Does Not Compute

Does Not Compute

A weekly chat about the lives and workflows of modern web developers, hosted by Sean Washington & Paul Straw.

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    109: Building With What You've Got

    In episode 109 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's broken iPhoneX, Phoenix Contexts, and how sometimes you just gotta use a library.

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    107: Napping & Reducing

    In episode 107 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about living in an RV in San Francisco and boiling web apps down to data input and output.

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    106: Thank Goodness For HTTPS

    In episode 106 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of HTTPS and VPNs, 1Password and RememBear, and using PostGIS to build location aware features for into your app.

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    105: No Sleep Till New Hires

    In episode 105 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about wireframing with Balsamiq, project management with GitHub and ZenHub, and how doubling down on sleep is always the right idea.

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    104: Down The Streaming Rabbit Hole

    In episode 104 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about streaming on Twitch, being at your desk vs. being present, F.lux/Nightshift, and the importance of a steady sleep schedule.

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    103: CSS Anxiety

    In episode 103 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Destiny 2, choosing a stack for an MVP, Nuxt.js, and sunsetting Coffeescript.

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    102: Spreadsheets Are The Way of The Future's Past

    In episode 102 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk Whizzy Wheels, using Raspberry PI/Homekit to control your lights, how spreadsheets are often overlooked and under utilized, and the differences between relational and document based data bases

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    101: Get Me To The Wifi

    In episode 101 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's recent launch of Design Kollective, JSON and Postgres, and Paul's RV progress.

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    100: Little Significant Changes

    In episode 100 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the perceptual cliff, Ecto.Changeset, ExUnit, and reflect on the past 100 episodes of the show.

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    99: When Syntax Takes A Back Seat

    In episode 99 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about getting things for free with tools like Unity 3D and Unreal Engine, Apple's ARKit, and the future of Augmented Reality.

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    98: Nerd Out About Anything You Want

    In episode 98 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about checking out the county fair, NestNotes going live in the app store, and Basecamp 3's ios app architecture.

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    97: What's Your Longest Bug Fix?

    In episode 97 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about building SSR Spas, how far the modern javascript workflow has come, five day bug fixes, and converting coffeescript to ES6.

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    96: Seemingly Seamless

    In episode 96 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about oAuth, email confirmation and users, and how sometimes choosing to use that big pacakge hurts you in the long run.

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    95: Earned Trust

    In episode 95 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about surviving the thunder dome aka PUBG, M.2, the Logitech MX Master mouse, and using Nuxt.js to build both ssr/spa and pure spa apps.

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    94: That Feeling When Tools Do The Thing

    In episode 94 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about splitting JS into multiple bundles with Webpack, Nuxt.js community modules, and how they each approached authorization and permissions for their applications.

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    93: Climb The Hill To The Next Plateau

    In episode 93 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Ecto in comparrison to ActiveRecord to learn SQL, Postgres's Trigger Functions, SQL Views, and the importance of writing good documentation and developer guides for your app.

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    92: Dev Surgeons

    In episode 92 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Nuxt.js and PWAs, Pomodoro, using 1Password, and backup paranoia.

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    91: Making Money On The Internet Is Weird

    In episode 91 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Netlify CMS, Ecto and Postgres, and being paranoid about making money selling things on the internet.

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    90: Buffet of Work

    In episode 90 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the differences in building apps when you have user data, 2 Factor auth with 1Password, microcosm, and Paul's upcoming RV move.

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    89: Delegate to Improve Sanity

    In episode 89 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about trusting Stripe and Shopify to know what's best when it comes to payment forms and checkout, saving your time and sanity by delegating ops work to Heroku, and how making decisions because of a scale you don't yet have "but might someday" isn't a good idea.

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    88: Put Your Code Out There For Future You

    In episode 88 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Phoenix 1.3, Contexts/BDD, and how sharing your code is as much for yourself as it is for others.

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    87: Outlet Popularity

    In episode 86 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about wrangling the Touch Bar using BetterTouchTool, battling guilt while taking breaks from work throughout the day, and Paul's shiny new MacBook Pro.

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    85: Vueing All Day Long

    In episode 85 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the latest WWDC announcements, and Native/Web VR.

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    84: Salted Base Functionality

    In episode 83 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how Paul wrapped his Vue.js app in a thin Cordova wrapper, shipping web based mobile apps to the App Store, and why focussing on the basics of usability for web and mobile apps is so important.

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    83: JSONB: The Way of The Present

    In episode 83 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's new ultrawide monitor & recording interface, their new found addiction with the game Factorio, and using JSON Schema and JSONB to create flexible yet validatable data storage with Postgres.

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    82: We All Have Our Vices

    In episode 82 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about evaluating a new 2016 MacBook Pro, searching for a good external monitor, and doing things the idiomatic way instead of doing things the way you've always done them.

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    81: Take a Data Dump

    In episode 81 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Codepen's projects feature for quick R&D projects, about remembering sIFR font replacement, and Sean's continued Elixir exploration.

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    80: Real-ality

    In episode 80 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about more about VR, how we might already be living in a simulation, and the cost of building a Windows machine vs. the cost of Apple hardware.

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    79: Half the Battle is Showing Up

    In episode 79 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using dependencies wisely, Paul's participation in Ludem Dare 38, and about how learning new things is such a great way to improve your existing skills.

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    78: I'm Only One Camel

    In episode 78 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new game Microcosm, IDE's and Unity 3D, and strongly typed languages.

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    77: Oh, Emails.

    In episode 77 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about foregoing DSL's in favor of more control over an Elasticsearch implementation, using MJML to build transactional emails with Rails, and using Docker to mirror your development environment with your production environmen

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    76: Decoupling the Backend

    In episode 76 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about exploring new languages in search of performance benefits, when it might be ok to re-write an app to boost performance, and how decoupling your application backend from the frontend can give you the flexibility you need to explore your options.

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    75: I'd Like Some Data, Please

    In episode 75 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using VPNs around the clock, API and Vuex implementation details, and about building reliable and boring appications

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    74: All the Other -ends

    In episode 73 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about taking a brief look at Go, using Nuxt.js in production, and using GitHub Projects to not only help keep you organized, but also to keep your team members in the loop

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    73: Vacation Dread

    In episode 73 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's API connected IOT alarm clock, Using Papertrail for setting up notifications from your app's logs, and using Nuxt.js to churn out server rendered Vue.js apps.

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    72: Lovely Ways to Work

    In episode 72 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's new ventures in Elixir, and about how making hard decisions now will help you see benefits in the long term.

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    71: Waste Deep in Bugs

    In episode 71 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using the Paw app to make app migration and deploys just a little easier with Heroku and using one GitHub "issues" repository for decoupled server/client apps.

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    70: I Got A Fancy IoT Button

    In episode 47 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's fancy new Amazon IoT button, Amazon Lamda, and Paul's new Unblog

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    69: Don't @ Me

    In episode 69 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Google Sheet's handy feature called Explore, Heroku's Dataclips and a gem called Blazer for business intelligence, and why we disagree with the notion that if you can't do without tools then you're not a real developer.

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    68: Slight Moment of Paranoia

    In episode 68 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how you should check your data backups right this instant, Heroku Pipelines, Rails Form Helpers vs. Spas, and how changing your focus just a bit can bring you relief from Javascript Fatigue

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    67: So Very TDD

    In episode 67 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about some basic rules for refactoring, how TDD can help you refactor with confidence, and when it might be time to reevaluate a tool in your toolbox

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    66: The Wonderful World of Validation and Callbacks

    In episode 66 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the learning the hard way while being in the hot-seat, how leveraging the tools provided to you by a framework like Rails can save you time and frustration, and how Component is just a fancy word for Class

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    65: Night Brain

    In episode 65 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about NightBrain, why consistency is important in design, and applying the principles of learning on demand to non technology related fields

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    64: Mise en Place and Harmony

    In episode 64 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about deep work and battling distractions, applying Mise En Place to our trade as web developers, and about how much you can learn about yourself when you're in charge of your working schedule

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    63: Default Patterns

    In episode 63 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how keeping a simple Research file in your project can help you be more productive, how using pre-existing design guidelines can help you make more informed decisions, and about how they are adjusting to their new roles as Designer/Developers.

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    62: Follow The Breadcrumb Trail

    In episode 62 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new job and some of the challenges he faces in the upcoming year, how being present can be one of your most important tools, and documentation, documentation, documentation.

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    61: Dive Into The Bare Metal

    In episode 61 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about some useful Rails gems for better sanity checking in development, Webpack and Hot Module Replacement, and how reading the docs is always better than just copying and pasting.

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    59: Post-Election Chat

    In episode 59 of Does Not Compute, recorded after the 2016 United States presidential election, Sean and Paul talk about a few ways people can protect their digital privacy over the next few years.

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    58: Map, Reduce & Filter

    In episode 58 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk read receipts and email, why good communication skills are important for programmers, and how learning on demand can help tackle the age old imposter syndrome

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    57: Should Sync Exist?

    In episode 57 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how your tools only matter if they save you time while maintaining quality, and how you can change your programming tools while not having to change your methodolog

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    56: Poor Sublime

    In episode 56 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Visual Studio Code, JSON Schema, and how learning complicated tools like Redux and Vuex take up more time up front, but can empower you to build complex applications efficiently

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    55: Actions & Reducers

    In episode 55 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk some more about React, Redux, Vuex, and Vue, but also about how important it is to know that the important part of programming is thinking about how and why you're going to do something before you do it

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    54: Clean Desk Keepers

    In episode 54 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about their desk preferences and cable management, React and Redux, and the importantce of specialization as the Front End industry continues to expand

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    53: Spaghetti Mess Optimist

    In episode 53 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about learning React, what's new in Vue 2.0, and how the future of JavaScript is bright and full of possibilities

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    52: Let's Be Honest, Everybody's Transpiling

    In episode 52 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Vue 2.0 and the ecosystem surrounding it, utilizing presentational, container, and stateless components, and how developers absolutely should be involved in the discussion surrounding user experience design

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    51: Is Liking ES5 Normal?

    In episode 51 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about GitHub and GitLab's new project management features, GitHub's recent decision to use GraphQL, and if its ok to like ES5 over ES6

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    50: Speed & Function

    In episode 50 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about life after finishing a long running project, the benefits of Functional CSS paired with a headless CMS, and an awesome tool for pair programming called Hyperdev

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    49: Knocking on Wood

    In episode 49 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about keeping long running projects organized and the whirlwind that is a project launch

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    48: The Community Dish

    In episode 48 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Paul's new game Slappy, a realtime Node framework called Feathers, Hapi.js, and how much fun you can have by experimenting with new tools

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    47: Trial By Experimentation

    In episode 47 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how scheduling your time can help you maximize your productivity while lowering lower your stress, and Sean's return to Hapi.js and introduction to MongoDB

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    46: Don't Mailbox It

    In episode 46 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about preferring simple tools over complex tools, how to keep your remote teammates in the loop, and Sean's migration from Sass to Functional CSS

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    45: Turn Around and Float

    In episode 45 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about moving from CoffeeScript to ES6, some observations from the outside in about popular open source libs that are maintained by one or a few individuals, and how picking off low hanging fruit from an issue list frees up those maintainers to do more heavy lifting

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    44: Gadget Cleanse

    In episode 44 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about feels while being totally disconnected from the internet, the technical debt associated with micro npm modules, password managers and password security, and how the first step in educating users begins with us developers

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    43: Productivity Happiness

    In episode 43 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Vue 2.0, Sean's upcoming move across the country, and working remotely with an introverted personality

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    42: The Coffee's Good But The WiFi's Terrible

    In episode 42 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Apple's 12in MacBook for web development, GitHub using system fonts, Work In Progress Pull Requests for your sanity, and prerendering your JavaScript.

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    41: Note to Self: Elixir

    In episode 41 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Elixir and linked lists, the benefits of jumping into unfamiliar programming territory, and an interesting UX trick to make your users think your app is working

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    40: De-Shrouded Mystery

    In episode 40 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about simplifying functional programming by using some basic math properties, Elixir, Google's AMP project, and js.org

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    39: Learn to Observe

    In episode 39 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how they approach setting personal and professional goals, address the age old question "How does one get started with programming these days?", and how learning a few things about yourself you can dramatically reduce the amount of frustration you'll experience.

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    38: Onion Problems

    In episode 38 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the power of simplicity when it comes to personal productivity and how that means different things for different people, and how going into situations in life with optimism will often lead to a better quality of life

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    37: Brain Food Jar

    In episode 37 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about their origin stories and the path that led them to where they are today

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    36: Smooth it Out

    In episode 36 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about declarative design tools, Decent.scss, and the benefit of moving towards building apps in an API/Client bundle

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    35: Ricochet into Brunch

    In episode 35 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about a hot new build tool (and tasty meal) called Brunch, using the CSS will-change property, and write more meaningful CSS

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    34: Quick Wins

    In episode 34 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about remembering accessibility while building out UIs on a tight time budget, how using an html outliner can help you write semantic html, and how using tools like cssstats.com can help you keep tabs on your CSS before things become out of control

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    33: Get the Cookbook

    In episode 33 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk GitHub's unlimited private repos, how having your own playbook can save you time on repetitive questions and tasks, and how the right programming cookbook can accelerate your learning

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    32: Up Your Game

    In episode 32 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how taking a step back from the programming world often leads to perspective, and how to deal with being thrown into the deep end of a new language or framework

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    31: The Next New Shiny (feat. Peter Cooper)

    In episode 31 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk to Peter Cooper of Cooper Press about how they manage the sheer volume of tech news being shared each day, being able to adapt to new technologies by learning on demand, and the ever changing landscape of social media.

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    30: End User Humanity

    In episode 30 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about building software for people, Sean's first dive into Node.js, and Paul's newfound fondness of functional CSS

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    29: The Why & How

    In episode 29 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of introspection and project postmortems as a tool for learning, as well as lay out a few tips for dealing with client questions that require you to research before answering

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    28: General Firehosery

    In episode 28 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using todo apps to get things done (or the lack thereof), and how they feel about the slack vs. email controversy

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    27: Checking Intent

    In episode 27 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the pros and cons to working remotely as a programmer and contempt culture - our intentions are not magic

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    26: Expose the Fraud

    In episode 26 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the new headless CMS fad, dealing with insecurities as a new lead developer, and Octopus' new SCSS utilities for building sites with Functional/Atomic CSS.

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    25: Falling With Style (feat. Jon Gold)

    In episode 25 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk to Jon Gold about using Functional CSS to ship consistent interfaces with less code, when it's a good idea to introduce type safety to your javascript, and Jon's everlasting love of Vim

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    24: Making Connections

    In episode 24 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the Montues, Epicurrence, and Fluent conferences, remembering to consider your users that don't have updated hardware or fast internet, and a few tips if you're on the hunt for a new job.

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    23: Use Your Words

    In episode 23 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk some more about Test Driven Development, how learning to read stack traces and the difference between error types will save you multitudes of time, and what Sean thinks about IDEs after another week of use.

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    22: Crossing the Aisle

    In episode 22 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Sean's initial thoughts from venturing out of Sublime Text into IDE land, Paul's new open graph image tool called Motif, and how missing the latest web technology boat isn't a bad thing.

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    21: Force Refresh

    In episode 21 of Does Not Compute Sean and Paul talk about idea debt, creating a sense of purpose over urgency, how important it is to force yourself to rest, and how you can use Nightwatch.js to setup quick end to end tests for your app.

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    20: On Demand Learning

    In episode 20 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about JavaScript fatigue fatigue, diving deep into what actually interests you in tech, and the importance of toy projects - just have some fun! That's why we all got into this at the first place right?

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    19: Typin' in Google

    In episode 19 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about using Git while working with a team, GitHub Flow, what to look for in an open source readme, and some of the available options for deploying your website or webapp.

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    18: Learning Habits

    In episode 18 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the importance of getting involved with a coding community for beginners and experts alike, and how being intentional with your time and energy will have a huge impact on your productivity and ability to learn new things.

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    17: Safety in Numbers

    In episode 17 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about the Ruby on Rails Doctrine, a few CSS and JavaScript refresher tips, and Otto by HashiCorp, automated development environments made easy (eventually).

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    16: Hello World Superheroes

    In episode 16 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how to get started with webpack, JavaScript Modules, and the current state of modern JavaScript and the community surrounding it.

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    15: Minimum Viable Performance

    In episode 15 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Placem.at, Paul's new open source placeholder image service, FancySelect/Selectize and JS based select enhancements, and how you probably already know a few functional programming tricks.

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    14: Time For The Talk...

    In episode 14 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about testing your JavaScript (the how's and when's), Paul's new imgix open source JavaScript tools Luminous & Drift, and ES6 as compared to Coffeescript.

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    13: Frogs on Lily Pads

    In episode 13 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about simple CSS grids, SVG vs. Gif and SVG accessibility, SVG vs. icon fonts, and a pretty awesome js based csv parsing tool called Papa Parse.

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    12: MacGyver Programming

    In episode 12 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about Adobe Generator, 5 Active Record tips, Flexbox and CSS Calc for layout, and web accessibility basics.

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    11: Focused Down Learning

    In episode 11 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about remote development setups via DigitalOcean and Coda, Javascript Closures and Promises, and how to be productive while learning new things.

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    10: Doing One Simple Thing Really Really Well

    In episode 10 of Does Not Compute, Paul and Sean talk about learning from your past code mistakes, Ruby 2.3 and POROs in Rails, Programming Idioms, and how simplifying down your methods often leads to cleaner, more readable code.

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    09: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    In episode 9 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how having empathy toward clients can help you stay motivated on long running projects, a few install tips for installing SSL on your servers, and how choosing convention over configuration can lead to greater productivity for you and your team.

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    08: Know Your Toolset

    In episode 8 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about how to manage legacy data migrations safely with Rails, Metaprogramming in Ruby, and the difference in knowing the tools that you choose and being dependent on those tools.

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    07: Syntactical Sugar

    In episode 7, Sean and Paul talk how developers can benefit directly by investing some time into learning design, Rails ActiveSupport::Concerns and Plain Old Ruby Objects, and how to deal with mental fatigue.

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    06: Programming Street Smarts

    In episode 6 of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul talk about programmer over-engineering, cowboy programmers, and the duct tape programmer. Also in today's discussion are the new Vue.js devtools, and how Drew Wilson built a mac app over night to scratch an itch.

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    05: Learn To Learn

    In episode 5, Sean and Paul discuss a very helpful article entitled 10 tips for young programmers, how to use active model serializers in rails, and how to deal with programmer frustration.

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    04: Setting Foundations

    In episode 4 of Does Not Compute, Sean & Paul talk about how to break down a new technique or idea into something manageable while on a deadline, how using keyboard shortcuts can significantly increase productivity, and how code is for people, not computers.

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    03: Massive Proliferation of Tools

    In the 3rd episode of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul discuss being just plain worn out, and how burnout is a real thing that happens to everyone, and what to do if it's happening to you. They also talk about how you don't need to know everything to be a good programmer, and how it's important to get to you the tools that you use instead of switching to every new fad.

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    02: Component Is Just A Fancy Word For Class

    In the second episode of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul discuss different options for managing image assets within a Rails app, Sean's favorite new way to package a rails app for deploying to production, and how you might not even need to build a Single Page Application with all of those fancy (and expensive) new tools.

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    01: There's Always Paypal

    In this episode of Does Not Compute, Sean and Paul discuss how not to use magic numbers in programming, how you can and should lint your code, utilizing slack communities for instant feedback from others, how asking questions is one of the best ways to learn to program, and how a technique called time boxing can help you focus your time and be more productive.

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    00: Pilot

    This is a test episode to get everything set up in iTunes and get RSS feed running smoothly. Until that happens though, you can listen to Sean and Paul talk about Javascript frameworks such as Vue and react, Web Components, and an experimental site navigation called Zoomable UI.

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