Readings for Lunch — [ 19 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
A subglacial cave found in Antarctica, that researchers think could reveal new undiscovered animal or plant species (source)

PEOPLE

Penny Chenery, Owner of the Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, Dies at 95

Via Liliana Bragadin
Ms. Chenery knew little about horse racing when she took over her father’s thoroughbred farm, but she became a major figure in the racing industry. An incredible story. And an amazing movie too.

FUN

Visualizing the hidden drama of life’s most mundane events with a single line

The flip of a switch. The bounce of a spring. The collapse of a tower of blocks. In the hands of artist Daihei Shibata, the minutiae of everyday life are downright thrilling.

Readings for Lunch — [ 14 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
The Uncomfortable – A collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani (source)

THINK

Lazy creative

Our brains are lazy. Well, that’s not exactly fair. Our brains are great at conserving energy.

But, the more constraints we are given, the more creative we get. The constraints knock us off of our lazy path to less creative and familiar solutions.

FRONT-END

Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript?

“Is there a place in the industry for people who just write css and html?” – Mandy Michael thoughts and considerations triggered by this question.

Also, Brad Frost on the same line of thought: Full-stack Developers

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

SECURITY

Chrome’s plan to distrust Symantec certificates

At the end of July, the Chrome team and the PKI community converged upon a plan to reduce, and ultimately remove, trust in Symantec’s infrastructure in order to uphold users’ security and privacy when browsing the web.

DEVELOPMENT

Story of retry

Day 1. The beginning.

👨 John
We need to make an HTTP service for getting user name by its id.
🤓 Carl
Oh, but we already have one, it is http://internal.com.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
The evolution of data storage (source)

REACT

How we built our React Native app

"Last year we launched our PWA with an aim to improve the experience of our users on slow and inconsistent network connections."

PERFORMANCE

Optimizing web servers for high throughput and low latency

This is an expanded version of a talk at NginxConf 2017. An SRE on the Dropbox Traffic Team, is responsible for their Edge network: its reliability, performance, and efficiency.

Readings for Lunch — [ 08 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Color Models by xkcd (source)

METHODOLOGIES

The alignment

Can we write successful enterprise software without challenging assumptions? Here's what Alberto Brandolini (a.k.a. Ziobrando) discovered using EventStorming as a blade to cut through business, software and organisation dysfunctions.

DEVOPS

Rapid release at massive scale

This year Facebook moved to a quasi-continuous push system, delivering tens to hundreds of code changes to the website every few hours.

Readings for Lunch — [ 07 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Ancient arrowhead found in a bypass dig at Washingborough (source)

LIFE

My little Suomi

A post by Varia Stepanova about small things she noticed in her new basic life as immigrant in Finland.

FUN

The State of Design

I don't agree too much with this analysis, but I have to admit that the choice of the images for the article is simply perfect.

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Sep 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
"We are just looking. For a ray of light. To shine through. The thick clouds." – Davide 'Folletto' Casali (source)

SPORT

Thoughts on getting into cycling

How road cycling changed James Higgs' life and made him a better person. Lovely writeup from an amazing person. Just a quote: “The human body — including yours — is capable of way, way more than most people think.”

TOOLS

The Airbnb Tool That’s Changing UI Design

It's called Lottie and it's Airbnb’s own UX prototyping tool, developed by Abdul-Karim and a pair of engineers at the company.

Readings for Lunch — [ 31 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
"Life is like walking on a narrow bridge" by Mathias Jakobsen / Think Clearly (source)

COMMUNITY

Thanks: the biggest missing feature in coding culture

Praise and gratitude are things we think are sorely lacking in Tech in general, but especially in developer culture and development tools. Some dev platforms have been around for almost a decade but still lack the ability to directly thank contributors and creators.

LIFE

Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it.

Readings for Lunch — [ 30 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Lee Valley Park by Stanislav Ignatenkov (source)

THINK

Just Following Orders

Engineers take note: doing your job does not mean that you just follow orders. The courts are going to hold you to a high ethical standard, even if your employer does not.

CSS

Intro to styled-components

A screencast by Jack Franklin with special guest Glen Maddern (co-creator of style components, one of the most used CSS-in-JS library). There's so much to learn seeing two great JS and CSS developers discuss and think loud on how they would write JSX code.

Readings for Lunch — [ 24 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Microsoft is now the organization with the most open source contributors on GitHub.
The times they are a-changin. (source)

CAREER

Is it better for a designer to be a generalist or specialist?

Should I specialize or should I do a little bit of everything?

One thing is certain: figuring out what you want to be doing and who is in your target market for design, can be tough when starting out.

RETRO COMPUTERS

What it's like to use an original Macintosh in 2017?

The Internet Archive’s new software emulator will take you back to 1984.

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY
Fourteen wind turbines in a line. (source)

COLLABORATION

A manifesto for working in teams

"When working relationships in teams turn sour and there is a pervading sense of mistrust, dissent and ill-feeling, there are usually patterns and clues to the problems which I now recognise."

JAVASCRIPT

Thinking JavaScript

"I was teaching a JavaScript workshop the other day and one of the attendees asked me a JS brain teaser during the lunch break that really got me thinking."

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Aug 2017 ]

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#VisibleWomen hashtag on Twitter (source)

MENTAL HEALTH

Hello, depression.

"I’ve tried so hard to get rid of you! For years I thought I could just ignore you. That you’d go away on your own. That I’d grow out of you. […]
But alas, here we are again."

AGILE

The death of Agile courses

We are going to witness the collapse of the agile training industry. There will be no more agile courses because Agile will be the new normal.

Readings for Lunch — [ 16 Aug 2017 ]

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Rome, Pontesisto – Trastevere (source)

PLANNING

How we do sprint planning at Made by Many

At Made by Many, sprint planning is a key ritual that the full core team attends on day one of a new sprint, especially during the Proof of concept and Go to market phases of projects.

PROGRAMMING

The best way to learn to code is to code

Learning to code can be tough. One of the biggest challenges I faced when I was learning was how to make the jump from learning resources and little practice challenges that teach you coding basics to full blown apps.

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Aug 2017 ]

IMAGE OF THE DAY

An emoji-based periodic ⚛ table 💥 (source) – I know, already published last week, but… I mean… 👏💯🙌

GIT

gitmoji – An emoji guide for your commit messages 🔝

Stop having boring commit messages 💤, spice them up with some 🌶

AI

DeepMoji – Artificial emotional intelligence 🤖

DeepMoji has learned to understand emotions 🤗 and sarcasm 🤓 based on millions of emojis. Type a sentence to see it in action (ok, not very accurate 😜 )