Today's episode "An Engineer’s Field Guide to Great Technical Writing (Ep. 455)" doesn't have audio (this seems fixed now). Error message is:


Audio Not Found

first screenshot of podcast

The episode numbers in the title (ep. 455) and inside the player (ep. 466) also seem to be different:

second screenshot of player

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    What player? I downloaded the MP3 file for the episode more than 8 hours ago through the RSS feed and it was fine. (Thunderbird as the RSS reader (sort of a hidden feature).) Jun 21, 2022 at 17:22
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    I would guess SoundCloud (I block JavaScript by default). Jun 21, 2022 at 17:32
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    I figured out why the podcast numbers don't match. They're fine up till episode #256. But there are other podcasts in the middle which do not continue the number in the title of the blog post, but do so in the title of the player. See page 19.
    – Justin
    Jun 21, 2022 at 17:39
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    Everyone, stop closing questions as can't be reproduced just because it was fixed!!!!!!! For heaven's sake, of course it can't be reproduced anymore, it was, well, FIXED. Jun 23, 2022 at 7:23
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    @Luuklag well that's a mess currently as one bug turned out to be not really a bug, as the answer explains. Since this marked completed, the part about episode numbers mismatch should, ideally, be moved to a new question and the relevant part from the answer posted as answer there. But frankly that's just not worth the hassle. All in all, this does not "justify" closing with wrong reason to begin with. Jun 24, 2022 at 11:24

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The audio issue in the podcast player has been fixed:

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Regarding the mismatch in the episode numbers, at some point(s), there were other podcasts (different from the usual stream of podcasts) which did not include the episode number in the title of their respective blog posts, but they still counted as episodes.

For example, there is no discrepancy in the numbers from Podcast episode 220 to Podcast #256, but there are two blog posts after it (Podcast – 25 Years of Java: the past to the present and Java at 25: Features that made an impact and a look to the future), whose titles did not include the numbers 257 and 258 (as they were different from the usual stream of podcasts1), but the podcast players did include these numbers (as they still counted as episodes). So the count for the usual stream of podcasts continued from where it had last stopped (i.e., 256), and therefore, Podcast #257 has 259 in the header of the player.

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1 There's a note in the first blog that reads: This week we have two extra podcast episodes for you, sponsored by Oracle, which is celebrating 25 years since the creation of the Java programming language. This is part one. You can find part two here.

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