JavaScript snowpack.dev

With Snowpack you can build modern web apps without a bundler

No more waiting for your bundler to rebuild your site every time you hit save. Instead, every change is reflected in the browser instantly. This relies on ESM (Mikeal gave a great rundown on the current state of things on a recent JS Party), so it’s not for everyone. The homepage has rundowns on who should use this, who should avoid it, and how to get started. Brought to you by the fine folks at Pika.

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Python github.com

Exploring and understanding Python through surprising snippets

Here’s a fun project attempting to explain what exactly is happening under the hood for some counter-intuitive snippets and lesser-known features in Python. While some of the examples you see below may not be WTFs in the truest sense, but they’ll reveal some of the interesting parts of Python that you might be unaware of. I find it a nice way to learn the internals of a programming language, and I believe that you’ll find it interesting too!

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Free Python machine learning projects ebook

As machine learning is increasingly leveraged to find patterns, conduct analysis, and make decisions — sometimes without final input from humans who may be impacted by these findings — it is crucial to invest in bringing more stakeholders into the fold. This a free book of Python projects in machine learning from Lisa Tagliaferri and Brian Boucheron (DigitalOcean) tries to do just that: to equip the developers of today and tomorrow with tools they can use to better understand, evaluate, and shape machine learning to help ensure that it is serving us all.

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Learn devdegree.ca

Shopify's Dev Degree

This is awesome! I hope it’s a huge hit and is quickly emulated by other successful tech companies. Dev Degree is a 4-year, work-integrated learning program that combines hands-on developer experience at Shopify with an accredited Computer Science degree from either Carleton University or York University. Working closely with our university partners, students take three university courses on campus each term and spend ~25 hours each week at Shopify. This is 4,500+ hours of work experience paired with 4,000+ hours of academic experience. You earn $160k in salary, tuition, & vacation AND there’s a built-in 50/50 gender parity in the program.

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Alex Hudson alexhudson.com

The "no code" delusion

Alex Hudson: Increasingly popular in the last couple of years, I think 2020 is going to be the year of “no code”: the movement that say you can write business logic and even entire applications without having the training of a software developer. I empathise with people doing this, and I think some of the “no code” tools are great. But I also thing it’s wrong at heart. We had a great dialog about this topic on our 2020 predictions episode of JS Party. I tend to agree with Alex’s analysis, which is in-depth and well-reasoned. What do you think about the “no code” movement? Hype or reality? Somewhere in between?

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JavaScript github.com

A Next.js site demonstrating SSG support with a Notion-backed blog

I’m not sure which is more interesting: the fact that Next.js is getting in to the static-site generation game or the fact that Notion is becoming popular enough amongst devs that people would use it as a back-end for their blog. The Notion aspect, while interesting, comes with a big disclaimer: since it is using a private API and experimental features, use at your own risk as these things could change at any moment.

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Jobs jefftk.com

Should programmers plan for lower pay?

Jeff Kaufman thinks so: we don’t understand why programmers are paid so well. If you’re a programmer, there’s enough of a chance that this is temporary that it’s worth explicitly planning for a future in which you’re laid off and unable to find similarly high-paying work. I don’t believe the sky is falling, but Jeff’s advice is good nonetheless. One thing you can start doing right now (and is always a wise move) is to live beneath your means. That way, if/when your means are substantially reduced, you may feel a pinch, but it won’t squeeze you all the way out.

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Linode Kubernetes Engine is here!

Linode Kubernetes Engine (LKE) is a fully-managed container orchestration engine for deploying and managing containerized applications and workloads. LKE combines Linode’s ease of use and simple pricing with the infrastructure efficiency of Kubernetes. You can now get your infrastructure and workloads up and running in minutes instead of days. If you’ve been following along with the Changelog infrastructure, you’ll be pleased to know we’re rolling out LKE as we speak. We love what we’ve seen so far!

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Go github.com

Simple web statistics. No tracking of personal data

GoatCounter is a web analytics platform, roughly similar to Google Analytics or Matomo. It aims to give meaningful privacy-friendly web analytics for business purposes, while still staying usable for non-technical users to use on personal websites. The choices that currently exist are between freely hosted but with problematic privacy (e.g. Google Analytics), hosting your own complex software or paying $19/month (e.g. Matomo), or extremely simplistic “vanity statistics”. There’s a free hosted offering for non-commercial use. For those running businesses, self-host the thing. Live demo here.

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The Changelog The Changelog #376

State of the “log” 2019

Welcome to 2020 — on this year’s “State of the ‘log’” episode Jerod and I look back at our favorite moments from 2019 and forward to 2020 and beyond. We talk through our most popular episodes, our personal favorites, our 10-year anniversary, the excitement we have for Brain Science our newest podcast, it’s for the curious! And we also look forward to plans we have for 2020 and the decade to come…

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Daniel Stenberg daniel.haxx.se

Curl lands its biggest single-shot donation following accidental license breach

Here’s a heartwarming tale of how Backblaze broke libcurl’s copyright, then fixed it, then donated a hefty $15,600 to the project. Why that particular amount? Backblaze was started in my living room on Jan 15, 2007 (13 years ago tomorrow) and that represents $100/month for every month Backblaze has depended on libcurl back to the beginning. / Brian Wilson, CTO of Backblaze More like this!

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Brain Science Brain Science #8

The mechanics of goal setting

Mireille and Adam discuss goal setting and the different types of goals we set. We reflect on how can you set goals that work for you and measure them. We also talk about how you go about building the behaviors that align with your identity and resistance we face when we do this. We also share our 2020 goal for Brain Science. This is a must-listen episode to get a grounded perspective in planning your goals for this year and decade.

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The status of HTTP/3

HTTP/3 is the next protocol for network communication across the Web, which is meant to partially replace HTTP/1 and HTTP/2. One month before the next QUIC Working Group meeting, to be held in Zurich next February, it may be useful to recap what HTTP/3 promises and what its current client/server support looks like. It’s been awhile since we discussed QUIC and HTTP/3 with curl’s Daniel Stenberg. A lot has happened since then, and this InfoQ article will do a good job of catching you up. Browser support is still limited, but things are coming along nicely.

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Learn github.com

A compiler writing journey

In this GitHub repository, I’m documenting my journey to write a self-compiling compiler for a subset of the C language. I’m also writing out the details so that, if you want to follow along, there will be an explanation of what I did, why, and with some references back to the theory of compilers. But not too much theory, I want this to be a practical journey. Join Warren on his journey and learn a lot along the way.

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Practical AI Practical AI #72

How the U.S. military thinks about AI

Chris and Daniel talk with Greg Allen, Chief of Strategy and Communications at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). The mission of the JAIC is “to seize upon the transformative potential of artificial intelligence technology for the benefit of America’s national security… The JAIC is the official focal point of the DoD AI Strategy.” So if you want to understand how the U.S. military thinks about artificial intelligence, then this is the episode for you!

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CSS sscaffold-css.com

Sscaffold – lightweight css for people who build things

sscaffold combines css rules from normalize.css, skeleton.css, and milligram into a single, reorganized, easy-to-use css file, with bugfixes and a few other updates and additions. It emphasizes sensible defaults and semantic HTML. This library (not framework) looks like a good starter for many projects. The single file is human-readable, commented, includes credits to original authors, and is designed to be easily customized.

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