code-for-a-living December 18, 2019

WebSockets for fun and profit

Seamless communication is a must on the modern web. As internet speeds increase, we expect our data in real time. To address this need, WebSocket, a popular communication protocol finalized in 2011, enables websites to send and receive data without delay. With WebSockets, you can build multiplayer games, chat apps, and collaboration software that work…
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Software Engineer
newsletter December 13, 2019

The Overflow #6: Hats and Hooks

Welcome to ISSUE #6 of The Overflow, a newsletter by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams of React Training. You can read more about it here. This week, we're celebrating the hats of Winter Bash 2019, dropping modern tech into the 80s, and getting hooked on React Hooks.
December 12, 2019

Last minute gift ideas for the programmer in your life

Did you, like me, wait until the last minute to buy holiday gifts for your programmer friends? Maybe we can help. We asked our engineering team what gifts they like and would appreciate receiving. We’re publishing their responses in full below in the hopes that you can find inspiration for your upcoming holiday gift frenzy…
community December 11, 2019

The Loop #1: How we conduct research on the Community team

If you work on a product that’s ever benefited from research – whether that’s talking directly to users, analyzing experiment data, or any number of other research methods – you know how indispensable these inputs are for making the right decisions. But how do you decide which methods to use and when? How do you know if you’re spending the right amount of time on research? How do you know when it’s time to change your research methods?
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Community Design Lead
company December 9, 2019

‘Tis the Season for Hats! Join Us for Winter Bash 2019

Around the globe, we look forward to celebrating traditions that are unique to us, our families, and our communities. The season gives us a chance to reflect, makes us smile, and helps bring us all together.  This year is a special one for the Winter Bash tradition. A hectic end of the year (that included…
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Community Manager
December 5, 2019

New post notices: Improving feedback on Stack Overflow questions

We know that giving our community mechanisms for sharing and receiving feedback is important. In her recent blog post, Meg Risdal described some of the ways that our Public Q&A product team is working to improve the way our system helps users share and receive feedback. I’m pleased to announce that starting today we are…
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Principal Web Developer, Community
company December 4, 2019

Introducing Subject Matter Experts

The new feature, available on the Business tier of Stack Overflow for Teams and coming to the Enterprise tier in 2020, allows your Team to associate a subject matter expert (SME) with a tag. Multiple Team members can be designated as SMEs for any given tag by your Team Admin.
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Sr. Product Marketing Manager