Command Line Heroes

26 EpisodesProduced by Red HatWebsite

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

26 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Talking to Machines: LISP and the Origins of A.I.

September 17th, 2019


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 …

Heroes in a Bash Shell

September 3rd, 2019


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 …

The Infrastructure Effect: COBOL and Go

August 20th, 2019


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 …

Diving for Perl

August 6th, 2019


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 …

Creating JavaScript

July 23rd, 2019


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 …

Learning the BASICs

July 9th, 2019


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 …

Python’s Tale

June 25th, 2019


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 …

Introducing Season 3 of Command Line Heroes

June 11th, 2019


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. …

Open Curiosity: NASA, Mars, and Beyond

December 18th, 2018


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 …

Bonus: Developer Advocacy Roundtable

December 17th, 2018


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.

At Your Serverless: Development Empowerment with Control

December 4th, 2018


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 …

The Data Explosion: Processing, Storage, and the Cloud

November 20th, 2018


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 …

The One About DevSecOps: Evolving Security and Reliability

November 6th, 2018


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.

Discovering …

Fail Better: Embracing Failure

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

Ready to Commit: Contributing to Open Source

October 9th, 2018


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 …

Hello, World: Programming Languages for the Polyglot Developer

September 24th, 2018


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 …

Press Start: How Gaming Shapes Development

September 11th, 2018


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 …

Introducing Season 2 of Command Line Heroes

August 28th, 2018


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 …

Days of Future_Open

March 27th, 2018


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 …

Crack the Cloud_Open

March 13th, 2018


“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 …

The Containers_Derby

February 27th, 2018


The rise of Container technologies opens a new frontier for developers, simplifying the movement of work from machine to machine. As Containers …

DevOps_Tear Down That Wall

February 13th, 2018


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? …

The Agile_Revolution

January 30th, 2018


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. …

OS Wars_part 2: Rise of Linux

January 16th, 2018


It's the 1990s. The empire of Microsoft controls 90% of users. Complete standardization of operating systems seems assured. But an unlikely hero …

OS Wars_part 1

January 16th, 2018


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 …


December 1st, 2017


Introducing a show about the developers, programmers, hackers, geeks, and open source rebels who are shaping our digital future.

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