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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  • 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...

  • 15: Might As Well Be About Trains (Sarah Mei)

    May 19th, 2015  |  31 mins 18 secs

    Sean, Derek, and Sarah Mei talk about conference speaking, refactoring, and OO vs FP problems.

  • 14: An Acceptable Level of Hassle (David Heinemeier Hansson)

    May 12th, 2015  |  54 mins 31 secs

    This week, we're joined by DHH and discuss microservices, monoliths, shared abstractions, and the fate of Action Cable.

  • 13: Begrudging Applause (Aaron Patterson)

    May 5th, 2015  |  53 mins 27 secs

    Live from RailsConf, Aaron Patterson joins the show to talk about Rails 5, Rack 2, Contributing to Open Source, and cats. We also field audience questions.

  • 12: A Poor Man's binding.pry

    April 17th, 2015  |  31 mins 55 secs

    Derek and Sean talk about naming, debugging, and the anxiety of conference talks.

  • 11: Form-ing Opinions

    April 3rd, 2015  |  37 mins 19 secs

    Sean and Derek talk about the state of Android tooling, refactoring journeys, and an approach to rails form objects.

  • 10: I Don't Get Functional Programming

    March 20th, 2015  |  40 mins 35 secs

    Pat Brisbin joins Derek to discuss the many advantages of Haskell programming.

  • 9: Monorails, For the Kids

    March 6th, 2015  |  34 mins 37 secs

    Sean and Derek discuss Monoliths, Service Oriented Architecture, and the new Adapter Specific Type Registry in Rails 5.

  • 8: Attributes API, Relation#or, Paid Open Source

    February 20th, 2015  |  37 mins 29 secs

    Derek and Sean discuss what the Attributes API enables, the addition of Relation#or and paid open source.

  • 7: At the Car Wash

    January 30th, 2015  |  48 mins 52 secs

    Derek and Sean talk trade schools, sneaky bugs, bad method names, before_filters, and the Superbowl.

  • 6: Shh! Library Under Maintenance

    January 16th, 2015  |  42 mins 12 secs

    Sean and Derek discuss thoughtful deprecations, backwards compatibility, and other joys of library maintenance.