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Software Weekly - 03/18/2019

Energy market ML, distributed SQL, microservices and monoliths, open-source forks & more


Last week’s most popular episode: Energy Market Machine Learning with Minh Dang and Corey Noone. Minh and Corey join the show to talk about how their company builds and deploys machine learning models for energy market predictions.

Old favorite: Search Engine Land with Danny Sullivan. Danny Sullivan has been writing about search engines for over twenty years and joins the show to talk about how search results appear on a search page and the experimentation and subjective decision making that happens.

Azure Container Service simplifies the deployment, management and operations of Kubernetes. Check out the Azure Container Service at

SE Daily Events

A live recording of Software Engineering Daily: A Conversation with Haseeb Qureshi. Wed April 3, 6PM PDT in San Francisco. Come meet Jeff in person. Register for the event at the link above. Also, check out the latest podcast: Crypto Bubble with Haseeb Qureshi.

FindCollabs Hackathon: $5000 in prizes. The FindCollabs Online Hackathon is already underway. We are meeting at App Academy (April 6 at 10 AM in SF) so you can find collaborators and put together your project to compete for the first place prize of $4000.
Check out the latest post by Jeff: FindCollabs: Share Your Open Source Projects and Find Collaborators.

We hope to see you there. Reach out if you have any questions.

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Interesting Picks in Software Engineering and Architecture

Amazon Aurora ascendant: How we designed a cloud-native relational database. Cell-based architecture. Logs as databases. Truly marvelous innovation that allows a highly scalable and highly available database. Highly recommend this article.

Spinnaker Sets Sail to the Continuous Delivery Foundation. Netflix and Google are jointly donating Spinnaker to the newly created Continuous Delivery Foundation. 

Basecamp outage: When it rains, it pours. This goes much deeper than just a few lessons. It has called into question our entire risk management and operational structure at Basecamp.

The main stories from QCon London ’19: building microservices the right way. Great recap. When to use microservices? Serverless vs microservices?

Learnings after a day at Serverless Days Boston. Another great recap. Learn a lot about security, observability, and cost impacts of serverless.

Give Me Back My Monolith. The challenges of microservices and why a monolith is much better in many use-cases.

Data Structures-- Lists, Tuples, Dictionaries, and Sets in Python. A good data structure lesson with code examples. 

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What's New in Tech

The 737Max and Why Software Engineers Might Want to Pay Attention. Our deepest condolences to victims and their families. Software had a major role in this terrible tragedy.  Boeing 737 MAX software patch expected before end-March: sources

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video. Our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, the Muslim community, and New Zealanders. Tech had a huge major in what happened here. The decisions we make really affect whether we make the world a better or worse place.

The US Navy is 'under cyber siege' from Chinese hackers — and hemorrhaging national security secrets. Chinese hackers have repeatedly hit the Navy, defense contractors, and even universities that partner with the service.

Keeping Open Source Open – Open Distro for Elasticsearch. AWS announces a new distro for Elasticsearch with free features not in free distro of Elasticsearch. Some considered this a fork and started a discussion on OS and FOSS. Check The Cloud and Open Source Powder Keg and Free Software is the only winner in Elastic NV vs AWS.

Self-Driving Cars Would Shut Down New York if 10 Percent Got Hacked. 10% is enough to cause gridlock. 

Facebook Says Outage Due to 'Server Configuration Change'. Facebook services were out for a long time. Facebook didn't share much about the outage. I hope they share more as they do their root cause analysis.

Google just smashed the world record for calculating digits of pi. Happy Pi Day!

GoCD is a continuous delivery tool created by ThoughtWorks. It’s great to see the continued progress on GoCD with the new Kubernetes integrations–and you can check it out for yourself at
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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