Issue 199: Code every Zig

Welcome to ISSUE #199 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: Can infrastructure-as-code be made simpler? Why are blood iron measurements different in your right and left hands? Should academic disciplines have an expiration date?

From the blog

No surprises on any system: Q&A with Loris Cro of Zig

When all the other languages go one way, time to change direction.

Open Discussion: What can be done to reduce infrastructure-as-code complexity?

Highlighting one of the interesting discussions going on in our Collectives.

USB-C for all, PHP 4EVA, and what do LLMs actually know (if anything)?

Ben and Ryan settle in for a wide-ranging discussion about whether large language models know anything, whether language ability is unique to humans, and what the end of the Hollywood writers’ strike says about the future of AI-generated content.

How an algo raver stays in key(boards)

From studying music to coding it.

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Interesting questions

The reason why Semitic languages are written right to left

There are a lot of reason why this might be the case, but none of them are set in stone.

Perfect pitch: Are tones recognizable by themselves or only in comparison with another tone?

"You can identify blue without reference to other colors, can't you?"

Why are iron levels different in the left and right hands?

"Unfortunately, medical professionals are not always an excellent source of scientific knowledge."

The serpent told Eve she would not die from eating the forbidden fruit; How does Eve know what death is?

It's the same reason you don't read about them going to the bathroom.

Links from around the web

Should academic disciplines have both a purpose and a finish date?

Should certain things we study just...end?

Photoshop is now on the web!. Enabled by WebAssembly and Web Components

The web is now powerful enough to handle the robust image editor, Photoshop.

What’s in a domain name: The meaning of URL suffixes

Domain squatting is a hobby for a lot of developers, but the economics behind it are fascinating.

Curved paths

Using examples from the Sims, you can learn about Bezier curves and the math behind them. Do reticulated splines next!

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