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Software at Scale 45 - Q/A with Jon Skeet

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Software at Scale is where we discuss the technical stories behind large software applications.
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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.

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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.

Highlights

[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

[44:00] - What’s your most controversial programming opinion?