The Overflow for October 4, 2019

You asked, we answered! Lots of folks asked for The Overflow newsletter to be part of an RSS feed, and here it is. We’ll be posting the full newsletter on the blog on the Friday after we send it out. Enjoy!

Welcome to The Overflow, a newsletter from Stack Overflow that brings together great questions from our community, news and articles from our blog, and awesome links from around the web. It’s content by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams of React Training. A new issue will arrive once every two weeks. You can read more about Cassidy and why we decided to launch this newsletter on our blog.

From the blog

Five pitfalls to avoid when outsourcing software development
From scoping a project to avoiding contract loopholes, learn how to reap the benefits of outsourcing while avoiding the headaches.

How to make good code reviews better
Your code reviews are good, but they could be great. Here are some simple tips on how to level up your approach.

Interesting questions

Why can I log in to my Facebook account with a misspelled email/password?
Ever typed your password into Facebook, hit enter, and thought to yourself “Ooops, I spelled that wrong.” Turns out you can make a mistake and be granted access anyways.

How can this Stack Exchange site have an animated favicon?
Meet a bug that is old enough to vote (in most countries).

Resume: How to quantify my contributions as a software engineer?
What would you say…you do here?

Why should I always enable compiler warnings?
They’re just warnings, not errors, right?

Links from around the web

A million digits of pi in 9 lines of JavaScript
Some people think that JavaScript is irrational. Those people are correct.

The ugly truth about design systems
Design systems are like the guardrails for your applications. But when outside factors come into play, they might not be enough. This talk by Mark Boulton tells the “ugly truth” of design systems.

Logs were our lifeblood. Now they’re our liability.
Today, many companies see data as their biggest asset. On January 1, 2020, that data could become a company’s biggest risk.

An HTML attribute potentially worth $4.4M to Chipotle
How much are your HTML attributes (the parts of a tag that aren’t the tag itself) worth to you? In some frameworks, nothing. But for Chipotle—potentially a lot of guac.

Stack Overflow for Teams promotion
First 10 users free. Stop digging through stale documentation and outdated emails to find information. Setup a private, secure space for you and your coworkers to share information on Stack Overflow for Teams.

How the invention of the book changed how people read
This is a fascinating article on the invention of the book. Interestingly enough, the first book format was called a “codex,” which is the origin of the word “code!”


Cassidy Williams
Instructor and developer at React Training
Hi there! My name is Cassidy and I'm an instructor and developer over at React Training. I'm also the director of outreach at cKeys, and enjoy building mechanical keyboards and playing music in my free time.

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  1. Re “What would you say…you do here?”:

    Nice quote from Office Space – see e.g. 00 min 52 secs in: www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=hNuu9CpdjIo

    The same scene includes the famous “But I have people skills!”


    What is a “design system”? It is not clear.

    1. Abel Callejo says:

      While I was reading your comments, I was reading it in Tom Smykowski’s voice. haha

  2. I never opted in for this to be in my inbox. Why do you push this spam?

    1. Yeah, they just assumed everyone will be interested and therefore everyone must receive it.

  3. why i couldn’t submit a question in stackoverflow 😀 everytime it gives many errors

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