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How Algolia uses AI to deliver smarter search

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From Julien Lemoine, Co-founder & CTO at Algolia — Search is a complex problem that can be an important business differentiator. As Doug Turnbull, author of “Relevant search” and a prominent relevance expert put it: “Delivering a truly relevant search experience has been elusive, if not a critical blind spot for most organizations.” Even market leaders in consumer-grade search like Netflix and Amazon struggle to optimize and tune their search results with their AI stack.

AI is a key part of Algolia’s strategy. We are continually investing in AI to enhance and extend our existing battle-tested solutions to the most complex problems in search. With 1 trillion searches per year touching 1 in 6 web users every day, and more than 9,000 customers, we have access to a powerful dataset that enables us to develop the most comprehensive suite of intelligent automation capabilities in the market, while maintaining our stringent data privacy policies.

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.

Eileen Uchitelle 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.

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Linode Kubernetes Engine is here!

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Linode Kubernetes Engine (LKE) is a fully-managed container orchestration engine for deploying and managing containerized applications and workloads. LKE combines Linode’s ease of use and simple pricing with the infrastructure efficiency of Kubernetes. You can now get your infrastructure and workloads up and running in minutes instead of days.

If you’ve been following along with the Changelog infrastructure, you’ll be pleased to know we’re rolling out LKE as we speak. We love what we’ve seen so far! Oh and be sure to use the code changelog2019 or changelog2020 (whichever works) to get our special pricing.

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.

Nikita Sobolev DEV.to

I am a mediocre developer

Nikita Sobolev outlines why they’re a self-described “mediocre developer” and how they survive in such a state. What follows is a bunch of excellent advice on practical steps toward success as a developer.

Ironically, Nikita’s self-professed mediocrity and clear path toward defeating it makes them an outstanding developer in my eyes. 🤩

Go and do likewise.

Dimitri Fontaine tapoueh.org

Database modeling anti-patterns 🙅‍♀️

Dimitri Fontaine shares 3 classic data-modeling anti-patterns. The UUID section lacks strong argumentation, but the real gem in this article is his advice at the end. A snippet:

My advice is to always normalize your database model first, and then only fix the problems you have with that when you actually have them. Well except in those 3% of cases where really, really, it should be done in the design phase of the project. It’s quite hard to recognize those 3% though, and that ability is hard gained with experience.

Experience is the ultimate teacher.

Nathan Sobo github.com

Xray – the Atom team's experimental new text editor

An exciting new project from Nathan Sobo and team:

an experimental Electron-based text editor informed by what we’ve learned in the four years since the launch of Atom … this project is a testbed for rapidly iterating on several radical ideas without risking the stability of Atom

Xray’s priorities are high performance, collaboration, extensibility, and web compatibility. Needless to say, we’ll be keeping our 👀 on this project over the coming months.

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