discuss git workflows and the surprisingly strong opinions often associated with them, testing at all levels of your application, Steph gives a quick summary of her Ember adventures, and they round out the discussion with some new years systems building and Star Wars reviews.

  • 228: Friends and Food (George Brocklehurst)

    January 14th, 2020  |  50 mins 7 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph is joined by George Brocklehurst, a Development Director in the NYC thoughtbot office. Steph and George chat about the variety of projects and technologies that caught their attention during thoughtbot's recent internal hackathon. They also dive into Gitsh, a dedicated shell for Git commands, as they chat about preferred git workflows and George shares his recent adventure in updating Gitsh to support tab completion.

  • 227: Hacks and Cheats

    January 7th, 2020  |  32 mins 31 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph discuss their recent holiday hackathon efforts building a game in Elm. They discuss their experiences with Elm and the broader prospects of using Elm in more production applications. They also discuss the new git subcommands "git switch" and "git restore", and round things out with a listener question concerning FactoryBot and "minimum viable factories".

  • 226: Bespoke Nonsense

    December 31st, 2019  |  40 mins 58 secs

    On this week's episode, in celebration of the new year, Thom shares the 2019 blooper reel! Words are hard and here's the audio to prove it. Listen to all of the silly mishaps, goofs, and general nonsense captured in between the moments of "professional podcasting". Chris and Steph also reflect on their top themes of 2019 and discuss New Year Systems vs New Year Resolutions.

  • 225: Pepper in Some Security

    December 10th, 2019  |  40 mins 41 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph gets Chris to share his biggest developer regrets over the years. They also revisit a favorite topic of estimation and story points, and round out the conversation with some details from the world of application security.

  • 224: The One Manhattan Rule

    December 3rd, 2019  |  41 mins 37 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris catches us up on his latest keyboard adventures and Steph shares her first impression of working with Ember.

    They also dive into Chris's experience triaging errors with Sentry, their love for Elm, how teams achieve a consistent velocity, and Steph's upcoming workshop on how to stay agile when building a healthcare product. To bring it home, they respond to a listener who's wondering when is it a good idea to convert a loose data structure (e.g.: hash) into a class?

  • 223: Terrible and Easy

    November 26th, 2019  |  44 mins 52 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph discuss identifying refactoring opportunities by highlighting overly coupled code and Chris announces that he has advanced his vim setup into the 21st century by making the switch to Neovim.

    They also respond to a timely question from a listener who's thinking about learning vim, which raises the important question: is vim still relevant? And if so, how does one get started? Rounding out the conversation, they discuss treating the database as a product's first (or last) line of defense.

  • 222: That Eureka Moment

    November 12th, 2019  |  36 mins 29 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph and Chris dive into the world of crafting pull requests for optimal code review, as well as the flip side of providing code review. How can we make it easy for reviewers, and as reviewers, how can we make it easy for our teammates to incorporate our suggestions?

    They also discuss the world of testing, from integration to visual to unit testing, and some of the tools an practices they use at each level.

    Lastly, they discuss Steph's continued pairing adventures and possibly finding her max on the pairing front, a quick update on mechanical keyboards, and Steph shares a teaser of an upcoming workshop she'll be hosting around how to stay agile when building health tech products.

  • 221: An Informed Opinion

    November 5th, 2019  |  45 mins 13 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph catch up on recent client adventures, revisit their feelings on using let in rspec, and spend a bit of time outside their respective comfort zones. There's also some talk about nearly full-time pairing, mechanical keyboards, debugging thorny datetime issues, and how we interact with our developer tools and workflows.

  • 220: Adequately Fun

    October 29th, 2019  |  52 mins 29 secs

    On this week's episode, Chris and Steph chat about their new client projects, VimScript, and ways to automate refreshing materialized views in tests. They also play the game Overrated/Underrated, created by Tyler Cowen, and respond to a CS student who is feeling overwhelmed by the various technologies and looking to transition from tutorials to meaningful projects.

  • 219: Seeking That Middle Option

    October 22nd, 2019  |  36 mins 2 secs

    On this week's episode, Steph catches us up on her ever-growing collection of mechanical keyboards, Chris talks about his recent purchase of an apple watch, and they follow up a previous discussion around case-sensitivity (or insensitivity) in URLs and email addresses. They round out the discussion with a chat about writing blog posts and some postgres fun, and finally discuss the merits and drawbacks of monorepos.