The Bike Shed

About the show

On The Bike Shed, hosts Joël Quenneville and Stephanie Minn discuss development experiences and challenges at thoughtbot with Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and whatever else is drawing their attention, admiration, or ire this week.

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  • 90: Freedom Units

    December 1st, 2016  |  35 mins 51 secs

    We discuss adventures with shared mutable state in Elixir before turning to our thoughts on mocking HTTP interaction and how our approaches may differ depending on the language we’re using.

  • 89: There Will Never Be One Right Way (Ashley Williams)

    November 23rd, 2016  |  37 mins 52 secs

    Ashley Williams joins the show to discuss NPM, Yarn, and the general package manager ecosystem.

  • 88: How Many Puppies Now?

    November 18th, 2016  |  29 mins 39 secs

    Amanda and Sean discuss talk prep and slide envy before diving in to Kotlin 1.0.5, UTF-8 identifiers in programming, and responsive layouts in Android.

  • 87: The Refrigerator Took Down Your Website

    November 10th, 2016  |  32 mins 1 sec

    We talk about a widespread DNS outage and what steps you might take to avoid or limit your application's exposure to these things in the future.

  • 86: Purple Train, Purrrple Train (Ian Anderson)

    November 2nd, 2016  |  30 mins 46 secs

    Derek chats with Ian Anderson about developing a mobile app for iOS and Android with React Native.

  • 85: Are We in a Black Hole?

    October 26th, 2016  |  53 mins 13 secs

    We briefly ponder the very nature of our existence before discussing edge cases and interesting bugs encountered in ActiveRecord.

  • 84: Why Are Manhole Covers Round?

    October 19th, 2016  |  50 mins 42 secs

    What do we look for when reviewing job applications, interviewing candidates, and pairing with prospective co-workers?

  • 83: Canadian Halloween

    October 12th, 2016  |  27 mins 37 secs

    Sean encounters a roadblock in updating Diesel to use Rust’s new soon-to-be-stabilized procedural macros. Derek and Sean discuss the most recent CVE filed for Bundler, which is a lot like the previous CVE filed for Bundler.

  • 82: I Just Want a Dog in a Spacesuit

    October 5th, 2016  |  50 mins 51 secs

    We discuss the problems with getting a CVE and the new lightning fast search tool, ripgrep. Sandwiched between those topics, we dive into the colonization of Mars. Yes, that's right, Mars.

  • 81: Is This Really a CVE?

    September 28th, 2016  |  27 mins 21 secs

    Derek and Sean talk through how to handle a security vulnerability that was reported for Clearance, a user authentication library.

  • 80: Back to the Futures

    September 21st, 2016  |  39 mins

    What's appropriate for a web middleware stack to provide? Does Rack do too much? Plus, our thoughts on NeoVim and Vim 8.

  • 79: Comments in Your Queries

    September 14th, 2016  |  41 mins 18 secs

    Derek and Sean talk through some complex SQL before they examine the calluses developed from years of writing software on OS X.

  • 78: I'm an Adult and I Choose Java

    September 9th, 2016  |  50 mins 11 secs

    Sean and Amanda discuss the state of Android Development in 2016. Java, Kotlin, Dependency Injection, and Functional Reactive Programming, oh my!

  • 77: The Floors Are Not Zero Indexed

    August 31st, 2016  |  32 mins 52 secs

    How can you get your open source pull request merged?

  • 76: The One With Laila & Brenda

    August 17th, 2016  |  40 mins 58 secs

    Between thoughtbot's Summer Summit and Sean's vacation, we are sadly without a new episode this week. However, we would love you all to check out thoughtbot's newest podcast, interviewing inspirational designers, developers, and other makers in tech, The Laila & Brenda Show!

    Give their latest episode a listen here, and if you like it subscribe to their feed however you listen to podcasts!

  • 75: I'm Not Sure That's Better

    August 11th, 2016  |  33 mins 49 secs

    Derek and Sean discuss hunting down intermittently failing tests, finding unused code in your application, and why you should never ever change your test framework.