the stack overflow podcast
What it’s like being a professional workplace bestie (Ep. 603)
Stack Overflow’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are a cornerstone of our efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.
Fighting comment spam at Facebook scale (Ep. 602)
Louis Brandy, VP of Engineering at Rockset, joins us for a deep dive into the architectural similarities across AI, vector search, and real-time analytics, and how they’re all at play in shaping the infrastructure to fight spam.
Medical research made understandable with AI (ep. 601)
On today’s episode we chat with CEO Dipanwita Das and CTO Hellmut Adolphs of Sorcero, which uses AI and large language models to make medical texts more discoverable and readable, helping knowledge to more easily spread, increasing the chances doctors and patients will find the solutions they need.
Semantic search without the napalm grandma exploit (Ep. 600)
Ben and senior software engineer Kyle Mitofsky are joined by two people who worked on the launch of Overflow AI: director of data science and data platform Michael Foree and senior software developer Alex Warren. They talk about how and why Stack Overflow launched semantic search, how to ensure a knowledge base is trustworthy, and why user prompts can make LLMs vulnerable to exploits.
Want better answers from your data? Ask better questions (Ep. 599)
Tim Tutt, CEO and cofounder of Night Shift Development, tells the home team about his work in deploying large-scale search and discovery analytics, why he’s working to help nontechnical users understand and utilize their business data, and how GenAI is teaching people to ask better questions.
Why everyone should be an AppSec specialist (Ep. 598)
Laura Bell Main, founder and CEO of SafeStack, on why everyone should be an AppSec specialist and what she’s doing to make that happen.
Understanding SRE (Ep. 597)
Vladyslav Ukis, Head of R&D at Siemens Healthineers and an expert in site reliability engineering (SRE), joins Ben and Ryan to talk about the relationship between SRE and DevOps, balancing SRE principles with organizational structure, and how he thinks GenAI will impact his field.
The fine line between product and engineering (Ep. 596)
Kathryn Murphy, SVP of Product and Design at Twilio, chats with Stack Overflow CTO Jody Bailey about walking the line between product design and engineering early in their careers, lessons learned at tech juggernauts like Salesforce and Amazon, and their respective roadmaps for integrating generative AI into their products.
How engineering teams at a large org can move at startup speed
On this sponsored episode of the podcast, Ben talks with Amber Webb, Principal Engineer at Shell, and Naresh Kumar, Senior Principal Engineer at Shell, about their hyper automation initiative, which locates organization-level bottlenecks and removes them.
From startup to Google and back again (Ep. 595)
Ben and Cassidy talk with programmer and developer advocate Sean Falconer, Head of Developer Relations and Marketing at Skyflow, ex-Googler, and host of the podcasts Partially Redacted and Software Engineering Daily.
Behind the scenes with the folks building OverflowAI (Ep. 594)
To evolve our company, we had to change the way we work.
How the Python team is adapting the language for an AI future (Ep. 593)
In part two of their conversation, Ben and Kyle chat with Python core developer and Steering Council member Pablo Galindo Salgado about balancing consistency and new features in language design, the importance of gathering community feedback on new iterations, and why he’s focused on making Python faster.
What it’s like to be on the Python Steering Council (Ep. 592)
Ben and senior software engineer Kyle Mitofsky talk with Pablo Galindo Salgado, a Python core developer and Python Steering Council member, about how he infiltrated software development from the world of physics, the journey from fixing typos to updating core, and the time he broke GitHub (an important developer milestone!).
How AI can help your business, without the hallucinations (Ep. 591)
We sit down with Sascha Heyer, Senior ML specialist at DoIT, to learn how organizations can leverage the power of GenAI while avoiding the downsides.
How ICs can get recognition for their work on big projects (Ep. 590)
Dr. Cat Hicks, Director of Pluralsight Flow’s Developer Success Lab, joins Ben and Eira to talk about why ICs deserve recognition for their contributions to big projects (and how they can get it).
How terrifying is giving a conference talk? (Ep. 589)
Connell, a UK-based .NET developer and senior software engineer at Stack Overflow, tells the home team about his path to software development via text-based RPGs, his work on Stack Overflow’s Community Enablement team, why Agile gets so much hate, and what he’s learned giving conference talks to developers.
Jamstack is evolving toward a composable web (Ep. 588)
Dana Lawson, Senior VP of Engineering at Netlify, joins Ben and Ryan to talk about her path from the military to tech, how three years at GitHub continues to shape her perspective, and how composable architecture is turning web development into something resembling LEGOsⓇ (in a good way).
Why on earth are people paying for digital real estate? (Ep. 587)
VerseProp founder and CEO Joel Coren and founding partner and COO William Polisano join Ben to talk about digital real estate’s gaming roots, where the value of virtual properties comes from, and why they think digital real estate is on the cusp of a supercycle.
Developers use AI tools, they just don’t trust them (Ep. 586)
The home team shares what our Developer Survey respondents said about AI, spicy opinions about recent Apple unveilings, and an update on crypto regulation.
Making computer science more humane at Carnegie Mellon (ep. 585)
On this episode of the podcast, Ben and Ryan chat with Martial Hebert, dean of the School of Computer Science at Ryan’s alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University.
Improving the developer experience in the energy sector
And how software underlies the second-largest electric vehicle charging network.
The cofounder of Chef is cooking up a less painful DevOps (Ep. 584)
Chef cofounder Adam Jacob joins the home team to discuss the problems with the current state of cloud infrastructure, what engineers need but aren’t getting, and why he’s focused on creating a new and improved approach to infrastructure automation.