Interesting things (to me)

I’ve spent a lot of time this week listening to things and reading things so I just thought I would share some of the things I’m finding interesting in case you missed them.

I started listening to Shop Talk Show over the past few weeks and I really, really enjoy the format that Dave and Chris do. It’s super relaxed, they talk about stuff going on lately and they are really funny and entertaining. I haven’t heard Chris or Dave speak ever, but after the podcast, I would love to hear both of them speak sometime. Just gotta figure out how to make that happen.

I’ve been reading Eloquent JavaScript in my quest to get better at programming JS. This is the first book that really makes sense for me and I love that it is online with exercises and a console to do them right there. It’s been great and I’m reading it through for the second time. I highly recommend it for vanilla JS. I’m using it to get me going on making my own little JavaScript program to really grasp OO JS.

I know this is an old post, but I’ve been reading it and thinking about it a lot, A Baseline for Front-End Developers. I heard Rebecca on Shop Talk Show a couple weeks ago and she has become one of my coding heroes. I also watched her and Rick Waldron do a Google Hangout talking about using Arduino to program robots with JavaScript - how cool is that? I am not at that level yet, but I thought is was really cool and it is inspiring me on my road to getting to be a more advanced JavaScripter.

On a non tech note, I am in love with Alec Baldwin’s podcast, Here’s the Thing. He interviews a super wide variety of people and his knowledge and research of them and their work is amazing. His interview style is also relaxed and fun. I love the fact that the people he interviews are people he genuinely wants to talk to, which makes a really great interview.