Resources

Welcome to the CoderJourney resources section. This page is a curated list of real-world items (books, recording equipment, etc.) and software. Everything on this list is something that I’ve used and found to be beneficial in my life, whether that’s recreational or professional.

I receive a lot of questions about the things that I use and like, and this page exists to allow me to showcase those items and keep people up to date on software/hardware that I’m using and recommending.

Everything that is linked here is something that I’ve used and would recommend, but here’s an important disclosure:

Some of these links are affiliate links. If you purchase after clicking some of these links, then I will receive a commission. This commission will come at no additional cost to you. I have experience with all of these products and recommend based on that experience, not because of the small commissions. Please don’t spend money on these products if you don’t think it will help you learn, grow, or help you achieve your goals.

Hosting Provider

Digital Ocean

Whether I'm working on a side-project, or just wanting to test someone on a server. I opt to use Digital Ocean because they are so easy to use and affordable.

Recording Equipment

One of the most common questions that I receive is “What do you use to record your screencasts?”. Here’s the equipment that I use:

Rode Procaster

For recording screencasts, you need a dynamic mic. My microphone of choice right now is the Rode Procaster.

Mackie Onyx Producer

The Rode Procaster needs an XLR audio interface, and the one that I use for all of my videos is the Mackie Onyx Blackjack, but it has been replaced by the Mackie Onyx Producer 2x2.

Rode PSA1 Boom Arm

Having a boom arm is a necessity for keeping a nice microphone on your desk. This boom arm has been working great for me.

Current Preferred Web Development Stack

Being as I’m always learning something new, I bounce from one technology to another pretty quickly. This section showcases the technologies that have my eye at the moment.

Elixir

I've been loving functional programming lately, and having a background in Ruby has made picking up Elixir surprisingly easy.

Phoenix

Phoenix is a fantastic backend web framework. While becoming less and less "Rails" like, the framework provides a lot of functionality to make you productive fast.

I’ve read a lot of technology books, but most of the time they only serve me for a moment, or I use the book as reference material. Occasionally though, a programming book will impact the way that I think and carry out my development. Here are some of my favorites:

The Pragmatic Programmer

This book really helped me think about the way that I was going about solving problems. There is a reason that The Pragmatic Programmer manages to find its way into so many programmer reading lists: it is great!

Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby

A lot of people start learning languages by diving right into using frameworks, and this can limit your growth. Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby ("POODR" as it's called) is a great book for learning object-oriented design and will improve the systems that you build even when using a framework.

One of the best ways to grow as a person and a professional is to keep on learning. That doesn’t just mean learning about developer related topics either. I would guess that the majority of the biggest breakthroughs that I’ve had came while reading non-programming materials. Here are my favorite non-tech books.

So Good They Can't Ignore You

So Good They Can't Ignore You is one of my favorite books... ever. Cal Newport takes a look at what it takes for people to truly enjoy what they do. He found that being truly skilled at something will trump passion by itself, and I have to agree.

Deep Work

Another book by Cal Newport, Deep Work is a fascinating read about how to be more productive. I love how the author goes about looking into his subject matter, and I've tried to apply the principles from this book in the work that I do.

The Power of Habit

I love improvement, and one of the best ways to improve is to make good things habitual. The Power of Habit is a book that gives insight into why we do the things that we do and how we can leverage what we know about habits to replace bad ones with good ones.