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How we onboard engineers at a devtools startup

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Chris Bell on how Knock onboards engineers:

Onboarding engineers to a devtools company sounds like a no-brainer. After all, when developers are your customer, great engineering hires join the team with an inherent empathy for the customer and the tools they use everyday. But to build a truly great developer tool you need to go beyond the default empathy that new engineers have for developers at large. You need to use the tool itself, exactly as a customer would. That’s the only way to understand it completely and to find ways to improve it.

We designed our onboarding experience with this principle in mind. Every new engineering hire builds an onboarding project that integrates Knock into a sample application, exactly as a new customer would.

Evan You github.com

Build your own Mint (finance analytics) with Plaid, Google Sheets, and CircleCI

Mint is super cool, but handing over your precious financial information to a 3rd-party is always a bit nerve-racking. Evan You’s new Node app builds a bridge between Plaid (for bank access) and Google Sheets (for data storage) so you can roll your own system.

Now you only have to trust your precious financial information to two 3rd-parties 😉. But! This is open source so at least you don’t have to trust the application code.

Zach Holman zachholman.com

UTC is enough for everyone, right?

Programming around time is the bane of pretty much every programmer’s existence. UTC works most of the time, but still has its flaws.

Zach Holman writes on his blog:

Programming time, dates, timezones, recurring events, leap seconds… everything is pretty terrible. The common refrain in the industry is Just use UTC! Just use UTC! And that’s correct…sort of. But if you’re stuck building software that deals with time, there’s so much more to consider. It’s time…to talk about time.

Zach includes a lot of time-related puns and whole lot of wisdom about programming time.

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OpenAI Fellows — Fall 2018 (now open)

As we gear up for the launch of Practical AI and more AI/ML/DS related news coverage, I wanted to bring to your attention to this 6-month apprenticeship (compensated) in AI research at OpenAI.

We’re now accepting applications for the next cohort of OpenAI Fellows, a program which offers a compensated 6-month apprenticeship in AI research at OpenAI. We designed this program for people who want to be an AI researcher, but do not have a formal background in the field. Applications for Fellows starting in September are open now and will close on July 8th at 12AM PST.

Apply here.

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“Shift left”—wtf does it mean?

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Everyone’s telling us to “shift left” these days. This raises some questions. What’s being shifted? Who’s doing the shifting? How far left should we be shifting it?

To be honest, we’re not quite sure ourselves. It can be quite befuddling trying to sift through the reams of “shift left” content, trying to separate the ad copy from the nuggets of truth. But what we do know is…

PHP github.com

A completely open source ngrok alternative

Expose is a beautiful, open source, tunnel application that allows you to share your local websites with others via the internet.

Since you can host the server yourself, you have full control over the domains that your shared sites will be available at. You can extend expose with additional features and middleware classes on the server and client side, to make it suit your specific needs.

Alan Shreve closed ngrok’s source code years ago, and every now-and-again an open source alternative pops on the scene. Add Expose to the list. It’s written in PHP and has a nice shine on it. But which of these SSH tunneling tools is best in class?

A completely open source ngrok alternative

Hardware blog.athrunen.dev

Learning hardware programming as a software engineer

I’ve had never really come into contact with hardware programming, working mostly in python or C#, until a friend of mine asked me for some help with programming a simple controller for RGB strips using Arduino Nanos.

We’d, of course, fail spectacularly.

Not only did our hardware not work quite like intended and a few Nanos died in the process(but that’s a story for another time), but I actually learned a lot from this and similar projects.

And I want to tell you some of my mistakes, what I learned by making them and how to prevent them.

Learning hardware programming as a software engineer

Eileen Uchitelle The GitHub Blog

Upgrading GitHub from Rails 3.2 to 5.2

Eileen Uchitelle:

In total the project took a year and a half to upgrade from Rails 3.2 to Rails 5.2. Along the way we took time to clean up technical debt and improve the overall codebase while doing the upgrade. Below we’ll talk about how we upgraded Rails, lessons we learned and whether we’d do it again.

Congrats to Eileen and the team on this massive effort! Click through to read how they did it and the lessons the learned along the way.

TypeScript github.com

A secure TypeScript runtime on V8

If you need a JS runtime that supports TypeScript out of the box and has security as a top-most priority, star this repo and come back when it’s no longer “Segfaulty”.

Feature bullets! 👇

  • No package.json, no npm. Not backwards compatible with Node
  • Single executable
  • Defaults to read-only file system access
  • Always dies on uncaught errors
  • Supports top-level await

EDIT: it’s worth noting that this project is by Ryan Dahl, inventor of Node.js.

Justin Sisley github.com

mostly – a full stack web app starter kit built on Node.js

mostly’s purpose is to serve as a lightweight, easy-to-comprehend starting point, with a focus on providing a great developer experience while helping you get high quality and maintainable web applications deployed rapidly.

It uses Express for the server and React for the client. Worth a look if you’re starting up a new web project. I dig this point about it:

Nothing is hidden, nothing is magical, and all of the “plumbing” is accessible and simple.

Vim github.com

vim-zoom: Zoom in and out of vim panes

As an avid vim + tmux user, <prefix>-z is an essential tmux command to zoom the current pane for the times I want to see my editor or command output at its maximum size. The vim-zoom plugin brings this same concept directly into vim by adding a <C-W>m mapping that will zoom the current split to be full screen. Triggering the mapping again brings back the original pane layout, making this an effective tool when needing to focus on a specific split when necessary without losing your splits layout!

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