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Henrik Warne henrikwarne.com

Lessons learned while being a developer on call (for 10 years)

Being on call isn’t that bad if you find ways to learn from it and make it worth your time and effort. Henrik covers to “why’s”, alarms and alerting systems, and even compensation and scheduling. Henrik writes: For most of the past ten years, I have been on organized on call rotations for the systems I have been developing. I think being on call is a logical way of taking responsibility for your work. You also learn a lot from it. However, it is stressful and an inconvenience, so you should get paid for it.

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Quincy Larson freeCodeCamp

freeCodeCamp – the first BILLION minutes

Quincy Larson: People have now spent more than 1 billion minutes using freeCodeCamp. That’s the equivalent of nearly 2,000 years. To put it another way — if freeCodeCamp usage was a person, it would be old enough to have broken bread with Jesus himself. Congrats to everyone who’s helped freeCodeCamp reach this milestone! Quite an accomplishment, and just the beginning for the tiny nonprofit that’s teaching the world to code. Quincy shares a bunch of numbers in this post, including traffic comparisons between freecodecamp.org and funded startups.

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Budi Tanrim yellowstroke.com

Things I learned while working at Shopify

Budi Tanrim recently left his “dream job” at Shopify, but learned some extremely important career/life lessons along the way. I put this in the “must read” category. A lot of people asked me, “Budi, are you crazy? Why did you leave Shopify?” I often think about this, leaving behind a fantastic company, an excellent mentor, and free lunch seems like a crazy move for me, too. It still is. But…

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JavaScript ably.io

WebSockets – a conceptual deep-dive

This is a nice, deep primer on WebSockets. It includes some web history, describes WebSockets in detail, and catalogs available libraries you can use to get started with them. Here’s the intro to the topic: In a nutshell, WebSockets are a thin transport layer built on top of a device’s TCP/IP stack. The intent is to provide what is essentially an as-close-to-raw-as-possible TCP communication layer to web application developers while adding a few abstractions to eliminate certain friction that would otherwise exist concerting the way the web works.

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Michael Snoyman snoyman.com

A crash course for Rust

Michael Snoyman introduces his upcoming blog series. If this intro is any indicator, Michael’s Rust crash course will be an excellent resource. Here’s a taste, in which he begins to answer the question, “Why Rust?”: I’m a strong believer in using the compiler to help eliminate bugs. No programming language can eliminate all bugs and even the best designed language will typically need to leave developers plenty of wiggle room to shoot themselves in the foot. Still, there’s significant value in safety and long term maintainability of projects that use languages with this focus.

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Upcase (from Thoughtbot) is now free

But…why? We’ve loved building Upcase, both as a business and as a way to share what we’ve learned with the community. But while we’d love to keep investing in Upcase and producing tons of new content, we’ve been moving in a different direction—back to our roots, in fact, as we focus on our core consulting business. So what to do with this learning platform we’ve poured our hearts and souls into? We ultimately decided the best option was to open Upcase up to the world and share all of the content, no subscription needed. As they say, if you truly love something, set it free. Focus is SOOO crucial and sometimes is overlooked for too long. Been there. Glad to see the wisdom of focus here being shared (freely) from Thoughtbot. We’ve always been huge fans of their leadership in the community.

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Alex Buzin Hackernoon

Writing a JavaScript tweening engine with Between.js

Alex Buzin: A month ago I decided to try my skills in writing own tweening engine and here’s how I did it… Tweening, in case you’re wondering, is the process of animating an object from one position to another. You specify the start/end positions (or images) and the tweening engine handles all of the inbetween states. This post by Alex is a great way to introduce yourself to the topic.

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Emily Freeman emilyfreeman.io

Growth in fear

You should plan 10 minutes and read this story from Emily Freeman. Here are some highlights I enjoyed hearing her speak about. On growing up and being poor… Because I was poor, I was nothing. On why she’s in tech… Life, in many ways, is a write-only database. On being a house-wife… I felt like a failure. I was clever, I had worked hard and yet there I was again — worth nothing. On being a mom… Giving birth was the first time I felt truly powerful. On learning… Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

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Kristen Senz hbswk.hbs.edu

Learn by contributing

This post on Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge from Kristen Senz gives us insights into the process of learning by contributing to open source. This comes from a recent study conducted by Frank Nagle, “Learning by Contributing: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Contribution to Crowdsourced Public Goods.” Kristen quotes Frank saying: What this study shines a light on is that the companies that contribute and give back learn how to better use the open source software in their own environment. A lot of the research I do looks at the question, can the company be better off but also leave the world better off? While this study is focused on large organizations, in future research Nagle plans to study the effects of learning by contributing on smaller firms and startups.

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Python github.com

The Hitchiker's Guide to PyTorch

PyTorch is a flexible deep learning framework that allows automatic differentiation through dynamic neural networks (i.e., networks that utilise dynamic control flow like if statements and while loops). It supports GPU acceleration, distributed training, various optimisations, and plenty more neat features. These are some notes on how I think about using PyTorch, and don’t encompass all parts of the library or every best practice, but may be helpful to others.

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Azeria azeria-labs.com

The importance of deep work

This is an interesting 30-hour method for learning a new skill from Azeria Labs (aka Azeria). If you’re a fan of flow and you’d like to learn how to apply it to learning a new skill, check this out. We also know and have experienced the feeling of flow. The moment when you’re fully focused on a task. You lose all sense of time, and everything seems to flow effortlessly; you forget everything around you and have a feeling of control over the task. This rewarding feeling of flow is best described by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

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Robin Wieruch robinwieruch.de

JavaScript fundamentals before learning React

Learn about the fundamentals of JavaScript to ease your learning/usage of React. After all my teachings about React, be it online for a larger audience or on-site for companies transitioning to web development and React, I always come to the conclusion that React is all about JavaScript. The following walkthrough is my attempt giving you an almost extensive yet concise list about all the different JavaScript functionalities to complement your React application.

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Awesome Lists github.com

A technically-oriented PDF collection (papers, specs, decks, manuals, etc)

This is a virtual treasure trove of information! But like all good treasure, you’ll have to do some digging to find what you’re looking for. There are so many PDFs in this repo that GitHub won’t even render the entire file tree: Sorry, we had to truncate this directory to 1,000 files. 257 entries were omitted from the list.

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