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The Function Call

The Function Call

By Austin Gil
The Function Call is a show about friends, and it’s also a show about programming. We get together and talk about tech, what we're working on, and the little things, like what we had for dinner last night. Come hang out, have a laugh, and maybe learn something new.
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Ep 10: Ambidextrous development (Grant made it up)

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Ep16 - Go raw, or use a wrapper? Advice for Dates (in software)
In this episode, Grant and Austin discuss some recent issues working with dates at work, advice about working with time and dates in JavaScript, what libraries we currently run with, and the future of time in the browser. We also share some takes on storing dates in databases, and the native HTML date input. Links: moment.js Bundlephobia Day.js Date-fns Luxon.js MDN Date input Date input bug in Safari Shoutouts: Grant - The Texas power grid Austin - Lovecraft Country
57:14
April 6, 2021
Ep15 - The Interview About Interviews with Ben Katz
In this episode of The Function Call, Austin, Grant, and AJ get a visit from special guest, Ben Katz. Ben shared lots of valuable insights about the interview process, both from the interviewer and interviewee side. For interviewees, we went into tips on getting a job, dealing with LinkedIn, and some things to look for and/or things to avoid. On the interviewer side of things, we talked about the lack of clarity on needs, how resumes are inherently boring, the fact that screening is usually arbitrary and lead to lots of false negatives, and problems with the interview process in general Links: Leetcode Bakatz.com LinkedIn.com/in/bakatz91 Picks AJ: Amy’s burritos Grant: Full Face Helmets Ben: Mechanical watches Austin: Cracking the Coding Interview
01:00:52
March 26, 2021
Ep14 - Analytics: This Title Contains 3rd Party Cookies
In this episode of The Function Call, Grant, AJ, and Austin sit silently in a room and just watch you buy your fifth tub of guacamole. Just kidding. We're talking all about analytics. We get into different types of analytics, various ways of implementing them, and some opinions of why we love and/or hate them. This was a very fun topic because it's so relevant today for balancing privacy and performance against business goals. Links: Google Analytics Cloudflare Insights Fathom Plausible Microphone Isolation Box Shoutouts: AJ: Epsilon Notes Grant: AdBlock Plus Austin: Merino wool 🐑
56:60
March 17, 2021
13: Places To Store Your Front End Data
Like shaving yacks? Well this is the episode to listen to! We discuss our pointless opinions about programming and decide once-and-for-all "tabs vs. spaces" and all sorts of other things that don't matter. TLDR: Is html a programming language; NO Single vs double quotes vs backticks; SINGLE Variable naming case; follow conventions? YES (per project/team) Semi colons; YES (but automate it) Curly Braces:  1TBS Dangling commas, YASSS! CSS order: "have structure" Ternarys: NO Shoutouts: AJ: MF DOOM Grant: "Sneks" (a.k.a. snakes) Austin: Canva
59:23
March 3, 2021
Ep 12 (Fixed): Whose Code is it Anyway? Pedantic Opinions About Tech That Really Don’t Matter.
In this episode we covered a whole gamut of client side options for storing data. Here's a list of some of the things we talked about: In memory storage ("Throw it on the window" - Grant) sessionStorage localStorage IndexedDB Cookies Service Worker URL FileSystem API Links: https://serviceworkies.com/ https://squoosh.app/ https://localforage.github.io/localForage/ Shoutouts: Austin - Sleep stories by Wysa Grant - sleep train your baby.
52:30
February 25, 2021
11: The State of the Web
In this episode, Grant and Austin share their thoughts on the state of the web. We cover topics ranging from operating systems to browser features to modifications in the language. No shoutouts this time. Predictions instead.
01:01:22
February 16, 2021
Ep 10: Ambidextrous development (Grant made it up)
In this episode, Grant and Austin talk about the idea of ambidextrous development, or the ability to translate between various frameworks, libraries, and languages. Well covered "stack blinders", copying code from StackOverflow, and freeing yourself from a framework limited view of development. Background: Grant suggested this topic after seeing this tweet. “I'm working on some ecommerce components that would play nicely with use-shopping-cart right now. Anyone have a good resource on making ACCESSIBLE side panels to slide from the right? They can't be keyboard selected when off-screen” https://twitter.com/Dayhaysoos/status/1307843621404790784 Links: https://reach.tech/ Shoutouts: Grant: Riding bikes. Austin: NPR podcasts
48:42
February 5, 2021
Is it CMSs, CMS's or CMSes? Content Management Systems with Stuart Runyan
In this episode, we get a guest visit from Stuart Runyan, VP of Engineering at Zesty.io. Aside from his insights, we fumble our way through explaining what a content management system is, different types of CMSs, why they're awesome, when they're not so awesome, and what to look for when shopping for one.
01:14:48
January 17, 2021
The JWT show. Alt title: What the heck is a "joot"?
In this episode, Austin shares everything he knows about JSON Web Tokens (JWT). Grant and AJ come along for the ride as we get into authentication vs. authorization, sessions, databases and more.
01:20:02
December 18, 2020
Breaking into Tech Twitter with Sarah Shook
In this episode, Austin sits down to chat with Sarah Shook all about her experience breaking into the Twitter tech scene. We covered tips on growing an audience, how to make friends, can Twitter help with your job search, and does it make you a better developer? Sarah is a very nice person and was a great guest. 
39:19
November 10, 2020
Thocks > Clacks: Our thoughts on mechanical keyboards.
In this episode, our senior mechanical keyboard expert, Grant, tells us all about mechanical keyboards. A bit of history, a lot about different options, and we go into what we like or dislike about keyboards.
01:04:26
September 29, 2020
Grant schools us on CSS-in-JS
In this episode, we take a whirlwind tour of CSS-in-JS, lead by our trusty pilot, Grant. We get an overview on what it is, why we need it, and what some good options are. ** spoiler alert ** Austin does not approve.
58:48
September 12, 2020
What do you call a restaurant with no waiters? Serverless!
In this episode, we talk about serverless architecture. What it is, how it works, and what we think about it. ** Spoiler alert ** Grant doesn't like serverless. 
01:08:32
September 11, 2020
SSR: You mean it's not Sweet Sticky Raspberries!?!?!?
Sitting down with Austin and Grant to talk about Server Side Rendering (SSR). We covered some of the benefits, some of the myths, and different ways to can accomplish it.
01:26:24
August 7, 2020
Stacks: Where Pancakes & Technology Meet.
In this episode, we walk through some of the tech stacks we're currently working with, what we would pick today if we were starting a greenfield project, and what technology we are interested in but have little to no experience. Give it a listen and let us know what your favorite tech stacks or pancake stacks are.
55:56
August 7, 2020
Origin Stories: Get to Know the Crew
We walk through a little history of our developer journeys. Where we were before programming, how we broke in, and what we're doing today. Give it a listen and get to know us a little better.
41:54
August 7, 2020