Category Archives: development practices

Episode 011 – Refactor saves time and debugging

This episode shares thoughts about how developers can often find themselves wasting time while tracking down an issue even though a quick refactor might fix or highlight the issue, saving themselves and their company time and money.

We also talk briefly about debugging and the time spent setting up an IDE to allow easier debugging of an application. However, IDEs are not making this as easy as we’d hoped. Adam will be posting to his blog, GeekyBoy.com, when he completes some step-by-step scripts on how-to.

Adam Culp also updates on his running and activity status, and the progress of his physical therapy for the shoulder injury.

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Episode 009 – Crawling Before We Can Walk

So many startups attempt to skip the crawling stages and the MPV (minimum viable product) as they push to become successful. Just as many developers attempt to skip the vital stages of learning and forge ahead to create bugs, security holes, and poor code. Adam Culp, the host of Run Geek Radio, talks about how important it is to crawl before we can walk.

Also covered is the ZendCon and SunshinePHP preparations and status of Adam speaking at some other upcoming conferences. Plus a brief update on the running front and training.

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Episode 008 – Escaping PHP Variables Forgotten

Escaping variables in PHP is as important as ever, and developers can sometimes forget about it when using a modern framework. Adam Culp, the host of Run Geek Radio, talks a little about common pitfalls and how to handle them.

Also covered is the ZendCon and SunshinePHP preparations and status of Adam speaking at some other upcoming conferences. Plus a brief update on the running front and training.

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Episode 007 – Don’t be a jerk

Adam Culp, the host of Run Geek Radio, relays his conference speaking plans for the next couple months. Following that he announces his plans to start training for the Keys100 in May. It has been more than 3 years since he has registered for a race, so really looking forward to this one. As long as he is able to continue training effectively through January he will register for it.

The topic for this episode is how developers treat other developers and consultants, and how we should strive to stick to the facts, stay professional, and not get personal. He shares a story of a friend and the trials they went through because another developer, in their haste to convince the client of their value, went on the attack of the consultant.

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Episode 005 – Time Estimation, Conference Talk Rating, Contest Winner

This episode Adam Culp announces the winner, David Stockton (Colorado), of the contest launched in Run Geek Radio episode 004. HUGE congrats to David who will be receiving a VariDesk Full Standing Desk. I look forward to hearing how he likes it.

Adam also talks briefly to clarify his views on “soft talks” versus “soft skills talks”, and how he was misrepresented as disliking soft skills talks though the opposite is true. However, as discussed, he highlights why he is against soft talks and what that really means. Hint: A soft talk is actually a tech talk given poorly, where a soft skills talk carries value in non-technical (or people skills) areas of development.

Then this episode is rounded out with a detailed coverage of time estimation in relation to projects, and why it is so vitally important to be accurate. Adam also speaks about how important proper requirements gathering is to the process.

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