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The Overflow #39: Breaking leases in Silicon Valley

Welcome to ISSUE #39 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. For your consideration: micro frontends, the ancient computer hardware making a cameo beside James Bond, and a time-lapse of the most popular website rankings since 1993. From...

Podcast 270: Oracle tries to Tok, Nvidia Arms up

This week we talk about how software updates and data flows might work if Oracle acquires Tik Tok. Later on, we chit chat about Nvidia acquiring Arm, and what this means for the future of GPUs and programming, from personal computers to massive machine learning rigs. Episode Notes Oracle is in the midst of trying to negotiate and get approved a...

Neural networks could help computers code themselves: Do we still need human coders?

When I was in college, we had to write out code by hand on computer science exams.  On paper. With pens.  If you learned to code anytime in the past ten years, you probably think that sounds barbaric, inefficient, and just plain stupid. And you’d be right. But there is also a serious point here: that the technologies we use for computer...

Podcast 269: What tech is like in “Rest of World”

This week we chat with Sophie Schmidt, founder of an online publication called Rest of World, an international nonprofit journalism organization that seeks to document what happens when technology, culture and the human experience collide, with a focus on regions that are typically overlooked and underestimated. Our conversation shows how rapidly the...

The Overflow #38: More threads than cores

Welcome to ISSUE #38 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, a look at the staying power of object-oriented programming, the olden days of backing up a hard drive to a ton of CDs, the top five most irritating web features for the blind....

Podcast 268: How developers can become great writers

This week we chat with Stephanie Morillo, author of ‘The Developer’s Guide to Content Creation.’ She explains how coders can become successful writers, expanding their network and improving their resumé, while learning new skills and sharing their technical insights with others. Episode Notes Along with her work writing and editing, Stephanie...

Open source governance: Benevolent dictator or decision by committee?

When you’re writing code for an employer, whether that’s a company or a client, you generally know who’s in charge. You have team leads who approve PRs, directors and product managers who determine the features for the next release, and a CTO and CEO who make the big decisions.  With open source, those lines of authority can be blurrier. Contributors...

Podcast 267: Metric is magic, micro frontends, and breaking leases in Silicon Valley

This episode we discuss imperial versus metric measurement systems and why the latter reflects excellent API design. We dig into the hype around micro frontends. And we tally up some of the latest exits from Silicon Valley, where the pandemic may be reshaping office culture and the software industry for good. Episode Notes Every experienced...

The Overflow #37: Bloatware, memory hog, or monolith

September 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #37 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. Thrill to the veteran Stack Overflow engineer who walks like a noob! Gasp at the 2000-year-old temperature reading! Marvel at the GitHub README that writes itself!...

Podcast 266: Ok, who vandalized Wikipedia?

This week, we learn about Paul’s interrogation tactics, ClueBot’s ability to spot naughty edits, and Sara’s penchant for children who break the rules. Episode Notes You can read the hilarious tale of how Paul was alerted to “Frenchpoop Butt” here. Enjoy an all time classic tale of a security expert being outwitted by his daughter....

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