The Overflow #139: Software licenses against evil 

Low code & no code, electronic export confusion, and free design pattern book

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Welcome to ISSUE #139 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: robo-lawyers that fight tickets and spam calls, the mystery about why there's no new math, and saluting Java as the once and future king of languages.

From the blog

Can you stop your open-source project from being used for evil? stackoverflow.blog Can you control what you’ve already set free?

Will low and no code tools ever truly disrupt tech development? stackoverflow.blog Will the programmers of tomorrow be shipping products written without touching too much code?

The internet’s Robin Hood uses robo-lawyers to fight parking tickets and spam calls (Ep. 471) stackoverflow.blog Joshua Browder, founder and CEO of DoNotPay, tells us how a heap of expensive parking tickets inspired him to build software that helps people avoid fines, secure refunds, claim free land, win back lost savings, and even combat systemic racism.

20+ tips for getting started with MongoDB promotion Whether you’re new to document databases or you’ve worked with MongoDB before, this free guide includes tips and sample code useful for leveraging key features in MongoDB.

Interesting questions

Why does ‘not(True) * True’ not give me an invalid syntax error, just like ‘True * not(True)’? stackoverflow.com “Only 5% of programmers will get this!”

Confusion about USA export restriction regarding electronics electronics.stackexchange.com The lawyers and the engineers don’t spend enough time together.

If math is so deductive, why is it so hard to discover new math? philosophy.stackexchange.com Do you know how many mathematicians have been deducing out there?

Are the mathematical constants e and π encoded in the Bible? skeptics.stackexchange.com For meaningful values to be secretly encoded, your decoding scheme shouldn’t be completely arbitrary.

Links from around the web

You Got This! yougotthis.io This awesome hub for educational content focuses on core skills to improve your working life. Check it out!

Don’t call it a comeback: Why Java is still champ github.com You would think that Java would show some wear and tear. Nope! It’s thriving.

Patterns.dev www.patterns.dev Free design/component pattern book? Yes please!

Archiving feminicide from data to narrative www.alteryx.com This is a unique, intense, and enlightening data-driven project worth learning about.

A blast from the past: Learn to program BASIC with a Twitter bot.

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