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Tales from documentation: Write for your dumbest user

Before I came to Stack Overflow, I spent over a decade as a technical writer. During that time, I wrote for a wide range of readers: non-technical folks in a mail room trying to get this damn software to work, accounting experts looking to reconcile investments, external developers trying to implement API, and internal engineers looking to spin up one...

The Overflow #29: Checkboxland

July 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #29 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. On this week’s episode, we peek behind the curtain at our engineering hiring process, wonder why bitcoin miners shut down their rigs, and look at what’s Next.js. ...

Podcast 251: how to interpret the compiler

This week we walk through the finer points of interpreters, compilers, just-in-time compilation, and how all this relates to our ability to communicate with extraterrestrials. Episode Notes This is a great crash course on just-in-time compilers written by Lin Clark, who works in advanced development at Mozilla on Rust and Web Assembly....

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, our winner...

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 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 to discussions...

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 of...

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