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 Paul Ford and Ben Popper, the series features questions from our community, interviews with fascinating guests, and hot takes on what’s happening in tech. Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow is empowering the world to develop technology through collective knowledge. It’s best known for being the largest, most trusted online community for developers and technologists. More than 100 million people come to Stack Overflow every month to ask questions, help solve coding problems, and develop new skills.
Why startups should use Kubernetes from day one
This week we chat with Max Horstmann, a software developer at Stack Overflow. He details our company's experience setting up a Kubernetes cluster, turning that into a managed service through cloud providers, and more recently, using Kubernetes to host what we call PR Environments. Based on this, Max argues that Kubernetes is no longer too challenging for startups to consider using early on.
From AOL chat rooms to Wikipedia, Reddit, and now, Stack Overflow
We chat with Philippe Beaudette, our new VP of community, about his experiences building and nurturing great online communities.
Crafting software and games for the selfie generation
This week we chat with Tara Reddy and Sam Weekes, the co-founders of Loveshark, a mobile gaming company. They describe the company as a team of creative, kind, and slightly quirky people who are building the future of social games. They use technologies like augmented reality and computer vision to create weird and wonderful things.
Github Copilot can write code for you. We put it to the test.
We chat with Paul Ford and Cassidy Williams about the experience of using GitHub Copilot, an AI system that writes code for you. It was trained on millions of lines of code written by humans, but how close does it come to a living, breathing programmer? Well, if you're looking for regex, meet your new best friend.
Leaving your job to pursue an indie project as a solo developer
On this episode we chat with Samuel Simões, the developer behind Poker Now. Simões created the project so he an his friends could play poker during the pandemic lockdown. It became such a success, growing 100X, that he left his job building hospital management software and is now focused on trying to make a living as the sole author and architect of Poker Now.
So you're not getting along with your engineering team
This is part 2 of an episode we recorded live on a platform called Fishbowl. In the second half, we took questions from the audience, and ended up offering a lot of advice to folks who aren't technical but have to work regularly with developers. We discuss how to communicate with your engineering team, why you might be getting some rather negative vibes from them, and how to improve the rapport.
Entertaining; Only somewhat software related
I wouldn’t quite call this a “must listen for any programmer”. It has plenty of high level not quite development applies to anywhere content so non developers are probably welcome.
Outside of that it is quite enjoyable and works as something you do not need to give 100% of you mental capacity to.
Too much talk about cryptocurrencies
This all doesn't seem to fit the show very well; it's ostensibly a show about the kinds of problems that Stack Overflow solves. If someone goes onto Stack Overflow and asks a question about Ethereum or NFTs or similar topics, their question will be closed as off-topic. If the hosts of this podcast love this topic and want to talk about it, I think they should! But perhaps on a new show, maybe create an Ethereum Stack Exchange podcast.
On the show they’ve recently been talking about Etherium NFTs a lot, and sometimes tangent into discussing cryptocurrencies like Dogecoin. These discussions don't involve any software engineering, nor development, nor coding; just Etherium NFTs, how to create and use them, what they are for, supply-and-demand, returns on investment, etc.
Light on technical content, heavy on wokeness