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).
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.
54 min 27 sec
Jason and Adam learn about making games for a fantasy console with a lot of constraints.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
43 min 47 sec
Jason brings up the differences between Apple and Google, Jen talks about taking breaks, and they discuss gender politics.
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.
Jason and Jen interview Adam about Getting Things Done, Jen and Adam talk about bullet journaling, and Jen relates it all to imposter syndrome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
57 min 39 sec
The hosts cover one algorithm each, after wrapping up the data structures chapter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
45 min 1 sec
We get some updates from Safia and talk about our expectations for the book.
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.
48 min 15 sec
We talked about drinking from the firehose, practicing the craft, building breakable toys, and reading (coding books, Descartes, and Beowulf).
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.
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?
51 min 18 sec
In this episode, we introduce the hosts, the podcast, and the first book we'll be reading, Apprenticeship Patterns.
9 min 14 sec