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Welcome to The Rabbit Hole, the definitive developers podcast. If you are a software developer or technology leader looking to stay on top of the latest news in the software development world, or just want to learn actionable tactics to improve your day-to-day job performance, this podcast is for you.
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In today’s episode, we explore the crucial concept of courage in programming. It may be a far cry from slaying dragons, but courage in programming is not for the faint of heart. You need to be able to make bold decisions, such as discarding flawed code and initiating architectural changes, even if you and your team have spent weeks working on it.…
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In this episode, we delve into the world of feedback in software development. We explore how feedback, in the context of Extreme Programming (XP) values, goes beyond traditional human communication. We uncover the various sources of feedback, from pair programming to CI/CD pipelines, and how it plays a pivotal role in improving code quality and pro…
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Extreme programming (XP) continues to gain popularity as more and more teams are using it to enhance their development procedures. In today’s episode of The Rabbit Hole, we explore one of the core values of XP: simplicity. Tuning in, you’ll find out how keeping things as simple as possible can reduce complexity and make the delivery of high-quality…
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On today's episode, Dave, William and Steven have a conversation with the esteemed Esther Derby about the various roles that we take on as Team Members and Leaders when we're responsible for the team's results ORRR for the team's growth. Plus, an update straight out of the Bronx by our very own Michael Nunez about babies, software and otherwise, an…
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Today on the show we are joined by none other than our host, Michael Nuñez’s brother, Steven Nuñez! Steven will be helping us in our discussion about a very special topic and one that is very common amongst developers, imposter’s syndrome! Sound familiar? Feel familiar? Well, chances are at some point in your professional career (and beyond) you ha…
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In agile development, it’s important to eliminate work in progress (WIP) as much as possible, since it can reduce productivity, scatter focus, and increase wait time for new functionality. But what if the same were true for WIP challenges we face in life? That was the revelation of today’s guest, Brian Lam, whose recent new role as the father of a …
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In today's episode, we delve into the testing tango and the art of Arrange, Act, and Assert (AAA), a practice that is essential when writing tests in order to structure them in a way that is coherent to other developers who may come across them. We discuss how to go about Arranging variables, how to use those variables (or Act), and then Asserting …
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The red, green, refactor approach helps streamline testing and development processes, improve code quality, and foster collaboration. It promotes a disciplined and iterative approach to software development, resulting in more reliable and maintainable systems. Join us in this captivating episode as we explore this mysterious testing approach that t…
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to bring significant benefits and advancements to various fields, including healthcare, transportation, education, and more. It can automate tedious tasks, improve efficiency, and enhance decision-making processes. However, AI also presents challenges and risks that need to be addressed. It is crucial …
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Today on The Rabbit Hole we are sharing an episode from Scaling Tech with Debbie Madden, who is the Founder and Chairwoman here at Stride. The podcast is well worth checking out and listeners can expect to hear some great conversations between Debbie and top tech leaders and experts on a wide variety of contemporary issues facing the industry. Here…
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Have you tried GitHub Actions? In this episode, we talk about experimenting with GitHub Actions and why YAML will be the programming language of the future. You’ll hear what GitHub Actions is and how it works, using the example of the creation of a pull request. We discuss other things that GitHub Actions can do and the biggest problem we’ve run in…
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As we continue to learn from the XP book, Extreme Programming Explained, today we discuss what it means for software systems to go sour and how to prevent this from happening. We talk about what happens when the cost of making changes or defects rises so much that the system must be replaced and how XP creates and maintains a comprehensive suite of…
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According to the book Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change by Kent Beck, “The basic problem of software development is risk.” One of these risks is that of the schedule slip. In this episode, we discuss how to use XP to prevent schedule slips when developing software. Tuning in, you’ll hear about how XP addresses the problem of schedule sl…
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As much as we hate breaking bad news to you, we have no choice today. If you think gathering requirements is a user story, you are wrong and we’ll tell you why. William, who is especially fired up about the topic, gets us started by explaining that usually gathering requirements is conflated with other components, such as a spike, task or research …
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In case you haven’t heard of it yet, ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot created by the OpenAI platform. Using prompts, ChatGPT can craft original jokes, plan trips, explain complex topics, and even write code. This begs the question: will ChatGPT take our jobs? To test this theory, we asked ChatGPT to write a 10-minute script for an agile software de…
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All developers will understand the difficulty that comes along with deciding whether to build or to buy. In today’s episode, we discuss why it’s so important to think about this decision before you make it; there are so many factors to take into consideration and you don’t want to act hastily. Co-hosts Michael and Dave discuss the pros and cons of …
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Star Trek fans will know that the Prime Directive is the unbreakable mission statement of the Starfleet. It's a guiding principle, deciding the course and tone for whatever the team encounters. As you’ll learn in today’s episode of The Rabbit Hole, however, the prime directive is an important concept for software developers too! Michael Nunez, Dave…
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On a whole, the pandemic has made us, as a society, more anxious about a lot of things, including working in offices with other people where our risk of being exposed to the coronavirus is heightened. Although there are a lot of great tools which have been developed to try to make home offices mirror actual offices, there are various benefits which…
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Today on The Rabbit Hole we are talking about strongly typed and loosely typed languages. There is very little industry consensus about what these terms mean and it is not uncommon to find often contradictory definitions, so we take it upon ourselves to uncover the truth and what we find is rather surprising! Languages that we initially thought of …
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