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Sunny Commutes

78 EpisodesProduced by Sunny SinghWebsite

I've been writing code and building startups for over a decade. Join me on the journey to success by learning from my failures. This podcast will show you how to build products that people love.

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78: Moving to New York (part 2)

September 18th, 2020


I recently moved to New York with my fiancée Tanya! In part 1 of this episode, we share our process of moving and share some advice for anyone wishing to move to a big city like New York.

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77: Moving to New York (part 1)

September 16th, 2020


I recently moved to New York with my fiancée Tanya! In part 1 of this episode, we share our process of moving and share some advice for anyone wishing to move to a big city like New York.

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76: Women in Tech with Tanya

March 9th, 2020


Celebrating International Women's Day with a discussion on Women in Tech. Joined by my special guest Tanya.

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75: Got paid $0 for a 3 months client project

January 22nd, 2020


I share a story of how I did not get paid for doing a 3 months long project for a client.

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74: Building open source with Erik Rasmussen

July 18th, 2019


I met up with Erik to discuss his open source projects (Redux Form and Final Form), his personal experience with the open source community, and some key React concepts.

Note that this was recorded outside on my phone, …

73: Branding & indie making with Sergio Mattei (from Shipcast)

July 3rd, 2019


This is a repost from The Shipcast, a live streamed podcast by Sergio Mattei. We talked about and shared some useful knowledge/advice around these …

72: Continuous learning

June 19th, 2019


Don't stagnate with your learning! I explain why continuous learning is important, and how to continue enhancing and adding upon your current skills.

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71: Annoyance as a marketing strategy

June 5th, 2019


Marketing should not be annoying, and yet many companies still employ annoyance as their primary marketing strategy. 

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70: Lessons in podcasting with Pradip Khakhar

May 22nd, 2019


Pradip and I share what we learned from both of our podcasting journeys.

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69: My biggest product launches 🚀

May 16th, 2019


It's always amazing to see an idea come to fruition, but these launches were my biggest and most exciting ones.

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68: My thoughts on copying code

April 24th, 2019


Copying and pasting code is something that every developer does, but there is a misconception around not being a "real developer" by doing so. Also, if you do copy code, what's the best way to do it to keep proper …

67: Beyond the basics of SEO - With guest Leon Hitchens

April 17th, 2019


I'm joined with my second guest, Leon Hitchens. Join us as we discuss Search Engine Optimization (SEO) beyond the basics of what most developers are familiar with.

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66: Providing a good developer UX

March 27th, 2019


UX typically refers to regular everyday users, but what happens when you build an app for developers? I tackle this topic in terms of misconceptions, …

65: Are websites still important? - With guest Kyle McDonald

February 20th, 2019


I'm joined with my very first guest, Kyle McDonald. Join us as we discuss websites and whether they're still important in the world of social media.

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64: Ditching jQuery

February 13th, 2019


Why you should ditch jQuery, and how.

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63: Why communication is an important skill

February 6th, 2019


Learn why and how to improve your communication skills, whether you're a developer or not.

Note: Sorry for the high pitched background noise in part of the episode! It was coming from outside and I didn't realize until …

62: Why is everyone using React?

January 24th, 2019


If you are in the tech software industry, then you may have heard of a UI framework called React. In this episode, my goal is to provide a non-technical overview of React and explain why so many people are deciding to …

61: Building a brand with content

January 9th, 2019


Over time, I learned that it takes more than just posting some links on social media to build a reputable brand. You have to release content that is also native to the platforms that your audience actually uses.

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60: My most successful year 🎉

December 31st, 2018


🎆 2018 has come to a close, so I review my most successful year ever with both my accomplishments and hardships. I also talk about new year goals …

59: DevOps sucks but how I still deal with it 😎

December 19th, 2018


DevOps, short for developer operations, is the process that includes everything needed to launch a website or app. On this episode, I talk about why I hate managing servers and how I deal with deploying my apps.

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58: Benefits of Server Side Rendering

December 12th, 2018


Server Side Rendering is a commonly confused topic, so I'm back with a new episode to explain the benefits and a bit on how it works.

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57: Running a software business for free

December 4th, 2018


I'm back! This time I share how you can host your websites and apps absolutely for free and what services I used.

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56: How I built a SaaS to solve my own problem

August 20th, 2018


On this episode I talk about IronMic, a new service that I built to solve my own problem and hopefully others' as well.

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55: Revisiting burn out

July 12th, 2018


Discussing the topic of burn out and how I've learned to handle it.

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54: Microsoft acquires GitHub

June 5th, 2018


Microsoft recently acquired GitHub, an open source software platform, for $7.5 billion. With lots of developers "freaking out", I wanted to share my opinion on why I don't think this acquisition is necessarily a bad …

53: Building APIs

May 30th, 2018


Recently I've been working on building an API in Node. On this episode I want to explain what APIs are and my transition from building them in PHP to Node.

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52: Q&A - Overcoming excuses & Finding creators

May 7th, 2018


On this episode I feature some call-ins and talk about overcoming excuses and finding creators.

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51: CSS in JS - Benefits, issues, and libraries.

April 24th, 2018


On this episode I talk about CSS in JS, a fairly new concept where you write your CSS inside of JavaScript. Why would you want to do this, what are …

50: Review of Crushing It by Gary Vee

April 16th, 2018


I recently listened to the Crushing It audio book by Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee). I provide my thoughts and recommendations.

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49: How we used Gatsby to relaunch Ninjality

April 12th, 2018


This episode is about Gatsby, a static site generator, and how we used it to relaunch

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48: Teaching and video workflow

March 2nd, 2018


My thoughts on teaching, benefits from teaching, and documenting your learning instead of being an expert. I also share my workflow in making videos and screencasts.

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47: State management in UI

February 6th, 2018


Talking about two different ways of managing state in a user interface. The traditional imperative way, and the new declarative way.

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46: Componetize everything

January 29th, 2018


Talking about components, and the concept of componetizing everything. What problems do components solve in design and code, and what popularized …

45: My CES trip to Vegas

January 23rd, 2018


I went to the CES tech conference this year. I explain what it is, why I went, and what I saw.

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44: Evergreen content

January 6th, 2018


What is evergreen content and how can it benefit you?

43: Goodbye 2017

December 29th, 2017


An update episode. Thanking everyone that listened, and I also share my goals in personal branding.

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42: Net neutrality

December 18th, 2017


Talking about the recent repeal of net neutrality. What is it, and how does this affect how we use and build for the Internet?

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41: Crypto and blockchain

December 13th, 2017


Let's learn together about cryptocurrency and blockchain. I share my experience in making a profit off Litecoin.

40: Cross-browser development

December 8th, 2017


Responding to some call-ins today. Talking about some tools that can help.with Cross-browser development.

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39: Build for all browsers

December 5th, 2017


A PSA on why you shouldn't just optimize for Google Chrome.

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38: Releases

November 29th, 2017


Three tips that help you release software smoothly.

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37: Giving thanks

November 21st, 2017


In honor of this upcoming Thanksgiving, I give thanks to some of the things that have happened and the people that helped me. I'll get back to …

36: Featured on Product Hunt!

November 7th, 2017


We just launched a new product at Ninjality, and it was featured on Product Hunt today! It's a search engine for brands where you can easily find …

35: What makes a good UI?

November 2nd, 2017


I share my small list of things that I follow when building a UI. Tweet me @sunnysinghio for your suggestions.

34: No pre-roll ads!

October 30th, 2017


I'm late on the news, but apparently Anchor has removed pre-roll ads! I talk about why I think it's important and the story of how I came to know. …

33: Value in HTML/CSS

October 23rd, 2017


Is there value in people that only know how you write HTML and CSS? Should you look for JavaScript developers? Some of my thoughts on this topic in …

32: Question everything

October 17th, 2017


Quick spurt of thoughts about why you should question even when talking to experts.

31: Accessibility in depth

October 11th, 2017


Daily implementation tips for web accessibility. Tweet me suggestions at @sunnysinghio

30: Web accessibility

October 5th, 2017


Talking about accessibility on the web. Mistake on the URL, it's Tweet me @sunnysinghio and call in on the Anchor app.

29: 🍁Fall

October 2nd, 2017


I love the fall season! Some updates and what I'll be doing.

28: Job automation?

September 29th, 2017


Is it okay to automate your job?

27: Free DDoS protection

September 27th, 2017


Talking about CloudFlare's announcement of DDoS protection for all users.


September 22nd, 2017


A project of mine that I dogfood daily. Tweet me @sunnysinghio for feedback and topic suggestions.

25: Facebook's React license

September 20th, 2017


Talking about the BSD+Patents license.

24: Evil marketing tactics

September 16th, 2017


I rant about annoying marketing schemes.

23: Estimating technical effort

September 13th, 2017


Talking about how to deal with when technical effort is underestimated. Thanks to Marcus Blankenship for the great article.

22: Simplifying design

September 11th, 2017


Talking about concepts related to Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug.

21: Welcome to Sunny Commutes

September 6th, 2017


Talking about rebranding the podcast.

20: Frontend frameworks

August 31st, 2017


My thoughts on frontend frameworks.

Backend frameworks

August 28th, 2017


Talking a little bit about Laravel, Sails, and Feathers frameworks. Suggest a future topic by tweeting me @sunnysinghio.

Start podcasting!

August 25th, 2017


I talk about how easy it is to start your own podcast and what my setup is like.

Email lists

August 21st, 2017


How important is email and building up a newsletter for your business?

Blogging benefits

August 17th, 2017


I talk about some benefits to blogging for your business.

Domain names

August 15th, 2017


When should you purchase a domain name? A .com or vanity? What's the best place to buy them? I answer these in this episode.

Technical debt

August 10th, 2017


What is technical debt and how can you prepare for it?

Mixed roles

August 7th, 2017


How having knowledge and experience in other roles can help your own.

Follow-up to Imposter Syndrome

August 3rd, 2017


I follow-up my episode on imposter syndrome by featuring some comments and call-ins. Tweet me new topics @sunnysinghio

My failed product

July 31st, 2017


Talking about CodeBee, how a good idea ended in failure. Sharing the lessons I learned.

Imposter syndrome

July 27th, 2017


Small talk on imposter syndrome.

Storing user assets

July 24th, 2017


Talking about a common problem with storing images on a web server.


July 19th, 2017


What is bikeshedding and how does it save you time?

Universal JavaScript

July 17th, 2017


Talking about how a simple programming language can run your business.


July 14th, 2017


Are meetings useful?


July 12th, 2017


Advice on distributing and marketing your product and when to do it.

Static websites

July 10th, 2017


What are static websites and the benefits of them versus dynamic websites? I answer these questions and more on this episode.

Side projects

July 6th, 2017


Announcement from Ninjality and finding motivation in side projects.

Web apps

July 3rd, 2017


Talking about the future of mobile and the web platform.

Burn out

June 29th, 2017


burn out • Response to burn out.

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