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The Overflow #73: Open source helicopters on Mars

Welcome to ISSUE #73 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: open source contributions take a helicopter to Mars, bug bounties cause real damage, and GitHub Actions give you a shortcut to continuous deployment. From the blog Find knowledge faster:…
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Building the software that helps build SpaceX

We’ve talked about the software that flies SpaceX rockets, the team that tests the code to ensure it’s airtight, and the code that helps Starlink satellites communicate with customers and one another. For our last piece, we’re diving into the work of a team that helps the vehicles get built.
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Testing software so it’s reliable enough for space

We’ve talked about the engineers who write the code that operates SpaceX spaceships. Now let’s talk about the people who build and maintain the tools and processes that enable the developers and ultimately, help accomplish the mission of flying astronauts to space. Stack Overflow talked with Erin Ishimoticha, an engineer in the Software Delivery Engineering…
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Building a space-based ISP

There are requirements that make software engineers sweat. Massive distribution to thousands of nodes. High reliability and availability. Multiple distinct platforms. Rapid network growth. his is the world SpaceX’s Starlink program, which has set a goal to provide high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable.
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Don’t push that button: Exploring the software that flies SpaceX rockets and starships

Spaceflight, from the beginning, has depended on computers – both on the ground and in the spacecraft. SpaceX has carried it to a new level. We recently spoke with Steven Gerding, Dragon’s software development lead, about the special challenges software development has for SpaceX's many missions.
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Level Up: Creative Coding with p5.js – part 8

In our last session, we will learn how to create audio visualizations with the p5.sound.js library. We will start by learning how to upload and play a sound file in the p5.js web editor. We will first talk about what amplitude is and how we can program a p5.js sketch to react to the amplitude…
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The Overflow #72: From personal trainer to frontend mentor

Welcome to ISSUE #72 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. Spring is in the air, and here’s what’s in this newsletter: our CEO talks about the changes we’re undertaking to thrive long term, tips on reverse engineering, and the many definitions…
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Find knowledge faster: New Articles features

We've made the Articles in Stack Overflow for Teams even better. With these updates, knowledge becomes even easier to find, content becomes better, and the experience becomes more enhanced.
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The Overflow #71: Copied and pasted

Welcome to ISSUE #71 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: we know what you copied and pasted last summer, checking out our biggest fans at rest, and the Clapper is back but in your browser this time. Introducing Stack Overflow for…
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Level Up: Creative Coding with p5.js – part 7

Machine learning might sound complicated, but with the help of p5.js, we can make interactive visualizations to help wrap our head around these algorithms. In this session, we make a visualization of the popular K-Nearest Neighbor algorithm. Join us as we discuss how this algorithm can be applied to real data and track down bugs…
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Accelerating Stack Overflow’s transformation

This quarter's post from our CEO focuses on two strategic priorities: Product-led Transformation and Predictable and Reliable Financial Performance, both of which add value to our community and our customers by allowing us to continue to support and resource them better.
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The Overflow #70: Networked spreadsheets

Welcome to ISSUE #70 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. Delve into the mysteries of superpositional drunken stumbles, the physics of the correct way to hang your toilet paper, and JavaScript that returns like a GOTO command. From the blog Stack…
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Level Up: Creative Coding with p5.js – part 6

During our second session, we learned how to transform arrays into Bouncing Balls. In this session, we will take the principles of loops and arrays we used to create 100 ellipses bouncing around the canvas and learn how to adapt them to fit within in an object-oriented approach. We will start from the basics and…
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The Overflow #69: When internal devs are your customers

Welcome to ISSUE #69 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. Our menu this week: branch out with Git, fade to black in old video games, and prevent code injection in JavaScript and Node. From the blog A look under the hood:…
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Understanding quantum computing through drunken walks

The jumping off point for exploring quantum computing is to understand that while many of the principles are counterintuitive, the classical universe we know and love is but a mere shadow of the quantum fabric of reality. To get a feel for that fundamental difference we will walk through an example that helps to illustrate the power of quantum computation.
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Level Up: Creative Coding with p5.js – parts 4 and 5

Part 4 In this session, we will make our p5.js sketches interactive! Together with Morgan, we will work on the Generative Art Creator project using the p5.js web editor! We will make a tool to create, control, and combine generative works of art inspired by early media artists, such as John Whitney and Vera Molnar.…
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Stack Overflow badges explained

Badges have been around since the beginning of Stack Overflow. But what badges do we have, and how did they come about in the first place?
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The Overflow #68: Our first piece of hardware?

Welcome to ISSUE #68 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: we April fooled ‘em with custom hardware, can you use general relativity to lengthen your day, and a look at a refreshing new language for SPAs. From the blog…
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An update on our product-led SaaS transformation

I’m writing this blog post to share an update on our product-led SaaS transformation, which I’ve discussed in a series of posts over the course of the last year. It’s been a year of transformational change for all types of companies, Stack Overflow included. We are fortunate to have seen great growth from Stack Overflow…
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The Overflow #67: Forget Moore’s Law. Algorithms drive technology forward

Welcome to ISSUE #67 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: inertial navigation, new research from MIT on who’s building our algorithmic commons, plus a conversation with Slack about APIs and open-source. From the blog Forget Moore’s Law. Algorithms drive…
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The Overflow #66: “This should never happen. If it does, call the developers.”

Welcome to ISSUE #66 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. In case you missed it, Stack Overflow for Teams, our collaboration and knowledge management platform, is now free for up to 50 users. Also this week: helping Dev and Ops to…
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The Overflow #65: Building a Covid vaccine websites on maternity leave

Welcome to ISSUE #65 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: Infrastructure as code, modeling UI states at OkCupid, and an update from our head of product, community, and engineering.  From the blog State of the Stack: A new quarterly…
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Getting started with … Rust

In this series, we look at the most loved languages according to the Stack Overflow developer survey, the spread and use cases for each of them and collect some essential links on how to get into them. First up: Rust.
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The Overflow #64: Best practices, not required practices

Welcome to ISSUE #64 of the Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams at Netlify. This week: why you get spam emails without content, building a Discord bot, and chatting with Google’s DeepMind about the future of AI. From the blog Best practices can slow your…
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Level Up: Mastering statistics with Python – part 5

Rather than dig into complex math or over-simplify by using a pre-written function, we'll write our own binomial test function, primarily using base Python. In the process, we'll learn more about how hypothesis testing works and build intuition for how to interpret a p-value.
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