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Loosely Coupled Podcast

28 EpisodesProduced by Jeff Carouth and Matt FrostWebsite

Jeff Carouth and Matt Frost combine their decades of experience as web developers to talk about developer life.

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October 23rd, 2019


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about how automation can be helpful in your day to day life as a developer.

Working with Legacy

May 28th, 2019


This episode is all about legacy code. Jeff and Matt talk about what legacy code is how you can work through the task of working within a legacy …

Project Managers

October 20th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about our friends, allies, and sometimes sworn enemies in the development world: product managers and project …

Systems Administration and DevOps

June 22nd, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about systems administration and DevOps for developers. This topic is important because, as developers, having an …

Minimum Viable Product

June 18th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the concept of a minimum viable product and what it means to us as developers. The concept of an MVP is simple but it often gets used as an excuse to put out poorly-implemented …

Live from PHP[tek] 2015

June 15th, 2015


This is a live mashup episode with PHP Roundtable from php[tek] 2015 where we are joined by Sammy Kaye Powers from PHP Roundtable, Jordi Boggiano from Composer, Coderabbi, and a host of other people drifting in and out …

Resolution Won't Fix

June 13th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about a very important skill all developers need to learn: how to say no. Saying no is pretty easy but there are ways to appropriately convey the reason why doing what is being asked …

Open Sourcing Libraries and Packages

April 24th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt discuss what it means when you take the step to open sourcing your package or library. This is significantly different than working on an application and the goal of this episode is to talk …

Like a Boss

April 20th, 2015


In this episode, Jeff and Matt discuss the benefits and drawbacks to being someone’s employee or to being a freelancer and being your own boss. There are many reasons you might choose one or the other, and only you can …

How We Work

February 12th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt explore how they go about organizing their work life and our personal lives. They cover the idea of how the process …

Best Practices

January 26th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about their experiences of getting teams moving on good practices. They will cover times when it has been challenging to convince higher-ups the value of doing certain things, all …

Mentoring and Apprenticing

January 15th, 2015


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the idea of establishing and participating in mentoring relationships. As participants in the PHP Mentoring organization or initiative, mentorship is an important part of Jeff’s …

Estimation is Hard

December 19th, 2014


In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about the difficult task all developers are continuously faced with: estimation. They cover some examples of …

Mental Health in the Tech Industry

December 5th, 2014


In this episode, Jeff and Matt discuss mental health, a very important and very personal topic. There is a lot of great work being done right now in our industry to bring awareness to issues of mental health including

The Not-So-Secret Life of Remote Developers

November 30th, 2014


In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about some things they have learned about being remote developers. While both are currently employed as remote developers they have also worked in on-site jobs. This episode is a …

Job Descriptions and Interviews

November 14th, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt will talk about how to look at job descriptions and what to expect during interviews for the jobs you really want to have. They will combine their experiences on both sides of the interview …


October 14th, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt finally discover the mystery of the Trello card “Elephpantitus” and attempt to cover how important or how unimportant it is to diversify your programming background within a given language …

I Learnded Goodly

September 23rd, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about how we teach and how we learn as developers. Often subjects such as testing or object-oriented programming …

Titles and Classifications

August 26th, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt continue their conversation about careers by discussing their thoughts on titles and classifications of developers. If you’ve ever asked “what is a senior developer?” or even “am I a senior …

Career Development

August 5th, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt discuss experiences with career management and career development. This was the first ever live recording of an episode, broadcast over Google Hangouts on Air. With the help of the kind …

Do You Even Polyglot?

July 22nd, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt talk about the idea of polyglotism, the benefits, practical advice about choosing which languages to learn and how to …

Building a Testing Culture

June 30th, 2014


In this is episode Matt and Jeff discuss how to build a testing culture in your company. They discuss organization resistance, the importance of …

PHPTownHall Mashup

June 30th, 2014


In this episode, Matt and Jeff join forces with PHPTownHall to talk about Open Source, burn out and briefly discuss their favorite open source projects. Jeff had a spell of bad luck with the wifi at the AirBnB he stayed …

Side Projects

June 2nd, 2014


In this episode Matt and Jeff talk about how and why you should consider getting involved in side projects. Despite the jovial subtitle, “Getting a …

An Agile Rant

May 13th, 2014


In this episode Matt and Jeff talk about their experiences with adopting Agile as individuals and as teams. The important take aways are to not be too loose nor too rigid with the practice; to accept change as it …

Conference Conversations

April 30th, 2014


Episode 3 of the Loosely Coupled podcast was recorded live at Lone Star PHP. Since we were at a conference, we decided to do a meta episode about conference experiences and speaking at conferences. This episode covers …

My Code is Perfect

April 14th, 2014


In this episode, Jeff and Matt talk about code quality and beautiful code. Beautiful code follows a standard. If you don’t have one, find one and …

We're Passionate, Confident Developers, Right?

March 28th, 2014


In this episode Jeff and Matt discuss passion and confidence within the context of development and how to deal with internal and external influence on your passion. They cover caring about what you’re doing, motivation …

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