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The stories and people behind the code. Hear stories of software development from interesting people.

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The stories and people behind the code. Hear stories of software development from interesting people.

    Story: Beautiful Code - Inside Greg Wilson's Vision for Software Design

    Story: Beautiful Code - Inside Greg Wilson's Vision for Software Design

    Greg Wilson has been on a decades-long quest to transform how we teach and talk about software design. From getting rejections for using the term “beautiful code,” to empowering scientists through workshops on Python and Unix, Greg has pushed to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
    Join us as Greg shares his failures and epiphanies along the way. You’ll hear how he revolutionized research computing by showing physicists the power of profilers. How he taught grad students the elegance of shell scripts. And how he’s crusaded to create a shared language to discuss software architecture with the nuance of true craftsmanship.
    Greg’s captivating journey reveals that with perseverance and the right examples, we can elevate software design discussion to an art form. But that we’ve got a long way to go. You’ll come away enlightened and eager to level up your own understanding of software design.
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    Story - Code as a Lifeline: Brain Injury Sparks Python Mastery

    Story - Code as a Lifeline: Brain Injury Sparks Python Mastery

    What if your dreams were suddenly ripped away? What if your talents vanished, your passions erased? That's what happened to Jason McDonald when a traumatic brain injury at 16 ravaged his planned destiny of becoming a doctor. Jason painfully rebuilt his ind and body from scratch - relearning to read, write, even speak. 
     A serendipitous discovery of coding ignited a new passion within Jason. He dove into the world of Python, even writing a popular programming book. His is a story of the incredible resilience of the human spirit when faced with life-altering challenges. One that calls us to embrace our own vulnerabilities as gateways to growth.
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    Story - From 486 to Vue.js: Evan You's Full-Time Gamble on Open Source

    Story - From 486 to Vue.js: Evan You's Full-Time Gamble on Open Source

    From the early days of exploring creative possibilities on a 486 computer in his childhood to developing one of today's most popular web frameworks, Evan You's journey is a tale of passion and innovation.
      
    Evan started Vue.js while working at Google, just wanting to scratch his own itch for a lightweight JavaScript framework. But soon Vue started to gain a huge following. 
    Eventually Evan then faced a tough dilemma - should he take a leap of faith and devote himself fully to his fledgling open source project?
    Hear Evan's firsthand story of that key career transition. How the explosive user feedback at Vue conferences gave him confidence. But also the challenges he faced by putting himself directly in the line of fire from unhappy users.
    It's an inspiring journey - from a developer just trying to solve his own problems to the leader of one of today's most popular web frameworks. Hear the very human story behind Vue.js.
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    Story: Platform Takes The Pain

    Story: Platform Takes The Pain

    How did Spotify scale from 10 engineers to 100s to 1000s ...without slowing down? Without becoming corporate? 
    Facing an IPO deadline, Pia Nilsson worked with 300 teams to transform how Spotify built software. She spearheaded a movement that led them from working in silos to a unified developer platform. 
    Hear the inside story of how Spotify's Platform teams embraced transparency and customer focus to create Backstage — now used by companies worldwide. 
    It's an amazing tale of ingenuity and perseverance. Hear Spotify's secret to scaling engineering without losing speed and independence. Don't miss it!
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    Story: Sloot Digital Coding System

    Story: Sloot Digital Coding System

    Lost treasure. Conspiracy theories. Impossible tech demos. 
    Jan Sloot claimed to have invented revolutionary data compression that could fit a full movie into a tiny smart card chip. Top executives and investors witnessed his demos and became true believers, ready to bankroll this company into the stratosphere. 
    But was it all an elaborate illusion? 
    Join me as I unravel the perplexing story of Jan Sloot, the eccentric Dutch TV repairman who dazzled the tech world with his compression claims. 
    Discover the shady details and follow the bizarre twists and turns, as we try to separate fact from fiction in the puzzling case of the Sloot Digital Coding System. 
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    Story: Configuring Identity: Adam Jacob and the Search for Self in Software

    Story: Configuring Identity: Adam Jacob and the Search for Self in Software

    Today, we go behind the scenes at Chef - the game changing infrastructure automation tool. Adam Jacob created Chef, and it became a massively popular DevOps tool. But despite Chef's success, Adam constantly battled self-doubt and finding his footing as a leader. 
    In this raw episode, Adam shares how the pressure of going from sysadmin to startup CEO caused an identity crisis. He opens up about the motivational speech that left him in tears, realizing his self-worth was too tied to Chef's outcomes. 
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