"The Engineer of What?" is a bi-weekly discussion with Rick and Nathan on the life and struggles of being an engineer. If you are an engineer, you know that most of the time you're not even doing what your job title is. As engineers, you're a problem solver and are required to solve anything put in front of you. Doesn't matter what type of engineer you are, you'll be able to relate.
Rick and Nathan met in 6th grade, became friends, worked on projects together in high school, and have stayed friends through the different paths life has taken them. They both had a love of technology and problem solving starting from a young age and became friends through this interest. Now that they are both established in their careers they're taking the daily struggles of being an engineer in two totally different fields and creating a podcast out of it.
Article | November 13th, 2018
By Nathan Westfall
azure, backlog, code, coding, commits, development, devops, git, microsoft, pipelines, planning, productivity, release, technology
Let’s talk about Azure DevOps! We’ll discuss the new and improved tools that are part of Azure DevOps. You'll learn how to deliver value faster to your users. Any language, platform, and cloud. Connect to GitHub or any other Git provider for CI/CD.
Episode | November 5th, 2018 | 45 mins 42 secs
esri, gis, mapping, oneplus, phone, plans, proposal, tech, technology, water
Join us this week as we talk about working with strange mapping variables and the next big things happening in water. Ricky also needs a new phone, what do you think he should get? Listen as we discuss what got released this week including new phones to help with his decision.
Episode | October 22nd, 2018 | 37 mins 39 secs
android, apple, engineer, esri, macos, new, os, technology, watch, windows
Time flies and we both can agree on that. Ricky is back on schedule after getting married, Nathan is back to a normal life after a big event. Doesn't matter what we are talking about, let's just jump in as we get back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Episode | September 24th, 2018 | 36 mins 22 secs
audio, bids, engineering, honeymoon, interns, mixing, music, production, road, stage, tips, traveling, vacation
While Ricky is away having fun on his honeymoon, Nathan and a special guest get to have an audio only episode! Listen as they talk about adventures on the road along with some tips and tricks of being an audio engineer.
Episode | September 10th, 2018 | 35 mins 31 secs
airport, coins, cryptocurrency, debugging, ducks, engineer, programming, road, travel, wedding
Nathan got stuck in an airport, but that doesn't stop us here! Join us as Rick and Nathan talk about the awesome wedding that took place along with a few updates in cryptocurrency and a programming hint that Rick has never heard of.
Episode | August 27th, 2018 | 30 mins 53 secs
chemical, civil, engineer, engineering, experience, field, field work, fire water, mechanic, petro chemical, petroleum, technology, travel
While Nathan might not be in the same field as engineering, both he and his father are engineers. This is a special episode where he gets to interview his father about his 30+ years of experience in the field as an engineer. You aren't going to miss this interview as we talk about what someone might expect and how engineering has changed with technology over the years.
Episode | August 13th, 2018 | 34 mins 58 secs
android, audio, coffee, earth, engineer, essential, google, kickstarter, maps, music, pie, pixel, soulfest
Nathan just got back off the road from taking a break from programming and working as an audio engineer all week. Hear about his fun stories from his time on the road along with other things that are new including an important stance google maps is taking on the earth, android giving the whole world some pie, and something we all love, coffee.
Episode | July 30th, 2018 | 44 mins 29 secs
apple, audio, gis, ios, ipad, mac, microsoft, music, prime day, problems, processor, slack, solving, spatial, teams
GIS problems? Solved. 16 bit audio problems? Solved. New intel processor problems? Solved. Prime day? Solved. Listen this week as Nathan and Rick talk all about the problems that have came up and the solutions that happened to overcome them.
Episode | July 16th, 2018 | 41 mins 34 secs
apple, beer, clues, elon, esri, food, games, hardware, macbook pro, microsoft, musk, new york, puzzles, recap, surface go, surface pro, tech, tesla, travel
This week, Nathan and Ricky discuss all of the shenanigans that occurred during Ricky's visit to New York. Listen in as we talk good food, great beer, as well as all of the new developments in tech for this week.
Episode | July 2nd, 2018 | 45 mins 41 secs
azure, clients, esri, issues, it, level 2, location, microsoft, release, sharepoint, story boarding, support, updates
Client issues are a real thing in the software word and probably anywhere were you deliver a final product. How do Nathan and Ricky handle these "Level 2" issues? Is there another staff that handles them first or are we working right on the front lines. Join us as we discuss this and so much more with this weeks tips, tricks, and updates.
Episode | June 18th, 2018 | 42 mins 37 secs
esri, mapbox, open source, security, traveling
Ricky's co-worker thinks just because code is open source, it's what?! Listen Nathan just go off on a rant talking about why open source is amazing and they way things are going.
Episode | June 4th, 2018 | 50 mins 42 secs
ai, azure, blob storage, cloud, coding, cosmosdb, esri, functions, machine learning, serverless, vision
Get ready for a packed episode as Ricky has a challenge at work. He needs to deal with tons of data in relation to points on a map. How does he store this data? How do we process it? Can we use AI? How does it link to ESRI? Listen as he tells Nathan the challenge and together they come up with a possible solution.
Episode | May 21st, 2018 | 45 mins 21 secs
agile, development, engineering, goats, ibm, open source, software, water, z/os
We hit double digits with Episode #10! Be ready for some fun stuff and even a guest! We don't want to give too much away, so start listening!
Episode | May 7th, 2018 | 44 mins 38 secs
assistants, beer, burgers, busy, calendars, conferences, ftp, ide, lists, planning
Ever have those weeks where you can't remember what you did an hour ago? Listen to Nathan and Ricky talk about how they handle this level of being busy. You also don't want to miss hearing about the best burger ever and Ricky making Nathan cringe over how he update websites.
Episode | April 23rd, 2018 | 52 mins 13 secs
beer, desk, locked out, stickers, swag, water tower, windows
Nathan gets locked of his machine for a few days. Ricky gets to stand around and watch a team fix a $250,000 mistake and gets a sweet package in the mail? What else exciting has happened this week?
Article | April 11th, 2018
By Nathan Westfall
appium, automation, mobile, qa, testing, ui, xamarin
As a developer unit tests are easy. We write logic all the time so writing more logic to test it comes natural. What happens though as a mobile developer when I need to test my UI on actual devices across many form factors? How do you write UI tests? Why write UI tests? Which framework do I need to use? How do I automate my UI tests on physical devices?
Appium (http://appium.io/) is an open source test automation framework to use with native, hybrid, and mobile web apps that will work on iOS, Android and Windows. It doesn't matter if you are writing native swift/java or using Xamarin Forms. You can use the same UI automation framework.