For future reference: Daniel Stone dispels myths about “great” X is and why it’s actually former X maintainers that designed and implemented Wayland.
The Quest of MK64MR
I’m a sucker for weird documentaries … and the latest ATP episode had this gem: one man’s quest to hold all non-short-cut records for Mario Kart 64 at once.
“Grown-up” Chinese Jedi Elsa
Holy moly … CellSpex has the best, most eloquent (scathing) review of Disney’s live-action Mulan. Period. It starts with a hilariously satirical summary and goes on to dissect the maelstrom of bad decisions the film displays with its story adaptation (both from the folk tale as well as the Disney animated movie), characters, themes, style and production. I agree with each and every point.
We Really Are Engineers 🎉
Hillel Wayne interviewed people who have worked professionally both as a software and a traditional engineer (from a diverse set of engineering disciplines) to determine if “software engineers” are really engineers … and, yes we are.
He also analyzes myths from and about software engineering and tries to find out if there’s actually something that makes software engineering unique among the other engineering disciplines.
Multi-step Refactoring Pains in C++
Titus Winters talks about maintaining and refactoring large C++ code bases (i.e. code bodies that require multi-step refactoring). He describes how “higher-level” language features effectively make refactoring harder (e.g. functions, classes, templates, concepts).
Wrestling with the Python
Sometimes Python makes some useful things unnecessarily complex for weird and inconsistent reason … e.g. “code blocks.”
Daniele Procida explores how a certain naivety (being unsophisticated) can lead to beautiful and useful things.
Update 2021-08-15: the original video from DjangoCon 2018 is not available any more. It seems Daniele gave a similar talk at EuroPython 2018 also.
This is an awesome talk for nerding out on ZFS interna. ?
Threads on async
If you were to design a threading library today how would it look like? David Beazley manages to demonstrate a lot of edge cases in tiny examples … while live-coding! ?
systemd from BSD
A remarkably sober analysis of what problem systemd solves for Linux … at a BSD conference of all places. ?