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company July 12, 2008

Stack Overflow Badge Feedback

Are you familiar with the “stinking badges” quote? It’s from the 1948 movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Here’s the actual clip from the movie: As I mentioned in Podcast #13 (and probably earlier), Stack Overflow will feature a system of badges. Hopefully the non-stinking type. These badges are based on my admiration —…
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company July 10, 2008

Podcast #13

This is the thirteenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: Joel Spolsky still claims he is a New Zealander — or at least his father was — though I refuse to believe anything that is not in Joel’s Wikipedia entry can possibly be true. More evidence: FogBugz uses the…
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company July 2, 2008

Podcast #12

This is the twelfth episode of the Stack Overflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: The difficulty of working on an airplane, even with an ultraportable laptop. I use the Dell XPS M1330, which I love, but it’s still marginal on an airplane. It’s not quite version control, but why doesn’t our IDE…
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company June 30, 2008

Listen to Podcasts in Less Time

Joel may not listen to our podcasts after we record them, but I certainly do. I have to in order to put together the show notes with hyperlinks, and the episode summary. One way to speed up listening to the podcast is to use the fast playback option. In Windows Media Player, you can do…
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company June 26, 2008

Podcast #11

This is the eleventh episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: Addressing a few key bits of podcast feedback: we’ll try to avoid talking over each other, and the callers who are asking questions, in the future. On the value of software postmortems. On data generation through Team System Database…
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company June 25, 2008

Three Markdown Gotchas

I’ve enjoyed working with the excellent WMD “what you see is what you mean” Markdown control while building Stack Overflow. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised how easy it is to type a smattering of concise Markdown and generate rather nice-looking content. One of Markdown’s biggest advantages is its simplicity. Here’s a little Markdown test post…
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background June 21, 2008

A Strangely Familiar Error

Geoff Dalgas, the newest member of the Stack Overflow team, shared this strangely familiar error message he ran into while working on another project recently. Ah yes, the elusive stack overflow: In software, a stack overflow occurs when too much memory is used on the call stack. In many programming languages the call stack contains…
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company June 20, 2008

Safe HTML and XSS

As I’ve mentioned before, we are using the most excellent WMD Markdown editor, for the reasons I outlined in that post. However, Markdown, per the official spec, supports both HTML syntax and Markdown syntax. You can mix and match both syntaxes freely. This is great if you want to stick with HTML and not learn…
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company June 19, 2008

Podcast #10

This is the tenth episode of the StackOverflow podcast, wherein Joel and Jeff discuss the following: We provide some background for new listeners on what Stack Overflow will be. See Joel’s post and Jeff’s post. Although we have ambivalent feelings about Expert’s Exchange, what we’re doing with Stack Overflow is similar, and they do have…
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company June 18, 2008

Gravatars, Identicons, and You

We want Stack Overflow* users to be able to personalize their questions and answers with a small picture — even if they’ve never created an account on our site. Rather than build this functionality ourselves, we’ve decided to take advantage of Gravatars. Gravatars are small images associated with your email address. I’ve used Gravatar for…
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company June 14, 2008

Dropping the WWW Prefix

Where do you stand on The Great Dub-Dub-Dub Debate? Some people become very religious about whether URLs should have a www. prefix or not. Me, I’m a bit more sanguine: I think you need to choose your allegiance early in the lifecycle of your website, and stick to it. So, for stackoverflow, we’re going with…
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