The Freecodecamp Podcast



The official podcast of the freeCodeCamp open source community.Learn to code with free online courses, programming projects, and interview preparation for developer jobs.


  • Crossover Special: 10 Years of The Changelog + 5 years of freeCodeCamp

    21/11/2019 Duração: 03h51min

    In this special crossover episode, we celebrate 10 years of The Changelog. It's the home of the biggest podcast focused on open source, and a favorite of freeCodeCamp founder Quincy Larson. This 4-hour episode is actually 2 interviews: 1. For the first 2.5 hours, Quincy interviews Changelog co-hosts Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo about how they got into software development and podcasting, and the history of their legendary podcast. 2. Then we end with Adam and Jerod turning the tables and interviewing Quincy about the past and future of If you haven't heard of The Changelog before, it is website that hosts a podcast about open source software. Each week they interview new developers from around the software galaxy and explore what makes those projects tick. Adam Stacoviak founded The Changelog exactly 10 years ago. And Jerod Santo joined as co-host 7 years ago. Together - across 370 episodes - they've interviewed everyone from programmer legends, to the maintainers of open source projects y

  • Ep. 84: From photography student to successful freelancer and content creator with Jessica Chan

    21/10/2019 Duração: 56min

    This week, for the last podcast episode of 2019, Abbey chatted with freelancer and content creator Jessica Chan - known as CoderCoder on social media - about how she got into tech and started her educational website and YouTube channel.

  • Ep. 82: From Poker to Amazon Engineer to Host of Software Engineering Daily with Jeff Meyerson

    07/10/2019 Duração: 01h52min

    Quincy interviews Jeff Meyerson, the creator and host of the Software Engineering Daily podcast. Jeff grew up in Texas, played competitive poker, and ultimately worked as a software engineer at Amazon. We talk about how he got into tech, how left Amazon to become an entrepreneur, and the many lessons he learned along the way. Follow Jeff on Twitter: And subscribe to software engineering daily:

  • Ep. 78: From early stage startups to manager at MongoDB

    26/08/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    In this week's podcast episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with Harry Wolff, an engineering manager at MongoDB in New York City. Harry has been in the world of tech for over a decade, holding jobs in various startups before ending up at Mongo. They discuss his journey to his current managerial role, what it's like to work at Mongo, how to start a meetup, and dos and don't for migrating from legacy codebases. Harry started his tech career working for startups. He liked the excitement, he liked learning new things, and he liked showing off his skills. After working for a few startups, he stumbled upon a position at MongoDB. One short week after beginning the interview process, he was in. The decision to leave his previous job was easier than he expected, and he reflected on the reasons he made the change: "For me, it was a matter of taking what I could from my job at the time, but knowing when it was time to move on. One of the ways you know it's time to leave is when the company's getting more out

  • Ep. 74: From biochemical engineer to software engineer at LEGO

    29/07/2019 Duração: 01h03min

    On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with London-based software engineer Linh about how she left the field of biochemical engineering, taught herself to code, struggled to get her first dev job, and now gets to work at LEGO. Linh moved to England when she was 11 years old. She spoke no English, but quickly learned and settled into her life there. She became fascinated with cosmetics and wanted to learn how to create them, so she decided to study biomedical and biochemical engineering in college - she even got her Master's degree in the subject. But something didn't feel right - she didn't have the passion for it she thought she had. So she looked elsewhere. After briefly considering banking, and teaching for a bit, she stumbled into the world of tech through one of London's many fintech meetups. As she started to learn more and meet more people, she realized she'd found her new passion: coding. So she decided to teach herself to code...and the rest is history. Just kidding - but you

  • Ep. 72: JavaScript Joe - from linguistics to front-end developer

    15/07/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with front-end developer Joe Previte who lives and works in Arizona. Joe shares the story of how he made the tough decision to leave grad school, how he discovered coding, and how he stays motivated and continues to learn.

  • Ep. 71: Harvard CS50's David Malan and Colton Ogden on Computer Science

    08/07/2019 Duração: 02h01min

    CS50 is the most popular course at Harvard, and hundreds of thousands of people have taken the free online version of the course as well. We recently posted the lectures for the course on freeCodeCamp's YouTube channel - including the CS50 game development course - all free and commercial-free. During this interview, David Malan and Colton Ogden talk about how they got into technology. They share tips for how to effectively learn computer science, and some advice for teachers and community leaders as well. Colton shares one of his favorite game development hacks, and David tell us the story behind the CS50 catchphrase: "this is CS50" Follow CS50 on Twitter: Subscribe to the CS50 podcast: Test out CS50's Integrated Development Environment: And CS50's Sandbox: The article Colton mentions about Resident Evil 2 on N64 (PDF):

  • Ep. 68: From homeschooler to self-taught full stack developer

    17/06/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    In this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with Madison Kanna, a full-stack developer who works remotely for Mediavine. Madison describes how homeschooling affected her future learning style, how she tackles imposter syndrome and failure, and how she helps others teach themselves to code.

  • Ep. 66: Cult survivor, activist, and developer advocate: Alejandra's journey into tech

    03/06/2019 Duração: 01h49min

    In this episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, Abbey chats with developer advocate Alejandra Olvera-Novack about how she broke free from her restrictive cult upbringing, moved to the United States, and taught herself how to code. Alejandra was raised without technology, without formal schooling, and in an extremely conservative environment. When she was in her late teens, she left her village and moved to Florida.  After a couple years of googling everything under the sun to catch up on the world's events, and trying to attend college, she ran out of money. Since she was alone - having cut all ties with her family - she took a leap of faith, moved to Seattle, WA, and started looking for work. She worked odd jobs for a while, but quickly realized she'd need something more to survive and thrive. So she started to learn about HTML and CSS, something she never thought she could do. Fast-forward a couple years later, and she was working her way up to a job at Amazon Web Services. Today, Alejandra works with robots,

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