CCATP #450 Chris Ashley

Chris Ashley in a suit jacket with a sunset behind himChris Ashley of the SMR Podcast joins us to talk about the Windows 10 Anniversary edition release, integration of Android with Windows, as well as the Ring Video Doorbell and the Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 wireless noise cancelling headphones. Chris turns the tables and asks my advice on whether his baby girl should get an iPod Touch or a Mac mini for her 7th birthday. If you haven’t heard Chris before I have to tell you it’s always a great time.


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CCATP #449 Programming By Stealth – Solving JavaScript Challenges

In this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond, Bart Busschots starts walking us through the JavaScript challenges he gave us on Programming By Stealth 19. Bart got this crazy idea that we should do this episode as a video so that he could walk through each challenge from scratch on a blank canvas. He builds up the solutions and explains each step while I ask him questions. It was our first time recording video so we’re pretty excited that it actually worked. Thanks to Steve for the intro video that incorporates Bart’s Programming By Stealth logo into the Chit Chat Across the Pond logo that Terry Austin made for us!

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CCATP #448 Bart Busschots on How Tech Caused Fitness

Myfitnesspal logoBart Busschots joins us this week but not to talk about stealthy programming or the taming of any terminals or even security. This time he’s here to explain how technology has helped him to lose 40 pounds. He’ll explain how he worked through denial and then started exercising and finally to add dieting to change his bad habits, all with the use of technology. He’s written a blog post with links to all of the apps he uses at bartbusschots.ie/….


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CCATP #447 Mike Potter on How to Throw a Tech Conference

Macstock logoIn this week’s episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond we’re joined by Mike Potter of For Mac Eyes Only to talk about what goes into creating a tech conference. We talk about choosing a venue, creating speaker agreements, getting insurance, managing the catering and more. He knows what he’s talking about because he’s about to host the 2nd annual Macstock Conference and Expo outside of Chicago this weekend. Steve and I were supposed to go but since our grandson’s arrival is any day now, we’re going to miss it. However, Mike is going to bring me in on the big screen to do my presentation on why you should consider using Apple Photos. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet to Macstock, go check it out at macstockconferenceandexpo.com.


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CCATP #446 – Programming by Stealth – 18 of x JavaScript Miscellany

In this episode of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots takes us through the final stages of learning JavaScript within the playground. Now that we know about objects, we need to re-visit the arguments object present in every JavaScript function. We need to take a detailed look at the typeof operator, and we need to look at some built-in objects and functions JavaScript provides. We also need to look at how JavaScript handles regular expressions, and finally, we need to introduce the concept of exception handling. Bart’s full written tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/….


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During this episode we briefly mention a wonderful email from Jill about factorials and more. I wanted to include the full letter in the shownotes here because it contains some wonderful explanations, especially an even better explanation of strongly vs. weakly-typed languages. Here’s Jill’s entire letter:

Hi, me again

I think there’s a concept you haven’t quite grasped in PBS, and that’s types. I know you’ve mostly got it, but I think perhaps I might be able to help unconfuse you on a few edge cases.
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CCATP #445 Andy Ihnatko on Journalism, Used Cars and PG Wodehouse

Andy Ihnatko Allison at Macworld in 2012Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times joins me to talk about the current state of journalism, and we discuss the question of whether “real” journalism is on its way out.

We also side track into discussing how a dying car has caused Andy to get more exercise and our joint enthusiasm for the author PG Wodehouse.

You can find Andy on Twitter @ihnatko and his website is at ihnatko.com.


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CCATP #444 – Programming by Stealth – 17 of x JavaScript Objects

In this continuing series with Bart Busschots, we get a more detailed look at objects, and then we look at some standard functions and objects that are built into JavaScript. We also take a proper look at two operators we’ve seen before, typeof and instanceof. Bart’s full written tutorial is available at bartbusschots.ie/….


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CCATP #443 Bastian Wölfle – A Geek’s Guide to Diet and Exercise

Bastian before afterThis week our guest is Bastian Wölfle software product manager, German podcaster and self-described crazy man. Bastian lost 40 kg (90 pounds) and he tells us how he pulled this off.

He’s got book recommendations, geeky recommendations on how and what to track in your body stats, and of course gadgets to make the whole process more fun.


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CCATP #442 – Programming by Stealth – 16 of x JavaScript Callbacks

PBS LogoIn this installment of Programming By Stealth, Bart Busschots takes our understanding of functions to the next level. The techniques we encounter today would be considered advanced techniques in most other languages, and you could spend years developing in Java and never encounter an anonymous function. However, because of how JavaScript is integrated into HTML documents, these techniques are considered fundamental in JavaScript, and anonymous functions are a dime a dozen! Before we delve into anonymous functions, we’ll start by taking a deeper look at how JavaScript deals with function arguments.

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CCATP #441 Dr. Maryanne Garry on Cognitive Biases, Learning and Aging

MaryanneDr. Maryanne Garry, Professor of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington joins us again to talk about two really interesting books about cognitive psychology. I enjoy talking to Dr. Garry because she reads real studies that follow scientific processes, where we mean those that explain studies which can be falsified (which are the only real theories).
Science as Falsification was introduced by Karl R. Popper if you want to learn more about it.


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