Posts by Jeff

New Topic Feeds

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/topic_feeds_episode.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadListeners have had difficulty finding the Software Engineering Daily content they want to listen to. We are creating new podcast feeds to address this. The content on each podcast feed is mutually exclusive from the other feeds, except for the main feed and “Greatest Hits.” You can now find the following podcast feeds in iTunes and Google Play: Software Engineering Daily (main feed): the

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Sorry We Crashed Your Podcast Player

We started putting transcripts in some of our podcast posts 2 months ago. Each transcription was an hour’s worth of audio conversation, which equaled a LOT of text when transcribed. Recently, several listeners wrote in asking why their podcast player was crashing. If you use the iPhone native podcast app, requesting all of these transcripts probably caused your podcast player to crash. It certainly caused mine to crash. Until a

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Our Editorial Philosophy

Software Engineering Daily started as a daily podcast about how to build software. Following my own interests, the show evolved toward a discussion of how to create a software company as much as how to build the software itself. Even after 400 episodes of Software Engineering Daily, our coverage continues to inspire me and fill me with a sense of empowerment. Anyone who wants to build a technology company should

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Adforprize

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/adforprize_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere are multiple paths to constructing a piece of software from start to finish. An individual programmer can build an entire product from scratch in a couple days. A giant corporation can commission a project and delegate responsibilities to hundreds of people. An open source community can use the wisdom of the crowds to efficiently build an operating system. Today’s episode is about another

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Managed Kafka with Tom Crayford

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/heroku_kafka_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Kafka is a distributed log for producers and consumers to publish messages to each other. We’ve done many shows about Kafka as a key building block for distributed systems, but we often leave out the discussion of the complexities of setting up Kafka and monitoring it. Kafka deployments can be a complex piece of software to manage. Tom Crayford is an engineer at

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Scikit-learn with Andreas Mueller

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/scikit_learn-edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Scikit-learn is a set of machine learning tools in Python that provides easy-to-use interfaces for building predictive models. In a previous episode with Per Harald Borgen about Machine Learning For Sales, he illustrated how easy it is to get up and running and productive with scikit-learn, even if you are not a machine learning expert. Srini Kadamati hosts today’s show and interviews Andreas

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Container Security with Phil Estes

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Container_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Containers have become the unit of infrastructure that many technology stacks deploy to. With the shift to containers, the attack surface of an application has changed, and we need to reconsider our security models; the resource allocation of our containers, the interactions between different containers on a single machine, and the big picture–how the external web may interact with our containers. Phil Estes

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Slack Security with Ryan Huber

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Slack_Security_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Security for the popular chat application Slack is a major focus for the company. A corporate Slack account is as valuable to a hacker as a corporate email account. In today’s episode, Ryan Huber and I talk through Slack’s approach to security–from philosophical discussions of how to company approaches security to the technical practices of logging and monitoring, and why Slack has a

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Tech Leadership with Jeff Norris

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Techleadership_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The role of “tech lead” is a combination of a software engineer, a project manager, and an architect. A tech lead might spend 30% of her time coding and 70% managing a project, resolving conflicts, and planning.   In today’s episode, we discuss the structure of software teams, and when it might make sense to have a tech lead on your team, in

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Devoxx4Kids with Arun Gupta

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Devoxx4Kids_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Devoxx4Kids is an organization that is inspiring children through robotics, programming, and engineering. Kids who attend a Devoxx4Kids workshop are exposed to entertaining and educational activities, such as writing a Minecraft mod or programming an Arduino.   Arun Gupta is a software engineer and the president of the board for Devoxx4Kids USA. In this episode we discuss coding education for kids, and what

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Cloud Clients with Jon Skeet

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/CloudClients_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Google builds cloud services for developers, such as PubSub, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and Cloud DataStore. On Software Engineering Daily, we’ve done lots of shows about how these types of services are built. In this episode, we are zooming in on the interaction between the developer using a cloud service and the design and engineering of the client APIs. To build a useful cloud

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Electronic Frontier Foundation with Nate Cardozo

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/EFF_Nate_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When the US government hacks its own citizens, The Electronic Frontier Foundation is often the best source of reporting to find out what laws the government has broken. When a change to the privacy policy of Google or Facebook is made, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is the best place to find out how that change in privacy exploits users. The Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Cloud Dataflow with Eric Anderson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Google_Cloud_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Batch and stream processing systems have been evolving for the past decade. From MapReduce to Apache Storm to Dataflow, the best practices for large volume data processing have become more sophisticated as the industry and open source communities have iterated on them.   Dataflow and Apache Beam are projects that present a unified batch and stream processing system. A previous episode with Frances

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Commodity Discussion with Preethi Kasireddy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Commodity_Discussion_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A previous episode of Software Engineering Daily called “You Are Not A Commodity” received a lot of feedback, both negative and positive. The episode was a monologue I wrote about why engineers should build products on their own as a default career path, rather than work at a large corporation as a default career path.   A reddit thread about the episode was

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Unikernels with Idit Levine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Unikernels_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Unikernels allow us to specify the minimum features of an operating system we need to deploy our applications. We’ve had many shows about containers, which allow you to deploy your application on top of a segregated portion of an operating system. Unikernels are different because they can be deployed directly to bare metal or to a hypervisor.   Idit Levine works on Unikernels

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Microsoft Antitrust with Harry First

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/MSFT_Legal_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Microsoft was the dominant technology company in the 1990’s, until it came under fire for anticompetitive practices. Internet Explorer was tightly coupled to the Windows operating system, which prevented Netscape Navigator–a competing browser–from reaching users on the dominant platform.   This episode is about antitrust–what businesses can and cannot do in the name of competition, what the impact of Microsoft’s legal battles in

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Slack’s Architecture with Keith Adams

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Slack_Architecture.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Slack is a chat application that is rapidly growing in popularity. The focus of Slack is to create a polished, responsive tool for productivity that cuts down on the emailing, context switching, and useless meetings that take place at a typical enterprise.   Keith Adams, the chief architect at Slack, joins the show to explain how those high level principles translate into engineering

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Uber’s Postgres Problems with Evan Klitzke

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Uber_DBs.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When a company switches the relational database it uses, you wouldn’t expect the news of the switch to go viral. Most engineers are not interested in the subtle differences between MySQL and Postgres, right?   Uber recently switched from having Postgres as its main relational database to using MySQL. Evan Klitzke wrote a detailed blog post about the migration, and post got very

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Relational Databases with Craig Kerstiens

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RelationalDBs.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Relational databases are used by most applications. MySQL, Postgres, Microsoft SQL Server, and other products implement the core features of a relational database in different ways. A developer who has never studied this space in detail may not know the differences between these databases, and in this episode we describe some tradeoffs that relational databases can make. Craig Kerstiens is an engineer at

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The Recurse Center with Nick Bergson-Shilcock

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Recurse_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Learning to program is about self-driven exploration. Universities help guide you, coding boot camps provide a rigorous environment to work in, and online coding courses provide content for you to study. But none of this will turn you into a great programmer unless you have the drive to improve and the curiosity to explore.   The Recurse Center is a place where people

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