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Software developers have been socializing on chat rooms for decades. In the nineties, we began using IRC and AOL instant messenger. In the early 2000s, we turned to Google Hangouts and Yammer. Today, we are using modern apps like Slack and Hipchat.
On today’s show, we take a deep dive into Gitter, the chat client specifically designed for developers. Our guests are Mike Bartlett and Andrew Newdigate, the creators of Gitter. Gitter is a highly scalable, real time social application for developers to talk about writing their software. This is a great episode that spans topics like front end development, back end distributed systems, how to compete with Slack, and how to scale a chat room to tens of thousands of active users.