Issue #312

29 April 2022


Issue #312
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Friday 29th April's issue is presented by Vanta
 

 
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Five Measurements You Should Make And Then Ignore (Plus One To Watch Intently)
- Jessica Kerr
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "The purpose of a software team is to provide valued capabilities to customers, internal or external. To do that, our software has to be up, it has to be fast enough, usable enough — a whole slew of properties that don’t show up in JIRA." Jessica discusses 5 key properties - Availability, Security, Flow, Delight and Value - their measures, and questions they prompt.

The Mechanics Of Software Evolution
- Kislay Verma
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "Use feature requests as a breeding ground for the next generation of the system’s architecture. By continuously evaluating what we are being asked to change, we can jump the gun and get to the next level faster and often more safely."

Startup Getting Started? Think Pragmatic Security
#Leadership #Management #Security

tl;dr: There is an assumption that security should be the main priority for a founder when getting your startup going. Think again. Security is a tool to protect your customers and your business, and a founder’s main concern is growing that business. That’s a good thing -- here's how.

Promoted by Vanta.
#Leadership #Management #Culture
 
tl;dr: (1) Expanding care benefits for the young and elderly - "61% of companies are opting for more flexible childcare benefits." (2) Flexibility - "2 out of 3 workers still want a balance between complete flexibility and a predictable work schedule." (3) Focusing on mental health - "76% of respondents reporting at least one symptom of a mental health condition in 2021."

"The most effective debugging tool is still careful thought, coupled with judiciously placed print statements."

— Brian W. Kernighan

 
The Worst Bug Ever—Randomly Losing Your Best Players
- Ron Little
#Debugging

tl;dr: "Imagine discovering a serious bug in production immediately after releasing your game. Imagine this bug hurts only your paying customers. Imagine it freezes the game immediately after players complete in-app purchases... This is the worst bug I have ever dealt with in 30 years of programming. This is a story of how we tracked it down and worked with Unity to fix it."

#CareerAdvice

tl;dr: "No one argues that, when trying to improve something, we don’t often subtract. We pile on “to-dos” when we really need “to-stops,” or create incentives for good behavior … but don’t get rid of obstacles to it." People think first about adding and, as a result, systematically overlook subtractive changes.
 
Goodbye, Google Analytics - Why and How You Should Leave The Platform
- Martin Heinz
#Analytics
 
tl;dr: 2 main reasons why: (1) Court rulings in multiple EU countries stating that it's illegal to use GA, as the data of EU citizens is being transferred to US violates GDPR. (2) Google is deprecating Universal Analytics in 2023, resulting in the loss of access of data. 
Redis 7.0 Is Out!
- Itamar Haber
#Redis

tl;dr: "Redis 7.0 includes incremental improvements to almost every one of its aspects. Most notable are Redis Functions, ACLv2, command introspection, and Sharded Pub/Sub, which represent a significant evolution of existing features based on users’ feedback and lessons learned in production."

Notable GitHub Repos
Zed
Tooling for super-structured data.

 
Gradio
UIs for your ML model in Python.

 

Atuin
Magical shell history.


 
Diagrams
Diagram as Code for prototyping cloud system architectures.

 
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