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The Rabbit Hole Podcast

Welcome to The Rabbit Hole, the definitive developers podcast. If you are a software developer or technology leader looking to stay on top of the latest news in the software development world, or just want to learn actionable tactics to improve your day-to-day job performance, this podcast is for you.

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37. Semantic Versioning

Today we are going to be talking about semantic versioning. When you should do it, when you shouldn’t do it, and what the heck it is? Joining us on this episode is special guest, Kevin Thomas. Kevin is a Software Consultant at Stride Consulting.

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36. Leet Terminal Hacks

Today on the show we will be taking about Leet terminal hack skills. Throughout our working career, we have had to deal with terminal on many occasions and today we will share some of our favorite key bindings and tools that we use to make our lives a little easier in the terminal.

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35. Salaries

Today on the podcast we will be talking about salaries. Ever wonder how much money you're making in comparison to other developers? Well, that is our topic for today. Joining us for the conversation is our special guest, the Talent Acquisition Partner of Stride, Hayley Ricks.

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34. Styles (CSS + JS)

Today on the show we welcome Ian McNally. Ian is a Software engineer specializing in the web. He currently works at Schoology as a UI architect, where he is helping shape and deliver their design system.

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33. Role Models

Today on the show we will be talking about tech role models. Inside this episode we are going to be discussing people who we want to be when we grow up, who we strive to be, and who we want to work with.

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32. What Makes a Good Test?

Today on the show we’ll be talking about unit testing. Unit testing is the most important thing that we do for our clients and we will be talking about unit testing best practices. So, what does make a good unit test?

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31. Psychological Safety

Today, we’ll be talking about psychological safety. We’ll go into what is psychological safety and how important is it in the work space. Having a team that has more cohesive and safe environment is actually more important for performance of the team as a whole than having those 10x developers really cranking out code.

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30. Trunk Based Development vs Gitflow

Today on the show we will be talking about Git Workflows. It seems like everybody is always using Gitflow or Trunk Based Development. Gitflow defines a strict branching model designed around the project release. It assigns very specific roles to different branches and defines how and when they should interact.

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29. Feedback

On today’s episode we’ll be talking about feedback, both giving and receiving feedback. Why is feedback so important? Well we’re here to answer that question. We’re discussing why we as developers specifically, need to be giving and receiving feedback, using feedback to your advantage, knowing how best to both give and receive feedback and realizing that there are different kinds of feedback.

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28. Team Building

Today’s episode is brought to you all the way from the Plattekill Mountains, at a ski lodge in upstate New York. In the show today we are talking about team building and the many different ways to do it. We also jump into how it could help the overall energy that it brings to your team, as well as your projects and the things that you are working on.

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27. Functional Programming

Today we’ll be talking all about functional programming together with special guest, Adam Trilling. Adam is the Director of Service Delivery at Stride and has a lot of knowledge, insight and tips about functional programming.

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26. Story Points and Scope Creep

On today’s episode, we’re talking story points, story sizes, and story planning. What happens when you’re working as a team, and find out that a two is actually secretly a five? What happens when stakeholders come in and add additional scope creep?

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25. Knowledge Sharing

On today’s show we will be talking about knowledge sharing. As developers, we gain knowledge and we try to disperse that knowledge to other people on our teams. Our main concern is that we as developers just want to make sure that we can capture the many different ways that knowledge can be dispersed.

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24. Workspaces, Workstations, & Working Agreements

On today’s episode, we’ll be talking about workspace, workstations, and working agreements. It cannot be underestimated how affected we are by our surroundings. From posture, to desk positioning, to office snacks – there are often many overlooked factors that effect our performance and overall wellbeing.

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23. Scrum, Kanban & Prioritization

Today on the show we will be talking about Scrum, Kanban and Prioritization, and what exactly that all means. We are joined by our featured guest, Charles Quirin, a Software Engineer at Stride Consulting with over 7 years of experience improving tech operations.

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22. Incremental Design

Today we will be talking all about incremental design: How working on this design using the act of process will help your team build better products, gain effective feedback and how that can help you boost sales at the end of the day. In this episode we are joined by special guest, Conrad Benumb, the Principal Consultant from Stride.

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21. Side Projects

Today, we’ll be talking about side projects and why developers like to pick them up. Whether it’s to explore a personal interest, a new idea, or give back to your community; there are tons of great benefits to having a side project.

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20. Building Bridges

On today’s episode we welcome Rachel Ober. Rachel is a Ruby on Rails developer based in New York City. A true renaissance woman, Rachel has significant experience in and a passion for user experience, user interface and cognitive design.

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19. Tech Debt

Every project, from the greenest greenfield code to the most legacy of PHP applications, inevitably accrues tech debt, code was easy to write in the first place but requires more effort to work around in the future. Michael, William and Dave discuss Tech Debt and how to deal with it in all of its forms, from Code smells and Piles of TODO’s to elephant graveyards of tech debt tickets.
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18. Editors

The text editor is a developer's most constant companion and an important tool for everyday productivity. Almost everyone has a strong opinion about their favorite editor and the folks from the Rabbit Hole are no exception. Michael, Dave and William share their opinions about text editors from Emacs & Spacemacs to ViM, Atom and Visual Studio Code and what makes a editor useful. Get in touch with us @radiofreerabbit on Twitter and leave a review on iTunes. Catch you guys next time!
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11. Organizing a Tech Meetup

Meetup is one of the most popular platforms for bringing people in the tech industry together in real life for networking, sharing information and having fun times. All of us at the Rabbit Hole enjoy going to tech meetups, but many of our coworkers (and surely some of you) have wondered what it would take to start something new!

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10. Books

In this episode of the Rabbit Hole podcast, we talk about software development books and literature. We talk about tow of our favorites in some detail, but also discuss the concepts of software development books more broadly (in the sense of what they can offer and why people might choose to read them).

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09. Vacations

Vacations help developers stay energized at work and avoid burn out, but sometimes it's hard to pull ourselves away from our computers for even a weekend away.

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07. Mentorship vs. Management

Managers and mentors are both crucial for guiding our career growth as developers.

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06. Rolling Off a Project

In this episode of The Rabbit Hole, we consider the bittersweet experience of rolling off a project. Whether you are transitioning to a new role and responsibilities at a different company, or just taking on a fresh project within the same organization, it’s inevitable that time with all good projects must end.

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05. Retrospectives

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole podcast!

Our panelists today: Aaron Streiter, Emmanuel Genard, and William Jeffries.

In this episode, we’ll talk about retrospectives. To be clear, we’re using the term in reference to retrospective meetings in the Scrum framework, not about art or other retrospectives (though we’ll touch on that in the episode!).

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04. Pair Programming

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole podcast!

Our panelists today: David Anderson and William Jeffries.

In this great episode, we discuss the concepts and uses of pair programming, remote programming, and mob programming. Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with any of those terms; we’ll talk about them in more depth in the episode, and explore what is (and isn’t) cool about each one.

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03. Planning Meetings

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole podcast!

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02. TDD

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole podcast! We’re delighted to welcome you to our first full-length episode.

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01. Introduction to The Rabbit Hole

Welcome to the introductory episode of the Rabbit Hole!

While this is the first episode available to the public, it certainly isn’t the first we’ve recorded. We’ve been working on this project, and recording, for the past six months to create a backlog of episodes. Each one is a dynamic conversation full of great information by developers for developers!

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