The Stack Overflow Podcast

The magic of metric, micro frontends, and breaking leases on Silicon Valley offices

Episode Summary

We discuss imperial versus metric measurement systems and why the latter reflects excellent API design. We dig into the hype around micro frontends. And we tally up some of the latest exits from Silicon Valley, where the pandemic may be reshaping office culture and the software industry for good.

Episode Notes

Every experienced software engineer can tell you a story about a standardization effort that ended up causing more problems than it solved. Queen Elizabeth's decree adding 280 feet to each mile made it easy to divide up acres, but has haunted those of us stuck with Imperial units ever since. 

Sara dives into micro frontend services and how they can help to add agility to a modern development team. There is a nice article on the topic here, and Sara found it through the Thought Works  Tech Radar.

Pinterest paid just under $90 million dollars to break its lease in San Francisco. Paul and Sara are hearing about lots of developers who are fleeing major cities, and it seems clear that Pinterest won't be the last company to abandon expansion plans or ditch fancy corporate offices for at least the next few years. 

Our lifeboat badge of the week the week goes to Sravya Nagumalli, who explained why Angular is associated with the Single Page App and just what an SPA is anyway. Thanks for sharing some knowledge, Sravya!