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Software Weekly - 06/24/2019

High level cloud, green threads from scratch, Ruby typechecker, Vue's darkest day, developer ecosystem & more


Last week’s most popular episode: Render: High Level Cloud with Anurag Goel. Anurag discusses Render, an opinionated high-level cloud for running web applications. Anurag was an early employee at Stripe and also discusses some of his early learnings.

Old favorite: Heroku Autoscaling with Andrew Gwozdziewycz. Andrew discusses how Heroku auto scales thousands of application by running a massive health checks infrastructure.

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Interesting Picks in Software Engineering and Architecture

Green Threads Explained in 200 Lines of Rust. Also known as fibers, goroutines, userland threads, this great guide explains implementing green threads in Rust using no external libraries. You will learn a lot about CPU scheduling. 

The State of Developer Ecosystem 2019. JetBrains released results from their survey. Java is used everywhere. JavaScript is most used. C# is the most loved language. A lot of developers write no tests. A lot more insights per specific language use if you are interested. 

Fixing a small calc.exe bug. The author found a bug in Windows' calculator and decided to fix it. The bug was in calendar calculations in a non-obvious use-case.

Minimalist Guide to Lossless Compression. Learn how to make datasets smaller. Though the author acknowledges storage is cheap, for large datasets compression might be necessary. 

Function-based Component API. Vue announced functions. Most users loved it. Vue's Darkest Day is a praise for the change and explanation of why it's great for Vue.

Helping organizations do more without collecting more data. Google is rolling out Private Join and Compute, a new type of secure multi-party computation that augments the core PSI protocol to help organizations work together with confidential data sets while raising the bar for privacy. Fascinating how you can improve data without ever looking at the data.

Open-sourcing Sorbet: a fast, powerful type checker for Ruby. Stripe open-sourced their type checker for Ruby. 

How we migrated our database to Amazon Aurora with zero downtime. Zero downtime migration is challenging even in the same cloud provider. The best thing you can do is test, test, and test your plan.

UX Design Ethics: Dealing with Dark Patterns and Designer Bias. Fantastic interview about bias, accessibility, and dark patterns.

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What's New in Tech

Slack IPO starts trading at $38.50 for $23 billion valuation. Slack took a non-traditional route to IPO. No Slack for you! Microsoft puts rival app on internal list of ‘prohibited and discouraged’ software. A few days later, the headlines were full of Microsoft disallowing Slack internally.

As above, so below: El Reg haunts Scaleway's data centre catacombs 26 metres under Paris. A private tour of a data center completely built underground in a bunker.

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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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