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company August 21, 2008

Podcast #18

This is the eighteenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and I discuss the following: We finally get to meet Michael Pryor, the co-founder of Fog Creek Software, who is a special guest on this episode! Joel had good luck browsing our beta site using Opera Mini. I’m still incredibly impressed with the Mobile…
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company August 13, 2008

Podcast #17

This is the seventeenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast. Joel is on vacation, so this is a special podcast with the software development team: Jeff Atwood, Geoff Dalgas, and Jarrod Dixon. Our team is geographically distributed — I’m in California, Jarrod is in North Carolina, and Geoff is in Oregon. Geoff and Jarrod, like me,…
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company August 12, 2008

Special Development Team Podcast

You demanded it. We’re delivering. Our special Stack Overflow development team podcast will be recorded later today. Instead of yet another scintillating hour of Jeff and Joel constantly talking over each other, in this podcast episode you’ll get to know the other two key players on the Stack Overflow team. You know, the ones that…
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beta August 6, 2008

Bad News, Good News

I’ve got some bad news and some good news. I like to start with the bad news, and you don’t get a choice, so here goes: There will be no podcasts for the next two weeks. Joel is on an extended vacation. Our apologies, but the logistics of recording remotely are too daunting. Plus, we…
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beta August 1, 2008

Stack Overflow Private Beta Begins

And then a miracle occurred. We’re beginning the Stack Overflow private beta. I am sending out emails to the first 100 people for the private Stack Overflow beta; the email contains the password necessary to log in, as well as a link to this post. I will continue to email 100 people per day until…
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company July 30, 2008

Podcast #16

This is the sixteenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: Programmer design is scary — We now, thank goodness, have an actual designer design! Thanks to Jeremy Kratz for assisting us with our design woes. We also appreciate input from Tim Almond, Rob Allen, and Nathan Bowers. We plan…
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beta July 26, 2008

Stack Overflow Beta Design

Ever notice how most sites run by programmers have the worst designs ever? Yeah. We’re currently at the stage where we need to implement an actual design — for which I have recruited actual designers. Here’s a sneak peek at the beta design we’re furiously working on implementing at the moment. And even earlier: Trust…
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company July 24, 2008

Podcast #15

This is the fifteenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: A brief discussion of our shoestring budget, and the project schedule. The beta for Stack Overflow is close; we will likely be trickling people in by the end of the month. Strategies for handling recurring or background tasks in…
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company July 21, 2008

Dates: Relative or Absolute?

Another item we’re looking at as we get closer to the Stack Overflow private beta is the issue of how to display dates on the questions and answers. We started by displaying the absolute dates as you’ll see them on Joel’s existing forum — although we do add the time as well: Monday, June 27,…
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background July 18, 2008

Easy Background Tasks in ASP.NET

As I work on the badge implementation for Stack Overflow, I needed a way to call the code that detects and awards the badges out of band. Traditionally this is done by something like cron or scheduled tasks. I’d rather have the code stay inside our current codebase, though. I asked on Twitter and got…
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company July 16, 2008

Podcast #14

This is the fourteenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: This week’s Rock Band downloadable content is epic — the best of the Who. Pointless podcast trivia: the Who song Baba O’Reily is a concatenation of two influences, one philosophical, the other musical: Meher Baba and Terry Riley. “They’re…
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