We chat with Tarn Adams, aka ToadyOne, the sole programmer on the text-based base building game Dwarf Fortress. He left a math post-doc to make his own games. From the bug that created a massive fractal sculpture to the diary that he writes in code comments, we get the run down of how he thinks about programming.
The home team shares their programming origin stories, from year one, when everyone was bitten by a radioactive microchip, all the way to the present, where we are talking about code on a podcast.
We chat with Isaac Lyman, a developer who wrote a great piece on code quality. Far from premature optimization, focusing on code quality early has huge benefits for the company's bottom line and its developers' mental health.
It's a reunion episode featuring a Stack Overflow classic crew, with Ben Popper, Paul Ford, co-founder of Postlight, and Sara Chipps, engineering manager for flagship architecture at LinkedIn. We talk about Paul getting his first job in software from a footer note on the CSS mailing list. Later...