Season 3 Episode 5 | May 27, 2020
For the month of May we read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. Outliers examines the factors which contribute to high-levels of success and while we often attribute success to circumstance today we’ll discuss our thoughts to see if we agree.
Season 3 Episode 4 | May 25, 2020
Today we're talking about routing and switching, starting with layer 1 of the OSI model. Let's dig in. JUST KIDDING I know nothing about that kind of networking, but we ARE talking about networking today! Networking is a great opportunity to meet new people in the same industry, learn new skills, and develop your career. This week we’re talking all things networking: why we network, how to network, and what to do if you’re really not that into networking. Let’s jump in!
Building Developer Communities
Season 3 Episode 3 | May 18, 2020
Developer community is centered around the idea of nurturing and amplifying community voices within a company and the head of developer community is responsible for leading this effort. Today we’re joined by Kim Maida, Head of Developer Relations and Community at Gatsby. We’ll discuss what her job entails, the ins and outs of developer advocacy, advice for someone looking to get into this field, and more.
Season 3 Episode 2 | May 11, 2020
Advice for our Past Selves
Season 3 Episode 1 | May 4, 2020
Web Developer Learning Path
Season 2 Episode 14 | April 06, 2020
There are so many ways to learn to code, and so many things to know. Today we’ll give our perspectives on different paths you can take. Whether you’re looking for your first dev job or you’re looking to advance your web development knowledge, we’ll be covering a ton of different options for you.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work
Season 2 Episode 13 | April 1, 2020
How often have you found yourself working late into the night at the office? Or maybe taking advantage of the quote unquote benefits like free dinner only to realize that your work life balance is strained? If this sounds like you, chances are it might be crazy at work.
Learning How to Learn
Season 2 Episode 12 | March 30, 2020
On our podcast, we talk a LOT about what to learn as a developer. But today we’re switching gears and talking about HOW to actually learn all this information. We’ll discuss the concept of metacognition, or how we learn and retain information as well as some strategies for making the process easier.
Season 2 Episode 11 | March 23, 2020
This week we have a super exciting episode, we’re chatting with Courtland Allen, the founder of Indie Hackers. We’re going to talk about what indie hacking is, how to get started with it, and his advice for gaining traction with indie products. Let’s get started!
What's on Our Computers
Season 2 Episode 10 | March 16, 2020
This week we’re giving you all the details about our computer setups including our hardware preferences, browsers, desktop software, code editor and CLI settings, and top productivity tools. We’ll also tell you some of our miscellaneous preferences like most used emoji and current desktop photo.
Season 2 Episode 10 | March 9, 2020
Interviewing is hard, and while we all probably focus primarily on the technical interviews, the behavioral interviews can make or break your success. In two previous episodes we discussed data structures and algorithms as well as the frontend technical interview process. This week we’re covering the behavioral and cultural side of interviews - essentially the rest of the interview that doesn’t include the technical questions.
Season 2 Episode 9 | March 2, 2020
In one of our previous episodes, we talked about different jobs within tech, one of which is engineering management. Today we’re joined by the wonderful Amal Hussein, engineering manager at NPM and we’re going to chat more in-depth about her career path.
Season 2 Episode 8 | February 26, 2020
Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognized or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you're a woman.
Season 2 Episode 7 | February 24, 2020
Programming interviews are terrifying. There’s so much to learn and nobody enjoys answering technical questions in front of a complete stranger. In this episode, we’ll dive into the frontend technical interview and give some tips and tricks for nailing it.
Building a Resume
Season 2 Episode 6 | February 17, 2020
Whether you’re seeking your first developer job or you’re looking to move to a new company, your resume is the first thing employers will see. Having a strong resume is what sets you apart from the competition. In this week’s episode we’re discussing all things resume-building, including what’s important to include, what can be skipped, and best practices for creating your resume.
Season 2 Episode 5 | February 10, 2020
This week we’re talking all things game development! Joining us today is Arianna Rudawski, a software engineer with a super cool job. We’ll be discussing what a career in game development is like, the skills needed to become a game developer, and advice for getting into game development.
Data Structures and Algorithms
Season 2 Episode 4 | February 3, 2020
Computer science concepts like data structures and algorithms can be super intimidating, especially if you’re cramming the night before an interview. In this episode, we’ll discuss common algorithms and data structures and give you some tips for your next whiteboarding challenge.
Bookclub: Atomic Habits
Bonus | January 29, 2020
We're so excited for the first-ever Ladybug Podcast book club episode! This is a bonus episode which will occur at the end of each month. This month we’re discussing Atomic Habits by James Clear.
Season 2 Episode 3 | January 27, 2020
Every day we see companies market to us with a specific brand voice, and we can recognize the differences from one brand to the next. But what about personal brands? You as a person are a brand - it’s how you portray yourself on the internet and how others perceive you. I’m a brand, Emma’s a brand, Ali’s a brand. We’re all our own unique representations of ourselves. This week we’re discussing what it means to have your own personal brand and everything you need to know about building and managing your brand.
Design for Developers
Season 2 Episode 2 | January 20, 2020
One of the biggest things that developers struggle with is design. It’s easy to look at an application and know that it looks terrible, but hard to explain why. This episode we’re joined by Steve Schoger, co-author of the hugely popular Refactoring UI. We’ll learn some design tips and dive into the story behind the book as well as his other projects Hero Patterns and Hero Icons.
20 Tips for Developers in 2020
Season 2 Episode 1 | January 13, 2020
To kick off our new season and a new year, this week we’ll be discussing 20 tips to start off strong in 2020. From mentorship to debugging to strategizing your learning, we'll give you all the advice you need for starting the year off right!
Speaking At Conferences
Season 1 Episode 22 | November 25, 2019
Have you ever watched or attended a conference and been in awe of the speakers? How do they know so much information? How do they prepare a talk? How do they even get the courage to speak in the first place and what is that process like? In this episode we’ll delve into all things conference talks.
Season 1 Episode 21 | November 18, 2019
Today we’re talking about web performance. Did you know that 40% of users abandon sites that take more than 3s to load? Turns out making your sites fast is pretty important! In this episode we’ll talk about what web performance is, why we should care, and we’ll give you tips for optimizing performance and measuring it.
Season 1 Episode 20 | November 11, 2019
Season 1 Episode 19 | November 4, 2019
In recent years, working remotely has become a more popular office perk not only among startups but enterprise businesses as well. Some companies even ONLY work remotely. In this week’s episode, we’ll discuss our experiences working remotely, the pros and cons from an employer and employee standpoint, and provide some advice on whether or not working remotely is a good fit for you.
Shopify & E-Commerce
Season 1 Episode 18 | October 28, 2019
If you’ve ever seen Kelly’s Twitter account then you’ve probably heard of Shopify, an E-commerce platform that gives you everything you need to sell online. This week we’re talking to JML, CTO at Shopify, and we’re giving you all the details.
All About Technical Portfolios
Season 1 Episode 17 | October 21, 2019
This week we're talking all things portfolios. What can a portfolio do for you? How can you build one? Do you even need a portfolio to be successful? This week we'll delve into the world of portfolios.
React, Vue, && Angular, OH MY!
Season 1 Episode 16 | October 13, 2019
Hacktoberfest Part 2
Season 1 Episode 15 | October 10, 2019
October means it's time for Hacktoberfest. We're talking with Shannon Crabill about what open source is, how to get involved with Hacktoberfest, and tips & tricks for maintaining open source projects.
Hacktoberfest Part 1
Season 1 Episode 14 | October 7, 2019
October means it's time for Hacktoberfest. Hacktoberfest is an awesome event where you can get involved in open source whether it's your first time contributing or you're a seasoned pro. In this episode we'll discuss what Hacktoberfest is, how you can start contributing to open source, and with our special guests Peter and Jess from Dev, we'll talk about how you can maintain your own open source project.
Season 1 Episode 13 | September 30, 2019
Design systems are in the world around us from the signs on the side of the highway to the setup of a grocery store and our products are no exception. But what exactly our design systems and how do we build them? In this episode, we'll take a look at the foundations of design systems, the benefits and drawbacks, and the process for creating one from the ground up.
How To Teach Code
Season 1 Episode 12 | September 23, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an effective teacher in the tech industry? Well, wonder no more. We had the pleasure of chatting with Angie Jones, senior developer advocate at Applitools and director at Test Automation University about her experience as a teacher. And she talks to us about her teaching and learning styles and shares some advice for those looking to get into the world of teaching. And this episode, we'll discuss things like how to teach to multiple skill levels and common misconceptions about being a teacher.
What The Heck Is GraphQL?
Season 1 Episode 11 | September 16, 2019
GraphQL has taken this industry by storm, but what is it exactly? In this special episode of the Ladybug Podcast we’ve invited 14 GraphQL experts from the community to educate us on all things GraphQL!
Career Paths in Tech
Season 1 Episode 10 | August 26, 2019
There are so many different paths your career can follow in the tech industry. There's frontend, backend, or even full-stack development. You could also be a software engineer, quality assurance engineer, UX engineer, manager, developer advocate, or something else entirely!
Ask Kelly about Entrepreneurship
Season 1 Episode 9 | August 19, 2019
Today we are doing a deep dive about entrepreneurship with our in house business owner, Kelly! Everyone can benefit from thinking entrepreneurially, even people who don’t want to start their own business. We’re going to ask Kelly about all the things that we are curious about and scare us about entrepreneurship.
Level Up With CSS - Part 2
Season 1 Episode 8 | August 14, 2019
In the first part of our CSS episode, we discussed the foundations. In this special bonus episode we'll continue the conversation by covering some more in-depth areas of CSS, like layouts with Grid and Flexbox, animations, media queries, naming conventions, pre-processors, and frameworks.
Level Up With CSS - Part 1
Season 1 Episode 7 | August 12, 2019
Learn all about the fundamentals of CSS: from selectors to the box model.
Season 1 Episode 6 | August 5, 2019
Have you ever been scared to contribute to a conversation or publish a blog post because you were worried you weren’t qualified enough? Wondered how you got to the point you’re at in your career because you feel you don’t belong? Or that you’re a fraud? You’re not alone! In this episode, we discuss how we have experienced impostor syndrome and our personal strategies for combatting it.
How the Ladybugs Got Their Spots
Seaon 1 Episode 5 | July 29, 2019
In this episode, we're getting to know the ladybug hosts, both on technical and non-technical topics. Listen in to learn about our favorite tech stacks, our biggest career milestones, favorite books, and more.
Web Technologies We're Excited About
Season 1 Episode 4 | July 22, 2019
The landscape of technologies you can learn in the development world can be overwhelming if you don't know where to go next. In this episode, we discuss the technologies we're most excited about. From CSS to GraphQL, Django to WebAssembly, and design to augmented reality - we cover it all.
Season 1 Episode 3 | July 15, 2019
One of the most popular outlets for programmers is through blogging. In this episode, we discuss why each of us got into blogging, the pros and cons of starting your own blog, and tips on how to make your blog a success.
Side Project Balancing Act
Season 1 Episode 2 | July 8, 2019
Side projects are an excellent way to express yourself creatively and build up your tech stack. But how do you find time to work on your side project when you have a full-time job and other responsibilities at home? In this episode, we discuss our personal side projects, along with some useful strategies for giving your side projects the attention they deserve.
New Career, Who Dis?
Season 1 Episode 1 | July 1, 2019
There are several different ways you can learn how to code. In this episode, we discuss computer science degrees, bootcamps, and self-directed learning. Each has benefits and have brought a lot of people into the world of programming. Each also has challenges. We all have had unique paths to programming, so we'll incorporate our experiences and observations.