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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Wednesday Jul 10, 2024

The Twelve-Factor App is a methodology for building web apps, especially those referred to as SaaS (Software as a Service). Matt and Mike introduce this intriguing concept and go over factors 1 to 5.
* 12factor.net
* Github source for 12factor.net

Wednesday Jun 26, 2024

All the software we use these days is much better at getting, retaining, and deciphering user data than it was in the past. How that's done and whether it's a net positive is a good discussion topic, and Matt and Mike are here to do some analysis.

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

Sometimes a job that is done well solo can be done even better with a compatriot. Matt and Mike discuss the pros and cons of reciprocal development.

Hacking the Grepson 068: APIs

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Programs you interact with, especially on the Internet, usually have some kind of Application Programming Interface. Matt and Mike query this episode's API and let you know the results.

Wednesday May 15, 2024

There are both pros and cons to developing alone or with others. Matt and Mike discuss what those are, unsurprisingly, as that is the point of our podcast.

Hacking the Grepson 066: SPAs

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Wednesday May 01, 2024

They may not be as relaxing to experience as the lowercase version, but SPAs, or Single Page Applications, are just as, if not more, important to our modern world wide web. Matt and Mike book an appointment and tell you how it goes.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2024

One or more of the hosts of Hacking the Grepson is changing their job! Matt and Mike discuss the ups and downs of moving from one work establishment to another.

Hacking the Grepson 064: Dailies

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Everyone's got their daily routine. Ours just happens to involve a lot of web games. Matt and Mike go over their gotta-dos each day.

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Matt and Mike discuss how our concept of what a "computer" is has always been a box -- it's just that nowadays those boxes are much smaller and digital.

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Matt and Mike discuss the ongoing debate over certain tech terms that don't always sound right to modern day ears.

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

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.

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