newsletter August 19, 2022

The Overflow #139: Software licenses against evil 

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

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?
Can you control what you’ve already set free?

Will low and no code tools ever truly disrupt tech development?
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)
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)’?
“Only 5% of programmers will get this!”

Confusion about USA export restriction regarding electronics
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?
Do you know how many mathematicians have been deducing out there?

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

You Got This!
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
You would think that Java would show some wear and tear. Nope! It’s thriving.
Free design/component pattern book? Yes please!

Archiving feminicide from data to narrative
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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