Software Engineering Radio - The Podcast for Profe

Software Engineering Radio - The Podcast for Profe

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Software Engineering Radio is a podcast targeted at the professional software developer. The goal is to be a lasting educational resource, not a newscast. Every 10 days, a new episode is published that covers all topics software engineering. Episodes are either tutorials on a specific topic, or an interview with a well-known character from the software engineering world. All SE Radio episodes are original content — we do not record conferences or talks given in other venues. Each episode comprises two speakers to ensure a lively listening experience. SE Radio is an independent and non-commercial organization. All content is licensed under the Creative Commons 2.5 license.

Episodes

SE-Radio Episode 294: Asaf Yigal on Machine Learning in Log Analysis  

Asaf Yigal talks with SE Radio’s Edaena Salinas about machine learning in log analysis. The discussion starts with an overview of the structure of logs and what information they can contain. Asaf discusses what the log analysis process looks like without machine learning — and the role of humans in this – before moving on […]

SE-Radio Episode 293: Yakov Fain on Angular  

Yakov Fain talks with SE Radio’s Matthew Farwell about the Angular web development framework. The show covers the philosophy behind Angular; who would want to use the platform; how an Angular application is composed, including how to handle form submission and validation; why Typescript was chosen for Angular; how Angular uses reactive programming (RxJS, in […]

SE-Radio Episode 292: Philipp Krenn on Elasticsearch  

Phillipp Krenn talks with SE Radio’s Jeff Meyerson about Elasticsearch, a scalable search index. The conversation begins with a discussion of search, how it compares to database queries, and what an inverted index is. Phillipp introduces Wikipedia as an example that runs throughout the episode because Wikipedia uses Elasticsearch to power its full-text search. A […]

SE-Radio Episode 291: Morgan Wilde on LLVM  

Morgan Wilde talks with SE Radio’s Jeff Meyerson about the LLVM compiler toolchain. They begin with a discussion of how a compiler works and how compiled code executes against different processor architectures. Using the JVM as a model for interoperability, they move on to how LLVM is a system that optimizes an intermediate representation (IR), […]

SE-Radio Episode 290: Diogo Mónica on Docker Security  

Docker Security Team lead Diogo Mónica talks with SE Radio’s Kim Carter about Docker Security aspects. Simple Application Security, which hasn’t changed much over the past 15 years, is still considered the most effective way to improve security around Docker containers and infrastructure. The discussion explores characteristics such as Immutability, the copy-on-write filesystem, as well […]

SE-Radio Episode 289: James Turnbull on Declarative Programming with Terraform  

James Turnbull rejoins the show with Robert Blumen for a conversation mostly about Terraform, as well as a bit about Puppet. Terraform is a declarative programming tool for automating infrastructure resource creation; it targets resource providers, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Digital Ocean, and other cloud and SAAS back ends. The discussion explores the […]

SE-Radio Episode 288: Francois Raynaud on DevSecOps  

Francois Raynaud and Kim Carter discuss what’s wrong with the traditional delivery approach and why we need to change. They explore the dangers of retrofitting security to the end of projects, how to combine development, operations, and security people into the same development teams and why, along with cost-benefit analysis. Francois and Kim discuss the […]

SE-Radio Episode 287: Success Skills for Architects with Neil Ford  

Neal Ford of ThoughtWorks chats with SE Radio’s Kim Carter about the skills required to be a successful software architect, how to create and maintain them, and how to transition to them from other roles, such as software engineering. Neal discusses that the required skills can be learned, you do not have to be born […]

SE-Radio Episode 286: Katie Malone Intro to Machine Learning  

Edaena Salinas talks with Katie Malone about Machine Learning. Katie Malone is a Data Scientist in the Research and Development department at Civis Analytics. She has a PhD in Physics from Stanford University, with a background specifically in particle physics. She is an instructor of the Intro to Machine Learning online course from Udacity and […]

SE-Radio Episode 285: James Cowling on Dropbox’s Distributed Storage System  

James Cowling of Dropbox (architect of their distributed storage system), speaks to Robert Blumen about their move from Amazon’s S3 to their own infrastructure; The show covers: the size, scope and scale of Dropbox’s data management; their experience on Amazon’s S3; why S3 over time did not meet their needs; how the decision was made […]

SE-Radio Episode 284: John Allspaw on System Failures: Preventing, Responding, and Learning From  

John Allspaw CTO of Etsy speaks with Robert Blumen about systemic failures and outages; how are systems defended against outages?; why do they fail anyway?; why are failures not entirely preventable?; why do outages involve multiple failures?; the time that Etsy identified it’s own office as a potential source of fraud; the human as part […]

SE-Radio Episode 283: Alexander Tarlinder on Developer Testing  

Felienne talks with Alexander Tarlinder on Developer Testing. Topics include Developer Testing, Agile Testing, Programming by Contract, Specification Based Testing, Venue: KTH, Stockholm Related Links Alexander on Twitter https://twitter.com/alexander_tar Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory https://www.amazon.com/Agile-Testing-Practical-Guide-Testers/dp/0321534468 Clean Code https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Code-Handbook-Software-Craftsmanship-ebook/dp/B001GSTOAM Alexander’s book review site http://www.techbookreader.com/ Developer […]

SE-Radio Episode 282: Donny Nadolny on Debugging Distributed Systems  

Donny Nadolny of PagerDuty joins Robert Blumen to tell the story of debugging an issue that PagerDuty encountered when they set up a Zookeeper cluster that spanned across two geographically separated datacenters in different regions.  The debugging process took them through multiple levels of the stack starting with their application, the implementation of the Zookeeper […]

SE-Radio Episode-281: James Whittaker on Career Strategy  

Edaena Salinas talks with James Whittaker about Career Strategy in the technology field. James is a Distinguished Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. Throughout his career, he specialized in Software Testing, Security, and Storytelling. He is the author of “How Google Tests Software” and the viral blog post “Why I left Google”. Topics include: Career Management, the […]

SE-Radio Episode 280: Gerald Weinberg on Bugs Errors and Software Quality  

Marcus Blankenship talks with Gerald Weinberg about software errors, the fallacy of perfection, how languages and process can reduce errors, and the attitude great programmers have about their work.  Gerald’s new book, Errors: Bugs, Boo-boos, and Blunders, focuses on why programmers make errors, how teams can improve their software, and how management should think of […]

SE-Radio Episode 279: Florian Gilcher on Rust  

Eberhard talks with Florian Gilcher about the programming language Rust. Rust originates from Mozilla research. Its focus is on system programming and it is often used to replace C or C++. Topics include the concepts behind Rust; concurrent and safe programming; advanced and unique features like ownership and borrowing; the rust type system (which supports […]

SE-Radio Episode 278: Peter Hilton on Naming  

Felienne talks with Peter Hilton on how to name things. The discussion covers: why naming is much harder than we think, why naming matters in programming and program comprehension, how to create good names, and recognize bad names, and how to improve your naming skills. Venue: Felienne’s residence, Rotterdam Related Links To camelcase or under_score by […]

SE-Radio Episode 277: Gil Tene on Tail Latency  

Gil Tene joins Robert Blumen for a discussion of tail latency. What is latency? What is “tail latency”? Why are the upper percentiles of latency more relevant to humans? How is human interaction with an application influenced by tail latency? What are the economics of tail latency? What are the origins of tail latency within […]

SE-Radio Episode 276: Björn Rabenstein on Site Reliability Engineering  

Björn Rabenstein discusses the field of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) with host Robert Blumen. The term SRE has recently emerged to mean Google’s approach to DevOps. The publication of Google’s book on SRE has brought many of their practices into more public discussion. The interview covers: what is distinct about SRE versus devops; the SRE […]

SE-Radio Episode 275: Josh Doody on Salary Negotiation for Software Engineers  

Marcus Blankenship talks with Josh Doody about salary negotiation. Topics include a framework for thinking about salary negotiations, how you can know what you’re worth, the employers view of salary negotiation, and missed negotiation opportunities. Also discussed are common fears about negotiating and how to overcome them, common mistakes during negotiations, and how negotiation makes […]

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