Hacking the Grepson

Matt and Mike, two career developers, discuss their experiences and talk about programming in a (hopefully) not-too-technical way.

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2 days ago

Much like the many written/spoken human languages that exist, there are quite a lot of programming languages, too. As a result of Advent of Code 2023, Mike and Matt discuss how diving into the backlogs and trying to create a project that talks Python, Ruby, and more, all at once, can be both challenging and fun.

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

Our final discussion on the Advent of Code 2023, covering days 17 through 25, is upon your ears. Will Santa's elves successfully fix snow production and save Christmas? Erm, sorta?

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

Matt, Mike, and a special guest discuss day 11-16 of the Advent of Code 2023. Join us as we expand the cosmos, roll rocks on platforms, and drive an unreliable crucible.
* Advent of Code 2023

Wednesday Jan 10, 2024

It may be 2024, so Advent of Code 2023 is done, but our minds are still catching up, trying to solve its puzzles. On this episode, Matt and Mike discuss days 4 through 10, and even a meta idea to figure out the difficulty curve for future problems.

Wednesday Dec 27, 2023

While the awesome programming challenge known as the Advent of Code has officially ended for 2023, the discussion can now begin. Matt and Mike discuss the first three days and their successes and difficulties with them.

Wednesday Dec 13, 2023

The current month is December, and you know what that means. It means the Advent of Code is afoot again! Matt and Mike yet again share their thoughts on this annual programming challenge after a few days of solving.
* Advent of Code 2023
* Advent of TypeScript

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

It's time for another installment of ImprovDev, the first since the, uh, only other one thus far! Matt explains the importance of trust when working with a team, and Mike listens and nods sagely while occasionally interjecting other, related words.

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

It's important to make software as accessible as possible, because diversity of experience is valuable. The web is a gigantic system of communication in our society, and on this episode Matt and Mike discuss some ways you can make it more accessible and inclusive.
* WCAG Standard
* Inclusive Microsoft Design

Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Matt and Mike share more insight into the sometimes complex world of technical interviews. We also thoroughly discuss a timely new potential interview question.

Wednesday Oct 18, 2023

Matt and Mike attempt to break down the roguelike deckbuilder known as Slay the Spire into its component game development parts.

Wednesday Oct 04, 2023

It's been a while since we started this podcast. Let's do a check-in.

Hacking the Grepson 050: Hackers

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

For our 50th episode, Matt and Mike finally discuss the movie, and its iconic quip "Hack the Gibson", that inspired this whole podcast business. Yes, we jack into cyberspace and get psychedelic by giving our thoughts on the mid-90s sci-fi film, Hackers.

Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

As a bit of an experiment on this episode, Matt and Mike decide to look at an Advent of Code problem from the archives, one never seen before, and then solve it together. Spoiler alert for AOC 2019, Day 1!
* Advent of Code

Hacking the Grepson 048: P vs NP

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

Matt and Mike dive into a rather heavy problem that has been confounding computer scientists for decades: P vs NP. Find out whether it's peanut-related or not, and what the ramifications of it being either about peanuts or not about peanuts actually are.

Wednesday Aug 09, 2023

Another episode in the MusicDev series is ready for your ears, and this time it's all about the Web Audio API. Want to build interactive web apps that use audio? Then this episode is a high-level overview of how to do that.
* Web Audio API (MDN)
* Mike's impressive Excalidraw diagram
* Nebyoodle
* SoundLister
* Keebord
* AudioHash (still a wip, actually)
* GemWarrior

Wednesday Jul 26, 2023

Matt and Mike explore the phenomenon known as "The Builder's Trap", wherein builders end up building stuff even when it's not the best solution to a problem.
* https://www.patkua.com/blog/the-builders-trap

Wednesday Jul 12, 2023

Matt and Mike discuss a blog post talking about some potentially suboptimal character traits of programmers that one should avoid.
* 10 Coding Habits That Make You a Bad Programmer: https://levelup.gitconnected.com/10-coding-habits-that-make-you-a-bad-programmer-96be9b1c2289

Wednesday Jun 28, 2023

Matt and Mike dive into the phenomenon that leads to questions like "How do you get the last 3 characters of a file?", "What is Dykstra's algorithm?", and "Where is the bleach?".

Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

Matt and Mike continue their moderate dive into programming fundamentals by moving on from basic/primitive variable types to complex types, such as Arrays and Structs.

Wednesday May 31, 2023

Matt and Mike finally get to some fundamentals about programming: variables. In Part 1, we discuss so-called "primitive" types, such as Boolean and String.

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