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Inside Dev (Sep 26th, 2019)

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1. Digital Ocean announced the start of Hacktoberfest 2019. Dubbed a one-month long annual "celebration of open-source software," this is the program's sixth year inviting beginners and the experienced alike to contribute to open-source projects. This year, however, there are some changes. For example, Digital Ocean has introduced a new one-week review period for project maintainers before it becomes a Hacktoberfest contribution in an effort to get rid of spam. The company also announced DEV is now the co-sponsor of Hacktoberfest 2019. Finally, Digital Ocean is also encouraging developers this year to contribute to projects that support the environment, creating a Climate section to highlight a few. - DIGITAL OCEAN

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2. Stack Overflow announced its new CEO will be Prashanth Chandrasekar. Chandrasekar will take over from Joel Spolsky, who announced he was stepping down from the role, but would continue working with the company as Chairman of the Board in late March. The new CEO will start work on Oct. 1. Before Stack Overflow, Chandrasekar received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Maine and a Masters in Engineering Management from Cornell, before obtaining his MBA from Harvard. He worked as an investment banker for Barclays, a management consultant for Capgemini, and also worked for Rackspace. - STACK OVERFLOW

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3. Throwback Thursday: On Sept. 27, Cloudflare – the popular web infrastructure and security company that offers CDN, DNS, DDoS protection – will turn 9 years old. Originally founded in 2009 by Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, and Michelle Zatlyn, the company was officially launched in September 2010 at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Since then, it has accumulated millions of customers, providing DNS services to over 12 million websites. Recently, on Sept. 13, the company went public. In honor of its birthday, Cloudflare has been celebrating all week by launching a new product and change every day, like support for QUIC and HTTP/3 support on the Cloudflare edge network, which I delve into more later in this issue. It will also be releasing a new Workers service that will let developers easily deploy new web pages and content that will be available on September 27 itself. To find out more about these new products, click here.

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4. After analyzing the front pages of the top 500 websites, one individual listed out the most common HTML elements used in a graph. Among the top three were <div> and <span>, which the author wonders if this means site developers are shunning semantic HTML or using "meaningful elements." Meanwhile, <nav>, <iframe>, <video>, and <table> were among some of the least used HTML attributes. You can check out the graph in full here. - DATA IS BEAUTIFUL / REDDIT

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5. Cloudflare announced it now provides QUIC and HTTP/3 support on the Cloudflare edge network. The news comes one year after the company started offering preliminary support for the web standard, which aims to provide more secure, faster, and more reliable connections web endpoints. Since then, Cloudflare says it has worked with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to improve on the HTTP/3 and QUIC standards document. For Cloudflare customers, this means after enabling HTTP/3 support in the Cloudflare dashboard domain, users can interact with your websites and APIs using HTTP/3. For other Internet users, the news also means you can use Chrome Canary to interact with Cloudflare and other servers over HTTP/3. All Cloudflare customers will be able to enable HTTP/3 sometime in the near future, Cloudflare says. - CLOUDFLARE

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6. Rust 1.38.0 is now available. This latest release introduces pipelined compilation support which can improve compilation times. In addition, Rust added some library changes while also offering a lint for a narrow class of incorrect initializations using mem::uninitialized or mem::zeroed. For a full list of changes, click here. - RUST

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Devs Making A Difference:

7. If you want to work for a tech company that supports the environment or works on fighting climate change, check out this Medium piece by software engineer and designer Roman Leventov. Leventov has compiled a practical and very thorough way to find these kinds of jobs based on his own job-hunting experiences. While he recommends job boards like ClimateAction.tech’s Slack, Leventov also lists out certain industry recognition lists and awards and other tactics to identify and apply to these companies. If you're interested in climate change activism but don't want to change careers, you can also check out my piece listing out open source projects you can contribute to from last week.  - MEDIUM

Hey there! "Devs Making A Difference" is a new feature I recently introduced where I highlight different ways developers are making, or can make, a difference, whether that's in the world or even within the developer or tech community itself. I'll be highlighting awesome ways you can help fellow developers out, great social good dev projects I find, resources, shoutouts, and more. If you ever have any suggestions, email me at dev@inside.com​​!
 

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Edited by Bobby Cherry, a senior editor at Inside.com who also curates Inside Pittsburgh.

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