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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How to host your own online conference

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Everyone is self-quarantined and working remotely. Now what? Well, now you have to take your conference online. But how?

The basic structure of your setup is going to be a live conversation that is broadcast to a larger group of live viewers. The live conversation could be something like one person presenting with a screen share, or one person interviewing someone else, or a panel discussion among a group of experts.

A really simple way to do this live conversation is to use Zoom. Adding Mux in the middle is how you can broadcast your Zoom call to an audience of thousands on your own website. The live audience does not have to download Zoom, they do not interact with Zoom at all. All they do is see a video player that you make on your website.

How to host your own online conference

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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.

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.

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Host a static site using Linode Object Storage

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For the next three months Linode is giving away their S3-compatible object storage service. Linode Object Storage is a globally-available, S3-compatible method for sharing and storing unstructured data like images, documents, archives, streaming media assets, and file backup. Additionally, Object Storage does not require the use of a Linode.

This guide will help you to get started with hosting a static site on Linode Object Storage.

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.

Zack Whittaker zdnet.com

I asked Apple for all my data. Here's what was sent back.

Zack Whittaker writes for Zero Day:

Apple gave me all the data it collected on me since I bought my first iPhone — in 2010.

This is what has largely stood out to me in the ongoing discussion about what data the four have on me and how they use it…

As insightful as it was, Apple’s treasure trove of my personal data is a drop in the ocean to what social networks or search giants have on me, because Apple is primarily a hardware maker and not ad-driven, like Facebook and Google, which use your data to pitch you ads.

Want to request your data? It takes just a few seconds…

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