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    • From Competitive Programming to APL

      From Competitive Programming to APL

      • icon Jun 02, 21
      • icon 53 min

      Today on the show, we have solving algorithmic programming problems. You know when you interview for a job to write CSS and they ask you to reverse a binary tree on the whiteboard using C and in constant memory space? It’s that kind of thing. These problems have their roots in algorithmic programming contests. And... more..

    • Smart Contract Rescue

      Smart Contract Rescue

      • icon May 02, 21
      • icon 34 min

      Today I talk to Dan Robinson about trying to get someone their money back on Ethereum. He’s going to be battling this murky world of blockchain high-frequency bots. Along the way, we’ll learn how trades are executed on Ethereum and a bit of game theory and political philosophy.

      It’s an entertaining peek into a world... more..


    • The Birth of UNIX

      The Birth of UNIX

      • icon Nov 01, 20
      • icon 51 min

      When you work on your computer, there are so many things you take for granted: operating systems, programming languages, they all have to come from somewhere.

      In the late 1960s and 1970s, that somewhere was Bell Labs, and the operating system they were building was UNIX.

      They were building more than just an operating system... more..

    • Apple 2001

      Apple 2001

      • icon Apr 03, 21
      • icon 48 min

      David Shayer worked at Apple for 14 years, and he has a wild experience to share. Apple has a unique culture, and David will give us an insider view of what it was like for him at Apple during the 2000s, roughly between 2001 to 2015 when Apple transformed into the powerhouse that it is... more..

    • Video Game Programming From Scratch

      Video Game Programming From Scratch

      • icon Mar 01, 21
      • icon 41 min

      I’m not really a big gamer, but lately, I’ve fallen down this rabbit hole into the world of Casey Muratori, and this project that he started on Twitch in 2014. He is building a video game from scratch and explaining it all as he goes along.

      Casey is a professional video game and game engine,... more..

    • We're Teaching Functional Programming Wrong

      We're Teaching Functional Programming Wrong

      • icon Aug 03, 20
      • icon 46 min

      Today Richard Feldman shares his story of going from javascript developer to elm developer to functional programming teacher.

      Along the way, Richard finds that people are teaching functional programming wrong.  We are teaching it in a way that misses how most industrial software developers learn best.

      In this episode, Richard Feldman delves into Elm, his... more..

    • Memento Mori

      Memento Mori

      • icon Sep 01, 20
      • icon 40 min

      Preparing our minds for the inevitable - death is hard. After facing terminal cancer, Kate Gregory reminded herself that this event can still become inspiring by focusing on the positive.

      In this episode,  Kate is going to share her success and explain how you could apply her 5 pieces of advice to your career as... more..


    • Language Oriented Design

      Language Oriented Design

      • icon Oct 01, 19
      • icon 56 min

      Adam talks to Hal Abelson about the textbook he coauthored in 1985, The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs and why it is still popular and influential today.

    • Software That Doesn't Suck

      Software That Doesn't Suck

      • icon Jul 01, 20
      • icon 37 min

      Software is just the tool and it should get out of your way. In this episode, Jim discusses how to build a great developer tool.  It all started with: “What’s the worst software that you use every day?” and led to the creation of Subversion.

    • God's Programming Language

      God's Programming Language

      • icon Oct 22, 18
      • icon 60 min

      Does God Code in Haskell?

      Professor and accomplished programming language researcher Philip Wadler believes that typed lambda calculus was discovered not invented – part of the underpinnings of the universe itself. As a result, functional programming languages are more fundamental and deeply justified than their alternatives.

      We talk about this principle, which has guided... more..

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