The Overflow #137: The San Francisco exodus

Hate it? Automate it, scientific uncertainty, and the benefits of mini-forests

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Welcome to ISSUE #137 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: building distinct metrics for developer skills, programming languages for bioaccoustics, and improving your productivity by improving your workspace.

From the blog

Automate the boring parts of your job stackoverflow.blog Turns out the robots are here to make your job more interesting.

Quarterly CEO update: Always learning stackoverflow.blog It’s been a busy quarter for the company. We celebrated a handful of big milestones over the last three months. We added a new Chief Technology Officer, Jody Bailey, to our leadership team, announced Stack Overflow for Teams entering the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, launched exciting initiatives like Staging Ground, and released insights from this year’s Developer Survey.

Measurable and meaningful skill levels for developers stackoverflow.blog Spoken languages have distinct levels to measure skills; why shouldn’t programming languages, too?

San Francisco? More like San Francis-go (Ep. 468) stackoverflow.blog Ben and Matt discuss how tech workers’ preference for remote work is driving a near-exodus from cities like San Francisco, while smaller cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma are literally paying remote workers to relocate.

Get your guide to DevSecOps for cloud-native applications promotion Introducing security earlier in development creates a DevSecOps model that enables continuous innovation while mitigating risk and compliance. Join this webinar to learn the importance of application security scanning, infrastructure as code (IaC) security scanning, testing practices and patterns, and how to apply policy and compliance guardrails.

Interesting questions

Certainty is not possible in science philosophy.stackexchange.com “Science is not a goal, it is a methodology.”

“Relax” but with negative connotations english.stackexchange.com For those times when you need zero chill.

MATLAB versus Python versus R: What are the advantages and disadvantages for bioacoustics? bioacoustics.stackexchange.com Here are the best programming languages for recording whale songs.

Is there a difference in Earth’s magnetic field between day and night? physics.stackexchange.com Do you need to justify vampires in your screenplay? Maybe this can help.

Links from around the web

The impact of iOS 16 Lockdown Mode in Safari blog.alexi.sh The new iOS Lockdown Mode that’s designed to protect you also affects web features and performance. Here are the details so you can prepare.

With :focus-visible, you can have focus styles when it makes sense hidde.blog It’s important to include focus styles for accessibility, but focus-visible gives you more options.

Ergonomic tips from over-full-time programmer yoyo-code.com The space around you and how you use it might be just as important as the code you write. These tips will help you stay in good typing shape.

Planting trees isn’t enough. Here’s why we need tiny man-made forests www.inverse.com Have you ever heard of mini-forests? You should.

A blast from the past: Play the long game when learning to code.

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