#241 — November 6, 2019

Read on the Web

Covering the week's news in software development, infrastructure, ops, platforms, and performance.

Recursive Sans and Mono: A Free Variable Type Family — This is a new ‘highly-flexible’ type family that takes advantage of variable font tech to let you pick the right style along five different axes. It’s pretty clever, well demonstrated, and very suitable for presenting data, code, or to be used in documentation and UIs. Latest release here.

Arrow Type

Microsoft Launches Visual Studio Online — It’s basically a collaborative version of VS Code that runs in the browser letting you develop from anywhere in a cloud-based environment. This isn’t a new idea but it’s great to see Microsoft’s might behind such an effort.

Visual Studio

Top CI Pipeline Best Practices — At the center of a good CI/CD setup is a well-designed CI pipeline. If your team is adopting CI, or your work involves building or improving CI pipeline, this best practices guide is for you.

Datree.io sponsor

You Can't Submit an Electron 6 (or 7) App to the Mac App Store? — Electron is a popular cross-platform app development toolkit maintained by GitHub. The bad news? It uses Chromium which uses several ‘private’ Apple APIs and Apple aren’t keen on accepting apps that use them for a variety of reasons.

David Costa

Dart 2.6: Now with Native Executable Compilation — Dart began life as a Google built, typed language that compiled to JavaScript but is now a somewhat broader project. The latest version includes a new dart2native tool for compiling Dart apps to self-contained, native executables for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Michael Thomsen

GitHub Sponsors Is Now Out of Beta in 30 Countries — GitHub launched its Sponsors program in beta several months ago as a way for open source developers to accept contributions for their work and projects more easily. It’s now generally available in 30 countries with hopefully more to follow.

Devon Zuegel (GitHub)

Quick bytes:

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📕 Tutorials and Stories

How Monzo Built Network Isolation for 1,500 Services — 1,500 services power Monzo, a British bank, and they want to keep them all as separate as possible so that no single bad actor can bring down their platform. Here’s the tale of how they’ve been working towards that goal.


A Comparison of Static Form Providers — A high level comparison of several providers who essentially provide the backend for your HTML forms.

Silvestar Bistrović

▶  An Illustrated Guide to OAuth and OpenID Connect — A 16 minute video rich with illustrations and diagrams.


Intelligent CI/CD with CircleCI: Test Splitting — Did you know that CircleCI can intelligently split tests to get you your test results faster?

CircleCI sponsor

▶  Writing Maintainable Code Documentation with Automated Tools and Transclusion — A 37 minute podcast conversation between Robby Russell and Ana Nelson, the creator of Dexy, a documentation writing tool.

Maintainable Podcast podcast

▶  Git is Hard but Time Traveling in Git Isn't — A lightning talk from React Conf 2019 that flies through some interesting Git features in a mere 6 minutes.

Monica Powell

Highlights from Git 2.24 — Take a look at some of the new features in the latest Git release including feature macros and a new way to ‘rewrite history’.


Create a Bookmarking Application with FaunaDB, Netlify and 11ty — Brings together FaunaDB’s serverless cloud database, the Netlify platform (which uses Lambda under the hood), and 11ty (a static site generator) to create a bookmark management site.

Bryan Robinson

File Systems Unfit As Distributed Storage Backends: Lessons From Ten Years of Ceph Evolution — You can’t help but be won over by a comment like “Ten years of hard-won lessons packed into just 17 pages makes this paper extremely good value for your time.”

the morning paper

An SQL Injection Tutorial for Beginners — This is not a tutorial for you to follow but more a look at what hackers will attempt to do to your systems, if you let them. The techniques used are sneaky and interesting.


🛠 Code and Tools

Stripe CLI: A Command Line Development Environment for Stripe Users — Stripe has become somewhat ubiquitous in the payment processing space and their focus on developers is pretty neat, not least in this new tool for building and testing integrations.

Tomer Elmalem

Mark Text: A Simple, Free Markdown Editor — Works on macOS, Windows, and Linux. Built in Node with Electron.

Luo Ran

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Manifold sponsor

Yumda: Yum Packages, but for AWS Lambda — Essentially a collection of AWS Lambda-ready binary packages that you can easily install. You can request new packages, build your own, or use the existing ones that include things like GraphicsMagick, OpenEXR, GCC, libpng, Ruby, TeX, and more.


K-Rail: A Workload Policy Enforcement Tool for Kubernetes — A webhook-based policy enforcement tool built in Go that lets you define policies in Go code too.


Gitql: A Git Query Language and Tool — Lets you query a git repository using a SQL-like syntax, e.g. select date, message from commits where date < '2014-04-10'

Claudson Oliveira