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1. Russian police arrested Nginx developer Igor Sysoev and the company's co-founder Maxim Konovalov. Law enforcement officials detained the two while conducting a raid on the company behind the popular web server's Moscow offices after the Rambler Group filed a copyright infringement complaint. The parent company of rambler.ru, one of Russia's biggest search engines and internet portals, claims it owns the Nginx web server code, as Sysoev created Nginx during his free time while he was working as the company's system administrator in 2002. Nginx, one of the world's most popular web server software programs, is used by 30 percent of the world's websites today – including Netflix – and was purchased for $670 million in March by U.S. technology company F5 Networks. - ZDNET

2. Text editor Vim 8.2 is now available. This new release comes with popup windows, which allow developers to see messages, code snippets, and more on top of the text being edited. It also introduces text properties, which the Vim team says users can use for a wide variety of simple and complicated tasks, including "using an external parser to locate syntax items and highlight them asynchronously." Other new features include new change listener support, a ":const" command for declaring a variable that cannot change, and more. - VIM

3. Follow Friday: This week, I'd like to introduce readers to Yegor Bugayenko. A programmer, Yegor is the author of Elegant Objects, a book about object-oriented programming. He is also the founder of software engineering and management platform, Zerocracy. Yegor tweets insightful, straightforward tips about software architecture and the business of working as a freelance developer, offering "radical" advice like urging developers to, for example, prioritize architecture over client's happiness in order to build a good product. He also posts about general development-related topics and tips, offering advice on code reviews and more. You can follow him on Twitter here

4. Gutenberg 7.1 has been released. This new version comes with custom select control, text highlight, and custom gradient picker components developers can use in their plugins. Other new features include an improved native multi-block selection process, a pop-up welcome modal, drag-and-drop featured images, a new demo block template named index.html that can be used as a backup when no other template is available, and more. - WORDPRESS

5. The Visual Studio Code team launched its November 2019 release. Visual Studio Code version 1.41 offers support for optional chaining in both JavaScript and TypeScript, and introduces a new debug START view designed to make it easier to start and configure debugging in a new workspace. Other new features include compact folders in Explorer, the ability to edit both files in a difference view, the addition of a "mirror cursor" when editing HTML tags, and more. - VISUAL STUDIO CODE

6. In this piece, a number of remote teams explain how they manage to successfully, and efficiently, pull off code reviews despite differing timezones. One CTO shares, for example, how his developers write lengthy, detailed comments to avoid further clarification questions. Another team says they use GitHub instead of Slack as their main communication channel, thus increasing responsiveness. - PULL REQUEST

7. Indeed highlights some of the three big developments changing tech. These include innovation in JavaScript web development, growth in containerization and cloud computing tools, and specialized skills for Big Data processing. - HIRING LAB

8. Cloudflare announced the launch of its GraphQL Analytics API. According to the team, this new API lets developers view all the data they may require concerning performance, security, and reliability data in one place, making it easier to query data and build dashboards. In separate but related news, the Cloudflare team also revealed it is deprecating the Zone Analytics API in May 2020, but that all the data it provided will now be available in the new GraphQL Analytics API. - CLOUDFLARE

9. Atlassian has released Forge, a new serverless cloud development platform. “Forge will empower developers to more easily build and run enterprise-ready cloud apps that integrate with Atlassian products,” the company said. It offers a number of new features like, for example, a serverless Function as a Service (FaaS) for developers to build hosted applications on Forge, a UI component for building user interfaces on the web or devices, and a command-line interface. - TECH CRUNCH

10. The WordPress team released WordPress Version 5.3.1. This is a security and maintenance release that comes with four security vulnerability fixes repairing, for example, a problem where cross-site scripting (XSS) could be stored in links. The release also comes with accessibility improvements, a patch for a bug affecting how permalinks were generated with the new Date/Time changes in WordPress 5.3, and more, which you can dive into further here. - 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.

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