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Brad Armstrong Medium

How to fail as a new engineering manager

Brad Armstrong lays it all out there about how to transition from an engineer to a manager: There are decades of books and thousands of blogs dedicated to trying to answer these questions, so I‘m not here to pretend that I’ve got the secret to success. But I do know a few ways that I’m pretty sure can guarantee you’ll fail. He takes you through 8 easy steps to failure. I'll disappoint you now and spoil that step 1 is to keep coding 😱

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Eric Clemmons Medium

Work on features, not repositories

In response to a recent Twitter poll from Kent C. Dodds, Eric Clemmons shared concerns about how organizational boundaries are impacting where development happens. Kent tweeted... Hey folks who have a decoupled client-server application (no server rendering, server is just an API server). Where is your client code and server code located? (#) Together in one repo? In separate repos? Eric writes in his response on Medium: Software is like Jello: poke it in one place, and another place jiggles. In my experience, a repository should house all of the code necessary to make developing & shipping features relatively frictionless. This isn't an exact 1:1, but this was a big part of the reason why Segment transitioned back to a monorepo.

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Matt Klein Medium

The (broken) economics of OSS

In response to the post from Paul Dix on the misunderstandings going on around Redis and the Common Clause license — Matt Klein tweeted: Won't defend Redis Labs, this is a dead end move, but there needs to be more recognition that the economics of OSS are fundamentally broken. In his post he starts by saying... I want to provide a long form discussion of my two Twitter threads as this topic is nuanced and quite interesting. Note: this post is heavy on opinion and light on facts/references backing up those opinions. Thus, preface everything that follows with “IMO.” Matt goes on to share some history of open source software and his opinions on modern expectations of software being free and open, startups and open source, and who pays...

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Josh Comeau Medium

Lessons learned as a conference speaker

How do you develop an idea for a talk, determine the conferences to pitch, actually deliver the talk, and whether or not it's even worth doing? Joshua Comeau writes on Medium: I’m still very much at the beginning of my career. I’m only ~5 years into what will likely be a 40-year career, so I’m only about 1/8th through! That thought is simultaneously liberating and dizzying; it means I don’t have to feel rushed when it comes to making the most of every available opportunity, but it also means I have no clue what’s ahead. Conference-speaking is a worthwhile endeavor, but it’s one heck of a bumpy ride, and not always worth it. I’ll continue to prepare talks — as long as folks still want to hear what I have to say... Joshua ends with an invitation ... 👏 I encourage you to give it a shot. Feel free to reach out to me, I’m always happy to give your proposal a quick read :)

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Paul Johnston Medium

Serverless best practices

If you're building a serverless application to run at scale, then read this post from Paul Johnston on Medium... Within the community we’ve been debating the best practices for many years, but there are a few that have been relatively accepted for most of that time. Most serverless practitioners who subscribe to these accepted practices work at scale. The promise of serverless plays out mostly at both high scale and bursty workloads rather than at a relatively low level, so a lot of these best practices come from the scale angle e.g. Nordstrom in retail and iRobot in IoT. If you’re not aiming to scale that far, then you can probably get away without following these best practices anyway.

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More than a Billion downloads of Node.js 🎉

Node.js just hit 1,024,716,169 downloads and is now officially a part of the three comma club. In the last few years, we’ve seen incredible success with Node.js not just within backend development, but with cross-platform and desktop applications. The technology goes beyond simply an application platform but is used for rapid experimentation with corporate data, application modernization, and IoT solutions.

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Richard Littauer Medium

How to get rid of maintainer guilt

If you're a maintainer who's feeling the burden of your open source software, you have a few options to consider according to Richard Littauer — you can... Onboard more maintainers - spread the burden to more of the community Clearly set expectations - explain your software is provided on an “as is” basis Hire a maintenance company - wait, what?! Is that we've come to? Are we now hiring code maintenance companies to maintain our open source? I'm actually quite interested in the economies around this, so let this post serve as an open invite to Richard to join me on Founders Talk for a discussion on the state of open source maintenance and his lessons learned building Maintainer Mountaineer.

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Abhishek Singh Medium

Getting Alexa to respond to sign language using your webcam and Tensorflow.js

Abhishek Singh isn't deaf or mute, but that didn't stop him from asking the question: If voice is the future of computing interfaces, what about those who cannot hear or speak? This thought led to a super cool project wherein a computer interprets sign language and speaks the results to a nearby Alexa device. Live demo here and code here.

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Evan You Medium

Vue CLI 3.0 is here!

Good news — the next generation of Vue CLI, the standard build toolchain for Vue applications, is here. Evan You writes: Vue CLI 3 is a completely different beast from its previous version. The goal of the rewrite is two-fold: Reduce configuration fatigue of modern frontend tooling, especially when mixing multiple tools together; Incorporate best practices in the toolchain as much as possible so it becomes the default for any Vue app. This means that any Vue CLI 3 project comes with out-of-the-box support most of today's preferred ways to build and ship applications.

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Pia Mancini Medium

Open Collective's new tool helps you "Back Your Stack"

Pia Mancini, CEO of Open Collective: BackYourStack is the first step to help companies discover the dependencies in their stack that are seeking to become sustainable and a way to start subscriptions to them. Each collective can set up different tiers for their subscriptions such us brand visibility, support or in-house training. Just input your GitHub org and BackYourStack will generate a list of supportable projects by analyzing your dependencies. This is a great idea and a good first step toward making it easier for organizations to put their money where their source is. (YMMV as the results are a bit limited (and maybe buggy?) at the moment. Our report is saying we only rely upon 1 open source project, which definitely doesn't cover it.)

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Eric Holmes Medium

Here's how Eric Holmes gained commit access to Homebrew in 30 minutes

This post from Eric Holmes details how package managers can be used in supply chain attacks — specifically, in this case, a supply chain attack on Homebrew — which is used by hundreds of thousands of people, including "employees at some of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley." On Jun 31st, I went in with the intention of seeing if I could gain access to Homebrew’s GitHub repositories. About 30 minutes later, I made my first commit to Homebrew/homebrew-core. If I were a malicious actor, I could have made a small, likely unnoticed change to the openssl formulae, placing a backdoor on any machine that installed it. If I can gain access to commit in 30 minutes, what could a nation state with dedicated resources achieve against a team of 17 volunteers?

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Dion Almaer Medium

On a mission to improve the web ecosystem for developers

Dion Almaer (Google) writes on the Ben and Dion Medium publication: A few teams within Google have joined forces inside Chrome to focus on improving the Web ecosystem, focused on those who build experiences, and create on the Web. We want to make high quality experiences easy to build as that will enable more meaningful engagement on the Web for users and developers alike. This is an awesome breakdown of all the components required to deliver meaningful engagements and a roadmap to the future of the web platform.

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Ives van Hoorne Medium

VSCode themes in CodeSandbox?

Ives van Hoorne writes on Medium: Personalizing color schemes is one of the most important things to have in an code editor. CodeSandbox didn’t have any way to personalize colors in the editor since release, but I’m happy to announce that we do now. The best part is that we were able to reuse a big chunk of logic from VSCode directly and also support any VSCode theme natively in CodeSandbox!

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Ives van Hoorne Medium

CodeSandbox launched their dashboard and teams feature

I've been closely watching CodeSandbox and have been thoroughly impressed with the work Ives van Hoorne and the 75+ contributors have put into this online code editor for ... React, Preact, Vue, and more. I've been thinking about getting Ives on Founders Talk to talk about the business model behind CodeSandbox. It seems to have this interesting self baked, pay what you want, Patron model to cover the expenses of CodeSandbox. Most of the features are free with limits, and being a "Patron" lifts those limits + extra features, and supports the costs and development efforts.

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Gabriel Peal Medium

React Native at Airbnb

This epic four part series from the Airbnb engineering blog showcases how React Native was used at Airbnb to enable their teams to move quickly and maintain a great developer experience. However, in the end, they decided to sunset React Native and focus on native — but their journey to that conclusion is well worth a read. Part 4: Sunsetting React Native — Although many teams relied on React Native and had planned on using it for the foreseeable future, we were ultimately unable to meet our original goals. In addition, there were a number of technical and organizational challenges that we were unable to overcome that would have made continuing to invest in React Native a challenge. As a result, moving forward, we are sunsetting React Native at Airbnb and reinvesting all of our efforts back into native. It's not all bad though. 63% of their engineers would have chosen React Native again given the chance and 74% would consider React Native for a new project. Gabriel went on to say: React Native is progressing faster than ever. There have been over 2,500 commits in the last year and Facebook just announced that they are addressing some of the technical challenges we faced head-on. Even if we will no longer be investing in React Native, we’re excited to continue following its developments. For a different perspective read Should we use React Native? — a follow-up post to this four part series.

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Casper Beyer Medium

Is the internet at the mercy of a handful of developers?

In this post from Casper Beyer titled The Node.js Ecosystem Is Chaotic and Insecure, he cites examples like left-pad, is-odd, is-number — and goes on to say the way to be responsible with dependencies is... ...don’t trust package managers, every dependency is written by some random developer somewhere in the world and is a potential attack vector. ... Is this being too paranoid? Perhaps, or maybe it’s the healthy amount considering the massive reach these trivial packages can have. While this focuses on Node.js, the lessons learned apply anywhere you have dependencies in your code.

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We do Scrum but…our management doesn’t.

Bummer. I've been there. It's so tough to make iterative change to software when those who are "in charge" of what you do everyday keeps interrupting or changing the rules to the game. Sjoerd Nijland writes on the Serious Scrum blog: As Scrum is a framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products, and, if your management isn’t actively engaged in this exercise, it indeed may not make immediate sense for them to adopt the framework. Scrum could thus be perceived to be for developers only. Or perhaps Scrum was introduced by and is still contained to the development organization. In this case it may make sense to talk about the definition of ‘Product’. Would it make sense for the Management Team, to consider the organization itself as a product? If your team does Scrum, you should 100% read this.

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Saron Yitbarek Medium

What are you optimizing for?

Saron Yitbarek, creator of CodeNewbie, says this is the one question that will change your life — it did for her. I encourage you to read this from end to end, and then truly ponder this question for your life. I don’t remember why he said it, but I remember the car we were in on our way to a fancy networking event full of important people doing boss shit when he looked at me and asked, "What are you optimizing for?" ... I don’t think he knew it was that deep. It was. If reading this makes a significant impact on your life, I want to hear about it. Tweet at us.

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An Efail postmortem

Efail caused a panic at the disco: ... some researchers in Europe published a paper with the bombshell title “Efail: Breaking S/MIME and OpenPGP Email Encryption using Exfiltration Channels.” There were a lot of researchers on that team but in the hours after release Sebastian Schinzel took the point on Twitter for the group. Oh, my, did the email crypto world blow up. The following are some thoughts that have benefited from a few days for things to settle. Lots of interesting insights here, perhaps most controversially how the EFF's handling of the situation may have done more harm than good in the author's opinion. Also: we could stand to have a renewed appreciation for OpenPGP’s importance to not just email crypto, but the global economy. I can say I definitely have more appreciation for it after reading this than I did before. I hadn't thought about its influence (which is huge) outside of encrypted email.

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Jaana B. Dogan (JBD) Medium

Want to debug latency?

What is latency? And how exactly do you debug it? Jaana writes on the Observability+ blog: In the recent decade, our systems got complex. Our average production environments consist of many different services (many microservices, storage systems and more) with different deployment and production-maintenance cycles. Measuring latency and being able to react to latency issues are getting equally complex as our systems got more complex. This article will help you how to navigate yourself at a latency problem and what you need to put in place to effectively do so.

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Anil Dash Medium

What if JavaScript wins?

Very insightful post from Anil Dash about the impact of network effects on JavaScript and coding culture. Anil writes on his Medium: What this suggests is that JavaScript may be reaching escape velocity as a network, and as an ecosystem of related technologies. To be clear, there’s no winner-takes-all here — domain-specific languages will always have their uniquely valuable areas of focus. But for general-purpose coding? Everything from spreadsheet macros to Internet of Things hardware seems to default to having JavaScript be one of the primary ways to make things programmable.

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Ives van Hoorne Medium

Real time code collaboration in the browser 🔥

I started CodeSandbox with the ambition to make sharing and collaboration of web applications easier and more accessible. Nowadays it’s being used for documentation, job interviews, prototyping, troubleshooting, bug reports, workshops, and probably much more. Now you can click ‘Go Live’ to get a URL to share and collaborate with others. Plus, it's open source.

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You’re not lazy

The subtitle here should have been “We’re all very !#$@%#$ afraid”. The reason I often hold back from doing something or when I self-sabotage a goal — the real reason is because I’m afraid of what will happen if this thing is actually successful??! Then, I’ll have to actually do it. 😱 John Gorman, writes for Personal Growth on Medium: Fear doesn’t manifest itself like you think, because often times we don’t give it the chance to. Fear isn’t always the sweaty palms that stop us cold in a job interview — fear is generally what prevents us from applying in the first place. Spend 8 minutes and read this.

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Ashley McNamara Medium

Building bridges to GopherCon 2018

Ashley McNamara is doing a series of fundraisers starting now and ending on July 1st. The goal is to raise money for GoBridge and WomenWhoGo — two organizations who make it their mission to educate & empower underrepresented communities. I can't wait to see how many of these tees the community will be wearing at GopherCon later this year. I'm imagining a sea of Gophers rocking these shirts!

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