Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Joel and Jeff discuss YSlow optimizations for large websites, the value of unit testing, and the hidden pitfalls of asking questions to programmers.
Joel and Jeff discuss the expansion of Stack Overflow into non-programming IT topics, the pernicious problem of "systemitis", and how to reach the next generation of programmers.
Greg Ness talks about how the internet network infrastructure may have serious issues in supporting the new services and products now being offered to users. He reviews how the current system may be handling the load, he gives examples on why upgrades and changes are needed. He also discusses how to look forward and make the necessary changes for the future.
Joel and Jeff, with special guest Eric Sink of SourceGear, discuss source control present and future, why writing a compiler is an important rite of passage for programmers, and how budding software engineers should be educated.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Maria Giudice, CEO and founder of Hot Studio, about the democratization of the internet, and the principles of human centered design.
Joel and Jeff discuss the mysteries of server hardware, anomalous voting patterns, change fatigue, and whether or not Joel is the Martha Stewart of the software industry.
Steve Jelley, Eric Lindstrom, Matt Locke, and Jeremy Silver discuss digital media in the context of teen social networking, books, activism, and predictions of what the digital future will look like. Because we are a social race and need to communicate, content will remain even when platforms mutate and we create and talk about content in new ways. Each panelist gives his predictions of the dramatic changes which will define the digital world just ten years from now.
Bionic people, facial scanners, and artificial organisms: What do these things all have in common? They're all on "the edge" - new territory just waiting to be explored, and they might be closer than you think. That's exactly what O'Reilly Radar is all about.
Craig Burton discusses innovation by reviewing three of his essays on the topic. He talks about how to distinguish innovation myths from realities, reviews how technology companies make mistakes with customer demographics, and how Novell created software infrastructure as a new software category.
Elizabeth Churchill, researcher at Yahoo, discusses a project to connect online community activity with offline community activity in the physical world toward a goal of building relationships and trust between two groups of colleagues in different time zones. She shares observations about people's behaviors around the project, challenges faced, and ponderings about what the future business success of such installations might be.