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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

This week we chat with Jocelyn Harper, a senior software engineer at Paypal, about the journey from office manager at a construction company to java programmer at a major tech firm.

This week we sit down with Guillermo Rauch, CEO of Vercel and co-creator of Next.JS. We chat about the front end development trends he is excited about in 2021 and how small improvements in performance, down to a hundred milliseconds, can make a huge difference for e-commerce sites.

On today's episode we chat about the rise of retro-computing, the appeal of e-ink readers, and what we would pay for /dev/null as a service.

In this episode, we discuss the appeal of great API design, when it's worth spending money on a custom CMS, and why every app evolves towards greater complexity until it can send email.

This week we chat about coding like it's 1985 with BBC BASIC and a delightful Twitter bot that will run your BASIC code and publish the results. After that we take a deep dive into the quantified life, with a year-in-review from a blogger who logged every single thing they did in 2020...in 15-minute increments. Also, Svelte, lifeboats, and some predictions for the new year.

The Stack Overflow podcast is celebrating a milestone: Episode 300! As we ring in the new year we've brought on the man who co-created this podcast and co-founded Stack Overflow, Joel Spolsky. We chat about the origins of Stack, ideas for a new kind of "social media," and what's happening with Joel's latest venture, Hash.ai.

This week we chat about the massive Solarigate hack, how attitudes towards bullying have changed over the years, and the programming projects we have in mind for the holidays.

It's Christmas Day, so we left a podcast under the tree for you. We finished up our conversation with Li Ouyang, a software engineer at Coinbase, about what its like to code for the world of crypto. We also give a shoutout to our annual Winter Bash, where you can win some great digital swag by answering questions on Stack Overflow, and tease a very special guest coming up for episode 300.

In this episode, we chat with Li Ouyang, who made the transition from derivatives trader on Wall Street to programmer at a crypto startup. She talks about her education at The Flatiron School, her favorite programming languages, and the advice she gives family members who want to put their savings entirely into Bitcoin.

This week we chat with Jory Burson and Myles Borins of the OpenJS Foundation. Javascriptlandia is a new initiative from the foundation that allows passionate fans and contributors to help fund and maintain the Javascript ecosystem. And yes, there was once a plan to acquire a private island and certify it as a nation state so that they could start giving out top level .js domains.

This week we chat with Tim Nolet, whose commentary appeared in a previous episode after he complained about Amazon forking his OS service and presenting it as new product without so much as a "thanks." Since then they have worked things out, and Tim came on the show to explain what happened, what he builds, and the company he runs.

This week, we chat with Adam Gordon Bell, director of developer relations at Earthly and host of the CoRecursive podcast. We discuss Earthly's efforts to design better build scripts and why engineers enjoy telling stories about mistaken assumptions.