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Dec 28, 2016

In this episode, Dave, Sarah, & Victor are joined by Austyn Hill, Alan Galloway, Pat Toner, Morgan Willis and Matt LoPiccolo.  With some of the awesome women in tech right here in the studio tonight, we decided to tackle the question of what it takes to be a women in a male dominated profession and how that is changing.

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Gifts for girls STEM-related:

Some WiT Groups:

Tech & Kids:


General Maker Sites -



Girl Tech Resources/Sites -

Kid Coding Resources:


Sarah's Women in Talk presentation:



Dec 9, 2016

Dave, Sarah, and Victor are joined by Pat Toner and Matt LoPicollo to discuss future trends in technology.  It's an interesting conversation ranging from Augmented Reality and Amazon's new automated shopping experience, to Voice Command, Mobile Apps, automation and the inevitable rise of SkyNet!

Please Note the audio quality of this recording is not as good as normal as we had equipment failure and had to settle for recording from a backup device.

Oct 22, 2016

Are you interested in becoming a Software Developer but don't know where to start?  Dave, Sarah, Victor and Matt discuss the mindset needed to be a developer along with some resources to get you started.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Hour of Code -
Pluralsight -
Code School -
Lynda -
Hello World (unfortunately out of print now) -
Manning Publications -
BridgeTroll (RailsBridge and other events) -


Stay tuned after the episode for outtakes from the opening of episode six.

Oct 21, 2016

Dave, Pat and Victor are joined by Kieth Manecke, Tommy Adeoye, Elijah King, Sophia Arnold, David Kolesar, Corey Whaley and Topher Benjamin.  These seven apprentices started with The Software Guild in our August 2016 cohort and were kind enough to sit down with us and discuss their experiences on graduation day.

Oct 10, 2016

Dave, Sarah, Victor, Pat and Morgan complete the live panel discussion with their apprentices at The Software Guild in Akron.  Listen to episode 10 for the first part.

Oct 3, 2016

Our Dev Coaches recently sat down with their apprentices at The Software Guild in Akron, OH to discuss the role of Architects and Architecture in the industry.  This episode contains part one of this discussion.  The panel was made up of Dave Balzer, Sarah Dutkiewicz, Victor Pudelski, Pat Toner and Morgan Willis.

Sep 29, 2016

In this episode, the coaches are joined by Pat Toner, Randall Clapper, and Matt LoPiccolo to discuss strategies to be more productive and maintain our mental health.  The discussion ranges from common perceptions in the industry about developer productivity to Gaming.  As usual, there are plenty of humorous antics from Pat to keep the mood light.

Sep 13, 2016

Scott Certain, an alumni of The Software Guild, comes back after four months on the job to talk about kicking off your career.  Dave, Victor, and Sarah are joined by show regulars Pat and Matt to discuss with Scott his experiences starting out as a Jr Developer.

Sep 2, 2016

This week, Dave, Sarah, Victor and Pat sit down with John Manilla, Matt LoPiccolo, and Prabhjot Grewal to talk about the dreaded interview.  For many this is a scary process, but it shouldn't be.  Join us as we discuss ways to own your interview and land that first job.

Aug 29, 2016

Dave, Sarah, & Victor sit down with Pat Toner, Randall Clapper and Scott Campbell to discuss polyglot programming.  We define what a polyglot is, attempt to answer the question of whether as developers we should be a polyglot or not, and discuss language wars.  Join us for a fun discussion.

Aug 21, 2016

Dave, Victor and Sarah talk with four of the recent graduates of The Software Guild to see what it takes to get through the program and what experiences each of them will walk away with. We are very pleased to have Mike Synk, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Shoshanna Barnett, and Scott Campbell with us for this discussion.

Aug 3, 2016

We are joined again this week by Michael Vanderpool and Pat Toner.  We tackle the issue of imposter syndrome and how to deal with it as a software developer.  

Jul 19, 2016

Today we talk to Michael Vanderpool about his role as Instructional Coach at The Software Guild.

We also look at a costly addiction that affects a couple of our instructors.  That is the addiction to domain names.

Finally, we discuss the new Pokemon Go craze and who should be responsible for inappropriate behaviors when using an app.  Developer or user?

Jul 13, 2016

On today's episode of the Dev Coaches Podcast Dave Balzer sits down with Erik Feeley.  Erik just completed the 12 week program at The Software Guild in Akron, Ohio where he learned full-stack development using .Net/C#.  Dave talks to Eric about what it takes to be successful in this program.

Jul 1, 2016

This first episode is intended to serve as an introduction to the DevCoaches team.  Today we talk a bit about who we are and what our goal is for this podcast.  Come join us to find out more!