I decided this week to write a different type of blog post. Because some of my favorite newsletters are lists of articles on topics of the day.
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Here’s what I’m reading right now.
1. On Outages
While everyone is scrambling to figure out why part of the internet went down … wait is S3 is part of the internet, really? While I’m figuring out if it is a service of Amazon, or if Amazon is so big that Amazon *is* the internet now…
Let’s look at s3 architectural flaws in depth.
Meanwhile Gitlab had an outage too in which they *gasp* lost data. Seriously? An outage is one thing, losing data though. Hmmm…
And this article is brilliant on so many levels. No least because Matthew knows that “post truth” is a trending topic now, and uses it his title. So here we go, AWS Service status truth in a post truth world. Wow!
And meanwhile the Atlantic tries to track down where exactly are those Amazon datacenters?
2. On Code
Project wise I’m fiddling around with a few fun things.
Take a look at Guy Geerling’s Ansible on a Mac playbooks. Nice!
And meanwhile a very nice deep dive on Amazon Lambda serverless best practices.
Brandur Leach explains how to build awesome APIs aka ones that are robust & idempotent
Meanwhile Frans Rosen explains how to 0wn slack. And no you don’t want this. 🙂
3. On Hiring & Talent
Are you a rock star dev or a digital nomad? Take a look at the 12 best international cities to live in for software devs.
And if you’re wondering who’s hiring? Well just about everyone!
Devs are you blogging? You should be.
Looking to learn or teach… check out codementor.
4. On Legacy Systems
I loved Drew Bell’s story of stumbling into home ownership, attempting to fix a doorbell, and falling down a familiar rabbit hole. With parallels to legacy software systems… aka any older then oh say five years?
Ian Bogost ruminates why nothing works anymore… and I don’t think an hour goes by where I don’t ask myself the same question!
5. On Databases
If you grew up on the virtual world of the cloud, you may have never touched hardware besides your own laptop. Developing in this world may completely remove us from understanding those pesky underlying physical layers. Yes indeed folks containers do run in “virtual” machines, but those themselves are running on metal, somewhere down the stack.
With that let’s not forget that No, databases are not for containers… but a healthy reminder ain’t bad..
Read: Are SQL Databases Dead?
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