PODCAST: Discussing Geocities with Squarespace

Each week, the HuffPost Code team meets to discuss the latest tech news and interview special guests for the Floating Points Podcast. This week's episode is about the evolution of blogs and de-evolution of Scrabble words and work attire.

The hosts are joined by Naz Hassan and Doug Jones who are engineers from Squarespace. Squarespace is a website builder, blogging platform and hosting service. As Hassan and Jones discuss, Squarespace began as a blogging platform. Now, in version 6, Squarespace's offerings are an extension of personal web presence and on-line identity. This discussion leads to a trip down memory lane, where everyone ponders the personal websites of yore.

"Well, here's the thing, the other day I got kind of nostalgic about it and [found that] Geocities exists, if you know how to read Japanese," Hassan said. "It's kind of cool, the evolution of these sites over time, and what people expect to be able to put up online and then how it looks, that to me is slowly changing as we go through time."

After the blog history discussion, we move on to the hard tech and discuss Squarespace's tech stack, which consists of
of Java, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Couchdb. The engineering team uses Jira tickets to manage the workflow and every bug report comes with an accompanying customer service ticket so that they can understand exactly what went wrong. Hassan and Jones said that every engineer receives customer feedback or input on a daily basis.

Aside from web design, blogging and squarespace the crew also discusses some of the latest headlines. How do we feel about the latest Scrabble word additions? Why do we think Peter Thiel is becoming a caricature of himself? Tune in to find out.