#252 — February 5, 2020

Read on the Web

StatusCode Weekly
Covering the week's news in software development, ops, platforms, and tooling.

The Missing Semester of Your CS Education — Three PhD students at MIT have put together a set of resources and lectures covering ancillary, but still important, topics that aren’t always covered in formal CS education, mostly around using and organizing your tools, version control, debugging, etc.


Why Discord Is Switching From Go to Rust — An engineer at Discord (the popular gaming oriented chat system) talks about how they dramatically improved the performance of a backend service by switching from Go to Rust. The comparison is against an older version of Go (1.9.2) vs a nightly build of Rust, though, so it’s a bit apples to oranges as Go has made many GC related enhancements since then.

Jesse Howarth

Webinar: How to Deploy and Manage Cloud-First Applications and APIs — Join AWS and ESG for in-depth guidance on how to secure application traffic, manage performance, and maintain visibility. Learn how to seamlessly deploy and manage your applications and APIs using partner solutions in AWS Marketplace.

AWS sponsor

How I Build Backends for Webapps — An experienced developer has basically dumped everything he can think of about building and deploying Node.js-powered apps into this article that covers architectural approaches, SSL support, file storage, notifications and more. Opinionated, but it’s always interesting to see how other people approach things.

Federico Pereiro

Neo4j 4.0 Released: The Popular Graph Database — Neo4j is perhaps the most mature open source graph database out there and 4.0 takes a big step in making Neo4j reactive and scalable, particularly in terms of supporting multiple databases within a cluster simultaneously.

Jim Webber (Neo4j)

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📕 Tutorials

Understanding NULL Values in SQL Queries — The concept of NULL values in SQL queries often causes trouble for developers and this post deftly explains their special status and how it can affect queries.

Kaley Crum

Scaling to 100k Users — You’ve created something cool, legions of new users are signing up for accounts every day and you’re scrambling to keep things running. Here’s how it could develop from there. (Inspired by a more thorough AWS-specific article from the past.)

Alex Pareto

The SaaS CTO Security Checklist — Security shouldn’t feel like a chore. The checklist provides actionable security best practices for CTOs and developers.

Sqreen sponsor

What's Going to Be New in PHP 8 — PHP 8 is under active development and due to be released later this year, but what’s going to be new for developers?

Brent Roose

Burnout in Software Development Demystified“Indeed, burnout is more a spectrum than a definitive state.”

Matthieu the Valuable Dev

Understanding git Better by Exploring the .git Directory — Not new, but this set of three tutorials is doing the rounds on social media this week.

Pierre de Wulf

💡 Stories and Opinions

The World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language — This isn’t going to be the next JavaScript or Rust, but it’s fantastic that people work on projects like this.

IEEE Spectrum

Deploying TLS 1.3 at Scale with Fizz — To implement the new generation of Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.3) Facebook built Fizz, a robust, highly performant C++ TLS library.

Facebook Engineering

Old CSS, New CSS — This is a tale of one individual’s personal history with CSS and web design, offering a comprehensive, detailed “blend of memory and research”. A great trip down memory lane for any of you who got started on the web in the 90s.

Evelyn Woods

Monoliths Are The Future? — Yes, this is just an opinion. But it’s from Kelsey Hightower so it’s worth considering.

Kelsey Hightower

How Developers Underestimate Long-Term Costs of External Dependencies — A chat with Mike Perham, the creator of Sidekiq (a popular background job system in the Ruby world) and Faktory (a language agnostic job server).

Maintainable Podcast

🛠 Code and Tools

grex: A CLI Tool for Generating Regular Expressions From User-Provided Test Cases — A tool to simplify the often complicated and tedious task of creating regexes. Give it some examples and it’ll come up with a regex (though not always the most ideal one) to fit. Interesting.

Peter M. Stahl

Sovereign: Ansible Playbooks to Build Your Own Private Cloud — A set of playbooks to build and maintain your own private cloud with email, calendar, contacts, file sync, IRC bouncer, VPN, and more.

Alex Payne and contributors

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Epsagon sponsor

SpiderFoot: A Thorough OSINT Collection and Reconnaissance Tool — An intriguing tool that integrates a with a variety of data sources to collect together intelligence around IP addresses, hostnames, subdomains, DNS zone transfers, and more.

Steve Micallef

ZZ (Drunk Octopus): A Safe Dialect of C for Embedded Systems — An interesting Rust-inspired experiment.

Arvid E. Picciani

Let's Destroy C“A taste of how well you can screw up the C language with just a handful of overpowered macros.” This is more cute than useful and a reminder of how powerful #define is.

James Milne