newsletter August 17, 2020

The Overflow #34: WYSIWYG style

Welcome to ISSUE #34 of the Overflow! This week, we explore how to build a full-text search engine, ways to get involved in open source development, and how to force a right-click on a website that doesn’t want you to. Plus, the debut of Articles, a new form of post in Stack Overflow for Teams.
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Welcome to ISSUE #34 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week, we explore how to build a full-text search engine, ways to get involved in open source development, and how to force a right-click on a website that doesn’t want you to. Plus, the debut of Articles, a new form of post in Stack Overflow for Teams.

From the blog

Podcast 259: From web comics to React core stackoverflow.blog
We sit down with Rachel Nabors, whose passion for manga and digital art led her to Facebook and the React core team.

Getting started with contributing to open source stackoverflow.blog
It can be intimidating to start contributing to an open source project. With a little research and planning, however, you can start adding value to your favorite open source software.

How we built it: our new Articles feature for Stack Overflow Teams stackoverflow.blog
A look under the hood at how we built our latest feature, Articles.

How To Optimize Cloud Storage Spend For the Next Normal promotion
Learn how to track your cloud spend, optimize your cloud storage operation, and cut costs—plain and simple. Hint: If over 10% of your cloud spending is untraceable, read this no-frills guide for clear direction on how to approach the problem.

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.

Why is it easier to escape the solar system than it is to travel to the Sun? space.stackexchange.com
Some stars just won’t let you get close.

Why are commercial aircraft windows typically oval instead of circular? aviation.stackexchange.com
And while we’re at it, could you add some more leg room in coach?

What are the major technical difference between Multics and Unix? retrocomputing.stackexchange.com
Unix has so many children, it can be hard to tell them apart.

How do you remove annoying click-handling logic from websites? superuser.com
When you’re ready to right-click and won’t take no for an answer.

Links from around the web

The impact of toxic influencers on communities
This is a really excellent article on how to handle different personalities in your community and a valuable read for anyone in tech.

I created the exact same app in React and Vue. Here are the differences
There’s been plenty of these, but here’s the latest and greatest comparison using the latest versions!

Let’s build a full-text search engine
With Go and a little bit of elbow grease, you too can build a solid full text search engine.

The girl with a CSS earring
Some people, not me of course, struggle to vertically center things in CSS. Meanwhile, Louise Flanagan uses it to recreate masterworks of art! Check out her gorgeous rendition of Vermeer’s ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring.’

Want to see who’s still hiring? Check out our job board!

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