Issue 229: Python for everyone

Welcome to ISSUE #229 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: pondering why a paltry percentage of GenAI projects makes it to production, exploring the limits of the object-oriented programming paradigm, and going back in time with the history of the world's first planetarium.

From the blog

Why do only a small percentage of GenAI projects actually make it into production?

Only about 5% of GenAI projects lead to significant monetization of new product offerings.

Spreading the gospel of Python

On this episode: Al Sweigart is a software developer, developer advocate, and author of ten Python books. He tells Ben and Ryan why he’s such a fan of the language, why it’s a great programming language for beginners, and how it became the default for so many data science and backend AI projects.

OverflowAI is now Generally Available! A new era of community-driven AI

We're excited to announce the general availability of OverflowAI to Stack Overflow for Teams! OverflowAI represents a big step forward in our vision of integrating GenAI offerings within knowledge communities.

Between hyper-focus and burnout: Developing with ADHD

Eira and Ryan talk with Chris Ferdinandi, a front-end developer and ADHD advocate, about his diagnosis experience, the importance of accommodations for neurodivergent folks, and some advice for devs looking for the best tools and tactics for managing ADHD at work.

Need to accelerate your application upgrades?

Let Amazon Q Developer automate and manage upgrades for Java (.NET coming soon) applications. Q Developer Agents for code transformation will analyze source code, generate new code in the target version, test, and complete all approved code changes.

Interesting questions

What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

"Do you remember that time Alexander the Great lost 30,000 men fighting monsters?"

Are on-call responsibilities for software developers normal or unusual?

Somebody has to debug the outage, and that might be the developer who wrote the code. As always, it depends.

How far can you push object-oriented programming?

Trailer voiceover: "How far can one paradigm be pushed before it [knuckles crack] violates its principles?"

What's the minimum survivable mid-air collision altitude in a glider?

“The psychological barrier to bailing out can be pretty strong.”

Links from around the web

A brief history of the world’s first planetarium

The number of outer space discoveries has risen exponentially thanks to constantly improving technology. This is a great look at how scientists made those discoveries accessible to the world.

State of the terminal

You know it, and whether you love it or hate it, the terminal on your computer is here to stay. How is it doing?

Faking William Morris, generative forgery, and the erosion of art history

Are we at a point where we have to question if the artist we love...is actually making the art we love?

The 11ty International Symposium on Making Web Sites Real Good

The first ever conference for the web framework, 11ty, was streamed for all to see! Missed opportunity not making it an 11-hour conference in our opinion.

Find a job that fits your technical expertise and career goals with Stack Overflow Jobs, powered by Indeed’s hiring platform (U.S. only). Explore now.