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BookBytes is a book club podcast for developers. Each episode the hosts discuss part of a book they've been reading. And they also chat with authors about their books. The books are about development, design, ethics, history, and soft skills. Sometimes there are tangents (also known as footnotes).

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Adam really wants cheap access to space, Jason really wants augmented reality, and they talk about other things that may or may not happen in the future.

Nov 15

54 min 27 sec

Jason and Adam learn about making games for a fantasy console with a lot of constraints.

Jun 21

33 min 16 sec

Adam, Jason, and Rizel talk about race and how to talk about race. They cover issues like privilege, intersectionality, police brutality, and microaggressions.

Mar 21

1 hr 11 min

Jason has dipped in and out of Haskell over the years, Adam did very little of the problems, and Jason teaches Adam a lot about functional programming.

Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

Going through Clojure was an eye opening experience for Jason, and for Adam it’s intriguing, but the learning curve is very steep.

Nov 2020

58 min 23 sec

Jason loved tinkering with Erlang, they both read a little bit of Learn You Some Erlang, and Adam had a hard time with concurrency.

Nov 2020

57 min 32 sec

Adam loves how it supports functional and object-oriented programming, Jason said it would take a long time to really wrap his head around it, and Adam had a hard time installing and running it.

Nov 2020

1 hr 1 min

Adam remembered using Prolog in college, Jason felt like he had no what he was doing, Adam thought it was fun and mind bending, and Jason felt like writing a Sudoku solver was like having cheat mode on.

Nov 2020

58 min 57 sec

Adam thought Io is a weird language, it changed Jason's perspective, and Adam thought the interview with the creator was insightful.

Oct 2020

57 min 32 sec

Adam and Jason talk about the benefits of learning new languages, they talk through their experience with Ruby, and discuss their solutions to the challenges in the book.

Oct 2020

58 min 7 sec

Adam tells the story of how Ellen got into programming, Jason describes the barriers of the current online courses, Megan talks about the sexism Ellen experienced, and they talk about Y2K and ponder the difference between life and AI.

Aug 2020

55 min 43 sec

Adam, Jason, and Megan learn about some of the amazing things AI can do, laugh at the dumb stuff it does sometimes, are a bit disappointed by its limitations, and come out more informed about what to realistically expect going forward.

Aug 2020

49 min 45 sec

Jason and Adam talk about working remotely amid a global pandemic. Adam got a standing desk, they agree that is better when everyone is remote, and they talk about having a good setup and routines.

May 2020

43 min 47 sec

Jason brings up the differences between Apple and Google, Jen talks about taking breaks, and they discuss gender politics.

Feb 2020

53 min 47 sec

Adam talks about an awful boss he had, Jen talks about 2 wolves, they talk about rockstars vs superstars, and the radical candor framework.

Feb 2020

1 hr

Jason and Jen interview Adam about Getting Things Done, Jen and Adam talk about bullet journaling, and Jen relates it all to imposter syndrome.

Dec 2019

58 min 37 sec

Adam talks about how he has used the book to prepare for interviews, Safia talks about the Microsoft interview process, Jason tells a story about arguing in an interview, and they each talk about a problem they solved.

Sep 2019

54 min 51 sec

Jason read Measure What Matters, and Adam and Safia have a bunch of questions about what OKRs are and how they work.

Jul 2019

51 min 53 sec

Jason talks about how close we are to the technology in the book, Safia interviews the parents about screen time with kids, and they talk about 80's references and old video games.

Jun 2019

1 hr 8 min

They discuss how to pronounce The Bombe, Adam talks about Conway's Law, and Safia compares sexism in the workplace to warfare.

Jun 2019

49 min 21 sec

Safia has a new job, they talk about how much they know or don't know about WWII, Safia talks about the disposability of the women, and they talk about women's pockets and things that remind them of Computer Science.

May 2019

53 min 18 sec

Safia compares the recruiting efforts to modern day, Jason looks at good qualities for cracking codes and did some research on Shakespeare authorship, Jen talks about the challenges women go through, and they talk about strategies for cracking codes.

Apr 2019

50 min 22 sec

Adam asks what they think about the title of the book, Safia is struck by the fact that women were disqualified because of ethnicity, Jen mentions how women's photos became a source of commentary, and Safia talks about what people value in men vs women.

Mar 2019

43 min 31 sec

Everyone chats with Komal Singh about her motivations, the creation process, and the illustrator. And Jason's daughter even gets a question answered.

Feb 2019

38 min 38 sec

Everyone geeks out over this children's picture book, Jason and Jen read it to their daughters, Adam and Safia overthink it a little bit, and they give advice on reading it to a child.

Feb 2019

32 min 56 sec

We talk with Rob about his book, how and why he wrote it, as well as the next book that's coming out.

Jan 2019

50 min 1 sec

Safia compares test code to cake batter, Safia and Jen talk about testing culture, Jason says Rust makes testing easier, and Adam compares Unix to Eunuchs.

Dec 2018

51 min 39 sec

Safia talks about the four themes of functional programming, Jason tells us the difference between currying and partial application, Jason finds out that third normal form is not the most normal form. And Adam found out that BASE is the opposite of ACID.

Nov 2018

56 min 38 sec

Safia finds out that she already knew some of the design patterns, but not the name, Adam is confused about the fascade pattern, they talk about DRY, YAGNI, and they get into TDD, and a bit of the Unix philosophy.

Oct 2018

44 min 43 sec

They talk about some advanced algorithms, Safia goes on a tangent about Grace Hopper, and Jason made a compiler in Rust.

Sep 2018

57 min 39 sec

The hosts cover one algorithm each, after wrapping up the data structures chapter.

Sep 2018

42 min 19 sec

They go over big O and data structures, Jason and Safia have a vulcan mind meld over Timsort, and Adam almost went down a rabbit trail of YouTube videos.

Aug 2018

46 min 47 sec

The hosts talk about various types of machines from finite-state machines, pushdown machines, and turing machines, and then get distracted by retro computing and the turbo button.

Aug 2018

40 min 59 sec

Adam and Jen have new jobs, they talk about complexity in the real world vs academia, and then Safia and Adam get some real-time learning in lambda calculus.

Jul 2018

1 hr 3 min

They talk about the first chapter, their computer science backgrounds, genetic algorithms, Star Trek, their first computers, and what they're looking forward to in the book.

Jun 2018

56 min 51 sec

We talk with Sara about why she wrote the book and some of her thoughts about how to change the industry.

Jun 2018

38 min 49 sec

We get into a lively discussion about sexism and racism in the workplace and the interview process, and Safia puts Adam and Jason in the hot seat.

May 2018

1 hr 5 min

Many apps and websites are sexist, racist, or marginalize people. In this episode, we talk about a lot of examples from the book about these apps.

May 2018

45 min 1 sec

We get some updates from Safia and talk about our expectations for the book.

Apr 2018

7 min 48 sec

We talked with one of the authors of Apprenticeship Patterns about the process of writing the book, reading, learning, career paths, and changes he would make to the book.

Apr 2018

48 min 15 sec

We talked about drinking from the firehose, practicing the craft, building breakable toys, and reading (coding books, Descartes, and Beowulf).

Apr 2018

1 hr 4 min

We talk about mapping out our careers (or lack thereof), what titles mean at companies, craft vs art, being the worst, and getting mentors.

Mar 2018

52 min 9 sec

How do you set yourself up for success in your career as a software engineer? How do you learn? How do you go from junior to senior?

Mar 2018

51 min 18 sec

In this episode, we introduce the hosts, the podcast, and the first book we'll be reading, Apprenticeship Patterns.

Mar 2018

9 min 14 sec