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Upcase (from Thoughtbot) is now free

But…why? We’ve loved building Upcase, both as a business and as a way to share what we’ve learned with the community. But while we’d love to keep investing in Upcase and producing tons of new content, we’ve been moving in a different direction—back to our roots, in fact, as we focus on our core consulting business. So what to do with this learning platform we’ve poured our hearts and souls into? We ultimately decided the best option was to open Upcase up to the world and share all of the content, no subscription needed. As they say, if you truly love something, set it free. Focus is SOOO crucial and sometimes is overlooked for too long. Been there. Glad to see the wisdom of focus here being shared (freely) from Thoughtbot. We've always been huge fans of their leadership in the community.

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Alex Buzin Hackernoon

Writing a JavaScript tweening engine with Between.js

Alex Buzin: A month ago I decided to try my skills in writing own tweening engine and here’s how I did it… Tweening, in case you're wondering, is the process of animating an object from one position to another. You specify the start/end positions (or images) and the tweening engine handles all of the inbetween states. This post by Alex is a great way to introduce yourself to the topic.

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Emily Freeman emilyfreeman.io

Growth in fear

You should plan 10 minutes and read this story from Emily Freeman. Here are some highlights I enjoyed hearing her speak about. On growing up and being poor... Because I was poor, I was nothing. On why she's in tech... Life, in many ways, is a write-only database. On being a house-wife... I felt like a failure. I was clever, I had worked hard and yet there I was again — worth nothing. On being a mom... Giving birth was the first time I felt truly powerful. On learning... Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

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Kristen Senz hbswk.hbs.edu

Learn by contributing

This post on Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge from Kristen Senz gives us insights into the process of learning by contributing to open source. This comes from a recent study conducted by Frank Nagle, "Learning by Contributing: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Contribution to Crowdsourced Public Goods." Kristen quotes Frank saying: What this study shines a light on is that the companies that contribute and give back learn how to better use the open source software in their own environment. A lot of the research I do looks at the question, can the company be better off but also leave the world better off? While this study is focused on large organizations, in future research Nagle plans to study the effects of learning by contributing on smaller firms and startups.

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Python github.com

The Hitchiker's Guide to PyTorch

PyTorch is a flexible deep learning framework that allows automatic differentiation through dynamic neural networks (i.e., networks that utilise dynamic control flow like if statements and while loops). It supports GPU acceleration, distributed training, various optimisations, and plenty more neat features. These are some notes on how I think about using PyTorch, and don't encompass all parts of the library or every best practice, but may be helpful to others.

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Azeria azeria-labs.com

The importance of deep work

This is an interesting 30-hour method for learning a new skill from Azeria Labs (aka Azeria). If you're a fan of flow and you'd like to learn how to apply it to learning a new skill, check this out. We also know and have experienced the feeling of flow. The moment when you’re fully focused on a task. You lose all sense of time, and everything seems to flow effortlessly; you forget everything around you and have a feeling of control over the task. This rewarding feeling of flow is best described by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

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Robin Wieruch robinwieruch.de

JavaScript fundamentals before learning React

Learn about the fundamentals of JavaScript to ease your learning/usage of React. After all my teachings about React, be it online for a larger audience or on-site for companies transitioning to web development and React, I always come to the conclusion that React is all about JavaScript. The following walkthrough is my attempt giving you an almost extensive yet concise list about all the different JavaScript functionalities to complement your React application.

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Kevin Ball zendev.com

The ultimate guide to learning CSS

KBall combined his learnings while working on Zurb's Foundation with some original research to curate this massive list of CSS resources. Topics are arranged in an order that makes sense for learning from scratch. So if you're brand new to CSS, you should be able to start at the top and work downwards, gradually increasing your understanding. Bookmark this and share it with a friend. 💯

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Flavio Copes vuehandbook.com

The Vue Handbook

A free ebook by Flavio Copes. Here's the skinny: After spending a lot of time diving into Vue, in preparation for a Vue online course I'm building, I created this free resource that contains a lot of material to help anyone go from zero Vue knowledge to having a pretty good overview of this popular JavaScript frontend framework. The book's content is behind a newsletter signup. That's the price of free, I guess. 🤷‍♂️

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Chris James quii.gitbook.io

Learn Go with tests: HTTP server

Chris James: Write a simple web server in Go with test driven development. Learn how to use mocking to let you break the problem down into small iterative chunks. All using standard library, source code is available to read. The linked page is a sub-section of the Learn Go with tests GitBook. Do you enjoy TDD and want to learn Go? Or do you enjoy Go and want to learn TDD? Either way, this looks like a great (WIP) resource.

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Raspberry Pi github.com

Learn OS development using the Linux kernel and a Raspberry Pi

This repository contains a step-by-step guide that teaches how to create a simple operating system (OS) kernel from scratch. I call this OS Raspberry Pi OS or just RPi OS. The RPi OS source code is largely based on Linux kernel, but the OS has very limited functionality and supports only Raspberry PI 3. 6 lessons available with 5 more on the roadmap.

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