The Overflow #6: Hats and Hooks

Welcome to ISSUE #6 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’re celebrating the hats of Winter Bash 2019, dropping modern tech into the 80s, and getting hooked on React Hooks.

From the blog

‘Tis the season for hats! Join us for Winter Bash 2019
Join us December 9 through January 1 for Winter Bash 2019, which showcases a wild retrospective of hats that have been featured over five years, from 2014 to 2018. You can upgrade your avatar with some of the favorite hats from the past, as well as discover a couple of changed triggers for secret ones. We wish you luck finding them all!

Podcast #131: Searching for the next frontier
We chat with Chris Dixon about the history of web security, the future of machine learning, and a crypto startup school he is helping to launch.

Interesting questions

Found a good question or answer? Share it with the hashtag #StackOverflowKnows on your favorite social network. We’ll include our favorites in the future.

Who verifies the trust of certificate authorities?
Who authorizes the authorizers?

How much tech advancement could be made out of a modern processor appearing in the 1980s?
If a time-traveler dropped a modern CPU into the 1980s, how RADICAL would have technology gotten? Less radical than you’d think, dude.

Schemes/ Mechanisms that could provide one time decryption?
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”

Template not provided using create-react-appt?
Shouldn’t a new install of React provide you with a default template if it’s going to ask you about it?

Functions that simply call another function, bad design choice?
Sure, using a function that merely wraps around another function might break the law of Demeter and anger the gods, but is it bad software design?

Links from around the web

How to use new CSS “:is()” for easy element targeting
This :is() a really exciting change to get to know in CSS!

Fyne v1.2 mobile support pre-release
Fyne is a cross-platform UI toolkit written in Go, and they just released mobile functionality! This is a really cool open source project for making GUIs across different devices, I’m really excited about it.

Thinking in React Hooks
If you’re having trouble wrapping your mind around React Hooks, this is a beautiful post about how to think about them properly.

AUTHentication VS AUTHorization
The author in this post authoritatively and authentically explains the difference between the two most used auths in tech.

I created the exact same app in React and Svelte. Here are the differences.
Svelte is a new web framework (yes, another one) that’s growing quickly. Here’s a great guide to see the differences between it and React!


Ryan Donovan
Ryan Donovan is a Content Marketer at Stack Overflow. He's been writing for developers for two decades.

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