Similarity Search with Jeff Johnson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SimilaritySearch.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Querying a search index for objects similar to a given object is a common problem. A user who has just read a great news article might want to read articles similar to it. A user who has just taken a picture of a dog might want to search for dog photos similar to it. In both of these cases, the query object is

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Augmented Reality with Jesse Bounds and Siyu Song

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/MapboxARKit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Augmented reality is coming at us fast. Every large tech company is rumored to be building an AR product. Microsoft HoloLens is already available to developers. Pokemon Go, the most popular augmented reality product today, was made by a company that was spun out of Google. But Apple seems to be ahead of everyone. Apple’s ARKit is a set of tools for developers

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Error Diagnosis with James Smith

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ErrorDiagnosis.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When a user experiences an error in an application, the engineers who are building that application need to find out why that error occurred. The root cause of that error may be on the user’s device, or within a piece of server-side logic, or hidden behind a black box API. To fix a complex error, we need a stack trace of contextual information

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GatsbyJS with Kyle Mathews

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/GatsbyJS.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download GatsbyJS is a framework for building web applications for JavaScript. Gatsby’s original goal was to allow users to create super fast static web sites that could be hosted and served efficiently at a low cost. Most web pages have components from a framework like React or Angular that need to render after the user requests them. This rendering can sometimes require additional requests

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Building Developer Communities with Juan Pablo Buriticá

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/JuanBuritica.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Building and nurturing a developer community is hard work but it is vital for the growth of a country’s technology ecosystem. When communities coalesce around programming languages, tools or programming methods, what follows is a network of conferences, meet ups and other similar events. Juan Pablo Buriticá, VP of Engineering at Splice, has spent the last decade building developer communities in his home

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QA Testing with Jonathan Alexander

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/QATesting.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Quality assurance testing is a form of testing that closely mirrors user behavior. Sometimes it is manual, sometimes it is automated. Automated QA tests are scripts that validate correct data representation as the application mechanically runs through high-level workflows–like a login page. Manual QA testers act out use cases of an application to see if there are any bugs that were missed during

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Open Compute Project with Steve Helvie

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/OpenComputeProject.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Facebook was rapidly outgrowing its infrastructure in 2009. Classic data center design was not up to the task of the rapid influx of new users and data, photos and streaming video hitting Facebook’s servers. A small team of engineers spent the next two years designing a data center from the ground up to be cheaper, more energy efficient, and more ergonomic for the

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TypeScript at Slack with Felix Rieseberg

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/TypeScriptatSlack.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Slack is an application for team communication. Users chat across mobile devices, web browsers, and a desktop application, which means Slack has three places to deploy on rather than two. And the desktop apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux are not identical, so Slack has even more places to deploy. With so many different runtime environments, Slack needs to make technology choices that

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Lottie Animation with Brandon Withrow and Gabriel Peal

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Lottie.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Animations make an application more fun and engaging. For most apps, animation is an afterthought. Developers are concerned with getting the functionality right, and designers have enough work to do simply getting icons, text formatting, and page layout correct. There is also the issue of cross-device compatibility. iOS, Android, and web have different ways of doing animation, with no unifying standard–except gifs, and

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State of JavaScript with Sacha Greif

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/StateofJavascript.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download JavaScript is moving so fast. It’s not easy to keep up with all of the frameworks, build tools, and packages. No other language spans frontend to backend, mobile to web to server. Sacha Greif is an independent designer and developer most prominent in his roles as co-author of Discover Meteor and community builder at Sidebar.io, a design newsletter with over 35,000 subscribers, and

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IoT Overview with Jeremy Foster

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/IoTJeremyFoster.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Internet of Things is the concept that traditionally analog objects, like thermostats and lightbulbs, can be given digital guts and connected to the internet to create more value for users. From Nest thermostats to Phillips Hue lightbulbs, these connected things are starting to enter the mainstream. According to recent estimates by Gartner, over eight billion connected “Things” will be in use in

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Serverless Continuous Delivery with Robin Weston

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ServerlessCD.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Serverless computing reduces the cost of using the cloud. Serverless also makes it easy to scale applications. The downside: building serverless apps requires some mindset shift. Serverless functions are deployed to transient units of computation that are spun up on demand. This is in contrast to the typical model of application delivery–the deployment of an application to a server or a container that

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Serverless Startup with Yan Cui

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ServerlessBurningMonk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download After raising $18 million, social networking startup Yubl made a series of costly mistakes. Yubl hired an army of expensive contractors to build out its iOS and Android apps. Drama at the executive level hurt morale for the full-time employees. Most problematic, the company was bleeding cash due to a massive over-investment in cloud services. This was the environment in which Yan Cui

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Quantum Computing with Vijay Pande

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/VijayPandeQuantum.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Quantum computing is based on the system of quantum mechanics. In quantum computing, we perform operations over qubits instead of bits. A qubit is a vector, which can take on many more values than 0 or 1. The technology used to implement quantum computers is advancing such that it has its own Moore’s Law, but it can also leverage the classical advancements of

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Platform Continuous Delivery with Andy Appleton

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/HerokuCI.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Continuous delivery is a model for deploying small, frequent changes to an application. In a continuous delivery workflow, code changes that are pushed to a repository set off a build process that spins up a new version of the application. Testing is performed against that new build before advancing it to production, merging it with the existing codebase. Many continuous delivery products are

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Patents with Nicole Shanahan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Patents.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Patents allow individuals and company to lay creative claim for an invention. A patent can provide protection from having its idea being used without giving credit to its creators. Of course, is that patents can be filed and not turned into products, inhibiting innovation. Patents can also be used offensively in a practice known as patent trolling. Large companies like IBM and Google

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Health Wearables with Haiyan Zhang

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/HealthWearables.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wearables are everywhere. In the medical field they are transforming lives. Haiyan Zhang, Innovation Director at Microsoft Research, created a wearable for a young graphic designer that developed Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a condition that inhibits movement, and this wearable allows the Parkinson’s patient to write and draw again. Haiyan explained the research process and the technical aspects of how it works. Edaena Salinas

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Self-Driving Deep Learning with Lex Fridman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SelfDrivingDeepLearning.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Self-driving cars are here. Fully autonomous systems like Waymo are being piloted in less complex circumstances. Human-in-the-loop systems like Tesla Autopilot navigate drivers when it is safe to do so, and lets the human take control in ambiguous circumstances. Computers are great at memorization, but not yet great at reasoning. We cannot enumerate to a computer every single circumstance that a car might

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Microsoft Developers with Jason Young and Carl Schweitzer

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/MSDevShow.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A decade ago, a Microsoft developer might have been defined by the fact that they built C# applications on Windows. Today, a Microsoft developer is just as likely to be writing JavaScript for Linux. The company has repositioned itself to focus on cloud services, SaaS products, and enterprise artificial intelligence. Jason Young and Carl Schweitzer host the MS Dev Show, a popular podcast

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Startup Roundtable with Joseph Jacks and Gregory Koberger

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RoundtableJJGK.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Building a startup requires constant evaluation of tradeoffs. At the earliest stage, the founders evaluate different ideas. Once an idea is settled on, the company develops strategies for finding early customers and growing. As the company develops traction, the operators consider ways to scale further or partner with an acquirer. Joseph Jacks and Greg Koberger are two founders who have been on the

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