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Saturday 8th August, 2020 #

  • It’s been a while since I watched some movie trailers, these a pretty good
  • Breaking Down Serverless Anti-Patterns - Honestly I lost interest mid way through this article, so perhaps that’s an indication of the quality, however it’s an important topic
  • Browser developer tools timeline
  • Illustrated JS - JavaScript asynchronous behaviour - I liked this article, it’s about baking chocolate cakes, and also javascript
  • TypeScript, Minus TypeScript - Turns out your can use Typescript with vanilla javascript by creating the type definitions in JSDoc comments, that’s pretty cool
  • Introducing DevNews - A New Podcast From DEV!
  • To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo - Sort of unsurprising in a lot of ways, of course they are going to be careful when it comes to future legal problems, but also some of the training material communication rules of thumb are actually quite good for users

Friday 7th August, 2020 #

  • How NodeJS revolutionised software development - High level overview of the qualities that make it one of the fastest growing runtimes out there
  • Twitter to label state controlled media accounts
  • Automattic (makers of Wordpress) launches a team communication and collaboration product called P2
  • Some people are saying that with the introduction of it’s Reels feature, Instagram is becoming too complicated to use
  • airtable.js - Airtable javascript client - Airtable is very popular with small to medium sized companies, with this library you can easily build custom cli tools and backend Integrations
  • c8 - output coverage reports using Node.js' built in coverage
  • Let's Debug a Node.js Application - Describes some very useful advanced debugging techniques, tools and libraries

Thursday 6th August, 2020 #

  • Interesting discussion around which large companies (PayPal, Netflix etc) use NodeJS for their backend services
  • Top-Level Await is now enabled by default - Appears to only be applicable to ES modules
  • HarperDB - Building a Database Written in Node.js from the Ground Up - I wouldn’t have thought NodeJS was a good choice for implementing a database but there are surprisingly many benefits
  • A searchable index of public APIs

Wednesday 5th August, 2020 #

  • New Repo: Implements a Books API for a Library, intended to be run on AWS Lambda/DynamoDB using serverless - From a recent demo project I completed, get in touch with me if you are looking to build serverless APIs
  • A deep dive into queues in Node.js - Great article that covers the runtime’s core queues, it’s also worth noting that NodeJS has some great libraries for implementing application level queues, I recently implemented a very robust and fault tolerant backend queuing system for handling inbound Stripe webhooks
  • A bit of self promotion - if you are looking for a developer, or know someone else that is, consider reaching out to me with freelance / contract projects - Now is a great time to start a project :)
  • AWS Serverless LAMP stack - There are a lot of PHP websites out there, so this new serverless offering in this space is noteworthy
  • Future MacBook Pro trackpads may be larger, adjustable, and backlit - Based on the diagrams in the patent it looks like a giant trackpad that spans the entire width of the device, and if I’m understanding the description correctly, the active region of the trackpad could change size based on the app being used, and perhaps even have different regions somehow drawn / backlit onto the trackpad - Sounds like it could be quite cool
  • Apple Maps’ Look Around feature gets first international expansion - It’s Apple’s version of Google Street View
  • In spite of an increase in Internet speed, webpage speeds have not improved over time
  • Disney is launching a new Star-branded streaming service internationally

Tuesday 4th August, 2020 #

  • SpaceX looks for government approval to serve broadband to 5 million customers mostly in underserved areas of the US
  • Introduction to web APIs - I hadn’t seen this MDN article before, it’s a pretty good overview of web APIs
  • Microsoft Teams adds support for 20K participants in meetings
  • Microsoft’s operations will be zero waste by 2030

Monday 3rd August, 2020 #

  • Is TypeScript the future of web development?
  • Creative Coders are the Celebrities of the Future - Sees a future where celebrity coders running algoraves is the next big thing - I don’t know about this exact vision but there is something to the idea that watching a programmer mid-flow is interesting, seeing the ideas stream out into the editor and the software slowly take shape
  • Web apps aren't tech. They're "tech" - Rather average article but it has a very good Douglas Adams quote in it
  • On some of the unexpected benefits of using a PowerPC (really old) mac