44: Organizing & Speaking at Developer Events

It can be overwhelming and, in some cases, downright scary to speak at events for many developers. Aaron Frost, co-organizer of ng-conf & Google Developer Expert, (@js_dev) talks with us about his experiences, mistakes, and triumphs while speaking at developer events as well as organizing them.



Direct download: episode-44_organizing-and-speaking-developer-events.mp3
Category:community -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

43: Modern JavaScript with ES6 & ES7


The world of JavaScript is a large one. AJ O’Neal (@coolAJ86), Podcaster & JavaScript Developer along with Netflix UI Architect & TC-39 Member, Jafar Husain (@jhusain) take us through opinions & facts about the state of the ubiquitous JavaScript language. Modern application development can daunting for developers just coming into web technology & JavaScript. Utilizing the latest & greatest in the language is not as easy as one might think and in some case it may be possible.


Then there are the transpilers & package managers. So many tools to polyfill or shim and features seems like more work than we’d want for a fast production project. Is it worth utilizing the benefits of ES6 & ES7? AJ & Jafar share with us what they think.




Direct download: episode-43_modern-javascript-with-es6-and-es7.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

42: Human Hacking & Social Engineering

What is Social Engineering (SE) and why should developers care? It is the ability to manipulate. It is the power to influence, elicit, and misdirect. It is a means hackers can use, for better or worse, to breach or protect companies, start or stop cyber wars, commit or prevent cyber crimes, and steal or secure your data.


Social Engineer, hacker, & author Chris Hadnagy (@humanhacker) discusses the dangers technology companies & developers are exposed to everyday. Social Engineering has become an art form. It can be used to help or hinder others. Those that help prevent SE attacks like Chris are known as White Hats. Those that seek to harm and take from others with malicious intent are known as Black Hats.


To Black Hats, we are just obstacles standing in the way of their goals. These individuals will do whatever they must to get us to reveal our secrets. Most times we even do this willingly, without ever realizing we have been hacked until it’s too late. Seemingly trivial information to us may just be the last crucial piece of information a Black Hat needs.


All the firewalls & countermeasures in the world can’t protect us from ourselves. We can’t afford to have our applications, our money, our lives hacked to bits because of our human nature. Chris talks with us on how we can prevent this from happening to us and our teams.

Upcoming Events with Chris Hadnagy



Direct download: episode-42_human-hacking-and-social-engineering.mp3
Category:security -- posted at: 11:56am EST

41: Shaping the future of the Web

Jen Simmons (@JenSimmons), full stack designer & host of The Web Ahead Podcast (@TheWebAhead), takes us through what is means to contribute to and shape the ever changing landscape of the web. Jen produces an immense amount of free content from speaking engagements & training to podcasting that have reached all over the globe.


The Web Ahead guests have included some of the most influential people in web technology & design to date. Jen has had a major impact in the way we build and design for the web. Her uncanny abilities are almost akin to a unicorn in that she is extremely knowledgeable in both development & design. Good thing for us that Jen knows how to share her knowledge and help everyone have a chance to shape the future of the web.

Upcoming Events with Jen Simmons



Direct download: episode-41_shaping-the-future-of-the-web.mp3
Category:community -- posted at: 7:38am EST

40: The io.js Roadmap

Dan Shaw, Co-founder and President of NodeSource, and Mikeal Rogers, Creator & Curator of NodeConf & JSFest, join us to talk about io.js and node.js. It’s been awhile since the the forking of the Node project last Thanksgiving. Now, version 2.0 of io.js is about to release and many of us have more questions about the project.


Will the two projects reconcile or will they become separate entities? What future do we look to? Find out what we need to know and what we need to do to get ready.



Direct download: episode-40_the-iojs-roadmap.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 11:44am EST

39: Famo.us Mobile Performance & Mixed Mode

Steve Newcomb, CEO at Famo.us, joins us for a second time with software engineer Michael O’Brien to talk about the changes in the framework. Moving toward what Famo.us calls “MIxed Mode”, which will debut in the upcoming framework 0.4 release, will allow developers to utilize the power of WebGL combined with the DOM. Essentially this means using the right tool for the right render target. “Mixed Mode” is not the only news Famo.us has to share.


As we know from episode 17 of our podcast, Famo.us is always pushing the boundaries of imagination and what is possible. The 0.4 release will also have front end containers very similar to Flash but with editing capabilities. Famo.us Hub, a new service being released, Famo.us JQuery Wdgets,  and so much more is almost at our developer fingertips.  


Release 0.4 will be 25kb minified and provide an extremely versatile set of tools for us to use as developers. The biggest announcement though is quite simpler but very relevant….Famo.us is now MIT licensed!



Rachel Nabors - Master Web Animation Wizard, speaker & her own boss at Tin Magpie

Direct download: episode-39_famous-mobile-performance-and-mixed-mode.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 7:25am EST

38: Aurelia.io

Rob Eisenberg (@EisenbergEffect) recently released a framework that focuses on standardization & swappable modules. Rob is no stranger to framework building, having created the popular JavaScript framework Durandal.js and more recently having helped develop Angular 2.


Aurelia has a great story. It uses ES6/ES7 JavaScript standards so you are coding with raw JavaScript. Templates use the template HTML tag and bindings are handled by pure JavaScript Template Strings. The framework itself is very barebones and can easily work with other libraries, frameworks, or modules outside Aurelia. This approach is very different than what we’ve seen from todays application or component frameworks.


Rob talks with us about this ‘spiritual successor’ project of Durandal, why it was created, and how it can be used today.



Special Thanks to our community friends Webbear1000, Souldrinker, and zewa666 for their questions and contributions on Gitter.

Direct download: episode-38_aurelia.mp3
Category:JavaScript -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

37: The Ghost Platform

John O’Nolan (@johnonolan), founder of Ghost, and Hannah Wolfe (@ErisDS), Ghost CTO talk about blogging and how the Ghost Project can make a difference in the blogging community. John gives a great overview of blogging and how Wordpress, the blogging giant, had become something totally different than what it had originally set out to be. Ghost was a response to the frustration of Wordpress and has since taken blogging to where, according to John, Wordpress should have gone.


Hannah & John share the project’s user experience and underlying concepts that can potentially aid developers in using Ghost to its full potential. They takes us through the technical details developers would need to get started as well as tips and great resources we can take advantage of.



Direct download: episode-37_the-ghost-platform.mp3
Category:nodejs -- posted at: 7:26am EST

36: Understanding PhoneGap

Brian Leroux (@brianleroux), Adobe Phonegap Team Member & open source software developer, spends lots of time on the Apache Cordova and Adobe PhoneGap projects. Hailing from Canada, he loves his hockey and beer- maybe even more than coding. He has spoken at many conferences and is an expert in delivering & teaching mobile web development.


Brian goes into depth on the Phonegap project. Brian discusses how developers can get started building great mobile experiences with Phonegap. He also details the benefits / downfalls of different approaches to mobile development using web technologies as well as tooling, testing, and automation.



Direct download: episode-36_understanding-phonegap.mp3
Category:mobile -- posted at: 10:10am EST

35: React & Reactive Elements

React’s Virtual DOM (Document Object Model) & the browser DOM  are very different in their approach. Virtual DOM prefers to keep it’s logic and changes in JavaScript and eventually optimizes output to the browser DOM at the most critical moment that provides performance boosts while the browser DOM utilizes the traditional way of working with the document, accessing HTML directly, working with browser events, and manipulating state. The performance gains from a Virtual DOM approach are outstanding despite the fact that events, css, markup, and ‘all-of-the-things’ are stubbed, recreated, or handled in some way inside the JavaScript. Browser DOM, on the other hand, handles everything in the global document and leverages JavaScript, CSS, and other resources directly. Surely these approaches are not good to use together.



Andrew Rota (@AndrewRota) & Denis Radin (@PixelsCommander) talk about the ways you can leverage both Web Components & React.js together in a symbiotic fashion. Denis, creator of Reactive Elements, starts us off explaining how his library came to be and why he chose to marry these two technologies in his work. Andrew, who spoke at ReactConf 2015 talks about his experiences with Web Components & React.




Direct download: episode-35_react-and-reactive-elements.mp3
Category:web-components -- posted at: 10:53am EST