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Paul Biggar

17 Podcast Episodes

Latest 26 Nov 2022 | Updated Daily

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Dark with Paul Biggar

Software Unscripted

Richard and Paul talk about darklang.com, server infrastructure, and online programming communities, among other topics

27 May 2022

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Darklang Deployless Applications with Paul Biggar

Cloud Engineering – Software Engineering Daily

The way we write, compile, and run software has continued to evolve since computer programming began.  The cloud, serverless, no-code, and CI/CD are all contemporary ideas introduced to help software engineers spend more time on their application and less time on the chores of running it.  Darklang is a new way of building serverless backends.  It’s a cloud native programming language with several novel features including being not just serverless but deployless as well.  In this episode, I interview Paul Biggar, founder and CEO of Dark. Sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@softwareengineeringdaily.com The post Darklang Deployless Applications with Paul Biggar appeared first on Software Engineering Daily.

39mins

27 Sep 2021

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Darklang Deployless Applications with Paul Biggar

Software Engineering Daily

The way we write, compile, and run software has continued to evolve since computer programming began.  The cloud, serverless, no-code, and CI/CD are all contemporary ideas introduced to help software engineers spend more time on their application and less time on the chores of running it.  Darklang is a new way of building serverless backends.  It’s a cloud native programming language with several novel features including being not just serverless but deployless as well.  In this episode, I interview Paul Biggar, founder and CEO of Dark. Sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@softwareengineeringdaily.com The post Darklang Deployless Applications with Paul Biggar appeared first on Software Engineering Daily.

39mins

27 Sep 2021

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Darklang Deployless Applications with Paul Biggar

Podcast – Software Engineering Daily

The way we write, compile, and run software has continued to evolve since computer programming began.  The cloud, serverless, no-code, and CI/CD are all contemporary ideas introduced to help software engineers spend more time on their application and less time on the chores of running it.  Darklang is a new way of building serverless backends.  It’s a cloud native programming language with several novel features including being not just serverless but deployless as well.  In this episode, I interview Paul Biggar, founder and CEO of Dark. Sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@softwareengineeringdaily.com The post Darklang Deployless Applications with Paul Biggar appeared first on Software Engineering Daily.

39mins

27 Sep 2021

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(EP16): Paul Biggar Co-Founder Of $1.7 Billion Tech Unicorn CircleCI.com, DarkLang.com, PhD In Compilers

Vested Capital

Paul Biggar got started as a computer engineer early in life. He became a specialist in the field of compilers (software engineers use compilers to test code to see if it works or not). He liked compilers so much he completed a PhD on the topic. Paul had a few false starts as an entrepreneur, including a stint in the Y-Combinator program, but nothing really took off.Eventually in his late twenties, while working at Mozilla, Paul foresaw that the process of compiling and testing software will move to the cloud. He had the skillset and experience to understand the need, so decided to launch another startup -- and CircleCi.com was born.Paul, along with his co-founder, built the first version of CircleCi, charging a monthly fee for access. They were able to acquire early clients thanks to a strategic investor who introduced them to 20+ companies who needed what CircleCI offered.The Road To A Billion Dollar ValuationDuring the interview Paul said he didn't expect CircleCI to one day crack unicorn status. At the time of this recording, during the most recent round of funding, CircleCI was valued at $1.7 billion dollars.Paul stayed on as CEO all the way up to their A round of funding, raising $6 million at a $20+ million valuation. He left after this, when he realized he was more of a product guy than a CEO who has to focus on culture and hiring.Paul today remains on the board of directors of CircleCI, but is focussed on DarkLang.com, an ambitious project aimed to take out the layers of complexity that software developers have to deal with when coding applications.I appreciate Paul taking the time during the interview to break down some of the more technical aspects of what he has built and what he is still working on. As a technical co-founder, this podcast will especially be of interest because Paul offers his advice on how to succeed as a technical founder.Enjoy the episode.Yaro Podcast: https://www.yaro.blog/pod/Blog: https://www.yaro.blog/

1hr 15mins

25 Aug 2021

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S4 E20: Paul Biggar, Dark

Code Story

Paul Biggar was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lived there most of his life. When he was young, his Dad had a couple of computers, where Paul could program in Basic and Logo. In addition to these early introductions, he was into building his own machines, and tweaking their hardware settings to get the most optimal performance out of them. He completed his CS undergrad after spending many years into computers, along with his Phd, before heading off to Silicon Valley to do the tech startup thing. He currently lives in NY, and during the pandemic, his primary activity outside of tech and entrepreneurship is taking walks with friends.In a past venture, he was the founder of CircleCI, the very popular continuous integration tool for engineering teams. Building on his successes here, he started to look at how difficult it was to deploy code, to do infrastructure, to write code, how teams interact, and many other friction points for the SDLC. He set out to remove the complexities of how we build apps today.This is the creation story of Dark.SponsorsActon Children's Business FairLinksWebsite: https://darklang.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbiggar/Leave us a review on Apple PodcastsAmazing tools we use:This podcast is hosted on RedCircle, a FREE platform for podcasts and brands to scale their message. Want to record your remote interviews with class? Then, you need to use Squadcast.Code Story uses the 1-click product ClipGain, sign up now to get 3hrs of podcast processing time FREEIf you want an amazing publishing platform for your podcast, with amazing support & people – use Transistor.fmCredits: Code Story is hosted and produced by Noah Labhart. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Google Play, Breaker, Youtube, or the podcasting app of your choice.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/code-story/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

26mins

18 May 2021

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Ep. #5, This Machine Kills Vim with Paul Biggar of Dark

Unintended Consequences

In episode 5 of Unintended Consequences, Heidi Waterhouse continues her conversation with Paul Biggar. They unpack Dark and its potential uses, Paul’s insights on devtools, and common misconceptions about programming languages.The post appeared first on Heavybit.

27mins

18 May 2021

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Ep. #3, The Emergent Consequences of Feedback Loops with Paul Biggar of Dark

Unintended Consequences

Heidi Waterhouse speaks with Paul Biggar, founder of CircleCI and Dark, about what makes coding live surprising, and how that guides what we think of continuous delivery. They also discuss the definition of “done” for software and how that has changed over time.The post appeared first on Heavybit.

36mins

24 Mar 2021

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Unveiling Dark: Ellen Chisa & Paul Biggar

Future of Coding

Last Monday, Ellen Chisa and Paul Biggar unveiled Dark, a new web-based programming environment for creating backend web services. In these conversations, first with Ellen and then with Paul, we discuss how they met, conceived of the idea, iterated on the product, and what their long-term vision is for the product. Dark is a web-based, structured editor with a data store built-in. It's code has a functional programming feel to it, but it also embraces what they call "functional/imperative". For example, their "error rail" allows programmers to defer handling nil-cases, much like a dynamically-typed language, but still keeps track of their existence in a monadic structure, like a statically-typed language, but without users having to learn anything about monads! Paul often brings the discussion of Dark back to Fred Brook's distinction in _No Silver Bullet_ between essential and accidental complexity. I had fun in this interview diving into the Aristotelian roots of that distinction. We also debated the meaning of the terms "no-code" and "low-code", and whether either could be applied to Dark. Dark removes accidental complexity around infrastructure and deployment. There is no separate step to deploy code in Dark. It's "deployless". Every single change to a Dark codebase is instantly (in 50ms, the time it takes to get your incremental change to the server) deployed to production servers. Of course this doesn't mean that every change you make is instantly deployed to _users_, but simply put on production servers behind a feature flag _ready_ to be rolled out at your discretion. Deployment, getting code running locally to run in production, is eliminated because all code is running on Dark's platform at all times. What remains is simply choosing when to release that code to users. One of my favorite parts of Dark is how readable its editor makes functional programming, which I typically find intimidating and difficult to parse. The Dark editor saves all past HTTP requests to all routes, and then uses those values to provide "live data" for every intermediate expression in that route. A dense section of code becomes totally comprehensible by clicking through each expression and seeing actual past values that have inhabited that expression. It combines of the best parts of a debugger and sprinkled console.log statements, but without the downsides of either. I'm glad that we had the opportunity in this conversation to dwell on some of the trade-offs of using Dark. Paul and Ellen are well aware of the risks customers face by moving their applications onto the Dark platform, and hope to alleviate those risks as much as possible. For example, they are looking into creating a legal structure that will make Dark open-source in the event that Dark shuts down. Paul Biggar is best-known in the Valley for co-founding CircleCI, a tool for continuous integration and deployment. At heart, he's a compilers nerd: he got a PhD in compilers, worked on the JavaScript compiler at Mozilla, built CircleCI which is a compiler for deployment, and is now building Dark, a programming language, environment, and infrastructure compiler. Ellen Chisa is passionate about helping people make things. She worked at Microsoft on Office Mobile, at Kickstarter, and started a company that built tools for travel agents, Lola. The full transcript for this episode was sponsored by repl.it and can be found at: https://futureofcoding.org/episodes/043#full-transcriptSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2hr 27mins

25 Sep 2019

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Ep. #41, Simplifying Developer Workflow with Paul Biggar of Dark

Jamstack Radio

In episode 41 of JAMstack Radio, Brian is joined by Paul Biggar, CTO of Dark. They discuss improving developer workflow in the JAMstack, as well as the challenges of developing a holistic programming language from the ground up.The post appeared first on Heavybit.

25mins

20 Jun 2019

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