The Stack Overflow Podcast

    For more than a dozen years, the Stack Overflow Podcast has been exploring what it means to be a software developer and how the art and practice of programming is changing our world. From Rails to React, from Java to Node.js, join the Stack home team for conversations with fascinating guests to help you understand how technology is made and where it’s headed.
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    We chat search from both sides now

    We chat search from both sides now

    Stack Overflow and Elastic are collaborating to improve the search experience using vector search and generative AI. Learn more about the new AI features for Stack Overflow for Teams, including Enhanced Search.

    Learn more about the Elastic platform, including vector search. Developers can start building here.

    Connect with Paul, Steffi, and Gregor on LinkedIn.

    Stack Overflow user chepner won a Lifeboat badge for answering How do I use __repr__ with multiple arguments?.

    What can devs do about code review anxiety?

    What can devs do about code review anxiety?

    Carol is an applied clinical and intervention scientist: she develops and tests cognitive, behavioral, and social interventions that activate key mechanisms to elicit change. Learn more about understanding and mitigating code review anxiety (the full version of her article is here).

    You can also check out the code review anxiety workbook.

    Pluralsight’s Developer Success Lab is a team of scientists studying how developers work, learn, and innovate. 

    Explore more of Carol’s work on code review anxiety, her bio, or her other work, from developer productivity and stress management to coding with GenAI. 

    Connect with Carol on LinkedIn or Mastodon.

    How to build open source apps in a highly regulated industry

    How to build open source apps in a highly regulated industry

    Before Medplum, Reshma founded and exited two startups in the healthcare space – MedXT (managing medical images online acquired by Box) and Droplet (at-home diagnostics company acquired by Ro). Reshma has a B.S. in computer science and a Masters of Engineering from MIT.

    You can learn more about Medplum here and check out their Github, which has over 1,200 stars, here.

    You can learn more about Khilnani on her website, GitHub, and on LinkedIn.

    Congrats to Stack Overflow user Kvam for earning a Lifeboat Badge with an answer to the question: 

    What is the advantage of using a Bitarray when you can store your bool values in a bool[]?

    A very special 5-year-anniversary edition of the Stack Overflow podcast!

    A very special 5-year-anniversary edition of the Stack Overflow podcast!

    Cassidy reflect on her time as a CTO of a startup and how the shifting environment for funding has created new pressures and incentives for founders, developers, and venture capitalists.

    Ben tries to get a bead on a new Moore’s law for the GenAI era: when will we start to see diminishing returns and fewer step factor jumps? 

    Ben and Cassidy remember the time they made a viral joke of a keyboard!

    Ryan sees how things goes in cycles. A Stack Overflow job board is back! And what do we make of the trend of AI assisted job interviews where cover letters and even technical interviews have a bot in the background helping out.

    Congrats to Erwin Brandstetter for winning a lifeboat badge with an answer to this question:  How do I convert a simple select query like select * from customers into a stored procedure / function in pg?

    Say goodbye to "junior" engineering roles

    Say goodbye to "junior" engineering roles

    How would all this work in practice? Of course, any metric you set out can easily become a target that developers look to game. With Snapshot Reviews, the goal is to get a high level overview of a software team’s total activity and then use AI to measure the complexity of the tasks and output.

    If a pull request attached to a Jira ticket is evaluated as simple by the system, for example, and a programmer takes weeks to finish it, then their productivity would be scored poorly. If a coder pushes code changes only once or twice a week, but the system rates them as complex and useful, then a high score would be awarded. 

    You can learn more about Snapshot Reviews here.

    You can learn more about Flatiron Software here.

    Connect with Kirim on LinkedIn here.

    Congrats to Stack Overflow user Cherry who earned a great question badge for asking: Is it safe to use ALGORITHM=INPLACE for MySQL?

    Making ETL pipelines a thing of the past

    Making ETL pipelines a thing of the past

    RelationalAI’s first big partner is Snowflake, meaning customers can now start using their data with GenAI without worrying about the privacy, security, and governance hassle that would come with porting their data to a new cloud provider. The company promises it can also add metadata and a knowledge graph to existing data without pushing it through an ETL pipeline.

    You can learn more about the company’s services here.

    You can catch up with Cassie on LinkedIn.

    Congrats to Stack Overflow user antimirov for earning a lifeboat badge by providing a great answer to the question: 

    How do you efficiently compare two sets in Python?

    The world’s most popular web framework is going AI native

    The world’s most popular web framework is going AI native

    Palmer says that a huge percentage of today’s top websites, including apps like ChartGPT, Perplexity, and Claude, were built with Vercel’s Next.JS. 

    For the second goal, you can see what Vercel is up to with its v0 project, which lets developers use text prompts and images to generate code. 

    Third, the Vercel AI SDK, which aims to to help developers build conversational, streaming, and chat user interfaces in JavaScript and TypeScript. You can learn more here.

    If you want to catch Jared posting memes, check him out on Twitter. If you want to learn more abiout the AI SDK, check it out 


    A big thanks to Pierce Darragh for providing a great answer and earning a lifeboat badge by saving a question from the dustinbin of history. Pierce explained: How you can split documents into training set and test set

    Can software startups that need $$$ avoid venture captial?

    Can software startups that need $$$ avoid venture captial?

    You can find Shestakofsky on his website or check him out on X.

    Grab a copy of his new book: Behind the Startup: How Venture Capital Shapes Work, Innovation, and Inequality. 

    As he writes on his website, the book:

    Draws on 19 months of participant-observation research to examine how investors’ demand for rapid growth created organizational problems that managers solved by combining high-tech systems with low-wage human labor. The book shows how the burdens imposed on startups by venture capital—as well as the benefits and costs of “moving fast and breaking things”—are unevenly distributed across a company’s workforce and customers. With its focus on the financialization of innovation, Behind the Startup explains how the gains generated by tech startups are funneled into the pockets of a small cadre of elite investors and entrepreneurs. To promote innovation that benefits the many rather than the few, Shestakofsky argues that we should focus less on fixing the technology and more on changing the financial infrastructure that supports it.

    A big thanks to our user of the week, Parusnik, who was awarded a Great Question badge for asking: How to run a .NET Core console application on Linux?

    An open-source development paradigm

    An open-source development paradigm

    Temporal is an open-source implementation of durable execution, a development paradigm that preserves complete application state so that upon host or software failure it can seamlessly migrate execution to another machine. Learn how it works or dive into the docs. 

    Temporal’s SaaS offering is Temporal Cloud.

    Replay is a three-day conference focused on durable execution. Replay 2024 is September 18-20 in Seattle, Washington, USA. Get your early bird tickets or submit a talk proposal!

    Connect with Maxim on LinkedIn.

    User Honda hoda earned a Famous Question badge for SQLSTATE[01000]: Warning: 1265 Data truncated for column.

    How to train your dream machine

    How to train your dream machine

    Galileo is an end-to-end platform for GenAI evaluation, experimentation, and observability. Learn more by exploring their docs.

    Galileo’s Hallucination Index is a ranking and evaluation framework for LLM hallucinations (it includes a blooper reel).

    Connect with Vikram on LinkedIn.

    Stack Overflow user Petr Janeček won a Lifeboat badge for answering Null array to empty list, a question that’s helped more than 47,000 other curious folks.

    Are you a software developer? Take Stack Overflow’s annual survey about how you learn and level up, which tools you’re using, and which ones you want most. You can check out the results of previous surveys here.

    OverflowAI and the holy grail of search

    OverflowAI and the holy grail of search

    OverflowAI is a GenAI-powered add-on for Stack Overflow for Teams that does the heavy lifting of discovering and distilling information into a coherent answer. It encompasses three modules: Enhanced Search, an upgraded search experience; Stack Overflow for Visual Studio Code, an IDE extension; and Auto-Answer App for Slack, which automates access to essential team knowledge. 

    Read about why OverflowAI is a big step toward integrating GenAI offerings into knowledge communities and dig into what’s launching and why it’s valuable.

    Connect with Ash on LinkedIn.

    Big props to Stack Overflow user Jennifer M., who earned both a Great Question badge and a Famous Question badge by wondering How to combine the sequence of objects in jq into one object?.

    Spreading the gospel of Python

    Spreading the gospel of Python

    Al Sweigert is the author of Automate the Boring Stuff with Python and many other books about programming. You can read them all for free here.

    His scroll art project introduces beginners to programming by letting them turn loops and print() into animated ASCII art.

    Al joined us from a retreat at the Brooklyn, NY-based Recurse Center, which offers free, self-directed retreats for programmers. Learn how to apply here.

    PyCon US 2024 is May 15-23, 2024, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Connect with Al through his website.

    Shoutout to user Alex. S., who asked Stack Overflow’s most popular Python question ever: What does the "yield" keyword do in Python?. It’s helped 3.3 million people and counting.

    Between hyper-focus and burnout: Developing with ADHD

    Between hyper-focus and burnout: Developing with ADHD

    Read Eira’s two-part series about developers with ADHD here and here.

    Chris recommends that devs with ADHD employ a “second brain” to help them track and remember information. Read Eira’s article on what second brains reveal about how we work.

    A few years back Chris joined us to talk about the most lightweight web “framework” around: VanillaJS. Listen to the episode.

    Chris offers classes and workshops for front-end developers, plus daily advice for developers with ADHD.

    Connect with Chris through his website or social media.