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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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United States

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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

Saying goodbye to our co-host, Sara Chipps

5/11/2021
Sara has been part of the open source community since 2001 and was formerly on the board of the .NET foundation. Recently she was elected to the board of the OpenJS foundation and was eager to get back in the trenches, helping people solve computer problems. In this episode we talk about coding interviews and brushing up on your puzzle solving chops. Later we dive into Ember.js, the framework Sara will be using with her new colleagues at LinkedIn. We explore what it’s like to join a team...

Duration:00:22:15

NFT art, Ethereum gas, and a dive into Gemini's data lake

5/7/2021
You can find Tommy on Twitter here and check out his NFT collection here. Evan tweets his undying love for The Mets here. Before you lay out your critique of NFTs, here's a great documentary on fraud and forgery in the fine art world. Our lifeboat badge winner of the week is Oriol, who answered the question: What is the difference between 'remove' and 'removeChild' method in javascript?

Duration:00:30:34

Open source contributors helped a helicopter fly on Mars

5/4/2021
You can check out the badge Github gave to folks for helping with the Mars flight here. You can learn more about F´, NASA’s open source flight software and embedded system framework, here. Paul tells the story of a shady financial operator who offered to take his blog public during the dot com boom. Yes, Ftrain.com was once an IPO candidate. Who copies and pastes from Stack Overflow? We dig into some of the data from our April Fools joke to get a sense of the scale and collaboration...

Duration:00:24:08

One founder's journey from personal trainer to "frontend mentor"

4/30/2021
You can check out Frontend Mentor here. Try a few challenges or join their Slack, where thousands of students are chatting about how they are approaching the projects. You can follow Matt on Twitter here. If you want to read about how he made the jump from personal trainer to web developer, he did a nice interview with Indie London. Our lifeboat of the week goes to Banex for answering the question: why do we use NULL in strtok()?

Duration:00:21:16

From music to trading cards, software is transforming curation and collecting

4/27/2021
You can follow David on Twitter here and read his blog here. Check out more about Dapper Labs and it's work with the NBA and NFTs here. David has written some influential pieces on the world of digital music and the role of software platforms. Check out a few of his pieces here. Read about David's adventure's setting up a Minecraft server for his kids and using software for griefer detection. Thanks to our lifeboat badge winner of the week, Keith Thompson, for answering the question: Go...

Duration:00:31:46

Non-fungible Talking

4/23/2021
Want to try developing with Ethereum? Free Code Camp has you covered. On the other hand, here are some thoughts on why it's not the greatest language for developers. Interested in minting your own NFT? There are lots of options. Ethereum can be more expensive to use (those gas fees, ouch) but it also has the most active network of artists and collectors. Thanks to Phlume, our lifeboat badge winner of the week, for answering the question: How do I remove the double border on this table?

Duration:00:24:44

One in four visitors to Stack Overflow copies code

4/20/2021
You can check out our deep dive into the copy paste data here. We saw over 40 million copies in the two weeks worth of activity we analyzed. 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. There’s lots of info about Cassidy’s various projects at cassidoo.co. You can catch her coding live at @cassidoo, Thursdays at 12:30...

Duration:00:14:51

How to build and maintain online communities, from gaming to open source

4/16/2021
You can follow David on Twitter here. If you want to check out his new book, The Business of Belonging, the first chapter is available here. You can find out more about CMX here and learn more about Bevy here. Cesar prefers to remain off social media, but you can find him on LinkedIn.

Duration:00:37:24

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