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The unexpected benefits of mentoring others

At some point in your career, you may well be advised to seek out a mentor. The idea is that if someone who is further along in their journey guides you, you can move faster in yours. For the most part, this is solid advice. Having a mentor can provide you with invaluable insights, give you tailored support, and get you thinking in ways you wouldn’t otherwise. However, I’m not going to talk about being a mentee today. Instead,...

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Using collections to make your SQL access easier and more efficient

Almost every application or piece of software today interacts with a database of some sort, with relational databases in particular. Although there are a number of languages for manipulating relational databases, SQL remains a standard. While SQL is a robust language, it has some limitations. To overcome SQL limitations, many companies introduced programming languages for building applications that interface with SQL databases—for...

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Unpacking the user research behind Collectives™

This week we launched a new initiative: CollectivesTM on Stack Overflow. For over a year now, I’ve led our Product Research efforts on this project. In this post I want to share some of the valuable feedback we’ve collected from community members of our site, how their input shaped what we launched, and what we hope to launch in the near future. Before I dive in, here are some key things to know: We’ve collected a lot of feedback...

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Announcing the launch of Collectives™ on Stack Overflow

When I joined Stack Overflow in early 2020, one of the things that drew me to the role was the tremendous depth and breadth of our technical community. We know that getting specific, expert knowledge about a technical product or service is challenging.  We also know that building communities, engaging with developers and supporting them at scale can be a challenge for organizations. Over the past year, our Reach & Relevance team...

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Podcast 350: A deep dive into natural language processing and speech to text systems

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rev. We explore the history of automatic speech recognition and computer systems that can understand human commands. From there, we explain the machine learning revolution that has powered recent advancements in speech to text systems, like the one employed by Rev for automatic transcription. Finally, we look to the future, and imagine the features and services that the next generation of this AI...

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Can InnerSource bring open source practices to closed corporate bureaucracies?

Open source won. In the battle between software created openly by anyone who wants to contribute and those rigidly coded in closed shops, it was no contest. If you used closed source software and you wanted new features included or bugs fixed, you had to wait for the product to change, complain about it, or develop a workaround, hoping that the change made it into the product someday. With open source, you can participate by offering...