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Friday 31st July, 2020 #

  • AI-Generated Text Is the Scariest Deepfake of All - The comparison made to the introduction to Photoshop is interesting, though I’m having a tough time imagining a future where AI generated articles is sort of ok and accepted
  • Jeff Bezos gets approval for project Kuiper, a satellite broadband constellation to rival Elon Musk’s Starlink

Thursday 30th July, 2020 #

  • It felt like a good time to drop in on Richard Stallman’s political notes, this one is is about a Treaty Against Space Weapons, important stuff - Side note I really like his notes but I wish there was an RSS feed that grouped all the posts into daily posts, the current firehose is too much, might be an interesting feature for an RSS reader to implement
  • A new funding model for open source software - Getting open source projects to a place where they are sustainable is important, though I wonder how such a direct approach like the one proposed here would distort the project environment as people flick to popular projects, I fear it would run the risk of making already strained environments more toxic
  • My monolith doesn't fit in your serverless - On the difficult choice developers have between serverless and monoliths
  • The Big Tech Hearing Proved Congress Isn't Messing Around

Monday 27th July, 2020 #

  • A review of the various funding models used in open source projects
  • Sony’s wearable air conditioner - It looks kind of neat but I can't help but wonder if this sort of thing is all that good for the planet, surely it can't be very good for the environment if everyone wears a personalised air conditioner
  • Are we in an AI overhang? - I don't know that much about AI aside from some neural network classes I took at college, and I'm not super into AI as I much prefer web development, on the other hand the numbers mentioned in this article are kind of mind boggling
  • A Mental Model to think in Typescript - Typescript articles often don’t put across the benefits succinctly, but this article manages just that with some real world examples combined with an easy to read style
  • Dynamoose - Modeling tool for Amazon's DynamoDB inspired by Mongoose

Sunday 26th July, 2020 #

  • Introducing Domain-Oriented Microservice Architecture - I found this writeup by the Uber engineering team to be a very good read, it describes their microservices architecture and covers their experiences developing it, also includes a suggested roadmap for teams looking to transition to microservices
  • There is a bug in the most recent VSCode (1.47.2) that breaks the debugger - Workaround by unsetting debug.javascript.usePreview
  • Serverless Rendering with Cloudflare Workers
  • 15 years of MDN Web Docs - Such a phenomenal web development resource, it’s great to read about their recent successes, very impressed that they have open sourced their entire infrastructure configuration in a github repo
  • V8 release v8.5
  • Latest Javascript features to reach Stage 4 - Logical Assignment and Promise.any look interesting

Sunday 19th July, 2020 #

  • Fast Vue SSR experiment with QuickJS and Rust - Interesting experiment to create a nodejs-like request/response server in rust
  • JavaScript’s with statement and why it’s deprecated - “It’s because one cannot predict whether arg will refer to a real variable or to a property inside the with argument”
  • Lesser-Known JavaScript Tricks - there isn’t anything earth shattering in this article but I kind of like the ‘with’ example even if it’s not recommended, there is something quite neat about being able to change the environment just for one statement, though there is probably good reason (not mentioned here) it is not recommended
  • Yaml for Web Developers - I’ve used yml files a lot but I did not know about the anchors functionality, used to inject data into a configuration object, which makes configuring deploy environments easier

Friday 17th July, 2020 #

  • GitHub Archive Program - the journey of the world’s open source code to the Arctic
  • There was a rather catastrophic hack of Twitter the past few days where many high profile accounts were taken over including President Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, now people are worried that an attacker could try to socially engineer a nuclear war

Monday 6th July, 2020 #

  • Rust for JavaScript Developers - Functions and Control Flow - If you are a JS developer thinking of learning Rust then this tutorial might be of interest, lots of similarities between the two languages

Friday 3rd July, 2020 #

  • Github launch - last time I was reading the github docs (about actions) they felt a bit fragmented to me, so I’m glad to see there is a push in this area, it’s really important to have clear documentation
  • BBC Sport website at 20 - How the site has changed over the past two decades - Hoping to find some time to read this later, I do like a good retrospective and the BBC has been doing web for a long time

Thursday 2nd July, 2020 #

  • Apple declined to implement 16 Web APIs in Safari due to privacy concerns
  • Building a decentralized web is hard. Who's in? - worth a read if you are into all things decentralised, quite a few relevant projects mentioned
  • Burrito Delivery Makes No Sense - I didn’t make it through this whole article because after a good start it jumps around all over the place, but the commentary on the food delivery business is interesting
  • HN Thread - DuckDuckGo browser seemingly sends domains a user visits to DDG servers

Wednesday 1st July, 2020 #

  • Bootstrap Icons Alpha 5 - bootstrap icons, svg sprite, icon web fonts
  • Chrome has a new CSS Overview feature
  • Mastering JQ - Part 1 in a series that looks at the jq command line tool, which is an essential tool if you are handling lots of json data, contains impressively short and simple examples that you can copy and paste directly into your shell
  • The end of the Redis adventure - @antirez Is stepping back as the (excellent) project maintainer to concentrate on other things - Best wishes