How we picked our insurance provider, and my guiding principle
Matt Stauffer, unabashedly geeky, 5 minutes, twice a week. Frontend dev, backend dev, audio, design, podcasts--all fair game.
How we picked our insurance provider, and my guiding principle
You can't make everyone happy
How Tighten sets our prices
Per special request, Christmas 2017 with the kiddos
A few simple tricks for editing your blog posts
What's at the top of your brain? And what's the benefit you get from having to wait on something, letting you brain roll over it?
Take care of your people
Take care of yourself
There's a big difference between conversation and snarky quips.
A chat about indirect vs. direct conflict, what passive aggression is and isn't, and some tips for responding to folks who manipulate others indirectly.
Give credit where credit is due
The tip: Be a grownup.
Understanding the end goals--the motivation--of your clients, or yourself, allow you to make the small decisions in ways that serve the goal, rather than potentially fighting it.
Spoiling yourself to avoid burnout
Commitments, not (or and) goals
It turns out, it's perfectly OK to specialize in a certain tech. Who knew!
Whether it's getting a new job, launching a product, or finding new business, the things you'll need in the future require you to plan now.
Somebody is going to have to do the hard work to bring equality
I don't think we mean the same thing when we say "remote"
Why source diving is an undersung skill
Planning makes better (meetings, podcasts, bizdev, interviews)
I don't think you have $10,000 to waste on that AWS token -- don't commit your credentials to GitHub!
You have more power than you realize. Really.
In what ways, other than money, are we paid for our free (open source, teaching, etc.) work?
What to do when you get sick
Vision and goals for every thing you do allow you to make good decisions in the face of conflict
Quick thoughts on my new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
Inbox Zero, Getting Things Done, and freeing your brain
Non-tech interests: race, ethnicity, justice, and "just stick to tech"
Write code that you will love to write and return to, not for speed or computer optimization or whatever else.
An interview with Steven Wade, the creator of Upstate PHP
I can't feel my hands (when I'm overwhelmed with stress/anxiety)
Talking about the new service, briefs.fm, and my new diary/micropodcast, the Three-Minute Geekshow
Trying out the v2 beta of Statamic, reflecting on why Craft is great, and talking about why syncing data and schema is hard for a CMS.
How we use Pull Requests at Tighten
Age may be more than a number
Convention over Configuration, Convenience over Complication
A live-streamed episode about live-streaming. How meta.
Don't be a jerk
Pay money to stop wasting time
Tech leads and visionaries don't have to be Buddha.
Rapid Application Development and Testing can be best friends forever.
How do you prioritize your work when you have too much on your plate?
Every developer's experiences, needs, and clients are just a bit different.
Learning how to answer the question, "What code should I test?"
Being a Remote Employee Ain't Easy
Notifications, Procrastination, and Distraction
Releasing open source code can be terrifying.
Why it might be worth dressing a bit nicer even when you don't have to.
Sometimes More Features & Toys Makes It Worse
Do you need to "protect" clients & developers from each other?
The Ultimate Recipe For Success and Winning is not what you might think.
You don't have the luxury to stagnate
The ideal project management tool, and what we use today at Tighten
Why Communication is the Most Important Thing
When should an employer "force" employees to use a tool?
Matt tries Soylent for the first time.
My son joins me for the best episode of all time.
Sometimes our generalized understandings of groups of people are helpful, but more often then they're hurtful. How do we know which is which?
Many people's metrics on how to pick the tools they use is wrong. Don't be wrong.
We often use some external situation or justification to cover up what we don't really want to talk about it, and it's damaging our mental health and our relationships. We have to stop.
Microservices are great. But not always. Single-Page apps are great. But not always.
How I'm learning to ask good questions (which usually start with "Why")
It can be hard to find inspiration in your work. Sometimes it helps to be predictable--and some times it helps to switch everything up.
In product design, the "planners" need to figure out the plan before you start, and the "cowboys" just want to get coding. Wee need them both, and we need them to work together.
Everyone's in love with remote work. So are we! But there are some big pains that come along with it.
Start your own podcast in under 5 minutes, take two
Wes Bos of "Sublime Text Power User" and "Command Line Power User" gives a quick introduction to supplementing your income in a non-skeezy way using passive income.
Just Use Your Dang Name
How to make an old web site responsive (in 5 minutes) and introducing our Podcast War with the Mildly Alarming Podcast
Disagreeing with the Slack-naysayers in a controversial manner so more people will listen to my podcast
Talking about integrity--why it matters in tech, and why it doesn't mean what most people think it does.
How to keep your code neat, clean, easy to follow, and to draw nearer to the mythical "Self-documented" code
Why I work from a remote office
Given my advice in the last episode, I'm introducing my open source project here
When you have a really exciting idea at the top of your head, is it better to keep it secret or share it with everyone you know?
You may have some reasons in your head for why your web site isn't wrong. They're all wrong.
Talking about the MEAN stack and why Mongo & NoSQL make you work too hard
How do you figure out which IDE/Editor is the best for you?
I write often at mattstauffer.co, and I've been trying to learn how to do it quickly and easily. I share some of my process in this episode.
3 Ways to Give Back to Open Source, including contributing code--and, in the midst, how to write a good pull request.
Often people will respond to someone saying they want more or different in a language/framework by saying, "If you don't like it, just leave!" Is that the right response?
Often folks look at tech conferences purely for what they can provide in terms of learning in sessions. But, there's a lot more to look at.
When your code--or, more specifically, your code executing through a plugin or a framework--stops working, how do you debug it?
There's a big difference between how junior and experience developers answer this question.
What happens if the leader or leaders of my favorite framework/tool/etc. get hit by a bus?
Interviewing Mubash Iqbal, "Mubs", about his early success with Interviewed.io
Note: I said "willing to interview him." This was a total misspeak--it was such an honor to interview Mubs! Apologies!
Asking an experienced entrepreneur, developer, and business owner for 5 minutes of his best advice for entrepreneurs.
In part 2 of a 2-part series, we're reviewing the results of the great Twitter experiment.
In part 1 of a 2-part series, we're going to talk about what helps you make decisions on Twitter behaviors and follow-backs. Plus, we'll just be uncomfortable spending an entire episode talking about Twitter drama.
The best way to come up with an idea for a new startup, SaaS, or app.
A brief explanation of HTTP Status Codes
Make your own theme song in Garage Band
Geeking doesn't have to be about computers.
Where do you place your media query breakpoints?
Should you always use target="_blank"? Never? It turns out... (tune in to see)
Podcasting, Video Casting, and more
Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Continous Deployment.
The Holy Grail of Content Management
CSS for Backend Devs (OOCSS)
Episode 4 by Matt Stauffer
Making Your SDK Play Nice
Rapid Application Development
Tabs vs. Spaces