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Code School Life with Alex Aranda

In this episode, I welcome Alex Aranda into the duck pond to discuss his current enrollment in a coding bootcamp, his motivation for switching careers, and strategies for his job hunt in the tech industry after he finishes the program. We also reminisce about being in a band together and talk about a study that concludes drummers are typically smarter than their bandmates (Alex is the exception).

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React Native, FastLane, and PWAs with Gant Laborde

This week, fan-favorite Gant Laborde comes around to discuss his work at Infinite Red using React Native and Native development, Progressive Web Apps and what they aim to solve, and organizing Chain React Conf in Portland. We also get into our Cocoa pods gripes, how Fastlane is amazing after you go through the pains of it's setup, and how to effectively create a workplace playlist that makes everyone happy (not, it's not as simple as shuffling Weezer's first two albums and early B-sides...).

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BONUS EPISODE - James Snell talks QUIC

For our first ever BONUS episode, we're bringing you James Snell's recent talk from NodeJS OC. James discusses his involvement with http/3 and QUIC and fields some questions from the audience. It was a great talk about complex topics, presented in a way that was easily digestible and interesting. Even John understood it. Well, even John _said_ he understood it. John understood 50% of it.

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SVGs with Chris Coyier

This week, we talk to Chris Coyier about the image format (language? file extension?) that confuses us all the most (or at least John): SVGs. Chris gives us the skinny on what makes SVGs so great before we talk about how he cofounded his two most popular projects: CSS-Tricks and Codepen.io. We also talk IE and how it "encourages" online CSS research, code schools and their various enrollment options, and before trying to figure out what a lolDad really is.

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Brackeys Mix

This week, we get two guests for the price of one. Asbjørn Thirslund and Andreas Gielov from Brackeys join us to talk about how they ended up running a Game Development YouTube channel with 800k+ subscribers. We had a lot of fun this episode, and for the first time in Duck Tapes history the guest takes us to task on our duck knowledge; turns out our namesake from the animal kingdom may not be as cute and friendly as we previously thought. Also, everyone loves licorice!

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Week Off Mix

Bad news, duckheads. The duck pond froze over this week, because your two favorite hosts were so busy with projects they forgot to turn the heat on. Don't fret- we'll be back next week with a huge guest! In the meantime, catch up on our back catalog, give John's new podcast a listen, and watch Tiffany's twitch channel if you are really fiending for some new duckiness. See you next week!

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Rachel Valentine Mix

This week, Rachel Valentine swoops in to discuss her role as Head of People at Vincit California, where your two favorite hosts work! Rachel gives a peek into the HR world as she discusses which resumes stand out from the rest, good and bad interviewing techniques, her background as a recruiter, and obvie Vanderpump Rules comes up. We forgot to ask Rachel what music she listens to when she codes, since she doesn't code, but it's a well-known fact that Rachel is an emo fanatic.

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Jonny Burger Mix

Boy, do we have a Whopper© of an episode for you this week! Software hacker (we make the distinction between hacker vs engineer in the episode) Jonny Burger aka the Burger King jumps head first into the duck pond after his 1,342nd consecutive run to discuss why he runs every single day (no exaggeration), hackathon strategy and mindset, and his multitude of apps and projects. We also get to the bottom of the mystery haunting us all: What does John's last name really mean?

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Laurence Bradford Mix

This week, Laurence Bradford flies in from the East Coast for a dip in the cool, calm waters of the duck pond. We talk about her inspiration for creating her online community at Learn To Code With Me, and discuss why she chose to leave her career in Economic Development in Bangkok to pursue the a life of coding, teaching, and more teaching in New York. Check out learntocodewith.me, especially if you're nervous about transitioning into the tech field!

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Ben Wurth Mix

This week, Ben Wurth plops into the pond to talk about his agency experience working with .NET, C#, F#, G#, and A♭. Some of those are jokes but that's up to you to figure out. We also discuss where web assembly is going, how context works, and the fact that, as per usual with our guests, he doesn't have a favorite band. SNAKE WARNING: An anaconda followed Ben into the pond and hissed during the entirety of his interview. Apologies for the audio quality!

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Resources and Testing with William Strong

Returning guest William Strong comes in hot in this episode, planning to discuss resources for self-learning before quickly getting sidetracked by his two favorite hosts. Then we talk about when Will utilizes testing before getting into a Lord of the Rings vs Harry Potter vs Game of Throne debate, some book recommendations, and a little music talk. Obviously we end up pondering the emotional damage device addiction can have before shaming Tiffany about not knowing Jack White by name. The Hook King has returned!

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William Candillon Mix

This week, William Candillon pops in the duck pond to discuss React Native gestures and animations. We talk about the differences between handling the two in vanilla React Native vs using the popular declarative libraries react-native-gesture-handler and react-native-reanimated. Will convinces us to go back on our initial denouncing of Expo before discussing his popular YouTube series "Can It Be Done In React Native?" Follow William on twitter: @wcandillon Also, 4°C = 39.2°F everyone. Too cold for your average duck, I'm afraid.

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John & Tiffany Mix Vol. 2

No guest this week! Instead, we pick up where we left off in our last John & Tiffany Mix and answer the questions you, the fans, have been begging us to address. We cover the new React DevTools update, because after all this is a tech podcast, before jumping into the meaty stuff like World of Warcraft, Bon Jovi, chips and salsa, and Rivers Cuomo. It all ties together seamlessly.

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Swyx Mix

This week, Shawn "Swyx" Wang joins us in the Duck Pond to take a deep dive into his coding philosophy "Learning in Public." We take some time to discuss his role at Netlify, how he got started in coding (after a full career in a different industry!), and of course Jack White comes up.

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Nader Dabit Mix

This week, Nader Dabit jumps on a raft and paddles down the Mississippi to meet us in the Duck Pond. We discuss AWS Amplify, GraphQL, and React Native, before getting into the important stuff like futurism and the Matrix.

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John & Tiffany Mix Vol. 1

No new ducks in the pond this week. Instead, get to know your two favorite hosts, John and Tiffany! Listen to us ramble for 30 minutes and you'll walk away smarter, happier, and with more muscle tone; that's the Duck Tapes Guarantee!

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YAML with Eemeli Aro

In this episode, Eemeli Aro flaps his wings and flies all the way from Finland to plop in to the duck pond to discuss coding as artistic expression, science fiction fandom, and most importantly, his involvement in the open source community developing yaml. And of course we find out his favorite band (you haven't heard of them).

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Scott Tolinski Mix

This week, Scott Tolinski hops in to the duck pond to discuss break dancing, working for Ford, working for himself, among a variety of other topics. At some point a baby and a dog make an appearance. Follow Scott on Twitter and Instagram @stolinski, and browse through his website LevelUpTutorials.com!

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React Native with Otto Kivikarki

This is a big week for the Duck Tapes as we welcome back our first return guest, Storybook phenom Otto Kivikarki. Otto joins us to discuss what you can expect getting started with React Native. Find more from Otto on Twitter @OttoKK, and read his top-rated informative article on Storybook: vincit.com/blog/getting-started-with-storybook-js-with-react

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Kent C. Dodds Mix

In this episode, Kent C. Dodds jumps in to the duck pond to talk teaching, learning, open source, and involvement in the development community in general. Learn more from Kent by following him on Twitter @kentcdodds and joining his newsletter, kentcdodds.com (subscribe at bottom)!

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Wes Bos Mix

We're coming back hot with an interview with the great Wes Bos! We talked to Wes about his coding journey, from customizing his friends' Myspace profiles to the javascript guru he is today. We also got his thoughts on how to stay up to date with changes in the industry and forced him to recommend a VSCode extension on the spot. Follow @wesbos on Twitter and Instagram and take his courses at wesbos.com!

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CSS Magic with Mark Youssef

In this episode, CSS Wizard Mark Youssef trades his cloak in for some swim trunks and takes a dip in the Duck Pond to teach us a few things about styling in web development. He tells us what potions he had to drink and spells he had to cast to defeat his greatest of foes, the Voldemort to his Harry: The Button. He drops some hot tips about animating in CSS, giving his recommendations on how to take your fps from bumpy to buttery. In the end, we all agree that Magic: The Gathering is a really fun game that people shouldn't be ashamed to play. Expeliamos.

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Meatgate: Social Engineering

In this episode, we recount a tale of social engineering that we recently unwittingly took part in. Leaning heavily on the "tangentially related" portion of the phrase "tangentially related to software development," we leave no stone unturned and go into painful detail in the retelling of an incident that walks the thin line between irrelevant and enlightening. Don't put your credit card number into a site that's not secure.

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Storybooks with Otto Kivikarki

In this episode, storybook extraordinaire Otto Kivikärki jumps in to the duck pond. After a fierce debate about public transportation and what we can do to improve driver-to-user communication, Otto teaches us a few things about what storybooks are and how we can use them in our projects.

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React Hooks with the Hook King

In this episode, the King of Hooks, William Strong, stops by the duck pond to give us the rundown on what hooks are, when to use them, and when not to. We also look back at Hook and discuss Dustin Hoffman's overall influence on the javascript ecosystem (it's big).

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Refactoring with Mikko Salokangas

In this episode, the Duck Boys welcome all-star developer Mikko Salokangas into the Duck Pond to talk about their favorite topic: refactoring. Turn on your AC, because things get heated.

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