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Software Weekly - 07/01/2019

Project management software, obscuring complexity, API mindset, on-premise AWS, cost of JavaScript, threat modeling & more


Last week’s most popular episode: Project Management with Kurt Schrader. Kurt discusses the history and future of project management tools and the engineering challenges of improving performance on a complicated web app.

Old favorite: Data Engineering Automation with Mike Kim. Mike discusses the engineering challenges of integrating with all the different data sets of an organization–and why there is so much value in the idea of the automated report or story for analysts.

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Interesting Picks in Software Engineering and Architecture

Obscuring Complexity. Exploring 5 models for reducing complexity (or shifting it to different places). A great read for those architecting and working with complex systems.

Fun look into what is an AWS outpost rack. An interesting video into AWS's on-premise solution.

How Verizon and a BGP Optimizer Knocked Large Parts of the Internet Offline Today. This was the equivalent of routing highway traffic through a small street causing a major outage to large parts of the internet. Well written details of what happened and how it could be prevented.

Scaling from 2,000 to 25,000 engineers on GitHub at Microsoft. I recommend checking out two sections: 1. Principles we adopted: this framework can be reused for building any product. 2. Learnings: some learning about API design and developer productivity. 

How to get started with Threat Modeling, before you get hacked. Here is a great read on a fundamental security procedure for every software developer.

The cost of JavaScript in 2019. Today, JS is CPU bound. I am a bit skeptical of the recommendations made here since the data is qualitative and not quantitative, so I would advise you to test before you try some of the optimizations like using JSON for everything.

Listen to a recorded incident response call. If you've never been part of an incident but want to learn how to handle one, or you're curious about how they run, check out this cool resource from PagerDuty.

API Mindset at eBay. Some good practices for API deprecation with great details on how to formulate requests and responses.  

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What's New in Tech

Homeland Security has tested a working BlueKeep remote code execution exploit. The exploit targets Windows 2000 (people still use that?!). Patch people, patch!

Google’s new reCAPTCHA has a dark side. Google will analyze the way you navigate the page to see if you are human or not. This means no more spotting traffic lights in images and more cookies and user tracking. 

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Hi there, I'm Abdallah. I am a software developer myself and love talking news, insights, analysis of software engineering, and bringing you interesting content from across the web.
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