Coding Blocks

Michael spends the holidays changing his passwords, Joe forgot to cancel his subscriptions, and Allen’s busy playing Call of Duty: Modern Healthcare as we discuss the our 2023 resolutions.

The full show notes for this episode are available at


  • Thanks for the reviews CourageousPotato, Billlhead, [JD]Milo!
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  • Game Jam is coming up, January 20-23! (
  • Thoughts on LastPass?
    • Check out the encrypted fields, as figured out by a developer. (GitHub)
    • LastPass users: Your info and password vault data are now in hackers’ hands (Ars Technica)
Game Jam Time!

Our 2023 Resolutions


  • Learn Kotlin,
  • Go deeper on streaming technologies, such as Kafka, Flink, and/or Kafka Connect, and
  • Learn more music theory and techniques.
Designing Data Intensive Applications


  • Of course Joe has categorized his resolutions into the following areas: finances, health, personal development, and career management,
  • Go deeper on Spring and streaming technologies, and
  • Do more game dev and LeetCode.

Q&A Round 1

  • What skills are opposite and which are adjacent that can be picked up this year?
    • Angular unit testing,
    • Front end development,
    • Spring,
    • Big data concepts and technologies
  • Any books, courses, or certifications?
    • Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems by Martin Kleppmann (Amazon)
    • Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) (


  • Spend more time focusing on health and fun,
  • Updating the About Us page with recent info,
  • Go deeper on streaming technologies and conepts,
  • Go deeper on big data concepts such as data lakes, and best practices, etc.,
  • Get back into making content again, such as YouTube, and/or maybe presenting.

Q&A Round 2

  • What do you want to avoid in 2023?
    • Less Jenkins,
    • Avoid piecemeal Spring upgrades,

2023 Predictions

  • Data, privacy … do we need it?,
  • New languages, frameworks,
  • Generated content (Dalle-2ChatGPTCopilot), and
  • AI ethics
    • ChatGPT Wrote My AP English Essay—and I Passed (WSJ)


Tip of the Week

  • You can pipe directly to Visual Studio Code (in bash anyway), much easier than outputting to a file and opening it in Code … especially if you end up accidentally checking it in!
    • Example: curl | code -
  • Is your trackpad not responding on your new(-ish) MacBook? Run a piece of paper around the edge to clean out any gunk. Also maybe avoid dripping BBQ sauce on it.
  • How does the iOS MFA / Verification Code settings work? We want MFA, but we we’re tired of the runaround!
  • Jump around – nope, not Kris Kross, great tip from Thiyagarajan – keeps track of your most “frecent” directories to make navigation easier (GitHub)
    • There’s a version for PowerShell too – thank you Brad Knowles! (GitHub)
Direct download: coding-blocks-episode-201.mp3
Category:Software Development -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT