The Overflow Newsletter #3 - The 36 pieces of code that changed history

We chat about programming with ADHD, our most embarrassing programming mistakes, and spacecraft navigation.

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The Overflow.

October 2019

Welcome to ISSUE #3 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams of React Training. You can read more about it here. This week, we have developers discussing ADHD, some surprising facts about the nature of statistics, and a look at the lines of code that changed history.

From the blog

Check out podcast episode #126! stackoverflow.blog We chat with guests Chloe Condon and Iheanyi Ekechukwu about the pros and cons of being a programmer with ADHD. Plus - giants waves of molten molasses!

My most embarrassing mistakes as a programmer (so far) stackoverflow.blog “If people learn from their mistakes, I must have a Master’s degree by now.”

Interesting questions

What do you call the phenomenon of false positives outstripping true positives? stats.stackexchange.com It’s the most accurate statistical tests that you really need to think twice about

How did early spacecraft navigate with such small computers?? space.stackexchange.com "Mission Control, can you run a calculation for me real quick?"

How can different packages have identical source code? askubuntu.stackexchange.com Code once, build four times?

How to reduce code duplication when dealing with recursive sum types? stackoverflow.com “Congratulations, you just rediscovered anamorphisms!”

Links from around the web

The lines of code that changed everything slate.com 75 coders pick the 36 pieces of code that changed the world. You wouldn’t be reading this email without them.

Product management, fast and slow intercom.com When should you make snap product decisions and when should you noodle on it a while?

Flash memory wear killing older Tesla’s due to excessive data logging: report tomshardware.com Your beloved Tesla Roadster might need to head to the shop thanks to too much information.

Free for developers free-for.dev If you’re looking to experiment with new technologies, here’s a great list of free resources and services for developers!

Designing accessible color systems stripe.com One of the most important aspects of accessibility on the web is colors, which developers often overlook. Here’s a great guide on designing accessible color systems.

Announcing WebAssembly.sh medium.com/wasmer I know a lot of us probably avoid Assembly like the plague, BUT WebAssembly is pretty dang cool and innovative, and this online WebAssembly Terminal can help you get up and running to understand the power of the language.

Easy concurrency in python pljung.de Python isn’t normally one’s first choice for concurrent programming, but never fear, though there’s a GIL, there’s a way!

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