Issue #310

22 April 2022


Issue #310
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Friday 22nd April's issue is presented by Vanta
 

 
Vanta is the easy way to get SOC 2, HIPAA, or ISO 27001 compliant. 1000+ companies trust Vanta to automate their security monitoring, and get ready for security audits in weeks instead of months.
 
 
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: Specifically for engineering directors, Will provides book recommendations and answers the following: "how do you foster execution on teams you indirectly manage?" Will cites 3 interesting pieces to consider: (1) Understand what’s happening on indirectly managed teams. (2) Adding things necessary for execution. (3) Remove things getting in the way of execution.
Ditch Your To-Do List and Use These Docs To Make More Impact
- Brie Wolfson 
#Management #CareerAdvice
 
tl;dr: Brie provides 10 personal templates for "more efficient progress towards your goals and make the experience of getting there more satisfying." Examples include Ongoing Stack Rank (OSR), “It’s Only The Weekend When” Post-It, “What I’m Proud Of” Scrapbook. 
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.
#Recs #ML #Algos
 
tl;dr: "FAANG and other top tech companies have independently converged on a common architecture for production grade recommendation systems." This architecture is domain / vertical agnostic and can power all sorts of applications — from e-commerce and feeds to search, notifications, etc... Nikhil starts from the basics, explains nuances and describes this universal architecture.
 
"Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind."

– Donald Knuth

 
10 Tips For Running Engineering Meetings on Zoom
- Vineel Shah
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: Tips include: (1) Be the dumbest one in the Zoom - "as the person leading the meeting, your job is to provoke and channel the talents and expertise of everyone in the discussion." (2) Poke at the quiet ones (3) In a single-team meeting, skip Zoom chat and use Slack. And more.

Writing Descriptive Tests
- Alex Turek
#Tests

tl;dr: The goal of testing code is: (1) Document what the code should do. (2) Assert that it does it. It’s common to find tests that do the 2nd but neglect the 1st. Alex discusses common problems and his testing strategy.

How Not To Do Mysql Failover
- Ketan Singh
#mySQL

tl;dr: "This is a story from few years ago when I accidentally messed up the MySQL failover, lost some critical data momentarily, and then managed to recover all the lost data. To begin with, some of you might ask what the heck is failover anyway? In MySQL a replicated cluster is a collective of database nodes where each of them may serve one role at a time."

The Front-End Developer's Guide To The Terminal
- Josh W Comeau
#Front-end #Guide

tl;dr: "It's the missing manual of terminal fundamentals needed to work with modern JS frameworks like React, so you can move onto the fun stuff: building user interfaces! Josh also shares "favourite tips and tricks for getting the most out of the terminal" - "the stuff I wish someone had shown me when I was first getting started."

Notable GitHub Repos
Hacking Tool
All-in-one tool for hackers.

 
Nushell
A new type of shell.

 

Helix
A post-modern modal text editor.

 
Bore
CLI tool for making tunnels to localhost.

 
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