Issue 232: Introducing Staging Ground, a better way to ask your first question

Welcome to ISSUE #232 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: Chunking data for RAG applications, how to start developing an existing project in Git, and a new feature to make asking questions on Stack Overflow easier for newcomers.

From the blog

Breaking up is hard to do: Chunking in RAG applications

A look at some of the current thinking around chunking data for retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) systems.

Introducing Staging Ground: The private space to get feedback on questions before they’re posted

Learn about the workflow designed to help new askers improve their questions on Stack Overflow.

How to prevent your new chatbot from giving away company secrets

This week we chat with Kamakshi Narayan, Director of Product Management at SnapLogic, about how APIs can apply fine-grained controls for privacy and governance to the LLM-powered AI apps vacuuming up our data.

Can software startups that need $$$ avoid venture capital?

Today's episode is a chat with Benjamin Shestakofsky, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on the ways in which digital technologies are affecting work and employment, organizations, and economic exchange. We discuss research from his new book which dives into the venture capital business and explores the cooperative model that some software startups are taking instead.

Good data, better results - Twilio Segment CDP

Is bad data holding you back? Learn how clean, consented, real-time customer data can help you deliver personalized experiences that grow revenue. Everything is better with good data.

Interesting questions

How many photons are received per bit transmitted from Voyager 1?

A question that found its way to the top of Hacker News.

How to start using git in a project that is already underway?

Just Git started.

Is the average person capable of adapting to a lower oxygen content in the air than earth, given enough time to slowly acclimate?

Does the term “death zone” give you any clues?

Obvious wrongness of Aristotle

In fairness, his wrongness was less obvious at the time.

Links from around the web

Data fetching patterns in single-page applications

This is an incredibly in-depth look at data fetching in single-page applications. Each pattern has its pros and cons, and this will give you all of them.

Hacking millions of modems (and investigating who hacked my modem)

This security researcher did a deep dive years after his modem was hacked and found some wild vulnerabilities in the process.

Listen to the first episode of The Last Tech Podcast

The first episode of The Last Tech Podcast from tech education firm Moon Highway is out, featuring Rizèl Scarlett talking about all of the work she's doing at TBD.

CSS length units

Save this one for your bookmarks—it's a great guide to all things CSS sizes!

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