Ryan Donovan

Ryan Donovan helps run editorial for the Stack Overflow blog. He's spend over 15 years as a technical writer embedded in software development teams across multiple industries. He lives in New York City and hopes to meet your dog some day.
newsletter October 16, 2020

The Overflow #43: Simulated keyboards

Welcome to ISSUE #43 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week, we’re coding for the long game, learning the difference between cats and not cats, and translating our favorite JRPGs into English. From the blog Play the long game when…
newsletter October 9, 2020

The Overflow #42: Bugs vs. corruption

Welcome to ISSUE #42 of the Overflow: Spooktober Edition! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: how we’re using our own products, the difference between bugs and corruption, and how Flash games changed the video game industry. From the blog How Stackers ditched the…
newsletter October 2, 2020

The Overflow #41: Satisfied with your own code

Welcome to ISSUE #41 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week is pumpkin-spiced so your code can easily fall into your commits. We’ve got bushels of goodies this week: what our chief product and technology officer learned from hiring hundreds…
code-for-a-living September 25, 2020

The Overflow #40: Tech in “Rest of the World”

Welcome to ISSUE #39 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify.  It’s a big, round milestone, so we’re celebrating the way we always do: giving you the scoop on future robo-coders, getting names for lonely lists, and marking the moment when Moment.js…
newsletter September 18, 2020

The Overflow #39: Breaking leases in Silicon Valley

Welcome to ISSUE #39 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. For your consideration: micro frontends, the ancient computer hardware making a cameo beside James Bond, and a time-lapse of the most popular website rankings since 1993. From the blog Can one…
newsletter September 11, 2020

The Overflow #38: More threads than cores

Welcome to ISSUE #38 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week, a look at the staying power of object-oriented programming, the olden days of backing up a hard drive to a ton of CDs, the top five most irritating web…
newsletter September 4, 2020

The Overflow #37: Bloatware, memory hog, or monolith

September 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #37 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. Thrill to the veteran Stack Overflow engineer who walks like a noob! Gasp at the 2000-year-old temperature reading! Marvel at the GitHub README that writes itself!…
newsletter August 28, 2020

The Overflow #36: Community-a-thon

August 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #36 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. In the US, it’s the dog days of summer, which we imagine dogs are excited about. Read on for personal development nerds, creating secure voting systems…
code-for-a-living August 26, 2020

Kotlin 1.4 released to improve performance

Last week, JetBrains released Kotlin 1.4 to the programming community. The update added some new language features but also put a strong focus on improving quality-of-life and performance, especially when paired with JetBrains’s own IntelliJ IDEA IDE.  Kotlin is a programming language best known as “Java without the warts.” It can compile both  to Java…