Yearly Archives: 2016

2017inReview
company May 4, 2016

Welcoming Stack Overflow’s New CMO – Adrianna Burrows

The Stack Overflow team is beyond excited to welcome Adrianna Burrows as Stack Overflow’s new Chief Marketing Officer. She’s an industry veteran of everything from global product launches to partner development and she is as laser focused as we are about empowering developers. We fundamentally believe that developers are writing the script for the future.…
Avatar for Alexa Scordato
Director of Product Marketing (Former)
engineering May 3, 2016

Stack Overflow: How We Do Deployment – 2016 Edition

We’ve talked about Stack Overflow’s architecture and the hardware behind it. The next most requested topic was Deployment. How do we get code a developer (or some random stranger) writes into production? Let’s break it down. Keep in mind that we’re talking about deploying Stack Overflow for the example, but most of our projects follow…
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Architecture Lead - Former
culture April 27, 2016

A Pluralistic Meeting

Running a good meeting is the FizzBuzz of management – for a manager, it should be nearly effortless. Attendees should leave gratified that it was time well spent. In the context of servant leadership, it’s our job as managers to ensure that our time together meets this high bar. Optimize for presence Meetings are synchronous…
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Engineering Manager (former)
engineering April 26, 2016

An Optimization Exercise

Nick Craver tweets out snippets of the Stack Overflow code base occasionally. About a week ago he showed off a ContainsToken method which has been tuned for performance. This set off a little bit of a benchmarking contest. My final attempt (which is among the fastest) ended up using a lot of tricks, which I…
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Team Lead, Data - Former
community April 11, 2016

Community Of Professional Developers Now In Russian

We’re thrilled to announce that the Russian-speaking community of software developers and programming enthusiasts, Stack Overflow in Russian, has been graduated. Congratulations colleagues for such incredible success! According to the proposal on Area 51 at the end of the beta, the site had: 115.7 questions per day 82% answered questions 1,499 avid users and 33,678…
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Community Manager
engineering March 29, 2016

Stack Overflow: The Hardware – 2016 Edition

Who loves hardware? Well, I do. If you don’t love hardware then I’d go ahead and close the browser. Still here? Awesome. Or your browser is crazy slow, in which case you should think about some new hardware. I’ve repeated many, many times: performance is a feature. Since your code is only as fast as…
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Architecture Lead - Former
community March 17, 2016

2016 Stack Overflow Developer Survey Results

Here at Stack Overflow, everything we build is done with the same single-minded, compulsive, fanatical obsession to serve programmers. We’re a community built by developers for developers, and each month, we serve 40 million coders looking for answers to their most pressing questions. Because of this, we like to think we know software developers better…
Avatar for Kaitlin Pike
Marketing (Former)
engineering March 7, 2016

Developer Compensation: Stack Overflow Doesn’t Stack Rank

Are Developers Good Negotiators? Developers come from all walks of life, and have many unique interests, passions, and hobbies. Often the only thing that developers have in common is their love for programming. It follows that some are good negotiators; others get the double digit percentage finance rate at the dealership when they go in…
Avatar for David Haney
Engineering Manager
2017inReview
community March 1, 2016

Fair Elections and STV

Today is Super Tuesday! Unless you read FiveThirtyEight, it’s not really as awesome as other Super things. However, it does make a good excuse to talk about one of the more esoteric bits of Stack Exchange: moderator elections. As I write this, Donald Trump is well on his way to winning the Republican primary even though…
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Community Manager (former)
engineering February 18, 2016

How Stack Overflow Does Technical Interviews

Here’s a webinar I did recently (with our friends at Greenhouse) about the Stack Overflow developer interviewing process. Give it a listen! First: it’s hard Technical interviewing is hard. The best companies in the world haven’t cracked this nut. Here’s what Google had to say about the process. Years ago, we did a study to…
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Engineering Manager (former)
engineering February 17, 2016

Stack Overflow: The Architecture – 2016 Edition

To get an idea of what all of this stuff “does,” let me start off with an update on the average day at Stack Overflow. So you can compare to the previous numbers from November 2013, here’s a day of statistics from February 9th, 2016 with differences since November 12th, 2013: 209,420,973 (+61,336,090) HTTP requests…
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Architecture Lead - Former