Every developer should have this in their toolbox. DbSchema, a database designer, gives a visual representation of your database.

A database represents not only raw data but the relationship between that data. DbSchema articulates this relationship in a visual and accessible manner that breaths fresh life into usually dull diagrams.

This makes it easier for everyone, especially non-developers, to comprehend and contribute to what is seen as many outside, as a dark art.

Thank you Dragos Pruteanu for creating a vital piece of software. It was great having you on the podcast.


Cybersecurity is not just about protecting the data; It is also making sure that your core systems are readily available at all times. Alan and Jim set US/Canada relations back 200 years while discussing the evolving state of cybersecurity with Dom and Christian of Cyber SC. Spoiler, this is no longer the domain of larger corporations.

Our friends from north of the border discuss the importance of cybersecurity due diligence during the PE deal process, cybersecurity roadmap creation and fulfillment, the security crutches that companies lean on to their own detriment, and outsourced cybersecurity leadership.

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Are you a sucker for a good technology survey? We are too! Listen to hear what surprised us in our yearly review of the Stack Overflow 2020 Developer Survey.

Ryan and Alan are joined by industry expert, Partner of ParkerGale, and fellow podcaster of the Private Equity Funcast, Jim Milbery.

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and why you will be a better designer for it

As designers, we’ve all been there…. endlessly looking for reasons why we don’t need to learn the scary world of coding. I mean, why should we have to be engineers too? And look, I get it, I am a visual artist first and foremost, starting out my career with absolutely zero — zilch — nada coding experience. So when I say learning how to code as a designer is scary, I mean it. It’s yet another new skill to learn on top of honing in on your design skills and keeping up to date with trends.


It scales with you, is easily manageable, and has incredible recovery capabilities, saving you time, money, and worry — Alan Williamson and Ryan Burch discuss Aurora, the MySQL and Postgres compatible database-as-a-service from Amazon AWS which has done wonders for managing and scaling databases in production.

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Legacy is something that you leave behind with the expectation that you are paving a path for the success of others. So why do we fear the word ‘legacy’ when referring to code?

Jim Headley sits down with Andrea Goulet of Corgibytes who explains that legacy code is not always something to fear, but something that can be built upon and improved.


Would you like to get an insider’s view of the current M&A seller’s market? Lisa Hedrick, Partner at Hirschler and Issue Group Leader for the American Bar Association’s biannual “Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study”, provides valuable insight into this extensive report’s most significant acquisition trends.

Discover what this could mean for your business or portfolio companies.


Is it a painful, manual, time consuming, or non-existent process for your IT team to trace a problem back to its source? In this podcast, Alan and Ryan discuss the importance of good logging practices and outline three litmus tests to evaluate if your enterprise logging system is heading in the right direction.

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Ryan Burch and Alan Williamson talk about how you can utilize different types of messaging queues to decouple applications, with a focus on the three main players in AWS — SQS, SNS and Amazon MQ.

They then dive deeper into how to securely access these and other AWS services while your applications are running inside of AWS without having to pass around the equivalent of usernames and passwords.

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We all have fear. As he faces harsh criticism while writing “Dynamic Proxies in Java”, Dr. Heinz Kabutz says that there seems to be this perception in which we always have to look like we know what we are doing and that we have to have it right all the time. The key takeaway — Accept feedback from people that you respect and do not allow negativity to determine your self-worth in your career.

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Kaitlin Powell

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