newsletter February 25, 2022

The Overflow #114: Work estimates that account for friction, continual learning, and the coders inspired by Tumblr

Welcome to ISSUE #114 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: realistic work estimates, creating a culture of continual learning, and how Tumblr inspired a generation of women to code.

Welcome to ISSUE #114 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: realistic work estimates, creating a culture of continual learning, and how Tumblr inspired a generation of women to code.

From the blog

Work estimates must account for friction stackoverflow.blog
If your project estimates include eight hours of work per employee day, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Gen Z doesn’t understand file structures (Ep. 415) stackoverflow.blog
The home team talks about Cassidy’s new role as Head of Developer Experience and Education at Remote, Ceora’s controversial opinion on mac and cheese, and why Gen Z may understand information architecture differently than the rest of us.

Column by your name: The analytics database that skips the rows (Ep. 416) stackoverflow.blog
What if you could get insights faster with a database purpose-built for analytics?

NetApp revolutionizes your enterprise application strategy [Free IDC Report] promotion
What’s the secret to flexible, responsive, resilient operations? Pairing modernized infrastructure and high data availability. NetApp lets you run apps on premises or migrate to the cloud. Read IDC’s take. Spoiler alert: you don’t need to choose.

Interesting questions

Made a bad code change that introduced a bug into our system. How do I rebound? workplace.stackexchange.com
“People make mistakes, but the process is what’s at fault when that happens, not the people themselves. If you have managers that don’t recognise that, then that’s a red flag.”

Problems with students stuck in web browser and what to do about it cseducators.stackexchange.com
Further evidence that Gen Z doesn’t understand file structures.

Creating a coding standards document softwareengineering.stackexchange.com
Are there any standards for writing a coding standards document?

Potential employer wants deposit for equipment workplace.stackexchange.com
Danger, Will Robinson.

Getting started with the File System Access API css-tricks.com
WebKit now supports the new File System Access API! Here’s how to use it.

From Tumblr girl to engineer: How the platform inspired a generation of women to code mashable.com
Some of us learned to code because of school, some because of MySpace, and some because of Neopets. But a surprising number of women learned because of Tumblr.

The State of JS 2021 2021.stateofjs.com
The 2021 State of JavaScript results are in! Catch up on what’s happened in the world of JavaScript over the last two years.

How to survive in a world of information overload nirandfar.com
We’re drowning in more information than ever. What can we do about it?

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The Overflow #115: What engineering managers give up, an AI bot that can ace technical interviews, and a one-stop monorepo resource  

Welcome to ISSUE #115 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: what you give up when you move into management, an AI bot that’s better than you at answering technical interview questions, and resources to help with monorepos and functional programming.