newsletter March 11, 2022

The Overflow #116: Stop aggregating away the signal in your data

This week: how to stop aggregating away the signal in your data, the hipster programming paradigm, and the junior software engineer making all the architecture decisions at their startup (are they working hard enough?).

Welcome to ISSUE #116 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: how to stop aggregating away the signal in your data, the hipster programming paradigm, and the junior software engineer making all the architecture decisions at their startup (are they working hard enough?).

From the blog

Stop aggregating away the signal in your data stackoverflow.blog
By aggregating our data in an effort to simplify it, we lose the signal and the context we need to make sense of what we’re seeing.

Twilio launches Collective on Stack Overflow stackoverflow.blog
More than 10 million developers use Twilio’s platform to add customer engagement solutions to their products and services. Now there’s an easy way to find helpful content and connect with experts from Twilio and the Stack Overflow community when you have questions.

Is functional programming the hipster programming paradigm? (Ep. 418) stackoverflow.blog
The home team discusses functional programming and where it got its reputation as “the mustachioed hipster of programming paradigms.”

Pusher + Flutter together at last: Realtime features and notifications for Flutter apps promotion
FlutterDevs rejoice! Pusher has released official SDKs for adding realtime communication capabilities to your Flutter apps. Check out the new quick start guides to start building cross-platform realtime.

Interesting questions

Am I being taken advantage of? workplace.stackexchange.com
First, decide what your priorities are.

How do I check the build status of a Jenkins build from the command line? serverfault.com
“I couldn’t find a built-in tool, so I made one.”

Have any cryptographic breaks been executed in the real world since World War II? crypto.stackexchange.com
What’s crackin’? Cryptographically, plenty.

What evolutionary pressures would lead to gnomes? worldbuilding.stackexchange.com
Not even Gnome Chomsky could tackle this one.

Why Vim www.jakeworth.com
Vim, famously difficult to exit, has stuck around for a long time. Why do people love it so much?

A new year, a new MDN hacks.mozilla.org
MDN is home to over 40,000 articles accessed by developers all over the world. Check out their new look and feel.

How many re-renders is too many? alexsidorenko.com
When should you optimize your components? This is a great explainer on the subject.

IE down, edge up… global browser usage stats are for cocktail parties and conference slides css-tricks.com
“Please don’t make decisions about what to support and not support based on global statistics.”

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