Nick Taylor: Open Source, Live Streaming, and Structured YOLO

Season 1, Episode 1 | January 10, 2021

Dan and Bekah welcome Nick Taylor (Senior Software Engineer at Forem/DEV) to talk about his journey into tech, open source, and the importance of community

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Nick Talyor in a DEV shirt
Nick Taylor

Senior Software Engineer at Forem, the software that powers DEV, working on all things Forem.

Show Notes:

Dan and Bekah welcome Nick Taylor (Senior Software Engineer at Forem/DEV) to talk about his journey into tech, open source, and the importance of community. Nick talks about his journey through University and into tech, how the landscape of tech has changed with increased resources and community, and how his idea of "structured YOLO" has lead him to this point in his career. He talks about how his job at Forem and how the pandemic led to his livestreaming, where he tries to make coding as realistic as possible. His hour and a half livestreams focus on one issue, but realistically those issues won't be solved during that time. And that's ok, because coding takes time, and working through issues won't always be a simple solution. His approach to teaching includes learning as you go, which made him an amazing contributor, mentor, and maintainer for the Virtual Coffee Hacktoberfest Initiative. Every conversation with Nick is an interesting one, and this one isn't an exception.

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The Virtual Coffee Podcast is produced by Dan Ott and Bekah Hawrot Weigel and edited by Dan Ott.