newsletter February 5, 2021

The Overflow #59: All the cool kids are licensed to operate a cloud.

Welcome to ISSUE #59 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, a detailed look at a hacking incident we saw in May 2019, the radical concept of users as people, and the question: Is dark mode optimal for humans? From…

Welcome to ISSUE #59 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, a detailed look at a hacking incident we saw in May 2019, the radical concept of users as people, and the question: Is dark mode optimal for humans?

From the blog

A deeper dive into our May 2019 security incident stackoverflow.blog
One does not break into Stack Overflow… without constantly looking up how to do so on Stack Overflow. 

Podcast 308: What are the young developers into? Everyone’s getting AWS certified. stackoverflow.blog
All the cool kids are licensed to operate a cloud. We sat down with Brian Gracely, a senior director of product strategy at Red Hat Open Shift. He hosts The Cloudcast and had lots to say about Kubernetes, Heroku, Docker, and the proliferation of certifications you can earn to break into the industry.

The Loop: Our Community & Public Platform strategy & roadmap for Q1 2021 stackoverflow.blog
We’re investing in Q&A to tackle issues like obsolete and outdated answers. Plus, a new editor for composing your questions. 

Your full stack is efficient, stable, and cost effective. promotion
Probably not. Here’s a question for you: How many APIs do you want for storage? The right answer is 1 across all platforms, places, protocols & drive types, vendors & technologies. But how do you do it? Step 1: Read our blog for next steps.

Interesting questions

Are humans more adapted to “light mode” or “dark mode”? biology.stackexchange.com
We know you all love dark mode, but it may not be the best choice, biologically speaking.

How does one throw a boomerang in space? Does it return? space.stackexchange.com
Like most humans, boomerangs need air to work properly.

How can I prevent cheating in my collecting and trading game? gamedev.stackexchange.com
Before you can trade, you gotta get paid.

Can 1 kilogram of radioactive material with a half life of 5 years just decay in the next minute? physics.stackexchange.com
“The short answer is yes… The fun answer is actually seeing how small this probability gets for large numbers of atoms.”

HTML and CSS still isn’t about painting with code christianheilmann.com
HTML isn’t just about look and feel. It’s a building block for providing structure and accessibility.

Users are… / People are… www.ted-hunt.com
This is a simple but powerful statement about remembering that your users aren’t just users: they’re people, too.

Cypress vs selenium vs playwright vs puppeteer speed comparison blog.checklyhq.com
If you’re working on testing automation, it might be worth it to see how they measure up in terms of speed.

SVG tutorial: How to code SVG icons by hand www.aleksandrhovhannisyan.com
This is probably the biggest deep dive you’ll see into drawing SVGs by yourself. If you want to hone your artisanal coding skills, it’s a great way to start!

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