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Strum Machine with Luke Abbott

Luke Abbott is the creator of Strum Machine, an app that simulates backing tracks by stitching together individual notes, chords, and strums recorded on guitar, standup bass, and mandolin. We talk about what Strum Machine does, why he decided to build it, how bringing on a professional designer helped, pricing thoughts, and the "fun" of building a version on iOS.

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Dave Goes Windows For Real

Dave's got job news to share, as well as insight into the process of what applying for a job in tech is like in 2024. We also talk about styling, scoping, positioning, and floating UI.

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CSS Grid Level 3 aka Masonry with Adam Argyle

Adam Argyle stops by to chat about the conversation that's happening around CSS Grid / Masonry. What do we want? What might Apple's response to Google be? And nitpicking the spec just for fun.

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Recording Live Music, WebC, Open Source, & WordPress Studio

Chris bought recording gear off an Instagram ad, our thoughts on WebC, CodePen upgrades Yarn, thoughts on the commercial value of open source, Automattic releases an app to install WordPress locally, IBM buys Hashicorp, income tax software, and a hack for getting Safari to respect background colors used in a pseudo selector.

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Matt Haughey on a Fantasy Blogging CMS Setup

Matt is here to talk about creating the perfect fantasy CMS for blogging, moderating comments at Metafilter, building sane defaults into programs, how difficult the web is, do we want AI in our CMS, and where is content headed on the internet?

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React! TypeScript! Jobification! Drupal!

Dave & Chris and thoughts on career advice that worked 3 years ago but isn't as helpful now, marking tests with ChatGPT, is taking a Drupal job in 2024 a good idea, Chris got #gear sniped, P3 color follow up, the confusing File System APIs, and where did all the lightboxes go?

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TypeScript in 2024, Signals, Productivity Sniped, and Follow Up

Dave's about to be eclipsed, the state of TypeScript in 2024, signals stage zero proposal, corrections on accessibility in frameworks (thanks!), web apps for better collaborative writing, getting productivity sniped, the problem with email may be you, indieweb follow up, and ultimate guitar tab apps.

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Blake Watson on Home Cooked Apps

What is a home cooked app? Blake Watson is on this episode to talk all about the kinds of apps that make a good home cooked app, tips and advice he has for making them, resisting the urge to monetize or growth hack them, and a few CodePen v2 thoughts sprinkled in at the end.

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Can WordPress Kill Your Resume, Fav Parts of Web Dev, Exploring HTMX, and more!

We're opening up the ShopTalk mailbag and answering your questions, including does WordPress on your resume kill your job chances, what are our fav and least fav parts of web dev, our thoughts on HTMX, and what is it like to use pnpm instead of npm.

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Astro Launches an Integrated Database

Fred K. Schott stops by to talk about Astro announcement of Astro DB. The pluses and minuses of it, and whether you have to always use the database with Astro DB. We get into how to seed your database, upgrading the database, and the almost weirdly generous pricing model.

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Web Sustainability with Michelle Barker

We're talking with Michelle Barker about the idea of paying to support bloggers (and podcasters!) via services like Patreon, drumming as a fun side gig from CSS, how big of an issue digital sustainability is, trying to understand the environmental impact of our websites and digital life, wondering why YouTube embeds are still so large, disabling cookies, and how to build the web in a more sustainable way.

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Jim Nielsen on Subversive URLs, Blogging + AI, and Design Engineers

Jim Nielsen joins us to about URLs and linking as the new subversive way to maintain the web, paying for news in Canada, should content creators be worried about AI, the case for design engineers, RSS in HTML, and the state of state and UI.