La Vie en Code

Nicole Archambault

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La Vie en Code is a podcast for self-taught web developers, hosted by fellow self-taught web developer and EdTech entrepreneur Nicole Archambault. The podcast focuses on front-end, entrepreneurship, and the experiences of underrepresented groups in t...Show More

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032: Dissecting the Web Developer Roadmap—The Back-End

59:03 | Jun 26th, 2018

Part 3 of 4, Nicole dissects the Web Developer Roadmap's Back-End section, bringing valuable context to the steps recommended for students seeking a career using Back-End technologies. The Web Developer Roadmap by Kamran Ahmed (@kamranahmedse) has be...Show More

031: Dissecting the Web Developer Roadmap—The Front-End

1:11:13 | Jun 5th, 2018

The Web Developer Roadmap by Kamran Ahmed (@kamranahmedse) has become a powerful resource for new self-taught web developers—especially those looking to change careers. Having a guide for your education certainly helps! And we're going to dissect ...Show More

030: Dissecting the Web Developer Roadmap—"Required For Any Path"

44:14 | May 22nd, 2018

The Web Developer Roadmap by Kamran Ahmed (@kamranahmedse) has become a powerful resource for new self-taught web developers—especially those looking to change careers. Having a guide for your education certainly helps! But, what do all of these term...Show More

029: 7 Steps to Solving Code Challenges

29:26 | May 15th, 2018

In this episode, you'll learn about problem solving, and how you can approach code challenges using a 7-step approach that will give you enough information to confidently solve your problems. For show notes and links, visit the La Vie en Code Podc...Show More

028: Learning to Code with Treehouse

49:07 | Mar 20th, 2018

Host Nicole Archambault learned to code in 2015 with Treehouse, one of the most popular video-based web development e-Learning platforms. Hear more about why she chose Treehouse over other platforms, how she got the most out of Treehouse's videos and...Show More

027: The Power of Projects with Andrew Cook

50:22 | Mar 6th, 2018

Self-taught software developer and cloud computing enthusiast Andrew Cook helps web developers understand why projects are so important to their career, and how they can get started building their own! I first met Andrew through CodeNewbie chats on W...Show More

026: Self-Taught Student Talks with Kalalau Cantrell

1:01:58 | Feb 27th, 2018

I just love getting to know fellow students from diverse backgrounds, who taught themselves web development! This week's episode is a Self-Taught Student Talk with fellow self-taught web developer Kalalau Cantrell (or "Kal", for short). Kal entered t...Show More

025: Celebrating People of Color in Tech with Michael Berhane

1:03:10 | Dec 26th, 2017

The number of online spaces for people of color in the tech industry is low, and they are few and far between. These communities are desperately needed for underrepresented groups to tell their stories and share their experiences in this industry, wh...Show More

023: The Business of Diversity & Inclusion in Tech with Kim Crayton

43:54 | Dec 20th, 2017

New web development students focus on their skills as they transition into their new industry, but there is more to the industry than just the skills. Learn more about the topics that help build exceptional additions to the industry with special gues...Show More

024: The Business of Diversity & Inclusion in Tech with Kim Crayton (Part 2)

37:31 | Dec 20th, 2017

New web development students focus on their skills as they transition into their new industry, but there is more to the industry than just the skills. Learn more about the topics that help build exceptional additions to the industry with special gues...Show More

022: Choosing Motivation While Learning to Code

29:14 | Nov 7th, 2017

What do you do when you just can’t bring yourself to start or finish a course or project? Learning web development is a heavily cognitive endeavor, and motivation issues are largely standard. Learn how Nicole has identified and works to overcome her ...Show More

021: Rock Your First Hackathon

36:53 | Oct 31st, 2017

Hackathons can be a scary prospect for new web developers—but they don’t have to be. Nicole tells the story of her first hackathon (which her team won!), and debunks a lot of the myths surrounding hackathons. She highlights women’s hackathons, and wh...Show More

020: Improve your Skills with Deliberate Practice

36:47 | Oct 24th, 2017

What is deliberate practice, and how does it differ from “regular” practice? Nicole answers these questions and more, and discusses how you can become a better web developer by integrating deliberate practice into your learning routine. You’ll finish...Show More

019: Why I Became a Tech Entrepreneur

51:57 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Have you ever thought of what your career could be like without the constraints of others affecting your output? To have total control over your income potential? In this episode, Nicole talks about why she finally decided that she’d had enough of th...Show More

018: 15 Tips for Maximizing Your Web Dev E-Learning Experience

42:32 | Sep 26th, 2017

For the fourth and final episode of EdTech September, Nicole shares her tips for getting the most out of your e-Learning platform of choice. She goes more in-depth for each, explaining how they specifically relate to new web development students. You...Show More

017: Learning with Games and Gamification

50:20 | Sep 19th, 2017

For the third episode of EdTech September, Nicole talks gaming and gamification, highlighting the vital role it can play in increasing learning engagement, and improving outcomes. She shares her experience with educational gaming as a kid, and how it...Show More

016: The 3 Fundamental Theories of Educational Technology (EdTech)

30:05 | Sep 12th, 2017

For the second episode of EdTech September, Nicole introduces listeners to 3 of the fundamental theories of learning that fuel Educational Technology (EdTech): Behaviorism, Constructivism, and Constructionism. Understanding the theories of Behavioris...Show More

015: What is Educational Technology (EdTech)?

38:16 | Sep 5th, 2017

Nicole talks about why she focused on an entrepreneurial career in Educational Technology, or EdTech, in 2017. But what IS EdTech? If you've learned to code using online services, tutorials, or courses—you've used EdTech to further your education. Ed...Show More

014: The Newbie Dev's Intro to WordPress Development

43:27 | Aug 15th, 2017

WordPress is a great addition to your front- and back- web development education - especially if you're open to learning PHP, which already powers 80% of the web, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. In this episode, Nicole provides some insight as...Show More

013: When Mental Illness Affects Your Coding Goals

42:44 | Aug 8th, 2017

Mental illness is a key part of Nicole’s story as a self-taught web developer, and it thoroughly complicated the experience of teaching herself to code. Hear her personal story of struggling against anxiety, depression, and mood disorders while makin...Show More

012: How to Start (and Keep Up!) a Blog While Learning to Code

1:04:01 | Aug 1st, 2017

Writing about your experience learning to code can be a valuable, though challenging, endeavor. In this information-packed hour-long episode, Nicole talks about why it's a worthwhile exercise, and some critical things you'll want to consider before s...Show More

011: At the Intersection of Technology and Education with Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson

53:55 | Jul 18th, 2017

What happens when you teach people how to learn, then teach them how to code, while putting THEIR needs at the center of your entire platform? Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson joins me on the show for an enlightening discussion around the intersection of te...Show More

010: Nicole's Top 10 Web Development Tools

31:59 | Jul 11th, 2017

Do you like tools? Who doesn't! This week, I share my top 10 web development tools—for my education, and for my freelancing. Pick up a new tool, and let me know what you think! For full show notes and transcript, visit the La Vie en Code podcast epis...Show More

009: Intro to JavaScript and the Document Object Model (DOM)

32:08 | Jul 5th, 2017

In this episode, we're going to take a deep dive into the DOM. Nicole explains what the Document Object Model is, what it looks like, and what we can do with it. And because we can't touch on everything, at the end of the episode, I'll provide some m...Show More

008: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Learning to Code

37:53 | Jun 27th, 2017

In this episode, I detail 10 things I've identified that new coders absolutely need to know before they begin teaching themselves the technical stuff. Why is this important? Every day, students start learning to code without any type of plan or goal....Show More

007: Lessons from Code Academy with George Mandis

41:47 | Jun 7th, 2017

In this episode, I talk to my first in-person coding instructor and good mentor friend, George Mandis of Snaptortoise Development. George is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance web developer, who taught the first classroom-based web development bootca...Show More

006: The Science of Learning with Dr. Barbara Oakley (Part 2)

34:25 | May 30th, 2017

In part 2/2 of our interview, Barb and I talk about the value and power of career changers and self-taught coders, the concept of “second skilling”, why it’s important for anybody to learn programming principles, and we even get into some spicy disco...Show More

005: The Science of Learning with Dr. Barbara Oakley (Part 1)

40:38 | May 23rd, 2017

In this two-part discussion, we welcome special guest Dr. Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, to adapt some key topics from her record-setting Learning How to Learn and Mindshift Coursera courses and her new book (Mindshif...Show More

004: My First Dev Job Used ColdFusion (or, Why I'm a Freelancer)

29:47 | May 16th, 2017

Nicole opens up about her first web development position, in a story about why expectation (vs. reality) matters, and how our newbie coder experiences can affect our future career choices.

003: Self-Taught Student Talks with Casey Bartholomew

42:49 | Dec 16th, 2016

Self-Taught Student Talks is a sub-series of the LVEC podcast, highlighting self-taught students' accomplishments. This week, we meet Casey Bartholomew, a self-taught front-end web development student juggling full-time work while learning to code.

002: How I Learned How I Learn

30:11 | Dec 3rd, 2016

In episode 2, Nicole discusses the different ways that self-taught web development students learn, and provides some tips for how to get the most out of your education by leveraging those styles in your respective learning environment.

001: Introduction & My Web Dev Origin Story

58:25 | Sep 15th, 2016

For the inaugural episode of the La Vie en Code podcast, Nicole talks about her own journey in self-taught web development, and how her life lined up perfectly to take the career change plunge.