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Inside Dev (Aug 16th, 2019)

Hey readers! I have started to compile a Twitter list of web developer-related accounts that I would like your help with and I'd love for you to subscribe to! If you have any Twitter accounts to recommend, please shoot me an email at dev@inside.com and I'll make sure to follow. Bonus points if you can recommend those voices on Twitter (and even projects) that tend to go under the radar as I'd genuinely love to promote them! 

For me, the goal is to follow as many awesome people as possible so I can deliver you guys stories from sources, and about the topics, you care about the most. If your suggestion is particularly awesome, I'll also feature it in the newsletter while crediting you, of course! Thanks so much. Have an amazing weekend! - Sheena

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1. The React team has launched a new version of React Developer Tools. This latest release offers full support for React Hooks while featuring an updated DevTools that makes it easier to navigate deeply nested hierarchies. In addition to Chrome and Firefox, the release is available for use in the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge as well. - REACT.JS

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2. Rust 1.37.0 is now available. In this new version, developers can now refer to enum variants through type aliases and create unnamed const items. In addition, the cargo vendor command is now built into Cargo. For a full list of detailed changes, check out the release notes. - RUST

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3. Follow Friday: @Poornima Vijayashanke

This week, I'd like to introduce you to engineer Poornima Vijayashanker. Vijayashanker is the founding engineer of Mint as well as the founder of Femgineer, a company that aims to educate, empower, and encourage professionals in the tech industry by providing workshops, courses, and more. She also runs a show called "Build," which aims to clarify myths related to building products, companies and tech careers.

Vijayashanker doesn't provide high-level technical advice and whatnot on her Twitter account. What she does offer, however, are expert-backed tips for how to strengthen the other "soft" skills necessary for success in this industry. These topics range from salary negotiation to public speaking, which Vijayashanker has even written an entire book about. On her own Twitter, Vijayashanker, for example, teaches tech professionals how to deliver stimulating and effective technical presentations, offers tips to introverted project leaders, and more. 

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4. Most government, news and information, and e-commerce websites are inaccessible to visually impaired users, causing them to lose billions of dollars, a new report from accessibility software company Deque Systems reveals. According to researchers, this results in a $6.9 billion opportunity market for these industries. Researchers interviewed 73 blind adults and found that 70 percent of websites from the above industries are so inaccessible, those with visual problems are forced to either visit rival sites, abandon Internet transactions, and more. “Besides the moral dilemma and legal risk, businesses with inaccessible websites are missing a huge revenue opportunity by ignoring an untapped market,” said Preety Kumar, the CEO of Deque Systems. “Among internet retailers specifically, two-thirds of the top ten online retailers had serious accessibility issues, meaning they are leaving $6.9 billion in potential North American e-commerce revenues on the table.” - SDTIMES

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5. An Indian startup claiming it built an artificial intelligence-assisted app development platform was relying mostly on human engineers to build apps, not AI. According to the Wall Street Journal, Engineer.ai simply used the AI narrative as a tool to capture both customers and investment so that it could launch its automation platform. Altogether, the company has received nearly $30 million in funding. According to its chief business officer, Robert Holdheim, who is suing the company, Engineer.ai founder Sachin Dev Duggal "was telling investors that Engineer.ai was 80% done with developing a product that, in truth, he had barely even begun to develop." - THE VERGE

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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.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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