This Old App

29 EpisodesProduced by CTO Think

A podcast about learning, coding, smashing stuff together, breaking things apart, startups, failing, winning, and any other buzzwords we can think of.

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29: Learning JavaScript and Accessibility with Megan Schemmel

February 5th, 2019


28: Products are Fun, Promotion is Not, and Preventing Perfectionism

January 22nd, 2019


We begin talking about the career aspirations of sports officiants (tennis gigs) and upcoming technology projects Don wants to tackle, but it slowly …

27: Discussing Firebase Authentication

January 8th, 2019


Randy has a possible conference presentation coming up in the next few weeks, so he gets Don to listen to the outline and poke some holes in the …

26: Follow-up with Mark on Flutter,, and Family

December 27th, 2018


25: Viability of a Watch App Concept

December 11th, 2018


Don has an idea for a building a watch app to service American football referees and discusses with Randy whether the concept is viable for a build. …

24: React-ions and Corrections to Last Week

November 20th, 2018


23: Is React the Popular Kid in School?

November 13th, 2018


During Randy's interviewing stint, he spoke to a good number of firms that had needs for different stacks, but one particular framework stood out: …

22: Chipping Away at Project Blockers

October 30th, 2018


Don continues to work on his Azure-backed PDF processing application and describes his process to fix a number of blockers. After making progress, Randy asks him about widget pipeline options, like IFTTT and Zapier, and …

21: Debugging Azure with Ego Driven Development

October 16th, 2018


In another effort to prevent Don and Randy from working on the same stack, Don wanders off into Microsoft land to build a web app on Azure, and promptly runs into trouble. Through a little troubleshooting, they figure …

20: Thinking About Smart Homes

October 9th, 2018


After a two-week break, we return to discuss how Randy's buying a house and is thinking about all the new tech and gadgets he can add to it. We discuss home automation, the unnecessary features added to some appliances, …

19: To Test or Not to Test?

September 18th, 2018

Topics Covered
  • Test Driven Development
  • RSpec
  • MiniTest
  • Rails Test
  • Jest
  • Mocha
  • Jasmine
  • Nightwatch
  • Cypress
  • Selenium
  • Good ol' fashioned browser refreshing

18: What to Use for Mobile Development?

August 28th, 2018


17: Grab Bag - GraphQL vs REST, Websockets, Uber Fusion, Redux Sux, and Firestore Search

August 7th, 2018


16: Returning to Game Development with Renee Lahoff

July 24th, 2018


15: Benefits of Coding While Streaming with Jesse Weigel

July 10th, 2018


14: Moms Can: Code with Bekah Hawrot Weigel

June 26th, 2018


13: Callbacks! and Promises! and Awaits! Oh My!

June 19th, 2018

  • JavaScript
  • Asynchronous
  • Callbacks
  • Promises
  • Async/Await
  • Typescript
  • Firebase

12: Relational vs Document DBs

June 12th, 2018

  • Lotus 123
  • Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • MongoDB
  • Firebase Real Time Database
  • Firebase Firestore
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Couchbase
  • PouchDB

11: Project Chasms - Part 3, Prototype Feedback and The Bug

June 5th, 2018

  • We talk about the success of the prototype as it is being used by a service provider
  • We talk about known costs for some of the APIs being used
  • We …

10: Appraising Alexa (and other voice interfaces)

May 29th, 2018


9: Finding Firebase

May 22nd, 2018


8: Project Chasms - Part 2, Debugging and Brainstorming

May 15th, 2018

  • The initial prototype is working well
  • Folks in the field are able to send SMS texts inbound to the chat channel
  • There are odd errors, timeouts, …

7: Project Chasms - Part 1, Getting Started

May 8th, 2018

* Build a system where multiple users can send text messages to a single, central service
* This service sends all of these texts to a chat service …

6: Why do we podcast (and other projects)?

May 1st, 2018


5: The 30-Day Deadline of Failure and Follow-Through

April 24th, 2018

  • Mark Thompson gave himself a 30 day deadline to plan, learn, and build a mobile app using a brand new technology called Flutter.
  • Mark had a …

4: Learning and Shipping with Flutter

April 17th, 2018


3: Learning CSS Grid

April 9th, 2018


2: Learning JavaScript (Better)

April 8th, 2018


Don and Randy discuss the steps we've taken to better learn JavaScript, Node.js, React, and React Native. A whole lotta videos and pain.

1: The Intro!

April 6th, 2018

Randy and Don introduce our new, loose-form podcast, and talk about how it contrasts with our more formal, parent podcast, CTO Think. We're looking for guests! So let us know if you'd like to be on the show to talk …
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