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Curious about CSS variables? Checkout Scrimba’s 8-part course featured on freeCodeCamp’s medium publication. It includes 8 screencast that are interactive, and challenges. First, you’ll create a CSS variable, and then learn about theming, responsiveness and inheritance. Also, it’s free.

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Owen Jacobson has a couple reasons why he doesn’t like Go. Owen argues that Go is not friendly to developer ergonomics, and error handling in Go that “performs long sequences of fallible operations expends a substantial amount of typing effort to write.” Owen also argues that Go is a ‘political vehicle’, which divides developers into two categories, "trustworthy" and "not."

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The release of npm 5.7.0 came with some unexpected and disastrous issues. Jared Tiala sounded the alarms by opening an issue a couple hours after he updated saying that the update has completely broken his file system permissions. One commenter on the the issue said “This destroyed 3 production server after a single deploy!”  A fixed was released in the form on 5.7.1, but NPM has governance issues, and this is a great example of why it’s smart to avoid npm. Use Yarn instead.

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Matt Burgess has suggested the word ‘just’ is the worst four-letter-word developers use. Take a look at this short fun read on how he came to this conclusion, and why ‘just’ is a malicious word. I would go beyond merely calling the use of `just` as malicious and instead suggest it’s passive aggressive. We also have suggestions on the worst four-letter-word, but opted to write them to /dev/null.

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Marco Slot made quite the post about locking behavior in Postgres last week. This week, he has more advice including 7 tips for dealing with locks. Top tips include: 1. Never add a column with a default value, 2. Use lock timeouts instead of lock queues, and 3. Create indexes concurrently.

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Core contributor to Django, Jacob Kaplan-Moss, detailed his Python development environment for 2018. Jacob states that his environment is a bit more complex, but it is probably ideal for most users. His setup includes pyenv, pipsi and pipenv. Take a look at the full post to get your python env up and running.

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Are you a WFH coffee shop regular? Claire Lower has some great reasons to try working at bars instead of coffee shops. Claire argues that a bar snack is way better than an overpriced pastry, and if the point of getting out of the house is to have some human interaction a bartender will talk just enough. At DailyDrip we are an entirely remote company, and I’ve been working from bars for decades. If you are a regular, leave a good tip, and don’t take up seats when they are full then the bar staff will take great care of you. Most bars have coffee in back too, if you ask.

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* Last week we mistakenly referred to Alexis King as "him" instead of "her." We have updated our website that has the post, and would like to thank the people who have reached out to help us identify and fix the mistake. Apologies, Alexis!

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