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A weekly podcast discussing the design, development, and business of great software. Hosted by thoughtbot CEO, Chad Pytel, and rotating cast of fellow developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, we delve deep behind the scenes of the products and technologies we love.


  • 6: MVP of Personal Hygiene

    03/08/2012 Duración: 44min

    Ben Orenstein is joined by Dan Powell, founder of Abakas. Dan plays the role of Consulting CTO for his clients. They discuss the best and the worst of his job, his history as a Linux hacker, and what his experience has taught him about technology and technology trends, and how he stays on top of them. Also, how to create effective, well-written, maintainable software, the Rails talent crunch, developers getting promoted to management, maintaining work-life balance and how not to get burnt out, and much, much more. Abakas Microway "Screamer 533" DEC Multia Abakas Follow @thoughtbot and @r00k on twitter.

  • 5: My wife is getting really into whiskey

    27/07/2012 Duración: 48min

    Ben Orenstein is joined by “Cowboy” Ben Alman, JavaScript open source developer and Director of Pluginization at Bocoup. They discuss how Ben Alman got started with programming and his crazy projects, the open web, favorite tools, and one of his latest projects, Grunt. They also discuss CoffeeScript, and why Ben Alman’s not using it yet, speaking at conferences and how Ben Alman got more comfortable in front of crowds, whether its important to understand straight JavaScript, or just jQuery, and more! Also, Whiskey. "Cowboy" Ben Alman Bocoup Ben Alman's enormous project listing Bocoup Sublime Text 2 M+ monospace font Ben Alman's dotfiles and gpr Grunt on github, Grunt introduction jake JSHint npm CoffeeScript Variadic function YUI Compressor Bulleit Bourbon The Macallan Big Ben Hillman @ The Big Easy Follow @thoughtbot, @cowboy, and @r00k on twitter.

  • 4: I've got a little thoughtbot angel or devil on my shoulder

    20/07/2012 Duración: 37min

    Ben Orenstein is joined by David Thyresson, the founder of Stattleship and a past client of thoughtbot. Ben and David discuss how he got started with Stattleship, how he came to work with thoughtbot, and what it was like to work with us. Also, how the idea of what he would initially build changed, and how through agile software development he discovered how it was wrong. How he learned Ruby on Rails from thoughtbot during his project. Finally, what has worked for driving visitors to the site, and important lessons learned about starting up, building an app, and running a business. Stattleship Follow @thoughtbot, @stattleship, and @r00k on twitter.

  • 3: The FactoryGirl Representation of a Factory

    13/07/2012 Duración: 40min

    Ben Orenstein is joined by Josh Clayton, the maintainer of FactoryGirl, and a developer at thoughtbot. Ben and Josh discuss FactoryGirl: using it, its development progress, and features. What it's like to run an open source project, and how to contribute to open source effectively. Looking at your old code and being a better developer. Approaches to testing. And answer your questions about: FactoryGirl, How to write effective tests suites and whether integration tests are a scam, our process for upgrading between Rails versions, testing complex UI logic, and leaving code untested. FactoryGirl The Pickaxe factory_girl_rails factory_girl Google Group FactoryGirl Tips and Tricks Integration Tests Are a Scam Lone Star Ruby Conference Follow @thoughtbot, @joshuaclayton, and @r00k on twitter.

  • 2: Design with a sip of Bourbon

    23/06/2012 Duración: 35min

    Ben Orenstein is joined this week by Phil LaPier, the creator of Bourbon and a designer at thoughtbot. Ben and Phil discuss the design process, fundamentals of visual design, common design errors, and how to be a better designer (even if you're a developer), and how to work with designers as a developer. They also answer some audience questions about design: How to handle feedback from clients, and HAML vs. HTML. Bourbon Dribbble Dan Cederholm - Dribbble Lea Verou - Twitter Benjamin De Cock - Twitter Jason Santa Maria - Twitter Trent Walton Adobe Fireworks Bourbon Sass Bourbon Grid-Width Bourbon Font Stacks

  • 1: Polymorphism vs. Conditionals

    12/06/2012 Duración: 31min

    Ben Orenstein and Joe Ferris (and the surprise special guest Seana Quental) start the series off with a very technical discussion about Polymorphism vs. Conditionals. We also answer some of the audience questions we asked for last week. CVS SVN Git Feature branch code reviews Rebasing Composition over Inheritance Objects on Rails, Avdi Grimm NullObject Rails Refactoring Example: Introduce Null Object #try God objects Rich Hickey's Railsconf Keynote Kingdom of Nouns, Steve Yeggie Ruby blocks StrategyPattern CommandPattern Clearance Gang of Four Design Patterns

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