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Friends That Code

Friends That Code

By Friends That Code
Hello world! It’s Mike Traverso with the Friends that Code podcast where I get a chance to showcase some amazing people I know that just happen to write code for a living.

Whether they started off intending to code or just happened into it, we get to hear about the types of people you'll meet, things you'll get to do, jobs you'll have along the way, and advice from some awesome coders along the way!
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03 - Friends That Code ft. Victoria Gonda

Friends That Code

30 - Creating VR games by learning from step 1 with Noble Ackerson
Former Google Developer Expert, Senior Product Manager, Product Strategist, Certified Design Sprint Master, Certified in SAFe 5, VR & AR developer, Holder of numerous Udacity Nano Degrees, Renaissance man, incredibly talented and yes… yes you did once see him in that Chevy commercial.  Ladies and Gentlemen, todays guest is Noble Ackerson! Twitter: Blog: YouTube: Background on Yaa Asantewaa and the Golden Stool: REFACTR.TECH Conference: Abstractions Conference: Black Code Collective: XRSI (X Reality Safety Initiative):
March 24, 2021
29 - Empower your team with shared design language with Sarrah Vesselov
Designer, Manager, Community organizer, Conference Speaker, Mentor, Author and Board Game Cafe Proprietor. Today's guest is Sarrah Vesselov! Please check out Your Turn Cafe and give them a like or a share on social media. Your Turn Cafe - or "Building Design Systems: Unify User experiences through a shared design language" - Talks: The Design Of DevOps: How to style in React and not lose friends: 
 An interview with Sarrah Vesselov: Groups: Women Who Code Tampa:
February 25, 2021
28 - How to be an awesome game developer, author, editor, speaker, etc. with Tammy Coron
Developer, Instructor, Conference Organizer, Conference Speaker, Podcaster, Senior Technical Editor and Author… Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Tammy Coron! Tammy's website: Twitter: Tammy's Book, "Apple Game Frameworks & Technologies": Adventure Game Kit:
February 17, 2021
27 - How to learn by teaching with Nate Ebel
Developer, Instructor, Teacher, Author, Conference Speaker, Google Developer Expert, YouTuber, Podcaster and man with a voice totally suited for crime solving serial podcasts… Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Nate Eble. Oh btw, in the podcast I say OpenCV is Open Computer View. It's actually Open Source Computer Vision. Apologies for the mix-up folks! It was an off day for me. Goobar - Goobar on YouTube - Goobar Podcast - OpenCV - 360AnDev Conference: Mastering Kotlin -  Kotlin First – Taking Full Advantage of Kotlin For Android Development -
February 03, 2021
26 - Imposter Syndrome: You Do Belong Here & other affirmations and ways to beat imposter syndrome
Mentioned papers: Nitya Narasimhan: I'm a lifelong lifelong beginner, are you?: Mentioned episodes: Nitya Narasimhan: Episode 7 Graeme Devine: Episode 25 Resources for help: Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255   24/7 Crisis Text Line Text HELLO to 741741   24/7 Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
January 09, 2021
25 - It's GRAEME DEVINE! with Graeme Devine
Video game lover, developer, designer, producer, Godfather of games on CD-Roms, and man partly responsible for a Christmas shortage of gold Zelda cartridges. Ladies and gentlemen, todays guest is Graeme Devine! Twitter: Full Deck Solitaire: GRL games: Quarantine Studios: Quarantine Studios on Twitter: Into The Future: A World Without Edges with Graeme Devine:
December 18, 2020
24 - Preparing for better opportunities. Oh! and pinball too with Stacy Devino
Developer, Google Developer Expert, Community Organizer, Conference Speaker, Mentor, Sneaker fan and Mistress of Android. Ladies and Gentlemen, todays guest is Stacy Devino! Twitter: Stacy’s Cooking Instagram: Southern DevFest: Midwest DevFest:
December 10, 2020
23 - Having every job imaginable in technology with Joey deVilla
Developer, former Evangelist, former CTO, Author, Community Organizer, Conference Speaker, Accordion Guy and Developer again. Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Joey deVilla! How many electric motors do you have in your home?! Twitter - Blog - UIKit Apprentice 8th Edition: [Amazon Affiliate Link] DevFest Florida Talk - Blogging getting a job at Auth0 -
December 03, 2020
22 - Coding a secure, community driven, open sourced Smash Bros moves app with Kento Kawakami
Nintendo enthusiast, Video game lover, graphic designer, photographer, App developer and spanking new software developer. Ladies and gentlemen, todays guest is Kento Kawakami! "A lot of people with a passion in programming have this need to create something." Twitter:  LinkedIn: Smash Combos:
November 26, 2020
21 - Mentoring developers & fostering the community with Maggie Negm
Software developer, volunteer, and mentor to newer software developers and all around good person. Ladies and gentlemen, todays guest is Maggie Negm! Maggie's Twitter: Maggie's tweet on POSTing her resume: The associated blogpost: Outreachy: Spectra Hackathon:
November 18, 2020
20 - Dialoging with an Android Developer with Huyen Tue Dao
Developer, Architect, Fantastic Conference Speaker, Google Developer Expert in Android & Kotlin, YouTube Producer and On-Air Talent… Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Huyen Tue Dao! Twitter: Trello: Randomly Typing:  Dissecting the stdlib: Putting Down the Golden Hammer from KotlinConf 2019: Android Dialogs on Youtube:
November 11, 2020
19 - Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready with Jerome Hardaway
Developer, Air Force Veteran, Tech Evangelist, Founder and Executive Director at Vets Who Code and Captain America of web development! Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Jerome Hardaway! Vets Who Code: VWC on Github: Twitter: Juneteenth Conference: Rendevous in Memphis: Otaku Ramen in Nashville:
October 28, 2020
18 - Development is just another creative outlet with David Khourshid
Developer, Conference Speaker, Author, Javascript framework creator, Twitch streamer and moonlighting piano player. Ladies and gentlemen, todays guest is David Khourshid! State Charts: XState Github, Visualizer and Docs: Twitter: David's Codepen: CSS Tricks:  The Keyframers:
October 21, 2020
17 - Creating: Turning static into fantastic with Erica Jacobs
Designer, Illustrator, Volunteer, Celebrator of women in the design and tech community, Creator of the Neon Swan Awards and Creative Mind extraordinaire. Ladies and gentlemen, todays guest is Erica Jacobs! Pixadactyl: Pixadactyl TeeSpring: Neon Swan Awards: Orlando Lady Boss podcast: Lore Olympus: Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Have Her Back: #awesometechqueen
October 14, 2020
16 - ABC's of success: Authenticity, Balance and Communication with Bill Conyea
Developer, CTO, Investor, Technology Staffer and Entrepreneur. Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Bill Conyea! Crestview Global: For career opportunity inquiries, send an email with your resume to or subscribe to Crestview Global's email list for updates. Outro: Running from the One Nine - Bill Conyea, Guitar
October 07, 2020
15 - From design, to coding, to app with SwiftUI & authoring books with Craig Clayton
iOS Developer, SwiftUI Pioneer, Community organizer, Conference Speaker, Author, Workshop creator and seemingly a master of time itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, today's guest is Craig Clayton! Swift For Good Book: SwiftUI Projects: Build six real-world cross-platform mobile applications using SwiftUI from scratch: Design to Swift UI: Craig on Twitter: Craig's talk at try Swift NYC: Craig's talk on SwiftBond: iOS 12 Programming for Beginners: An introductory guide to iOS app development with Swift 4.2 and Xcode 10, 3rd Edition:
September 30, 2020
14 - If someone expresses confidence in you, believe them! ft. Tony Amos
Developer, Navy Veteran, Kanban Cool Guy, Scrum Master Master, Agile Guru and Entrepreneur. Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Tony Amos! LinkedIn: Twitter: Tony’s Blog post: “I feel like I was accidentally hired”, Ibrahim Diallo: Nasdaq Stock Wall: Wang 2200:
September 23, 2020
13 - Marketing to the right audiences in the right spaces with Robyn Spoto
Founder of SpotOn Digital Media, Co-Founder of MamaBear App and Co-Founder of ThingtoBring, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Digital Media Wizard and Tampa Bay Champion. Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Robyn Spoto! SpotOn Digital Media Twitter: SpotOn Digital Media: ThingToBring:
September 16, 2020
12 - Why remote work is important for everyone and big hats at meetups with Michele Cynowicz
Engineer, Developer, Community organizer, Frontend Fox, Conference Speaker, Girl Scout Volunteer, Remote Work Advocate and owner of one seriously badass pirate hat… Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Michele Cynowicz! Frontend Foxes: Michele’s Twitter (pirate hat in profile photo): #CodePirate DevFest Florida 2019 Talk: Shifting to Vue: Thundernerds appearance at VueConf US 2019:
September 09, 2020
11 - Getting a Masters Degree with a GI Bill, Silly things recruiters say, FANG interview tips ft. Roland Heintze
Senior Full Stack Engineer. Master's Degree Student. US Marine Veteran. All Around Great guy. Ladies and gentlemen, today's guest is Roland Heintze! Georgia Tech Courses on Udacity - GI Benefits - Cracking Coding Interview -
September 02, 2020
10 - Being a polymath, community, creating, facilitating, welding art together and running a B&B ft. Christi Kapp
Developer, Project Manager, Bed and Breakfast proprietor, Community organizer, Conference organizer, Artist of multiple mediums, Polymath. Ladies and gentlemen, today’s guest is Christi Kapp! I AM Remarkable -  Cosmic Teamwork - Violets Garage - DevFest Florida - Central Florida Google Developer Group -
August 26, 2020
09 - Helping new and established developers ft. Jenell Pizarro
Developer. Speaker. Teacher. Community organizer. Podcaster. And my first guest with Pink Hair. Ladies and gentlemen, today's guest is Jenell Pizarro Orlando Devs - Black Orlando Tech - Jenell on Twitter @nellaro - ThunderNerds - DevFest Florida -
August 19, 2020
08 - Data science in Baseball, advice for interviews and show tunes ft. Ben Gilman
Math guru, Former College Athlete, Web & Mobile App Developer. Ladies and gentlemen, today's guest is Ben Gilman! Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell Sandia National Labs Colorado School of Mines
August 12, 2020
07 - Always learning, building communities, Flutteristas and Sketchnoting ft. Nitya Narasimhan
Polymath. Developer Expert. Developer Advocate. Community Organizer. Sketchnoter Supreme. Person you need to follow on Twitter. Ladies and gentlemen, today's guest is Nitya Narasimhan! Sketchnoting: Flutter: & #flutteristas: I'm a lifelong lifelong beginner, are you?: MS Create: Frontend: Azure docs:
August 05, 2020
06 - Friends That Code ft. Katherine Trammell
Developer, Teacher, Project Coordinator, Tech Community Volunteer and Supporter, Operations Unicorn, Suncoast Developer Guild Campus Director, Conference Organizer. And all around awesome lady. Ladies and gentlemen, today's guest is Katherine Trammell! Suncoast Developer's Guild: Suncoast Developer's Guild Conference: Twitch: Twitter: @ktrammell95
August 01, 2020
05 - Fun ways to get into Machine Learning ft. Kesha Williams
Developer, Architect, Mentor, Teacher, AWS Machine Learning Hero, Alexa Champion, Machine Learning Guru, multiple award winning, incredibly generous with her time and potential Top Chef. Today's guest, ladies and gentlemen, is Kesha Williams! A Cloud Guru: Her new web series about using AI to generate music: Women Who Code sponsored AI hackathon to battle COVID-19: Kesha's Corner: Twitter: @keshawillz 
July 31, 2020
04 - Friends That Code ft. Sam Edwards
Developer, Architect, Instructor, certified Android Expert, certified Kotlin expert, Incredibly generous and HandStander Supreme. Today’s guest ladies and gentlemen is Sam Edwards! Capital One Tech Blog: Sam's Blog: Android Summit: @androidsummit @handstandsam
July 31, 2020
03 - Friends That Code ft. Victoria Gonda
Dancer. Writer. Speaker. Conference Organizer. Kotlin Guru. All around awesome person... Today’s guest, ladies and gentlemen, is Victoria Gonda! Victoria's blog: Android Test Driven Development By Tutorials Book: Increase Your Product Quality Through Accessibility: Kotlin Mumbai OR Chicago Roboto Conference: Twitter: @ttgonda
July 31, 2020
02 - Friends That Code ft. Annyce Davis
Director of Engineering at Meetup. Technologist. Android Expert. Speaker. Published Poet. All-around inspiration. Ladies and Gentlemen, today's guest is Annyce Davis! Twitter: Blog: LinkedIn Learning:
July 31, 2020
01 - Friends That Code ft. Brandy Morgan
Technologist, Entrepreneur, Social Media Guru. Ladies and Gentlemen, today's guest is Brandy Morgan!   Do School: Blog: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook:
July 31, 2020
0 - A Rambling Introduction to Friends That Code
Check us out on Twitter: @friendsthatcode Mike Traverso: @traversoft LinkedIn
July 31, 2020