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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,...

Comparing tag trends with our Most Loved programming languages

It’s 2023 (we made it!) and after joining Stack Overflow in September 2022, one of my first tasks as a senior research analyst was to pull together statistics for our year-end wrap-up, and to which the natural follow-up question was asked of me, “is this what we expected to see?”  I didn’t know, so I dug into two of Stack Overflow’s exceptional...

How chaos engineering preps developers for the ultimate game day (Ep. 531)

SPONSORED BY INTUIT In complex service-oriented architectures, failure can happen in individual servers and containers, then cascade through your system. Good engineering takes into account possible failures. But how do you test whether a solution actually mitigates failures without risking the ire of your customers? That’s where...

AI applications open new security vulnerabilities

Application security has come a long way these past couple of decades. In the early 2000s, SQL injection and Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks were a nightmare for cybersecurity teams as attackers easily bypassed network firewalls through attacks at the application layer. Since traditional network firewalls at that time were not application-aware,...

From your lips to AI’s ears (Ep. 530)

The team talks about voice-to-code features, how game developers built accessibility into God of War, and why lab-grown meat is officially safe to eat (hail seitan!). Plus: this YouTube channel is a strong contender for the most entertaining robotics content on the internet.  Episode notes: In a win for accessibility, GitHub Copilot...

How to build a universal computation machine with Tetris (Ep. 529)

The home team talks about how engineering blogs create real value for software companies, a game-changing accessibility controller for PS5, and how to build a universal computation machine using Tetris. Plus: Is this podcast responsible for Instagram’s decision to boot the shopping tab from the home feed? Maybe! Episode notes: First,...

The Overflow #161: Git isn’t the only game in town

Welcome to ISSUE #161 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week, we celebrate our annual tradition of giving to charity in our moderators’ names, astronauts wonder how tall you need to be to fly to the moon, and the Furby source code lets you plot...

Minimizing the downsides of dynamic programming languages

Many moons ago, the majority of software development was done using statically typed and compiled languages, the most popular ones being C, C++, and then Java. When dynamic languages began to take off, at first they were derided as “toy” languages, an epithet most commonly associated with JavaScript. Over time, the advantages of interpreted, dynamic...

How Intuit improves security, latency, and development velocity with a service mesh

SPONSORED BY INTUIT At a SaaS company like Intuit that has hundreds of services spread out across multiple products, maintaining development velocity at scale means baking some of the features that every service needs into the architecture of their systems. That’s where a service mesh comes in. It automatically adds features like...

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