newsletter August 26, 2022

The Overflow #140: Interrogating code

AI-assisted job placement, garbage collection basics, and Redis explained

Welcome to ISSUE #140 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: an open-source lawyer takes us through licensing history, introducing logarithms to business math, and avoiding the inevitable burnout that comes with managing developers.

From the blog

How to interrogate unfamiliar code
Readable code is great, but not all code will be immediately readable. That’s when you get your interrogation tools.

The last technical interview you’ll ever take
With a little help from AI, technical interviews can be write once, run always.

A history of open-source licensing from a lawyer who helped blaze the trail (Ep. 473)
The home team is joined by Heather Meeker, a specialist with a deep history in the world of open-source software licensing.

Out-of-the-box data system discovery and classification promotion
Transcend Data Mapping learns your database schema and automatically classifies the personal data within, so your company isn’t left with incomplete data visibility – and you don’t have to maintain database queries.

Interesting questions

How do compression algorithms compress data so fast?
If you think compression is fast, wait until you see decompression.

Does garbage collection scan the entire memory?
Generally no, but languages don’t always implement garbage collection the same way.

Applications for logarithms in a business math course
You never know when an answer will become an excuse to talk about Elon Musk.

What is an expression you can use for when you’re getting close to the end of a time-sensitive project?
One of the most important skills in project management is having the right idioms for various phases of the work.

Monkey business (animated)
Get inspired by this hard-working monkey built with good ol’ HTML, CSS, and JavaScript!

Designing in the open (source)
You might have seen Microsoft’s new “Fluent” emoji set. It’s now open-source, so you can start playing!

Is management burnout inevitable?
The pandemic has changed the experience of being a tech manager. Is it the right role for you? How can you be successful doing it?

Redis explained
Redis might be a bit of a mystery to you if you haven’t had to use it for work. Here’s a great deep dive to help!

A blast from the past: Why are video calls so tiring? You might have opposing cultural styles.

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