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Ladybug Podcast

English, Technology, 6 seasons, 82 episodes, 2 days, 8 hours, 51 minutes
We're Emma Bostian, Kelly Vaughn, and Ali Spittel - three seasoned software developers working in different sectors. Since there's a major lack of technical podcasts out there, we've decided to start one. Just kidding -- there's already a ton! But, we wanted to add our voices to the space and share our experiences and advice. We'll have great discussions around how to start coding, the hot technologies right now, how to get your first developer job, and more!
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A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer

What is a typical day in the life like for a software engineer? To close out Season 6, we thought it’d be a great idea to give you some insight into our workdays, as we all have very different roles and are in different stages of our careers. Show Notes [02:54] Morning routines [16:09] Beginning of the workday [28:15] The rest of the workday [49:03] Evenings and weekends [53:57] Top 3 tools for productivity Resources Fantastical Canva Things Superhuman Trello Apple Watch Markdown Notes Asana Resilient Management Animedoro Can Do writing The Little Memory Ali’s Trello Setup Transcript Here is this week's transcript
10/4/20211 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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What is an API and How do You Use One?

APIs are part of our daily roles as software developers, but what are they? What different types are there? And how can you design a good one? Show Notes [01:53] What is an API? [03:37] Types of APIS [15:02] GraphQL [19:49] REST [28:25] API Design [44:35] Shoutouts Resources The Happiness Project Shopify developer community BrainF**k OneGraph Scott Moss's YouTube Transcript Here is this week's transcript.
9/27/202147 minutes, 9 seconds
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All About Agile

The definition of Agile is the ability to create and respond to change. Ultimately dealing with and succeeding in an uncertain or turbulent environment. I think we can all say with confidence that in the world of software development, being agile and agreeable to change helps you learn faster, connect with others better, and makes coding more fun. Today we are talking about the agile framework of software developers, its significance in the workplace and the familiar steps an agile process takes to go from a project’s concept, to the physical minimum viable product. Show Notes [03:00] What is Agile? [04:43] Agile Software Development [15:44] Agile Manifesto For Agile Software Development [16:00] 4 values [19:33] 12 Principles [34:07] Benefits [35:45] Drawbacks [38:34] What is Scrum? [44:05] Careers in scrum [53:56] Shout-Outs Resources The agile Manifesto The Agile Subway Map Sprints Scrum Alliance Certifications SAFe Certifications Transcript Here is this episode's transcript.
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Getting Started with Java

Java is a high-level, class-based, object-oriented programming language. It’s a general-purpose programming language designed to let app developers: write once, run anywhere. Today we’re diving into the world of Java. Show Notes [01:30] Our experiences working with Java [04:34] History of Java [07:45] Five goals of Java [13:06] Object oriented [14:00] Threaded language [15:35] Interpreted language [17:39] Terminology [22:04] Basic Syntax [23:33] Inheritance [26:51] Interfaces [28:00] Classes [29:56] Modifiers [31:30] Constructors [33:11] Enums [34:39] Basic Data Types [35:56] Overriding [42:51] Shoutouts Resources Learning Java Interpreter vs. Compiler Access Variables Oracle Angie Jones course on Test Automation U Angie Jones Jocelyn Harper Git Cute Podcast Transcript Here is this episode's transcript.
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How to Start a Company

Whether you’re looking to start your own side business or create a lifelong career, the process of starting a new business can be overwhelming. This week on the podcast we’re discussing how to start your own business. We’ll dig deep into setting you up for success from the beginning and then answer the most common questions I receive about building and scaling your business. Show Notes [02:00] What is our experience with running a business? [05:47] Business plan [13:58] Who are your customers? [18:03] Market opportunities [35:50] Boostrapping vs. raising capital [39:41] Do you need to incorporate? [40:54] Banking and Taxes [51:52] Health insurance (USA) [53:30] Understanding the bookkeeping process [55:32] Shownotes Resources Quantic CORe Clerky Stripe Atlas Inc. Article Polywork Freelancing episode Indie Hackers episode Mercury Transcript Here is this episode's transcript
9/6/202159 minutes, 44 seconds
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Diving Deep on Databases

If you have data for your application, you’ve probably used a database to store it. There are so many types of databases, NoSQL, SQL, graph, etc. Let's learn about their benefits and how to use them! Shownotes [02:08] What types of databases have we used? [03:43] SQL vs. NoSQL [15:52] How to model data [19:20] ORM, SDK, Queries [24:02] Horizontal vs. Vertical Scaling [27:21] How to choose [30:22] indexes [37:16] Sharding [46:44] Shoutouts Resources The DynamoDB Book Little Bobby Tables Ladybug Algorithms episode Ladybug System Design episode Hidden Valley Road Peloton app Your friend’s guide to entrepreneurship Transcript Here is this week's transcript
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How to Create Great Documentation

It’s easy to overlook documentation when building an application, but documentation can make or break a consumer’s experience. Today we’re diving into the world of documentation to discuss what it takes to write good documentation, the ethics of documentation, and some popular tools you can use to get started. Show Notes [01:58] Why does a company or app need good documentation? [04:09] Who do we write documentation for? [06:01] What makes good documentation? [11:05] Ethics of documentation [32:47] The structure of your documentation [34:35] What types of documentation should I write? [40:22] Documentation tools [44:51] Shoutouts Resources Alex.js Carolyn’s talk Self Defined Hemingway Bookstack Storybook Writing Technical Documentation video Notion Nuclino Docusaurus Next.js Nuxt.js Gatsby Jekyll Transcript Here is this week's transcript.
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How to Choose a Tech Stack

Welcome back to the 6th season of the Ladybug Podcast!! In this episode, we’ll be chatting about choosing a tech stack for your project is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as an engineer. It will determine many aspects of your app, from development speed, to scalability, to the cost to run it. We’ll talk about how to choose technologies from two angles: one from an individual developer’s perspective: how do you decide what to learn? And the second from an architectural perspective: how do you decide what technologies to use for your project? Show Notes [02:53] What is a tech stack? [06:01] What are some main points to think about when choosing what to learn? [13:11] Look at job posts in your area [19:49] How to deal with overwhelm [25:28] Think Through your app [31:01] Your engineering resources [39:51] Is the technology production ready? [52:18] Technical concerns [1:00:09] Other important thoughts [1:08:52] Shoutouts Resources Ladybug interview episode Ladybug resume episode Ladybug learning path episode Core-js Article Colby Fayock Ladybug Systems Design Episode Lodash vs. underscore StackShare Transcript This episode's Transcript
8/2/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds