Season 1

Feb. 2, 2023

Tailwind Twitter Wars and the State of JS

The developer community can be highly opinionated. We find our favorite tools and fiercely support them because they help us meet our goals. Tailwind has been polarizing since it launched in 2017. Some developers swear by it,...

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Jan. 26, 2023

CSS Trig, Cypress, and Software Testing Alternatives

Slow page speeds and bad developer experience are huge pain points. If you can get those two things right, the developer community will likely rally behind you. CSS hit the bullseye when it introduced trigonometry functions t...

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Jan. 19, 2023

SQL vs NoSQL, Web Technologies, and Holiday Recap

If you’re like Robbie and you haven’t dug into SQL since college, learning the basics of SQL vs NoSQL is a great place to start. Working with data isn’t a part of every developer’s day-to-day, but it can’t hurt to …

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Jan. 12, 2023

The Case for Adopting TypeScript with Josh Goldberg

Many people dream about being their own boss, but there’s no clear rulebook that outlines how to get there. While self-employment seems glorious to some, it’s not for everyone. How does someone know when they are ready to tak...

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Jan. 5, 2023

Bringing Designers and Developers Together with Pablo Ruiz-Múzquiz

Working together in a professional environment is easier said than done, especially when teams have conflicting workflows, priorities, and skill sets. Designers are all too familiar with having their work feel like a second ...

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Dec. 24, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: Holiday Treats, Final Holiday Trivia, and Quantum …

It’s the Advent of Whiskey finale, and Chuck and Robbie keep it casual with more holiday treats, trivia, and traditions. But it wouldn’t be Whiskey Web and Whatnot without a little tech. Physicists are doing mindbending thing...

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Dec. 23, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: Holiday Trivia Continued and Web Developer Tools

Every developer has a tech stack that they swear by. The perfect stack is usually a combination of convenience and productivity. Robbie released a blog on Ship Shape featuring “Top 5 Web Developer Tools for 2023”. The list fe...

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Dec. 22, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: More Holiday Trivia and Tech Interviews

Robbie and Chuck think the process is rigged. Memorizing algorithms and solving problems in 30 minutes isn’t good enough to judge someone’s capabilities and decide whether they can be trusted for a job. Many great developers ...

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Dec. 21, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: Holiday Trivia, Food History, and YAML

Is YAML a programming language? According to Robbie and Chuck, it’s not. And even though you could code in YAML and add functions to it, doesn’t mean you should. Some things are better left uncomplicated. YAML is a data struc...

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Dec. 20, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: Framework Predictions, Voting for WWW on State of …

It’s anyone’s guess what the future of front-end frameworks will hold but the developer community on Twitter has its own predictions. Meanwhile, usage numbers for Javascript frameworks are showing that Vue and Next are catchi...

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Dec. 19, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: Testing the Hype of ChatGPT, GitLab, and Holiday T…

Popularity doesn’t equal quality. We’ve seen it with React and the latest technology to fall victim to this is OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT. ChatGPT is trending on Twitter and is talked about as one of the great innovations of t...

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Dec. 18, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: More on State of JS, TV Shows, and Holiday Traditi…

Every developer has their limits and Chuck and Robbie share their points of view. Shadow DOM and Custom Elements are the last browser APIs they know in the State of JS survey. In the spirit of the holiday, they’re breaking …

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Dec. 17, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: State of JS, ChatGPT, and Browser APIs

The State of JS is one of the best ways to get your voice heard and learn about the Javascript ecosystem. The React developers are likely in the majority of survey respondents but every developer within the Javascript communi...

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Dec. 16, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: State of JS and Microsoft’s Legacy

The Javascript landscape is ever-changing. We can always rely on the State of JS survey to keep up with the latest trends and changes in the space. According to Robbie, Microsoft seems to be at the forefront of that change. …

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Dec. 15, 2022

Advent of Whiskey: Coding Advent Calendars and the Strangest AI Proje…

It’s the season of advent calendars, and coding platforms are launching challenges left and right. If you are waiting for a sign to try a new language or framework, advent calendars are a great place to start. The Advent of …

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Dec. 8, 2022

Supabase, Logflare, and Offroading with Chase Granberry

Chase Granberry can be called a serial entrepreneur. He bootstrapped his first software company before selling it and starting the centralized logging service, Logflare. Chase sold the company to Supabase and joined the team ...

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Dec. 1, 2022

Javascript Games, WTF JS, and a Visit to Phoenix

It’s not a normal day at the office. Robbie and his family are in Phoenix and the Whiskey Web and Whatnot hosts got together to play a losing game of golf and sip margaritas followed by whiskey. In this episode, …

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Nov. 24, 2022

Debating React, Fonts, and Fatherhood with Josh Collinsworth

React isn’t good at anything, except being popular. That’s a bold statement, but it’s one that Josh Collinsworth stands by. It seems like nearly every major tech company has React in their stack. But why is a framework built ...

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Nov. 17, 2022

Framework Debates, Tech Layoffs, and Starlink

The tech layoff saga continues. The latest company in the hot seat is Twitter. After Elon Musk took control of the company, the platform has been in disarray, leaving developers out of jobs and Twitter users confused about th...

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Nov. 10, 2022

A11y Hour with Amber Hinds

WordPress powers over 43% of sites on the internet today, making it a powerhouse web technology. Its simplicity attracted bloggers and do-it-yourselfers who navigate the platform by Googling code snippets. That knowledge gap ...

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Nov. 3, 2022

Funding Open Source Projects, Leaving Homebrew, and Launching Tea wit…

Working on open source projects is a largely thankless job and a labor of love. The developers behind these projects often juggle full-time jobs to pay their bills while maintaining the software that keeps so much of the inte...

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Oct. 27, 2022

Multi-Page Apps, Prefetch vs Preload, and Web Nostalgia

While multi-page apps (MPAs) seem like a new fixation for the developer community, they’re pretty ancient news. If you were browsing the web in the 90s, you were likely visiting a multi-page app. Lucky for us, web tech improv...

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Oct. 20, 2022

Tailwind CSS, Headless UI, and Powerlifting with Adam Wathan

Maintaining a CSS codebase can become chaotic pretty quickly and building a new stylesheet for every project can get tedious. Frameworks like Tailwind CSS were born to solve this problem. Adam Wathan, CEO of Tailwind Labs, bu...

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Oct. 13, 2022

Native Apps, Progressive Web Apps, and Media Monopolies

There’s a lot to consider before committing to a framework to build a native app. If you choose to build in native, ask yourself whether you’re prepared to handle the downsides that come with it. To start, you’re limited to …

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Oct. 6, 2022

SolidJS: The Framework Creating a Buzz with Dan Jutan

Every once in a while a new framework rises to popularity and gets the developer community buzzing. One of the frameworks with the most momentum right now is SolidJS. But what makes Solid so special? Dan Jutan, Product Manage...

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Sept. 29, 2022

Embracing New Tech, JavaScript, and the W3WC NFT Launch

The beauty of tech is that it keeps evolving. As a developer, it’s important to keep evolving too. Whether that’s trying new frameworks, starting side projects, or adopting emerging tech. JavaScript, for example, has taken on...

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Sept. 22, 2022

Balancing Engineering Management, Side Hustles, and Porsches with Kel…

We all have at least one friend who somehow finds enough hours in a day to have a full-time job and take on several side projects. How can you successfully juggle a career, side hustles, and make time for your …

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Sept. 15, 2022

A11y Hour with Crystal Preston-Watson

Accessibility is like learning a new language, leaving many developers wondering where to start. The answer is pretty simple, start anywhere. But the onus isn’t all on devs. Crystal Preston-Watson has partial sight and uses a...

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Sept. 8, 2022

The Release of Nuxt 3 with Daniel Roe

The best way to win over a developer is to make their job simpler. The release of Nuxt 3 promises an even better developer experience than its former versions. That’s music to every developer’s ears. Who doesn’t want faster r...

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Sept. 1, 2022

HTML Accessibility, Package Managers, and the Whiskey Web and Whatnot…

Devs have a lot on their plate, but the key is to find time for what’s important. Championing accessibility is only possible if devs prioritize it and a good place to start is by knowing your HTML elements. If dogs …

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Aug. 25, 2022

Tech Rants, Supporting Open Source, and Great TV Shows

Building products is hard. And devs can often feel hamstrung by competing priorities. The battle between revenue and quality is ever-present and ongoing. But is it possible to achieve both? In this episode, Chuck and Robbie ...

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Aug. 18, 2022

Web Frameworks, the Launch of Astro 1.0, and National Parks with Nate…

Introducing a new framework can be challenging, especially when developers are loyal to old favorites. But Astro 1.0 is bridging the gap between old and new by staying compatible and familiar with other frameworks. Nate Moore...

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Aug. 11, 2022

A11y Hour with Mark Steadman

Like many developers, Mark Steadman began working in web development with just a couple of goals in mind: write something that runs and passes a test. No major thought for those using the interface he created. Mark’s perspect...

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Aug. 4, 2022

Conventional Commits vs. Release-It and Chatting About the Changelog

There are two types of engineers. The “normal” ones who strive to make their day-to-day lives as easy as possible and the Robbie’s of the world who strive to do everything themselves until the last line of code is sealed …

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July 28, 2022

Emerging Tech, a Resource Renaissance, and Embracing Ember with Prest…

A few years into Preston Sego’s coding career, a colleague working on increasing interactivity on the company’s interface chose Ember for the endeavor. Years later, when Preston began developing his own project, he took his c...

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July 21, 2022

A11y Hour with Eric Bailey

In recent years, accessibility has evolved from a way to avoid legal landmines, to a specialization developers are taking a serious approach to for the sake of their companies, apps, and users. Eric Bailey has been at the for...

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July 14, 2022

Developing Orbit and the Future of Cross Framework Solutions with Dan…

Years ago, Dan Gebhardt was mapping out data needs for an app he was building. In a struggle to make sense of every requirement and apply them to other packages like Ember Data, he hit a wall. At this point, …

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July 7, 2022

Matt Johnson: When Web3 Is Worth It and Learning to Lead

In high school, Matt Johnson followed in the footsteps of his older brother, pursuing similar hobbies like sports and music. After joining a band, Matt realized they needed a website. Mirroring his brother, Matt learned to c...

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June 30, 2022

Polaris, Starbeam, and the Future of Ember with Godfrey Chan

In 2022, the future of Ember is taking shape thanks to developers like Godfrey Chan. Alongside Yehuda Katz and other engineers, Godfrey’s working on a new edition of Polaris. The project has three main goals: to align Ember w...

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June 23, 2022

Reacting to React, WWDC22, and Bun.sh

Robbie has spent years trying to improve his experience in the terminal. Fortunately, he’s learned a few things about customization along the way. Meanwhile, Chuck and Robbie have thoughts about Apple’s new products, the purp...

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June 16, 2022

A Battle of Two Worlds and Mentorship Above Milestones with Cory Brown

It’s not often that a blog post sets the internet on fire. But a recent post by Cory Brown about async/await led to an uproar and even messages of pity from Hacker News. Who knew a simple post about pattern …

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June 9, 2022

A Framework for Ember TypeScript with James C. Davis

In 2017, James C. Davis moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to work at a non-profit tech company that used Ember in their original Saas platform. While James had dabbled in Ember previously, an ask to reimplement the front-end...

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June 2, 2022

Mystery Maker's Monday, Testing, and GraphQL

They say if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. So why are we running tests on tests on tests that aren’t business-critical? There’s an art to testing beyond just striving to get 100% coverage. In fact, over-testing can actually h...

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May 26, 2022

Leading From the Top, Creating a Community, and Balancing It All with…

Great things come in unexpected places. For Tracy Lee, an ex-boyfriend’s T-shirt sporting the Ember Tomster is what tipped her off to software development. Following curiosity and a three-week bootcamp, Tracy was hooked and r...

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May 19, 2022

Bringing Types to Ember with Chris Krycho

In early 2017, Chris Krycho was working at one of the few startups using Ember, searching for a way to bring types to the emerging language. His primary goal became solving semantic versioning for TS. As Chris kept iterating,...

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May 12, 2022

Are Monorepos and NFTs Worth It?

Do you use monorepos? Do you love NFTs named after dogs? Chuck and Robbie have mixed feelings on both monorepus and Shiba Inu tokens and they’re probably not the only ones conflicted. Developer tools and the metaverse are com...

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April 21, 2022

Getting Lost in Git and Goodbye tsc

It’s been a while since Chuck and Robbie dove headfirst into trending tech topics without a guest to bounce their ideas off of. Today, they discuss the latest in TypeScript and Git, the evolution of JavaScript over the years,...

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April 14, 2022

Developing as a Developer, Appreciating Workers, and Navigating Frame…

When someone hands you an opportunity to specialize, to do something crazy with people you like, to learn from people building something before your eyes, it’s difficult to pass up. An opportunity like that prompted Chris to ...

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April 7, 2022

Prioritizing Performance and the Future of the Terminal with Zach Llo…

The terminal is a constant in the dev world. Every developer will interact with the terminal in one way or another. So what if they worked better? Tools within the Google Suite inspired Warp Founder Zach Lloyd to bring that …

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March 31, 2022

Setting Standards, Community Lifelines, and the Beauty of Open Source…

As developers, advancing in our careers can feel like the wild west. No guardrails, no handbook, and no standard path to success, everyone has a unique story when it comes to their coding career. Far from a developer since ch...

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