MJS 088: Nicholas Zakas
Panel: Charles Max Wood
Guest: Nicholas Zakas
In particular, we dive pretty deep on:
1:00 – Chuck: Welcome! Give us a background, please, Nicholas!
1:14 – Guest: I am probably best known for making ESLint and I have written a bunch of books, too! (See links below.)
1:58 – Guest: I think the first was written in BASIC, which was on a Laser computer. It was a cheaper knockoff version. I think I was into middle school when I got into BASIC. Then when I got into high school I did this computer project, which was the first time someone else used one of my programs.
4:02 – Chuck: Was it all in BASIC or something else?
4:13 – Guest: Just BASIC, but then transferred to something else when we got our first PC.
5:18 – Guest: 1996 was my freshman year in college. Netscape 3 got into popularity around this time. I had decided that I wanted to setup a webpage to stay in-touch with high school friends who were going into different directions.
I got annoyed with how static the [web] pages were. At the time, there was no CSS and the only thing you could change was the source of an image (on webpages).
On the <a tag> you could do...
8:52 – Guest: It was not an overnight thing. It definitely was fueled by my own curiosity. The web was so new (when I was in college) that I had to explore on my own. I probably killed a few trees when I was in college. Printing off anything and everything I could to learn about this stuff!
10:03 – Guest (continues): Professors would ask ME how to do this or that on the departmental website. When I was graduating from college I knew that I was excited about the WEB. I got a first job w/o having to interview.
18:03 – Guest: A book is a compilation of different articles?! I can do that. I wanted to write a book that would fill in that next step that was missing. I didn’t know what the book was going to be, and I decided to start writing. Once I’ve had enough content I would take a step back and see what it was about. (Check out Nicholas’ books here!)
19:01 – Chuck: Oh you can turn this into a book!
19:10 – Guest: There was very little that I had planned out ahead of time. Anything that happened to me that was exciting had stumbled into my lap!
19:37 – Chuck: That’s how I felt about podcasting – it fell into my lap/life!
19:50 – Chuck: Listeners – check out the past episodes with Nicholas, please. Nicholas, what are you proud of?
26:21 – Chuck: Can you talk about your health issues? People would definitely benefit from your example and your story.
26:44 – Guest: I think it is something important for people to understand.
The guest talks about Lyme Disease.
35:49 – Chuck: Yep taking care of yourself is important!
36:00 – Guest: Yes to enjoy time with friends and explore other hobbies. Help yourself to de-stress is important. Cognitive work is very draining. When you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep your body is going to get stressed out. Take the time to do nonsense things. You need to let your brain unwind! I love these adult coloring books that they have!
38:07 – Chuck: I love to take a drive up the canyon.
38:12 – Guest.
38:24 – Chuck: Yeah to focus on ourselves is important.
38:36 – Guest: Your body will make it a point to say: pay attention to me! Your body goes into flight or fight mode and your systems shut-off, which of course is not good. You don’t want your body to stay in that state.
New parents get sick frequently with newborns, because they aren’t getting enough sleep.
41:08 – Guest: Get some R&R!
41:20 – Chuck: This is great, but I have another call! Let’s do some Picks!
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- Nicholas C. Zakas’ Books
- NPM – ESLint
- Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease
- Lyme Disease
- Nicholas’ Twitter
- JSJ 336 Episode with Zakas
- JSJ 075 Episode with Zakas
Charles Max Wood
- Wall Calendars – 6 ft. x3 ft.
- Book: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
- Adult Coloring Books