Coding Blocks

By Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, Joe Zack

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Reviews: 10

 Aug 23, 2020
Always entertaining, humorous and chock full of information. I am not a .Net dev but still find plenty applicable to any developer here. Great company for long drives.

 Jun 29, 2020
Long time listener, first time reviewer. This is only long podcast that I constantly listen to. Their topics and insight are timely and valuable on any platform.

 May 21, 2020
You'all are # and deserve ++. Listing to you guys is No Problem and Complete. love how you traverse through your conversations like on your BTree episodes, especially with a java at hand. keep it up!

 Feb 8, 2020
Great back catalogue, always enjoyable to listen to their chats about pretty technical topics. And interesting opinions too.

 Dec 13, 2019


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Episode Date
Site Reliability Engineering – Monitoring Distributed Systems
We haven't finished the Site Reliability Engineering book yet as we learn how to monitor our system while the deals at Costco as so good, Allen thinks they're fake, Joe hasn't attended a math class in a while, and Michael never had AOL.
May 23, 2022
Site Reliability Engineering – Eliminating Toil
We say "toil" a lot this episode while Joe saw a movie, Michael says something controversial, and Allen's tip is to figure it out yourself, all while learning how to eliminate toil.
May 09, 2022
Site Reliability Engineering – Service Level Indicators, Objectives, and Agreements
Welcome to the morning edition of Coding Blocks as we dive into what service level indicators, objectives, and agreements are while Michael clearly needs more sleep, Allen doesn't know how web pages work anymore, and Joe isn't allowed to beg.
Apr 25, 2022
Site Reliability Engineering – Embracing Risk
We learn how to embrace risk as we continue our learning about Site Reliability Engineering while Johnny Underwood talked too much, Joe shares a (scary) journey through his mind, and Michael, Reader of Names, ends the show on a dark note.
Apr 11, 2022
Software Reliability Engineering – Hope is not a strategy
It's finally time to learn what Site Reliability Engineering is all about, while Jer can't speak nor type, Merkle got one (!!!), and Mr. Wunderwood is wrong.
Mar 28, 2022
The Great Resignation
We're living through the tail end, maybe?, of the Great Resignation, so we dig into how that might impact software engineering careers while Allen is very somber, Joe's years are ... different, and Michael compares Apples to Apples.
Mar 14, 2022
Minimum Viable Continuous Delivery
We dive into what it takes to adhere to minimum viable continuous delivery while Michael isn't going to quit his day job, Allen catches the earworm, and Joe is experiencing full-on Stockholm syndrome.
Feb 28, 2022
#CBJAM 22 Recap
We have a retrospective about our recent Game Ja Ja Ja Jam, while Michael doesn't know his A from his CNAME, Allen could be a nun, and Joe still wants to be a game developer.
Feb 14, 2022
PagerDuty’s Security Training for Engineers, The Dramatic Conclusion
We wrap up our discussion of PagerDuty's Security Training, while Joe declares this year is already a loss, Michael can't even, and Allen says doody, err, duty.
Jan 31, 2022
PagerDuty’s Security Training for Engineers, Penultimate
We're pretty sure we're almost done and we're definitely all present for the recording as we continue discussing PagerDuty's Security Training, while Allen won't fall for it, Joe takes the show to a dark place, and Michael knows obscure, um, stuff.
Jan 18, 2022
PagerDuty’s Security Training for Engineers! Part Deux
We continue our discussion of PagerDuty's Security Training presentation while Michael buys a vowel, Joe has some buffer, and Allen hits everything he doesn't aim for.
Jan 04, 2022
PagerDuty’s Security Training for Engineers
We're taking our time as we discuss PagerDuty's Security Training presentations and what it means to "roll the pepper" while Michael is embarrassed in front of the whole Internet, Franklin Allen Underwood is on a full name basis, and don't talk to Joe about corn.
Dec 20, 2021
What is a Game Engine?
With Game Ja-Ja-Ja-Jamuary coming up, we discuss what makes a game engine, while Michael's impersonation is spot-on, Allen may really just be Michael, and Joe already has the title of his next podcast show at the ready.
Dec 06, 2021
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Secondary Indexes, Rebalancing, Routing
We wrap up the discussion on partitioning from our collective favorite book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Allen is properly substituted, Michael can't stop thinking about Kafka, and Joe doesn't live in the real sunshine state.
Nov 22, 2021
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Partitioning
We crack open our favorite book again, Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann, while Joe sounds different, Michael comes to a sad realization, and Allen also engages "no take backs".
Nov 08, 2021
The 2021 Shopping Spree
The Mathemachicken strikes again for this year's shopping spree, while Allen just realized he was under a rock, Joe engages "no take backs", and Michael ups his decor game.
Oct 25, 2021
Should You Speak at a Conference?
We discuss the pros and cons of speaking at conferences and similar events, while Joe makes a verbal typo, Michael has turned over a new leaf, and Allen didn't actually click the link.
Oct 11, 2021
Transactions in Distributed Systems
Joe goes full shock jock, but only for a moment. Allen loses the “Most Tips In A Single Episode: 2021” award, and Michael didn’t get the invite notification in this […]
Sep 27, 2021
Docker Licensing, Career and Coding Questions
Some things just require discussion, such as Docker's new licensing, while Joe is full of it, Allen *WILL* fault them, and Michael goes on the record.
Sep 13, 2021
Why Get Into Competitive Programming?
We step away from our microservices deployments to meet around the water cooler and discuss the things on our minds, while Joe is playing Frogger IRL, Allen "Eeyores" his way to victory, and Michael has some words about his keyvoard, er, kryboard, leybaord, ugh, k-e-y-b-o-a-r-d!
Aug 30, 2021
Are Microservices … for real?
We decide to dig into the details of what makes a microservice and do we really understand them as Joe tells us why we really want microservices, Allen incorrectly answers the survey, and Michael breaks down in real time.
Aug 16, 2021
2021 State of the Developer Ecosystem
We dive into JetBrains' findings after they recently released their State of the Developer Ecosystem for 2021 while Michael has the open down pat, Joe wants the old open back, and Allen stopped using the command line.
Aug 01, 2021
What is GitHub Copilot?
It's time to take a break, stretch our legs, grab a drink, and maybe even join in some interesting conversations around the water cooler as Michael goes off script, Joe is very confused, and Allen insists that we stay on script.
Jul 19, 2021
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Leaderless Replication
We wrap up our replication discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, this time discussing leaderless replication strategies and issues, while Allen missed his calling, Joe doesn't read the gray boxes, and Michael lives in a future where we use apps.
Jul 06, 2021
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Multi-Leader Replication
We continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, this time focusing on multi-leader replication, while Joe is seriously tired, and Allen is on to Michael's shenanigans.
Jun 21, 2021
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Single Leader Replication
We dive back into Designing Data-Intensive Applications to learn more about replication while Michael thinks cluster is a three syllable word, Allen doesn't understand how we roll, and Joe isn't even paying attention.
Jun 07, 2021
Some Fun APIs
We couldn't decide if we wanted to gather around the water cooler or talk about some cool APIs, so we opted to do both, while Joe promises there's a W in his name, Allen doesn't want to say graph, and Michael isn't calling out applets.
May 24, 2021
Making Money with Code
We talk about the various ways we can get paid with code while Michael failed the Costco test, Allen doesn't understand multiple choice questions, and Joe has a familiar pen name.
May 10, 2021
Write Great APIs
We discuss all things APIs: what makes them great, what makes them bad, and what we might like to see in them while Michael plays a lawyer on channel 46, Allen doesn't know his favorite part of the show, and Joe definitely pays attention to the tips of the week.
Apr 26, 2021
How to Scrum
We discuss the parts of the scrum process that we're supposed to pay attention to while Allen pronounces the m, Michael doesn't, and Joe skips the word altogether.
Apr 12, 2021
What is Scrum?
During today's standup, we focus on learning all about Scrum as Joe is back (!!!), Allen has to dial the operator and ask to be connected to the Internet, and Michael reminds us why Blockbuster failed.
Mar 29, 2021
Show Recursion Show
We dig into recursion and learn that Michael is the weirdo, Joe gives a subtle jab, and Allen doesn't play well with others while we dig into recursion.
Mar 15, 2021
Specialize or Bounce Around?
It's been a minute since we last gathered around the water cooler, as Allen starts an impression contest, Joe wins said contest, and Michael earned a participation award.
Mar 01, 2021
Why is Python Popular?
We dig into all things Python, which Allen thinks is pretty good, and it's rise in popularity, while Michael and Joe go toe-to-toe over a gripe, ahem, feature.
Feb 15, 2021
Game Jam Lessons Learned
We step back to reflect on what we learned from our first game jam, while Joe's bathroom is too close and Allen taught Michael something (again).
Feb 01, 2021
Who Owns Open-Source Software?
We discuss all things open-source, leaving Michael and Joe to hold down the fort while Allen is away, while Joe's impersonations are spot on and Michael is on a first name basis, assuming he can pronounce it.
Jan 18, 2021
Our Favorite Developer Tools of 2020
We start off the year discussing our favorite developer tools of 2020, as Joe starts his traditions early, Allen is sly about his résumé updates, and Michael lives to stream.
Jan 04, 2021
Into the Octoverse
It's the end of 2020. We're all tired. So we phone it in for the last episode of the year as we discuss the State of the Octoverse, while Michael prepared for the wrong show (again), Allen forgot to pay his ISP bill and Joe's game finished downloading.
Dec 21, 2020
We discuss the things we're excited about for 2021 as Michael prepared for a different show, Joe can't stop looking at himself, and Allen gets paid by the tip of the week.
Dec 07, 2020
What is a Developer Game Jam?
We learn all the necessary details to get into the world of developer game jams, while Michael triggers all parents, Allen's moment of silence is oddly loud, and Joe hones his inner Steve Jobs.
Nov 23, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – Create Organizational Learning
We wrap up our deep dive into The DevOps Handbook, while Allen ruined Halloween, Joe isn't listening, and Michael failed to... forget it, it doesn't even matter.
Nov 09, 2020
The 2020 Shopping Spree
It's our favorite time of year where we discuss all of the new ways we can spend our money in time for the holidays, as Allen forgets a crucial part, Michael has "neons", and Joe has a pet bear.
Oct 26, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – Enable Daily Learning
We dive into the benefits of enabling daily learning into our processes, while it's egregiously late for Joe, Michael's impersonation is awful, and Allen's speech is degrading.
Oct 12, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – The Value of A/B Testing
We wrap up the second way from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe has a mystery episode, Michael doesn't like ketchup, and Allen has a Costco problem.
Sep 28, 2020
Is Kubernetes Programming?
We gather around the water cooler to discuss some random topics, while Joe sends too many calendar invites, Allen interferes with science, and Michael was totally duped.
Sep 14, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – Enabling Safe Deployments
We learn the secrets of a safe deployment practice while continuing to study The DevOps Handbook as Joe is a cartwheeling acrobat, Michael is not, and Allen is hurting, so much.
Aug 31, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – Anticipating Problems
We're using telemetry to fill in the gaps and anticipate problems while discussing The DevOps Handbook, while Michael is still weird about LinkedIn, Joe knows who's your favorite JZ, and Allen might have gone on vacation.
Aug 17, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – The Technical Practices of Feedback
It's all about telemetry and feedback as we continue learning from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe knows his versions, Michael might have gone crazy if he didn't find it, and Allen has more than enough muscles.
Aug 03, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – Architecting for Low-Risk Releases
Our journey into the world of DevOps continues with The DevOps Handbook as Michael doesn't take enough tangents, Joe regrets automating the build, err, wait never regrets (sorry), and ducks really like Allen.
Jul 20, 2020
The DevOps Handbook – The Technical Practices of Flow
We begin our journey into the repeatable world of DevOps by taking cues from The DevOps Handbook, while Allen loves all things propane, Joe debuts his "singing" career with his new music video, and Michael did a very bad, awful thing.
Jul 06, 2020
Survey Says … 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey
We review the Stack Overflow Developer Survey in the same year it was created for the first time ever, while Joe has surprising news about the Hanson Brothers, Allen doesn't have a thought process, and Michael's callback is ruined.
Jun 22, 2020
Google’s Engineering Practices – How to Navigate a Code Review
As we learn from Google about how to navigate a code review, Michael learns to not give out compliments, Joe promises to sing if we get enough new reviews, and Allen introduces a new section to the show.
Jun 08, 2020
Google’s Engineering Practices – What to Look for in a Code Review
We learn what to look for in a code review while reviewing Google's engineering practices documentation as Michael relates patterns to choo-choos, Joe has a "weird voice", and Allen has a new favorite portion of the show.
May 26, 2020
Google’s Engineering Practices – Code Review Standards
We dig into Google's engineering practices documentation as we learn how to code review while Michael, er, Fives is done with proper nouns, Allen can't get his pull request approved, and Joe prefers to take the average of his code reviews.
May 11, 2020
Big Data – How Far is Too Far?
We gather around the water cooler at 6 foot distances as Michael and Joe aren't sure what they streamed, we finally learn who has the best fries, at least in the US, and Allen doesn't understand evenly distributing your condiments.
Apr 27, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – To B-Tree or not to B-Tree
We dig into the details of how databases use B-trees as we continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Michael's description of median is awful, live streaming isn't for Allen, and Joe really wants to bring us back from the break.
Apr 13, 2020
How to Work Remote Effectively
Since we can't leave the house, we discuss what it takes to effectively work remote while Allen's frail body requires an ergonomic keyboard, Joe finally takes a passionate stance, and Michael tells them why they're wrong.
Mar 30, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – SSTables and LSM-Trees
It's time to learn about SSTables and LSM-Trees as Joe feels pretty zacked, Michael clarifies what he was looking forward to, and Allen has opinions about Dr Who.
Mar 16, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Storage and Retrieval
In this episode, Allen is back, Joe knows his maff, and Michael brings the jokes, all that and more as we discuss the internals of how databases store and retrieve the data we save as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications.
Mar 02, 2020
Why Attend Developer Conferences and What were the Hot Topics at NDC London 2020?
NDC London 2020NDC London 2020Jamie from and Allen, ya know, from Coding Blocks, sat down together at NDC London to talk about the hot topics from the conference as well as how to […]
Feb 17, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Query Languages
We dive into declarative vs imperative query languages as we continue to dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Allen is gallivanting around London, Michael had a bullish opinion, and Joe might not know about The Witcher.
Feb 03, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Relationships
While we continue to dig into Designing Data-Intensive Applications, we take a step back to discuss data models and relationships as Michael covers all of his bases, Allen has a survey answer just for him, and Joe really didn't get his tip from Reddit.
Jan 20, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Data Models: Relational vs Document
We're comparing data models as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications as Coach Joe is ready to teach some basketball, Michael can't pronounce 6NF, and Allen measured some geodesic distances just this morning.
Jan 06, 2020
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Maintainability
We dig into what it takes to make a maintainable application as we continue to learn from Designing Data-Intensive Applications, as Allen is a big fan of baby Yoda, Michael's index isn't corrupt, and Joe has some latency issues.
Dec 23, 2019
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Scalability
We continue to study the teachings of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Michael's favorite book series might be the Twilight series, Joe blames his squeak toy chewing habit on his dogs, and Allen might be a Belieber.
Dec 09, 2019
Designing Data-Intensive Applications – Reliability
We start our deep dive into Joe's favorite new book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications as Joe can't be stopped while running downhill, Michael might have a new spin on #fartgate, and Allen doesn't quite have a dozen tips this episode.
Nov 25, 2019
Developer Shopping Spree 2019
We discuss this year's shopping spree only to learn that Michael spent too much, Allen spent too much, and Joe spent too much.
Nov 12, 2019
DevOps: Job Title or Job Responsibility?
We debate whether DevOps is a job title or a job responsibility as Michael finally understands's name, Allen is an infosec expert, and Joe wears his sunglasses at night.
Oct 28, 2019
3factor app – Async Serverless
We take an introspective look into what's wrong with Michael's life, Allen keeps taking us down random tangents, and Joe misses the chance for the perfect joke as we wrap up our deep dive into Hasura's 3factor app architecture pattern.
Oct 14, 2019
3factor app – Reliable Eventing
We discuss the second factor of Hasura's 3factor app, Reliable Eventing, as Allen says he still _surfs_ the Internet (but really, does he?), it's never too late for pizza according to Joe, and Michael wants to un-hear things.
Sep 30, 2019
3factor app – Realtime GraphQL
We begin to twitch as we review the first factor of Hasura's 3factor app, Realtime GraphQL, while Allen gets distrac ... SQUIRREL!, Michael might own some bell bottoms, and Joe is stuck with cobalt.
Sep 17, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Build Pragmatic Teams
We learn how to apply the concepts of The Pragmatic Programmer to teams while Michael uses his advertisement voice, Joe has a list, and Allen doesn't want anyone up in his Wheaties.
Sep 03, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to use Exceptions
After 112 episodes, Michael can't introduce the show, Allen pronounces it "ma-meee", and don't make Joe run your janky tests as The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how we should use exceptions and program deliberately.
Aug 20, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Generate Code
We continue our dive into The Pragmatic Programmer and debate when is it text manipulation vs code generation as Joe can't read his bill, Michael makes a painful recommendation, and Allen's gaming lives up to Southern expectations.
Aug 05, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Debug
It's about time we finally learn how to debug by taking take a page from The Pragmatic Programmer playbook, while Michael replaces a developer's cheat sheet, Joe judges the H-O-R-S-E competition for VI, and Allen stabs you in the front.
Jul 23, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – Know Thy Tools
We dig into the details of the basic tools while continuing our journey into The Pragmatic Programmer while Joe programs by coincidence, Michael can't pronounce numbers, and Allen makes a point.
Jul 08, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – How to Estimate
Joe is distracted by all of the announcements from E3, Allen is on the run from the Feebs, and Michael counts debugging as coding. All this and more as we continue discussing The Pragmatic Programmer.
Jun 24, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – Tracer Bullets and Prototyping
The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how to use tracer bullets versus prototyping while Joe doesn't know who won the Game of Thrones, Allen thought he knew about road numbers, and Michael thinks 475 is four letters.
Jun 10, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – Is Your Code Orthogonal?
The dad jokes are back as we learn about orthogonal code while JZ (the 8-mile guy) has spaghetti on him, Michael's Harry Potter references fail, and Allen voice goes up a couple octaves.
May 27, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – The Evils of Duplication
We take a deep dive into the various forms of duplication and jump aboard the complain train as Allen complains about Confluent's documentation, Michael complains about Docker's documentation, and Joe complains about curl.
May 13, 2019
The Pragmatic Programmer – Investing in Your Knowledge Portfolio
We begin our journey into the wisdom of The Pragmatic Programmer, which as Joe puts it, it’s less about type-y type-y and more about think-y think-y, while Allen is not […]
Apr 29, 2019
Should Your Web App be a Progressive Web App (PWA)?
We dig into the nitty gritty details of what a Progressive Web App (PWA) is and why you should care, while Allen isn't sure if he is recording, Michael was the only one prepared to talk about Flo and the Progressive Price Gun, and Joe has to get his headphones.
Apr 15, 2019
The Second Date is Always Easier
The Date deep dive continues as we focus in on C# and JavaScript, while Michael reminisces about the fluorescent crayons, Joe needs a new tip of the week, and Allen confuses time zones.
Apr 01, 2019
Why Date-ing is Hard
We take a deep dive into understanding why all Date-s are not created equal while learning that Joe is not a fan of months, King Kong has nothing on Allen, and Michael still uses GETDATE(). Oops.
Mar 18, 2019
What Should You Learn Next?
After being asked to quiet down, our friend, John Stone, joins us again as we move the conversation to the nearest cubicle while Michael reminds us of Bing, Joe regrets getting a cellphone, and Allen's accent might surprise you.
Mar 04, 2019
Tackling Tough Developer Questions
We gather around the water cooler to celebrate our 100th episode with our friend John Stone for some random developer discussions as Michael goes off script, Joe needs his techno while coding, and Allen sings some sweet sounds.
Feb 18, 2019
JAMstack with J.A.M.
We learn all about JAMstack in real-time as Michael lowers the bar with new jokes, Allen submits a pull request, and Joe still owes us a tattoo.
Feb 04, 2019
Data Structures – Heaps and Tries
We dig into heaps and tries as Allen gives us an up to date movie review while Joe and Michael compare how the bands measure up.
Jan 21, 2019
Data Structures – (some) Trees
We ring in 2019 with a discussion of various trees as Allen questions when should you abstract while Michael and Joe introduce us to the Groot Tree.
Jan 08, 2019
Data Structures – Hashtable vs Dictionary
Just in time to help you spread some cheer this holiday season, the dad jokes are back as we dig into the details of hash tables and dictionaries.
Dec 17, 2018
Data Structures – Arrays and Array-ish
We continue our deep dive into data structures, this time focusing in on arrays and array-like types as Allen gives Shania Twain some singing competition, Joe is going to owe us another tattoo, and wait ... when does Michael think C++ was invented?
Dec 03, 2018
Data Structures – Primitives
We begin our journey into data structures by taking a deep dive into primitives while Allen makes Michael blush and Joe crashes his browser.
Nov 19, 2018
Developer Shopping Spree
With the holiday season soon approaching, we address the most important requirements list of all ... our wish lists as Joe has to disclose a cheese powder incident, Michael hopes his Bitcoin gains some value, and Allen researches his purchases to the extreme.
Nov 05, 2018
Azure Functions and CosmosDB from MS Ignite
This is a special episode recorded at Microsoft Ignite 2018 where John Callaway from The 6 Figure Developer Podcast joins Allen Underwood to talk about Azure Functions and CosmosDB. Find out what they are and why you might want to try them out for yourself.
Oct 22, 2018
How to Learn Programming Skills
We continue our dive into how to learn things while Michael's voice sounds an awful lot like Joe's, Joe says it's a square, and Allen says it's a triangle ... oh, and Google Feud is back!
Oct 08, 2018
Comparing Git Workflows
We have some fun with our names, get ahead of ourselves during Survey Says, and vet Michael's tip on-air as we take a deep dive into comparing some popular Git workflows and when should we use which.
Sep 24, 2018
Does Big O Matter?
We wrap up our conversation on complexity and play some more over/under as Allen thinks learning is backwards, Michael doesn't write clean code, and Joe brings his dog to the discussion.
Sep 10, 2018
What is Algorithmic Complexity?
We continue our dive into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook as Allen is Allen, Joe is Michael, Michael is Joe.
Aug 27, 2018
Thunder Talks
Joe's voice sounds funny, Allen has a theme, and Michael pours one out for Media Play as Michael's and Allen's impersonation of Joe is on point (#NailedIt).
Aug 13, 2018
Lightning Talks
We meet up around the water cooler for a quick round of lightning talks as Allen and Michael sing FizzBuzz while Joe passes the caching buck.
Jul 30, 2018
Graph Algorithms
We continue digging into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook as Joe explains Florida time, Allen likes greedy algorithms, and Michael shares his geography knowledge.
Jul 16, 2018
Algorithms You Should Know
It's time we discuss algorithms we all need to know as we continue diving into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook while Michael will read anything, Allen questions Greenland's name, and Joe talks wormholes.
Jun 25, 2018
Search Driven Apps
We're talking databases, indexes, search engines, and why they're basically microwaves in this episode while Joe wears a polo, Allen's quick brown fox jumps over whatever, and Michael gives out fake URLs.
Jun 11, 2018
Programmer Strengths and Weaknesses
Inspired by Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook, we take an introspective look at ourselves to find two weaknesses and one strength while Allen shows off his vocal prowess in song, Joe needs a list, and Michael is a dash.
May 28, 2018
Understanding Complexity Theory
This episode we talk complexity theory while digging into Rob Conery's The Imposter's Handbook as Allen channels his inner Austin Powers, Michael finds linearly to complex to pronounce, and Joe ruins Batman for the rest of us.
May 14, 2018
Docker for Developers
This episode we’re talking about server naming conventions, confusing command line arguments, and how high we can get our voices. Huge thanks to the NSA and the freedom of information […]
May 01, 2018
Design Anti-Patterns: YoYo, The God Object and More
It's time for more design Ant-EYE or Ant-EEE patterns as we venture into cesspool that awaits. Come find out what these patterns are, why you should, and how to avoid them. Bonus: Michael drops the term Heinz Doofenshmirtz - Joe and Allen didn't know this pattern, but maybe you will.
Apr 16, 2018
Deliberate Practice for Programmers
It's time for more cowbell as we have a special guest in the studio, Will Madison (@IAmWillMadison), join us as Allen finally gets tripped up trying to pronounce a name, Joe teaches us the value of practice, and Michael evacuates in a rainbow colored straight line.
Apr 03, 2018
Clean Architecture – Are Microservices Truly Decoupled?
We're back with our last deep dive into Robert C. Martin's latest book, Clean Architecture, while Allen suffers from sleep deprivation, Joe shows us his dance moves, and Michael's mind is blown on how to unit test.
Mar 19, 2018
Clean Architecture – What is the Humble Object Pattern?
It's time for another deep dive into Robert C. Martin's Clean Architecture as Joe puts us on the spot, Allen has a new mission, and Michael shares his Easter eggs.
Mar 07, 2018
Clean Architecture – Make Your Architecture Scream
Michael can't tell higher from lower, Allen puts his views where he wants them, and Joe snaps it to a Slim Jim as we discuss how to make our architectures scream while discussing Robert C. Martin's Clean Architecture.
Feb 19, 2018
Clean Architecture – The Art of Drawing Lines
It's time for another deep dive into Robert C. Martin's Clean Architecture as Allen warns us about driving in front of him, Joe tries to describe a diagram again, and Michael can't understand the survey results.
Feb 05, 2018
Clean Architecture – Keeping Your Options Open
Joe drinks too much coffee, Allen spits his coffee out, and Michael feels vindicated as the discussions about Robert C. Martin's latest book, Clean Architecture, continues.
Jan 23, 2018
Clean Architecture – How to Quantify Component Coupling
Joe baits Michael, Michael takes the bait, and Allen lets it happen, as Uncle Bob explains how we can quantify the coupling between our components from his latest book, Clean Architecture.
Jan 08, 2018
Clean Architecture – Components and Component Cohesion
Joe is down with OCP, Michael argues DRY, and Allen deletes our show notes as we dig into Components and Component Cohesion from Robert C. Martin's (aka Uncle Bob) Clean Architecture.
Dec 11, 2017
How to Spend $2,500 on Developer Gear
We're back with another installment as we challenge ourselves to compare how we'd each spend $2,500 on developer gear as Allen waxes on about the loudest quiet keyboard, Joe teaches us how cheese is made, and Michael puts some neon on his computer.
Nov 13, 2017
Clean Architecture – Programming Paradigms
Michael forgets what his favorite part of the show is, Joe makes us wait to learn what his favorite part is, and Allen pronounces it "pair-a-dig-'ems" as we continue our deep dive into Uncle Bob's latest book: Clean Architecture.
Oct 30, 2017
Clean Architecture – Fight for Architecture
Joe learns of our harebrained idea, Michael learns of Eisenhower’s matrix, and Allen explains polyfills as we begin our dive into Uncle Bob’s latest book, Clean Architecture. Prefer to read these […]
Oct 02, 2017
Object Oriented Mistakes
Allen brings the dad jokes, Michael unplugs, and Joe gets a second wind as we discuss the anti-patterns found in object oriented programming.
Sep 18, 2017
Project Management Anti-patterns
It's time for another episode as Joe wants to choke a developer, Michael scraps his new social networking platform, and Allen finally learns of dad jokes while we continuing the anti-patterns conversation.
Sep 05, 2017
Software Design Anti-patterns
We've discussed design patterns too much. Now it's time for some discussion about anti-patterns as Joe has dark visions about robots, Allen has to take sensitivity training, and Michael picks Arial.
Aug 21, 2017
Software Architecture – What is Supple Design?
More Domain Driven Design talk this week: Supple Design, Declarative(ish?) Programming, and Ohio Envy. Sponsors – Use code “CODING BLOCKS” in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section […]
Jul 27, 2017
Software Architecture – Explicit Constraints, Processes, Specification Pattern, and more
Know what Joe and Waldo have in common? We can't find either, as this week, it's just Allen and Michael to continue the dive into Domain Driven Design.
Jul 10, 2017
Software Architecture – Strategic Design and Domain Events
We're not saying that Michael is Carmen Sandiego. We're just saying that nobody has ever seen them in a room together. And this week, we don't know where in the world either are, as Allen and Joe continue the Domain Driven Design discussion without Michael. Nor Carmen.
Jun 26, 2017
Software Architecture – Aggregate Roots, Factories, and Repositories
Stitcher is back and so are we as Michael proves he doesn't have a career as a rapper, Allen can't type on his phone, and Joe tweets with famous authors as we continue our dive into Domain Driven Design talking about aggregate roots, factories, and repositories.
Jun 13, 2017
Software Architecture – The Domain in Domain Driven Design
We continue our Domain Driven Design conversation this week as Allen is indecisive, Michael decides for him, and Joe can't handle the night life.
May 29, 2017
How to Jumpstart Your Next App
We’re back with another exciting episode as Michael questions Hollywood, Allen dreams of his Hackintosh, and Joe is surrounded by Star Wars as we talk about how to jumpstart your next […]
May 11, 2017
Why Domain Driven Design
This week, Michael asks his customers about their anemic domain model, Allen talks in front of people, and Joe plays Rocket League as we begin our dive into understanding domain […]
Apr 24, 2017
How We Badly Built Stuff
This week we talk about all of the bad things we’ve done while making software. The good, the bad, … oh wait, it compiles, never mind. Want to be part of […]
Mar 20, 2017
Clean Code – How to Build Maintainable Systems
We’re back with another deep dive into the infamous book Clean Code by Uncle Bob as Joe alters columns, Michael misreads things, and Allen has a positive customer service experience. Care […]
Mar 06, 2017
Clean Code – How to Write Classes the Right Way
This week Allen is troubled by circles, Michael talks like a game show host, and Joe announces it's twins as we continue our deep dive into the classic Clean Code book by Robert C. Martin.
Feb 05, 2017
Clean Code – How to Write Amazing Unit Tests
When and why should you write unit tests, and just how important are they? Take a listen and see what YOU think. Podcast News iTunes: AUS Dan G, bryangrove, Criviere, […]
Jan 23, 2017
Clean Code – Integrating with Third Party Libraries the Right Way
In this episode we talk about how to insulate your application at it’s boundaries?  What in the world does that even mean?!  We’re not talking about those boundaries where others […]
Jan 08, 2017
Clean Code – Error Handling
This week, we continue our Clean Code discussion as we dive into the joys and pains of error handing.
Dec 28, 2016
Clean Code – Objects vs Data Structures
Episode 51: Objects vs Data StructuresEpisode 51: Objects vs Data StructuresThis week we’re drawing a line in the sand between objects and data structures. Who will win? Take a listen and decide for yourself! For the full show notes visit: […]
Dec 13, 2016
Clean Code – Formatting Matters
Ever judged a book by its cover?  Of course you have.  Ever passed judgement on some code simply because it didn’t look pretty?  There’s more to writing code than having […]
Nov 29, 2016
Clean Code – Comments Are Lies
This week, Michael fails geography, Allen introduces us to Croom, and Joe has to potty as we head into our third installment of the Clean Code series. Want to be […]
Nov 07, 2016
Clean Code – How to Write Amazing Functions
We continue talking our way through Clean Code, taking a deep look at the building blocks of programming in the quest to write the best functions. Oh, and everybody sings. […]
Oct 17, 2016
Clean Code – Writing Meaningful Names
In this episode, we take our first dive into the book Clean Code by Robert Martin and specifically we talk about writing meaningful names for all things code related.  You’ll […]
Sep 28, 2016
Caching in the Application Framework
Storing smaller subsets of data in a faster, closer memory can make astronomical differences in performance. This episode we’re talking about the caching tools and techniques that application frameworks provide. […]
Aug 27, 2016
Caching Overview and Hardware
In this episode we give a general overview of caching, where it’s used, why it’s used, and what the differences in hardware implementations mean in terms we can understand.  This […]
Aug 12, 2016
Stack Overflow Salaries and Landing the Job
This week on Coding Blocks, Allen says www as best he can, Joe eats the microphone, and Michael does something crazy as we discuss Stack Overflow’s Salary Calculator and our […]
Aug 02, 2016
Nulls, Procs, and Impostor Syndrome
This time we’re talking about problems with nulls, stored procedures, and impostor syndrome. Link to Episode 43’s Full Show Notes: News Join us on slack: Thanks for the […]
Jul 05, 2016
Command, Repository and Mediator Design Patterns
In this episode we go back to the design pattern well that we’ve been away from for so long.  We cover the Command, Repository and Mediator design patterns.  It was […]
Jun 03, 2016
Dev Talk: Django, VB vs C#, and Bash on Windows
This week on Coding Blocks, Joe changes a different kind of string, Allen drools over the Hellcat, and Michael shares his random thoughts. We span a collection of topics including GraphQL framework envy, bash on Windows, and whether it takes two to Django.
Apr 19, 2016
How to be an Advanced Programmer
Are you an Advanced Programmer? We dig into the final section of Robert Read’s fantastic writing: How to be a programmer. Also, how to cheat at Jira, a lazy butcher […]
Mar 20, 2016
How to be an Intermediate Programmer
In Episode 38, we dug into the first section of the essay by Robert Read on what it takes to be a programmer.  In that episode there was a lot […]
Feb 27, 2016
How to be a Programmer: Personal and Team Skills
Talking about the short book “How to be a Programmer”, which covers a huge spectrum of important topics for developers of all levels. The Puddle Poll! Thanks for the share […]
Jan 28, 2016
Our Favorite Developer Tools for 2015
We wrapped up 2015 with another favorites of episode and a chance to win a gray Coding Blocks T-Shirt just by leaving a comment on the show notes page! Tools are […]
Jan 03, 2016
The Twelve Factor App: Dev/Prod Parity, Logs, and Admin Processes
Welcome back to the dramatic conclusion of our discussion on the 12 factor app. This time we’re talking dev/prod parity, logs, and admin processes. Oh, and Call of Duty! News […]
Dec 20, 2015
The Twelve-Factor App: Port Binding, Concurrency, and Disposability
It's time for more DevOps fun as we continue learning about the Twelve-Factor app. This week we dive into the next three chapters: port binding, concurrency, and disposability.
Nov 23, 2015
Toys for Developers
The holidays are coming sooner than we realized, so we gotta get our wish lists together. After all, no one wants to sit around the Festivus Pole without their favorite dev toys. This week we discuss some of the toys we love, as well as the ones we drool over, and even the ones we're not so crazy about.
Nov 10, 2015
The Twelve-Factor App: Backing Services, Building and Releasing, Stateless Processes
We’re headed back to the Twelve-Factor app territory and this time we’re picking up with the next three chapters – backing services, building and releasing and processes.  Jump in to […]
Oct 22, 2015
The Twelve-Factor App: Codebase, Dependencies, and Config
Dipping our toes into the DevOps waters with the Twelve-Factor App. How important is depedency management, and how fired would you be if you accidentally leaked your company’s source code? […]
Sep 17, 2015
Javascript Promises and Beyond
In this episode we dive into Javascript Promises.  If you’re used to the olden way of doing an async call with a callback, you’ll definitely want to give this episode a listen […]
Aug 22, 2015
Design Patterns Part 4 – Adapter, Facade, and Memento
Part 4 of our design patterns series, this time up it's Adapters, Facades, and Mementos. Oh, an which tech luminary would make the best head of state!
Jul 26, 2015
Hierarchical Data cont’d – Path Enumeration and Closure Tables
It's that time again. This week we answer a question, Allen registers for school, Joe reads some numbers, Michael breaks out the survey results, and Joe cringes at the thought of bidets. It's time for episode 29! And we thought, what better to talk about than to continue our discussion on hierarchical data solutions.
Jun 29, 2015
Hierarchical Data – Adjacency Lists and Nested Set Models
So, how DO you persist hierarchical Data? We discuss two common solutions to this age-old problem: Adjacency Lists and Nested Set Models. Also, Build Atlanta, technical problems, multi-monitor vs ultra-wide, […]
Jun 08, 2015
Your Questions Our Answers SYN-ACK with Packet Loss
In this, Episode 27 of the Coding Blocks Podcast, we are answering several questions from our listeners regarding:  more frequent episodes, naming of classes / assemblies, Test Driven Development, the […]
May 08, 2015
Algorithms, Puzzles and the Technical Interview
On this episode we discuss algorithms, puzzles and how to approach them when asked to solve one in the interview process. We discuss many of the problems programmers face when being asked to solve these types of problems as well as steps to alleviate some of these common issues. We also provide a number of resources for sharpening your problem solving skills as well as a number of resources, and of course our favorite tips!
Apr 19, 2015
ASP.NET 5 – It’s Basically Java
This week we give away Joe's stuff, we break up with IE8 like a big boy, Joe and Allen get excited about readme files, and we argue about which is worse: bad code or bad architecture. That and more in this week's episode where we explore the new bits in ASP.NET 5.
Mar 30, 2015
Delegate all the things!
This week we tackle one of life's great quesitons, does Jack Bauer give high fives? Also, we go over everything you need to know about delegates, events, callbacks and closures in .NET. Big thanks to @kappelcodesalot for being the inspiration for this episode!
Mar 16, 2015
Back to Basics – Encapsulation for Object Oriented Programming
It's time to get back to basics. It's easy as a software developer to be working on the latest and greatest frameworks, using the best methodologies, trying out new things. Sometimes it's a good idea to get a refresher on the very basic fundamentals. In this episode we go over the access modifiers that are common in C# and Java as well as ways to emulate these types of behaviors in Javascript. And let's be honest - encapsulation is only effective if you're providing programmers that come after you with a roadmap of how things should work. For that reason we also discuss Command Query Separation and some other ideas and practices that are a part of good programming practices. Be sure to head over to and leave us a review on your favorite podcasting platform!
Feb 10, 2015
Silverlighting through your College Enumeration
Coding Blocks Episode 22 is live! Organizing your code, moving from school-work to work-work, the future of Silverlight, and lots of poo-pooing! News Great testing tool suggestions from Anders Bauman: […]
Jan 21, 2015
Our Favorite Tools
We gather around the Festivus pole this holiday season and before we get into the Airing of Grievances, we discuss our favorite tools. No, not people. Actual tools. Srsly.
Dec 28, 2014
We’re Testing Your Patience…
I figured this title was appropriate considering it's been a month since our last episode.  We've all been incredibly busy so we hope you've been patient waiting and maybe, just maybe it was worth the wait!  We've crammed quite a bit into this episode which is all about testing.  Follow the more link to see the show notes for this particular episode and don't forget to click one of the share buttons there to let all your friends know about the podcast!
Dec 15, 2014
Design Patterns – Iterators, Observers, and Chains, Oh My
We’re back to the gang of four, continuing with another segment of design patterns. This time we’re talking about some of our favorite Behavioral Design Patterns: Observer, Chain of Responsibilities, […]
Nov 09, 2014
Programmer Questions and Answers
Episode 18 - You Asked For ItEpisode 18 - You Asked For ItWe’re very excited about ASP.NET vNext, we’ve never been seen together, and a cute little ninja was MEAN to Allen. All that and more in this week’s episode where we attempt to answer some questions.
Oct 26, 2014
Got Any Hot Stacks?!
In this episode, we have a discussion about what type of technology stack you should choose when you go to create your own project whether it be for profit or […]
Sep 26, 2014
Design Patterns Part 2 – Oh behave!
This week we’re following up on our episode about talking about Creational Design Patterns a few of our favorite behavioral patterns: Template. Strategy, and Null Object. Also, pumpkin spice lattes, […]
Sep 05, 2014
Static Analysis w/ NDepends – How good is your code?
This week we’re discussing NDpend, a static analysis tool for .NET. Triage your biggest problems, Prioritize your refactoring, and CYA with real metrics and trend lines. We also discuss hidden […]
Aug 10, 2014
Databases the SQL [see-kwuhl]
Welcome back for part 2 of the podcast about databases.  In this half, we discuss several of the things we believe that developers should know about databases.  From joins to […]
Jul 25, 2014
All Your Database Are Belong to Us
Part one of our two part database podcast starts with choosing the RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) and what to do when you run into deficiencies in that particular database system. […]
Jul 14, 2014
What programmer do you want to be?
“Water Cooler” episode talking about sweet sugary C# kisses, JavaScript as a first language, T-shaped developers, how to get addicted to drugs and…Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Points […]
Jun 22, 2014
Design Patterns Part 1 – You Create Me!
This week we’re tackling the first section of seminal Design Patterns book: Creational Patterns. We discuss factories of factories, “bullet hell” games, pathological liars, and Allen’s lack of voice. Big […]
Jun 07, 2014
C# 6 and Roslyn – Pour Some Sugar On Me
This week we’re taking pot shots from the peanut gallery! We talk about new features in C# 6. What we like, what we love…and binary literals. We also struggle to […]
May 05, 2014
Aspectacular with Vlad Hrybok – You down with AOP?
You down with AOP? This week we’re talking with Vlad Hrybok about his spectacular Aspect Oriented Framework: Aspectacular. Highlights include lots of Design Patterns, Acronyms, Buzzwords and…Duff Beer? ChangeLog Interesting […]
Apr 01, 2014
Accessories for Programmers
Q: What do developers love more than developing? A: Expensive accessories!!! This week we’re talking about our Christmas in July lists. Dream keyboards, mouses, office furniture and tablets…oh my! Lots […]
Mar 18, 2014
SOLID as a Rock!
This week we tackle the SOLID principles in .NET and discuss the eternal struggle between perfect code and looming deadlines. Please leave us feedback in your Podcasting app of choice! […]
Mar 03, 2014
There’s Something About LINQ
Lambda vs Comprehension SyntaxLambda vs Comprehension SyntaxThis week we’re talking about LINQ, what’s so special about .NET, the differences IQueryable and IEnumerable, and another round of “Never Have I Ever”. Oh, and jokes! Download the episode […]
Jan 25, 2014
We Still Don’t Understand Open Source Licensing
This week we’re trying to wrap our heads around open source software licensing. We discuss the main types of licenses (and a few of our favorites!), what it means to […]
Dec 28, 2013
OWASP and You!
This week, we talk about OWASP and their list of top 10 application security risks. What they are, infamous examples, and what you can do about it. Download the episode […]
Nov 27, 2013
Source Control Etiquette
This episode is all about source control etiquette. It’s a bit different from the last two podcasts we released and we’d love to hear how you liked it! Subscribe on […]
Oct 12, 2013
Boxing and Unboxing in .NET
This episode is all about boxing and unboxing. We discuss memory management, the pros (yes, there are a few!) and cons of boxing/unboxing, some of the weird side effects and […]
Sep 28, 2013
I is for Interface
The good, the bad, and the ugly side of interfaces. We list some minor gripes, their limitations, and some strange gotchas as well as some tips for how we like […]
Sep 09, 2013