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Issue 227: Community research

Welcome to ISSUE #227 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: interviewing the creator of the most-widely deployed database, pondering why XML didn't catch on, and appreciating the elegance and function of the humble water fountain button.

From the blog

Upcoming research at Stack Overflow

All about the research that the User Experience team will be focused on over the next quarter and how you can help.

Collaborating smarter, not harder

In the latest Stack Overflow for Teams Enterprise release, you'll see updates that make collaboration smarter and knowledge discovery easier. This release also includes OverflowAI, a GenAI-powered paid add-on to Enterprise subscriptions.

Supporting the world’s most-used database engine through 2050

Dr. Richard Hipp, creator of SQLite, shares how he taught himself to program, the challenges he faced in creating SQLite, and the importance of testing and maintaining the software for long-term support.

Net neutrality is in; TikTok and noncompetes are out

On this episode: The FTC bans most noncompete agreements, the implications of the TikTok “ban,” why a 2017 law is hitting startups with huge tax bills seven years later, and the return of net neutrality. Plus: the wunderkind hacker who ransomed Finland’s anxieties and secrets.

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Interesting questions

Can a district attorney dismiss their own traffic ticket?

"L'État, c'est moi."

Is there a true one dimensional object?

Sadly, three dimensional space is point-less.

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

"XML didn't lose out to XHMTL, it has lost out to JSON as the transport format."

How did ancient cultures determine that the year was actually a fraction of an extra day beyond 365 days?

“All you really need is a bit of care, a few sticks and a convenient place to observe the sunrise or sunset.”

Links from around the web

The drinking fountain button is tragically misunderstood

The drinking fountain button is often misunderstood. It is more powerful and interesting than you think.

Printing music with CSS Grid

Stretching the limits of the language, this developer made sheet music in just CSS!

What is Vite (and why is it so popular)?

If you've made a website, chances are Vite has crossed your desk! If you haven't checked it out, here's a good rundown.

The sound of software

Sound in applications is often written off as something annoying, but if it's designed well, it can turn a boring application into a delightful one.


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