Issue #185: The hardest part of software is requirements

Welcome to ISSUE #185 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: AI won't replace us until it can handle flaky requirements, steampunk inventors upgrade the battery, and a guide walks you through a career from junior dev to veteran.

From the blog

The hardest part of building software is not coding, it’s requirements

Why replacing programmers with AI won’t be so easy.

How Bloomberg’s engineers built a culture of knowledge sharing

Thousands of the company’s engineers, data scientists, designers, and developers have asked and answered questions about how things work inside their organization.

Improving the developer experience in the energy sector

Plus, how software underlies the second-largest electric vehicle charging network.

The cofounder of Chef is cooking up a less painful DevOps (Ep. 584)

Chef cofounder Adam Jacob joins the home team to discuss the problems with the current state of cloud infrastructure, what engineers need but aren’t getting, and why he’s focused on creating a new and improved approach to infrastructure automation.

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Interesting questions

How do I store enormous amounts of mechanical energy?

Contains recommendations on the exact novel that implements this idea.

How to deal with a careless student?

"The primary goal is to help the student make better arguments. If you get useful work out of the process that's gravy."

Why is '|' used as the OR operator in so many programming languages?

All the good symbols were taken.

Onomatopoeia for foxes

Wait, what does the fox say?

Links from around the web

The Password Game

Think you've got a strong password? Try putting it to the test.

DevJourney Podcast

The DevJourney podcast has produced 250 episodes and counting of developer stories across the industry.

Junior to senior: An action plan for engineering career success

Career advancement can seem daunting when you're just getting started, but here's a handy guide to leveling up over time.

The comprehensive guide to Elixir’s list comprehension

The term "for" is used in many languages for loops (wordplay!), but in Elixir, it's a bit different.

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