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.
code-for-a-living April 23, 2020

The final Python 2 release marks the end of an era

For you Python users who have been unwilling (or unable) to upgrade to version 3, there’s yet another reason to get motivated: python.org has released Python 2.7.18, the absolute last official release for Python 2.  While it doesn’t add much in terms of features, it does act as a milestone. This release comes after official…
newsletter April 17, 2020

The Overflow #17: Legally beige

April 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #17 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. Just like the white winged dove, you’re on the edge of newsletter seventeen. This week, we’re introducing a robot that flags unfriendly comments, checking a US nickel’s magnetism, and…
code-for-a-living April 13, 2020

Socializing with co-workers while social distancing

As we increase our social distancing efforts and have fewer people around us, building connections and socializing becomes ever more important for our mental health. We spend a lot of time at work and a decreasing amount of time socializing outside of it, so turning some of that work time into a social time can serve two purposes. For it to be effective, though, you can’t just push socializing initiatives alone.
newsletter April 3, 2020

The Overflow #15: Dark mode!

April 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #15 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. We weren’t kidding, this newsletter runs weekly from here on out. And this week, we’re doubling our podcast output, building models of molecules at home, and comparing Class vs.…
newsletter March 27, 2020

The Overflow #14: Adapting our workflow

March 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #14 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. Starting this week, we’re going to be moving this newsletter to weekly rather than every other week. Things around the world are changing dramatically every day, and we want…
code-for-a-living March 23, 2020

Defending yourself against coronavirus scams

Like a lot of you, I’m pretty glued to the news these days, trying to balance unease with calm realism. In trying times like these, we look for resources for critical information and ways to help people less fortunate than us. That’s the good news; the better angels of our nature see difficult situations—fires in…
newsletter March 20, 2020

The Overflow #13: The History of the URL

March 2020 Welcome to ISSUE #13 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams of React Training. You can read more about it here. In this week’s newsletter: how to stay sane while working remotely, the perils of 100% CPU load, and what’s…
newsletter March 6, 2020

The Overflow #12: Plain text

Welcome to ISSUE #12 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams of React Training. You can read more about it here. In this week's newsletter, we're seeing what's up with Blazor, wondering if it's legal to crack MD5 hashes, and making the most of our JavaScript console.