Yearly Archives: 2009

company June 24, 2009

Podcast #59

This is the 59th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff sit down with Damien Katz (of CouchDB) to discuss non-conventional databases, non-conventional programming languages, and taking on non-conventional programming projects. Stop, do not pass go, do not collect $200: watch Damien Katz’ outstanding Rubyfringe presentation, CouchDB and Me. It is a hugely…
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background June 21, 2009

Stack Overflow Developer Lair

Remember Stack Overflow Valued Associate #00002? Me neither. Until I saw these photographs of his developer lair, that is: Never let it be said that I don’t practice what I preach — or rather, that I don’t encourage my teammates to build themselves a proper developer lair! Seen here: Two 30″ monitors and One 21″…
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company June 18, 2009

Podcast #58

This is the 58th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff discuss HTML encoding, designing “safe by default”, whether a question can be too simple, and the art of beta testing. Joel wonders if doing his Visual Studio development in a virtual machine is a viable solution. I say in this era of…
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background June 16, 2009

The Perfect Web Spider Storm

We noticed something unusual on our Cacti graphs today. Can you spot it? Yes! The light gray of the graph background does seem a few shades lighter than normal! I see it too! No, no, of course I’m talking about that massive traffic spike from 06:00 to 15:00 PST (server time). In the words of…
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community June 16, 2009

Logo Design Contest for superuser.com

Remember our logo design contest for stackoverflow.com? And the logo design contest for serverfault.com? Well, it’s time to bust out your copies of Microsoft Paint and rev up those mad MacPaint fat bits skillz, because we just launched a logo design contest for superuser.com. You remember superuser.com — it’s the third site in the Stack…
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company June 11, 2009

Podcast #57

This is the 57th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff discuss the relationship between speed and skill, iPhone development, and the value of programming fundamentals. Joel comments on the surprising correlation between how fast you can solve a simple problem, and your overall skill level as a programmer. This is why giving…
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cc-wiki-dump June 4, 2009

Stack Overflow Creative Commons Data Dump

We decided early on that all user-generated content on Stack Overflow would be under a Creative Commons license. All those great Stack Overflow questions, answers, and comments, so generously contributed by all of you, are licensed under cc-wiki (also known as cc-by-sa): cc-wiki license You are free to Share — to copy, distribute, and transmit…
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company June 4, 2009

Podcast #56

This is the 56th episode of the StackOverflow podcast where Joel and Jeff sit down with Jason Calacanis to discuss the business side of software, including Mahalo’s “Skee-Ball” economy, when VC funding is appropriate, and whether SEO matters. Jason Calacanis regales us with his tales of being a BBS script kiddie on his IBM PC…
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community June 3, 2009

Jobs At Stack Overflow

You may have noticed we now have a small job ad in the sidebar: This takes you to jobs.stackoverflow.com or, jobs.serverfault.com. If these job boards look … familiar, there’s a reason. Since Joel and I are already in bed together (figuratively! figuratively!) it makes sense to combine our efforts in the jobs area rather than…
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community June 1, 2009

New Tag Statistics

We’ve added a new stats tab to the tag view that shows some basic statistics within the tag(s). Here’s what it looks like for /questions/tagged/iphone: The number next to the user names reflects the number of non-community wiki answer upvotes for each user. This is the same algorithm used to award the tag-based badges, so…
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community May 31, 2009

The Stack Overflow Trilogy

I’ve always envisioned the Stack Overflow story as a trilogy. You know, like Star Wars. The original, non-sucky Star Wars, I mean. And now that I’ve secured the third domain name, we can complete our trilogy. I think the analogy works on several levels: stackoverflow.com For programmers The first. The fondly remembered classic. A model…
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