Working Code

Water-cooler conversation about web-development. We want to entertain, inspire, and motivate you -- or to put it another way, make your coding career more enjoyable.


058: Do 10x Developers Exist?
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057: Goals for 2022
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056: Best of 2021
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055: Sales Fails
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054: We're So Quacked
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053: Product Management with Adam Lehman
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052: Starting Your Own Business, with Steve Rittler
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051: You Are Replaceable
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050: Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?
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049: Revisiting Replatforming - There Is No Correct Answer
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048: // TODO: Microwave ToDo List
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047: Email Ruins Everything
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046: Secrets Management vs. Premature Optimization
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045B: The Aftershow
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045: Join Our Discord
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044: Facebook's No Good Very Bad Week
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043: Relay Race Programming
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042: Potluck #3
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041: The Third Age of JavaScript, with Shawn @Swyx Wang
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040: Automaticity Is a Weird Word
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039: Ben's Future at InVision
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038: Holding Developers Accountable
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037: Brian Klaas Talks Cloud
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036: Blogs and Digital Gardens
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035: Being a Swamp Guide
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034: Some of My Best Friends Are React Developers!
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033: Software Patents
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032: What Comes After Senior Developer?
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031: To The Cloud! But Why?
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030: Carol's Consult Catch-Up Conversation
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029: Potluck #2
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028: Buy vs. DIY
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027: Giving Technical Presentations
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026: Passwords
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025: Breaking Up With Your Stack
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024: The Archetype of an Effective Developer
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023: Book Club #1 Clean Code by "Uncle Bob" Martin (pt2)
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022: Book Club #1 Clean Code by "Uncle Bob" Martin (pt1)
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021: Listener Questions #2
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020: Carol Needs a Consult
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At Carol's company, Support emails are sorted, labeled, and processed using a manual - and very expensive - workflow that won't be able to scale with the increasing demand. As such, Carol is looking to build a robust auto-reply system on Amazon Web Services (AWS) using machine learning (ML). At least, that's the long-term goal. In the near-term, she'd be thrilled just to get more users to log into the existing web-portal instead of using email as their primary means of communicating with Support.

But, where to begin? This week, the crew meets to commiserate with Carol on the complexity of email management; and, to help her brainstorm on ways that she might use AWS - and other service providers - to increase Support efficiency while also providing more customer value.

Pro-tip from Carol: Did you know that GMail ignores dots in the email username? That means that and are the same address. Carol uses this to her advantage by signing-up for services using different email variations which she can then use for filtering in the future.

This week's sponsored shout-out is TechGirlz, whose mission it is to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers through the creation of free, fun, interactive TechShopz led by industry professionals, leaders, and students.

And finally, don't forget that we are going to have our first book club episode on May 12th for Clean Code by Robert Martin (aka, "Uncle Bob"). Feel free to read-up and follow along!

Triumphs & Failures

  • Adam's Triumph - He just transfered ownership of an old open-source project to fellow ColdFusion enthusiast, Dan Switzer. This project hasn't been touched in about 5-years; and, Adam is thrilled to have the project continue to live-on and remain useful under Dan's watchful eye.
  • Ben's Triumph - In an attempt to be more agile and bias towards action, he had an idea on Tuesday, implemented it on Wednesday, and then deployed it on Thursday. He cut out all of the "analysis paralysis", over-engineering, and hand-wringing that often accompanies product design. And gosh-darn-it, people are already using it and getting value out of it! It feels like a victory.
  • Carol's Triumph - After using a Windows computer for most of her career, she recently switched over to using a Mac for development. The Mac is nice; but, when she has to switch back to her Windows computer briefly, the key-combinations feel all janky. To remedy this, she remapped her Windows' modifier keys to work like her Mac's modifier keys. She now has a seamless experience no matter which operating system she's on.
  • Tim's Triumph - After deploying a brand new product, he half expected a lot of bug reports to start rolling in. But, nope! It's been surprisingly smooth sailing. As such, he finds himself just watching the analytics and seeing those sweet, sweet payments get processed appropriately. He was even able to leverage those analytics to drive a 10% increase in conversions through targeted improvements for certain cohorts.

Notes & Links

  • AWS Lambda - Serverless compute resources that scale automatically.
  • AWS SNS - Simple Notification Service, a fully-managed messaging service.
  • AWS SQS - Simple Queue Service, a fully-managed message queue service.
  • AWS Polly - A robust text-to-speech service that offers realistic, life-like sound.
  • Postmark - An industry leading email delivery and inbound processing service.
  • say - A text-to-speech synthesis program that ships with MacOS.
  • Seth Bling: Machine Learning for Video Games - An example of a computer that learns to play Super Mario.
  • Google: Natural Language - A service helps you derive insights from unstructured text.

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Published Apr 28, 2021 at 11:00am
019: Makefiles
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018: Feature Flags (Finally!)
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017: Premature Optimization
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016: Interviewing
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015: Potluck #1
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014: Zen and the Art of Pull Requests
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013: Do What You Love And You'll Never Work A Day In Your Life
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012: Idiomatic Code
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011: Listener Questions #1
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010: Scaling
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009: Testing
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008: Origin Stories Pt 2
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007: Origin Stories Pt 1
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006: Hopes for 2021
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005: Monolith vs. Microservices
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004: Impostor Syndrome
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003: Burnout, Mental Exhaustion, and Productivity
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002: Working from home
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001: Adam's Secret Shame
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000: Hello, World!
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