Programming Throwdown
Programming Throwdown
Patrick Wheeler and Jason Gauci
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Programming Throwdown educates Computer Scientists and Software Engineers on a cavalcade of programming and tech topics. Every show will cover a new programming language, so listeners will be able to speak intelligently about any programming language.
122 - Building Conversational AI's with Joe Bradley
When you ask Alexa or Google a question and it responds, how does that actually work? Could we have more in-depth conversations and what would that look like? Today we dive into conversational AI with Joe Bradley and answer these questions and many more. Thanks for supporting the show!
Oct 25
1 hr 34 min
121 - Edge Computing with Jaxon Repp
What is "The Edge"? The answer is that it means different things to different people, but it always involves lifting logic, data, and processing load off of your backend servers and onto other machines. Sometimes those machines are spread out over many small datacenters, or sometimes they are in the hands of your customers. In all cases, computing on the edge is a different paradigm that requires new ways of thinking about coding. We're super lucky to have Jaxon on the show to share his experiences with edge computing and dive into this topic!!
Oct 22
1 hr 28 min
Machine Learning Embeddings with Edo Liberty
How can you tell if two images are similar? What about two videos, or two podcast episodes? Finding similar items in a data set is the foundation of Search, Recommendations, Spam Fighting, and many other areas of machine learning. To do this, we need some examples of images that are similar & not similar (called labels), and a method that can learn patterns from these examples (called a model). Today we have Edo Liberty, CEO of Pinecone, on the show to dive into how embeddings are trained and how to quickly find the similar groups of items from millions (even billions!) of examples.
Sep 27
59 min
The Art of Vacations
Taking a good vacation is as important as getting a good night's sleep (*very important*). It may sound silly on its face, but planning a vacation and planning around your vacation is extremely important to ensure that you are in the right headspace the rest of the year. This is especially true in the COVID era where many of us are working from home. In this episode, we dive into why vacations are so important, how to plan a relaxing vacation, and how to make sure that your team is supported while you are out.
Sep 15
1 hr 25 min
Building a Robotics Software Platform with Abhay Venkatesh
You’ve seen the dancing Boston Dynamics dogs, Honda’s ASIMO greeting people at malls, and the half-court-shooting robot at the Olympics, among other awe-inspiring robot stories that nowadays are getting increasingly more common. But equally fascinating, especially for us programmers, is the amount of programming and structure needed to make sure these robots work as intended. In this episode, we talk with Abhay Venkatesh, Software Engineer at Anduril Industries, about Platforms for Robotics (PFRs), and the intricacies happening inside these mechanical wonders.
Aug 23
1 hr 4 min
117 - Authentication with Aviad Mizrachi
Authentication has become a necessity in a digital world that’s ever-increasing in complexity. What can you do to arm yourself against the constant threat of data breaches and hacks? In this episode Jason sits down with Aviad Mizrachi, CTO and Co-Founder of Frontegg, to give us valuable insight into how Authentication works, and how these help you become more defensible against attacks.
Aug 9
1 hr 15 min
Hash Maps
What are hash maps, and when do you need them? What are examples of hash functions? And can you bring a water calculator to your SATs?
Aug 4
1 hr 22 min
Route Planning with Parker Woodward
Ever wondered how route planning apps, well, plan routes? In this episode, we navigate through this fascinating topic, a field as data-driven and systemic as it is magical and compelling. Joining us is Parker Woodward, Route Expert and Marketing Director for Route4Me. We discuss how route planning works, the intricacies behind it, and how services like Route4Me perform complex balancing acts between machine learning and user-generated feedback.
Jul 7
1 hr 15 min
Code Documentation with Omer Rosenbaum and Tim Post
What makes for good documentation? In this episode, we dive into one of the most important yet overlooked facets of coding. With us are Omer Rosenbaum and Tim Post of Swimm.io. Swimm is an app that allows you to create docs coupled with your code, which are auto-synced and integrated into your workflow. It makes for much more efficient, elegant, and accessible documentation. Omer is the CTO of Swimm, and Tim is Principal Development Relations and User Advocate. They are the experts who will guide us through good code documentation practices and tools, as well as share some fascinating real-life examples and stories.
Jun 16
1 hr 25 min
Episode 113 - Full Stack Web Apps Using Only Python with Meredydd Luff
In this episode, we’re excited to have Meredydd Luff, the founder of Anvil. Anvil is a powerful tool that allows you to build full stack web apps with just Python. Without the need to be fluent in Javascript or other languages, Anvil is easy enough for beginners, but robust enough for professional work. We talk to Meredydd about Anvil and its features, as well as delve into the importance of making programming more accessible to more people.
Jun 1
1 hr 25 min
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