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The Overflow #78: Blockchain; hype or game changer?

Welcome to ISSUE #78 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: Our first Pulse survey looks at what developers think about blockchain, why travel to Mars will be slower than it could be, and a fascinating dive into the early history of...

Podcast 348: Tickets please! The joys of being a junior developer.

We chat with Annabel Bligh, an associate software engineer at Contact, a London based startup that works a bit like an Uber for models. Bligh recently graduated from Makers, which describes itself as a full time, intensive and immersive bootcamp to learn the essentials of full stack development Episode Notes Bligh explains her...

State of the Stack Q2 2021

We have had an exciting couple of months here at Stack Overflow. As you know, earlier this month we announced that Prosus intends to acquire the entirety of Stack Overflow the company, which includes Stack Overflow, Stack Exchange, and all of our paid products. You can read more details in Prashanth’s blog post. I have been fielding questions from our...

Podcast 347: Information foraging – the tactics great developers use to find solutions

We chat with Austin Henley, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prof. Henley has been studying the ways in which developers seek out the information they need to solve problems, debug code, or write new applications. Episode Notes You can check out some more of Henley’s work on his...

Let’s enhance: use Intel AI to increase image resolution in this demo

For decades, science fiction has dreamed of a world in which technology can make the incomprehensible into the visible. Across alien epics and procedural crime dramas, detectives and truth seekers have repeated the mantra: zoom and enhance. It’s passed into popular culture as a much-beloved meme, but in recent years, machine learning has increasingly...

Level Up: Linear Regression in Python – Part 4

In the fourth lesson of the series, we’ll talk about the matrix representation of the linear regression problem. In the process, we’ll discuss the basics of matrix multiplication. We’ll also see how this mathematical understanding can prepare us to make sense of error messages that we might encounter when fitting a model in Python. Here...

The Overflow #77: Stack Overflow’s exciting next chapter!

Welcome to ISSUE #77 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. We’ll lead with the big news: Stack Overflow is getting acquired by Prosus; see our first item for more information. But wait, there’s more: being a team player when your team is in other...

Podcast 346: Young coders are learning by building Discord bots and hacking Roblox

We chat with Jenn Schiffer, director of community at Glitch, who brings over 70 years of Javascript experience to her work, at least according to her Twitter bio. She hips us to the ways in which young kids are touching code for the first time, often without realizing that they are learning to be programmers. We also dig into the burgeoning community...

Using low-code tools to iterate products faster

Back in 2015, I was leading an engineering team at an early-stage education technology startup. We had built an early version of our textbook rental platform, but user adoption was slow and the sales cycles are long when you’re selling college textbooks (students generally only buy them twice per year). As we debated ways we could grow faster,...

Podcast 345: A good software tutorial explains the How. A great one explains the Why.

This week we chat with Karl Hughes, who held positions as head of engineering and CTO before starting his own company focused on technical content. He now leads a group of more than 50 writers focused on crafting detailed articles that will appeal to developers. Episode Notes Karl is interested in the use of low code tools to extend...

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