The Bike Shed

About the show

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

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Episodes

  • 31: Oxidizing an ORM

    September 8th, 2015  |  48 mins 24 secs

    Are provably correct queries of interest to you? Sean gives a rundown of what a Rusty ORM might be like to build.

  • 30: Just Go to Slash Wibble

    September 1st, 2015  |  46 mins 26 secs

    Derek and Sean discuss hypothetical changes to Rails routing before turning their attention toward hunting memory bloat and the proposal that strings be frozen by default in Ruby 3.

  • 29: Django Unchained (Mike Burns)

    August 25th, 2015  |  23 mins 26 secs

    Sean is joined by Mike Burns to discuss what Ruby and Rails can learn from Python and Django.

  • 28: Minisode 0.1.1

    August 18th, 2015  |  9 mins 17 secs

    Did you know Rails has no integration test suite? What could go wrong?

  • 27: I've Got 29.97 Problems (and codecs are some)

    August 11th, 2015  |  43 mins 56 secs

    Sean and Derek circle back on HTTP before diving into unsafe rust, and finally the merits of a small standard library.

  • 26: My Cache is in the Cloud

    August 4th, 2015  |  33 mins 59 secs

    This week, Sean and Derek discuss performance and inheriting code. In a stroke of complete madness, Derek decides that turbolinks isn't that bad.

  • 25: Throwing the Schema Out With the SOAPy Bathwater (Gordon Fontenot)

    July 28th, 2015  |  51 mins 11 secs

    Derek is joined by Gordon Fontenot for a discussion of the JSON API specification, problems consuming it from Swift, and the future of functional programming in Swift.

    This episode of The Bike Shed is sponsored by Code School. Entertaining online learning for existing and aspiring developers. Leave a review on our iTunes page to be entered to win a free month of Code School.

  • 24: You Look Good in a Lab Coat (Richard Schneeman)

    July 21st, 2015  |  41 mins 4 secs

    Richard Schneeman joins The Bike Shed to discuss ruby memory use, horizontal scaling, and tackling open source issues big and small.

    This episode of The Bike Shed is sponsored by Code School. Entertaining online learning for existing and aspiring developers. Leave a review on our iTunes page to be entered to win a free month of Code School.

  • 23: Why Did They Call it Rust?!

    July 14th, 2015  |  43 mins 9 secs

    Sean gives Derek a tour of Rust, a new systems language from Mozilla.

    This episode of The Bike Shed is sponsored by Code School. Entertaining online learning for existing and aspiring developers. Leave a review on our iTunes page to be entered to win a free month of Code School.

  • 22: No Capes! (Eileen Uchitelle)

    July 7th, 2015  |  38 mins 12 secs

    Eileen Uchitelle joins the show to discuss performance improvements to ActiveRecord, speeding up integration tests, and contributing to or running open source projects.

    This episode of The Bike Shed is sponsored by Code School. Entertaining online learning for existing and aspiring developers. Leave a review on our iTunes page to be entered to win a free month of Code School.

  • 21: The "Best" Canada (Godfrey Chan)

    June 30th, 2015  |  23 mins 38 secs

    Rails Core Team member Godfrey Chan joins the show to demystify rails bug hunting and contributing.

  • 20: Intentionally Excruciatingly Painful

    June 23rd, 2015  |  41 mins 2 secs

    We're joined by Josh Clayton to discuss our differing strategies on testing view behavior, strategies for dealing with brittle feature specs, and what types of tests each of us favor.

  • 19: The Oncoming Storm (Sam Phippen)

    June 16th, 2015  |  29 mins 11 secs

    Derek and Sean are joined by Sam Phippen from the RSpec core team to discuss RSpec mocks, testing strategies, and minitest.

  • 18: This Podcast is Rigged (But Not Animated)

    June 9th, 2015  |  39 mins 14 secs

    Sean and Derek discuss rails asset dependencies before diving into an overview of animation techniques and C extensions.

  • 17: Railing About Performance (Sam Saffron)

    June 2nd, 2015  |  46 mins 46 secs

    We chat with Sam Saffron about performance, benchmarking, and database migration strategies.

  • 16: Wizards Are Hard to Kill

    May 27th, 2015  |  36 mins 40 secs

    Grab Bag! Derek and Sean talk about math, augmented reality, RailsConf wrap up, Minimum Viable Products, Accessibility...