Inside Dev - December 3rd, 2019

Inside Dev (Dec 3rd, 2019)

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1. Qt has launched Qt Marketplace. The new release provides a "centralized repository" for developers to quickly find and exchange Qt extensions and apps, thus improving productivity. It includes libraries with APIs for the Qt framework, plug-ins for Qt Creator, Qt extensions from partners like KDAB, froglogic, IncrediBuild, Felgo, and more. - QT BLOG

2. Microsoft is working on creating a new programming language for secure coding as a part of "Project Verona." As a part of the project, Microsoft says it is building a new language for "safe infrastructure programming" based on Rust. According to Matthew Parkinson, a Microsoft researcher from the Cambridge Computer Lab in the UK, the project's ownership model is based on "groups of objects." "By taking ownership at the level of ownership of objects, then we get much closer to the level of abstraction that people are using and it gives us the ability to build data structures without going outside of safety," explained Parkinson. While it did not dive into specifics, the company says the language will be open-sourced soon. - ZDNET


3. If you, like me, feel terrible that you just spent the past week feasting on and practically buying everything within your sight, today, Giving Tuesday, thankfully offers us the perfect way to redeem our filthy souls. If you want to give back while helping both support the LGBTQ+ community and improve diversity in tech, consider donating to Out in Tech.

Generally speaking, this is an organization that supports the LGBTQ+ tech community by helping its over 30,000 members advance in their careers and use tech to initiate social change. At the moment, Out in Tech is running a GoFundMe campaign so that they can specifically help build more WordPress websites for LGTBQ+ activist efforts worldwide, such as groups working to improve the health and safety of the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda and more. Thanks to their efforts, these activist groups have been able to use these websites to obtain donations, promote their events, advocate for policy change, grow their communities, gain credibility, and much more.

Out In Tech says they've already built over 100 websites, and are raising money through GoFundMe so they can build 100 more by 2021. If you're interested in contributing, you can check out their page and donate here

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4. Richard Barnes, a member of the Board of the Internet Society who voted to sell top-level domain to Ethos Capital, tried to address concerns that prices will rise as a result of the sale. In this piece, Barnes states that Ethos has said it intends to limit price increases "to no more than 10 percent per year" adding that even if they impose the maximum 10 percent increase for ten years, the price would be $26 annually. Barnes also argues Ethos faces a "strong commercial disincentive" even if, he says, in the unlikely event it were to dramatically increase prices. This is because the Registry Agreement for .org mandates a six-month notice period, wherein domain owners can quickly buy a 10-year registration at the lower rate before the increase. "This should seriously discourage Ethos from doing this, because it would take 10 years for the new high rate to even take effect for existing registrants, and new registrations would likely fall off right away," said Barnes. "So while there may not be an explicit prohibition on larger price increases, there is a strong commercial disincentive." - CIRCLE ID

What do you think? Should we still be concerned about .org prices going up under its new owner, or does Barnes have a point? Hit reply and let me know!

5. PhpStorm 2019.3 is now available. This new release comes with support for the recently released PHP 7.4 and all of its new features, like Typed Properties. It also offers support for MongoDB, HTTP Client updates, PSR-12 code style, WSL for remote interpreters, and more. The team additionally made a number of performance improvements, which it says will result in a faster IDE experience as well as reduced memory consumption. - JETBRAINS

6. The latest version of rqlite, the lightweight distributed database built on SQLite and written in Go, is now available. Rqlite v4.6.0 comes with a number of new database management features. In addition, its CLI now supports HTTP proxy, while the rqlite server also now supports specifying trusted root CA certificate. For further details about changes, click here. - GITHUB / RQLITE

7. If you're a fan of Tesla's new CyberTruck, you might want to check out CyberStyle.css. This is a CSS Stylesheet inspired by the new Tesla vehicle. While it provides components, however, you will need to make your own layout. - GITHUB / CYBERSTYLE.CSS

8. In case you missed it, the Advent of Code 2019 is now available. Launched on Dec. 1, the calendar consists of a series of new small programming puzzles for a variety of skill levels released every day. You can check out the calendar here, and solve the puzzles with the rest of the advent's community over on its Reddit forum.

9. The Guardian's development team provides a glimpse into how it serves 1.4 billion page views a month with roughly 40-50 developers. In this interview, Richard Beddington, an outgoing software developer, reveals that while they do have a set stack, developers are not required to adhere to it. Beddington also reveals the media outlet's backend services are now written in Scala using the Play framework after the team initially worked with Java, discusses how its Content API is at "the core of everything," and more. - THE GUARDIAN

10. WP&UP, a charity organization that promotes positive mental health within the WordPress community, is hosting an online event called #DoSummitGood today in honor of Giving Tuesday. The event will feature 13 speakers from various "for good" WordPress organizations. Topics range from managing one's mental health within the community to improving a site's SEO. The event will begin at 1 p.m. UTC, although you can watch videos of the summit after if you can't attend. - WORDPRESS TAVERN

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. Follow me on Twitter at @SheenaV123.

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

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