Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Episode 72: Internationalization

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Intro

December Prize Give-a-way

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Tool of the Show

Internationalization (i18n)

  • Localization (l10n) versus Internationalization (i18n)
  • Things to think about
    • Right-to-left & Bottom-to-top
    • Comma vs period number separators
    • Currency Symbols
    • Dates M/D/Y versus D/M/Y
  • Character Sets
    • ASCII
    • Unicode
      • UTF-8 versus 16 & 32
  • Tools
    • Gettext
    • ICU

Monday, October 30, 2017

Episode 71: Office Spaces

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Intro

Our wifi setups.

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Office Spaces

  • Office Setup
    • Bullpen / Cubicles / Offices / Home
    • Open Office / Assigned Seats
    • Conference Rooms 
  • Desk Setup
    • Standing vs. Sitting vs Electronically Adjustable Desks
    • Desktop/Laptop/Both
    • External monitor(s)
    • Ergonomic mouse / chair / keyboard
  • Office Amenities
    • Food
    • Gym
    • Game room (ping pong, xbox)
    • Nap pods / Quiet rooms
  • Novelty Desk Setup
    • Exercise Ball chairs
    • Treadmill Desks
  • Novelty Amenities
    • Massage
    • Valet w/ free fuel
  • Novelty Transportation
    • Airplane
    • Ferry

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Episode 70: COBOL and Mainframes

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Game Theory + Reinforcement Learning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwlteKFyiHU

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COBOL and Mainframe Computing

  • History of COBOL
    • Sponsored by the Department of Defense & Companies
      • GE, Phillips, IBM
    • Most popular language worldwide by 1970
    • Over 60% of organizations still use COBOL as of 2012
    • Used for back-end financial services and mainframes
    • The Y2K Problem
  • Basic Features
    • Procedural
    • Compiled
    • Statically Typed for objects, duck typed for primitives
  • Unique Features
    • Picture clauses
      • Similar to sprintf but stateful
  • Current State
    • COBOL 2014
    • A majority of software managers said they are moving off COBOL or would if it was cheaper
  • Mainframes & Batch Processing
    • Submit jobs, wait in queue for results
    • Initially punch cards handed to a human
    • A massive machine with total data locality


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Episode 69: Puzzle Games with Mark Engelberg

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Puzzle Games with Mark Engelberg

  • When did you start coding?
  • What was your first language?
  • What is your favorite language today & why?
  • How do you create a puzzle?  How is it different than creating a computer program?
  • How do you test puzzles/games to make sure they are balanced and fun?
  • How is designing a board game different than a video game?
  • What inspired you to make board games?
  • Tell us about your three new games. Who is the audience?
  • Any new projects in development that you can talk about?

Solving problems declaratively https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA9DBG8x-ys

Mark is also doing a Reddit ‘ask me anything’ on Thursday, August 17th, at 3pm EST

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Episode 68: Soft Skills with SimpleProgrammer

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Soft Skills with SimpleProgrammer

  • What do people mean when they say soft skills?
  • Why should we improve soft skills?
  • How can we measure our soft skills?
  • What's the #1 soft skill that developers are missing out the most?
  • What's the best advice you can give to a college student who is just starting?
  • For people who didn't go to college for CS/Engineering, what's the best way to transfer to a career in software development?
  • Where can we learn more?




Friday, June 30, 2017

Episode 67: Cryptocurrency

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Intro Topics:
Consumerism. Buying an iPod vs buying Apple stock

Cost of living across countries (Purchasing Power Parity)

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Cryptocurrency

  • History
  • Meaning of value
    • Labor cost
    • Psychological Value
    • Historical Trend
    • Utility value
    • Estimating value: How Double Auctions Work
  • Exchanges
    • Examples: NYSE
    • Cryptocurrency: Coinbase, Gemini (more: https://bitcoin.org/en/exchanges )
  • Why?
    • Resistant to tampering
    • Pseudonymous
  • How?
    • Private/Public Keys
    • Single state, full replication
  • The Bad & the Ugly
    • Money Laundering
    • Gambling
  • Other uses for blockchain technology
    • Voting
    • Donations


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Episode 66: Code Reviews

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Intro Topic: 3-D Printing http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_337314.html

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Code Reviews

  • Why?
    • Get another pair of eyes
    • Teach others about what you do
  • What Not to do
    • Become a road block to work
    • Let reviews linger
    • Let it become about only style
    • Have only some people do reviews
  • How?
    • Email
    • In-person
    • Web tools
      • Phabricator
      • Gerrit
      • Gitlab/github
  • Rules
    • All changes must be approved by someone
    • Readability
    • +1 vs +2 or similar
    • To push anyways, there's an emergency mode
    • Keep line count down