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

CoRecursive: Coding Stories Adam Gordon Bell - Software Developer

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

    Android's Unlikely Success

    Android's Unlikely Success

    What could you accomplish if your teammates were all excited and determined to hit some project timelines? What is it like for a group of people to give it all they have? That's what today is about. 
      
    Chet Haase from the Android team is here to share the story of the early days of Android, the mobile operating system that powers the majority of phones worldwide. We'll cover the years from 2005 to around 2011. 
     
    It's a wild story.
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    From Prison To Programming

    From Prison To Programming

     I believe that getting underrepresented groups into software development is a good thing. This is not a controversial opinion until you start talking about felons. 
      Today's guest is Rick Wolter. He's an iOS developer who served 18 years in prison for second degree murder.  Rick killed somebody and for some that's all they need to know about Rick. But today's episode is about Rick's path to redemption him, teaching himself to code in prison, smuggling in a Python interpreter, and then getting out and trying to get a job as a dev when you're a felon.
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    CPAN - This Day In History

    CPAN - This Day In History

    CPAN was the first open-source software module repository. And on this day, Aug 1st, in 1995, CPAN was first announced to a private group of PERL users.
    If you are building things today by pulling in various packages from various open source places – and really, who isn’t – then the history of how this world came to be is essential.
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    The History and Mystery Of Eliza

    The History and Mystery Of Eliza

    I recently got an email from Jeff Shrager, who said he'd been working hard to solve a mystery about some famous code.
    Eliza, the chatbot, was built in 1964, and she didn't answer questions like Alexa or Siri. She asked questions. She was a therapist chatbot and quickly became famous after being described in a 1964 paper. 
    But here is the mystery. We're not sure how the original version worked. Joseph Weizenbaum never released the code. But Jeff tracked it down, and some of the things we thought we knew about Eliza turned out to be wrong.  
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    Why still 80 columns?

    Why still 80 columns?

    On June 1st, 2014, the following question showed up on hacker news:  "Why is 80 characters, the standard limit for code width."
    You probably know what happens next. People started to post their opinions and the comments and other people started to disagree. The posts spread around the internet.
     So that is going to be today's show: Let's answer this question. 
     It's a question about traditions and teamwork, and how preexisting idioms shape us and help us, but sometimes restrict us. 


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    LISP in Space

    LISP in Space

    Have you ever had a unique approach to a problem and been excited to use it, but you're met with skepticism?
      Today's story: what happens if you take someone who's passionate about LISP and put them in an organization where that's just not how they write software.
      Today's story is about getting LISP into space.
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28 Ratings

BLAS7044 ,

Stories about coding

Thanks for opening up a world I wish I was working in.

mariosangiorgio ,

Came for the code, stayed for the stories

I discovered CoRecursive looking for a podcast about programming and, while there is plenty of it in every episode, I discovered that the stories and the personal details Adam and his guests tell make the show much better than if it only focused on the technical content.

Cork Examiner ,

Brilliant, beautifully produced podcasts

Adam Gordon Bell is skilful interviewer who really knows the terrain and access to great guests. Anyone making software for a living should be interested in this podcast.

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