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Improving performance with SIMD intrinsics in three use cases

When done right, supplementing C or C++ code with vector intrinsics is exceptionally good for performance. For the cases presented in this blog post, vectorization improved performance by a factor of 3 to 12. Introduction Many developers write software that’s performance sensitive. After all, that’s one of the major reasons why we still...

The Overflow #28: We heard you like lists

July 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #28 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. In the US, we’re celebrating our Independance Day, and hopefully reflecting on what freedom means and helping everyone share in that freedom. This week, we’re pondering...

How Stack Overflow hires engineers

At Stack Overflow, one of our main missions is to close the gap between companies and developers during the hiring process. Though you may know us primarily as a Q&A site for developers, we are also a talent platform, and are in a unique position to connect developers with companies and jobs that they are best suited for. Here is our take on hiring...

Podcast 249: Java goes to outer space

This week we talk through the nitty gritty of our day jobs and review the Java apps that had a big impact on our world, and beyond. Episode Notes From Mars rovers to Minecraft to the makeup of our DNA – these are some of the Java apps that may leave a mark on  the world of software for decades to come. Thanks to Hizbul25,...

Podcast 243: Turn on, tune in, drop out, log off

What if the future of great discussion around software looks like broadcast television from the last century? And what if the next generation of students think in pull requests and commits instead of book reviews and pop quizzes? Episode Notes This week on the pod, we chat about Cloudflare.tv, a 24/7 streaming channel dedicated...

Podcast 242: You’re Over Reacting

In this episode, we chat about the ways in which React has reshaped web design and mourn the lost days of maximalist HTML overkill. Plus, what would social media look like today had Napster lived to conquer the music industry? If you’re in the market for a used car and some retro web design, look no further. Thanks to our Lifeboater...

The Overflow #24: Survey says…

June 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #24 of the Overflow! Break into a two-four and read the newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. The survey results are in! Nullable types are out! Eye contact is back! From the blog The 2020 Developer...

Nobody has to lose in work/life balance

One of my favorite classes in post-grad was a class on negotiation. I went in with Gordon Gekko confidence, being older than most of the other students and actually having some work experience under my belt. The rest of the class was straight out of undergrad. All I cared about was getting as much as I could out of the in-class exercises and giving...

Podcast 248: You can’t pay taxes if the website won’t load

Paul walks us through a classic legacy systems breakdown. We break down the finer pint of programmer humor. Ben tries to understand how Apple will bring Face and Touch ID to the web. And for dessert, a deep dive into the weirdest trade magazines on the web. You can read about the IRS and its Sisyphean efforts to modernize its computer systems here....

Does scrum ruin great engineers or are you doing it wrong?

The idea of the scrum framework is to organize a development process to move through the different project cycles faster. But does it always incentivize the right behaviours doing so? Many of the users who joined the debate around the question on Stack Overflow have similar stories of how developers take shortcuts, get distracted by their ticket high...

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