Issue 197

Welcome to ISSUE #197 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: an IDE built for multiplayer, a new antibiotic that hasn't hit clinical use, and an attempt at an open standard for accelerator programming.

From the blog

Multiplayer programming on mobile: a chat with Replit CEO Amjad Masad

The home team talks with Replit CEO and founder Amjad Masad about the democratization of coding tools; why Replit prioritized a mobile coding app; and the technical challenges of a real-time, multi-user IDE. This is part one of our conversation.

Forget AGI. Let’s built ADI: Augmented Developer Intelligence

Part two of our conversation with Replit CEO and founder Amjad Masad.

Do you need a specialized vector database to implement vector search well?

Semantic search and augmenting LLMs have sent everyone turning their text into vectors. But where do you store all that vector data?

Revolutionizing Creation on Roblox with Generative AI

At RDC, we announced new tools that leverage generative AI to empower everyone on Roblox to create great content. We see recent AI breakthroughs as an opportunity to increase efficiency for experienced creators and enable even more people to bring their ideas to life.

Interesting questions

Crypto mining by employee for 5+ years

“This is a matter for lawyers and the police, not for you.”

Why is Uranus called a "green planet"?

The unexpected intersection of color theory and astrophysics.

Why has teixobactin not reached clinical use in humans yet?

What is this, an antibiotic for ants?

Is there a possibility when calling .ToUpper() that the new string requires more memory?

Even the .ToUpper() source code doesn't think it's possible.

Links from around the web

In a git repository, where do your files live?

This is an awesome deep dive into some of the inner workings of Git!

The Unified Acceleration Foundation wants to create an open standard for accelerator programming

A team of tech giants is on a mission to create an open standard for accelerator programming so devs can more easily build across devices.

Is AI better at picking and pairing fonts than you?

Could you learn more about fonts, of all things, from AI?

Why developers and staff+ engineers should get involved in open-source collaborative development

We should all be contributing to open source in some way!

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