Issue 210: The last byte of the internet

Welcome to ISSUE #210 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: we revisit a pair of old favorites, question the intelligence of the morons of Mordor, and desperately try to halt the unstoppable march of a `forEach` loop.

From the blog

How long until we run out of fresh data to train the latest AI?

On today's episode, Ben and Ryan review the highlights of 2023, explore what made the biggest impact on developers, and chat about what they look forward to in the world of software and technology in 2024.

If you want to address tech debt, quantify it first

If you want the tech debt metaphor to really shine, get some numbers behind it.

What we talk about when we talk about impostor syndrome

How does our emphasis on impostor syndrome keep us from having bigger, harder conversations about how to improve life for developers?

The developer conference for the AI era is coming.

Join us at TrailblazerDX to learn the skills you need for the AI era. Generative AI is revolutionizing application development, creating the most significant shift and opportunities for developers in decades. Experience 300+ technical sessions and hands-on workshops built for your success.

Interesting questions

How smart are orcs?

"Orcs are no smarter—or dumber—than any other people."

Is it better for me to add more advanced words into my book, or is it better to use easy words that any average English-speaker can understand?

Contemplating the complexity conventions of communication in a codex or common corpus.

To box or not to box? (how to determine if a value can be more efficiently passed by value or by reference)

"If there were a simple answer to this question, I suppose you would see it implemented in a number of existing programming languages. "

How long is this string, really?

You cannot escape the real length of the string.

Links from around the web

Our move to generated SDKs

GitHub has created generated SDKs. What will those AI folks do next?

Interview: Can you stop `forEach` in JavaScript?

Like a slasher movie villain, can a JavaScript `forEach` loop ever be stopped ?

Judicious JSON

Asking "What is JSON?" seems simple, but the answer goes pretty deep!

Images altered to trick machine vision can influence humans too

Humans and AI view images differently, but understanding both their similarities and differences can help with safety and security of systems.

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