I’m on episode 123 of “The 6 Figure Developer” — “iOS Apprentice & Accordions w/ Joey deVilla”!

by Joey deVilla on December 23, 2019

Last month, the folks at The 6 Figure Developer podcast interviewed me, and that interview was published this morning! It’s titled iOS Apprentice & Accordions w/ Joey deVilla, and you can find it right on the 6 Figure Developer site, or through your favorite way to find podcasts.

You can also use the player below:

The topics covered in the interview:

  • How I got started in the industry and where I am now. I started as a developer, then a developer evangelist, then marketing, then product owner, and now I’m a developer again!
  • My new job at Lilypad, which I like to describe as “a CRM for the alcohol industry”, and how much fun I’m having being a developer again.
  • My tech strategy: “Always bet on the toy.” The technology that people dismiss as a toy today often becomes tomorrow’s indispensable tool.
  • Working on the 8th edition of iOS Apprentice for raywenderlich.com. It was an adventure, what with having to cover the new SwiftUI framework in a beginner-friendly way. I also talk about being honored to work on this edition of the book, as I learned iOS programming from an earlier edition written by the original author, Matthijs Hollemans.
  • Cross-platform vs. native mobile development and the challenges with each approach. When do you use each approach?
  • The people whose primary way of getting online is their mobile device. I talk about a key demographic — about 8% — whose smartphone is pretty much their only gateway into the online world.
  • Taking an active role in the Tampa Bay tech scene. I explain that it’s a habit I picked up from the Toronto tech scene in the early 2000s, during the era of DemoCamp Toronto. This work helped turn Toronto into one of the top 5 tech powerhouses in North America, and I think Tampa Bay can borrow a few of those tricks.
  • Don’t forget that two Tampa Bay authors have iOS books! It’s not just me, but Craig Clayton as well.
  • Recommended meetups and resources for Tampa Bay mobile developers. There’s Tampa iOS Meetup, the Suncoast Google Developers Group, and of course, the Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetup.
  • My one piece of career advice: It’s actually Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice — “Do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Who interviewed me?

The hosts of The 6 Figure Developer who interviewed me are:

John Callaway: An International Speaker, Author, and Microsoft MVP, John has been a professional developer since 1999. He has focused primarily on web technologies and currently focuses on C# and .NET Core in Azure. Clean code and professionalism are particularly important to him, as well as mentoring and teaching others what he has learned along the way.

Clayton Hunt: Clayton has been programming professionally since 2005 doing mostly web development with an emphasis on JavaScript and C#. He has a focus Software Craftsmanship and is a signatory of both the Agile Manifesto and the Software Craftsmanship manifesto. He believes that through short iterations and the careful gathering of requirements that we can deliver the highest quality and the most value in the shortest time. He enjoys learning and encouraging other to continuously improve themselves.

Jon Ash: Jon has been a web developer since 2011 and a professional consultant since 2006. Coming from the aerospace industry he brings a passion for professionalism and excellence. He has a broad experience in current web technologies, with a strong foundation in C# and JavaScript. Though working knowledge of technologies are important, he takes pride in practicing and promoting clean code, adherence to the SOLID principles, and disciplines such as Test Driven Development.

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