podcast January 8, 2021

Podcast 302: Programming in PowerPoint can teach you a few things

Is frontend the domain of artists, while backend becomes increasingly commoditized? Not so fast, says the API.
Avatar for Ben Popper
Director of Content

In this episode, we discuss the appeal of great API design, when it’s worth spending money on a custom CMS, and why every app evolves towards greater complexity until it can send email.

Episode Notes

The starting point for today’s conversation was an argument made by Guillermo Rauch in this blog post. “And each time, your frontend has an opportunity to impress, delight, perform, be accessible and memorable. What’s more, frontend is an area of technological and artistic differentiation, while backend becomes increasingly commoditized, turnkey and undifferentiated.”

Sure, programming in PowerPoint isn’t very practical. That doesn’t mean it can’t be lots of fun, and teach you a few things.

Speaking of learning things, we chat a bit about Alan Kay, who has a wonderful talk on the ways we can use computers to illustrate complex concepts to children.




newsletter January 15, 2021

The Overflow #56: An engineering argument

Welcome to ISSUE #56 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week, we say farewell to Winterbash 2020, look for evidence that a program is being emulated, and create a chess AI that matches the skill of a player instead of…
code-for-a-living November 23, 2020

The macro problem with microservices

In just 20 years, software engineering has shifted from architecting monoliths with a single database and centralized state to microservices where everything is distributed across multiple containers, servers, data centers, and even continents. Distributing things solves scaling concerns, but introduces a whole new world of problems, many of which were previously solved by monoliths.
Avatar for Ryland Goldstein
Head of Product at Temporal