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OpenAI and Stack Overflow Partnership

Good Morning! OpenAI and Stack Overflow just announced a major partnership that could be a game-changer for AI coding assistants. Google has given a heads up that it's pulling the plug on its Google Fit APIs by June 30, 2025. Have you ever wondered why so many programming languages use semicolons to end statements?

OpenAI and Stack Overflow Partnership

OpenAI and Stack Overflow just announced a major partnership that could be a game-changer for AI coding assistants. The deal gives OpenAI access to Stack Overflow's massive database of over 59 million programming questions and answers through their OverflowAPI.

So here's how it'll work: when you ask ChatGPT a coding question, it can pull in relevant technical info straight from the forums on Stack Overflow where developers have been sharing knowledge for years.

But it's not just one-sided. OpenAI will also collaborate closely with Stack Overflow to enhance its language models and make them better at explaining code and even generating it. In exchange, Stack Overflow plans on tapping into OpenAI's models for new AI tools to assist developers.

Here's a key advantage they highlighted:

  • The upvote/downvote system on Stack Overflow posts can actually train the AI to judge high-quality responses better

  • They did an internal test where using OverflowAPI data improved a 34 billion param Llama model's coding success by around 20%!

We'll start seeing the first integrations of OpenAI's tech into Stack Overflow's products by the end of June this year. I’m not too hot on this collaboration but I’m curious to see how it’ll work out.

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Google Pulling the Plug on Google Fit APIs by June 2025

Google has given a heads up that it's pulling the plug on its Google Fit APIs by June 30, 2025. If you're a developer who built a fitness or exercise app using these APIs, you'll need to switch over to Google's new Health Connect platform. They're calling this the "Android Health platform" now.

To help with the transition, Google has shared a migration guide explaining what you need to do to get your apps ready for Android phones and Wear OS smartwatches. However, one popular feature isn't making the cut - the Goals API that lets Google Fit users set daily targets for steps and heart points. Google says they'll provide more details about what's next for Android Health at their big I/O developer event happening later this month.

Now, the API shutdown is officially happening, but Google hasn't said anything yet about the future of the actual Google Fit apps for:

  • Android

  • Wear OS

  • iOS

For now, those apps are still working normally for tracking activities and viewing your fitness data history. But a few things make it seem like Google Fit's days could be numbered:

  • No recent updates or new features

  • Health Connect is taking over as the main platform

  • On the Pixel Watch and for other Wear OS makers, they have their own separate health tracking solutions

So while the apps work today, Google hasn't given them much love lately. It wouldn't be surprising if the app's fate ends up being tied to that June 2025 deadline for shutting down the APIs that power it.

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Why We Use Semicolons as Statement Terminators

Have you ever wondered why so many programming languages use semicolons to end statements? It's kind of a random choice when you think about it.

Well, it all goes back to the old language ALGOL 58. It was the first to actually use semicolons as statement separators. Before that, programs just used whitespace and new lines to split things up.

So why semicolons? There are a few likely reasons:

  • They were available on those early computer keyboards back in the day. Not a ton of symbols to choose from.

  • They're super convenient to type on modern keyboards - just a quick pinky tap on the home row.

  • Using them to separate statements is kinda similar to how we use semicolons to separate clauses in English sentences.

  • Unlike periods, semicolons are unlikely to get mixed up with other code symbols and constructs.

Sure, semicolons aren't the most exciting punctuation mark ever. But this little symbol became a solid, practical choice for ending statements in a clear way.

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