The Overflow #190: Long live the new search!

Building AI at SO, lambdas in C++, and language translation

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Welcome to ISSUE #190 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: hear from the Stackers building our AI features, consider whether LLMs suffer from an overestimation of their abilities, and test whether you can have multiple testing strategies at once.

From the blog

Ask like a human: Implementing semantic search on Stack Overflow stackoverflow.blog Stack Overflow’s search is about to change forever.

How engineering teams at a large org can move at startup speed stackoverflow.blog On this sponsored episode of the podcast, Ben talks with Amber Webb, Principal Engineer at Shell, and Naresh Kumar, Senior Principal Engineer at Shell, about their hyper automation initiative, which locates organization-level bottlenecks and removes them.

Behind the scenes with the folks building OverflowAI (Ep. 594) stackoverflow.blog To evolve our company, we had to change the way we work.

Twilio’s SIGNAL, Customer and Developer Conference promotion Join us online at SIGNAL on Aug 23. Designed for developers, featuring 100+ speakers, coding workshops, immersive training and deep-dive demos. Connect with experts and gain invaluable skills. Register free!

Interesting questions

Is it legal for a train company to create an art gallery using photographs of the graffiti on their locomotives and train cars? law.stackexchange.com Just because you own the canvas doesn’t mean you own the copyright on the art.

Does a C++ lambda have a limited life? stackoverflow.com The lambda might not, but that function reference sure does.

Teams turns on my camera for every meeting superuser.com A morality play about default settings in two acts.

Do LLMs suffer from a kind of Dunning-Kruger effect, giving an inflated self-assessment in domains they lack expertise in? genai.stackexchange.com Do humans suffer from a tendency to anthropomorphize their tools? My keyboard says no.

Links from around the web

Modern technology and the future of language translation www.smashingmagazine.com The language translation industry is growing and evolving faster than ever.

Pyramid or Crab? Find a testing strategy that fits web.dev Sometimes the best testing strategy...is having many testing strategies!

Legal Lullabies www.zzzuckerberg.com “Lull yourself to sleep with the soothing white noise of your favorite tech giant’s terms of service.”

Save money on serverless: common costly mistakes and how to avoid them lumigo.io A serverless architecture is often “pay as you go,” but sometimes you can run into stumbling blocks and unexpected costs.

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