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What serverless platform are developers primarily using?

DigitalOcean surveyed nearly 5,000 developers from around the world about their opinions on software development, the tools they use, and the challenges they face. When asked about serverless platforms, this is what they had to say. AWS Lamda - 58% Google Cloud Functions - 23% Microsoft Azure Functions - 10% Apache / IBM OpenWhisk - 2% OpenFaaS - 2% Iron.io - 1% Other - 4% Get answers to more questions like this about developer trends in the cloud from our friends at DigitalOcean in their quarterly report called Currents.

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Everything announced at GitHub Universe today

Today, we’re introducing future-forward features that further shape GitHub to better reflect how developers work. New to our platform, GitHub Actions and GitHub Connect advance development workflows and break down barriers between teams. We’re also releasing powerful new security tools with the GitHub Security Advisory API, new ways to learn across teams with GitHub Learning Lab for organizations, and more. Actions stole the show (are you signed up for the beta yet?), but there's a lot here. Stay tuned for more coverage/conversations as we have time to digest it all.

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Find CloudFormation difficult to work with? Ditch YAML/JSON with AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK)

The AWS CDK is an infrastructure modeling framework that allows you to define your cloud resources using an imperative programming interface. The CDK is currently in developer preview. We look forward to community feedback and collaboration. If you're developing for AWS and using CloudFormation, and you feel that YAML and/or JSON templates are too restrictive, CDK will allow you to programmatically define your stack. CDK provides strong typed resources for Java, .Net, and TypeScript, as well as JavaScript support. You can even augment it by creating your own constructs and create your own DSL on top of CloudFormation!

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Errors from the world's top 100 websites (and how to avoid them)

Jennifer Marsh writes on the Rollbar blog: When you think of the top 100 sites in the world, you think of high-traffic domains and pages coded to perfection. In fact, even the most popular sites in the world have errors hidden behind the scenes that are still visible in your browser’s developer tools ... We found that most of the top 100 sites had several errors which could be easily monitored and prevented. In this post Jennifer shows you the most common errors faced by the top websites in the world and how you can avoid them.

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German Velasco Thoughtbot

Is Elixir a scripting language?

Finally, an article that breaks Betteridge's law of headlines! Elixir is known for being a language made for building distributed applications that scale, are massively concurrent, and have self-healing properties. All of these adjectives paint Elixir in a grandiose light. And for good reasons! But is Elixir also a language that can be used for the more mundane tasks of this world like scripting? I think the answer is a definite yes. I've been writing Elixir for a few years now, but when it comes time to script something I still reach for Ruby. Case in point, our data import routines for changelog.com (which y'all know is an Elixir app) are written in Ruby. Why do I do this? Familiarity plays a big part. Also I find Ruby to be highly ergonomic for such tasks. Having said that, this article will make me consider trying Elixir for my next script.

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Smoke – Amazon's new, lightweight server-side framework for Swift

When Apple open sourced Swift, it was only a matter of time before the server-side frameworks started rolling out. Perhaps that time is now? Amazon's entry is called Smoke, and InfoQ has the deets: Amazon Smoke framework is a new open-source light-weight server-side framework written in Swift and aimed to build REST-like or RPC-like services. Its architecture stresses ease of use and favours a pure-functional programming style for request handlers. Click through for some code snippets and to learn exactly how Smoke is built (hint: they're using SwiftNIO)

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Cristian Magherusan-Stanciu github.com

Lower your AWS costs (up to 90%!) by automating the use of spot instances

If you're using EC2 and paying big bucks to do so, you owe it to yourself to check out AutoSpotting: Once installed and enabled by tagging existing on-demand AutoScaling groups, AutoSpotting gradually replaces their on-demand instances with spot instances that are usually much cheaper, at least as large and identically configured to the group's members, without changing the group configuration in any way. For your peace of mind, you can also keep running a configurable number of on-demand instances given as percentage or absolute number.

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GraphQL github.com

A lightweight (and isomorphic) GraphQL client for JavaScript

GraphQL is based on a very simple HTTP transaction, which sends a request to an endpoint with query and variables. Many libraries require complex stacks to make that simple request. In any project you don't use React, Relay, you'll need a simpler client which manages your query and makes a simple request. Isomorphic, in case you were wondering, means it runs both on the client and the server.

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Backstage Backstage #2

Gettin' Plexy wit it

Adam, Jerod, and Tim get together to talk about Plex! Plex is a media server which allows you to store your movies, TV shows, music, photos, etc. Turns out, you can actually use it together with an antenna to watch live TV and DVR content. They chat about what has Adam so excited, the pros and cons (or as Adam said, "trade-offs"), and how to get started.

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JS Party JS Party #47

The nitty gritty on BitMidi

Where does Feross get all those wonderful toys? He builds them with JavaScript, of course! BitMidi – a website for listening to your favorite MIDI files – is his latest creation. In this episode, Jerod “sits down” with Feross to learn all about it. How do MIDIs even work? Why won’t they play on the web anymore? Can WASM save the day (hint: yes)? How does Feross get so many eyeballs on his creations? Is Preact awesome for building sites like this? What’s the future of BitMidi look like? Don’t ask us, listen to the episode!

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kate Matsudaira ACM

How to get things done when you don't feel like it

Kate Matsudaira provides 5 excellent strategies for pushing through: Even if you love your job, you don't always feel like doing it every day. There are so many factors that influence your ability to show up to work with enthusiasm and then work hard all day long. From gamification to calendaring, Kate has a lot of good advice in this piece. I even learned a new word, "precrastination", which I've been doing a lot of without even knowing it! 💪

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