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Episode 0 – Welcome to Junior Developer Toolbox!

Welcome to the first episode of the Junior Developer Toolbox Podcast! We’re excited to be here, and this episode is all about letting you get to know us and what to expect from the show.

Erin Orstrom is a graduate of cohort 12 from Nashville Software School and has been employed as a junior developer for a little over a year now. She is a big fan of Game of Thrones and weekly group trivia games.

Jason Belcher has just transitioned into his first developer role after years of hard study. He is diving deep into mobile development, enjoys composing music (including our intro theme!), and lives in Atlanta, GA.

Dave Harned is also a self-taught developer and an advocate of sites like freecodecamp, codecademy, and udemy. He lives in Nashville, runs a meet-up group, and recently started his job as a web administrator.

1:17 – “Sharpening the Tools” – What’s Everyone Learning This Week?

12:25 – “Opening the Toolbox”

This week’s topic is all about us; How we got interested in software development, how we got to where we are, and what we’re working on now.

13:15 – Jason’s introduction

“I started playing around with HTML before CSS existed”

25:31 – Erin’s introduction

“.. that lead me into a google search of ‘how do you update a website?’ Just something very general, my google-fu wasn’t on point at that time …”

42:05 – Dave’s introduction

“The moral of the story was I had published something to the web, and I was proud of it, and kind of got hooked, and that was the point I decided I wanted to learn how to do this.”


We want to thank everyone who is listening to our first podcast episode and hope you’ll find it entertaining and helpful as we continue to record new content. Please bear with us as we get things started!

If you have a question or topic you would like us to cover in the future, feel free to reach out to us by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We would love to read some great questions on future shows.


Very exciting to see this podcast take flight. I really believe that you guys (and gal) are going to make a huge impact on everyone that subscribes to this podcast.

Thank you for the feedback Jamal! Glad you enjoyed the first episode and we really appreciate the encouragement.
Hopefully everyone that listens will find some benefit in some topic we cover or an experience we share.

Thank you for creating this podcast! I am a 43 year old aspiring web developer in Atlanta. I graduated in May with a BS in Information Technology, but I am supplementing my skills by pursuing online courses. I am currently enrolled in Udacity’s Full Stack Nanodegree program, much like Jason! I was very pleased to hear that it was useful to him in obtaining a job. You guys/gal provided me with the inspiration I needed to believe that I, too, am capable of beating my “imposter syndrome” in order to find a job. I think “imposter syndrome” would be a VERY good topic to cover in a future podcast, as I know it is mentioned quite frequently in many of the Facebook groups I am a member of.

Hi Sherri! So glad you found our podcast and are finding it useful so far.
I agree, I believe talking about Imposter Syndrome could take up its own episode and then some. It’s likely to come up often on the show, because it’s a topic that nearly every junior developer I know struggles with on an almost daily basis. But with a good support system and helpful mentors it definitely becomes easier to manage.
Thank you for the feedback, and we hope you continue to find benefit in listening to our show and other information and resources that we’ll post.

Hi Erin, Dave, and Jaon.

I had so much fun listening to the 1st episode (I refuse to say “zeroth”).
Where you guys came from helped me to learn the direction you guys are taking with the podcast.

I’ve just read a book “The Impostor’s Syndrome” by Rob Conery. He went through the impostor’s syndrome as he didn’t have a CS degree but is a great programmer (but the book is mostly technical).

Thank you for your efforts in producing the podcast.

Junior Developer

Hi Sung!

Apologies for the late reply. Thank you for listening to our podcast and we hope you’re finding the content useful. We’re trying to approach it from a “newbie” perspective and avoid getting too technical on any of the topics, so the knowledge and information is approachable and understandable by anyone.

If you ever have a question or an idea for a future episode, let us know. =)

Best of luck on your programming journey!

Hi, I recently started listening to this podcast and so far I like the themes and topics that this podcast covers. I’m starting from the very beginning and I hope it gets better but the total number of times I heard someone say filler lines such as “umm, uhh, err” was extremely distracting. I feel that these filler noises could’ve been edited out but otherwise I’m eager to continue listening!

Junior Developer

Hi James! Thanks for listening to the show and glad you feel that you’re benefiting from the information!

It was a little rough in the beginning, as we imagine many non-professional podcasts are as they are starting out. But we hope you’ll stick with us! We changed audio editors around episode 8 or 9 I think and I think we’ve generally gotten better regarding the space fillers.

Thanks for the feedback and look forward to hearing more from you in the future! Let us know if you have any questions or topic ideas.

Erin & Dave

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