This week we’re talking about NFTs — that’s right, non-fungible tokens and we’re joined by Mikeal Rogers, who’s leading all things InterPlanetary Linked Data at Protocol Labs. We go down the NFT rabbit hole on a very technical level and we come out the other side with clarity and a compelling use of NFTs.
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KBall, Amal, and Feross are joined by special guest Jenn Creighton to talk about all things Apollo. How does Apollo fit into the GraphQL ecosystem, what’s the next big thing, and when would you choose to use it?
A handy shell script to help you undo all the things (commits, pushes, pulls, you name it).
Even if you start out small and later need to upscale, as long as your web application can run on the same machine as the database, which it can in 99% of the time, you can just upgrade the hardware to a beefier machine and keep business as usual.
The only time you need to consider a client-server setup is…
An SSH jump server is a regular Linux server, accessible from the Internet, which is used as a gateway to access other Linux machines on a private network using the SSH protocol. The purpose of an SSH jump server is to be the only gateway for access to your infrastructure reducing the size of any potential attack surface.
In this blog post we’ll cover how to set up an SSH jump server. We’ll cover two open source projects.
- A traditional SSH jump server using OpenSSH. The advantage of this method is that your servers already have OpenSSH pre-installed.
- A modern approach using Teleport, a newer open source alternative to OpenSSH.
Both of these servers are easy to install and configure, are free and open source, and are single-binary Linux daemons.
Startups are all about iterating quickly, building MVPs, and finding that elusive product market fit, so how does Go fit into that picture? Is Go a good choice for startups, or is it exclusively for the larger corporations? In this episode Jon is joined by four startup founders to learn about their experience building a startup with Go.
A solid primer on using
openssl to encrypt all the things, which in this day and age is a skill that shoiuld be taught in secondary school right alongside how to bake a cake and change a tire.
This article starts with a concise description of the relationship and differences of these 3 commonly used industry terms. Then it digs into the history.
Deep learning is a subset of machine learning, which in turn is a subset of artificial intelligence, but the origins of these names arose from an interesting history. In addition, there are fascinating technical characteristics that can differentiate deep learning from other types of machine learning…essential working knowledge for anyone with ML, DL, or AI in their skillset.
Most software companies have to make decisions on whether to build a custom software or buy it from a vendor. In the last year I read many good articles on the web that helped shape my thoughts on how to approach these discussions. This article lists of questions that I have started to use to understand and make these decisions.
April Fool’s may be over, but once we set up a system to react every time someone typed Command+C, we realized there was also an opportunity to learn about how people use our site. Here’s what we found.
TLDR; one in four users copy something within five minutes of hitting a page. But this blog post (and accompanying podcast episode) goes deep into the details and lays it all out for you with pretty charts.
Do you need a crash course in the basic NGINX parameters and conventions? This guide from Linode had you covered. Here’s a sample…
Directives, Blocks, and ContextsPermalink — All NGINX configuration files are located in the
/etc/nginx/directory. The primary configuration file is
Configuration options in NGINX are called directives. Directives are organized into groups known as blocks or contexts. The two terms are synonymous.
Lines preceded by a
#character are comments and not interpreted by NGINX. Lines containing directives must end with a ; or NGINX will fail to load the configuration and report an error.
By the way, Linode’s docs are open source.
Casey Newton interviewed a half-dozen Basecamp employees, as well as David Heinemeier Hansson (Basecamp co-founder) to write this account of recent events.
How a list of “funny” customer names triggered an internal reckoning. The controversy that embroiled enterprise software maker Basecamp this week began more than a decade ago, with a simple list of customers. Around 2009, Basecamp customer service representatives began keeping a list of names that they found funny. More than a decade later, current employees were so mortified by the practice that none of them would give me a single example of a name on the list.
Discussion about the list and how the company ought to hold itself accountable for creating it led directly to CEO Jason Fried announcing Tuesday that Basecamp would ban employees from holding “societal and political discussions” on the company’s internal chat forums. The move, which has sparked widespread discussion in Silicon Valley, follows a similar move from cryptocurrency company Coinbase last year.
Employees say the founders’ memos unfairly depicted their workplace as being riven by partisan politics, when in fact the main source of the discussion had always been Basecamp itself.
Seriously loving the writing coming from Casey on Platformer since his departure from The Verge.
Ro Gupta from CARMERA teaches Daniel and Chris all about road intelligence. CARMERA maintains the maps that move the world, from HD maps for automated driving to consumer maps for human navigation.
WSLg provides an integrated experience for developers, scientists or enthusiasts that prefer or need to run Windows on their PC but also need the ability to run tools or applications which works best, or exclusively, in a Linux environment. While users can accomplish this today using a multiple system setup, with individual PC dedicated to Windows and Linux, virtual machine hosting either Windows or Linux, or an XServer running on Windows and projected into WSL, WSLg provides a more integrated, user friendly and productive alternative.
WSLg strives to make Linux GUI applications feel native and natural to use on Windows. From integration into the Start Menu for launch to appearing in the task bar, alt-tab experience to enabling cut/paste across Windows and Linux applications, WSLg enables a seamless desktop experience and workflow leveraging Windows and Linux applications.
Microsoft’s engineers just keep crankin’ out the hits.
“The tests are timing out again!”, someone yells. “Alright I’ll bump them”, you instinctively respond. Then you pause and feel uneasy. Is there another way?
In this blog post, I share my growing disconnect with code-coverage and unit-testing. I then detail the method I’ve been using for the greater part of 7 years and how it still allows me to preach at length that being correct is the single most important thing for a developer.
What does “developer productivity” mean to you?
At face value, when we think of developer productivity we might think of effectiveness in time management, communication, and task completion. Although we are drawn to personal workflow or time management tools, and learning secrets to improving our productivity, ironically this quest for the holy grail can sometimes take us off course and be a detriment to our productivity. … As a developer of scientific software, and one who has transitioned to working remotely before any stay at home orders, I have slowly learned to optimize my own productivity by focusing exclusively on well-being.
Thanks to Vanessa for summarizing what she’s learned. Here’s a sample…
Establish routine and environment. Small details about your working environment, or lack of a routine, can hugely throw off your workday, and thus your productivity. You should generally pay attention to the lighting, noise level, and comfort of a work space. If you find yourself distracted by anything, you might consider changing your environment.
This will likely pair well with JS Party #169: Work environments & happiness
Marko Denic shared 10 or so very interesting CSS tips (and tricks) in this post with Codepen examples to play with. There were a few I hadn’t heard of, which is awesome.
High-profile entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, venture capitalists like Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois, and big companies like Oracle and HP Enterprise are all leaving California. During COVID-19, Zoom-enabled tech workers have discovered the benefits of remote work from cheaper, less congested communities elsewhere. Is this the end of Silicon Valley as we know it? Perhaps. But other challenges to Silicon Valley’s preeminence are more fundamental than the tech diaspora.
Understanding four trends that may shape the future of Silicon Valley is also a road map to some of the biggest technology-enabled opportunities of the next decades…
There are most posts like this from Tim.
Brett Cannon, who is a Python core developer (and a tall, snarky Canadian):
I felt it was time to do another blog post to directly address the issue of entitlement by some open source users which is hurting open source, both for themselves and for others. I want to get the point across that open source maintainers owe you quite literally nothing when it comes to their open source code, and treating them poorly is unethical. And to me, this is the underlying social contract of open source. (emphasis added)
You should read the entire post, especially if you want to learn which programming language (having nothing to do with snakes) that has Brett’s attention. But I’d be remiss not to pull quote this gift of a pull quote from the end:
Every commit of open source code should be viewed as an independent gift from the maintainer that they happened to leave on their front yard for others to enjoy if they so desire; treating them as a means to and for their open source code is unethical.
Mongita is a lightweight embedded document database that implements a commonly-used subset of the MongoDB/PyMongo interface. Mongita differs from MongoDB in that instead of being a server, Mongita is a self-contained Python library. Mongita can be configured to store its documents either on disk or in memory.
I can’t speak to the implementation, but I love the idea behind this project. Already know and love Mongo? Here’s a way to use it in an embedded fashion with all of the advantages that come with such an architecture…
This is an excellent article about understanding technical debt:
It is a fact that, over time, all development teams get slowed down by the existing codebase. But why? Is it because maintenance is inevitable? Or because we could do something better in the first place? Or both?
Luca argues that technical debt is introduced as a by-product of disagreement, which itself is a by-product of two phenomena: wrong design, and rapid evolution. Thoughtful stuff. Well worth your time.
This is a curated list of my favourite music DSP and audio programming resources. It was originally meant to be an official “Awesome list”, but apparently you are not meant to write in the first person, so it is now a “more awesome” list.