Ben grew up in and around Orlando, Florida and has been a nerd of one kind or another his entire life. Whether that be an A/V geek in middle and high school, a gadget fanatic in college, or a generalist tech obsessive now in his 30s, technology of all kinds has been a passion of his for as long as he can remember. He's been a professional developer for almost a decade, but was coding long before then.
In a completely unexpected turn, he became a teacher 4 years ago. He taught Mobile Engineering at The Iron Yard, a coding bootcamp, from the beginning of 2015 to the end of 2017. Since his time at TIY, he's focused his career on building environments for both junior developers and people aspiring to be programmers to flourish. He runs the local iOS Developer Meetup (@iOSOrlando on Twitter) and regularly gives talks on topics from beginner level to advanced.
As if all that weren't enough, Ben added to his already full plate a year ago by launching this podcast with his friennd and cohort Brian Gates. They hope to bring the same kind of mentorship and guidance they presented in the classroom to a wider podcast audience.
October 15th, 2018 | Season 1 | 39 mins 14 secs
Ben and Brian ponder whether work/life balance is possible and if so, how to obtain it, particularly if you are new to the industry. Topics include: whether it's possible to have software development as a hobby if you already do that for your day job;...
October 1st, 2018 | Season 1 | 52 mins 57 secs
Ben and Brian discuss the pros and cons of working in groups as a junior developer. They continue by imagining the ideal characteristics of a group dynamic to foster juniors and build up their skills. Lastly, they give some advice on how to recognize and leave a bad dev team as well as some tips on how to build your online reputation.
September 17th, 2018 | Season 1 | 49 mins 35 secs
Ben and Brian discuss self learning in this episode. Topics include: being unafraid of experimentation with new languages and techniques, learning how to learn, and resources that help facilitate learning.
August 30th, 2018 | Season 1 | 14 mins 50 secs
We're on the air! It's been a long time coming (for us at least), but we've finally gotten all our i's crossed and t's dotted (we may have some work to do yet). Welcome to Model View Conversation, a tech education podcast devoted to those new to the tech industry, and those who sometimes wish they were. We'll be covering a lot of ground with the show, but this first one hopefully will allow us to tell you about ourselves and what we hope to accomplish with this crazy idea. Don't forget to subscribe in your podcast delivery device or app of choice to keep up with all the fun.