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Stack/Unstuck

In this limited run of Compiler, we speak to people within development teams and communities to bring clarity to the tech stack.

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Episode 31 | 11.10.22 | 38:32 mins | Career, Development

Stack/Unstuck: Building A Common Language

Building software is technical, but it’s also human. In the final episode of Stack/Unstuck, we discuss how teams can build bridges across a software stack.


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Episode 30 | 10.27.22 | 28:34 mins | Career, Development, Agile Testing

Stack/Unstuck: Testing, PDFs, And Donkeys

Testing doesn’t need to be saved for a curtain call. It can have a starring role when identifying problems within a software stack.


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Episode 29 | 10.13.22 | 34:01 mins | Career, Development

Stack/Unstuck: The Overlooked Operating System

The operating system provides the foundation for the software stack. Many argue there’s little left to do—but work on the OS is far from over.


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Episode 28 | 09.29.22 | 29:05 mins | Career, Development

Stack/Unstuck: Data-baeses

Writing data is easy. But how do you build a database that can quickly find that information when the rest of the stack needs it?


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Episode 27 | 09.15.22 | 32:34 mins | Career, Development

Stack/Unstuck: Frameworks And Fundamentals

While not a “layer” of a stack, frameworks can help developers build applications faster. But when things go wrong, it also helps to know the basics.


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Episode 26 | 09.01.22 | 31:06 mins | Career, Development

Stack/Unstuck: The Fractious Front End

There are many misconceptions about the front end, and the memes don’t help. How can front-end developers challenge those attitudes?


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Episode 25 | 08.18.22 | 26:06 mins | Career, Development

Stack/Unstuck: The Great Stack Debate

The software stack is like an onion. Or a sheet cake. Or lasagna. Or is it? It’s often described as having layers that sit on top of each other. The reality is much more complicated—and learning about it can help any tech career.


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Episode 24 | 07.07.22 | 29:06 mins | Operations, Career

Are Big Mistakes That Big Of A Deal? Part 2

Mistakes are part of growth. We fix the problem, learn to do better, and move on—but also to tell the story once the sting has passed. Last episode, we heard three stories of people blundering into trouble and coming out the other side a little bit wiser. This episode adds three more stories of mistakes being made—but the culprit isn’t always as clear.


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Episode 23 | 06.23.22 | 33:10 mins | Operations, Career

Are Big Mistakes That Big Of A Deal?

We all make mistakes. Most of the time, they’re small enough no one notices. But every now and then, we do something that makes us break into a cold sweat. We hear three stories of people who wish they had an easy undo button. In the moment, they’re panic-inducing. But once the dust settles, are those big mistakes that big of a deal?


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Episode 22 | 06.09.22 | 29:56 mins | Data, Machine learning

How Does Data Help Shape Movies?

Data science and movies? The discussion can make the fantastic world of motion pictures seem devoid of creativity. We spoke to some who think otherwise, and they teach us how data and machine learning can inform filmmaking from conception to post-production.


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Episode 21 | 05.26.22 | 30:25 mins | OPERATIONS, INFRASTRUCTURE

How Do We Make Updates Less Annoying?

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” isn’t a good option for enterprise IT. Your system may keep running. But if you haven’t updated in awhile, you may be missing some stability and performance improvements—and probably some security patches too. Regularly updating is a good habit. How do we make it less annoying?


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Episode 20 | 05.12.22 | 30:56 mins | DATA, GOVERNANCE

When Should Data Die?

We have a finite time on earth. The mountains of data we generate can last much, much longer. How much should be preserved? For what purpose? And how should IT organizations ultimately handle that data?


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Episode 19 | 04.28.22 | 28:16 mins | DEVELOPMENT, DEVOPS

How Bad Is Betting Wrong On The Future?

What do we need to know to make a good prediction for where technology is headed? Alternatively, what do we need to know to avoid the wrong choice? We speak to experts in the DevOps space about betting wrong on the future, how development projects go awry, and what teams can do to get things back on track.


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Episode 18 | 04.14.22 | 29:32 mins | TECH, CAREER

Are We As Productive As We Think We Are?

The immense pressure to be productive is challenging to balance with passion projects, personal responsibilities, or just with the need to rest. Our team spoke with tech-minded creators in the productivity space on how to achieve full focus, and how to make time for work, relaxation, and creativity.


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Episode 17 | 03.31.22 | 29:48 mins | TECH, COMPILERS

Who’s Afraid Of Compilers?

We start to break down the compiler’s reputation for complexity by opening up the black box. What do compilers do? How do they work? And what can you gain by learning more about the inner workings of compilers?


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Episode 16 | 03.17.22 | 28:02 mins | TECH, DATA

How Do Roads Become Smarter?

Turns out, the same technology keeping us constantly connected—the Internet of Things—can also improve how we move people and things from place to place. But what are the considerations for technologists? Smart road technology can make travel safer, easier, and more efficient. But how can it make travel enjoyable?


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Episode 15 | 03.03.22 | 27:42 mins | IT, Education

What Do Kids Learn When They Learn About Tech?

There’s a difference between tech familiarity and actually knowing how technology works. We spoke to middle school, high school, and college educators about what it is their students are hoping to learn—and what skills they pick up on the way.


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EPISODE 14 | 02.17.22 | 30:00 MINS | SECURITY

How Can Memes Improve Security?

This episode, a couple of Red Hatters tackle an unusual security challenge. And while intentions were good, the memes they planted could have easily been something much more nefarious.


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Episode 13 | 02.03.22 | 24:13 mins | Kubernetes, development, open source

Can Kubernetes Help People Find Love?

Online dating apps navigate complex technical challenges while serving an ever-growing user base. Kubernetes can help them meet the demands of people looking for love in an always-online world.


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Episode 12 | 01.20.22 | 28:58 mins | IT, CAREER, development

How Should We Handle Failure?

In this episode, we hear from guests as they explain how handling failure effectively can impact both individuals and teams.


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Episode 11 | 01.6.22 | 26:51 mins | tech, IT, career

Mailbag: Managers, Technical Debt

We revisit some of our most talked-about topics on the show and let others weigh in on what they liked, what they didn’t like, and what we may have missed on the first pass.


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Episode 10 | 12.09.21 | 25:35 mins | open source, burnout

What’s The Recipe For Burnout?

Burnout’s always going to be a problem. What factors could we identify that seem to bring it about?


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Episode 09 | 11.25.21 | 31:06 mins | tech, IT, career

How Are Tech Hubs Changing?

Traditionally, you had to move to a tech hub for that coveted IT career. But things are starting to change.


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Episode 08 | 11.11.21 | 29:45 mins | documentation, open source

Why Should You Write Technical Documentation?

This episode explores who benefits from updated technical documentation. Spoiler alert: It’s everyone.


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Episode 07 | 10.28.21 | 26:45 mins | career, IT

How Do We Mentor the Next Generation of IT Leaders?

This episode discusses how mentorship addresses fears and challenges when venturing into a tech career.


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Episode 06 | 10.14.21 | 32:57 mins | open source, licenses

Do We Still Need Strong Copyleft Licenses?

The landscape of tech is changing. Developer culture isn’t what it used to be—and neither is how we consume software.


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Episode 05 | 09.30.21 | 28:36 mins | tech, tech support

Can Superstitions Solve Technical Problems?

We ask a few people from tech support whether superstitions have a useful role in solving our technical difficulties.


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Episode 04 | 09.16.21 | 19:41 mins | tech, devOps

Do We Want A World Without Technical Debt?

We unpack the concept of technical debt, and wonder if there is a world where it doesn’t exist.


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Episode 03 | 09.02.21 | 20:55 mins | career

What Are Tech Hiring Managers Looking For?

Interviewing for a job is often a stressful process. Being prepared helps—but what exactly are you preparing for?


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Episode 02 | 08.19.21 | 19:28 mins | edge computing

What Can Video Games Teach Us About Edge Computing?

Edge computing could be a boon for areas of the world with poor internet connectivity. But how does it really work, and what are its possible uses and implications?


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Episode 01 | 08.05.21 | 23:15 mins | career

Should Managers Code?

It’s hard to let go of your creative side to make room for managing others. Should managers code?


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