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The AI that writes music from text (Ep. 535)

The home team discusses why it seems like everybody needs subtitles now, the AI that generates music from text, and a list of open-source data engineering projects for you to contribute to. Episode notes: It’s not just you: We all need subtitles now. Google introduces MusicLM, a model that generates music from text....

The nature of simulating nature: Q&A with IBM quantum computing research

Quantum computing may be the next big breakthrough in computing, but the general conception of it is still in the realm of hype and speculation? Can it break every known crypto algorithm? Can it design new molecules that will cure every disease? Can it simulate the past and future so well that Nick Offerman can talk to his dead son?  We spoke...

The Overflow #163: Most Loved vs. most questions

Welcome to ISSUE #163 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: how hackers are going after vulnerabilities in AI and ML apps, why salt (NaCl) is so prevalent in the ocean, and how you can optimize your code reviews. From the blog ...

Why developer experience is the key to better software, straight from the OCTO’s mouth (Ep. 534)

John Abel, Technical Director of Google Cloud’s Office of the CTO (OCTO), joins the home team to discuss what a typical day looks like for him. We discuss what he learns from his customers and why his enterprise customers are prioritizing developer experience through platform engineering and managed services in 2023. Plus: The BBC’s surprising history...

Announcing more ways to learn and grow your skills

Today, technology is changing and evolving faster than ever.  As a result, we are always looking for opportunities to learn a new skill or sharpen our existing skills. During my session at our first Flow State conference last September, I talked about the expanded direction for Stack Overflow. We want to evolve the platform to empower technical communities...

CEO update: Eliminating obstacles to productivity, efficiency, and learning

Over the last quarter, we’ve expanded our cloud and edtech partnerships, watched Stack Overflow for Teams become more and more embedded in the developer experience, and made great strides on our path to profitability. We’ve also had many internal discussions as a leadership team about ChatGPT and other generative AI tools as they’ve rapidly entered...

What do the tech layoffs really tell us? (Ep. 533)

The home team convenes to talk about how tech layoffs are reshaping the industry, where to look for software engineering jobs beyond tech, the brain-computer interface that speeds up communication for people with paralysis, and Ben’s million-dollar game idea (free for the stealing).  Episode notes: Naturally, tech layoffs are top-of-mind...

Is software getting worse?

I recently stumbled upon “Software disenchantment,” a post by Nikita Propokov. It called to mind Maciej Cegłowski’s post “The Website Obesity Crisis” and several others in the same vein. Among people who write about software development, there’s a growing consensus that our apps are getting larger, slower, and more broken, in an age when hardware should...

The Overflow #162: The great testing flake off  

Welcome to ISSUE #162 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: writing guardrails for dynamic programming languages, parenting in the face of boring stories, and spotting the bots in the fediverse. From the blog Microsoft Azure...

The less JavaScript, the better (Ep. 532)

Cassidy and Ceora are joined by Ben Holmes and Nate Moore, developers on the core Astro platform, to talk about the new features they’re working on, what they love about docs, and the role of open source in their work. Episode notes: Astro is a site builder that lets you use the frontend tools you already love (React, Vue, Svelte,...

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