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.
In this episode Austin introduces Grant to the wonderful world of CSS resets and normalizers. We discussed what they are, why you might want one, and what makes them different from a library/framework. Austin had some technical difficulties at the end, but it was a fun show regardless.
AJ - Hammocks
Grant - Take time off work
Austin - bedrocss and Style Check
Why did it break? Why does it work?
In this episode, Grant takes us on a Grant Rant about why the "It works and I have no idea why" meme is troublesome. How this erodes communication, confidence, and leads to a deeper sense of imposter syndrome. Austin goes along for the ride, mostly just for comedic value.
Grant: Boss Baby
Austin: The Boys
In this episode, Grant and Austin have a MEANINGFUL chat about markup, but it was all just semantics. We covered a wide range of topics from HTML to accessibility to JSON-LD, and more.
Vue dynamic components
How to Build HTML Forms Right: Semantics
CSS Tricks - display: contents
Austin: Raised By Wolves
Grant: Ground Keeper
MDN Date input
Date input bug in Safari
Grant - The Texas power grid
Austin - Lovecraft Country
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
AJ: Amy’s burritos
Grant: Full Face Helmets
Ben: Mechanical watches
Austin: Cracking the Coding Interview
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.
Microphone Isolation Box
AJ: Epsilon Notes
Grant: AdBlock Plus
Austin: Merino wool 🐑
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.
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"
AJ: MF DOOM
Grant: "Sneks" (a.k.a. snakes)
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)
Austin - Sleep stories by Wysa
Grant - sleep train your baby.
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.
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”
Grant: Riding bikes.
Austin: NPR podcasts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.