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Welcome to Error Code: Coffee, a WEEKLY podcast, where we talk about web development, design, UX, life and much more! Error Code: Coffee is hosted by Gideon (⁠⁠⁠⁠gideonheilbron.nl⁠⁠⁠⁠) and Murtada (⁠⁠⁠⁠murtada.nl⁠⁠⁠⁠). Both experienced freelance web developers who like to talk about web dev, technology, media, life and more. Our goal is to inform and help people about various topics in an entertaining fashion. Do you have any questions or do you want to hire us? Contact us through Spotify or ...
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Frontend Coffee Break

Chucho Castañeda & Ricard Torres

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Take a break, grab a cup of coffee and join us to discuss what's new in frontend development and, why not, outside of it? Jesus 'Chucho' Castañeda is a Senior Frontend Software Engineer and Ricard Torres is a Principal Frontend Software Engineer, both at Cognizant Netcentric. We bring your most needed monthly break. Tune in!
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Thomas is a veteran of the video game industry and founder of the Séfu fashion brand. Join him as he interviews people around the world working in creative fields to find out what gets them out of bed in the morning. General topics include: Design, User Experience, Techno, Crypto, Cyberpunk, Making Things, Expat Life, Cultural Differences, Consciousness, and Zen. This podcast is also available as a video on Youtube.
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Visual Pine

Alex and Ariana

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Visual Pine, a podcast about design! Ariana and Alex are two young graphic designers talking about various aspects of the design world and trying to make sense of it all. Come along for fun discussions about the design and creative world, pick up some tricks and tips, and hear them vent about the struggles they face.
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What the heck happened to CSS-Tricks? Chris Coyier wrote a blog post detailing some of the behind the scene happenings. What was his motivation for selling the CSS-Tricks website? Why is it not being updated anymore? Also, is this a trend that's happening across the internet? Why are there community-driven and free resource websites dying out left …
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In this episode we discuss how the concept of MVP (Minimum Viable Product) has changed over the course of our careers. Why was it so popular back in the day (for example: Airbnb)? When does the MVP concept work, and when does it fail? What are the steps for the modern way of utilizing the MVP concept? Join us in this in-depth conversation about a s…
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Missing the old style of podcast episodes where we ramble a bunch about technical stuff? Well, here's another! We talk about some of the new CSS features that were standardized in 2023. These features can be a big help in your everyday CSS writing! Container queries: what are they and how are they different than regular media queries? New viewport …
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We are finding it increasingly harder to enjoy actually coding for web dev projects nowadays. What changed during the time that we were developers? Have we become bored of the web dev routine, or did the environment change? Join us as we name the complicated issues we have with web dev anno 2024. Here are a few of the many points we discuss: Depend…
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In the new season we start things off with a spicy topic: development caution. Tim Cain (game dev and director, known for Fallout 1 & 2, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines and The Outer Worlds) brought this topic up in a video/vlog where he highlights some of his discoveries in the office. The developers he worked with seemed extremely cautious o…
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FE Manager, FE Lead... there are many names for what we think might be the same thing. We discuss what a FE Lead is accountable for. What to expect from a FE Lead? Types of leaderships. Join the conversation and tell us what's the your ideal type of FE Lead. Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Torres https://ricard.soc…
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We discuss UI, UX, design and the role of the frontend developer. Reading recommendations Links https://www.nngroup.com/articles/ https://www.nngroup.com/articles/usability-101-introduction-to-usability/ Books by Donald Norman The design of Everyday Things Emotional Design Books by Jakob Nielsen Usability Engineering Designing Web Usability Eyetrac…
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Today we're joined by Dragan Filipovic, Senior Front-end Software Engineer at Cognizant Netcentric. We talk how he spearheaded the initiative to open source our FE Build. A Frontend build system that can be used in both AEM and non-AEM projects. Try it out here: https://github.com/Netcentric/fe-build Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.co…
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When creating web components for content editors, do you give them all the options? or take decisions that will work best for development and maintenance? We discuss headless vs server-side rendering as well. Ricard loves JSON files. Chucho? Maybe not. Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Torres https://ricard.social/@r…
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Get ready for a wild ride as our hosts tackle the messy business of growing up and realizing people just don't give a damn! In this hilarious episode, we spill the tea on aging, apathy, and why you should still care. But fear not – it's not all doom and gloom! Tune in for a dose of inspiration as we explore how to turn the "I don't give a crap" att…
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In this episode we look back at 2023 and the things we've done and experienced. Gideon talks about his favourite games of the year (Alan Wake 2 anyone) and Murtada has a few recommendations of his own. Talking about gaming, Murtada has been streaming on Twitch almost daily for most of the year, so that's new! He talks about what it feels like to be…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] We're back with part 2 of "Developer Horror Stories," and this time, we're diving into the personal nightmares that will send shivers down any developer's spine. Join us for tales from the coding trenches: Unconventional Design: Imagine receiving design materials in software like PowerPoint or a PDF. In …
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] In this spine-tingling episode we delve into the darkest corners of the developer world. Join us as we unravel the hair-raising anecdotes of software development gone awry, featuring: The chilling story of a release manager who held the keys to service account passwords in the most precarious manner, bur…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] We continue our journey through optimization land in part 2 of this topic! We focus on the categories "Accessibility", "Best Practices", "SEO" and tell you how to fine-tune your web project with the help of Lighthouse. Tune in and get ready to take your website's performance to the next level! ----------…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] Today, we enter the world of web performance optimization as we explore the elusive goal of achieving a perfect 100% Lighthouse score. We (self proclaimed experts) uncover the intricacies of Lighthouse, the web performance testing tool by Google, and discuss practical strategies, tips, and best practices…
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How can you find time for your career development? ⏱️ Here’s our take on it: In the latest episode of the hit Frontend Coffee Break podcast, we discuss the strategies that frontend leads and managers employ to make room for growth amidst their daily responsibilities. Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Torres https://r…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] In this eye-opening episode, we delve deep into the often-misunderstood world of Scrum and Agile methodologies. Join us as we explore some common misconceptions and pitfalls that teams encounter when implementing Scrum and Agile, and how these issues can impact the success of your projects (solutions inc…
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Is the mobile-first mindset still relevant in the world of development? 🧐 Here’s the deal: Today we discuss the best practices and approaches for developing websites and apps for mobile devices. Chucho mentions Ricard's library for Two Way Data Binding, here it is: https://github.com/quicoto/two-way-data-binding Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https:…
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What benefits frontend developers the most: working on long-term projects, or switching every six months? 🤝 We discuss the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) on new technologies in the changing world of frontend development. Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Torres https://ricard.social/@ricard…
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Looking for a better way to optimize and improve your project’s web performance? 🚀 We’ve got you covered: Today Chucho and Ricard are joined by Ines Akrap, Senior Web Performance Engineer, for insights into Core Web Vitals in 2023. Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Torres https://ricard.social/@ricard Additional reso…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] In this episode we act as two nerdy fortune tellers who try to predict the future of the World Wide Web! How the web dev became about building web apps instead of web sites. With all apps slowly becoming web apps, is the future of computers just a glorified browser? Why are web apps getting "native like"…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: [COMING SOON] From "Code smell" to "Alignment" and "Deliverables," we'll navigate the intriguing language used in web development and work environments. Get ready to take flight with "Coming to you in the air," discover the meaning behind "Aanvliegen" as we delve into the concept of "to fly in." Have you ever heard of…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dl4wbjtH6V0 In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into the intriguing world of the Dutch. Join us as we uncover and explore the unique customs, traditions, and behaviors that make the Netherlands truly one-of-a-kind. Things we talk about: We cycle everywhere (and without bike helmets) We ignor…
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Are you a web developer or designer passionate about creating visually stunning, high-performance websites? 🤩 We review the optimal ways how to upload images in 2023. Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Torres https://ricard.social/@ricard Additional resources: - https://web.dev/learn/images - https://squoosh.app…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gzPHDoaLnCI In this episode, we delve into the uproar caused by Reddit and Twitter as they introduce exorbitantly high costs for their APIs. The sudden shift has ignited outrage within communities, leading to a wave of app abandonment as third-party developers find themselves unable to afford the new …
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Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/INySBk_lkZc We start off the episode with a detour: Airplane drinks and in-flight duty-free shopping. What is our favourite beverage while flying high in the sky? And what is up with the crap they sell during the flight? After that topic, we transfer to the main topic of the episode: Why web dev is st…
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Today we react! It's not necessary but it would give you more context if you watched first Rich Harris' video before listening to the episode. If not, that's ok too, we'll try to give you as much context as possible. Rich Harris' video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXCipjbcQfM Follow us: - Chucho Castañeda https://twitter.com/honupo - Ricard Tor…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LTkSDo9MGh8 In this episode we discuss the methods we have to determine the answer for “Is the feature going to be delivered on time?”. We used to base our answers on careful considerations and assessment of various factors, but why can that lead to incorrect estimations? Is there even a guarantee you…
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Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8xf6ORq-wlM What are our favourite movies? One of Murtada's favourite movies is Jurassic Park (1993). Is it just nostalgia peeking its head around the corner, or is it actually the well designed animatronics of the velociraptors? We'll dive into what was great about the movie, but also highlight the c…
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There is one question on the minds of web developers and tech enthusiasts everywhere: How 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 relevant is progressive enhancement and graceful degradation in 2023? In the latest episode of the Frontend Coffee Break podcast, we spill the tea on whether these approaches are still worth it, as well as the best techniques to get the most out of them …
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Number four of the "Reddit web dev Q&A" series. We answer some more questions from fellow web developers and enthusiasts on Reddit. From front-end development to back-end coding, no question is off-limits. When to use Cookies vs LocalStorage? What are some theoretical parts of CS I should learn for a career in webdev? What do you listen to while co…
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In this episode of "Reddit web dev Q&A," we dive yet again into the depths of the internet's popular forum, Reddit, to answer questions from fellow web developers and enthusiasts. From front-end development to back-end coding, no question is off-limits. How much do you charge for a website? How do you determine the value/cost of a web project? What…
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In this beautiful episode we talk about what makes a good job good (for us) and what you should be looking out for when applying for a new job. We give some great tips and advice, so strap your ears tight and join us in this ride around the mystical land of work and what makes you happy! -------------------- Who are we? We, Gideon (gideonheilbron.n…
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We talk about what we look for on a website when it comes to web performance. What are the basic things we first check? What tools do we use? FE developers even if not web performance experts need to be able to identify issues and how to solve them. At Cognizant Netcentric we've written some articles about web performance, have a look: https://www.…
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This episode we take random web dev related questions, discuss and attempt to answer them to our best abilities. Should you split your component library into multiple different npm packages? How to deal with being rejected in an awkward way for a job application Can you get sued for copying text from another resource and publishing it on your site?…
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Junior, Medior, Senior. But what's next? In this episode we give an overview of common career paths after promoting from a senior dev position to something "else". What paths are available, and why is it only manager roles? What options do you have if you want to stay as an "individual contributor" instead of taking a managerial role? Tune in to li…
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Time to get real: Should you 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 document your code? We’re breaking it down in the latest episode of the Frontend Coffee Break podcast. Our resident experts, Jesús and Ricard, weigh in on whether you should document your code, how often this should be done, and why every developer should use JSDoc on a daily basis. What's your take on this topic…
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In this episode, we take an instant detour to robot-land 🤖. What are our opinions about robots and why do robots tend to look like humans? We discuss and handle the answers on our Q&As on our previous episodes about mismanagement and hybrid working. We also dive into the topic of "mobile-first" design. What is it and why is it (mis)used? How did we…
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This is the second part of a two parter about mismanagement of employees and what we've experienced in the past. We talk about balancing the correct amount of work and how to prevent burn-out, funneling communication from clients through a single source and working from home, hybrid or whatever your employer thinks is the best. Join us in the epic …
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In this episode we talk about mismanagement of employees and what we've experienced in the past. How would we approach certain situations? Can you prevent conflicts? Should management be the only one making decisions? Join us in this two parter extravaganza!Watch the amazing documentary from Double Fine: https://www.youtube.com --------------------…
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Take a moment to consider your current JavaScript debugging process. Thankfully, we're dropping some hot tips to make things run smoothly. In the latest episode of the hit Frontend Coffee Break podcast, Ricard and Chucho delve into the most effective ways to debug JavaScript in 2023, which’ll save every developer loads of time and frustration. What…
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In this episode we complain about the internet in it's current state, we think it has become a bit boring and the same. We look back to how the internet used to be, compare it to VR and talk about skeuomorphism vs flat design. Are we being too dark and depressing? Is there still hope for the internet? Find out in this episode!--- Send in a voice me…
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How do you know what to learn next? What's the required skills to move to the next level of your career? Do the skills in job offers reflect what you do on your day to day? Today we discuss that and how we've implemented for FE at Cognizant Netcentric. Here some roadmaps to get inspired: https://frontendmasters.com/guides/learning-roadmap/ https://…
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In this episode, we dive into the vast ocean of web development resources available on the internet. From articles and tutorials to tools and communities, there's no shortage of information for web developers. But with so much content out there, how do you know which resources are worth your time? We share our list of articles, tools, communities a…
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Episode Notes Muho Noelke is the former abbot of Antaiji, a Soto Zen monastery in Hyogo, Japan. He now makes jokes on Japanese Twitter while writing books and giving online lectures. I think this episode is great and if you've ever been curious about Zen or Buddhism, then you should watch the whole thing, lots of gems scattered throughout. This epi…
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In this episode we share our experiences of being socially awkward when it comes to first impressions. How do you give a good first impression? What are our methods of breaking the ice? And does small talk help with making friends? Join us in our dive into our psyches and past traumas to unravel and analyze our behaviour. --- Send in a voice messag…
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