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In this weekly podcast, our mostly improvised conversations will take you to honest yet curious corners of various themes, including: web development, design, games, movies, UX design, mental health, life and much more!

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S3E26: Developer Horror Stories (part 2)

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We're back with part 2 of "Developer Horror Stories," and this time, we're diving into the personal nightmares that will send shivers down any developer's spine. Join us for tales from the coding trenches:

  • Unconventional Design: Imagine receiving design materials in software like PowerPoint or a PDF. In Gideon's chilling experience, a client's refusal to invest in design software led to a nightmare scenario. He was tasked with creating a website and styling based on copied screenshots in a PowerPoint file.
  • Survey Software Meltdown: A large-scale survey project with 276 thousand respondents took a horrifying turn when data saving went awry. The survey software, lovingly built in-house, started storing responses in the wrong database rows. Fortunately, daily database backups provided a glimmer of hope. But what followed was a two-day marathon of manually splitting and merging SQL dumps with hundreds of thousands of records.
  • Interview from Hell: Sometimes, the scariest experiences happen outside the code. Gideon's quest for a permanent role in Amsterdam turned into a surreal journey. From unanswered doorbells to a cafeteria filled with unresponsive strangers, the odyssey took an eerie turn. Locked in a meeting room for nearly an hour past the scheduled time, this developer's patience reached its breaking point. Find out how the story ends in this unforgettable tale of a nightmarish job interview.

Today's podcast takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions through our coding career's darkest moments.

S3E25: Developer Horror Stories (part 1)

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In this spine-tingling episode we delve into the darkest corners of the developer world. Join us as we unravel the hair-raising anecdotes of software development gone awry, featuring:

  • The chilling story of a release manager who held the keys to service account passwords in the most precarious manner, buried beneath a mountain of sticky notes, without any semblance of password management.
  • A cautionary tale of a colleague who, with every minor bug fix, embarked on epic code refactoring missions, armed with arcane solutions and the dreaded Regex. His hostile response to criticism lingers like a ghost in the codebase.
  • And many more spooky stories! 👻

Prepare to be spooked and entertained by this chilling episode.

S3E24: Achieving a perfect 100% Lighthouse score (part 2)

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We continue our journey through optimization land in part 2 of this topic! We focus on the categories "Accessibility", "Best Practices", "SEO" and tell you how to fine-tune your web project with the help of Lighthouse. Tune in and get ready to take your website's performance to the next level!

S3E23: Achieving a perfect 100% Lighthouse score (part 1)

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Today, we enter the world of web performance optimization as we explore the elusive goal of achieving a perfect 100% Lighthouse score. We (self proclaimed experts) uncover the intricacies of Lighthouse, the web performance testing tool by Google, and discuss practical strategies, tips, and best practices to boost your website's performance. From optimizing images and code to leveraging caching and minimizing render-blocking resources, join us on a journey to unlock the secrets of a blazing-fast website and understand why a perfect Lighthouse score is more than just a number—it's the key to a better user experience and improved search engine rankings.

S3E22: Dealing with Agile Scrum BS

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In this eye-opening episode, we delve deep into the often-misunderstood world of Scrum and Agile methodologies. Join us as we explore some common misconceptions and pitfalls that teams encounter when implementing Scrum and Agile, and how these issues can impact the success of your projects (solutions included).

S3E21: Predictions for the Future of the Web

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In this episode we act as two nerdy fortune tellers who try to predict the future of the World Wide Web!

  • How the web dev became about building web apps instead of web sites.
  • With all apps slowly becoming web apps, is the future of computers just a glorified browser?
  • Why are web apps getting "native like" clients outside the browser?
  • Is the future of the web even more porn?
  • About AI and chatbots, will they evolve to be more conversational and natural?
  • What is meant with "the edge"? What does it mean if an app is hosted "on the edge" vs. in the cloud?

Join us in this thought-provoking discussion, as we delve into several captivating topics that are shaping the digital landscape.

S3E20: Peculiar web dev & workspace jargon

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From "Code smell" to "Alignment" and "Deliverables," we'll navigate the intriguing language used in web development and work environments. Get ready to take flight with "Coming to you in the air," discover the meaning behind "Aanvliegen" as we delve into the concept of "to fly in." Have you ever heard of "Rubber ducking"? Brace yourself as we dive into phrases like "BILA," "Doorpakken," and "Klap op geven." We'll explain why sometimes it's necessary to "Aftimmeren" with a hammer and force. Ever wondered about "Peeing over it"? We've got you covered. Plus, we'll explore phrases like "Lift it over the weekend," "Throw it over the fence," and "Shooting at something." Don't miss out on discovering the meaning of "Meeting inschieten" and the amusing expression "Een ei over leggen." Lastly, we'll shed light on the importance of "Waarde leveren" and the concept of being "In zee waren" — to be together at sea. Tune in for a captivating episode filled with intriguing jargon and a deep dive into the language that shapes the web dev and workspace culture in the Netherlands.

S3E19: About (weird) Dutch habits

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In this captivating podcast episode, we delve into the intriguing world of the Dutch. Join us as we uncover and explore the unique customs, traditions, and behaviors that make the Netherlands truly one-of-a-kind. Things we talk about:

  • We cycle everywhere (and without bike helmets)
  • We ignore emergency alarms (if it’s on the first Monday of the month)
  • Use the Dutch word ‘dus’ for everything
  • Congratulate a person for someone else's birthday
  • Complaining about the weather
  • Telling you how much they paid for something
  • Mashing food together
  • Celebrate birthday by sitting in a circle with tea/coffee and cake
  • Weird toilets
  • Birthday calendars in the bathroom
  • Dutch (bad) hospitality
  • Impatient in a line or when entering the train
  • Burping, farting, nose picking
  • Always make appointments when visiting friends
  • We talk about the weather a lot
  • A lot of times way too direct

S3E18: API Outrage: Reddit & Twitter's Exodus?

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In this episode, we delve into the uproar caused by Reddit and Twitter as they introduce exorbitantly high costs for their APIs. The sudden shift has ignited outrage within communities, leading to a wave of app abandonment as third-party developers find themselves unable to afford the new fees. Join us as we explore the implications of this controversial move and its impact on the online landscape. Are there alternatives and what are they?

S3E17: Airplane tales & Why web dev is still a pain in 2023

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/INySBk_lkZc

We start off the episode with a detour: Airplane drinks and in-flight duty-free shopping. What is our favourite beverage while flying high in the sky? And what is up with the crap they sell during the flight?

After that topic, we transfer to the main topic of the episode: Why web dev is still a pain in 2023. How come we haven't figured out a single good way to develop on the web? Why are there so many options for choosing a stack? And what about other types of development? Don't miss out on this episode!

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