Essays, opinions, and advice on the act of computer programming from Stack Overflow.
Eira May is a Senior Content Marketer and member of the editorial team at Stack Overflow. She has worked in content and product marketing at Auth0, Vacasa, and Jama Software, and once wrote a dissertation on alternate histories. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Pierre-Étienne Meunier, creator and lead developer of open-source version control system Pijul, joins the home team to talk about version control, functional programming, and why OCaml is a source of French national pride.
Today’s guest is Dagna Bieda, a career coach who specializes in helping developers and engineers level up their careers. She shares why developers should promote the value of their contributions, how soft skills can make or break a coding career, and why a moment of burnout inspired her to start coaching.
Simon Bennetts, founder and project lead of OWASP ZAP, joins the home team to talk about how he came to create the world’s most-used web app scanner, why open-source projects need long-term contributors, and how recent AI advancements could introduce new security vulnerabilities.
The home team talks with Luca Galante of Humanitec about how platform engineering is more art than science, how self-service platforms empower developers with “golden paths,” and why he’s excited, not anxious, about AI tools (at least for now).
Ben and Ceora talk through some thorny issues around AI-generated music and art, explain why creators are suing AI companies for copyright infringement, and compare notes on the most amusing/alarming AI-generated content making the rounds (Pope coat, anyone?).
The home team welcomes a student and a professor from engineering powerhouse Olin College for a discussion of computer science education and how Olin prepares its students to hit the ground running as software engineers.
Paul van der Boor is a Senior Director of Data Science at Prosus and a member of its internal AI group. He talks with Ben about what’s happening in the world of generative AI, the power of collective discovery, and the gap between a shiny proof of concept and a product that people will actually use.