The Overflow #191: Between product and engineering

Understanding SRE, LLM courtesy, and AI drift.

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Welcome to ISSUE #191 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: I/O-heavy operations on the edge, the earliest programs called AI, and happiness is a developer community called Laravel.

From the blog

Speeding up the I/O-heavy app: Q&A with Malte Ubl of Vercel stackoverflow.blog If edge functions were an onion, most of the layers would be caching.

Visualize knowledge flows with Connectivity stackoverflow.blog Measure whether your organization is successfully breaking down knowledge silos.

Understanding SRE (Ep. 597) stackoverflow.blog Vladyslav Ukis, Head of R&D at Siemens Healthineers and an expert in site reliability engineering (SRE), joins Ben and Ryan to talk about the relationship between SRE and DevOps, balancing SRE principles with organizational structure, and how he thinks GenAI will impact his field.

The fine line between product and engineering (Ep. 596) stackoverflow.blog Kathryn Murphy, SVP of Product and Design at Twilio, chats with Stack Overflow CTO Jody Bailey about walking the line between product design and engineering early in their careers, lessons learned at tech juggernauts like Salesforce and Amazon, and their respective roadmaps for integrating generative AI into their products.

How are elite software teams building in 2023? promotion CircleCI’s new report, 2023 State of Software Delivery, breaks down by the numbers the benchmarks that the highest-performing software teams of 2023 are meeting, and offers practical recommendations on how to shore up your team’s performance metrics.

Interesting questions

What is the earliest computer technology to be referred to as “Artificial Intelligence”? retrocomputing.stackexchange.com For breathless journalists, it was all of them.

Does saying “please” and “thank you” to LLMs change anything? genai.stackexchange.com Future AIs may be slightly less likely to eternally torture your simulated self.

What are the legal ramifications for someone whose birth was concealed? law.stackexchange.com Bad news: they would still have to pay taxes.

How did “oxen” (plural of “ox”) survive as the only plural form with the Old English plural ending -en? english.stackexchange.com One of the last honest plurals that big ’S’ couldn’t buy off.

Links from around the web

Is Laravel the happiest developer community on the planet? github.com A developer community that can weather the storms of time is one to behold!

Just normal web things heather-buchel.com As our applications get more and more complex, sometimes the simple, expected behaviors get overruled.

Things you forgot (or never knew) because of React joshcollinsworth.com React has been huge for years, but if you’re still in its bubble, you’re missing out on the rest of the ecosystem.

What is a ‘AI drift’ and why is it making ChatGPT dumber? www.zdnet.com AI is great...but maybe don’t use it for your math homework.

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