The Overflow #81: Evolving product development at Stack Overflow

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Welcome to ISSUE #81 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This issue number, like me, is a perfect square. Here’s what you can geek out over this week: the user research behind our new Collectives product, how the ISS calculates the chances of getting hit by space junk, and using serverless functions in Jamstack apps.

From the blog

What makes a great IT consultant – and how you can become one stackoverflow.blog An international freelance agency shares 30 years of experience and the five qualities that make the perfect consultant.

Unpacking the user research behind Collectives™ stackoverflow.blog We spent over a hundred hours in 1-on-1 interviews and collected thousands of survey responses to better understand what our community and customers wanted to see in this product. This feedback shaped everything from naming to moderation, and helped us evolve and iterate the concept into what it is today.

Episode 352: How product development at Stack Overflow has evolved stackoverflow.blog We chat with Adam Lear, staff software engineer at Stack Overflow, about product,anti-patterns, documentation, developer profiles, and turning reputation into a cryptocurrency.

Designed for modern software teams, CircleCI’s continuous integration and delivery platform helps developers push code with confidence. circleci.com Trusted by thousands of companies, from 4-person startups to fortune-500 businesses, CircleCI helps teams take their software from idea to delivery, quickly, safely, and at scale. Learn why high-performing DevOps teams use CircleCI to automate and accelerate their CI/CD pipelines.

Interesting questions

What are the chances that a spacecraft is hit by space junk? space.stackexchange.com According to the person who does this for the ISS, it depends. How big an object are you worried about hitting?

How to master FORTRAN with minimal effort? mattermodeling.stackexchange.com I’ve heard of lazy loading, but this is ridiculous.

Understand Python swapping: why is a, b = b, a not equivalent to b, a = a, b in this case? stackoverflow.com Mama mia! ABBA isn’t quite the same band as BAAB.

Why would anyone sell a Bitcoin miner instead of just mining themselves? bitcoin.stackexchange.com “In a gold rush, the only people getting rich are those selling shovels.”

Links from around the web

Overlay fact sheet overlayfactsheet.com This is a pretty significant open letter about web accessibility overlays and worth reading!

React All-Day: How do serverless functions and the Jamstack power up your React apps? | Ep. 6 www.youtube.com This is a solid, practical screencast on building serverless functions into your React apps.

A curated collection of publicly available resources on how technology and tech-savvy organizations around the world practice Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) github.com This is an amazing collection of publicly available resources showcasing how tech organizations around the world practice Site Reliability Engineering!

Saving data to Supabase and getting it back again dev.to Supabase is one of the newer “database as a service” tools in the scene. Here’s a nice little tutorial for saving and fetching data from it!

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