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Code quality: a concern for businesses, bottom lines, and empathetic programmers

The value of high-quality code can be difficult to communicate. Some managers see it as a boondoggle, an expensive hobby for overly fastidious programmers, since investing in code quality can slow development over the short term and doesn’t appear to alter the user experience. But nothing could be further from the truth.  It’s true that tech...

The Overflow #95: Image search, but for any object IRL

Welcome to ISSUE #95 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: the best practices for REST API auth, a physics lesson with air conditioners, and the wonders of the CSS Paint API. From the blog Extracting text from...

Podcast 384: Can AI solve car accidents and find you a parking space?

In this episode, we chat with Eran Shir, CEO of Nexar, a company that provides smart dashcams. Using machine learning and the power of crowdsourcing, Nexar aims to help everyone drive smarter without sacrificing privacy. Show notes Graybeard conference alert! Eran and Ryan both started their technology journeys on the...

Why solve a problem twice? Design patterns let you apply existing solutions to your code

The most satisfying problems in software engineering are those that no one has solved before. Cracking a unique problem is something that you can use in job interviews and talk about in conferences. But the reality is that the majority of challenges you face will have already been solved. You can use those solutions to better your own software.  ...

Podcast 383: A database built for a firehose

In this episode, we chat with Stephen Goldberg and Kyle Bernhardy from HarperDB. Their startup was born of the firehose of Twitter data during sporting events, and now they have a database designed to scale well for real-time data. Show notes HarperDB is a startup that focuses on highly scalable databases that handle...

Shift to remote work prompted more cybersecurity questions than any breach

Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month! For this edition of Stack Overflow Knows, we did a deep dive into cybersecurity topics across Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites to spotlight trends and reflect on how conversations are evolving within the developer and technical community. We uncovered some findings—some surprising, some not so surprising....

The Overflow #94: Automate away boring standups

Welcome to ISSUE #94 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: how our joke keyboard became real, how we see the light from distant stars, and why any productivity software will eventually be used to play games. From the blog...

Podcast 382: Wait, we’re all content moderators now?

This week, the home team discusses the environmental impact of blockchain technology, especially as it related to art and NFTs. We also explore the tensions around content moderation, and how users will find ways to turn nearly any opening for interaction into an opportunity for…free expression. Episode Notes Read more about the...

Best practices for REST API security: Authentication and authorization

Most apps that use a modern web framework will have one or more REST APIs. REST is a simple and flexible way of structuring a web API. It’s not a standard or protocol, but rather a set of architectural constraints. There are three reasons you might find yourself writing a REST API: To give a networked client that you built—for...

Podcast 381: Building image search, but for any object IRL

We chat with Paul Powers, founder and CEO of Physna, about what it takes to build a 3D search engine that can identify objects found in the real world. He hopes the process of connecting the digital and physical worlds will provide a tremendous boost to the speed of hardware innovation. Episode Notes You can learn more about Paul here....

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