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Samuel Taylor Podcast

Building good software is challenging but rewarding. On this show, I share the things I'm learning as a practitioner in this exciting industry.

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Recent episodes

12: Learning Effectively (a review of Ultralearning)

The best way to advance your career is to learn. We can do so haphazardly or effectively -- which do you want to do? (Download)

11: How to train data scientists and software engineers (a review of Peak)

You're probably doing your training budgets wrong. Learn the science behind skill development and how to structure a good training program. (Download)

10: Why your brain loves exercise, even if you don't

One of the best things you can do for your brain health (and productivity) is regular exercise. Learn why and how physical activity super-charges your brain. (Download)

9: A tool to deal with imbalanced data (Questions Answered #0)

Nicolas has a question about dealing with imbalanced data.

References: imbalanced-learn, Class Imbalanced, Redux, SMOTE. (Download)

8: What High School Debate Teaches us About Performance Management

The self evaluation is one of the most important documents employees write. Learn how to make yours effective using tips from a former debater. (Download)

7: Conflict Resolution: A Texan Analogy

At my university, I had to take a full course on how to be an RA. I've forgotten almost everything, except for this one tip on conflict resolution. (Download)

6: Work Queues in Software and Productivity

Work queues are a fascinating idea from software engineering that can also be applied to make our lives more productive. (Download)

5: Cooking and Coding

I like cooking, and I like coding. By comparing the two, we learn more about both of them. (Download)

4: Work-Self Balance

We often talk about work-life balance, but what about the balance between our work and our self? Learn about my struggle with defining myself by my work and how I overcame it. (Download)

3: Poetry for Software Engineers

While often thought to be entirely different, poetry and software are remarkably similar. Learn how thoughtful consumption of poetry can make you a better software engineer. (Download)