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Welcome to the Duck Tapes: A tech podcast for duckheads. You might learn something, but you'll always hear something. Hosted by John Haupenthal
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Mt. Eddy
On this episode I give some quick updates on libraries I'm using in a fresh React Native project and attempt to sell you on the greatness of Mt. Eddy. Simple Shadow View: React Native Doctor: React Native SVG: Ben Awad's React Navigation 5.0 video: Mt. Eddy:
March 01, 2020
Quick Quack: GraphQL Codegen in a monorepo
This episode is the quickest of the quackest.  Hear about smashing lego trucks from a young Haupenthal, get a pretty high-level overview of an awesome library called Graphql-Codgen and how I use it in a monorepo with Typescript projects, and get a silly opinion on the Yarn 2 meltdowns. Graphql Codgen: Yarn 2: Great article on Yarn 2 vs 1 vs NPM from the folks at Infinite Red: Great video on Yarn 2 from Ben Awad: Cowboy by The Rumble Strips:
February 09, 2020
Week Off
See you guys in a week;  go practice your 3's. RIP Kobe Bryant
January 27, 2020
Quick Quacks: Rematch and D-7
This week is the introduction of Quick Quacks aka shorter episodes that I can put out while I'm busy with project work.  Today I go over and awesome state management library that makes using redux feel like you're not using redux:  Rematch!  Also I FINALLY reveal my favorite Nirvana song (I got tired of being harassed on Twitter). Check out Rematch here: Check out Nirvana's D-7 on Spotify: or YouTube: Serving the Servants book:
January 13, 2020
Native Modules and Blockchain with Adem Bilican
Adem Bilican plops into the duck pond this week to share his experience coming from native development with Java and Objective-C to working in React Native.  Adem gives his advice (and encouragement!) regarding how to create your own native modules and exposing native functionality to the javascript thread.  Also, he tries to get me to understand blockchain and cryptocurrency (with varying success). Follow Adem on Twitter: @ademcan_net and Instagram: @ademcan_net Check out his site: Follow the Duck Tapes Music Playlist on Spotify!
December 23, 2019
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. Duck Tapes Spotify Playlist Drummers are smart article Follow Alex on LinkedIn because he has no other online presence
December 09, 2019
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...). Follow Gant on Twitter: @GantLaborde React Native Fastlane tutorials: AI tutorial: Plug DJ for workplace community radio:
November 25, 2019
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, most of it)! Follow James on Twitter: @jasnell James is Head of Research at NearForm: Check out NodeJS OC:
November 18, 2019
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  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.
November 11, 2019
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! Check out Brackeys' YouTube channel: Pay-what-you-want games assets: Thom Yorke showing he's still got those pipes: John Frusciante tearing it up in Dani California: We're going to a biweekly episode after today, so our next episode will drop 11/11!
October 28, 2019
The 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! John's other podcast: Tiffany's Twitch:
October 21, 2019
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. Follow Rachel on Twitter: @rachvalentine Rachel's favorite song ever:
October 14, 2019
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? Follow Jonny on Twitter: @JNYBGR Check out AnySticker Check out Jonny's portfolio! John's Weezer playlist
October 07, 2019
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, especially if you're nervous about transitioning into the tech field! Follow Laurence on Instagram and Twitter! Check out Learn To Code With.Me! Here is a pretty sad country song: Chris Stapleton - Whiskey And You Here's a soul-crusher of a country song: Little Big Town - Girl Crush And here's a cheerful one so you can get on with your day: Cory Branan - Yeah So What
September 30, 2019
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! Follow Ben on Twitter: Ben's favorite composer: Mirai soundtrack: Crash Course: Computer Science:
September 23, 2019
William Strong: Resources and Testing Mix
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! Tristan Harris Ted Talk: Center For Humane Technology: Will's favorite White Stripes song: Will's favorite site:
September 16, 2019
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 Check out his YouTube series: Check out his awesome new course for declarative gestures and animations in RN: Will's favorite artist: 4°C = 39.2°F everyone.  Too cold for your average duck I'm afraid.
September 09, 2019
John and 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. Check out Will Strong's blog at the DevTools update: Tweet at Rivers to come on the podcast: Powered by Vincit
September 02, 2019
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. Follow Shawn on twitter: @swyx Check out his recent React Hooks talk: And his retrospective on his first year at Netlify: Powered by Vincit
August 26, 2019
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. Follow Nader on Twitter @dabit3 Sort and rank Nader's project on GitHub Check out Jay-Zeezer Powered by Vincit
August 19, 2019
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! Tiffany's favorite song: John's favorite song: The White Stripes ripping up a Dolly Parton song:
August 12, 2019
Eemeli's Open Source Mix
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.  And of course we find out his favorite band (you haven't heard of them). Eemeli's Github: Eemeli's Twitter: Eemeli's favorite band: WorldCon 2019: Follow us everywhere @ducktapesfm Powered by Vincit.
August 05, 2019
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. We don't think he will ever run out of stories to share! Level Up Tutorials >> Scott Tolinksi Breakdancing >> Scott's 90s playlist >> Follow Scott on Twitter >> Follow Scott on Instagram >> Links to episode references: Scott's 90s playlist >> Scott's favorite breaking battle >> Scott's favorite popping battle >> Locking >> Radiohead making you wonder why you even bother waking up in the morning >> Powered by Vincit.
July 29, 2019
React Native Mix Vol. 1
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. Otto Storytelling with Storybook >> React Native Itself >> Follow Otto on Twitter >> Powered by Vincit.
July 22, 2019
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. Kent Being Kool (newsletter @ bottom) >> #1 Testing JavaScript Course >> 0 to 60 Software Development >> Follow Kent on Twitter >> Powered by Vincit.
July 15, 2019
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. Take Wes Bos Courses >> Follow Wes on Twitter >> Follow Wes on Instagram >> Powered by Vincit.
July 08, 2019
We're Back!
Hello dedicated fanbase!  After an impromptu hiatus during which Scott flew off and Tiffany flew in, we're back in your feed with the same high-quality content you duckheads have come to know and love. We'll be returning with weekly episodes starting Monday, July 8th.  Our first episode back will feature an interview with javascript guru and all-around cool dude Wes Bos!  See you in a week! Powered by Vincit.
July 01, 2019
Episode 6: CSS, or Mark vs The Button
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. Brought to you by Vincit.
May 01, 2019
Episode 5 - 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. Brought to you by Vincit.
April 21, 2019
Episode 4 - Theory of Computation
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April 01, 2019
Episode 3 - Storybooks!
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. Check out Otto's blog on getting started with Storybooks. Email us at Brought to you by Vincit.
March 25, 2019
Episode 2 - React Hooks!
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). Check out William's blog about hooks here. There were a few audio drops in this episode, so if you lose track of the conversation it's solely because of that. Brought to you by Vincit.
March 18, 2019
Episode 1 - Refactoring!
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. Brought to you by Vincit
March 11, 2019