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Front End Happy Hour

Front End Happy Hour

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A podcast featuring panelists of engineers from Netflix, Evernote & LinkedIn talking over drinks about all things Front End development.
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47:27 | Sep 16th

As engineers we have a lot of excellent tools and resources to help us do our jobs well, one of those resources is open source code. In this episode, we will be talking about all things open source. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young ...Show More

36:19 | Aug 19th

We’ve all faced some form of code migration in the past and wanted to share some of the things we’ve learned. In this episode, we’re joined by Micah Ransdell, a Software Engineering Manager at Netflix to talk with us about migrating a codebase. Gues...Show More

51:50 | Aug 4th

In this episode, we are joined by a returning guest, Shirley Wu to talk with us about the combination of code and art. Guests: Shirley Wu - @sxywu Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augustus Yuan - @augburto Mars Jullian - @marsjosephine Stacy...Show More

56:06 | Jul 22nd

There are quite a few ways to organize a team to build out a new feature. Two of the most talked-about are Waterfall and Agile. In this episode, we’ll be talking through the pros and cons of some of the development processes we’ve encountered. Panel...Show More

41:42 | Jun 24th

In this episode, we are joined by Ujjwal Tyagi and Eric Eiswerth to talk with us about how Backend and Frontend engineers can be most effective collaborating. Items mentioned in the episode: Growth Engineering at Netflix — Accelerating Innovation G...Show More

55:34 | Jun 9th

In this episode, we’re joined by product managers, Michael Spiegelman, Cathy Conk, and Eddy Wu from Netflix to talk with us about the relationship between engineers and product managers. Guests: Michael Spiegelman - @mspiegelman Cathy Conk - @CathyC...Show More

39:00 | May 26th

In this episode, we are joined by Tyler Childs, a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix to talk with us about building out scalable CSS and share some of the exciting new features in the latest version of CSS. Guests: Tyler Childs - @TylerChilds Pane...Show More

52:07 | May 14th

In this episode, we are joined by Randall Koutnik, a Senior Software Engineer at Slack to talk with us about how we should be thinking about ways to build better user experiences. Guests: Randall Koutnik Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augu...Show More

47:28 | Apr 28th

In this episode, we are joined by Katie Sylor-Miller, a Staff Software Engineer from Etsy, to talk with us about ways to help build and foster a frontend culture within your companies. Guests: Katie Sylor-Miller - @ksylor Panelists: Ryan Burgess - ...Show More

34:48 | Apr 14th

In this episode, Jem and Ryan each toss out frontend terms, languages, technologies, and patterns to debate if they are underrated or overrated. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @JemYoung Picks: Ryan Burgess - Martha & Bros. Coff...Show More

48:30 | Mar 31st

In past episodes we’ve shared our thoughts on helping others grow or how to help interns in your company, but we haven’t discussed our thoughts on our own career growth. In this episode, we’ll share our thoughts and opinions on career growth. Paneli...Show More

39:34 | Mar 4th

Bandersnatch is an exciting Netflix interactive film that’s not only an amazing story, it has seamless experience that Netflix engineering teams have created. In this episode, we are joined by engineering managers, Maria Kazandjieva, Maxine Cheung, a...Show More

44:36 | Feb 19th

In this episode, we are joined by Jeeyun Linn, and Cole Turner to talk with us about building and using component libraries in a company. Guests: Jeeyun Linn - @jeeyunit Cole Turner - @coleturner Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - ...Show More

52:14 | Feb 4th

We’ve talked about interviewing for engineering jobs, but once you have an offer, how do you negotiate the salary? In this episode, we’re joined by Matthew Gerstman, an engineer from Dropbox to talk with us about salaries, and stock. Guests: Matthew...Show More

48:24 | Jan 21st

There are a lot of great solutions available to support a native mobile experience for your application, but what’s the best option? In this episode we are joined by Jordanna Kwok from Netflix, to talk with us about some of the solutions and how to t...Show More

51:06 | Jan 7th

Creating performant websites and applications continues to be really important, but what about engineering performance. How do we make sure we are improving our productivity as engineers. In this episode, we are joined Jacques Favreau and Michael Pau...Show More

46:01 | Dec 10th, 2018

Creating performant websites and applications continue to be more and more important. In this episode, we are joined by Addy Osmani to talk with us about web performance and some future web platform APIs that help improve performance. Guests: Addy O...Show More

38:11 | Nov 26th, 2018

We are often asked, what makes you a Senior Software Engineer. It’s not an easy answer, there are a lot of interesting thoughts and responses. In this episode, we are joined by Lauren Tan to help discuss our thoughts on what makes someone be a Senior...Show More

50:37 | Oct 29th, 2018

Starting your career is a daunting task. You’ve learned these brand new skills, but how do you apply them and get experience? In this episode, we are joined by Moira Huang, to help us talk about internships and how best leverage an internship into a ...Show More

52:36 | Oct 15th, 2018

Progressive Web Apps have been hailed as the next big leap forward in building web applications. In this episode we’re joined by Aaron Gustafson from Microsoft to talk all about PWA’s and the future of the web. Guests: Aaron Gustafson - @AaronGustaf...Show More

41:44 | Oct 1st, 2018

In this episode, we recorded a special live discussion on ethics in software development. The panel discussion was part of Certified Fresh Events with host Brian Rinaldi.

50:34 | Sep 17th, 2018

Static type systems in JavaScript provide a lot of value and have been growing in popularity. In this episode, we’re joined by Lauren Tan and Kunal Bohra to talk with us about the benefits of leveraging a type system in your codebase. Guests: Lauren...Show More

58:50 | Sep 3rd, 2018

We’ve had a lot of great recruiting discussions on previous episodes. In this episode, we’re joined by 3 recruiters, Matt Stephenson, Zack Skelly, and Chris Ahsing from 3 different startups to talk with us about how to stand out as an engineer, and w...Show More

46:03 | Aug 20th, 2018

In this episode, we’ll be discussing JavaScript libraries. We talk about when to use a library and when it might not be that practical. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @JemYoung Stacy London - @stacylondoner Picks: Ryan Burgess ...Show More

51:13 | Aug 6th, 2018

In this episode, we share our thoughts on IoT and smart devices in the home. We also talk about how JavaScript can be used to create your own smart devices. To talk with us about the smart devices, we’re joined by our guest, Sarah Showers from Linked...Show More

42:56 | Jul 23rd, 2018

In this episode, we talk with Ravi Srinivas and Erick Purino from Netflix to share how they are leveraging Web Components to create dynamic advertisements across the web. Guests: Ravi Srinivas - @ducktyped Erick Purino - @superbokbok Panelists: Rya...Show More

51:59 | Jul 9th, 2018

The front end ecosystem of build tooling continues to grow and become more powerful over the years. In this episode, we’re joined by Jamie Kyle and Maia Teegarden to talk with us about the power of build tools. Guests: Jamie Kyle - @jamiebuilds Maia...Show More

57:20 | Jun 25th, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by Shirley Wu and Brian Holt to talk with us about the various experiences we’ve had with startups, large companies, agencies, and freelance work. Guests: Shirley Wu - @sxywu Brian Holt - @holtbt Panelists: Ryan Burge...Show More

49:23 | Jun 11th, 2018

In our previous episode, we talked about user testing and to better understand how a product or application resonates with users. In this episode, we’re joined by Lisa Burgess to help talk with us about another great way to get user feedback, A/B tes...Show More

47:03 | May 28th, 2018

A lot of the work we do impacts the people using the product or application we’ve made and it’s important to understand how our users resonate with the products we create. A great way to better understand what works for a user is by doing user testin...Show More

48:33 | May 14th, 2018

In this episode, we’re joined by the Netflix Software Engineer, Anup Bishnoi to talk with us about the Netflix, open source, virtual JSON graph library, Falcor. Guests: Anup Bishnoi - @asyncanup Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @...Show More

30:18 | Apr 29th, 2018

In this episode, we were live on stage at Reactathon conference in San Francisco discussing how to scale a React application. We share our thoughts on to best approaches to creating a good structure for your codebase at scale. We also share our exper...Show More

53:39 | Apr 17th, 2018

In this episode, we discuss how we stay productive in our jobs. To help us with the discussion, we’re joined by Ellen Chisa, CEO, and Cofounder of Dark. We talk about tools and strategies we’ve found useful to help stay productive. Guests: Ellen Chi...Show More

41:19 | Apr 1st, 2018

In this episode, we are joined by Richard Feldman to talk about the functional language Elm, which compiles to JavaScript. In the episode, we learn about the benefits to leveraging Elm and how to get started. Guests: Richard Fledman - @rtfeldman Pa...Show More

51:16 | Mar 18th, 2018

In this episode, we recorded live at SacJS event in Sacramento, California. On stage we discuss the challenges of migrating a codebase and when to make the decision its the right time to refactor. We share lessons we’ve learned from past experiences....Show More

38:25 | Mar 4th, 2018

In this episode, we recorded live on stage at Forward JS conference in San Francisco. We were joined by our special guest, Allen Wirfs-Brock to talk about how the web has changed over the years and how JavaScript has been a large influence. Guests: ...Show More

54:02 | Feb 19th, 2018

In this episode, we’ll be discussing things we’ve noticed in companies that have unhealthy culture, shady business practices, moving business targets and more. We talk about ways to avoid an unhealthy culture and how to help improve one. Panelists: ...Show More

45:33 | Feb 5th, 2018

For our 50th episode, we are on stage live at the 2018 ngATL conference. We are joined by four of the talented speakers, Aimee Knight, Simona Cotin, John Papa, and April Wensel to talk about the state of Angular. Guests: Aimee Knight - @Aimee_Knight...Show More

1:09:50 | Jan 22nd, 2018

We are back in 2018, for the first episode of the New Year we have two special guests, Shirley Wu and Amy Wibowo to talk with us about freelancing and running your own business. We discuss how to start freelance work, how to manage clients and how to...Show More

59:34 | Dec 19th, 2017

It’s been a great year! With 2017 coming to an end, we’ve decided to talk the highlights, trends, and disappointments of the year. We also talk about what we’re excited about in 2018. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augustus Yuan - @augburto...Show More

49:40 | Nov 27th, 2017

Often times in our careers we’ve wanted to speak at conferences, meetups or even within our companies. It’s been a great way to share ideas and things we’ve learned. Giving a tech talk isn’t always the easiest thing. In this episode, we’ll be discuss...Show More

49:56 | Nov 14th, 2017

In this episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, we discuss how as front end engineers we can impact security vulnerabilities in the applications and websites we are creating. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Jem Young - @JemYoung Derrick...Show More

53:47 | Oct 30th, 2017

In a previous episode, we discussed working with a recruiter during a job interview process. In this episode, we’re joined by Netflix recruiter, Bianca Bortolussi to discuss ways to help your engineering profile stand out to recruiters and hiring man...Show More

50:29 | Oct 15th, 2017

Writing great code isn’t always the only part of our jobs. In order to impact changes on our teams or the business, we need to be able to persuade others to buy into your ideas. This could be in the form of migrating to a new technology, process or e...Show More

58:49 | Oct 1st, 2017

We all had to start somewhere. In this episode, we are joined by Preethi Kasireddy to talk with us about her and our experiences of being a beginner to coding. Guests: Preethi Kasireddy - @iam_preethi Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Derrick...Show More

56:09 | Sep 14th, 2017

There’s always a lot to be done, but having a good work life balance is extremely important. In this episode, we are joined by Sarah Showers from LinkedIn, to talk with us about work life balance. We share our thoughts on what work life balance means...Show More

54:11 | Aug 28th, 2017

Maintaining and scaling code is an important aspect of our careers. In this episode, we discuss and share ideas to help keep a healthy code base that will scale with your company. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessdryan Augustus Yuan - @augburto Sta...Show More

47:03 | Aug 15th, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Naoufal Kadhom, a Software Engineer from Netflix who’s also just released a payment library for React Native. In the episode, we’ll be discussing React Native and what it’s like to leverage it for Android and iOS appl...Show More

51:29 | Jul 30th, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Stefan Stumpfl, a mobile software engineer at LinkedIn working on LinkedIn Learning. During the past 5 years as an iOS developer, he has experience ranging from building his own app on a small 2-person team to larger ...Show More

56:34 | Jul 18th, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Shirley Wu, a Freelance Software Engineer who focuses on Data Visualization. Shirley shares a lot of knowledge about Data Visualization using JavaScript. Guests: Shirley Wu - @sxywu Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burges...Show More

57:47 | Jul 5th, 2017

We’ve received a lot of great questions from our listeners and wanted to take the time to answer them as an AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode. Thank you all for the great questions, we had a lot of fun answering them. Panelists: Ryan Burgess - @burgessd...Show More

44:59 | Jun 18th, 2017

Starting a new job is never easy, but a good onboarding process can make all the difference. In this episode, we talk about our experiences with onboarding at companies we’ve worked at and share our thoughts on what makes a good experience when start...Show More

59:30 | Jun 4th, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Jyri Tuulos and Josh London to help discuss reusable components and building style guides. Jyri is a Staff Engineer at AdRoll and Josh is a Senior Designer at Netflix. We discuss best practices companies are leveragin...Show More

53:26 | May 22nd, 2017

In this episode, we are joined by Laurie Voss, the COO and former CTO at npm. Npm, also known as Node Package Manager has been an important tool in the JavaScript community and has helped engineers share their code. In today’s episode, we’ll be discu...Show More

47:46 | May 8th, 2017

In this episode, we are joined by Trey Shugart who is a front-end developer (Principal Developer) at Atlassian, proponent of web components, and author of SkateJS to talk about Web Components. Items mentioned in the episode: Fast and the Furious 8, ...Show More

44:36 | Apr 23rd, 2017

What’s it like to deal with Imposter Syndrome? In this episode, we are joined by Jessica Grist, a Software Engineer at Adroll to discuss how we’ve all experience Imposter Syndrome in our careers and share ways to help deal with it. Guests: Jessica G...Show More

47:28 | Apr 10th, 2017

Burnout is not a rare phenomenon that engineers deal with. In this episode, we talk about the ways we’ve been affected by burnout and how we’ve dealt with it. We discuss past experiences that have created burnout for us and ways we can prevent it fro...Show More

55:40 | Mar 24th, 2017

Websites have gotten a lot more complicated over the years. What happened to static HTML? In this episode we’re joined by Harry Wolff, the creator of Reptar, to talk about leveraging build tools to create static generated sites. We talk about the pro...Show More

53:50 | Mar 13th, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by our special guest, Ayşegül Yönet, a Software Engineer Autodesk, who will help us discuss the popular Google JavaScript framework Angular. In the episode, we discuss the benefits of leveraging Angular and what the majo...Show More

53:34 | Feb 26th, 2017

We’ve all started somewhere. JavaScript isn’t always an easy language to learn. In this episode, we’re joined by Gordon Zhu, who teaches workshops on JavaScript at Watch and Code. We are also joined by Luis Vargas, a Senior Manager on Global Payments...Show More

45:49 | Feb 16th, 2017

Rust is an exciting systems programming language that’s being developed in Mozilla. In this episode, we’re joined by Jafar Husain to talk about the Rust and what the benefits of leveraging a language like Rust. We also talk about why a JavaScript eng...Show More

54:59 | Feb 7th, 2017

In this episode, we’re joined by Julie Horvath, a Design Lead at Apple to help us talk about design. We discuss ways to help improve the collaboration between designers and frontend developers. Julie shares her perspective on building great user expe...Show More

45:30 | Jan 25th, 2017

We’ve all started out somewhere in our career. In previous episodes, we’ve talked about various ways we’ve learned front end development, but haven’t touched on mentorship. In this episode, Sarah Showers joins us in the conversation about starting ou...Show More

52:22 | Jan 16th, 2017

As we look forward to all the great trends and changes that will happen in 2017, in this episode we discuss our thoughts and opinions on the various development trends and notable things that happened in 2016. Looking forward on 2017, we share some o...Show More

44:42 | Dec 31st, 2016

Ember is a growing JavaScript framework that large companies like LinkedIn are using for their web application. In this episode, we are joined by Stacy London from Atlassian to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of leveraging Ember as a JavaScr...Show More

52:54 | Dec 17th, 2016

Writing CSS seems pretty straight forward until your project and team starts to grow. CSS has a lot of issues, in this episode we share some advice for making it a little bit easier. We’ll also discuss ways to create a scalable CSS architecture for l...Show More

42:37 | Dec 6th, 2016

Have you had to deal with supporting more than one language in your web application? Offering content in several languages makes a better experience for your users but it can add many layers of complexity in your application’s design and architecture...Show More

51:26 | Nov 21st, 2016

We are lost without our tools. In this episode, we share the tools and applications we can’t live without. We discuss what development environments we use and plugins we find useful. Items mentioned in the episode: MacOS, Windows, Ubuntu, .NET, C#, ...Show More

57:47 | Nov 7th, 2016

The idea of working remotely has become more realistic over the past few years, making it easier for engineers to do their work without being tied to a physical location. In this episode, we are joined by Darren Buckner, Founder and CEO of Workfrom, ...Show More

44:45 | Oct 29th, 2016

Users are extremely sensitive to web performance. The slightest change in a website’s load time can impact a user staying or going. In this episode we talk about ways to help improve web performance and why it’s so important. Items mentioned in the ...Show More

50:09 | Oct 14th, 2016

In this episode, we are joined by Chris Saint-Amant from Netflix to help discuss what it’s like to transition from being an engineer to becoming an engineering manager. We share our thoughts on what engineers expect in their manager and share advice ...Show More

41:46 | Sep 26th, 2016

As an engineer we build things, but we also make mistakes or introduce bugs into the software we write. In this episode, we share horror stories of things that we’ve experienced in our careers and how we’ve learned from them. Hopefully, this episode ...Show More

48:35 | Sep 13th, 2016

In the JavaScript community, we have a lot of amazing frameworks that help us in our day to day work. It can be at times overwhelming to understand what framework is the best one to use. In this episode, we discuss our thoughts and opinions on the va...Show More

35:07 | Aug 28th, 2016

Conferences continue to be a great way to learn and grow as an engineer. In the 14th episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast we discuss the value of conferences and why you might want to attend. It’s a special episode because we recorded at React...Show More

1:05:33 | Aug 18th, 2016

In episode 13 of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, we’re joined by Jafar Husain from Netflix to talk with us about the future of JavaScript. Jafar is part of the TC-39 committee that helps determine the future specs of ECMAScript. Jafar shares a lot ...Show More

55:18 | Aug 8th, 2016

As an engineer or developer we currently fortunate enough to have a wide selection of amazing jobs and companies to work for. Although we have a wide selection of jobs, finding the right one is extremely important and may require some additional work...Show More

45:55 | Jul 28th, 2016

Leveraging transpilers is extremely helpful in allowing us to extend the JavaScript language in ways JavaScript engines cannot. There are a lot of amazing transpilers available in the JavaScript community and we all love transpilers, but there are th...Show More

57:18 | Jul 13th, 2016

In the technology industry we’re continually trying to grow the diversity of people who are working in the space. Most recently there have been a lot of great efforts made to increase the number of women in tech. In this episode we are joined by two ...Show More

52:04 | Jun 7th, 2016

In this episode we learn about animating with JavaScript. We’re joined by a special guest, Sarah Drasner, who is an expert in JavaScript and SVG animations. Having good animations in your product is really important for the overall user experience. I...Show More

59:35 | May 24th, 2016

Working in Silicon Valley is very unique. We work in a bubble, immersed in technology. There are billboards about frameworks, technology, and gadgets. Coffee shops are filled with people on Macbooks covered in stickers. Conversations on the train, co...Show More

1:08:06 | May 15th, 2016

In this episode, we have a special guest joining us to talk about digital accessibility, Jennison Asuncion who is a leader in the accessibility community and has a lot of information to help us improve our websites and applications be more accessible...Show More

51:03 | Apr 26th, 2016

We’ve all heard unit testing is good, but how do you get started writing unit tests? In this episode of Front End Happy Hour we share our experiences and advice writing unit tests. We discuss why it’s important and beneficial to have unit tests in yo...Show More

1:10:12 | Apr 15th, 2016

In order to work professionally as a front end developer, there is always an intense interview process. In this episode, we share our experiences and thoughts on the interviews we’ve done in the past. Not only have we had experience being interviewed...Show More

1:01:09 | Apr 5th, 2016

ECMAScript 6 was a major release for the JavaScript language. There’s a lot of great new features that have been added. In this episode we discuss how you can start using ES6 today and what we’ll start seeing in the next year for the latest update to...Show More

52:39 | Mar 25th, 2016

In this ever changing industry of front end development, developers are constantly learning. In this episode of Front End Happy Hour we discuss everything from our school backgrounds and what lead us to front end development. We also share ways we st...Show More

54:18 | Mar 16th, 2016

In the second episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, our special guest, Ben Lesh joins us to talk about all the great things in RxJS 5. Items mentioned in the episode: Rx Marbles Guests: Ben Lesh - @BenLesh Panelists: Brian Holt - @holtbt Je...Show More

48:08 | Mar 1st, 2016

For our very first episode of the Front End Happy Hour podcast, we have our panelists (Augustus Yuan, Derrick Showers, Jem Young, Ryan Anklam and Ryan Burgess) discuss their opinions on the Medium article posted in early January, titled "The Sad Stat...Show More