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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.

The Stack Overflow Podcast The Stack Overflow Podcast

    • Technology
    • 4.1 • 19 Ratings

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.

    The paranoid style in application development

    The paranoid style in application development

    The home team talks out encrypting DNS, the shiny new Apple gear, the ease and pitfalls of no-code/low-code application development, productivity vs. our guilt and self-loathing, and the after effects of the pandemic on our online presence.

    • 24 min
    You don't need a math PhD to play Dwarf Fortress, just to code it

    You don't need a math PhD to play Dwarf Fortress, just to code it

    We chat with Tarn Adams, aka ToadyOne, the sole programmer on the text-based base building game Dwarf Fortress. He left a math post-doc to make his own games. From the bug that created a massive fractal sculpture to the diary that he writes in code comments, we get the run down of how he thinks about programming.

    • 33 min
    Writing the roadmap from engineer to manager

    Writing the roadmap from engineer to manager

    Former co-host Sara Chipps, now an engineering manager at LinkedIn, joins us to chat with Sarah Drasner, a director of engineering on the core developer web team at Google. We discuss the challenges of transitioning from an individual contributor software engineer to an engineering manager. Co-host Cassidy Williams knows exactly what kind of manager Drasner is; Cassidy used to report to her at Netlify. It's a whole former co-worker reunion!

    • 23 min
    This AI-assisted bug bash is offering serious prizes for squashing nasty code

    This AI-assisted bug bash is offering serious prizes for squashing nasty code

    AWS CodeGuru can help developers find bugs in code; everything from best practices to concurrency issues, resource leaks, security problems. Run your bug bust through their competition and you could win tickets to ReInvent 2021.

    • 19 min
    Managing Kubernetes entirely in Git? Meet GitOps

    Managing Kubernetes entirely in Git? Meet GitOps

    In this episode, we chat with Paul Fremantle, VP of Product Engineering at Weaveworks, about managing Kubernetes entirely within Git. It's GitOps! It's a philosophy where you externalize your runtime configuration as a set of resources in a Git repository.

    • 27 min
    How valuable is your screen name?

    How valuable is your screen name?

    We chat with Cassidy Williams of Netlify and Ceora Ford of Apollo GraphQL. There are some spicy takes on image compression, super resolution, and the enduring value of your oldest screen names. Plus, a dive into the metaverse and fond memories of neo-pets and Farmville.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

xlegoman ,

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.

Ben Leggiero (Work 9) ,

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.

Step Z ,

Light on technical content, heavy on wokeness

They lost me when a host thought Java and JavaScript were the same thing. This show is okay to have on in the background if you can stand the obvious forced shoehorning in of left-wing political talking points.

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