newsletter February 3, 2023

The Overflow #163: Most Loved vs. most questions

Less JS mess, cows vs. tornadoes, and PNG

Welcome to ISSUE #163 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: how hackers are going after vulnerabilities in AI and ML apps, why salt (NaCl) is so prevalent in the ocean, and how you can optimize your code reviews.

From the blog

AI applications open new security vulnerabilities
Your ML model and AI-as-a-service apps might open new attack surfaces. Here’s how to mitigate them.

Comparing tag trends with our Most Loved programming languages
And how does learning to code play into these stats?

How chaos engineering preps developers for the ultimate game day (Ep. 531)
In complex systems, you usually want to minimize chaos. Unless you’re trying to find weak spots. In that case, chaos is your friend.

The less JavaScript, the better (Ep. 532)
Convert unused JavaScript into lightweight HTML…oh that feels so good.

JetBrains Space On-Premises Is Out promotion
A complete and secure software development platform, fully managed on your side. It provides Git hosting, code reviews, CI/CD, packages, issue tracking, team chats, and fully integrates with JetBrains IDEs. Start with a free plan for up to 10 users.

Interesting questions

Why is NaCl so hyper-abundant in the ocean?
And with so much of it sloshing around, how come our rivers aren’t turning salty?

How large would a tree need to be to provide oxygen for 100 people?
Like people, trees are most productive in middle age.

Do cows get blown through the air by tornadoes?
Does this mean the movie <em>Twister </em>isn’t scientifically accurate, only scientifically awesome?

I announced my resignation…and was completely ignored. What to do?
When you stop coming in to work, they might get the hint.

How to optimize your code reviews
Code reviews are one of your biggest opportunities for knowledge-sharing!

Dreamy blur
Want to recreate a photo effect? Why use a photo editing software when you can use CSS?

Hello, PNG!
You’ve seen PNGs all over the internet. But did you know that their specification was updated as recently as a few months ago?

Why we all need subtitles now
Sound engineering has changed, which has changed how we hear words on the big (and little) screen.

A blast from the past: CSS in SVG in CSS: Shipping confetti to Stack Overflow’s design system.

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