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Episode 1: What it means to be a backend developer.

November 26, 2019

In our first episode, host Brandon Aaskov (Principal Software Developer, Rocket Insights) and Matt Merrill (Principal Software Developer, Rocket Insights) pontificate on what it means to be a backend developer in 2019.  We delve into what "Full Stack" means, why you need to wait to scale, and a lot about interviewing!  

Topics (including links to picks from the end):

    • 0:00 - Intros
    • 1:30  - What's the line between a front end and backend dev?  Bootstrapping applications is important.  Getting things going from scratch.
    • 5:45 -  Where backend dev blurs into devops.
    • 6:30 -  Hiring: Unicorns are hard to hire.  What questions to ask on a backend interview.
    • 10:15 - Walking into an existing backend codebase is hard
    • 11:45 - Level of developer experience
    • 12:30 - Ruby on Rails and choices already being made for you
    • 15:00 - The demise of the backend developer? (Firebase/Backend As A Service, headless CMS's and DevOps)
    • 20:00 - Start a backend cheaply and scale when you know more
    • 22:30 - The art of a good API
    • 25:00 - Back to backend interviews
    • 26:30 - Soft skills are important
    • 27:30 - Information hoarding and simplification of a backend
    • 28:45 - We're horrible at math
    • 29:15 - Picks: