The Changelog

Conversations with the hackers, leaders, and innovators of open source.

Tim Mecklem Avatar The Changelog #261

Building an Artificial Pancreas with Elixir and Nerves with Tim Mecklem

We talked with Tim Mecklem about building an artificial Pancreas with Elixir and Nerves to help those with Type 1 Diabetes who want to "loop" — a process which involves monitoring glucose levels, predicting where a person's glucose levels are heading, then delivering insulin based on that prediction. Tim is a Developer at Gaslight in Cincinnati where he builds software solutions with Ruby and Elixir, and he's a member of the Nerves Core team.

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Evan Prodromou Avatar The Changelog #257

The Power of Wikis, the Problem with Social Networks, and the Promise of A.I. with Evan Prodromou

Evan Prodromou has been involved in open source since the mid '90s. His open source travel guide – Wikitravel – grew up alongside Wikipedia and the web itself. In this episode, we hear Evan's history, try to solve open social networking once and for all, and learn how sprinkling a little artificial intelligence on to our products can yield big wins without having to shoot the moon.

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Frannie Zlotnick Avatar Nadia Eghbal Avatar The Changelog #252

GitHub's Open Source Survey (2017) with Frannie Zlotnick and Nadia Eghbal

On Friday, June 2, 2017 – GitHub announced the details of their Open Source Survey – an open data set on the open source community for researchers and the curious. Frannie Zlotnick, Nadia Eghbal, and Mikeal Rogers joined the show to talk through the backstory and key insights of this open data project which sheds light on the broader open source community's attitudes, experiences, and backgrounds of those who use, build, and maintain open source software.

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Scott Hanselman Avatar The Changelog #249

Open Source at Microsoft, Inclusion, Diversity, and OSCON with Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman joined today's show produced in partnership with our friends at OSCON. Scott is a Program Chair of OSCON, host of the podcast Hanselminutes, and advocate for open source inside of Microsoft and the Azure Cloud team. We talked about the oldest software he wrote that's still in production, the shift inside Microsoft to open source and why, as well as ways to make inclusion and diversity a priority in your communities.

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Zeno Rocha Avatar The Changelog #248

Open Source Lessons Learned with Zeno Rocha

Zeno Rocha, Principal Developer Advocate at Liferay, joined the show to talk about DevRel, his open source work (clipboard.js, Dracula Theme, jQuery Boilerplate, Browser Diet, et al), and his passion for teaching and giving talks at conferences. Zeno also shared some really interesting stories about his first contributions to open source, how that played out, and the lessons learned along the way.

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Will Norris Avatar The Changelog #245

Open Source at Google with Will Norris

Will Norris (Engineering Manager at Google's Open Source office) joined the show to talk about their new release of the Google Open Source website as well as the release of Google's internal documentation on how they do open source. Nearly 70 pages of documentation have been made public under creative commons license for the world to use. We talked about the backstory of Google's Open Source office, their philosophy on OSS, their involvement in the TODO group, and much more.

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Tracy Lee Avatar The Changelog #244

Learning JavaScript and Bringing People Together with Tracy Lee

Tracy Lee joined the show to talk about bringing people together, helping people, and making an impact. We covered learning JavaScript, the ins and outs of her road to get to where she's at today, hitting burnout and sleeping for two weeks, breaking into the JavaScript community, and the fun cruise, workshops, and conferences she's working on for the JavaScript community.

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James Long Avatar The Changelog #242

The Burden of Open Source with James Long

James Long joined the show to talk about his recent post, "Why I'm Frequently Absent from Open Source". He shared several points in his blog post that struck a chord with us, so we invited him on the show to talk through the gritty details and peel back the layers of open source — the people involved, sustainability, the responsibility, the guilt, and the balance it takes to keep it all together.

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Ben Ubois Avatar The Changelog #240

Feedbin and RSS Resurgence with Ben Ubois

Ben Ubois, the creator of Feedbin (a simple, good-looking online RSS reader) joined the show to talk about the indie web and developers, how RSS usage has changed over the years – particularly since Google Reader shutdown. We also talked about RSS vs the social web that we're in now and the idea of an RSS resurgence and taking back control over the content we choose to subscribe to.

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Seth Vargo Avatar The Changelog #239

Managing Secrets Using Vault with Seth Vargo

Seth Vargo, the Director of Technical Advocacy at HashiCorp, joined the show to talk about managing secrets with their open source product called Vault which lets you centrally secure, store, and tightly control access to secrets across distributed infrastructure and applications. We talked about Seth's back story into open source, use cases, what problem it solves, key features like Data Encryption, why they choose to write it in Go, and how they build tooling around the open core model.

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Chris Lamb Avatar The Changelog #237

Reproducible Builds and Secure Software with Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb joined the show to talk about his project Reproducible Builds — which is funded by The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative. We talked about the importance of having a verifiable path from source code to compiled binary, what this set of software development practices is all about, what it means to have Reproducible Builds, the challenges faced when implementing these development practices, and the inherent security you gain from them.

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Mark Nadal Avatar The Changelog #236

GunDB, Venture Backed and Decentralized with Mark Nadal

Mark Nadal joined the show to talk about his hacker story and his venture backed open source datastore project called GunDB — a realtime, decentralized, offline-first, graph database engine. We talked about the details behind this database, how Mark secured funding, why yet another datastore, who's using the database, how Mark plans to sustain this project through products and services, his thoughts on the RethinkDB postmortem and more.

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Shiya Luo Avatar Stu Keroff Avatar Giovanni Caligaris Avatar The Changelog #235

ANTHOLOGY – Hacker Stories From OSCON, All Things Open, and Node Interactive with Giovanni Caligaris, Stu Keroff, and Shiya Luo

In this anthology episode we're featuring three awesome hacker stories from OSCON, All Things Open, and Node Interactive — Giovanni Caligaris about how he brought LibreOffice to the people of Paraguay by translating it to their native tongue. Stu Keroff about the Linux user group he started for kids called The Asian Penguins. Shiya Luo about how China does Node, translations of documentation and books from English to Chinese, and the Great Firewall of China.

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