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Code && Beyond

Code && Beyond

By Alexander Sulim and Pablo Vicente
Code && Beyond is a weekly podcast with Pablo and Alex, two software engineers with more than 35 years of professional experience combined. We talk about creativity, productivity, problem solving, tools, culture, and anything beyond, but still related to the daily life of a software developer.
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Monolith vs. microservice
On Code && Beyond, we recently touched  on the hot topic of relational and NoSQL databases. To continue with the  trendy themes, this time Alex and Pablo discuss monolith and  microservice architectures. What are the cons and pros of these approaches? Does it make sense to start with microservices in a greenfield project? Notes: - Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization program. - NeoVim 0.5+ (Lua stuff). - Practical Microservices.   Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
24:47
September 20, 2021
Productivity tools: Tasks management
In the 14th episode of Code && Beyond, Pablo and Alex talk about  task management. Listen to them discuss their experiences with GTD  (Gettings Things Done) with Things and Todoist, Kanban with Trello, pen and paper with Bullet Journal, and Passion Planner.   Notes: - Passion Planner - Good notes - Bullet Journal - Notion - Trello - Todoist - Dynalist - Things - Nirvana Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
31:05
September 13, 2021
Our stories
In this special episode, Pablo and Alex talk about themselves.  Learn about their life, their career, their hobbies, and much more.  Find out things like: How we decided to become software developers How Pablo got a job in London speaking very little English How a book changed Alex's whole life All of this and more in the 13th episode of Code && Beyond. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by John Yasut from Pixabay.
34:09
September 6, 2021
Relational databases vs NoSQL
In the twelfth episode of Code && Beyond, software developers  Pablo and Alex touch on the topic of databases. What's the difference  between relational and NoSQL databases? What would be a use case for a  graph database? Which database type might be better to choose for a  greenfield project? Notes: - Amazon DynamoDB - fast and flexible NoSQL database service for any scale. - AWS re:Invent 2018: Amazon DynamoDB Deep Dive: Advanced Design Patterns for DynamoDB (DAT401) - SQLite is a C-language library that implements a small, fast, self-contained, high-reliability, full-featured, SQL database engine. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by John Yasut from Pixabay.
28:15
August 30, 2021
Productivity tools: Note-taking
The first step on the journey to being more productive is to clear your head using a technique called "brain dump". The idea is simple: write down your ideas, tasks, and anything else that is taking up space in your brain, either as digital or physical notes. In today's episode of Code && Beyond, Pablo and Alex share how they organize their notes and which note-taking tools they use. From Evernote and Microsoft OneNote to plain-text files in Markdown format, Obsidian, and more. Notes: - Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files. - Notion is a all-in-one workspace. - Bring! The simplest shopping list for sharing. - did.txt file - Microsoft OneNote is a one cross-functional notebook for all your notetaking needs. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by John Yasut from Pixabay.
31:37
August 22, 2021
Career progression
What changes when you get a new job title? Does it make sense to climb  the career ladder nowadays? Pablo and Alex try to answer these questions  on episode tenth of Code && Beyond as they discuss the topic of  career progression and talk about professional and personal growth in  the field of software development. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
22:60
August 16, 2021
Leaving the comfort zone
In the episode, Pablo and Alex discuss the importance of going out of the comfort zone. Why is it hard to do? How to overcome the fear of leaving the zone of comfort and even extend its borders? All of that and many more with the usual stories from personal experience. Notes: Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. The story, set in a dystopia in 2045, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
23:25
August 8, 2021
Remote work
In this week's episode, we talk about the pros and cons of remote work. Featuring personal stories (including our experience with Google Wave) tools, tips on how to set up a home office, be more productive and communicate more efficiently, and more. Plus, we touch on the tricky question of remote salaries. Notes: - Tuple: the best remote pair programming app on macOS - tmate: instant terminal sharing - Google Wave: software framework for real-time collaborative editing online Got any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
25:53
August 2, 2021
Experiments
This episode is all about the topic of experimentation and exploration. Who doesn't like to try a new database technology, play with a new framework, or write "Hello, world" in a new programming language? It's always exciting to play with new shiny things. But how to keep everything under control and get better results in the end? Alex and Pablo talk about their personal experience and share some tips and tricks on how to get even more from experiments and hack projects. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
22:15
July 25, 2021
Technical interviews
In this episode, Pablo and Alex touch on the topic of technical interviews. They share personal experiences and opinions on different aspects of conducting an interview and being interviewed. Code challenges! When and why they might be helpful. What's the true purpose of a code challenge? Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
27:12
July 19, 2021
Failures, successes, and learned lessons
In this episode, Alex and Pablo talk about epic failures, life-changing successes, and lessons derived from them. Four very different real-life stories. Notes: - PlantUML is an open-source tool allowing users to create diagrams from a plain text language. - Insomnia - the collaborative API client. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
21:05
July 11, 2021
The API Design-First philosophy
This time Pablo and Alex touch on the topic of the HTTP API design. They share a couple of stories from personal experience and explain what The API Design-First approach is and when it might make sense to follow it. Notes: - Stoplight: develop quality APIs with collaborative API-first design. - marginalia Ruby gem: attach comments to your ActiveRecord queries. - OpenAPI defines a standard, language-agnostic interface to RESTful APIs which allows both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the service without access to source code, documentation, or through network traffic inspection. - AsyncAPI: open source tools to easily build and maintain your event-driven architecture. - OpenRPC: design and document APIs using JSON-RPC 2.0 and open source tools. - Monodraw: powerful ASCII art editor designed for the Mac. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
23:19
July 4, 2021
Productivity methods and hacks
Productivity is one of the evergreen topics. But what does it even mean to be productive? How to tame procrastination? Does that make sense to worry about that at all? In this episode, Pablo and Alex explore these and other questions, share their personal stories of becoming more productive at work and in their personal life. Notes: - Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base that works on top ofa local folder of plain text Markdown files. - gron transforms JSON into discrete assignments to make it easier to grep for what you want. - Luca (film) - asdf is a CLI tool that can manage multiple language runtime versions on a per-project basis. - Slides in your terminal. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
31:05
June 27, 2021
Vim for life?
Vim is a text editor. It's the same for everyone, and yet everyone has a different story with it. In this episode Pablo and Alex share their vim-stories, explain why and what they like about the editor, what they wish to see as improvements, and more. Notes: - Hanami is a modern web framework for Ruby. - dry-rb is a collection of next-generation Ruby libraries. - Tim Pope on GitHub. - NeoVim - hyperextensible Vim-based text editor. - Devbook is a search engine for developers that helps them to find the resources they need and answer their questions faster. Have any feedback? Send us an email at codeandbeyond@protonmail.com or leave a voice message on Anchor. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
44:29
June 20, 2021
Heroes and mentors
In the very first episode, Pablo and Alex talk about inspirational people and those who guide professional development. It's is about heroes, mentors, life influencers, and role models. Notes: - Sandi Metz is an American software engineer and author. She is the author of Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby. - Robert Cecil Martin, colloquially called "Uncle Bob", is an American software engineer, instructor, and best-selling author. - Adam Savage is an American special effects designer and fabricator, actor, educator, and television personality and producer, known as the former co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters and Unchained Reaction. - Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It. "In this New York Times bestselling “imperative how-to for creativity” (Nick Offerman), Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters—shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality." GoodReads - Laura Kampf is a self-employed artist, designer, maker and creator who showcases her craftsmanship and DIY abilities on a self-titled YouTube channel. --- Music by Asepirawan20 from Pixabay.
40:21
June 13, 2021