Charles Max Wood
Join Charles Wood as he takes on a solo episode this week! He tackles different strategies on how to achieve your goals and aspirations. He motivates the listeners by sharing his personal story of how he was able to climb back up on his feet after getting lost a few years ago. Moreover, Chuck dives into his plans for Top End Devs this year and how he can help developers take control of their careers.
Misko Hevery is the Chief Technology Officer at Builder.io. He is also the creator of Angular.io, known for zone.js, and helped co-create karma. He returns to the show to discuss "Qwik" in greater detail alongside AJ and Steve. No matter how complex your website is, Qwik provides the fastest possible page load times. In contrast to other frameworks, Qwik has special features that make it more user-friendly.
Dan Moore is the Head of DevRel at FushionAuth. He joins AJ and Chuck to talk about the new API called, “WebAuthn”. Using biometric, secure authentication techniques, WebAuthn is a new approach for confirming your users' identities. He goes into detail about the usage of this API and how this is a good choice for users to validate web applications with ease and convenience.
Steve and A.J. welcome Fred K. Schott to the show to talk about Fred's latest project, Astro. After initially discussing some of Fred's previous projects (Snowpak, Pika) and the joys of esbuild, they dive into Astro, including how it works, its use cases, and the newly finalized dynamic SSR capability. They finish with some picks going back to the very early web, and, as always, Steve's fabulous dad jokes.
WebAssembly (WASM) is a core technology of the Web and supported by all browsers as well as various other runtimes. Yet despite this fact most Web devs don't use it and have little or no familiarity with it. This week we are joined by Istvan Szmozsanszky "Flaki" to discuss some of the significant transformations currently taking place with this tech, which could make it much more mainstream.
Maina Wycliffe is a Full-stack Software Engineer, Google Developer Expert, and Mentor who currently works at Flanksource. He is a Typescript Enthusiast and is the author of All things Typescript. He joins Chuck and Steve as he shares the reason behind starting his newsletter. His main goal is to teach developers to learn more about it and its typing system.
Are you looking at all the layoffs and uncertainty going on and wondering if your company is the next to cut back? Or, maybe you're a freelancer or entrepreneur who is trying to figure out how to deliver more value to gain or retain customers? Mani Vaya joins Charles Max Wood to discuss the one thing that both of them use to more than double their productivity on a daily basis. Mani has read 1,000's of productivity books over the last several years and has formulated a methodology for getting more done, but found that he lacked the discipline to follow through on his plans. The he found the one thing that kept him on track and made him so productive that he is now getting all of his work done and was able to live the life he wants. Chuck also weighs in on how Mani's technique has worked for him and allows him to spend more time with his wife and kids, run a podcast network, and a nearly full time contract. Join the episode to learn how Chuck and Mani get into a regular flow state with their work and consistently deliver at work.
We are joined by Yoav Abrahami, Chief Architect and Head of Velo to discuss the transformation of Wix from a Website builder to an application development platform. Wix Velo enables developers to implement code that runs either on the client-side or on Wix hosted Node server, while constructing the UI using a WYSIWYG page editor. In this way, Wix provides an interesting alternative to app development frameworks such as NextJS and Nuxt.
In this episode the panelists share war stories from their career and the lessons they have learned from them. They discuss things they have done back in their early days in tech, and how they now behave differently given those experiences.
Shai Yalin is a freelance software architect and mentor. He specializes in teaching organizations and individuals how to use Test Driven Development (TDD) and other development methodologies and best practices. In this episode Shai joins us to explain how to use these methods in order to create software that is resilient to change, and how to refactor existing brittle code in order to clean out the rot.
Diego Mourra is a newer developer who has recently joined the ranks of professional developers. The panel talks to Diego about his career as a fashion designer how he moved to Canada and go into programming.
The panel goes back a few years and reviews some technology predictions that Dan made a few years ago on Quora. These include WASM, Progressive web apps, and others. Most were wrong, but one did end up being sort of accurate. Along the way, they go into some deep rabbit holes but manage to pull themselves out. As always, they end with picks, and Steve's stupendous dad jokes.
Today we talk with Netta Bondy, a front end developer at Twang and dive into a discussion about when software development becomes a craft. We discuss the challenges of practicality vs. art, and the challenges of properly crafting code vs. working with popularly adopted methods.
Today we talk with Adam Bradley, the Director of Technology at Builder.io. He previously worked at Ionix as a creator of Ionic Framework, a mobile UI interface builder for web applications, and StencilJS which powers Ionix. Currently he works on both Qwik and Partytown at Builder.io. In today’s episode we dive into Partytown, discussing the unique ways it improves website performance. When there are so many third-party scripts injected into the average website, you can quickly lose control of speed. We learn how Partytown addresses this with a remote web worker, and how it still gets the data it needs synchronously.
Today we talk with Felix Arntz, a developer relations engineer at Google. Hired on the Google WordPress team, and involved with the Sidekick plugin, we discuss some of the challenges and approaches of improving performance on WordPress sites, as well as other open source CMS’s.
There is no question that the volume, sophistication, and severity of software supply chain attacks is on the rise. How do you navigate your supply chain security? Stephen Chin joins the show today to discuss various strategies and action plans for how to best prevent and address these types of attacks.
Today Steve and Charles talk about the many updates and events coming to Top End Devs, from upcoming conferences to new courses and content. Check out the conference lineup at https://topenddevs.com/conferences. If you are interested in building courses or would like to speak at any of the conferences, contact Charles. We also dive into a conversation about what it really means to be a 10x developer and a top 1% developer.