The Overflow #184: Stress test your code

Vertical farming, pure math for dummies, and git for solo devs.

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Welcome to ISSUE #184 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: how to get the feedback you need to improve, why rock and metal feel cold, and what a better billing system could look like.

From the blog

To improve as an engineer, get better at requesting (and receiving) feedback stackoverflow.blog Everyone craves feedback. Actually soliciting and responding to feedback, however, are skills you need to hone.

Part man. Part machine. All farmer stackoverflow.blog What’s the tech stack for kale?

Pair programing? We peek under the hood of Duet, Google’s coding assistant. (Ep. 580) stackoverflow.blog We sit down with the PM behind Google Duet to discuss how it was made and how it aims to help, but not replace, developers.

Stress test your code as you write it (Ep. 581) stackoverflow.blog Itamar Friedman, CEO and cofounder of CodiumAI, and Kyle Mitofsky, a Senior Software Engineer on Stack Overflow’s public platform, join the home team for a conversation about code integrity and how AI tools are changing the way developers work.

Complete Compliance Audits Without Interruption promotion Don’t interrupt other teams with endless evidence requests for compliance—automate it. Drata integrates with your systems to automatically pull evidence for audits and year-round compliance. Request a demo to see how it works and get a special offer.

Interesting questions

Why does simply moving the coax cable away from the power panel have such a huge difference in errors? superuser.com Congrats! You’ve just been inducted into the group of people who know what induction is.

How to teach pure mathematics to a well-educated adult who did badly in math? matheducators.stackexchange.com Maybe don’t start out with set theory.

Why are rock and metal often cold to the touch but wood and plastic are not? physics.stackexchange.com The material isn’t colder when you touch it. You are.

How feasible would this mission to Proxima Centauri be? space.stackexchange.com If you’ve got a couple of millennia to spare, it’s totally feasible!

Links from around the web

IKEA-oriented development taylor.town Perhaps we should think about software like we think about composable furniture.

Before your next frontend pull request, use this checklist evilmartians.com If you want to avoid common mistakes that might cause nasty bugs, jangled nerves, and wasted time, this checklist is for you.

Git is my buddy: Effective Git as a solo developer mikkel.ca When you’re using Git on your own projects, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. Here are some handy rules to keep you in check!

How to design a better billing system for your startup www.heavybit.com Billing systems are among the biggest culprits when it comes to tech debt, so it’s worth thinking about potential pitfalls early.

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