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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

Two words for ya: networked spreadsheets

4/13/2021
Dave Winer wrote a fun piece on the lost apps of the 80s. We explore the paradox of software that is "too good" to become popular among mainstream consumers. Microsoft has been releasing new versions of its flagship flight simulator each year for a whopping 38 years now. Now we know what makes it seem so very, very real. But just how big can that next patch be? Another day, another data breach. At this point, we've become numb to the notion that our identity is compromised. Is acceptance...

Duration:00:24:54

For Twilio's CIO, every internal developer is a customer

4/9/2021
You can find Michelle on Twitter here. You can learn more about building apps with Twilio here. Our lifeboat badge of the week goes to TryingToLearn for explaining the error that pops up in Python when: you can't assign to literal.

Duration:00:21:49

Web programming with nothing but Python

4/6/2021
Lots of people who work outside of programming learn Python as part of their job. When folks from telecom, academia, or medical science want to build a web app to help with their job or share their findings with the world, they may feel they need to learn Javascript, CSS, HTML, and half a dozen frameworks to get started. Anvil is a platform that hopes to enable the creation of great web apps with nothing but Python code. You can drag and drop your user elements and rely on Anvil to handle...

Duration:00:32:19

What does being a "nerd" even mean these days?

4/2/2021
Despite its reputation, there is a Go To for every language. You can dive deeper with the Summer of Go To. There is a lot you can learn from it as a beginner, even if it is worth avoiding as a professional. Paul's children have learned to inspect the element and the document object model. Being deep into computers seems normal in an era of remote school and omnipresent devices. Who doesn't like making tree maps of memory usage or cropping and splicing footage on TikTok? If all kids are...

Duration:00:25:24

How we keep Stack Overflow's codebase clean and modern

3/30/2021
You can find Roberta on Twitter. For anyone who understands Portuguese, you can also check out her podcast. Check out Roberta's recent blog post on best practices, and when to ignore them. If you're interested in Dapper, an open source project built by Stack Overflow folks that works as a simple object mapper .Net, you can check it out here. Thanks to our lifeboat badge winner of the week, Colonel Panic, for explaining: What the boolean literals in PowerShell are

Duration:00:22:13

We chat with Slack developers about building apps, APIs, and open source communities

3/26/2021
Shay is a developer advocate building open source tools and writing education content. Outside of work she writes poetry, indulges fad hobbies, and reads whatever’s left out on the coffee table. Steve Gill a Developer Relations Manager, currently managing the SDK tools team at Slack. The tools teams develops all of our open sourced SDK, such as Bolt for JavaScript, Python, and Java. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ice hockey, woodworking and gaming. You can find Shay on LinkedIn and...

Duration:00:24:15

A director of engineering explains scaling from dozens of employees to thousands

3/23/2021
You can find out more about Suyog and his career here. True story, he once worked on tablets way before tablets were a thing. He's on Twitter here. You can check out Elastic Cloud and it's suite of services here. Suyog talks a bit about data gravity, a concept you can learn more about here. If you're a fan of release notes and want to get a sense of what Suyog worked on at Elastic over the years, check out his blog archives here. Thanks to our lifeboat badge winner of the week, lhf, for...

Duration:00:30:28

Dev, meet Ops. Ops, meet Dev.

3/19/2021
You can check out more of Tom's work and some of his books on his website, Everything SysAdmin. Tom also wrote a great blog post for our site that explains his method for crafting a positive feedback loop between Dev and Ops using real-time documentation. You can find Tom on Twitter and check out his books on Sys Admin and Cloud System Administration.

Duration:00:25:07

Taking a risk and moving to a new team

3/16/2021
Ian is Brooklyn bred a tech junkie, NBA stats nerd, hip hop connoisseur, and co-creator of GameFlo and Ujima Now. He graduated from Brown University and was a teaching fellow at FullStack Academy before coming to Stack Overflow. You can find him on Twitter and Github. Kyle Pollard graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia and worked as a computer technician and programmer for the City of Prince George in Canada. You can find him on Github, Twitter, and his website. Our...

Duration:00:28:41

Covid vaccine websites are frustrating. This developer built a better one.

3/12/2021
It was a pandemic, Olivia was on maternity leave after giving birth, and she also had a toddler to take care of. Somehow she still managed to build a website, macovidvaccines.com, that provided far better service than what was available through government and private industry. You can find out more about Olivia on the sites below. Twitter Website LinkedIn

Duration:00:25:00

Building a bug bounty program for the Pentagon

3/9/2021
Cleghorn works for Defense Digital Services. On Twitter, the group describes itself as "a SWAT team of nerds on tours of duty." You can read more about the group's goals on their website. You can see some of his work over on Hacker One.

Duration:00:22:27

How long does good code last?

3/5/2021
This week's discussion was inspired by an article from Sandi Metz, which you can find here. It begins with a terrific line, defining the half-life of software as, "the amount of time required for half of an application's code to change so much that it becomes unrecognizable." This topic also connected to a post we ran on the Stack Overflow blog this week, Sacrificial Architecture: learning from abandoned systems. The author, Mohamad Aladdin, suggest that one should "think of your code...

Duration:00:20:52

Chatting with Google's DeepMind about the future of AI

3/2/2021
You can find the paper on MuZero here. He blogs at Furidamu and can be found on Twitter here. The story on drug discovery powered by AI can be found here.

Duration:00:26:45

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