Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Joel and Jeff discuss whether programmers should spend time working with customers, the value of easter eggs, and how to define elegant code.
Eric Norlin is an expert on how social networking data from one source is broken down and being reaggregated in other ways. He talks about how tools and websites, such as Twitter and Zemanta, are being used to create new concepts and how this new information is being used.
Brough Turner describes residential internet speeds of 100 MB per sec for only 16 dollars a month in Sweden as illustration of how we are falling behind in the United States. Turner, a telecommunications expert, believes there is only one thing we should fight for - owning the dark fiber ourselves or controlling who lights the dark fiber that comes into our homes. He gives three examples of this model from Quebec and Sweden as what we can fight for and why.
Joel and Jeff sit down with special guest Babak Ghahremanpour, the lead developer for FogBugz.
Mozilla is developing new open web tools for developers that will make it easier to deal with browser differences. Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith discuss their new jobs with the company and what they hope to achieve both short-term and long-term. Tyler Whitaker also talks about his internet troubles and Scott Lemon reviews his travel problems and how a website helped him better understand the airplane issue.
Five years from now, chances are you'll be dependent upon web-based GIS applications at home and in the office. And it's likely that those GIS applications will evolve from the work of John Hanke. In this session from the 2008 O'Reilly Where 2.0 conference, Hanke discusses the progress and tremendous growth of the Geoweb. In describing Google's response to this growth, Hanke introduces a new partnership with ESRI. The new initiative will allow developers to pull data from even more GIS servers.
Joel and Jeff discuss software piracy, dealing with public criticism, how to get people to answer your questions, and the ideal programmer office.
RDFa helps bloggers and website authors make their web pages smarter by adding computer-readable information to a site. RFDa provides a set of XHTML attributes to augment visual data with machine-readable hints. Elias Torres and Ben Adida discuss RFDa, including its history, what problems it is meant to solve, and the technical details of how it works.
Aid organizations around the world are learning that they can solve their technology and infrastructure problems faster and cheaper together than on their own. Enabling that collaboration is NetHope, a nonprofit information technology consortium helping NGOs establish the technology "ecosystems" they need to serve constituencies in more than 150 countries. Eric Nee interviews Bill Brindley, CEO of NetHope, on how the consortium got started, how it works, and how it is expanding its mission.
Joel and Jeff discuss the importance of pure math to the average software developer, the importance of status reports, SQL parameterization and pulling yourself out of a programming slump. Now with one more Turkey than usual!