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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

We chat with Tommy Kimmelman, head of artist relations at Nifty Gateway, and Evan Chipps, lead data analyst at Gemini, and brother of our very own Sara Chipps. Tommy helps us understand how the blockchain is turning the art market upside down, and Evan walks us through the data science at work on a major crypto exchange.

On today’s episode we celebrate all the contributors, maintainers, minders, and menders who crafted or cleaned up the code that let a helicopter fly on Mars. You are all part of the sci-if future we imagined.

We chat with Matt Studdert, founder of Frontend Mentor, an online learning platform that teaches programming through a series of challenges. The platform's goal is to get students familiar with skills they can use on the job by having them build web apps and go through code reviews. Matt also walks us through what he's been working on recently, from React to Tailwind to Three.JS.

This week we chat with David Pakman, a tech investor with a background in computer science and music. David worked at Apple and founded several companies before moving into venture capital, where he invests in crypto, robotics, AI, and consumer technology.

We chat about NFTs, Ethereum, DAPs, and blockchain. Paul thinks most crypto companies are still focused on the protocol layer. Sara thinks the great product people are still waiting for block chain to get more mainstream adoption before they develop on it. Ben can't believe he still has Doge coin from 2015.

Our April Fools prank taught us there is more than a kernel of truth to the old joke about borrowing software smarts from Stack Overflow. Kyle Pollard explains how we built the software behind the joke, and Cassidy Williams explains how we built the actual keyboard.

We speak with David Spinks, co-founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, about the best ways to build and maintain a community. We're also joined by Cesar Manara a senior community manager on the trust and safety team at Stack Overflow. We explore community building across open source software projects, video games, and knowledge communities.

We chat about Paul's return to the office and what our lives are like now that all your podcast hosts have been at least partially vaccinated. Plus, Lotus Notes, networked spreadsheets, and the biggest flight simulator update of all time.

We chat with Michelle Grover, the Chief Information Officer at Twilio, about making hard decisions across a large engineering organization.

We're chatting with Meredydd Luff, CEO of Anvil, about why he believes web programming has become overly complex. If you want to build a web app in Python and not worry about databases, server side code, or web design, it's time to give Anvil a try.

On this episode we chat about the way in which remote learning has brought so many kids even closer to computers and code. Later we explore what is left of "nerd" culture now that programming and AV Club are both completely mainstream. Finally we debate the pros and cons of using the Go To command and how to tell when your scope creep is out of control.

We chat with Roberta Arcoverde, the tech lead on Stack Overflow for Teams. She explains why we ignored several "best practices" when building Stack Overflow's public site 12 years ago and how we're working to adapt and modernize our codebase so that it's approachable and powerful more than a decade after inception.