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Failing over with falling over

This post was written by Adrian Cockcroft, VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWS. If you want to learn more he will be speaking at the AWS Chaos Engineering and Resiliency Series online event, taking place Oct 27-28th from 11am-2pm in the AEDT timezone. I’ve been working on resilient systems for many years. In the 1990’s as a Distinguished...

The Overflow #44: Machine learning in production

Welcome to ISSUE #44 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, get in the fast lane and start pooling your database connections, make a CPU out of electronic components drawn by hand on paper, and learn to toggle multiple property values...

Podcast 280: How should tech titans act when productizing tiny open source projects?

What’s the best way for massive tech companies to act when they decide to turn tiny open source projects into products and services they sell? Episode Notes We break down some thoughts on this issue, which came to light after a tweet from Tim Nolet. Later in the episode we talk about the debate raging right now around...

The Loop: Our Community Roadmap for Q4 2020

We’re already in Q4 of 2020, and though this has been a difficult year for many, this team has been working very hard and has accomplished a lot. One thing that I think has brought us closer is how open we’ve been about our needs at home now that we’re working and living in the same places. Many Stackers that were working from home even before the pandemic...

Podcast 279: Making Kubernetes work like it’s 1999 with Kelsey Hightower

This week we chat with Kelsey Hightower, a principal engineer at Google, about his history with networks, containers, and configuration management. Episode Notes You can find Kelsey on Twitter here. His Github is here. His personal journey with Kubernetes is detailed in a nice piece here. Kelsey has an interesting role...

How to communicate more deliberately and efficiently when working remotely

Prior to COVID-19, my organization, The City of Calgary’s Parking Authority, had no significant culture of remote work.  Everyone was onsite and there had never been any discussion of remote desktop or VPN credentials. The entire software development team had to go from 100% onsite to 100% remote in a few days. Over the past few months, we have encountered...

The Overflow #43: Simulated keyboards

Welcome to ISSUE #43 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’re coding for the long game, learning the difference between cats and not cats, and translating our favorite JRPGs into English. From the blog Play...

Podcast 278: The downside of going viral with your programming joke

Emily Kager is an Android developer for open source Firefox browsers and self-described wannabe internet comedienne. She recently posted a skit on Tik Tok about what it would be like if other industries conducted job interviews the way they are done in the software industry. The joke went viral, but shortly after she was dealing with a wave of cruel...

Improve database performance with connection pooling

We tend to rely on caching solutions to improve database performance. Caching frequently-accessed queries in memory or via a database can optimize write/read performance and reduce network latency, especially for heavy-workload applications, such as gaming services and Q&A portals. But you can further improve performance by pooling users’ connections...

Podcast 277: So you want to be a game developer?

This episode, we talk about the ways in which game developers are similar and different from web and mobile developers, before getting lost in a quick revery of the video games that have kept smiles on our faces during the recent lockdowns. Has there ever been a gaming company that brought more joy to the world than Nintendo? They were making...

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