The Loosely Coupled Podcast

Jeff Carouth and Matt Frost discuss developer life as it relates to practice and patterns

Episode 13: Job Descriptions and Interviews

In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about how to look at job descriptions and what to expect during interviews for the jobs you really want to have. They will combine their experiences on both sides of the interview room and reminisce about good and bad interview experiences. Interviewing may be stressful, but it’s how you advance your career.

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Episode 12: Elephpantitus

In this episode Jeff and Matt finally discover the mystery of the Trello card “Elephpantitus” and attempt to cover how important or how unimportant it is to diversify your programming background within a given language community. Perhaps it’s a good idea to focus on being a PHP developer rather than a WordPress developer or a Magento developer, or maybe it isn’t. This episode could be titled Maybe since they weren’t really sure which way to lean starting out.

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Episode 11: I Learnded Goodly

In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about how we teach and how we learn as developers. Often subjects such as testing or object-oriented programming are taught in ways that could be considered the most difficult way possible. This episode covers some advice about how teach these types of subjects in an accessible way and, even better, how to go about learning difficult subjects.

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Episode 10: Titles and Classifications

In this episode Jeff and Matt continue their conversation about careers by discussing their thoughts on titles and classifications of developers. If you’ve ever asked “what is a senior developer?” or even “am I a senior developer?” this episode is for you.

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Episode 9: Career Development

In this episode Jeff and Matt discuss experiences with career management and career development. This was the first ever live recording of an episode, broadcast over Google Hangouts on Air. With the help of the kind folks in the IRC channel (#looselycoupled on Freenode) this episode covers topics such as salary negotiation, when to ask for a raise or promotion, how to plan a career plan, how to deal with co-workers in difficult situations, and a few other pieces of advice about successfully navigating a career as a developer.

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Episode 8: Do You Even Polyglot?

In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the idea of polyglotism, the benefits, practical advice about choosing which languages to learn and how to be successful while learning new languages. You should go out and find a new language and prepare to give it the time it deserves. It’s best to find a mentor or someone to help you and step out of your language or paradigm comfort zone.

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Episode 7: Building a Testing Culture

In this is episode Matt and Jeff discuss how to build a testing culture in your company. They discuss organization resistance, the importance of testing and how to move forward when the rest of your company is less than excited.

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Episode 6: PHPTownHall Mashup

In this episode, Matt and Jeff join forces with PHPTownHall to talk about Open Source, burn out and briefly discuss their favorite open source projects. Jeff had a spell of bad luck with the wifi at the AirBnB he stayed at in San Franciso, so you may not get as much of him as you’d like.

If you’ve not checked out PHPTownHall, you can do so here PHPTownHall

Also if you aren’t following Ben or Phil on Twitter you should:

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Episode 5: Side Projects

In this episode Matt and Jeff talk about how and why you should consider getting involved in side projects. Despite the jovial subtitle, “Getting a little side action,” participating in development outside of your normal development routine is beneficial to you as a developer as well as to your employer or clients. They further expand on the topic by talking about non-code-related side projects such as podcasts, discussion groups, or even writing.

If you’re looking for a project to get involved with, the PHP Mentoring Mentor App would love to have your participation. Contact either of us, or come hang out in #phpmentoring on Freenode to get involved.

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Episode 4: An Agile Rant

In this episode Matt and Jeff talk about their experiences with adopting Agile as individuals and as teams. The important take aways are to not be too loose nor too rigid with the practice; to accept change as it happens but to not force change too rapidly; to honor the purposes of the components of agile practices; and, above all, to find what works for your team specifically over what you read in a book.

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