The Stack Overflow Podcast

The Stack Overflow podcast is a frank and funny conversation about what it means to work in software and how code is reshaping our world. As it celebrates its 12th anniversary, it’s a must listen for any programmer, as necessary as Stack Overflow itself.

company February 12, 2009

Podcast #41

This is the 41st episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff sit down with Robert Martin aka “Uncle Bob”, and discuss software quality, the value of software engineering principles, and test-driven development. Joel clarifies that some of his comments in Podcast #38 were a bit unintentionally ad-hominem, and apologizes to Uncle Bob for…
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company February 5, 2009

Podcast #40

This is the 40th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff sit down with Michael Lopp, aka Rands, to discuss how a geek manages other geeks, the dangers of working remotely, the pitfalls of offshoring, and some techniques for continual learning. You may know Michael Lopp from his excellent blog, Rands in Repose.…
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company January 30, 2009

Podcast #39

This is the 39th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss database design and the shell game of performance, the value of short, focused presentations, and the importance (or not) of a prestigious degree for software engineers. Joel insisted that we run the stackoverflow.com books on QuickBooks. I was more open to…
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company January 22, 2009

Podcast #38

This is the 38th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss YSlow optimizations for large websites, the value of unit testing, and the hidden pitfalls of asking questions to programmers. Joel notes that simply paying attention to what your coworkers are doing is an effective way to build and lead a team.…
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company January 15, 2009

Podcast #37

This is the 37th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss the expansion of Stack Overflow into non-programming IT topics, the pernicious problem of “systemitis”, and how to reach the next generation of programmers. I was star-struck that Alan Kay actually participated in Stack Overflow, both answering a question and even asking…
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company January 8, 2009

Podcast #36

Joel and Jeff, with special guest Eric Sink of SourceGear, discuss source control present and future, why writing a compiler is an important rite of passage for programmers, and how budding software engineers should be educated. I was convinced Eric was going to agree with me on whether or not software developers should know C.…
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company January 1, 2009

Podcast #35

This is the 35th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss the mysteries of server hardware, anomalous voting patterns, change fatigue, and whether or not Joel is the Martha Stewart of the software industry. A discussion of the bizarre world of server pricing, as discussed in the Best (or Worst) Geek Christmas…
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company December 18, 2008

Podcast #34

This is the 34th episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss the following: Joel recommends a pink HDMI cable as a christmas gift for the special ladies in your life. This will go nicely with her pink ethernet cable, pink USB cable. We’ve placed an order for our dedicated servers and have…
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company December 11, 2008

Podcast #33

This is the thirty-third episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff sit down with special guest Babak Ghahremanpour, the lead developer for FogBugz. I gifted the Fog Creek office with a set of cymbals for the Rock Band 2 drums, to complement the sweet Rock Band setup I bought for them earlier this…
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company December 4, 2008

Podcast #32

This is the 2^5 episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss software piracy, dealing with public criticism, how to get people to answer your questions, and the ideal programmer office. A brief digression about the analog to digital television switch. Make sure you watch this brief instructional video so you’re prepared. Joel…
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company November 27, 2008

Podcast #31

This is the thirty-first episode of the StackOverflow podcast, where Joel and Jeff discuss.. stuff! Based on some comments from Podcast #30, we now know that “Learning about NP-Completeness from Jeff is like learning about irony from Alanis Morissette”. It’s funny because it’s true! It was also noted that “[Jeff] certainly no mathematician.” In my…
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