Issue #268

12 November 2021

Issue #268

Friday 12th November's issue is presented by Stream
#Leadership #Management #Hiring
tl;dr: 3 harmful startup hiring mistakes: (1) Hiring for specifics skills vs understanding you may not know what you need. (2) Prioritizing technical over soft skills i.e. lack of ego, communication, adaptability, cross-functional collaboration. (3) Lack of thoroughness & consistency in the process. Marco also discusses steps to make interviewing a critical business strategy.
Voice or Veto (Employees' Role in Hiring Managers)
- Ed Batista
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: When a leader is hiring a new manager, she often uses "voice or veto" for employees to assess candidates. In a "voice" process, employees have opportunities to assess the candidates at various stages & provide input. In a "veto" process the leader will not hire a candidate if employees object. The most common issue is that leaders don't clarify and communicate which strategy they're taking from the outset. Ed shows how to navigate this. 

Compose Chat Messaging Tutorial

tl;dr: Try Stream's brand new Chat SDK for Jetpack Compose today! The tutorial shows you how to add an in-app messaging feature with just a few lines of code, as well as the flexibility and customization options available for the components. All open-source, open for feedback and contributions.

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The Invisible Javascript Backdoor
- Wolfgang Ettlinger
#Javascript #Security
tl;dr: "Unicode should be kept in mind when doing reviews of code from unknown or untrusted contributors. This is especially interesting for open source projects as they might receive contributions from developers that are effectively anonymous." Wolfgang highlights how invisible unicode characters are leveraged to breach security. 
A Note From Stream

Free Activity Feeds & Chat APIs for Qualifying Teams. Stream’s scalable APIs & SDKs come with all the building blocks to ship a custom messaging or activity feed experience that rivals leading social platforms.

"This Project Will Only Take 2 Hours"
- Austin Henley
#Management #CareerAdvice

tl;dr: "Whenever I think something is extremely simple, I walk through it step by step to uncover the complexities, design decisions, use cases, and potential features that I missed." Austin gives an example, here.
How To Make A CPU - A Simple Picture Based Explanation
- Robert Elder

tl;dr: "The purpose of this article is to explain how to make a CPU out of rocks and sand as fast as possible without using too many words. As the world of proprietary hardware and software crushes in around us, we risk losing the ability to make things for ourselves as individuals."

Lesser Known PostgreSQL Features
- Haki Benita
tl;dr: 20 features including: (1) Get the number of updated and inserted rows in an Upsert. (2) Grant permissions on specific columns. (3) Match against multiple patterns, and more.
tl;dr: "I’m an inbox 0 extremist. I unsubscribe from everything that contains an unsubscribe link. I spent the last two years sending GDPR removing requests to every company sending me an unwanted email." Lionel describes how the technical underpinnings of email have made it user unfriendly. 
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