Episode 57: Who's This Guy ft. Alex Riviere

Enjoy the Vue

One would assume that the world of theater and the world of computer programming don’t have many (or any) points of commonality. However, after spending 15 years in the theater industry before moving into web development, Alex Riviere, Enjoy the Vue’s brand-new panel member, has some insights to share on the intersections between the two worlds. We discuss Alex’s early introduction to programming, why traditional schooling didn’t suit him, what encouraged him to make the transition from theater to development, and why he thinks it’s important to read other peoples’ code. Alex explains the chance encounter that led him to fall in love with Vue, and he shares how his work helps him to fulfill his desire to help people and solve problems. Although he may not know who Kelly Clarkson is, he certainly knows a lot about many other topics, and you won’t be disappointed if you take the time to listen to his story!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Alex, the brand-new panel member.
  • Why traditional education did not suit Alex, and his introduction to programming.
  • Alex’s 15-year stint in the theater space and what led him back to development.
  • The moment that Alex started to think of himself as a developer.
  • How reframing his resume made people in the development world take notice of Alex.
  • Learnings that Alex had in his first job as purely a developer, and his first experience with Vue.
  • Alex’s childhood dreams, and what he discovered later on in life that he really wanted to do.
  • How Alex became the organizer of two Vue meetups in the space of one month.
  • Benefits of web development, compared to more traditional programming jobs.
  • A major difference between theater and other art forms and how this links to the programming world.
  • “Debugging” in the world of theater.
  • The value in reading other peoples’ code.
  • Picks of the week from the whole cast; reaction videos, video games and series included.


  • “In a week, I'm having to cram enough information to understand how to write JavaScript to make these things. The interesting feedback I got in that interview was, ‘Well, you're doing things, but with an older style.’” — @EnjoyTheVueCast [0:17:25]
  • “Instead, I fell in love with Vue. Vue is the thing that made me stop hating JavaScript. Because of Vue, it actually made me a better developer.” — @EnjoyTheVueCast [0:20:15]
  • “I had been working for years and years trying to figure out what it was that I wanted. I really wanted to be able to help people and solve problems.” — @EnjoyTheVueCast [0:23:15]
  • “If web has proven anything, is that if this is something you want to do and you want to be in, there's room for you.” — @EnjoyTheVueCast [0:28:03]
  • “The only stupid questions are the ones that you don't ask.” — @EnjoyTheVueCast [0:28:31]

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