BookBytes

A book club for developers.

BookBytes

BookBytes is a fortnightly (or biweekly) book club for developers. Each episode the hosts discuss part of a book they've been reading. And they also chat with authors about their books. The books are about development, design, ethics, history, and soft skills. Sometimes there are tangents (also known as footnotes).

Hosts

Adam Garrett-Harris

Safia Abdalla

Jen Luker

Jason Staten

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Latest Episodes

6/18/2019BookBytes

26: Ready Player One

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Jason talks about how close we are to the technology in the book, Safia interviews the parents about screen time with kids, and they talk about 80's references and old video games.

6/4/2019BookBytes

25: Code Girls: Part 3

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

They discuss how to pronounce The Bombe, Adam talks about Conway's Law, and Safia compares sexism in the workplace to warfare.

5/13/2019BookBytes

24: Code Girls: Part 2

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Safia has a new job, they talk about how much they know or don't know about WWII, Safia talks about the disposability of the women, and they talk about women's pockets and things that remind them of Computer Science.

4/18/2019BookBytes

23: Code Girls: Part I

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Safia compares the recruiting efforts to modern day, Jason looks at good qualities for cracking codes and did some research on Shakespeare authorship, Jen talks about the challenges women go through, and they talk about strategies for cracking codes.

3/27/2019BookBytes

22: Code Girls: Introduction

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Adam asks what they think about the title of the book, Safia is struck by the fact that women were disqualified because of ethnicity, Jen mentions how women's photos became a source of commentary, and Safia talks about what people value in men vs women.

2/25/2019BookBytes

21: Ara the Star Engineer: Author - Komal Singh

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Everyone chats with Komal Singh about her motivations, the creation process, and the illustrator. And Jason's daughter even gets a question answered.

2/11/2019BookBytes

20: Ara the Star Engineer

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Everyone geeks out over this children's picture book, Jason and Jen read it to their daughters, Adam and Safia overthink it a little bit, and they give advice on reading it to a child.

11/21/2018BookBytes

17: The Imposter's Handbook: Functional Programming and Databases

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Safia talks about the four themes of functional programming, Jason tells us the difference between currying and partial application, Jason finds out that third normal form is not the most normal form. And Adam found out that BASE is the opposite of ACID.

5/28/2018BookBytes

8: Technically Wrong: Part 2

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

We get into a lively discussion about sexism and racism in the workplace and the interview process, and Safia puts Adam and Jason in the hot seat.

5/14/2018BookBytes

7: Technically Wrong: Part 1

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

Many apps and websites are sexist, racist, or marginalize people. In this episode, we talk about a lot of examples from the book about these apps.

4/30/2018BookBytes

6: Technically Wrong Intro

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

We get some updates from Safia and talk about our expectations for the book.

4/23/2018BookBytes

5: Apprenticeship Patterns: Author - Dave Hoover

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

We talked with one of the authors of Apprenticeship Patterns about the process of writing the book, reading, learning, career paths, and changes he would make to the book.

4/9/2018BookBytes

4: Apprenticeship Patterns Ch 5-7

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

We talked about drinking from the firehose, practicing the craft, building breakable toys, and reading (coding books, Descartes, and Beowulf).

3/26/2018BookBytes

3: Apprenticeship Patterns Ch 3-4

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

We talk about mapping out our careers (or lack thereof), what titles mean at companies, craft vs art, being the worst, and getting mentors.

3/12/2018BookBytes

2: Apprenticeship Patterns Ch 1-2

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

How do you set yourself up for success in your career as a software engineer? How do you learn? How do you go from junior to senior?

3/5/2018BookBytes

1: Apprenticeship Patterns Intro

Hosts: Adam Garrett-Harris, Safia Abdalla, Jen Luker, and Jason Staten

In this episode, we introduce the hosts, the podcast, and the first book we'll be reading, Apprenticeship Patterns.

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