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Command Line Heroes

Command Line Heroes

Author: Red Hat

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Hear the epic true tales of how developers, programmers, hackers, geeks, and open source rebels are revolutionizing the technology landscape. Command Line Heroes is a new podcast hosted by Saron Yitbarek and produced by Red Hat. Get root access to show notes, transcripts, and other associated content at
18 Episodes
The best and brightest took us to the moon with the computing power of pocket calculators. Now they’re taking us farther—and they’re doing it with the tech we’ve been talking about all season. Open source is taking us to Mars.The Season 2 finale takes us to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Tom Soderstrom shares how much JPL has gained by embracing open source. Hila Lifshitz-Assaf explains that NASA is solving some of their greatest problems with open software and crowdsourcing. And Dan Wachspress describes how working with NASA means proprietary companies need to make some sacrifices—but they get to work on the most innovative projects in the world.The explorers of the final frontier are choosing to work in the open—and Mars is their destination. What’s next?
Developer advocates play important roles in open source communities. We brought a few of them together to explain how and why they do what they do. Sandra Persing (Mozilla), Ricky Robinett (Twilio), and Robyn Bergeron (Red Hat) sit down with Saron to share what they’re working on, how they support their communities, and what they’re looking forward to in 2019.
What does serverless really mean? Of course there are still servers—the basics of the internet aren’t changing. But what can developers accomplish when someone else handles the servers?Serverless computing makes it easy for beginners to deploy applications and makes work more efficient for the pros. Andrea Passwater shares how convenient it can be to abstract away (or remove from view) the infrastructure components of development. But as with any convenience, going serverless has tradeoffs. Rodric Rabbah explains that going serverless can mean giving up control of your deployment and restricts your ability to respond to problems—which is why he helped create Apache OpenWhisk, an open source serverless environment framework. And Himanshu Pant considers when to use serverless services.Serverless computing should be about developer empowerment. But we have to stay curious about the big picture—even as we simplify our toolbox.
Big data is going to help solve big problems: how we grow food; how we deliver supplies to those in need; how we cure disease. But first, we need to figure out how to handle it. Modern life is filled with connected gadgets. We now produce more data in a day than we did over thousands of years. Kenneth Cukier explains how data has changed, and how it’s beginning to change us. Dr. Ellen Grant tells us how Boston Children’s Hospital is using open source software to transform mountains of data into individualized treatments. And Sage Weil shares how Ceph’s scalable and resilient cloud storage helps us manage the data flood.Gathering information is key to understanding the world around us. Big data is helping us expand our never-ending mission of discovery.
Bad security and reliability practices can lead to outages that affect millions. It’s time for security to join the DevOps movement. And in a DevSecOps world, we can get creative about improving security. Vincent Danen tells us how that’s led to a drastic increase in what’s considered a vulnerability. Jesse Robbins, the former master of disaster at Amazon, explains how companies prepare for catastrophic breakdowns and breaches. And Josh Bressers, head of product security at Elastic, looks to the future of security in tech.
Failure is the heartbeat of discovery. We stumble a lot trying new things. The trick is to give up on failing fast. Instead, fail better.This episode looks at how tech embraces failure. Approaching failure with curiosity and openness is part of our process. Jennifer Petoff shares how Google has built a culture of learning and improvement from failure. With a shift in perspective, Jessica Rudder shows how embracing mistakes can lead to unexpected successes. And Jen Krieger explains how agile frameworks help us plan for failure.Failure doesn’t have to be the end. It can be a step to something greater.
Looking to get into open source but not sure where to start? Are you a contributor trying to understand why only some pull requests get accepted? Or are you a maintainer who’s feeling overwhelmed? This episode looks at what it means to commit to an open source project. We follow our heroes as they progress through the roles of open source contributors: from finding projects and contributing to them, to building and maintaining thriving communities. Shannon Crabill shares how she got her start in open source at Hacktoberfest 2017, and Corinne Warnshuis describes how important it is to include people from all backgrounds to create good software. There are many ways to contribute to open source. Let’s walk through this together.
Every new programming language is created to do something previously impossible. Today, there are quite a few to choose from. But which ones do you really need to know? This episode dives into the history of programming languages. We recognize the genius of “Amazing Grace,” also known as Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. It’s thanks to her that developers don’t need a PhD in mathematics to write their programs in machine code. We’re joined by Carol Willing of Project Jupyter, former Director of the Python Software Foundation, and Clive Thompson, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Wired who’s writing a book about how programmers think.
Before the terms 'open source' and 'internet' were even coined—there were gamers. They created proto-open source communities, sharing and building upon each other’s work. For many programmers, gaming led them to their careers. In this episode, we explore the creative free-for-all of early game development over ARPANET. Game development brings together a massive mix of creative and programming talent. But while creating video games started as an open process, a lot has changed. Hear how you can get involved in building our very own Command Line Heroes game—and in the spirit of games, hunt around for this episode’s Easter egg.
In Season 2 of Command Line Heroes, we’re living on the command line, tracking the changes that shape the world of open source development. We’re discovering the origins of programming languages; mastering the art of making a pull request; learning about supercomputers, hybrid clouds, and more. Where does that lead us? Great heights and beyond.Episode 1 launches September 11th. Listen for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever you do your thing.
Comments (37)

Justin Baker

This is an interesting propaganda podcast, Red Hat. It's completely biased, oversimplified and missing some key points. lf you are a Linux fan then you'll eat this by the spoonful, but you should be wary. If Microsoft created a podcast to tell the same story my guess is it would be a bit different. TLDR - Series is one long ad for Red Hat.

Apr 1st

Cassandra Carpenter

I may not be a developer, but this is fascinating.

Mar 2nd

Allison Phillips

I’m baffled as to what in your life experiences has taught you it’s ok to classify an entire race of people as “full of rage” and “living like animal(s)”. I posit that the kind of person who would make such ridiculous, hyperbolic statements is full of animalistic rage themselves and thus desperately seeks ”others” to hate because it allows them to redirect the hatred they feel for themselves outward instead of facing it and channeling it into something constructive.

Feb 4th


Very good!

Jan 21st

Philip Gregory

this is just a repeat of the previous episode?

Jan 16th

Dan Misener

Philip Gregory There was an issue with Castbox pointing to the wrong audio file for "Bonus: Developer Advocacy Roundtable." It's fixed now!

Jan 17th

Landis Eian

this inspires me so much thank you because I felt like a loser when I try to code and not knowing anything

Nov 12th

Joker Heath

your voice is perfect for this podcast. One of my favourite podcasts, speed recovery for your health

Sep 25th

Sam Golden

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Sep 21st

Joker Heath

was dying waiting for it,

Sep 9th

Lets Play Squire

can't believe they didn't start with a Dune 2000 reference, "control the spice, etc"

Aug 13th

Sherif Radwan

plz, add a subscript for non English speakers

Apr 9th

Paweł Janicki

Sherif Radwan You can find transcription here

Apr 12th

Carlos Aguni

awesome! keep it up! :D

Apr 8th

Tomaž Borštnar

how come nobody talks about non-linux containers? freebsd jails, solaris zones anyone?

Mar 17th

James Snyder

Great episode right up until the end when you went full "muh diversity". Great otherwise!

Feb 16th

Mayank Mathur

OS wars: rise of Linux was the best episode IMO.

Feb 13th

Peter V

Mayank Mathur agreed!

Mar 23rd

Joseph Jumbam

i love the os wars episodes

Feb 13th

Ann -

also <3 the attention to detail & the audiomixing. tnx!! big fan

Feb 9th

Parker Christian

Amazing Podcast. Just wow

Feb 5th

Joseph Jumbam

I'm a huge fan of Linux and I use Ubuntu this is the best coders podcast I've heard

Feb 5th

Eng. Fahad ☁️☣️💰👽

This is my first podcast and I'm already loving it

Feb 3rd
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