podcast January 7, 2020

Podcast: The Director’s Cutts

Can software developers really impact the way hundreds of millions of people access healthcare and pay taxes?
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Director of Content

This week we sit down with Matt Cutts, the former head of Google’s Webspam team. His job there was to defend the quality of Google’s web search results, and you may know him as the creator of the first version of SafeSearch. As Paul noted on the show, he was seen as one of the few people  with whom ordinary folks could communicate about the often inscrutable world of Google search results and rankings.  You can read his blog here.

In 2016 Matt joined the United States Digital Services, or USDS, initially at the Department of Defense. Since 2017, Matt has served as the Administrator of USDS and is responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for projects.  He has worked on everything from Healthcare.gov, to online services for veterans, to fraud prevention at the IRS. 

Topics discussed on this episode: 

The 1993 comedy film Dave, in which Kevin Kline plays a presidential body double who manages to fix government and melt the heart of Sigourney Weaver. 

Open source as an ever growing trend, even inside of big government. 

Which organization has more meetings and processes: Google or the US federal government?

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newsletter January 10, 2020

The Overflow #8: Minimal and Performant

The Overflow. JANUARY 2020 New year, new-sletter! Welcome to ISSUE #8 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams of React Training. You can read more about it here. This week, we talk to a Veteran Who Codes, wonder what the heck dark matter is, and calculate the math of knots.
code-for-a-living January 2, 2020

This veteran started a code bootcamp for people who went to bootcamp

In 2014, Hardaway started Vets Who Code, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching US military veterans how to code within the JavaScript ecosystem: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Git, CLI, node.js, webpack, React, Gatsby, and GraphQL. To date, 250 veterans have graduated from the program. This cohort has gone on to find jobs in the industry across 37 states in the US. It’s 100% free to the veterans admitted into the program, 100% remote run, and 100% supported by donations.
newsletter May 22, 2020

The Overflow #22: The power of sharing

May 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #22 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. We’re pondering the benefits of sharing your work, pushing the limits of children’s names, and praising accessibility in the time of Covid-19. From the blog Ensuring…