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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.

    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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    April Fools' Is Cancelled

    April Fools' Is Cancelled

    On this day in 2014 "lame april fools' jokes" were banned from hacker news.  
     Today in our first This-Day-in-History segment, I want to share some of history not just of April Fools', but of tech pranks in general, all leading up to 2014.
     Why were pranks and April Fools' jokes traditionally celebrated in tech? Why are they now considered as dang said, "lame?"? And is there anything we can do to save them? Those are today's questions.
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    The Story Graph with Nadia Odunayo

    The Story Graph with Nadia Odunayo

    Whenever I work on a side project, I can't help but daydream of it taking off in a big way. For today's guests, something like that did happen. 
      When Nadia started building her side project, she didn't know that it would end up spreading virally. She didn't know that it would end up competing with an Amazon product. She didn't know that keeping it up would be something that would drive her close to tears.
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    Serenity OS

    Serenity OS

     How would you build an operating system? 
     
     My answer is I wouldn't. First off, I don't know how. And the second thing is it seems like to large of a task. It took thousands of developers to build Windows XP.  But actually, it is possible to build an operating system from scratch. My guest is doing it. Andreas Kling created SerenityOS starting from an empty Git repository. So today, I find out how he did it, how this is possible. But mainly today, I find out why. Why build an operating system from scratch? And it all started in the 2010s when Andreas worked at Apple.  Episode Page
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    The Internet Is Made of Duct Tape

    The Internet Is Made of Duct Tape

    Today, I have two of my favorite guests together: Krystal Maughan and Don McKay. We are going to be sharing strange and interesting facts about computing.
    I'm super pumped about this because, sometimes, I learn something new, and I'm excited about it. And I want to tell people about it. And so today is a chance for Don and Krystal and I to share some of these "Oh, my God. Did you guys see this?" stories.
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