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The Stack Overflow podcast is a weekly conversation about working in software development, learning to code, and the art and culture of computer programming. Hosted by Sara Chipps, Paul Ford, and Ben Popper, the series will feature questions from our community, interviews with fascinating guests, and hot takes on what’s happening in tech. About Stack Overflow Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities.

The Stack Overflow podcast is a weekly conversation about working in software development, learning to code, and the art and culture of computer programming. Hosted by Sara Chipps, Paul Ford, and Ben Popper, the series will feature questions from our community, interviews with fascinating guests, and hot takes on what’s happening in tech. About Stack Overflow Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities.

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The Stack Overflow podcast is a weekly conversation about working in software development, learning to code, and the art and culture of computer programming. Hosted by Sara Chipps, Paul Ford, and Ben Popper, the series will feature questions from our community, interviews with fascinating guests, and hot takes on what’s happening in tech. About Stack Overflow Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities.

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English


Episodes

Our stack is HTML and CSS

1/15/2021
The title of this week's episode comes from a Hacker News thread where Guillermo argued that the complexity of front end performance goes beyond simplifying your stack to bare web primitives. You can find out more about Vercel, which recently raised a $40 million round, on Guillermo's blog, where he details what the company has planned for the future. You can find more info on Next.JS here. It's a very active tag on Stack Overflow with dozens of new questions a day. Our lifeboat badge for...

Duration:00:28:15

What would you pay for /dev/null as a service?

1/12/2021
How could you not love a team with a bio like this: "We’re a young and dynamic team of messy data-scientists who have failed at being employed on the real market. Our experience in losing data and throwing files away is more than amazing! Over the years, we have managed to get rid of so much important data at home and even at work." Find out how you pay other people to throw your data away here. The New York Times reports on the rising prices of old computers and their parts....

Duration:00:27:16

Programming in PowerPoint can teach you a few things

1/8/2021
The starting point for today's conversation was an argument made by Guillermo Rauch in this blog post. "And each time, your frontend has an opportunity to impress, delight, perform, be accessible and memorable. What's more, frontend is an area of technological and artistic differentiation, while backend becomes increasingly commoditized, turnkey and undifferentiated." Sure, programming in PowerPoint isn't very practical. That doesn't mean it can't be lots of fun, and teach you a few...

Duration:00:20:42

What can you program in just one tweet?

1/5/2021
If you're interested in learning a bit of BBC Basic, there is a fun introduction here. You can tweet at this bot, and it will run the contents as code and reply with a video of the results. If you are interested in life-logging and want to see it done with a lot of very pretty graphs, check out this post, My Year in Data. Last but not least we chat about Svelte, which lets you create "cybernetically enhanced web apps." Shout to Murali, a listener who suggested this topic. Our lifeboat of...

Duration:00:24:31

Welcome to 2021 with special guest Joel Spolsky

1/1/2021
You can find the first episode of the SO podcast here. It was conducted over Asterix, open source telephony software that allowed for fancy operations like voice messaging and recording calls! What would social software look like if we designed them to remove commerce and popularity? Are services like Mightybell an interesting example of where we might be headed? If you want to build a model of something - say traffic patterns in your town or a hypothetical zombie invasion - you should...

Duration:00:37:22

It's hard to get hacked worse than this

12/29/2020
There is a nice breakdown of the Solarigate attack here, but the most important thing to know is that just seeing the words BusinessLayer.dll is enough to make our eyes glaze over and our defenses go down. One interesting second order effect of this intrusion is that it will be difficult to know when all malicious code and access has really been removed. It brought to mind the classic Turing Award Lecture, Reflections on Trusting Trust by Ken Thompson. If you're trying to entertain kids...

Duration:00:24:26

A Very Crypto Christmas

12/25/2020
With Bitcoin hitting all time highs, there has been a lot of speculation about what will happen next in the market crypto market. Meanwhile, regulators are targeting Ripple with a lawsuit and arguing that crypto isn't really a currency after all. You have until Jan, 4, 2021 to participate in our annual Winter Bash. By answering questions on Stack Overflow and across Stack Exchange, you can unlock some unique digital flair for your avatar. Don't forget to tune in the first day of the new...

Duration:00:13:54

All Time Highs: Talking crypto with Li Ouyang of Coinbase

12/22/2020
There is a lot to think about when designing trading algorithms, especially in the world of cryptocurrency, where prices can be extremely volatile and limited liquidity means a single trader moving big volume can have a hefty influence on price. Bitcoin is at a record breaking price these days, but investing in it is not for the faint of heart. To learn more, we chat with Li, who is a software engineer at Coinbase. You can find her on Twitter here. If you're interested in learning more...

Duration:00:17:17

Adventures in Javascriptlandia

12/18/2020
You can read more about Javascriptlandia here. It is part of larger conversation happening on Google's Open Source Blog and through initiatives like Github allowing corporations into their Sponsors program. For a delightfully old school and interactive website about Myles, click here. For his Twitter, go here. You can find Jory's website here and her Twitter presence here. This week's lifeboat badge goes to Marijn van Vliet for answering the question: How do I return a char array from a...

Duration:00:32:16

Diving into headless automation, active monitoring, Playwright and Puppeteer

12/15/2020
You can find the original tweet here. AWS will work with them on publicity and open source their version so that there can be a flow of value in both directions. You can learn more about Tim's company, Checkly.hq, which works on active monitoring for developers. The team there also works on Headless Recorder, a Chrome extension that records your browser interactions and generates a Playwright or Puppeteer script. They also operate The Headless Dev, which helps coders learn Playwright and...

Duration:00:29:28

Cleaning up build systems and gathering computer history with Adam Gordon Bell

12/11/2020
As promised, here is the grass hat. You can find out more about Earthly here. We spend a little time talking about Nix OS the operating system you can roll back if you don't like a patch. Raise your hand if you remember learning computer science with Turbo Pascal. Maybe you didn't know, but discs aren't as slow as people think. Adam's recent episode is about upending common assumptions on IO performance. Shoutout to our Lifeboat badge winner of the week, Josh Smift, for answering the...

Duration:00:29:03

Connecting apps, data, and the cloud with Apollo GraphQL CEO Geoff Schmidt

12/8/2020
You can read about GraphQL here and Apollo here. Cassidy Williams, who curates our newsletter, wrote about her experience as an early adopter of the technology last summer. You can find more on Meteor here. Schmidt also helped create Monument, which he describes as "an affordable live/work art event space in downtown San Francisco. The upstairs is 24 private bedrooms and studio spaces and the downstairs is a 200+ capacity person event venue and makerspace. Our goal is to connect creative...

Duration:00:34:16

Goodbye to Flash, we'll see you in Rust

12/4/2020
Gone in a Flash. Actually it took quite a while. Adobe explains its decision to stop supporting Flash here. You can learn more about Ruffle, the Flash emulator written in Rust, here. Here are some tips on writing a developer resume from a hiring manager who's written an entire book on the topic. You can read more about the Supreme Court case considering the limits of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act here and here Our Lifeboat badge of the week goes to a user named simply 4386427, who...

Duration:00:23:25

Why developers are increasingly demanding ethics in tech

12/1/2020
You can find more about Resner here. Learn more about the topics we discussed by following some of Resner's suggested links below: People to follow on Twitter: Safyia Noble, Ruha Benjamin, and Kamal Sinclair. Ellen Pao and Project Include. Eli Pariser and New Public by Civic Signals.

Duration:00:28:38

Big Tech is getting cozy with computer science departments

11/27/2020
You can read more about the operating systems and business principles schools are adopting from their corporate sponsors here. You can read about the latest version of Tailwind and what it has to offer here.

Duration:00:25:57

React, Vue, jQuery: what flavor do you like your Vanilla JS?

11/24/2020
You can find Ferdinandi's post and video here. 12 years ago, back when Stack Overflow was a brand new site with just a few thousand users, someone asked a basic question: What is the difference between a framework and a library? FreeCodeCamp has its own take on this question with a pretty interesting answer. "When you use a library, you are in charge of the flow of the application. You are choosing when and where to call the library. When you use a framework, the framework is in charge of...

Duration:00:16:22

Tim Berners Lee wants to put you in a pod, a web pod.

11/20/2020
You can find out more about Sir Berners-Lee's work on Solid here. Other topics discussed in this episode: Docker puts a limit on free containers. That has to be good for the environment. But is it also good for Docker and the future of its products? Sometimes, forcing yourself to make something worth purchasing helps drive innovation. The Tao of Programming isn't new, and some of its technical references are a bit out of date. But it's still good for a laugh and little bit of...

Duration:00:20:44

How do you make software reliable enough for space travel?

11/17/2020
You can learn more about the Power of 10 here. TIOBE's latest index can be found here. Our lifeboat of the week goes to lealceldeiro for answering the question: What does the multi: true attribute of HTTP_INTERCEPTORS mean?

Duration:00:21:29

If you could fix any software or technology, what would you change?

11/13/2020
Paul spent the weekend building a parser, cause who doesn't? He needed a Regex, found one on Stack Overflow, looked over the characters, and realized this is not the way to get folks interested or excited about code. "You come across a problem and you think to yourself, I know I'll use a regular expression. Now you have two problems." This sets Sara off on a tangent about CSS. What's wrong with CSS in her opinion. Well, all of it. She shares a few thoughts on how it could have been built...

Duration:00:16:21

Turning your coding career into an RPG with Sai Vennam

11/10/2020
You can find Sai's videos here. Come for the deep dives on Docker, stay for the live lightboard magic. Yes, I know what the comments say, but no, he isn't writing backwards. Sai also does a lot of work around OpenShift, the containerization software products created by Red Hat. He talks about what the tie up between IBM and Red Hat has been like and how the enterprise is increasingly learning to work with open source. Our lifeboat badge of the week goes to Alex for explaining why you're...

Duration:00:25:37