newsletter July 6, 2020

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…
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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 purple links, skating on Europa, and listing lists of lists.

From the blog

Navigation or forgetfulness? On finding purple links in your search stackoverflow.blog
Our 2020 Developer Survey found that when you find that the top link is purple—that is, already clicked—52% of you think, “Hello, old friend.” But another 14% see that purple link with irritation and another 16% see it with amusement. There are basically two things going on here: navigational search and memory imperfections. This article explores some of the research around both of them.

How does spam protection work on Stack Exchange? stackoverflow.blog
If you put a textbox on the Internet, someone will put spam in it. If you put a textbox on a site that gets millions of hits a day, lots of someones will put lots of spam in it. So Stack Exchange uses multiple layers to block all the spam coming in.

Podcast 246: Chatting with Robin Ginn, Executive Director of the OpenJS Foundation stackoverflow.blog
It’s time to go where no OpenJS has gone before. To space, and beyond!

AWS Community Day | 6-7 July promotion
Hear about AI/ML, Serverless, IoT, Resilency, and more. Join us for a free community-led event with opening keynote by Jeff Barr AWS Chief Evangelist. This event will showcase one of the hottest trends in tech. Register now.

Interesting questions

Found a good question or answer? Tweet us with the hashtag #StackOverflowKnows or email us at stackoverflowknows@stackoverflow.com. We’ll include our favorites in the future.

Is it true that every mathematician has only a few tricks? mathoverflow.net
And if you run out of tricks, make it simpler (or more complicated) and prove that instead.

What would ice-skating be like on Europa? space.stackexchange.com
“Why is ice slippery?” turns out to be more involved than we expected.

Is sudo almost useless for security? security.stackexchange.com
sudo doesn’t protect you from attackers. It protects you from yourself.

What is the difference between chrono::month and chrono::months? stackoverflow.com
Thank God it’s chrono::day{5}

Links from around the web

Safari 14 Beta release notes developer.apple.com
WWDC happened this past week, and alongside the latest OS changes, big changes are coming to Safari! Here’s the release notes so you can take advantage of them in your projects.

Which coronavirus vaccine will win the race? The clues are in the vial www.abc.net.au
Here is a beautiful (and scary) visualization of COVID-19 with details about how a vaccine might work.

Concerning hackers who break into computer systems faculty.nps.edu
Computer security is nothing new. Here’s a really neat paper by Dorothy E. Denning from back in 1990 that discusses the motivations of hackers who break the law.

A deep dive into React Context API blog.logrocket.com
State management in React is something that’s been changing and full of new opinions fairly consistently over the past few years. But last year brought React hooks, and with it the new useContext hook. Here’s a great deep dive into simplifying your state management with the Context API.

List of lists of lists en.wikipedia.org
Yo dawg, we heard you like lists, so we made a list of lists and a list of the list of lists and put a link to the list of lists of lists in this list!

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