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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

When it comes to package managers, don't forget security

2/26/2021
If you’re a programmer working with npm, Sara has some basic advice on best practices that will keep your codebase safe. Today’s discussion was inspired by a blog post from Michel Gorny which you can find here. Need to simplify the address where people can send you bitcoins? Check out https://ens.domains/, which even offers .club for your TLD. Thanks to Tagir Valeev for answering the question: How to Split odd and even numbers and sum of both in collection using Stream. You’re our...

Duration:00:23:05

How to use interference to your advantage - a quantum computing catch up

2/23/2021
Blake has a PhD in physics from Yale and is the quantum platform lead. You can find him on Twitter here and read some of his recent writing here. Robert is VP of IBM Quantum Ecosystem Development, IBM Research. He's the author of Dancing with Qubits and has put together a great list of tutorial videos on his website. No Lifeboat badge winner today, but if you're a fan of Schrödinger's cat, be sure to check out this question from our Quantum Computing Stack Exchange.

Duration:00:29:52

Introducing The Stack Overflow Podcast

2/22/2021
Welcome to The Stack Overflow Podcast!

Duration:00:01:53

How do digital nomads pay their taxes?

2/19/2021
A nice story on how to avoid the Nomad Tax Trap. Got a lot of employees moving to Texas? The state is notorious for the number of patent lawsuits filed there, and having employees living in the area may expose companies to great legal liability. If the work from home boom is here to stay, get ready for a lot of "cost-of-living" adjustments to follow. Our lifeboat badge of the week goes to kd12 for explaining: How to get an element by its data-id in jQuery

Duration:00:15:37

What makes for a great API?

2/16/2021
Pattern matching in Python 3 - a nice new feature, a gift to Stack Overflow point seekers, or a big pain in the neck? Curious about the Jamstack? You can find lots of great information on how it works and who works with it here. Want to follow Matt? He's on Twitter here. Our lifeboat badge winner for this episode is Jim Mischel, who explained how to: Find the first character in a string that is a letter.

Duration:00:35:37

We're building a web app, got any advice?

2/12/2021
Thanks to Marceli Wac for sending us a question about cron jobs. We love getting mail from listeners and try our best to read interesting questions on the show. The goal for Ben's app is simple: let anyone register their intention to show up to the dog park at a certain time so that strangers can have a better chance of arriving at the same time and get some exercise for the pups. What's the simplest web app that would collect the least personal information and reset every 24 hours. Bonus...

Duration:00:26:51

How to think in React

2/9/2021
You can check out Cassidy's course on React here. It will teach you how to "build a reusable and declarative React component library. It's perfect for developers who are looking to build a scalable design system for their team and product." If you're not in the mood to subscribe, Cassidy would recommend Free Code Camp. There's lots of info about Cassidy's various projects at cassidoo.co. You can catch her coding live at twitter.com/cassidoo, Thursdays at 12:30 PT/2:30 Central/3:30...

Duration:00:29:03

Command Line Utilities: Fix-Server

2/5/2021
Check out the great post from Laura Nolan, a senior engineer at Slack, breaking down their outage. Paul wants some simple command line utilities for "fix-server" and "boot-it-all-up." Clubhouse was known early on for being popular with Silicon Valley, but it's increasingly becoming a global phenomenon. You don't have to wait for it to go public to invest, you can buy shares right now in Agora, the Chinese company powering its real time audio chat. Got ideas for how we can version Q&A on...

Duration:00:25:34

Can't stop, won't stop, GameStop.

2/2/2021
Maybe you don't think GameStop is a tech story, but rest assured, the screenwriting duo behind The Social Network and 21 will inject plenty of nerdery into the Hollywood version. Sara is eager to share the history of CSS, and all the ways it has let her down. We dig into a wise act of self-prersevation from Ben B Johnson. As he writes: "Similar to SQLite, Litestream is open source but closed to contributions. This keeps the code base free of proprietary or licensed code but it also helps...

Duration:00:32:12

What are young developers into? They're all getting AWS certified

1/29/2021
You can follow Brian on Twitter. and check out the Cloudcast here. If you're just getting started, he has a cloud basics podcast that covers a new topic each month. And if you are just really, really into containers, well he's got you covered. Paul was talking with someone who mentors a lot of young coders. What are they all into these days? Typescript? Web Assembly? Nope, they're all getting AWS certified. A certification for AWS , Azure, and GCP has become an efficient way to break...

Duration:00:32:15

Owning the code, from integration to delivery

1/26/2021
Today's conversation was inspired by a great blog post from Charity Majors. We also discuss the Chrome team's decision to migrate Puppeteer to Typescript, and the way in which large tech organizations are increasingly interconnected by a set of open source tools and platforms. Lastly, we discuss the impact expanded funding for community colleges could have on the pipeline of software engineers entering the job market. Today's lifeboat badge winner is Abdul Saboor, who answered the...

Duration:00:16:23

Gaming PCs to heat your home, oceans to cool your data centers

1/22/2021
Joe Biden just wants to ride his Peleton, but equipment connected to WiFi with a camera and microphone can pose a real security risk. If you've got a chicken coop or greenhouse that needs a little warmth this winter, maybe team it up with your gaming PC or bitcoin mining rig, which tend to give off a lot of heat. Speaking of heat, we dive into datacenters that were sunk under the ocean in an effort to create more economically efficient and environmentally friendly computing. Our favorite...

Duration:00:16:51

What exactly does it mean to be a "senior" software engineer

1/19/2021
Joocelyn hosts the Git Cute podcast, which you can find here. She's working on a book about seniority in the software industry, which you can pre-order here. You can follow her on Twitter at javavvitch. Our lifeboat badge goes to LMc for explaining how one can: Count the Letter Frequency in a String with Python

Duration:00:20:45

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