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Would You Use Vanilla JavaScript (No Framework) on a Project?

August 10, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed whether vanilla JavaScript is viable on modern projects. Vanilla JavaScript is of course the language that the browser understands, but with the increasing complexity in many of today's web development projects, frameworks like React, Vue, and Svelte have seemingly taken over as the tools of choice for web developers. Should you use a framework, or should you use vanilla JavaScript?

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How Do You Start a New Project?

August 3, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed different ways to start a new web development project covering the differences between starting a completely new project with no prior version to worry about, versus updating/upgrading an old project with a variable amount of technical debt.

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Web Design for Web Developers

July 27, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike answered a collection of questions regarding web design and web developers. If you're a developer, you might experience some imposter syndrome, or skill gaps, when you try and complete an entire project yourself (or with a small team). Often, the issues come from a lack of design skills, or a lack of confidence in your design ability.

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Debugging async JavaScript with Jenn Creighton

July 21, 2022

This week we're doing our first-ever feed swap with LogRocket's podcast, PodRocket. This episode features a conversation with Jenn Creighton, a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix and podcast host of the show single-threaded: a software developer podcast. Topics explored in this episode include debugging, error handling, and Jenn's recent conference talk at React Miami.

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Does Website Speed Really Matter? Bun, Node.js, Vite, Webpack

July 13, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed the importance (or lack thereof) of website performance. We all know that Google PageSpeed Insights are used frequently across the industry, but are all those changes necessary? Should you spend time optimizing things that only change your load time by a second or two?

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Prepare to Be Laid Off

July 13, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed the very real possibility that we all face, which is of course the dreaded layoff. Even if the market is doing well, you can be laid off suddenly due to business issues, which means you should prepare yourself even if your employment is going well.

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Should You Learn to Code if You Use No-Code?

July 6, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed using code to enhance your no-code projects. There are a lot of people out there that use no-code tools to run a side hustle, providing clients with websites built on tools like WordPress and Webflow. Sometimes these clients want more than what a no-code tool can provide, leaving you mostly out of luck, unless you learn some coding.

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Starting a New Job in Tech

June 22, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed what starting a new job in tech is like. Since many tech jobs deal with large teams and complex projects, there is a lot of onboarding that needs to happen to get you set up as a new team member. This includes things like getting access to git repos, your email address, and more. In addition to project management to-dos like understanding the team's organizational structure like SCRUM, when they do their standups, how sprints are scheduled, and so on.

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What Does No-Code Mean for Web Developers in 2022

June 15, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed the state of the web development industry with a focus on how no-code is influencing the industry at large. No-code tools are getting more complex by the day, to the point where web developers cannot ignore them anymore. The duo believes that web developers should be using no-code platforms as a tool in their arsenal to help deliver websites and web apps to customers at the right price, as quickly as possible.

Matt's Note: This is our 200th episode, so I'd like to thank everyone for listening for these past few years. We hope to hit many more milestones like this in the future!

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How to Think Like a Programmer

June 8, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed how to think like a programmer. When you're learning to code you may think that syntax is the most important thing since it is so hard to memorize. The problem with memorizing syntax is that if you ever need to move on to a new programming language, you'll have to start memorizing all over again. Instead, Matt and Mike believe that learning programming concepts is more important than syntax, as they allow you to apply that conceptual knowledge across any language you come across - it lets you problem solve as a programmer.

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Next.js, Nuxt.js, SvelteKit | Full-Stack Development Has Changed

June 1, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed serverless technology and how it challenges server-based hosting that has been the standard for years. Mike believes that this has revolutionized the backend developer and hosting game, while Matt is new to serverless and is still stuck configuring his servers the way he always has.

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Developer Burnout, We’re Exhausted

May 25, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed developer burnout, how it starts, and how to prevent it. Developer burnout can affect anyone and manifest itself in a variety of ways. It is not limited to those of us that frequently work long hours or have significant daily stress (although those are potential causes), it can affect those of us that simply dislike our jobs or have been doing the same tasks for too long.

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Don’t Share Too Much With Your Clients

May 18, 2022

Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed sharing information with clients diving into how much you should share and how much you should keep secret to keep the project on track. It's easy to overshare with a client, overwhelming them with too many details and technical intricacies, but on the other hand, it's also easy to give them too little information, risking them misunderstanding what it is they ordered from you.

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Productive Developers Build Good Habits

May 11, 2022

This week, Mike and Matt sat down to discuss how good habits can make developers more productive. The duo go over how habits are not a one size fits all situation, but instead should be tailored to each individual that is looking to boost their productivity - whether that's simply setting up a meal plan, choosing to cut off your work hours at a certain time, or just getting to bed the same time each day - we are all different, and so not every habit is best suited for our unique needs.

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Iconography

May 4, 2022

This week Matt and Mike tackle the questions "What is iconography" and "What does iconography mean" in a packed episode that covers the basics through the UX of icons. The duo also covers a variety of iconography examples and when text should be used instead of icons, or when text & icons should be used together and why.

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Good Tech Interviews

April 27, 2022

Thanks to FlyCode for sponsoring this episode, our listeners get a free trial via flycode.com/htmlall

Tech interviews can be good, bad, or...really bad. Some of them take multiple interviews to complete, others involve hours of homework, and the worst of them include all the above. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss tech interviews and how to make them better. The duo cover the good, the bad, and the ugly via a collection of horror stories, followed by some good practices for both the interviewer and interviewee.

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Why No-Code Won't Take Your Jobs

April 20, 2022

Thanks to FlyCode for sponsoring this episode, our listeners get a free trial via flycode.com/htmlall

Some developers see no-code as a threat to their jobs, they treat it as a form of automation, which will eventually replace them. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss why they don't think no-code is coming for developers' jobs. Instead, the duo sees no-code as a mostly positive influence, bringing new and exciting opportunities to the expanding web development industry.

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SEO w/ Nat Miletic

April 13, 2022

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a crucial, yet exceedingly difficult to learn skill. Many people think it makes a page appear on the first page of Google search results and by doing it right you'll always be at the top, but it's not that easy at all. There's the competing aspect of paid search results versus free, then there's the competition between websites where other sites can steal your spot at any time. In this episode, we discuss all things SEO with Nat Miletic, an SEO and WordPress expert.

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What Is an API? w/ Pratham

April 6, 2022

Learning APIs is a crucial skill for web developers to learn. They're commonly used to deliver content to websites from remote and local resources. They can empower entire platforms with vast databases of knowledge or be as simple as a connection to a CMS. This week Matt and Mike sat down with Pratham to discuss everything APIs including his new job at RapidAPI.

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What is Full-Stack Development?

March 30, 2022

Full-stack web developers can work on all aspects of websites from the user interface to the database that drives the content. Combining the frontend developer and backend developer positions, full-stack developers boast a full set of skills that many recruiters find useful. With the ever-increasing number of features that are packed into websites and web apps, are full-stack development positions sustainable? Is it possible to know all the skills needed well enough to do your job on all parts of the stack?

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How to Learn Web Development Skills

March 23, 2022

Learning new skills is crucial for web developers. Junior developers need to learn all the time to expand their capabilities. Senior developers need to learn throughout their career to update their knowledge. Learning these skills is not easy, however, with so many different frameworks and tools available to learn, alongside the difficult decision on how to learn them - college, university, coding bootcamps, etc. In this episode Matt and Mike discuss how to cut through the noise, identify how you learn, and decide how to learn.

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Web Tech We Don't Talk About - PHP, WordPress, jQuery and More!

March 16, 2022

There is a lot of web tech that isn't talked about in social media or making headlines. Instead, these pieces of tech sit in the background, silently forming the foundation of what we call the internet. Thousands of sites powered by WordPress, web apps built in PHP, jQuery as a dependency, and much more. In this episode Matt and Mike discuss these pieces of tech, what they are, and why they're so important.

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What is Web1, Web2, and Web3?

March 9, 2022

Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 represent different eras of how people used the internet. Web1 mostly offered users the ability to read and research, with hardly any way to interact with what they were reading. Web2 got people involved with interactivity and connectivity as ever more power web apps and social media platforms changed how we worked and socialized online. Web3 is the third iteration of the internet that is not quite in full swing yet, but is bringing with it the likes of crypto currencies, artificial intelligence, the metaverse, NFTs, and much more.

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Q&A: Web3, TypeScript, New Frameworks, and More!

March 2, 2022

In this episode Matt and Mike tackle some of your Twitter questions including topics such as Web2 versus Web3, when to learn TypeScript, how to tell when you should change your framework, and why influencers speak about new tech so much.

You can find the questions from this episode here.

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What We Love About Web Development

February 23, 2022

Web development has a lot of love, hate, and everything in between. In this week's episode, Matt and Mike try and focus on the love and talk about all the things they love about web development...for the most part - sometimes some of the other sides and realities of web development hijack the conversation, but tangents should be no stranger to listeners of this show.

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Where Frontend Ends and Backend Begins - Part 2

February 16, 2022

In this episode Matt and Mike jump into part two of "Where Frontend Ends and Backend Begins" an almost entirely example-based episode, going over a basic web page and what parts should/could be frontend, or backend. This example site includes a CMS, slider, static text, calling from an API, authentication, form validation, and much more.

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Helping Junior Developers Break In w/ Alex Booker

February 9, 2022

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with the host of the Scrimba podcast, Alex Booker for a conversation on junior developers, social media, and much more. Alex is a self-taught developer that transitioned into developer advocacy where he helps junior developers break into the industry for the first time. Additionally with that group the guys discuss using social media and feeling at odds with posting, or promoting, yourself.

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Where Frontend Ends and Backend Begins - Part 1

February 2, 2022

Frontend versus backend development can be very confusing to a beginner. It's difficult enough to understand all the syntax and rules of thumb that you must follow, let alone be confused by the difference between client-side and server-side programming. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss the difference between frontend and backend development, covering what client versus server-side is, and how the lines between the two roles blur more than you may think.

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5 Customer Support Tips

January 26, 2022

Customer support can be one of the hidden "costs" of doing web development for clients. Without a dedicated support team, the IT support role often falls to the developer or freelancer that created the project. This great investment of time can often be overlooked by web developers that are looking to create more than they are to support. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss some tips and tricks in 5 different areas of customer support including dealing with angry clients, ensuring that you're caring for yourself during all the stress, and ensuring that you know when to walk away.

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Svelte All the Things

January 19, 2022

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss Svelte, a framework that Mike has recently switched almost entirely to from Vue. The duo discuss what features of Svelte they enjoy using, some recent milestones in the world of Svelte, and go over some interesting community projects.

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Surviving 2021 as an Entrepreneur

January 12, 2022

Doing business during the pandemic has been great for some, horrible for others, and just plain weird for most everyone else. With Web3 technologies being shoved in everyone's faces, to lockdowns every few months for some parts of the world - the market has changed drastically for everyone in it. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss how they made it through 2021, and plan on making the most out of 2022.

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Time Management for Junior Developers

December 29, 2021

Time management is a challenging part of any developers' day. Between the coding work that needs to be done alongside planning, and support requests - getting ahead may seem impossible. For junior developers, the added challenge is that they're actively learning, while balancing all the things that come with job searching, working, and even traditional school. In this episode, Matt and Mike cover some time management tips and tricks for developers - with some specific ones in there for junior developers and their crazy schedules.

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Mentoring Junior Developers

December 22, 2021

Mentors are key to a junior developer's success. They can help you learn skills a lot faster, can guide you to which skills to learn in the first place, or can even help in avoiding common pitfalls like tutorial hell. Just like teaching, mentoring can be done in a variety of ways - some better suited for certain type of learners than others. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss all the ins and outs of mentoring, including giving code reviews, various teaching types, and much more.

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The Dark Side of Web Development

December 15, 2021

Like all jobs, web development has its dark side - the side where things aren't so pleasant but are a stark reality for the developers that work in the field. In today's episode, Matt and Mike explore that dark side of web development discussing things like if developers should show pride in their work - even if it's for a client, slogging through slow or outdated software, and dealing with thankless customers despite putting forth your best effort.

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Junior Developer Struggles

December 8, 2021

Thank you to this episode's sponsors - Shortcut (Free Trial) & Scrimba (JavaScriptmas 2021)

Junior developers have their fair share of struggles, being so new to web development. Whether they're lacking confidence about their skills, they've been thrown into the fire at work, or struggling to land a position despite multiple applications and interviews. Where some struggles never go away, even for senior developers, many junior developer struggles can hopefully be mitigated, or avoided altogether with the unsolicited advice we're giving this week.

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How to Choose How You Build w/ Theo Browne

December 1, 2021

Thank you to this episode's sponsors - Shortcut (Free Trial) & Scrimba (JavaScriptmas 2021)

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Theo Browne to discuss his journey from working at Twitch, to starting his own thing making creator tools. The guys have a conversation around choosing the right technology for the job and what to do when the wrong one is chosen (even if you've already started!). They also discuss the transition from employee to entrepreneur, and how difficult it can be to be coding all alone with no feedback - even if you're a senior developer.

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Entrepreneur With an Employee Mindset

November 24, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss the differences between the entrepreneur and employee mindsets, and how getting stuck in the employee mindset as a business owner can spell disaster for your business. The duo also discuss the related topic of blowing things out of proportion, specifically making small decisions into "big decisions" and hesitating when making them for way too long - wasting everyone's time. Then finally they discuss the what work they bring mobile, how they use their mobile devices to bring their work with them - or if they leave all that for their workstation/desk setup.

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How Jason Docton Used React and WoW to Help People’s Mental Health

November 17, 2021

Thank you to this episode's sponsor - Shortcut (Free Trial)

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Jason Docton to discuss how his web development journey led him to help thousands of people with their mental health. Starting out in World of Warcraft, Jason helped fellow players find the help they needed with their mental health struggles. He started working alongside more people in-game, forming a guild of players willing to help. Fast forward to today, Jason is running RAD (Rise Above the Disorder) a website that has helped 38, 000 people in 133 countries so far. 

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The Front-End Developer Roadmap (Revisited)

November 10, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss front-end development, covering a roadmap of skills that can be used as a sort of guide through the many front-end technologies. The duo go over a list of topics that you can use to learn front-end development starting at vanilla HTML + CSS, and working into more complex topics like frameworks, JavaScript, some backend tech, and much more.

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Consulting, Heuristics, and Engineering w/ João Rosa

November 3, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with João Rosa, host of the Software Crafts Podcast, to discuss his unique career in the development industry. João fulfills interim positions, such as CTO, at various companies as apart of his consultancy practice. He advises on strategic technology implementation and has also worked as a coordinator, software engineer, technical team lead, and more. He also has a passion for heuristics, which is uses alongside other design problems to challenge guests in his own podcast.

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Performance Design & Marketing w/ Richie Lokay

October 27, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Richie Lokay to discuss marketing, design, and more. Richie is currently the VP of Product Design and Services at Wunderkind a Marketing Cloud that works in the new field of Performance Design. The guys try and simplify many aspects of marketing, decoding the word soup that can confuse non-marketers and then discuss a little bit about 3D printing and how Richie got into the printing game.

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Stoicism and Mindfulness w/ Michael McGill

October 20, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Michael McGill to discuss his journey through stoicism and mindfulness. The tech industry is forever changing and is always online so it can be a very stressful place to work at times. Having worked in tech for over 20 years, Michael has surely seen his fair share of "fires" and other high-stress situations which makes his comments on stoicism and mindfulness all the more real.

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Handling Stress, Svelte Mania, Web 3.0

October 13, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss a bunch of different topics that they've been working with recently including managing stress, learning + teaching Svelte, and crypto with Web 3.0. During these uncertain times stress can certainly take a toll on personal and business actions, the duo discuss how they're dealing with (or lack thereof) the stress of today. With a new Udemy course on the way, the guys are working on learning, using, and teaching Svelte - alongside learning how to make a good Udemy course as it's their first one. Cryptocurrencies and blockchain has been a hot topic lately and with that Web 3.0 is also a hot topic, Mike discusses his exposure to it and confuses Matt with that explanation.

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From Student to CSS King w/ Pratham

October 6, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Pratham to discuss his journey from student to CSS pro. Pratham found a passion in CSS and decided to dive deep into it's innerworkings, producing extensive written guides as he learned new concepts. He has amassed over 120k Twitter follows, produced ebooks, and recently landed a job at RapidAPI.

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How He Earned $3+ Million on the Internet w/ Csaba Kissi

September 29, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Csaba Kissi to discuss making money online. Csaba has had great success making money online with some of his projects hitting #1 on product hunt and one earning over 7 figures in ad revenue. If you've ever been interested in how to make money online, or monetizing a side hustle, this is the episode for you!

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Q&A – Freelancing Tips, Degree vs Self-taught, Future of No-Code

September 22, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss a series of questions submitted by none other than you - the listeners. We answer questions including, but not limited to: how to freelance, working in agencies, whether you need traditional education to be in web development, and what the future of no-code looks like. Beyond that, the duo also answer some questions about the podcast's intro and the importance of having professional intros when you're starting out podcasting.

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Learning Through Teaching JavaScript w/ Yuri

September 15, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Yuri, a newcomer to development and Tech Twitter. Yuri recently started her programming journey after watching a single random YouTube video that showed up in her feed. Soon after starting her journey, Yuri took to Twitter to share her experiences, netting her a whopping 27.3k followers (as of writing this). The trio discuss Yuri's Twitter content, how she learns new topics, and much more!

Thanks to this episode's sponsors CodeCast and Showwcase (Invite Code: JoinHATT).

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Women in Tech w/ Alexandria

September 9, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Alexandria to discuss her journey as a black woman through the tech world. The trio discuss things like different paths to get into tech, how tech differs (advantages and disadvantages) for women and people of color in tech. If you're interested in unique career paths, workplace diversity, and some straight up tech talk - you're not going to want to miss this episode!


Thanks to this episode's sponsors CodeCast and Showwcase (Invite Code: JoinHATT)

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Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

September 1, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss a rather popular topic as of late, work-life balance. With many active discussions going on about the 4-day work week and mental health, the topic of work-life balance is not far behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has made working from home (remote working) has far more common, however, with some employers realizing that employees can be reached virtually any time, work-life balance can take a serious hit. The duo discuss their own work-life balance struggles, the issues that being constantly "plugged in" can cause, and the anxiety of trying not check your work emails/messages.

Thanks to this episode's sponsors CodeCast and Showwcase (Invite Code: JoinHATT)

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Scope Creep, Traveling Salesman, 100% Uptime

August 25, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss all the ridiculous things that clients ask of us tech professionals with real stories from our Twitter account as well as our own personal accounts. We tackle commonly asked for items like 100% uptime, and the dreaded project scope creep that keeps us working away on something that should have been months ago. It was a funny, enraging, and highly conversational episode that you're not gonna want to miss!

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Grow Your Brand as a Developer w/ Dylan Redekop

August 18, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Dylan Redekop to discuss all things creators, marketing, and branding. Many people and businesses these days rely on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms to bring their message and products to prospective clients. Even if you're not into becoming an influencer, many individuals use social media to find job opportunities and connect with their professional community. Social media, however, is not easy to grow on and that's where Dylan can help!

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Prepare for Your Coding Interview

August 11, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with TJ Kinion to discuss how to handle, prepare for, and successfully get through coding interviews. As an expert from the recruitment side of things, TJ brings the unique perspective of someone who has seen it all when it comes to interviews. We tap into his wealth of knowledge to bring you a comprehensive guide on how to land that coding job you've always wanted.

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Svelte Is Here to Stay

August 4, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss Svelte, a JavaScript framework that compiles when you build your app. Other frameworks like Vue and React do a lot of their work in the browser, Svelte's compile step does that work instead. The duo discuss Mike's impressions of Svelte and where it's going in the future, followed by Matt's recent introduction to Svelte and JavaScript frameworks in general.

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The 4 Day Work Week feat. Derek Duncan

July 28, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Derek Duncan to discuss his company's recent move to a 4 day work week. After the interview, the duo sit down to discuss the matter further, putting their own ideas and opinions together with Derek's first-hand insight. The 4 day work week has been a topic of much discussion lately, giving workers 3 days off to get a proper rest after a hard week's work. Some argue that it is not possible to get 5 days of productivity while others maintain that it is possible, as the extra day off makes the workers more productive all week.

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Googling Tips for Developers

July 21, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss Googling for developers and other tech professionals. If you've ever worked in IT you may have heard the phrase "we are just professional Googlers." Googling all the time can be spun in a negative way as it can be seen as easy, or something that people only do when they don't know what they're doing. This episode tackles this negative stigma, breaking down why tech professionals need to be such good Googlers, and why Googling all the time does not mean you don't know how to do your job, and why having good Googling skills is so valuable.

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Machine Learning & Building a Twitter Community w/ Pratham

July 14, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Pratham, a Twitter influencer with over 75, 000 followers as well as a passion for coding and machine learning. At only 16 (at time of recording), Pratham has built up quite a bit of experience in the programming field, and filled the show in with a tonne of insights on getting started with programming for passion versus profit, machine learning (even without math!), and building up a Twitter community. With all that and more this is an episode you won't want to miss!

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Why Is React Still the #1 Framework?!

July 7, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss why React is still the #1 framework, despite all the praise and admiration that Mike has dished out for Vue in recent episodes. The duo talk about the advantages of Facebook maintaining React, why it has such a big community, JSX, the huge developer ecosystem (ie next.js, Gatsby, etc), and much more!

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How Modern JavaScript Is Ruining the Web w/ Chris Ferdinandi

June 30, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Chris Ferdinandi to discuss the current state of JavaScript and more specifically why Chris thinks that it's ruining the web as we know it. JavaScript has exploded in popularity over the past few years and with that a rush of new developer talent has adopted the likes of JavaScript frameworks (ie React, Vue) to spin up projects quickly and easily, even if they're not that big (ie a landing page). In addition to this conversation, the trio discuss the importance of documentation, accessibility, and more!

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Windows 11 Reveal Event Recap

June 24, 2021

In this episode of Web News, Matt and Mike discuss the Windows 11 Reveal Event, which is hot off the presses. Recorded literally minutes after the live presentation, the duo discuss their impressions on Windows 11 and how all the new features and differences will affect their workflow for better, or for worse. More specifically the guys went over the new centered taskbar and centered start menu, widgets, the rounded corners on windows, improvements to game performance, the all-new Microsoft Store, and more!

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JavaScript Right in HTML? HTMX w/ Carson

June 23, 2021

In this episode, Matt and Mike sit down with Carson to discuss HTMX, a project that he built to help you do more with your HTML. Similar (in concept) to how TailwindCSS can extend your HTML with more CSS-like functionality, HTMX brings JavaScript-like manipulation to your HTML. The guys also discuss Carson's previous projects and go over his passion for locality of behaviour.

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The Best Way to Learn How to Code w/ Aderson Oliveira

June 16, 2021

In this episode Matt & Mike sit down with Aderson Oliveira to discuss his many ventures in the world of programming. Aderson brings a unique perspective to the table as a Adjunct Professor at Centennial College, his own podcast - Solo Coder, and mentoring at Brridge (and that's not all). Aderson's perspective stretches from traditional education through influencer activities and even online-only learning. This episode is packed with all the advice you could want for getting starting with programming (and even some no-code in there for you!), seeing if it's right for you, and way more!

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Nuxt.js, Being an Open Source Maintainer w/ Alexander Lichter

June 9, 2021

In this episode, Matt and Mike sat down with Alex Lichter to discuss Vue.js, Nuxt.js, and maintaining an open source project. Nuxt.js is a very popular framework that works on top of one of Mike's specialties, Vue.js. While Vue.js is already a framework on top of JavaScript, Nuxt.js acts as another layer that helps make the developer's experiences even easier than with just Vue.js. Beyond the Vue.js talk, the guys discuss Alex's open source experience, learning all about his role as a maintainer on Nuxt.js, and discussing open source projects at length.

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No, Tailwind Doesn't Suck

June 2, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss all things Tailwind including TailwindCSS, TailwindUI, and Tailwind headless components. The duo also discuss the minor "controversy" amongst the community (if you'd even call it that), about whether Tailwind is a good tool to use as it can make markup a bit messy looking, among other things. If you've ever wondered about using Tailwind then this is the episode for you!

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The Truth About No-Code

May 26, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss a recent trend in the industry, no-code tools. While no-code tools may seem like they're only for non-programmers, they can be extremely useful for teams of all sizes. No-code tools can help small teams take on more work without the need to scale up, while non-tech savvy folks can try out their ideas for apps and websites which may eventually become something more down the road.

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JavaScript Is the Future

May 19, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss something that most (if not all) web developers have heard about - JavaScript. JavaScript can take your web pages to the next level with all kinds of cool animations, interactions, and more...but...if you're new to web development you may not know all the power that is behind this seemingly simplistic language. Beyond that first glance JavaScript can do all kinds of things like make mobile apps, run website backends, and even (although in its infancy) power AR and VR technologies. Come learn all about JavaScript and why it has a high potential of taking over our futures by tuning into this episode!

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Level Up Your Junior Coding Skills

May 12, 2021

In this mystery episode, Matt quizzes Mike on how he can level up his junior coding skills after years of being a jack-of-all-trades - juggling business administration, podcast editing, client work and more. Without a stable schedule of duties to complete, Matt has fallen behind Mike a fair bit in his coding knowledge, but his knowledge across the board of running a small business have increased slowly, yet steadily. Now that the HTML All The Things website is about to be completed, it's time for Matt to try and upgrade those junior coding skills so that he can contribute more to client work and content on the new website.

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Why Vue Is Better Than React

May 5, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss Vue and React, two major web development tools that promise to improve UI development in their own unique ways. However, as a bit of a twist, the duo won't just be discussing these two JavaScript frameworks/libraries, instead Mike has taken the stance that Vue is better than React and will be presenting his case throughout the episode. Let the React versus Vue wars begin!

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Not Just a Developer w/ David Lindahl

April 28, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with long-time friend of show, David Lindahl, to discuss all the things he's been up to since his last appearance on the show. From photography, Twitter, freelancing, and being hired again David has been super busy in the last year. After catching up the group discuss being more than just a developer, discussing things like work-life balance, hobbies, and side hustles.

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Weekly Growth Goals - Building a Web App

April 21, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss weekly growth goals with a focus on the soon be released Weekly Growth Goals web app. The duo discuss the concepts and tech stack behind the web app, going through how the app was designed, how decisions were made, and the struggles that were found along the way.

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HTML - CSS - JS

April 14, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike are back to basics talking all about the roots of all web development - HTML, CSS, and JS. The duo discuss the new and old capabilities of these foundational technologies, discussing what they do, and how to go about learning each of them. They cover topics like flexbox, CSS grid, box model, using specific HTML tags, and much more!

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The Power of Laser Focus

April 7, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss how laser focus can help drive you and your projects to the finish line quickly, but with the huge caveat that it's hard to figure out exactly what to laser focus on. Unless you're one of the lucky ones, that knew exactly what they were going to do for a career from high school onward, then the road to your passions and eventually the thing that you're going to laser focus on is a difficult one. While difficult, it is more than worth it as you'll be focusing on exactly what you want to be doing and not something that drives you crazy, or makes you bored on the daily.

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When to Ask for Help

March 31, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss asking for help. Even though it sounds simple, asking for help can be an anxiety-inducing activity because you don't want to bother your fellow co-workers, or be called out for not doing enough research if you ask on an online forum. There can also be hesitation to ask because you want to solve your problem yourself, but sometimes you're just way too stuck to go it alone.

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Big Projects, Short Deadlines

March 24, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss dealing with large projects with rapidly approaching deadlines. We all know that managing your time and tasks appropriately can really help alleviate stress and concern over large projects, however, all that management takes time - time you don't always have. Rapidly approaching deadlines can force your hand into just diving straight into a large project with minimal (if any) task/project management - which can put a lot of pressure on you and your team. The duo discuss how they deal with this stress and how they can even push that deadline back a bit without raising too much alarm from a client.

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Creating a Browser for Developers w/ Kilian Valkhof

March 17, 2021

In this episode, Matt and Mike sit down with Kilian Valkhof to discuss a browser that he made for developers called Polypane. Polypane lets you, the developer, test your website in various resolutions all at the same time - perfect for making responsive websites. But that is just scratching the surface, Polypane can help your website's accessibility, and offers a unique UI that's tailored for development over browsing. In addition to it's features, Polypane is a SaaS product so there's even some interesting business-oriented goodies inside this episode, as well.

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Bad Habits to Avoid for Web Developers

March 10, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss some of the bad habits that many web developers develop over time. Habits including procrastination, Tutorial Hell, and overengineering. These, among others, can slow down and even stop a web dev project in it's tracks - impacting your growth as a developer and "stealing" precious projects from your portfolio. Luckily, there are ways to help mitigate and correct these bad habits into good ones.

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Challenges for Junior Devs w/ Monarch Wadia

March 3, 2021

In this episode, Matt and Mike have a special guest on the show - Monarch Wadia. Monarch is an advocate for new developers running online hackathons among other events in countries all over the world. He also runs his own software development firm out of Toronto, Canada.

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Supporting a Lot of Users

February 24, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike do something a little different, Matt prepared the whole episode with Mike knowing, dividing it up into smaller parts and then getting Mike's opinion on each part. The overall topic being how to support a lot of users at once using methods like documentation, phone calls, instant messaging, and more. Supporting users can be a real pain, but it's also a necessity, so it's important that you ensure your business is ready to scale from just supporting a few users, to having to use full on productivity and efficiency hacks to ensure that several (maybe even hundreds) of users are properly supported.

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Data Structures, Algorithms, Imposter Syndrome, and Migrations

February 17, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with long-time friend of show, David Lindahl, to discuss all the things he's been up to since his last appearance on the show. From photography, Twitter, freelancing, and being hired again David has been super busy in the last year. After catching up the group discuss being more than just a developer, discussing things like work-life balance, hobbies, and side hustles.

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Web News - The One UX Tip You Have to Follow

February 11, 2021

In this episode of the Web News, Matt and Mike discuss a UX tip that you can use on virtually any project. When you're in early testing of an app, or website, if you reach for something, and it isn’t there, treat that as if it’s broken. As you test with your family, friends, and colleagues you'll notice that they will instinctually reach for things, like a button, or gesture and when they do - nothing happens. While they can easily be overlooked, you absolutely should not let it slide. Instead, treat this missing functionality like a bug, treating it like an important issue that needs to be resolved (or at least discussed with your team).

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Build APIs Fast with Strapi.io

February 10, 2021

In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss all the ins-and-outs of APIs including what they are, how they work, what they're used for, and more specifically - how to build them quickly using Strapi. Making your own API can easily get out of hand, as you go down the rabbit hole of functionality and usability, luckily Strapi can help you spin up APIs quickly and easily so you can get started straight away. Built on NodeJS, Strapi has free and paid options, so you can get started for free - and then switch on over to the paid version once you start scaling.

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Web News - GameStonk and the Stock Market

February 4, 2021

In this episode of the Web News, Matt and Mike discuss the topic that's been taking over the news lately and that is GameStop, BlackBerry, and AMC stock. Basically a war has broken out between short sellers (hedge funds) and the people over on /r/wallstreetbets over these stocks resulting in major losses for some, and incredible wins for others.

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How to Become Self-Taught

February 3, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss the art of becoming self-taught. When you want to learn something new you basically have two options, teach yourself, or go to a traditional school/course. While self-teaching sounds like it's the easier option, it's actually oftentimes found in both. Traditional courses can't get into the weeds on every single topic they need to teach you, and furthermore self-teaching is a skill that they usually want you to learn anyway. The duo discuss the differences between self-teaching and traditional courses, as well as some of the best methods to teach yourself the skills you want to know.

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Web News - Time Isn't on Sale

January 28, 2021

In this episode of the Web News, Matt and Mike discuss the value of time versus the value of money. Many people will put in $100 of effort in to save $10, and whilst there are some situations that call for that sort of imbalance of value, in general all that extra effort just isn't worth the time. Some people treat time like it's unlimited and that money is limited, whilst in fact time is limited, and money is unlimited (you can always get another job, or start another side hustle - you can't make yourself younger).

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Webpack vs Snowpack

January 27, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss the eagerly anticipated topic of web bundlers with a specific focus on Webpack and Snowpack. While making websites with vanilla code can be great, sometimes you gotta call on a bunch of plugins and frameworks to put together something really special in a reasonable amount of time. When all that stuff has to work together web bundlers can make compiling a breeze. This episode features a tonne about web bundlers including what they are from the most basic of examples, through how to use them effectively in your projects.

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Web News - Are Apps Too Easy to Use?

January 21, 2021

In this episode of the Web News, Matt and Mike discuss a potential UX problem across the board. As UX increasingly makes things easier in tech, it makes very difficult tasks easy - and furthermore makes easy tasks even easier (or even completely automated). The result of this is a generation of people that grew up with tech, that seem to be "tech savvy" but in reality they're moreso just "familiar with tech" having no idea what's actually going on in the background - even at a high level. Is this a problem?

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How to Avoid Being Overwhelmed

January 20, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss how to avoid being overwhelmed when you're already busy. Almost everyone has been there before - you have a full plate, and the phone calls just keep on rolling in. During these stressful times it's easy to become overwhelmed and break down which isn't good for you, or your work. Luckily the tips, tricks, and tactics discussed in this episode will have you powering through these difficult times.

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Web News - WhatsApp, Facebook, and Signal

January 15, 2021

In this episode of the Web News, Matt and Mike discuss something that's been cropping up on social media, and in the tech news recently - the WhatsApp policy changes. Due to the nature of the changes and of course the affiliation with Facebook, many of you are probably being told to switch to other apps, such as Signal. While Matt doesn't care about the situation, having used WhatsApp and Facebook for a number of years - Mike has done a small amount of research and has a different (yet very similar) perspective on the situation.

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Starting a New Side Project

January 13, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss how to start a new side project, with a heavy emphasis on how Mike takes his side projects from concept through production including discussions on free versus paid tools, side projects versus side hustles, and much more. Then in the Weekly Growth Goal, Mike failed to reach his by around 2%, but Matt finished his successfully and will be moving on to yet another section of the new HATT website.

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Web News - Email Detox

January 7, 2021

In this Web News, Matt and Mike discuss Matt's recent email detox. After several years of having consistent access to his work email, Matt finally took a week away by turning off his work device for the entire holiday season. While there were times of anxiety and desire to turn it back on, he never did. Find out out if it helped, or hurt by tuning in!

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The Web Technologies of 2020

January 6, 2021

In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss the technologies that caught their eye in 2020 including things like TailwindCSS, Vue 3.0, Snowpack, and much more. Then the duo discuss their sort of personal/professional year-in-review, focusing on some of the defining moments of 2020.

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