Stack Overflow has always been a better-than-average resource for finding answers to programming questions. In particular, I have found a number of helpful answers to really obscure questions on the site, many of which helped me get past a road block either at work or in my hobby programming. As such, I decided I’d join the site to see if I could help out. Never before has a website given me a worse first impression.At the time, I remember thinking that this seemed like somewhat of an unfair statement. That was mostly down to the fact that when I joined the community (many years ago), I had fond memories of a smooth on-boarding, and never experienced any snarky remarks on my initial questions. Yes, gaining traction for noobs is very, very hard, but there is a good reason why it exists. For me, SO is invaluable. How else would I be able to pretend to know what I'm doing? How else could I copy and paste code from some other person who's obviously a lot smarter than me, and take all the credit for it? Anyway, once I had read the post, and gotten on with my life (e.g. copying and pasting more code from SO), I did't think too much more about the post. Maybe I had just been lucky with my foray into the SO community? However, just last week, I was reminded of that post once again, when I noticed that BigQuery (BQ) now has a public dataset which includes all the data from SO - including user comments and answers. Do you see where I am going with this yet? If not, then don't worry. Neither did I when I started writing this.
For me, Jaws is hands down one of the best movies ever made. It's almost 40 years old but it still looks fantastic and the acting is phenomenal. And it's able to boast one of the most memorable ad-libs ever quipped by any actor on the big screen:
"You're gonna need a bigger boat"
“In our (admittedly limited) experience, Redis is so fast that the slowest part of a cache lookup is the time spent reading and writing bytes to the network” - stackoverflow.com
It’s very rare that a project can cause an engineer to get excited about the prospect of working with a database they've never worked with previously, especially when it’s a relational one. That mainly boils down to the fact that the majority of them are clunky monstrosities that are painfully slow and cause us to grimace at the thought of having to integrate them into our applications, not to mention having to piece together gnarly and over engineered SQL statements.