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Sometimes people get way too excited about things in software development. Check out Hillel Wayne’s new Awesome Cold Showers to point your friends to that are a little too excited about things like Scalability, Web Framework Benchmarks, and Agile Methods. I’m fascinated that there's no cold shower on distributed computation or blockchain. Let’s make that happen.
Much Assembly Required: Assembly Programming Game - “Program the 8086-like microprocessor of a robot in a grid-based multiplayer world.”
Some excerpts from recent Alan Kay emails - Kay is a hero of mine, so any time I find this sort of thing I will pass it along.
Playing with Lasp and CRDTs and Playing with Lasp in a 3 Node Cluster - Mariano Guerra spends some time with Lasp, “a suite of libraries aimed at providing a comprehensive programming system for planetary scale Elixir and Erlang applications.”.
Sapper.js - Towards the ideal web app framework - Sapper is “a Next.js-style framework that aims to meet the eleven criteria at the top of this article while dramatically reducing the amount of code that gets sent to the browser.”
Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25 - Using Software-Defined Radio (SDR) to read the power meter regularly and track consumption. Bonus: read your entire neighborhood’s data!
From Bootstrap to CSS Grid - NY Times gave it a try, you should too!
Basecamp doesn’t employ anyone in San Francisco, but now we pay everyone as though all did - “Do better than what you can get away with. Do more than the bare minimum. Don’t wait for the pressure to build.“
GIMPS Project Discovers Largest Known Prime Number - tl;dr “The new prime number, also known as M77232917, is calculated by multiplying together 77,232,917 twos, and then subtracting one. It is nearly one million digits larger than the previous record prime number”
Wrecking ball effect in Blender Python - # TODO: Add wrecking ball
How To Find Arbitrage Opportunities In Python - Using the Bellman-Ford algorithm to compute arbitrage in O(N^3) time instead of the O(N!) that brute force gives.
Simple Single Element Spinning Loader - This is stupid-simple but pleasant.
I thought I understood Open Source. I was wrong - tl;dr commit back to the projects you use. “Open source means that you use what’s out there how you want, and git & GitHub gives us all an easy way to merge our struggling so that another developer will not face them in the future.”
An open letter to less experienced developers - “Coding for a living is learning for a living. If you don’t like learning every single day, turn back now, or try and get a jump over into something less demanding from a learning perspective.” Hey that’s what we do at DailyDrip!
Frontmacs - “A package-based, web-centric, customizable, awesome-by-default, acceptance-tested Emacs distribution curated by your friends at Frontside.”
Themer – a CLI for generating themes for all your tools - this looks like a wonderful way to blow a few hours tweaking your environment
Decentralization Roundup for 2017 - On breaking our dependence on the big players and taking back our web
Ruby 2.5.0 - pp is now automatically loaded, and rescue/else/ensure gets block level support. Also: no more top-level constants!
Ruby 3 and JIT: Where, When and How Fast? - more about what than where/when, but a great way to get an understanding of the upcoming changes
Naivecoin: a tutorial for building a cryptocurrency - the simplest tutorial possible for building currency on a blockchain
Write your own diff for fun - a short dive into the Longest Common Subsequence algorithm
Free 13-part course on CSS Grid - very detailed series on CSS grids
Reflections on a PhD accidentally spent on language design - centers around Futhark, a lightweight functional language made for parallel computation
"A simple makefile" is a unicorn - good article, but the site layout makes it near unreadable
Become a better developer in 2018 - puff piece on setting and achieving goals as a developer
Open Source .NET – 3 years later - lots of contributors and a growing ecosystem is good for everyone in the .NET community
Undefined vs Unsafe in Rust - how they are different from each other, and sometimes different from themselves
Machine Learning for Dummies - IBM Edition: Free book to help with ML fundamentals
How I Got Paid $0 From the Uber Security Bug Bounty - Ends up a minimum $500 payout is == $0
Yew: Rust framework for making client web apps - Think of this like React, but written in Rust.
Advanced Numpy Techniques - A jupyter notebook that attempts to convince you that you should use Numpy for numeric data work, with just gobs of cool examples
A visual ARM emulator - Free, but not FOSS. Still, really cool.
I went full nomad and it almost broke me - Not particularly developer-focused, but it seemed relevant as I live full-time in an RV now and I can relate. My solution: focus on your health and find a routine.
Firefox is once again in the top stories, but not for a normal reason. There were some concerns when someone found a suspicious looking dev addon called “Looking Glass 1.0.3”. Drew DeVault wrote up a good explanation of Firefox’s slippery slope, which goes into more detail. The good news is that Firefox apologized. Firefox stated on the 18th “We didn’t think hard enough about how our actions would affect the community, and we’re sorry for letting you down.”
Rust had a great year in 2017. They had some big goals outlined in there 2017 roadmap, which they published in February. Some major milestones they met included lowering the bar for entry to rust. This included the start of creating several books for Rust (one available to preorder now). Also, improving the RustBridge workshop curriculum, which is available for free. Read more about what Rust achieved this year on their blog.
Chrome is Not the Standard - Being the dominant browser doesn’t change the fact that the web is a platform
Let your code type-hint itself: introducing open source MonkeyType - Instagram released a tool they built to help them gradually type-hint their giant Python codebase - and it can infer types from traces in production!
Elon Musk's 'Dota 2' Experiment is Disrupting Esports in a Big Way - AI get better than humans with years of practice in a few thousand games (but only in 1v1)
How To Design A Scalable Rate Limiting Algorithm - Kong discusses various rate limiting strategies and their consequences. Nice detailed overview.
Building a community sign-up app with Serverless, StepFunctions, and StackStorm Exchange - a great starting point for serverless on AWS
REST is the new SOAP - X is the new Y. tl;dr sometimes REST isn’t necessarily sensible
Mining Bitcoin with pencil and paper: 0.67 hashes per day - “my energy cost per hash is about 67 quadrillion times that of mining hardware”
Onboard people, not technology - “The danger is the unspoken idea that after we apply onboarding to a new developer, they have everything they need to be productive.”
How to Write Your Own C++ Game Engine - Getting something on the screen at all is step 1. From there it’s just iterating your way to success. Don’t get overwhelmed.
Why JetBrains Invented and Promotes Kotlin - come for the article, stay for the comments
Learning to operate Kubernetes reliably - Julia Evans has two lengthy articles in this week’s newsletter. I’ve no clue how she does it. My favorite discovery from the article: “Cronjobs with names longer than 52 characters silently fail to schedule jobs (fixed)”
Start your open-source career - Don’t be hesitant to work on OSS, this is a great starter guide.
Building a Distributed Log from Scratch, Part 1: Storage Mechanics - in depth guide to how logging should be done, well reseached
Intermediate Vim tips - nice collection, but please take care when using `cursorcolumn`. It’s the most common reason for vim slowdowns I’ve seen.
React Native Events in Gory Details - Why React’s native event handling gets bypassed
How do you program so well? - [Comic]
Functional programming with graphs - There’s not much content around functional programming and graphs. Now there’s slightly more. Enlightenment: “One of the trade-offs to achieve clear and elegant graph algorithms seemed to be shifting the complexity from the algorithm itself to the supporting data structures.”
Django 2.0 is here. New features include a simplified URL routing syntax, mobile-friendly contrib.admin, and window expressions. Read all the new features and changes on the Django 2.0 release notes. Did you click that link? If you did make sure and checkout the next story below. :)
Logic programming with Prolog - Prolog is an amazing language for learning about programming. Even if you never plan to write Prolog this is worth reading!
Here's why I love Go - Author nails why Go has gotten so much traction
Ruby 3x3 Progress - 3 goals: performance, concurrency, typing
The languages which almost became CSS - fun history, worth reading
Gemini PDA: 20 years on, meet the all new Psion Series 5 - This would get me back to a flip phone so fast. Looks like a newer Nokia N900.
Erlang Garbage Collector - If you wanted to know how Erlang GC works in scary detail, make the link purple
AI Safety Gridworlds - The AI Safeword is banana
A tutorial series for writing GTK applications in Rust - I’m a huge fan of GTK, and this is really neat
Deep Image Prior - The cool part of this is that they don’t train the AI.
Debugging an evil Go runtime bug - A deep dive into the Go runtime to troubleshoot a difficult language bug
Kubeflow – Machine Learning Toolkit for Kubernetes - Easily spin up an OSS Tensorflow stack
Exploring Quantum Computing - A QC book aimed at developers, instead of scientists
How to Hack a Turned-Off Computer, or Running Unsigned Code in Intel Management Engine - PDF warning, deck on how IME is exploited
The Microservices Misconception - You probably don’t need ‘micro’-services, and how are they any different than SOA?
Maintaining An Independent Browser Is Incredibly Expensive - Why Mozilla needs 1200+ developers (they do)
Introducing electron-toolkit: The Electron app to build and launch Electron apps - If you’re building an electron app, this will save you time.
The man behind the most important tool in data science - McKinney talks about Pandas’ impact
Melissa McEwen just doesn’t want to be a software developer anymore. She says she loves coding, but hates the industry. McEwen argues that companies aren’t actually looking for passion, but instead are just looking for people who will endure long hours. Extra points for the Snowcrash reference up top.
Terrain rendering algorithm in less than 20 lines of code - this is really impressive, and the readme explains how it works so well
Why <blank> Gets You Root - A breakdown of why the High Sierra security hole happened
AWS Amplify – A declarative library for application development
CSS Grid Starter Layouts - simple demos of grids with a handful of layouts, really great.
Testing an API Against its Documentation - Node/Express testing via Dredd
Pspg – Postgres Pager - improve pager over just using less
A handy guide to financial support for open source - worth the read if you work on or want to support OSS
Donald Knuth - The Patron Saint of Yak Shaves - a short history of TeX
Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People - Don’t commit unencrypted keys
User experience design for APIs - short piece on making your APIs approachable
A CEO's Guide to Emacs - a solid intro to emacs, more technical than the title suggests
Advent Of Code - small coding puzzles with a Holiday Theme
Astro Programming Language 0.2 - still really clean, but has some interesting syntax direction
Python programs to practice or demonstrate skills - repo of coding exercises in Python
Spheres & Points - topographical space programming FTW
React v16.2.0: Improved Support for Fragments - less redundant HTML elements from React, yay!
Kotlin Spinner Game – Cross-platform mobile multiplayer, fully built in Kotlin -
React-spreadsheet-grid - if you need to build an excel clone, this may be a good place to start
So, what's wrong with SBT? - Scala’s formerly “Simple Build Tool” may need some love
From Markdown to RCE in Atom - Remote Code Execution in your editor, for fun and profit; already patched.
Of SVG, Minification and Gzip - how to write more compressible code
"Look at this security bug" - Linus politely asks everyone to “Do no harm” and report bugs before sharing. Great Advice.
Move Slowly and Fix Things - On the ethics of programming and design for modern apps
SVG Metaballs - math heavy, but a great discussion on how to animate SVG
The Unwritten Rules for Github by devdiscuss - sometimes controversial github best practices
Demystifying Floating Point Precision - floating points are hard, and this demystifies them a lot
A vulnerability by any other name - why memory safe languages are important
Exploring the Linguistics Behind Regular Expressions - etymology of regex? cool!
Trending this week on the DailyDrip Distillery
How we do Vue at GitLab: one year later - this is part of what’s making GitLab not-terribly-slow finally. Actionable advice from a large project.
rooster: an Erlang REST framework - supports routing, middleware, auth, and https. Think of it like Rack or Plug, for Erlang.
Mono's New .NET Interpreter - the CLR giveth and the CLR taketh away. But in reverse order.
I’ve seen the future of the web, and it's Ethereum - I wish I’d thought of recreating the million dollar homepage on the blockchain
A Guide to Natural Language Processing (NLP) - details which NLP techniques can be used to solve which problem categories
No, it is not a compiler error. It is never a compiler error. - I had this conversation with a former employee roughly twice per year. It was never a compiler error.
Well, it turns out 11% of Americans think HTML is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. If you have ever struggled with HTML, as long as you know it is a markup language and not an STD, you are at least ahead of 11% of America. Read the whole study (not completely dev related) to get a couple of laughs.
AirBNB creates interfaces from sketches with ML - cool enough that i wish they would release the code
Javalin 1.0.0 is Stable - zomg a Java/Kotlin web framework with code whose intent is not obscured by ceremony!
My web app died from performance bankruptcy - also Chrome sucks for breaking normal JS calls
Jargon from the functional programming world in simple terms! - Not quite as good as The Jargon File
HTML Template Instantiation - Proposed by Apple - web component awesomeness
Ruby 3.0 with Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto [Video] - apparently we interview people while driving now, is that safe?
How we switched from Sprockets to Webpack - death to the asset pipeline
Chalktalk - real time 3d collaboration tools
'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity' - maybe OpenFaaS can help us avoid this in the future...
What is a CapsNet or Capsule Network? - more ML love
Declarative Side Effects for Redux - anything that makes react feel more like Elm is A Good Thing
React Bits - ✨ React patterns, techniques, tips and tricks ✨ - a stupidly robust repository of patterns to make your React code better
Ten interesting features from various modern languages - a lot of the techniques are actually present in older languages as well, but a nice survey of how nice FP can be these days
Implementing Pokedex from scratch Part I - A Convolutional Neural Network that classifies Pokemon cards
Simple React Patterns - quick actionable tips to make your React app better
Coherent Line Drawing - an implementation of 'Coherent Line Drawing' by Kang et al, Proc. NPAR 2007Much ado about iOS app architecture - some hard-won advice from a veteran, in hopes to avoid iOS development heading down a dark path