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TPDP Episode #26: Game Development With Houdini

The latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast has been published and it is the first one on the show to be on the topic of game development!

In episode twenty-six titled, Game Development with Houdini, I’m joined by Ben Mears from SideFX, the company that is responsible for Houdini.

In case this is your first time hearing of Houdini, it is a system that allows you to create procedural, node-based workflows, for generating game assets and terrains. Houdini is used in many of the top rated games and significantly reduces parts of the game development time.

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TPDP Episode #25: Securing Applications With A Second Factor Of Authentication

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast is now available on pretty much every popular podcast network. This episode, which is episode 25 of the show, is all about two-factor authentication (2FA) and the things you should be familiar with when it comes to implementing it in your web applications.

In this episode titled, Securing Applications with a Second Factor of Authentication, I’m joined by Luke Walker who is a Solutions Architect at Yubico. In case you’re unfamiliar, Yubico creates the very popular YubiKey which is often featured on technology news outlets as being an incredible hardware token for protecting users from malicious circumstances.

When it comes to 2FA, there are many approaches. These approaches can consist of SMS, push notifications, time-based one-time passwords, U2F, or even the new FIDO2. If you’re interested in learning about each, this episode of the podcast should give you some insight before you try to implement them.

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TPDP Episode #24: Mobile Application Security

I’m pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast titled, Mobile Application Security, has been published to iTunes, Pocket Casts, and every other major podcasting network that consumes the feed!

In this episode, which is the 24th episode of the show, I’m joined by first time guest, Rob Lauer, and returning guest TJ VanToll. Both of these guests work for Progress, which is the company behind NativeScript, and you’ll remember that episode 5 was strictly around getting to know what NativeScript has to offer. The focus of this episode isn’t around NativeScript, but around the security of your mobile applications. Just like with web applications, security is important with mobile, even if it isn’t talked about as much.

In this episode you’ll learn about protecting your application source code from reverse engineering, protecting your users data at rest, and securely transferring your data between remote web services.

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TPDP Episode #23: Being A Freelance Developer Contractor Or Consultant

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast has been published to iTunes and all of the other popular podcasting networks! Being in the development game is tough and the competition for work is fierce. You can go down the route of working for a company as a full-time or part-time employee, or you can operate on your own.

In the 23rd episode of the show titled, Being a Freelance Developer Contractor or Consultant, I’m joined by Nolan Erck, professional freelance consultant and owner of South of Shasta Consulting in Sacramento, CA.

The topic of this episode is working for yourself as a freelance developer consultant or contractor. In this episode Nolan and I explore everything from finding work, negotiating your rate, and ultimately accomplishing a task and building your reputation as a freelance developer.

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TPDP Episode #22: NoSQL Databases And The Flexibility Of A Non-Relational Model

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast is now available for download. In this episode titled, NoSQL Databases and the Flexibility of a Non-Relational Model, I’m joined by Matt Groves where we talk about use-cases for NoSQL versus relational databases and how to use NoSQL in your own applications.

Matt Groves and I used to work together at Couchbase, which is a NoSQL database company, and is by no means the focus of this episode. The focus is NoSQL in general and all the great things that you can do with it.

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TPDP Episode #21: Developer Evangelism

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast, titled, Developer Evangelism, is available for download on all the major podcast networks.

In this episode I’m joined by Matthew Revell, founder of Hoopy and DevRelCon, where we discuss a potential career path for developers and marketers known as Developer Evangelism.

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TPDP Episode #20: GraphQL For API Development

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast is available for download! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog recently, I’ve published quite a bit of content around GraphQL as I personally believe it to be the future for API development. Being able to access related and unrelated data on demand through a single endpoint is huge for the people consuming your data and huge for the developers creating the data because of specific model definitions.

In this episode titled, GraphQL for API Development, I’m joined by Lee Byron, one of the co-creators of GraphQL at when he worked at Facebook. Lee gives us all the details on how GraphQL came to be, why it is huge for development, and how to use it successfully in your next application.

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