The Overflow #88: Building A Better Developer Platform

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Welcome to ISSUE #88 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 discuss the close of the Prosus deal with our CEO, figure out how to change matrix values in R, and add machine learning to our humble Jamstack sites.

From the blog

Using stretch work assignments to help engineers grow
Stretch work assignments are tasks or projects that are a bit beyond an engineer’s current skill or knowledge level and that allow them to improve and learn new things. When done correctly these assignments serve a dual purpose of providing learning opportunities for your engineers, while at the same time completing a project or task that will help your company.

Celebrating the Stack Exchange sites that turned 10 years old
We’re more than just; here’s a few of the sites in the Stack Exchange network that have been around for a decade!

Podcast 367: Building a better developer platform
For the last time: No, we’re not putting a paywall on the community.

HealthCare Locator: An open-source SDK for Healthcare apps promotion
Creating health apps just got easier. Tap into the world’s leading HealthCare provider database, add HCP names, locations & specialty information with pre-built search & map display screens and admin tools for layout customization.

Interesting questions

How to change matrix entries using conditional if in R?
This isn’t a yes or no question; it’s a whole matrix of them.

What happens if two local systems download the same resource on same port?
They fight and one of them gets stronger, right?

What are pros/cons of using buttons instead of plain links to download a document?
The extra shiny factor of buttons makes it more tempting to click.

I am spending more time installing software than coding. Why?
As a developer, don’t assume that the work that you’re not interested in should be no effort.

Building a switch component
Switches may be simple to look at, but they are mighty to try out. Here’s how to make a responsive and accessible one!

Strategies for dealing with horizontal overflows
We’ve all run into those horrid, unplanned horizontal scrollbars in various websites around the world. Here’s a great set of strategies for dealing with them once and for all!

Adding machine learning to your Jamstack site
Machine learning? On the web? Heck yeah. This is an awesome dive into the options you have when building ML-driven web apps and integrating them with serverless functions.

Introducing MIDIVal: the easiest way to interact with MIDI in your browser
MIDI has been around for ages, and now there’s even more ways to interact with it in your browser!

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