Season 1

How A Self Taught Developer Became A Freelance Developer (Digital Nomad)

Nov. 23, 2022

I invited on a successful self-taught developer to share how he became not only a freelance developer, but a nomad as well. It’s rare to hear real success stories like this, especially ones that allow developers to achieve t…

Future Web3 Opportunities For Developers | Fighting Censorship With Web3

Nov. 13, 2022

Brennan, founder of Kiwi (a decentralized database), shared some really interesting insights into decentralized technology and the future of Web3. Inspired to learn more about Web3 after his friend escaped China (and recentl…

Why Not Become An API Developer? (Tips For Aspiring Developers)

Oct. 24, 2022

There are so many aspiring backend developers that believe that it's IMPOSSIBLE to land a backend role as their first position. It's just not true. This episode aims to provide support, but also realistic expectations of the…

How To Guarantee Success In A Coding Bootcamp

Oct. 17, 2022

Once you’ve been accepted into a coding bootcamp and have an official start date, this video is for you. A lot of people worry that they won’t be able to make the most out of their experience. I get the concern, given that t…

How Not To Get Fired From Your First Developer Job

Oct. 10, 2022

Are you wondering what your first day will be like when you finally land your first developer position? I was scared. I thought I’d get fired and found out as a fraud. In this podcast episode, I shared what it was like for m…

Code Platoon Coding Bootcamp Review (FullStack)

Oct. 3, 2022

I invited on 3 coding bootcamp graduates to give their honest experience with Code Platoon's full-stack web development program. They focus on helping veterans and their spouses. While I love this mission, that doesn't neces…

Did Your Coding Bootcamp Suck? Here's What You Should Do.

Sept. 19, 2022

Coding bootcamps are definitely the best bang for your buck when it comes to landing your first developer role, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of programs that prioritize profit over your success. For those that ha…

Top 5 Things To Look For In A Quality Coding Bootcamp

Sept. 12, 2022

MANY coding bootcamps continue to squeeze out as much profit as possible. We've seen that get exponentially worse during the pandemic as their pool of students opened up with everything being remote. I appreciate those who t…

SEO Tips For Aspiring Frontend Developers

Sept. 5, 2022

I finally got to pick the brain of an SEO specialist. I decided to host this podcast episode because having extra knowledge about SEO, content, and accessibility can help you stand out as an aspiring frontend developer. It h…

How To Become A DevOps Engineer (And What The Job Is Like)

Aug. 29, 2022

Are you interested in becoming a DevOps Engineer? It's hard to solidify exactly what DevOps is and how to get into it, so I brought on a Senior DevOps Engineer to teach me more about it. As you'll learn, there's quite a vari…

Should Aspiring Developers Be Worried About The Recession?

Aug. 22, 2022

One of the most common questions I’ve been asked recently is “What do you think about becoming a developer during this recession?” Here’s my honest opinion about the situation for aspiring developers. I legitimately just hit…

Mistakes That Prevent Self-taught Developers From Landing A Job

Aug. 15, 2022

If you are struggling as a self-taught developer or just want to increase the chances that you'll land a developer job with this path, this podcast episode is for you. Unfortunately, most self-taught developers give up befor…

Nucamp Coding Bootcamp Review In 2022

Aug. 1, 2022

Should you go to the coding bootcamp, Nucamp, in 2022? I brought 2 recent graduates and 1 person that just completed the backend program to help you answer that question. As usual, this is a no-BS review of the program. They…

How To Escape Tutorial Hell (For Developers)

July 27, 2022

Have you ever finished a developer course, went to try and use what you learned to build something, and felt like you completely forgot everything you just learned? This is much more common than you think. Most importantly, …

What I Loved And Hated About Being A Developer

July 25, 2022

In this podcast episode, I shared my unfiltered experience of what being a developer has been like - emphasis on “unfiltered”. You’ve been warned. --------------------------------------------------- 🤝 Join our junior friend…

Linkedin Tips For Aspiring Developers

July 20, 2022

LINKEDIN! It’s such an important social platform for aspiring developers, and quite the controversial one as well. Some people love it. Some people hate it. I think most developers actually use Linkedin very ineffectively. I…

Are Coding Interviews ACTUALLY Broken?

July 18, 2022

People are FRUSTRATED with the current state of coding interviews. Down with data structures and algorithm interviews! Why am I being tested ON THE SPOT in the interview, only to have my anxiety spike? Do hiring managers eve…

Treat Your Web Development Portfolio Projects Like Products | Landing Page Tips

July 13, 2022

Whether you’re an aspiring developer building out portfolio projects, or a software engineer building out their website or app in hopes to get users, an effective landing page will go A LONG WAY in helping convince users tha…

How To Become A No-code Developer (And Get Paid)

July 11, 2022

Not many people realize this, but no-code and low-code apps are quite sophisticated now. You can create both web and mobile apps with little to no code. I brought on a no-code developer to share his journey in this field. We…

How To Become a Blockchain Developer in 2022 | Web3 & Decentralization

July 4, 2022

Blockchain. Web3. Decentralization. What does it all mean!? I'm still figuring that out and getting more comfortable with it all. I'm especially interested in learning about what opportunities exist for aspiring developers a…

How To Become A Software Engineer In Test (SDET) In 2022

June 22, 2022

I invited on a software engineer in test to talk about both what his job is like and how to actually become one. We ended up diving into so much more - different types of testers, certifications, programming languages, testi…

How To Become A Wordpress Developer (Self-taught)

June 15, 2022

Ever wonder what it's like to be a WordPress developer or even how to become one? I invited one onto the podcast to share his journey and tons of great tips for aspiring developers that want to follow the same path. The best…

How To Become A Developer Advocate | A Developer Advocate From Stripe Breaks It Down

June 13, 2022

Do you enjoy creating content or even just have an interest in understanding users who use a product? Especially if you have coding knowledge, have you ever considered a developer advocate role? I brought on Mike, a develope…

Becoming A Technical Writer | A Mix Of Coding, UX, and/or Writing

June 8, 2022

Hello developers! I can't emphasize enough how many different career paths there are for you if you enjoy coding. If you want to mix your technical skills with a passion for UX or even write internal documentation for develo…

Why You Should Consider Becoming an Email Developer | Required: Basic HTML and CSS Knowledge

June 6, 2022

If you're interested in breaking into tech with a coding position, have you considered an email developer position? The minimum you have to learn is much less than a traditional software engineering position and apparently, …

FAANG Level Mock Software Engineer Interview (JavaScript)

May 30, 2022

I hosted a 3rd and final mock interview with this series of FAANG-level coding challenges. Daniel, the interviewer, has almost 20 years of experience as an engineer between Microsoft and Facebook. We found a brave soul to be…

Mobile Developer To Entrepreneur | Google Expert, Courses, and Content Creation

May 23, 2022

I know that many of you would love to work for yourself one day so I invited on an entrepreneur to share some advice. Little did I know he would have so much to share! He started out with a coding bootcamp; became a mobile d…

Coding Bootcamp Student Attempts FAANG Mock Coding Challenge (JavaScript)

May 16, 2022

When I shared the opportunity to offer a few FAANG level mock interviews, a current coding bootcamp student decided to throw his hat into the ring and try it out. This is the 2nd episode (out of 3) with these mock interview …

FAANG Level Mock Interview (Entry Level / JavaScript)

May 11, 2022

I invited on a Wordpress developer of 3 years to tackle an entry-level FAANG mock interview in JavaScript. Quite frankly, most people are too scared to come on to do this, so kudos to Milos for being willing to tackle these …

How To Become A Mobile Developer (Coding Bootcamp AND Self-taught Advice)

May 2, 2022

I've had several people ask me how they could become a mobile developer so I invited on Dave, an iOS Developer, to share his journey. While he attended a coding bootcamp, he also laid out a plan for how he would go about it …

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome In Tech (I Don't Have Good News For You...)

April 25, 2022

IMPOSTER SYNDROME is everywhere. You cannot hide from it. You will experience it at some point. I invited on a few people to talk through some of their own experiences with imposter syndrome as they were trying to become dev…

Coding Dojo Coding Bootcamp Review (Should You Go There in 2022?)

April 18, 2022

I invited on 3 graduates from the coding bootcamp Coding Dojo to share their experience with the software engineering program. As usual, my goal is to get past the marketing BS and hear the REAL experiences of graduates. We …

Coding Temple Coding Bootcamp Review

April 11, 2022

I invited on 3 graduates from the coding bootcamp Coding Temple to share their experience with the software engineering program. As usual, my goal is to get past the marketing BS and hear the REAL experiences of graduates. W…

DigitalCrafts Web Development Coding Bootcamp Review

April 4, 2022

I invited on 3 graduates from the coding bootcamp DigitalCrafts to share their experience with the web development program. As usual, my goal is to get past the marketing BS and hear the REAL experiences of graduates. We dov…

Fullstack Academy Review (Should You Go There in 2022?)

March 24, 2022

I just hosted a recent review of Fullstack Academy and invited on 3 REAL graduates to share their REAL experiences. As usual, this is free of BS and marketing fluff. I hope this helps in deciding if this program is right for…

App Academy Coding Bootcamp Review (Should You Go There in 2022?)

March 14, 2022

I invited on 3 recent graduates of App Academy to share their experiences. These types of review episodes are aimed at getting past the marketing fluff of each coding bootcamp, and diving into real, authentic experiences fro…

Flatiron School Coding Bootcamp Review (Should You Go There in 2022?)

March 7, 2022

I invited on 3 recent graduates of the coding bootcamp, Flatiron School, to share their experiences at the program. This review is meant to get past the marketing fluff and dive into 3 REAL student experiences. We dove into …

General Assembly Coding Bootcamp Review (Should You Go There In 2022!?)

Feb. 21, 2022

I invited on 3 graduates from the coding bootcamp, General Assembly, to share their experiences with the program. All 3 graduates ended up having pretty different experiences with different parts of the program. We definitel…

Code Chrysalis Coding Bootcamp Review (Tokyo, Japan)

Feb. 14, 2022

I invited 3 graduates from Code Chrysalis, a coding bootcamp in Tokyo, Japan, to share their honest and transparent experiences with the program. We went deep into the pros and cons. I loved that everyone here had fairly dif…

The Tech Academy Coding Bootcamp Review (Software Developer and Python Developer)

Feb. 7, 2022

I invited on 3 graduates from The Tech Academy, a coding bootcamp, to share their honest and transparent experiences - no marketing fluff and no BS. If you're deciding if The Tech Academy is right for you, watch this first. …

Struggling As A Self-taught Developer (Advice From 3 Successful Self-taught Developers)

Jan. 31, 2022

I brought back 3 successful self-taught developers to share tons of advice for you. This episode is for you if you're struggling as a self-taught developer. Then, once you're done with this episode, if you haven't already, l…

5 Reasons Why You Will NEVER Become A Developer

Jan. 24, 2022

You often hear about how so many aspiring developers struggle to break into the industry. I invited on a CEO of a coding bootcamp to share his top 5 reasons why most people don't become developers. It's brutally honest, but …

Should You Go To Hack Reactor In 2022? (3 REAL Reviews)

Jan. 17, 2022

It's been a while since I've reviewed Hack Reactor. I've received some concerns about the quality since they were bought out by Galvanize so I decided to invite 3 more guests to share their recent experiences with the progra…

Backend Mock Technical Interview in 2022 | Python and Algorithms

Jan. 10, 2022

I brought on a VP of Engineering to do a mock interview with an aspiring backend web developer. Kudos to Eric for having the confidence to do this on a public podcast episode. Remember, all backend interviews can look a litt…

Eleven Fifty Academy Review

Dec. 21, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates to review their experience with the coding bootcamp, Eleven Fifty Academy. The variety of skill levels the Cares Act brought in really highlighted the challenges of not having a strict screening proc…

Lambda School Coding Bootcamp Review in 2021 (BloomTech)

Dec. 20, 2021

I invited on 5 graduates from Lambda School, now known as Bloom Institute of Technology. They all graduated in 2021; went through many of the talked-about changes; and had different experiences (positive and negative). If yo…

Lambda School and The Future of Coding Bootcamps (with Vincent Woo, Founder of CoderPad)

Dec. 13, 2021

I decided to bring on Vincent Woo, founder of CoderPad, who also published a couple of research articles around some questionable practices at Lambda School, now known as Bloom Institute of Technology. We had a fun, candid c…

Welder to Self-taught Developer (Here's how he did it)

Dec. 6, 2021

I want to share TJ's story with self-taught developers out there who are currently struggling to become professional developers. He was resourceful and CREATED coding opportunities within his current company to get the exper…

Self Taught to Professional Frontend Developer (John's Journey of Learning To Code)

Nov. 23, 2021

I brought on a successful self-taught developer to share the ups and downs of his journey of learning how to code. He shared so much advice for aspiring developers. If you're a self-taught developer struggling to find confid…

Senior Software Engineer Mock Technical Interview (Coding/Algorithms in JavaScript)

Nov. 22, 2021

Many of you wanted to see what a senior technical interview looked like for software engineers. You asked, and thanks to Sophie and Dan, you shall have. Here's what an algorithm/coding portion of a senior software engineer i…