Posts by SE Daily

Ransomware with Tim Gallo and Allan Liska

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Ransomware.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ransomware uses software to extort people. A piece of ransomware might arrive in your inbox looking like a PDF, or a link to a website with a redirect. Ransomware is often distributed using social engineering. The email address might resemble someone you know, or a transactional email from a company like Uber or Amazon. Tim Gallo and Allan Liska are authors of the

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Spring Boot with Josh Long

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SpringBoot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Spring Framework is an application framework for Java and JVM languages. Spring was originally built around dependency injection, but grew to become an entire ecosystem of tools and plugins for Java developers. Spring was originally released 15 years ago, and since then a lot has changed around application development. For example, many engineers deploy applications to the cloud in microservices architectures. The expectations

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Ad Fraud In Our Own Backyard with Shailin Dhar

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ezanga.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The online advertising industry is a giant casino. Giant technology companies are the casino owners, online publishers are the casino employees, the brand advertisers are the victims who keep returning to the casino to lose their money, and the small adtech companies are the sharks who make lots of money exploiting the inefficiencies of the system. One of these smaller adtech companies is

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Topic Roundtable with Courtland Allen and Caleb Meredith

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RoundtablewithCalebandCourtland.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software Engineering Daily examines the world through the lens of software engineering. In most episodes, an expert in a particular topic joins the show as a guest, and we go into deep technical detail. Occasionally we like to do episodes where we survey a collection of topics. In today’s topic roundtable, Caleb Meredith and Courtland Allen join me for a discussion of several

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21 with Balaji Srinivasan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/twentyone_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bitcoin is underappreciated even to this day. The public focus is usually on the speculative value, but Bitcoin has functional value as a technology platform. If I want to make 100 transactions with my bank for 1 cent, the bank won’t allow it. Our current financial infrastructure is not set up for micropayments. Bitcoin is built with micropayments in mind. As Bitcoin works

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Microservices Practitioners with Austin Gunter and Richard Li

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/microservicesmacro_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The word “microservices” started getting used after a series of events–companies were moving to cloud virtual machines. Those VMs got broken up into containers, and the containers can fit to the size of the service. Services that are more narrowly defined take up smaller containers, and can be packed more densely into the virtual machines–hence the term “microservices.” As this change to software

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Swift on the Server with Chris Bailey

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/swiftontheserver_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Swift is a language that is most commonly used to write apps for Apple client devices, such as iPhones. Since being released in 2014, Swift has become one of the most popular languages due to its high performance and developer ergonomics. In 2015, Swift was open sourced, creating the opportunity for Swift to be used outside of the Apple ecosystem. If you write

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Kenya Mobile Payments with George Gachui

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/kenyapay_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most people in Africa never had a desktop computer. The first computer they owned was a smart phone. This is why Africa is referred to as a “leap frog” place with regard to computers–Africa leapfrogged the desktop to the smart phone. The banking system in Africa also followed a trajectory that is different than the West. Westerners are used to banking on their

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Political Bots with Samuel Woolley

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/politicalbots_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bots on the internet can be malicious, helpful, and everything in between. A bot that responds to all of your tweets might call you a socialist–that is malicious. Google crawls the web to index Google search. That is helpful. Social media marketing bots schedule 200 Twitter posts to go out throughout the day. That is either a little annoying or a little helpful

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Facebook Open Source with Tom Occhino

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/fb_oss_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Facebook’s open source projects include React, GraphQL, and Cassandra. These projects are key pieces of infrastructure used by thousands of developers–including engineers at Facebook itself. These projects are able to gain traction because Facebook takes time to decouple the projects from their internal infrastructure and clean up the code before releasing them into the wild. Facebook has high standards for what they are

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Web Tracking with Bill Budington

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/panopticlick_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Internet is decreasing in privacy and increasing in utility. Under some conditions, this tradeoff makes sense. We publicize our profile photo so that people know what we look like. Under other conditions, this tradeoff does not make sense. We do not want a television that costs less to purchase because it is silently recording all of the conversations that take place in

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Elasticsearch with Philipp Krenn

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Elasticsearch.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Search is a common building block for applications. Whether we are searching Wikipedia or our log files, the behavior is similar: a query is entered and the most relevant documents are returned. The core data structure for search is an inverted index. Elasticsearch is a scalable, resilient search tool that shards and replicates a search index. Philipp Krenn from Elastic joins the show

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The Future of React Native with Brent Vatne and Adam Perry

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/FutureofReactnative.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download React Native has unlocked native mobile development to web engineers who may now apply their skills to build iOS and Android applications in JavaScript. For the first time, cross platform JavaScript-based applications feel as if they were written in the native language of choice for the platforms. Businesses who choose to adopt React Native for their native app development also see great benefits

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LLVM with Morgan Wilde

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/LLVM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Every program gets compiled down to 1s and 0s before it can be executed against hardware. Before being translated to machine code, programs that are written in a language like Rust, Swift, or Java spend time in an intermediate representation. In Java, this intermediate representation is Java bytecode. Many different languages–such as Scala–translate to Java bytecode, because there has been lots of optimization

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Complacency with Tyler Cowen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/complacency_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers in Silicon Valley see a world of constant progress. Our work is creative and intellectually challenging. We are building the future and getting compensated quite well for it. But what if we are actually achieving far less than what is possible? What if, after so many years of high margins, gourmet lunch, and self-flattery, we have lowered our standards for innovation? And

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Blockchain Applications with Mike Goldin

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/blockchainapps.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cryptocurrencies are not only a financial instrument–they are a new platform for building applications. The blockchain allows for new solutions to digital property management, micropayments, hedge fund incentives, and ad fraud. The cryptocurrency platforms with the most traction are Bitcoin and Ethereum. Bitcoin has no central leader and is going through some growing pains with governance issues. Ethereum is led by the charismatic

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API Design Standards with Andy Beier

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/api-design.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download There are various standards at play when creating and consuming Application Program Interfaces (APIs).  These standards, though, are mostly technical and mostly lower-level than the content of the API. Andy Beier has experienced the broad range of API quality in his role with Domo in creating integrations with other businesses.  He has made standardization of good practices in creating APIs his mission, with

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Listener Q&A

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/qanda_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode, I gathered questions from listeners in our Slack channel and Twitter feed. The questions I answered include: How and when do you see yourself leaving SE Daily? What is your personal opinion on Facebook’s Internet.org initiative? How does the defense industry affect software engineering? How can a programmer learn to deeply understand code? We always want more feedback and questions. Please

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Hedge Fund Artificial Intelligence with Xander Dunn

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/numerai_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A hedge fund is a collection of investors that make bets on the future. The “hedge” refers to the fact that the investors often try to diversify their strategies so that the direction of their bets are less correlated, and they can be successful in a variety of future scenarios. Engineering-focused hedge funds have used what might be called “machine learning” for a

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WebAssembly with Brendan Eich

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/brendan-eich_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Brendan Eich created the first version of JavaScript in 10 days. Since then JavaScript has evolved, and Brendan has watched the growth of the web give rise to new and unexpected use cases. Today Brendan Eich is still pushing the web forward across the technology stack with his involvement in the WebAssembly specification and the Brave browser. For all of its progress, JavaScript

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