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By Joel Hooks and John Lindquist

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We sit down with developers to talk about the latest and greatest in web development. These conversations will take you deeper into the human side of coding web applications and deliver insight that you might not expect.

Episode Date
Figuring Out What's Next after Your Needs are Met - with Jason Lengstorf
Jun 01, 2019
Get out of Your Head and Start with Your Users - with Janelle Allen
Today we are joined by Janelle Allen, a learning designer, who talks to us about backward design, how she grew into her role, the increase in quality of online courses, the importance of contact with users, and how to grow your audience.
May 17, 2019
Building Vue Vixens With Education and Inclusiveness – With Jen Looper
Jen Looper, the founder of Vue Vixens, joins us today to talk about the Vue Vixens community, what makes a great workshop, how she chooses what tools to invest into for her career, and how her Ph.D. in French Literature has empowered her career in software development.
May 14, 2019
Turning Technical Concepts into Approachable Illustrated Metaphors - with Maggie Appleton
Today Maggie Appleton, the course illustrator at, discusses how she became an illustrator, researching a technical topic she plans to illustrate, accidentally becoming a web developer, and how she turns technical concepts into digestible illustrations.
May 03, 2019
Being Curious and Facilitating the Success of Others - with Stacey Mulcahy
Stacey Mulcahy joins us today to discuss Arduinos, cute dogs, growing your creativity, organizing a community, and facilitating the success of others.
Apr 29, 2019
Creating Authentic Content and Developing Yourself - with Emma Wedekind
Today we are joined by Emma Wedekind who will speak about self-teaching, creating authentic content, what being a T-shaped developer means, how to ask good questions, and how she manages her work-life balance.
Mar 28, 2019
Heading Gatsby's Learning Experience and Bridging Gaps - with Marcy Sutton
Marcy Sutton is the Head of Learning at GatsbyJS. She discusses the van life, migrating her blog from Wordpress to Gatsby, what she does as the Head of Learning, the potential that Gatsby has as a platform, championing accessibility, static CSS versus inline CSS, how JavaScript is impacting roles and careers, and creating inclusive communities.
Mar 15, 2019
Making Dumb Stuff That Makes Strangers on the Internet Smile - with Sara Vieira
Today we are joined by Sara Vieira, a developer advocate and maker of wacky stuff on the internet. She joins us today to talk about why she makes all of her weird experiments, how being a lazy developer doesn't mean she isn't doing work, the Redux cargo cult, why you shouldn't always use GraphQL, her meetups and upcoming conference for woman speakers, and of course making people smile.
Mar 12, 2019
Developing Yourself While Teaching Others - with Ali Spittel
Joel and Ali Spittel discuss her time in a teaching position, code challenges, blogging platforms, teaching beginners, and getting involved in local dev communities.
Feb 22, 2019
The Changes Gatsby and Mdx Are Making to the Internet - with Chris Biscardi
Joel and Chris Biscardi discuss, live-streaming, Gatsby becoming a dominant force, MDX replacing markdown, and building resources for maintainers.
Feb 15, 2019
Championing a11y and Being Authentic - with Lindsey Kopacz
In today's episode, Lindsey Kopacz discusses being authentic about your emotional state, blogging and the community, and the value of accessibility.
Feb 05, 2019
Learning to Code from Scratch on the Modern Web with Tae'lur Alexis
Tae'lur Alexis joins us today to talk about her experience with learning to code from scratch and becoming a professional software developer in 2018.
Jan 25, 2019
Negotiating Your Salary and Advancing Your Career with Josh Doody
Josh Doody, the author of Fearless Salary Negotiation, offers us advice on how to get promoted, fight information asymmetry, not lose out on job and salary opportunities, and how to stay ahead in the industry.
Jan 07, 2019
Switching Careers and Learning in Public with Tania Rascia
Tania Rascia joins us today to talk about her experiences in transitioning from a professional chef to a web developer and the tools she used to get there.
Dec 12, 2018
Incorporating Testers with Every Development Phase with Angie Jones
Angie Jones, master inventor and automated testing engineer, joins us to talk about bridging the gap between the testing team and the rest of the development process, the challenges and limitations of automated testing, and some of the new and state of the art technologies in testing.
Dec 08, 2018
Opening Programming's Gates to Women's Communities with Diana Rodriguez
Today Diana Rodriguez talks to us about her experiences with fostering women's programming communities all over the world, as well as her own experiences with growing as a developer.
Nov 30, 2018
Exploring Concepts and Teaching Using Focused Zines with Julia Evans
Today Julia Evans talks to us about her zine empire, the advantages of monetizing over staying free, how keeping the topic focused can be a better entry-level lesson than a high-level overview, and how she decides a zine's subject.
Nov 20, 2018
Math and Functional Programming Aren't Exclusive to Wizards with Brian Lonsdorf
Join Brian Lonsdorf in a discussion on the purity of math and how it could be used to advance the greater software community, dispelling the myth that you need to be a wizard to use math and functional programming to do anything, how we can make dry topics more approachable and fun, the daunting wall of jargon, and finally some practical advice on including functional paradigms in your day to day work.
Nov 02, 2018
Being a Passionate and Deliberate Engineer with Jem Young
Jem Young talks to us today about being a passionate developer, how the software you write is an extension of you, being deliberate in the libraries you include in your codebase, and trusting engineers to know what they are doing.
Oct 19, 2018
Learning and Experimenting with Physical and Digital Mediums with Keith Peters
Today Keith Peters walks us through his experiences with getting books published, experimenting with code and math for the last two decades, and his time spent working in physical mediums like woodworking and blacksmithing.
Oct 05, 2018
Success and Failure in the Interview Process with Dave Smith
Dave Smith is on the Alexa Team at Amazon. Tune in today to hear about interviewing skills, what Dave looks for in candidates, and some obvious things to avoid when interviewing.
Sep 28, 2018
Eve Porcello on GraphQL
Eve Porcello joins us today to talk about speaking at conferences, GraphQL, starting a project to learn something with, and web-accessibility with the High Fives Foundation.
Sep 21, 2018
Jason Lengstorf on GatsbyJS
Today’s guest is Jason Lengstorf, a developer on the GatsbyJS team. Today Jason discusses his career path, what Gatsby accomplishes, how Gatsby compares with other static site generators, what's coming up in Gatsby 2, and what it's like to manage a large open source repo.
Sep 14, 2018
Lynne Tye, founder of
This episode is a chat with Lynne Tye, the founder and developer of, a place for Software Developers to find the team and company that is right for them.
Aug 29, 2018
Jen Luker, a11y champion
Aug 22, 2018
swyx (Shawn Wang) on infinite building
Tune in to hear Shawn talk about what it means to be an infinite learner and builder and how he uses this approach to further his career.
Aug 15, 2018
Henry Zhu, Maintainer of Babel
Today, Henry Zhu, the lead maintainer of Babel, discusses what it's like to work on a large and important open source project. Henry gets into how Babel receives funding, how corporations are involved in open source, stewardship of an open source project, mental and physical health, and not compromising his values.
Jul 30, 2018
Phil Pluckthun, Creator of Dank Mono
Phil Pluckthun is the creator of Dank Mono, a new monospaced programming font with ligatures. He is also a core contributor to Styled Components, a component-based CSS Library. Tune in to hear a discussion on how Phil got involved with design, how he become a core contributor to the styled-components library, and how and why he started working on Dank Mono.
Jul 13, 2018
Ives Van Hoorne, creator of CodeSandbox
Ives Van Hoorne is a developer who built Code Sandbox, a fantastic online editor (we use it a lot at egghead). Today, Ives talks about a childhood interest that would lay the groundwork for his future career path. Tune in to hear how he got his start, what led to Code Sandbox, and where he would like to see things go in the future.
Jun 27, 2018
Health and Wellness for Developers
Our guests all began in similar situations. They were all almost 300 pounds or more and decided they needed to make a permanent change. John Lindquist, Leonard Souza, and Taylor Bell discuss what caused them to have a wakeup call, and what they did to get healthy and stay healthy.
Jun 14, 2018
Brian Vaughn, React Core Team
Brian Vaughn speaks about his transition from graphic design to programming, his building of react-virtualized, him landing his job on the React core-team, and finally, React's goals with 17.
Jun 04, 2018
Evan You, creator of Vue.js
John Lindquist interviews Evan You, the creator of Vue.js. They discuss what made Evan want to become a developer, how he landed his first job, why he created Vue, and finally proxies and why they're powerful.
May 29, 2018
Iheanyi Ekechukwu on education, programming, and managing side projects
Today Joel catches up with Iheanyi Ekechukwu. Iheanyi is a Product Engineer currently working at DigitalOcean. He previously worked at IBM on Watson. They also talk about Iheanyi's education, stack, and side projects
Apr 19, 2018
Michel Weststrate creator of Mobx and Immer Libraries for JavaScript
Joel interviews Michel Weststrate, author of Mobx and his new library, Immer. Today they get into the power of Immer, its early success on Github, common mistakes in state management, and what is next for Mobx.
Apr 03, 2018
Jack Doyle, creator of Greensock
John Lindquist speaks with Jack Doyle, the creator of Greensock. They discuss a number of things including the motivation behind the creation of Greensock, managing GSAP forums, and how he transitioned from Flash to Javascript.
Mar 13, 2018
Sarah Drasner talks about SVG animation with Greensock and Vue.js
John Lindquist interviews Sarah Drasner, a senior cloud developer over at Microsoft and a Vue core team member. She is also known for making super cool animations. Today they discuss what got her from an art background to a full-time developer, resistance to change, why Vue is terrific, and the GreenSock animation platform (GSAP).
Mar 06, 2018
Reactive Programming and the P2P Web with André Staltz
Joel Hooks interviews Andre Staltz, an open-source hacker, and creator of Cycle.js. Andre quit his job to become an open-source hacker and now spends 30% of his time on open-source development and 40% on the Scuttlebutt project. Today they discuss the current web's stagnation, the vision of the peer to peer web, and what André is doing to reach that goal. They'll also discuss things that are more in Javascript land, such as Cycle.js and the callbag spec.
Feb 26, 2018
React Router with Michael Jackson
John Lindquist, co-founder of, interviews Michael Jackson, co-creator of react-router and co-founder of React Training. Michael talks about his experience with running a massively popular repo with a relatively small code-base, pioneering of new features, and the future of CDN based importing.
Feb 19, 2018
Data Viz using D3 with Ben Clinkinbeard
John Lindquist interviews Ben Clinkinbeard, a veteran developer and egghead instructor. He currently works as a consultant, focusing on data visualization. Ben discusses his career path, the benefits of having a mentor, and the importance of Data Driven Documents.
Feb 12, 2018
12-factor Javascript Applications using Docker with Mark Shust
John Lindquist has a conversation with the Mark Shust, an expert with Git and Docker. They talk about the 12-factor style of building an application and why devs should have a standard method. Check out Mark’s egghead course, [Build a Twelve-Factor Node.js App with Docker](
Jan 26, 2018
Angular Web Applications with Juri Strumpflohner and Rob Wormald (Angular Core Team)
John talks with Juri Strumpflohner, an industry expert and angular trainer; and Rob Wormald, a developer on the Angular core team, getting into how Angular has evolved with the 2.0 release, powerful new features, their favorite libraries, and where the future is taking it.
Jan 17, 2018
Learning React with Kent C. Dodds
Kent C. Dodds, a leading React expert, speaks with John Lindquist and Joel Hooks, the co-founders of egghead, about how React is a fantastic technology to learn for both newcomers to programming and Javascript grey-beards alike.
Dec 29, 2017
Dan Abramov, co-author of Redux
Joel Hooks co-founder of, interviews Dan Abramov, co-author of Redux. They discuss the "Redux phenomenon" and the notion of improving the developer experience.
Dec 22, 2017
Getting into Python
Will Button and Miller Hooks, two experienced Python developers, have a conversation about the differences between Python and Javascript, and what that means to a new programmer.
Dec 08, 2017
Functional JavaScript with Paul Frend and Brian Lonsdorf (Dr Boolean)
John sits down with Paul Frend and Brian Lonsdorf (aka Dr Boolean) to talk about functional programming concepts like transducers.
Nov 22, 2017
Using TypeScript with Basarat and Marius Schulz
Two leading TypeScript experts, Marius Schulz and Basarat Ali Syed, discuss their initial reactions and excitement for TypeScript and how it has evolved and earned their trust over the years. TypeScript has been the main focus of many of their products and trainings and they’ve gained their expertise by closely following the project and digging deep into the TypeScript compiler code. As TypeScript continues to improve with features, tooling, and performance they share their opinions on what they’re most looking forward to in the near future.
Nov 06, 2017