Frontside Podcast

Frontside Podcast

It's like hanging out at The Frontside software studio, crammed into a half hour with co-hosts Charles Lowell and Brandon Hays. We talk to smart people about how to make the world of software better for the people who make and use it.

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    43: Growing Communities and Businesses with Leah Silber

    In this episode, Leah Silber, CEO of Tilde, Inc. and Ember.js core team member talks about what she's learned building communities, organizing events, and running a business. We talk about how people can move from "observer" to "participant" and grow their own healthy communities and companies.

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    42: Apprenticeship in Real Life with Taras Mankovski and Lennex Zinyando

    In this episode we cover how to handle apprenticeship, share with listeners how they can start participating in mentoring and apprenticeship in their companies and communities, and help them to understand the impact apprenticeship and mentoring can have on everybody involved.

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    41: The Technical Skills of a Senior Dev

    Recently, there was a flurry of activity around one of Brandon's posts about defining the term "senior developer". But he left the purely technical aspects of the role for later discussion, which left a lot of lingering questions.

    In this episode, Charles and Brandon dive into the technical side of identifying, hiring, and growing senior developers, and explain The Frontside's somewhat unconventional standards.

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    40: How We're Refactoring Our Business

    After a "perfect storm" of events rocked The Frontside, Charles and Brandon were faced with the prospect of what kind of future they saw, if any, for the business.

    In this episode, Brandon and Charles discuss what happened and why, what they are doing to avoid another "perfect storm", and how finding mentors and friends at OpsConf completely changed how they think about running The Frontside.

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    39: How to Integrate Jr. Developers Into Your Company

    There's a huge shortage of senior developers, and one (often overlooked) way to fill those positions is by training up some junior developers. But how do you mentor junior devs when you have so much work to do? How can you make sure that your new hires get the support they need?

    This week, Charles Lowell is joined by Stephanie Riera, Lydia Guarino, and Alex Ford to talk about the challenges companies face when hiring junior devs, what steps you can take to make sure the on-boarding and training process goes smoothly, and how keep new developers productive and frustration-free.

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    37: Ember CLI Mirage with Sam Selikoff

    This week, we talk with Sam Selikoff, the mastermind behind Ember CLI Mirage.

    He shares how he got started with programming, some tips for avoiding burnout, why he created CLI Mirage, some tips for using it, why it's important to write great documentation, and more.

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    36: Composable UI with Trek Glowacki

    This week we have Trek Glowacki (@trek) back to talk about the challenges of choosing frameworks, building reusable components, and why “thought leader driven development” (TLDD) might actually be the right way to go.

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    35: How We Hire

    Brandon and Charles discuss their slightly unusual approach to hiring, why they focus on creating success for their candidates, the hidden value of mentoring, the vision that led them to start The Frontside, the value of exit interviews, and more.

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