Software at Scale 45 - Q/A with Jon Skeet
Jon Skeet is a Staff Developer Platform Engineer at Google, working on Google Cloud Platform client libraries for .NET. He's best known for contributions to Stack Overflow as well as his book, C# in Depth. Additionally he is the primary maintainer of the Noda Time date/time library for .NET. You may also be interested in Jon Skeet Facts.
We discuss the intricacies of timezones, how to attempt to store time correctly, how storing UTC is not a silver bullet, asynchronous help on the internet, the implications of new tools like GitHub Copilot, remote work, Jon’s upcoming book on software diagnostics, and more.
[01:00] - What exactly is a Developer Platform Engineer?
[05:00] - Why is date and time management so tricky?
[13:00] - How should I store my timestamps? We discuss reservation systems, leap seconds, timezone changes, and more.
[21:00] - StackOverflow, software development, and more.
[27:00] - Software diagnostics
[32:00] - The evolution of StackOverflow
[34:00] - Remote work for software developers
[41:00] - Github Copilot and the future of software development tools