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The Stack Overflow Podcast podcast.

January 09, 2020

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.



Episodes with Smash Notes

Well intentioned contributors keep poking you for an update. Little do they know you've left the world of software behind for the joys of carpentry. Plus, a CS course on soft skills so that you can learn to code and get people to enjoy working with you.

This week we chat about GitHub CLI 1.0 and the joy of updates that solve little, persistent problems. Later on we chat about the end of Moment.js and every coder's favorite subject, time. Finally we dig into Stripe's move to pay bonuses but cut salaries for employees who depart big cities for less expensive locales.

This week we talk about how software updates and data flows might work if Oracle acquires Tik Tok. Later on, we chit chat about Nvidia acquiring Arm, and what this means for the future of GPUs and programming, from personal computers to massive machine learning rigs.

This week we chat with Sophie Schmidt, founder of an online publication called Rest of World, an international nonprofit journalism organization that seeks to document what happens when technology, culture and the human experience collide, with a focus on regions that are typically overlooked and underestimated. Our conversation shows how rapidly the global landscape is shifting, and how software is redefining work and life for a new generation of coders and consumers.

This week we chat with Stephanie Morillo, author of 'The Developer's Guide to Content Creation.' She explains how coders can become successful writers, expanding their network and improving their resumé, while learning new skills and sharing their technical insights with others.

We discuss imperial versus metric measurement systems and why the latter reflects excellent API design. We dig into the hype around micro frontends. And we tally up some of the latest exits from Silicon Valley, where the pandemic may be reshaping office culture and the software industry for good.

This week, we learn about Paul's interrogation tactics, ClueBot's ability to spot naughty edits, and Sara's penchant for children who break the rules.

The crew discusses the pros and cons fo remote learning, and Sara reflects on her childhood growing up homeschooled. We examine an excellent XKCD comic about the tiny open-source projects that somehow become lynchpins in massive pieces of internet infrastructure, and what is the best way to ensure they keep working. We try to come up with our best translation for the Portuguese phrase, "software pesado," which refers to a big, honking pile o' code. And last but not least, we examine the theory that lemon juice may be good for your breath, but will literally melt your bones.

Today's guest is Garry Becks, a programmer and entrepreneur who taught himself to code while serving time in prison. Recently, he has spoken out against a trend in which prison systems in states across the US have been banning books that teach software development, citing them as a "material that threatens." When Becks was incarcerated, his wife would hide programming material inside the cover of gangster fiction novels in order to get them through security screenings.

Once upon a time, almost all Stack employees were also users of the site, community members who interacted regularly with what they were building. As the company grew, this naturally became less true. Our first annual Community-athon was a chance for every employee to get a taste of what it's like to ask and answer questions on the site. And for veteran employees, it was a chance to relive the experience of being a brand new user on Stack. This episode, we dive into what happened and what we learned.

We talk about new content types on Stack Overflow, when its appropriate for managers to make technical decisions for their ICs, and Paul's experience getting a new tool online with Google's Cloud Run.

This week we chat with Juvoni Beckforod, a software engineer at Google and founder of the Personal Development Nerds group. Juvoni talks about video games, and the escape they provided for him during the challenging circumstances of his childhood. From there, he moves into online guilds, hardware, coding, and eventually a life dedicated to engineering, both the programming and personal variety.