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Episode 078 | Jezen Thomas - Simplicity Master

Episode 078 | Jezen Thomas - Simplicity Master

Jezen Thomas talks with Dave Rael about great tools, mastering the command line, the primacy of simplicity, and geeking out about the rotation axes of the arms

Jezen Thomas is a freelance software developer from London spending most of his time writing software with Ruby and JavaScript. He is currently working with UXPin a company which makes a browser-based UX prototyping platform using ReactJS. He enjoys all things TDD, functional programming, Vim and Unix, and he shares his thoughts by speaking at conferences, tweeting as @jezenthomas, and writing articles at


0:28 - Dave introduces the show and Jezen Thomas
1:52 - From music to programming and how Jezen got started in software
3:40 - Jezen and Vim and becoming terminal-oriented
4:57 - Jezen's definition of value
6:57 - The things that "light Jezen up"
10:18 - Jezen's story of failure - tinkering for the sake of tinkering without thinking through the purpose and value
11:47 - Jezen's succ