Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Joel and Jeff discuss dealing with incompetent programmers, whether salaries should be public, dealing with technical debt, and programming for small businesses.
Doug Kaye joins Phil and Scott to discuss the recently launched SpokenWord.org, a free service that helps you find, manage and share audio and video spoken-word recordings. In addition to giving a basic description of the site, Doug also discusses the technical aspects of the project, including how it was developed and what kind of challenges he is facing now that it is operational.
In this Q&A session the Rails core team discuss trends in the Rails community, the challenge of SproutCore, framework competition, and how to pick a Ruby implementation. Along with insights into the team's personal technology interests and the folly of micro-optimisation, the dangers of over abstraction and other areas are explored.
Mark Baker has always worked with distributed systems, starting with DCE and CORBA. When he learned about the Web's REST architectural style, he embraced it as a better way. When the Web Services movement veered away from key RESTful principles -- a uniform interface, hyperlinked representations -- he campaigned vigorously for them. Now, he tells host Jon Udell, REST has won the web, although not yet the enterprise.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Ken Brill about a paradox of modern life. He discusses how we traded in our big gas-guzzling automobiles, while dealing with the surprise energy downside of surfing the Internet.
Joel and Jeff discuss ethical email, backup strategies, how to learn new programming languages, and dealing with underperforming developers.
Jesse Stay joins Phil and Scott to discuss SocialToo, described as "your companion to the social Web". Jesse talks about how the site can help you become a social power user by using SocialToo's tools to help members of such sites as Twitter and Facebook better take advantage of the continuing growth of social relationship sites. Jesse also discusses some technical aspects of Twitter and how he is using it.
Evan 'Rabble' Henshaw-Plath of Yahoo! Brickhouse, gives a brief talk about the very exciting work he is doing on Fire Eagle, a Yahoo! owned service that acts as a store for user location (in real-time!) information. A backbone for other location and geo-aware based services and applications.
Should the internet be regulated? In this audio lecture, Jeffrey Eisenach presents the potential for harm caused by cyberspace while outlining the challenges faced by regulation to the digital economy. In the end, he emphasizes the necessity of global institutions and frameworks to bring order to the online sphere.
Joel and Jeff sit down with Robert Martin aka "Uncle Bob", and discuss software quality, the value of software engineering principles, and test-driven development.