Command Line Heroes

Command Line Heroes

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Stories about the people transforming technology from the command line up.


Consoles: The Dreamcast’s Life After Death
Apr 21 • 33 min
Gaming consoles are pioneering machines. The Dreamcast pushed the limits of what even consoles could do. But that wasn’t enough to guarantee commercial success. Despite that failure, fans say no other console has accomplished so much. The Dreamcast was…
One More Thing with Steve Wozniak
Apr 13 • 22 min
Steve Wozniak (aka Woz) has had a tremendous effect on the world of hardware. Season 4 features many of the devices he’s designed, built, worked on, and been inspired by. But for Woz, what’s most important isn’t necessarily the devices he’s created—it’s…
Open Source Hardware: Makers Unite
Apr 7 • 30 min
People never stop tinkering. Hardware hacking didn’t disappear after personal computers became mainstream. But it did change. A new generation of artists, designers, and activists are banding together to change the world—with open source hardware.…
Smarter Phones: Journey to the Palm-Sized Computer
Mar 24 • 30 min
Few could imagine what a handheld computer would look like—or even do. But a trio of visionaries saw where computing was headed. To succeed in this new frontier, though, they would need to create everything from scratch, and throw out the conventional…
Floppies: The Disks that Changed the World
Mar 10 • 36 min
The floppy disk was one of the greatest breakthroughs in computing. It helped spin up the software industry with a format that endured for decades. And in some cases, it’s conserved treasures once thought to be lost forever. Before floppy disks came…
Personal Computers: The Altair 8800 and the Dawn of a Revolution
Feb 25 • 32 min
The Altair 8800 is why we have computers in most homes today. It was initially designed for hobbyists. But a few visionaries saw massive potential in this strange little machine—and worked hard to make others see it too. What they created led to so much…
Mainframes: The GE 225 and the Birth of BASIC
Feb 11 • 30 min
The computing industry started booming after World War II. General Electric’s CEO refused to enter that market. But a small team of rebel employees bent the rules to forge on in secret. They created the GE 225. It was a giant leap in engineering that…
Minicomputers: The Soul of an Old Machine
Jan 28 • 29 min
They don’t fit in your pocket. But in their day, minicomputers were an order of magnitude smaller than the room-sized mainframes that preceded them. And they paved the way for the personal computers that could fit in a bag and, eventually, the phones in…
Introducing Season 4 of Command Line Heroes
Jan 14 • 2 min
No one ever said hardware was easy. In Season 4, Command Line Heroes is telling 7 special stories about people and teams who dared to change the rules of hardware and in the process changed how we all interact with technology. The first episode drops…
The C Change
Oct 1, 2019 • 25 min
C and UNIX are at the root of modern computing. Many of the languages we’ve covered this season are related to or at least influenced by C. But C and UNIX only happened because a few developers at Bell Labs created both as a skunkworks project. Bell Labs…
Talking to Machines: LISP and the Origins of A.I.
Sep 17, 2019 • 26 min
Creating a machine that thinks may have seemed like science fiction in the 1950s. But John McCarthy decided to make it a reality. And he started with a language he called LISP. Colin Garvey describes how McCarthy created the first language for AI. Sam…
Heroes in a Bash Shell
Sep 3, 2019 • 27 min
Shells make large-scale IT possible. They’re a necessary component to modern computing. But it might not have turned out that way without a lot of hard work from a developer at the Free Software Foundation named Brian Fox. Now, the Bash shell is shipped…
The Infrastructure Effect: COBOL and Go
Aug 20, 2019 • 26 min
Languages used for IT infrastructure don’t have expiration dates. COBOL’s been around for 60 years—and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We maintain billions of lines of classic code for mainframes. But we’re also building new infrastructures for the…
Diving for Perl
Aug 6, 2019 • 27 min
Languages come and go. A few have the right stuff to rise to the top—and fewer stay there. Perl had a spectacular rise, a quiet slump, and has now found its place in the world of programming. Perl seemed destined to rule the web. Michael Stevenson and…
Creating JavaScript
Jul 23, 2019 • 26 min
A mission to set the course of the world wide web in its early days. 10 days to get it done. The result? An indispensable language that changed everything. JavaScript was the underdog that won against all odds. Clive Thompson recounts the browser wars and…
Learning the BASICs
Jul 9, 2019 • 25 min
Becoming a programmer used to require a Ph.D. and having access to some serious hardware. Then, in 1965, a couple of engineers had a radical idea: make it easier for people to get started. Beginner languages, like BASIC, burst the doors to coding wide…
Python’s Tale
Jun 25, 2019 • 28 min
A benevolent dictator for life steps down and changes the course of the Python language forever. Guido van Rossum’s “Transfer of Power” memo brings attention to the way programming languages evolve. In this episode, Emily Morehouse makes the connection…
Introducing Season 3 of Command Line Heroes
Jun 11, 2019 • 2 min
Command Line Heroes is back for Season 3. We’re exploring the epic history of programming languages and how communities affect their development. We’re talking Python, learning about JavaScript, and diving into Perl. And that’s just our “Hello, World” for…
Open Curiosity: NASA, Mars, and Beyond
Dec 18, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Bonus: Developer Advocacy Roundtable
Dec 17, 2018 • 29 min
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…
At Your Serverless: Development Empowerment with Control
Dec 4, 2018 • 28 min
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…
The Data Explosion: Processing, Storage, and the Cloud
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
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…
The One About DevSecOps: Evolving Security and Reliability
Nov 6, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Fail Better: Embracing Failure
Oct 23, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Ready to Commit: Contributing to Open Source
Oct 9, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Hello, World: Programming Languages for the Polyglot Developer
Sep 24, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Press Start: How Gaming Shapes Development
Sep 11, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Introducing Season 2 of Command Line Heroes
Aug 28, 2018 • 1 min
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…
Days of Future_Open
Mar 27, 2018 • 27 min
Imagine a world where open source never caught on, where no one thought it’d be a good idea to make source code available to anyone. In this episode, we imagine this bizarre possibility. And we celebrate the open source tools and methodologies that got us…
Crack the Cloud_Open
Mar 13, 2018 • 29 min
“There is no cloud. It’s just someone else’s computer.” Or server, to be exact. Big cloud providers offer a relatively easy way to scale out workloads. But what’s the real cost? In this episode, we talk about the battle in the clouds, where any winner is…
The Containers_Derby
Feb 27, 2018 • 25 min
The rise of Container technologies opens a new frontier for developers, simplifying the movement of work from machine to machine. As Containers become more popular, though, a new battle emerges. This race is for the control of orchestration and involves…
DevOps_Tear Down That Wall
Feb 13, 2018 • 24 min
As the race to deliver applications ramps up, the wall between development and operations comes crashing down. When it does, those on both sides learn to work together like never before. But what is DevOps, really? Developer guests, including Microsoft’s…
The Agile_Revolution
Jan 30, 2018 • 27 min
It’s the turn of the 21st century. Open source software is changing the tech landscape. But new patterns of work have now become necessary. Developers search for a revolutionary approach that will allow open source development to flourish. A group of…
OS Wars_part 2: Rise of Linux
Jan 16, 2018 • 27 min
It’s the 1990s. The empire of Microsoft controls 90% of users. Complete standardization of operating systems seems assured. But an unlikely hero arises from amongst the band of open source rebels. Linus Torvalds—meek, bespectacled—releases his Linux O.S.…
OS Wars_part 1
Jan 16, 2018 • 28 min
The O.S. Wars. The 1980s is a period of mounting tensions. The empires of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs careen toward an inevitable battle over proprietary software—only one empire can emerge as the purveyor of a standard operating system for millions of…
Preview_CLH
Dec 1, 2017 • 1 min
Introducing a show about the developers, programmers, hackers, geeks, and open source rebels who are shaping our digital future.