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Understanding quantum computing through drunken walks

Quantum computing is the biggest revolution in computing since… computing. Our world is made of quantum information, but we perceive the world in classical information. That is, there is a whole lot going on at small scales that are not accessible with our normal senses. As humans we evolved to process classical information, not quantum information:...

Level Up: Creative Coding with p5.js – parts 4 and 5

Part 4 In this session, we will make our p5.js sketches interactive! Together with Morgan, we will work on the Generative Art Creator project using the p5.js web editor! We will make a tool to create, control, and combine generative works of art inspired by early media artists, such as John Whitney and Vera Molnar. We will map different visualizations...

Podcast 329: Two words for ya – “networked spreadsheets”

We chat about Paul’s return to the office and what our lives are like now that all your podcast hosts been at least partially vaccinated. Plus, Lotus Notes, networked spreadsheets, and the biggest flight simulator update of all time. Episode Notes Dave Winer wrote a fun piece on the lost apps of the 80s. We explore the paradox...

Stack Overflow badges explained

Badges have been around since the beginning of Stack Overflow. They are our way of recognizing our contributors for engaging with the community in meaningful ways. They are a little bit of motivational fun that helped us create the largest place for programming knowledge with over 20M+ questions. But what badges do we have, and how did they come about...

The Overflow #68: Our first piece of hardware?

Welcome to ISSUE #68 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: we April fooled ‘em with custom hardware, can you use general relativity to lengthen your day, and a look at a refreshing new language for SPAs. From the blog ...

Podcast 328: For Twilio’s CIO, every internal developer is a customer

We chat with Michelle Grover, the Chief Information Officer at Twilio, about making hard decisions across a large engineering organization. You can find Michelle on Twitter here. You can learn more about building apps with Twilio here. Our lifeboat badge of the week goes to TryingToLearn for explaining the error that...

An update on our product-led SaaS transformation

I’m writing this blog post to share an update on our product-led SaaS transformation, which I’ve discussed in a series of posts over the course of the last year. It’s been a year of transformational change for all types of companies, Stack Overflow included. We are fortunate to have seen great growth from Stack Overflow for Teams, which allowed...

What international tech recruitment looks like post-COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way the tech industry works and how talent in the industry is recruited. With offices closed down, almost all tech employees are working remotely.  While the industry had been, for the most part, familiar with remote work, the sudden shift away from offices accelerated many trends and forced even remote-friendly...

Podcast 327: Fullstack web programming with nothing but Python

We’re chatting with Meredydd Luff, CEO of Anvil, about why he believes web programming has become overly complex. If you want to build a web app in Python and not worry about databases, server side code, or web design, it’s time to give Anvil a try. Show Less Episode Notes Lots of people who work outside of programming...

A look under the hood: how branches work in Git

Git has won the race for the most popular version control system. But why exactly is it so popular? The answer, at least in my opinion, is pretty clear: branches! They allow you to keep different versions of your code cleanly separated—ideal when collaborating in a team with other people, but also for yourself when you begin working on a new feature....

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