Recommended read: Why you should use `nproc` and not grep /proc/cpuinfo | Ramblings https://www.flamingspork.com/blog/2020/11/25/why-you-should-use-nproc-and-not-grep-proc-cpuinfo/
Recommended read: Why Git blame sucks for understanding WTF code (and what to use instead) https://tekin.co.uk/2020/11/patterns-for-searching-git-revision-histories
Recommended read: Debug Gatling Performance Test Scripts – 5 Essential Methods | James Willett https://www.james-willett.com/debug-gatling/
I think the general rule of thumb is "try not to support anything other than the latest version in Production and the latest development version, and even then reduce the time that there are two versions as much as possible" but with things like user-managed software, or where your path to production is slower, it can be difficult to say that.
Recommended read: Trello Android's Git Branching Strategy https://blog.danlew.net/2020/11/11/trello-androids-git-branching-strategy/
Recommended read: How to get root on Ubuntu 20.04 by pretending nobody’s /home - GitHub Security Lab https://securitylab.github.com/research/Ubuntu-gdm3-accountsservice-LPE/
Recommended read: How to Get All Endpoints List After Startup, Spring Boot https://stackoverflow.com/questions/43541080/how-to-get-all-endpoints-list-after-startup-spring-boot/59165297#59165297
Recommended read: What are your favorite non-standard CLI utils/applications | Lobsters https://lobste.rs/s/eprvjp/what_are_your_favorite_non_standard_cli
This is something I strive quite hard to ensure, using tools like html-proofer and comparing against old sitemaps when I change things considerably with my site. It's also something that is quite infuriating when following links to a site that has now rewritten their URLs, so I've learned from that too!
Recommended read: Don't ever break a URL if you can help it https://www.hanselman.com/blog/dont-ever-break-a-url-if-you-can-help-it
Recommended read: We Hacked Apple for 3 Months: Here’s What We Found https://samcurry.net/hacking-apple/
Thanks to Joe Nash for sharing this yesterday, I 100% agree with this - not just on the blogumentation angle, but because making these things visible is really important. And especially now, where every company is a remote company, it makes sense to start building these into your ways of working.
Recommended read: Why everything should have a URL https://ben.balter.com/2015/11/12/why-urls/
Recommended read: How to stop an unstoppable zombie job on Jenkins without restarting the server? - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14456592/how-to-stop-an-unstoppable-zombie-job-on-jenkins-without-restarting-the-server/38481808#38481808
This is a really great interview with Anna Dodson about the great work that Tech Nottingham are doing under both Women in Tech and Tech Nottingham, and is a great read for how they're making Nottingham a much better place to be!
Recommended read: LeftLion - Tech Nottingham Are Helping Women Succeed in the Technology Industry https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2020/october/tech-nottingham-women-technology-opportunities/
Recommended read: The 13 best questions to ask during the remote onboarding process - Know Your Team | Blog https://knowyourteam.com/blog/2020/09/14/the-13-best-questions-to-ask-during-the-remote-onboarding-process/
Recommended read: Practical Contract Testing with Spring Cloud Contract by Oleksandr Romanov - YouTube https://youtube.com/watch?v=_AYfxXJ7o20
Recommended read: Escaping strings in Bash using !:q | Simon Willison’s TILs https://til.simonwillison.net/til/til/bash_escaping-a-string.md
Recommended read: DigitalOcean's Hacktoberfest is Hurting Open Source https://blog.domenic.me/hacktoberfest/
Recommended read: Building a psychologically safe workplace | Amy Edmondson | TEDxHGSE - YouTube https://youtube.com/watch?v=LhoLuui9gX8
Recommended read: Why senior engineers get nothing done | Swizec Teller https://swizec.com/blog/why-senior-engineers-get-nothing-done/
Recommended read: Not all engineering leaders are engineering managers https://leaddev.com/not-all-engineering-leaders-are-engineering-managers&s=09
Recommended read: debugging - How do I enable logging for Spring Security? - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/30855252/how-do-i-enable-logging-for-spring-security/47729991#47729991
This is something I really liked when doing Literate Programming at university. It's really nice to be able to wrap the code with written meaning, in a way that regular comments don't do as well.
Recommended read: Literate DevOps http://www.howardism.org/Technical/Emacs/literate-devops.html
Recommended read: Boot drops to a (initramfs) prompts/busybox - Ask Ubuntu https://askubuntu.com/questions/137655/boot-drops-to-a-initramfs-prompts-busybox#817660
Recommended read: Recursively Sort Ruby Hash By Key – Daniel Doezema's Blog http://dan.doezema.com/2012/04/recursively-sort-ruby-hash-by-key/
Recommended read: Remote Inclusion in Distributed Engineering Teams | LeadDev https://leaddev.com/remote-inclusion-distributed-engineering-teams
Recommended read: Eliminating hero culture in software engineering teams | LeadDev https://leaddev.com/eliminating-hero-culture-software-engineering-teams
Recommended read: How simplifying software can save your engineering teams' time | LeadDev https://leaddev.com/how-simplifying-software-can-save-your-engineering-teams-time
Recommended read: Living without pre-production environments | LeadDev https://leaddev.com/living-without-pre-production-environments
Recommended read: Ignoring mass reformatting commits with git blame – Rob Allen's DevNotes https://akrabat.com/ignoring-revisions-with-git-blame/
Recommended read: What Happened to the Webmaster - The History of the Web https://thehistoryoftheweb.com/postscript/what-happened-to-the-webmaster/
Recommended read: stoplightio/prism: Turn any OpenAPI2/3 and Postman Collection file into an API server with mocking, transformations and validations. https://github.com/stoplightio/prism
Recommended read: Spectral - Open Source API Description Linter | Stoplight https://stoplight.io/open-source/spectral/
Recommended read: API Design Management | Designing APIs For Teams and Enterprise | Stoplight https://stoplight.io/
Recommended read: swyx Writing | Notes on RSI for Developers Who Don't Have It (Yet) https://www.swyx.io/writing/rsi-tips/
Recommended read: Shopify/toxiproxy: A TCP proxy to simulate network and system conditions for chaos and resiliency testing https://github.com/Shopify/toxiproxy
Recommended read: I want to contribute to your project, how do I start? https://drewdevault.com/2020/08/10/How-to-contribute-to-FOSS.html
Recommended read: VALARMs from iCalendars (.ics) not being recognized by Google Calendar - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/a/35876769
Recommended read: A tableau of crimes and misfortunes: the ever-useful `docker history` https://pythonspeed.com/articles/docker-history/
Recommended read: Life Beyond Java 8, by Trisha Gee / JetBrains Technology Day for Java (2020) https://youtu.be/gKestt55Q4M
Recommended read: Bootiful Testing, by Josh Long / JetBrains Technology Day for Java (2020) https://youtu.be/RrgL7_AW6S4
Recommended read: A few thoughts on the $80 million fine from the Capital One Breach - a thread. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1291801858676228098.html?s=09
Recommended read: Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Software Skills https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/07/tech-job-interviews-anxiety/
I very much recommend learning how to use a more well-structured scripting language than Bash, as languages such as Ruby have a great standard library, a huge ecosystem of other libraries, and are commonly installed across machines - this is a great look at partially replacing shell scripts with Ruby
Recommended read: Enhanced Shell Scripting with Ruby https://www.devdungeon.com/content/enhanced-shell-scripting-ruby
Recommended read: Incident Report: TaskRouter JS SDK Security Incident - July 19, 2020 https://www.twilio.com/blog/incident-report-taskrouter-js-sdk-july-2020
Recommended read: How to Write Technical Posts (so people will read them) :: Reasonably Polymorphic https://reasonablypolymorphic.com/blog/writing-technical-posts/
Recommended read: People Seem Confused about IndieAuth – David Shanske https://david.shanske.com/2020/07/22/people-seem-confused-about-indieauth/
Recommended read: The Communicative Value of Using Git Well – Math ∩ Programming https://jeremykun.com/2020/01/14/the-communicative-value-of-using-git-well/
Recommended read: Why Backwards Compatibility is Critical — Developer Musings https://joshghent.com/backwards-compatible/
Recommended read: API Versioning Has No "Right Way" | APIs You Won't Hate - A community that cares about API design and development. https://apisyouwonthate.com/blog/api-versioning-has-no-right-way
Recommended read: APIs as infrastructure: future-proofing Stripe with versioning https://stripe.com/blog/api-versioning
Feedback giving and receiving is really important, and I've found it can make someone's day to give them some feedback that helps appreciate the things they've done.
Something I've tried - and regularly failed - on doing is providing microfeedback (regular small pieces of feedback as and when folks do things)
However, Julia's point about asking first is something I've not considered before, so I'm definitely going to keep that in mind.
Recommended read: When your coworker does great work, tell their manager https://jvns.ca/blog/2020/07/14/when-your-coworker-does-great-work-tell-their-manager/
Recommended read: Cloudflare outage and the risk in today's Internet https://www.garron.blog/posts/cloudflare-outage.html
Recommended read: What we talk about when we're talking about "Webmentions" https://martymcgui.re/2020/07/15/what-we-talk-about-when-were-talking-about-webmentions/
Recommended read: Hardcoded secrets, unverified tokens, and other common JWT mistakes https://r2c.dev/blog/2020/hardcoded-secrets-unverified-tokens-and-other-common-jwt-mistakes/
Recommended read: DevOps Notts - June 2020 - Diversity in Tech Lightning Talks - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxecjx-aEHw
Recommended read: Spring Boot Hello World Example - Thymeleaf - Mkyong.com https://mkyong.com/spring-boot/spring-boot-hello-world-example-thymeleaf/
Recommended read: Creating inclusive naming conventions in technology - Clockwork https://www.clockwork.com/news/creating-inclusive-naming-conventions-in-technology/
Recommended read: linux - What is the difference between `sudoedit` and `sudo vim`? - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22084422/what-is-the-difference-between-sudoedit-and-sudo-vim/22084506#22084506
Recommended read: How does the vim "write with sudo" trick work? - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2600783/how-does-the-vim-write-with-sudo-trick-work/7078429#7078429
Recommended read: The Impending Doom of Expiring Root CAs and Legacy Clients https://scotthelme.co.uk/impending-doom-root-ca-expiring-legacy-clients/
Recommended read: Why You Should Write a CLI Tool for Your Organisation https://www.surminus.com/blog/why-you-should-write-a-cli-tool-for-your-org/
Recommended read: pom.xml - Differences between dependencyManagement and dependencies in Maven - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2619598/differences-between-dependencymanagement-and-dependencies-in-maven
Recommended read: How to do High-Bar Code Review Without Being a Jerk - Andrew King https://andrewking.ca/2020/01/how-to-do-high-bar-code-review-without-being-a-jerk/
Recommended read: Is `sudo` almost useless? - Information Security Stack Exchange https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/232924/is-sudo-almost-useless
Recommended read: The Real Cause of the Sign In with Apple Zero-Day • Aaron Parecki https://aaronparecki.com/2020/05/31/30/the-real-cause-of-the-sign-in-with-apple-zero-day
Recommended read: Lessons learned from writing ShellCheck, GitHub’s now most starred Haskell project – Vidar's Blog https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=859
Recommended read: The Only Way to Beat Algorithms is to Retrain Your Audience | KIRISKA.com https://kiriska.com/blog/2019/11/the-only-way-to-beat-algorithms-is-to-retrain-your-audience/
Recommended read: git diff - Git list of staged files - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33610682/git-list-of-staged-files/33610683#33610683
Recommended read: If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs http://tttthis.com/blog/if-i-could-bring-one-thing-back-to-the-internet-it-would-be-blogs
Recommended read: Pre-loved Systems Are Like Second Hand Jigsaw Puzzles https://jesswhite.co.uk///2020/05/19/jigsaw-post.html
Recommended read: Let’s settle the password vs. passphrase debate once and for all https://protonmail.com/blog/protonmail-com-blog-password-vs-passphrase/
Recommended read: No software licence will save you from hyperbolic doubt https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2020/05/no-software-licence-will-save-you-from-hyperbolic-doubt/
Recommended read: LaTeX.css — Make your website look like a LaTeX document https://latex.now.sh/
Recommended read: Names, Legal Names, and Fractally Deferred Responsibility https://nora.codes/post/names-legal-names-and-fractally-deferred-responsibility/
Recommended read: On Owning Data Apps Use and the IndieWeb - Jacky Alciné https://v2.jacky.wtf/post/494c3034-7ad0-4081-b4d2-825d4825d2ff
Recommended read: Determine dependency tree in a Gradle multimodule project https://solidsoft.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/gradle-tricks-display-dependencies-for-all-subprojects-in-multi-project-build/
Recommended read: How to convert a SVG to a PNG with ImageMagick? - Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9853325/how-to-convert-a-svg-to-a-png-with-imagemagick#14174624
Recommended read: Squad Health Check model – visualizing what to improve https://labs.spotify.com/2014/09/16/squad-health-check-model/
Recommended read: AWS Lambda Java Tutorial: Best Practices to Lower Cold Starts https://www.capitalone.com/tech/cloud/aws-lambda-java-tutorial-reduce-cold-starts/
Recommended read: As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/02/uks_ncsc_whitelist_blacklist/
Recommended read: If you're hiring, be forthcoming about the dev experience https://rachelbythebay.com/w/2020/04/30/dev/
An interesting read! I do wonder about having a newsletter for all my bookmarks, but then realised no one would probably subscribe as it's quite a wide range of topics.
Recommended read: How I write and curate the cron.weekly newsletter https://ma.ttias.be/how-to-cron-weekly-newsletter/
Recommended read: How to resolve "Can't start redis server. Check logs for details" with embedded-redis https://github.com/kstyrc/embedded-redis/issues/51#issuecomment-549726148
Recommended read: What's the difference between `api` and `implementation` with Gradle? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44413952/gradle-implementation-vs-api-configuration/46999766#46999766
Recommended read: JSON Web Token Validation Bypass in Auth0 Authentication API https://insomniasec.com/blog/auth0-jwt-validation-bypass
I used this around 8 months ago and it's a great guide for getting set up!
Recommended read: Offline GnuPG Master Key and Subkeys on YubiKey NEO Smartcard https://blog.josefsson.org/2014/06/23/offline-gnupg-master-key-and-subkeys-on-yubikey-neo-smartcard/
Recommended read: Comparison table of Java's `HttpServletFilter`'s methods https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4931323/whats-the-difference-between-getrequesturi-and-getpathinfo-methods-in-httpservl/21046620#21046620
Recommended read: jq - my new favorite tool to work with json on the command line https://200ok.ch/posts/jq-my-new-favorite-tool-to-work-with-json-on-the-command-line.html
Recommended read: AskReddit: Is “dude” a gender neutral word? If not, what are some gender neutral alternatives? https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/fq9hyn/is_dude_a_gender_neutral_word_if_not_what_are/
Recommended read: FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/06/virgin_more_leak_details/
Recommended read: That upgrade from Java 8 to 11 you've been putting off? UK fintech types at Revolut 'quite happy' after a year in production https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/17/that_upgrade_from_java_8_to_11_revolut_quite_happy_after_a_year_in_production/
I've got this set up on my own site against https://www.jvt.me/img/profile.png and it's really great. No more finding that image you want to use - it's just there. It's available automagically via my Microformats2 h-card, so it can be machine discoverable, too. But I agree with Terence, it'd be awesome to have some standardised way to pull it from all my services, though.
Recommended read: One Avatar To Rule Them All https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2020/03/one-avatar-to-rule-them-all/
Recommended read: How to train your impostor - Carolina Gilabert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if5YLYRIcc8
Recommended read: Adding a sticky table of contents in Hugo to posts https://ma.ttias.be/adding-a-sticky-table-of-contents-in-hugo-to-posts/
Recommended read: Avoid rewriting a legacy system from scratch, by strangling it https://understandlegacycode.com/blog/avoid-rewriting-a-legacy-system-from-scratch-by-strangling-it/
Recommended read: What usage restrictions can we place in a free software license? https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/54709.html
Recommended read: Critical vulnerabilities in JSON Web Token libraries https://www.chosenplaintext.ca/2015/03/31/jwt-algorithm-confusion.html
Recommended read: Go compared to Python for small scale system administration scripts and tools https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/sysadmin/SysadminGoVsPython
In this 9 minute podcast, Craig Burgess speaks about how he wished he'd got started on his #PersonalWebsite and doing more #blogging early on in his career. Craig also speaks about the #IndieWeb and why everyone should get involved.
Recommended read: The one thing I wish I'd done when I first started my design career https://getdoingthings.com/podcast/getdoingthings/the-one-thing
Recommended read: StrongVersions - Enforce a strict versioning policy in your Gemfile https://github.com/bobf/strong_versions
Recommended read: Local First, Undo Redo, JS-Optional, Create Edit Publish http://tantek.com/2020/037/b2/local-first-undo-redo-create-edit-publish
Meant to share this a couple of weeks ago - this is really great, and was very timely after a presentation from a colleague about #Kotlin, and the fact that the
data class that Kotlin has is very cool. Still a while away from my own Java code but interesting nonetheless!
Recommended read: Records Come to Java https://blogs.oracle.com/javamagazine/records-come-to-java
Recommended read: A new bill could punish web platforms for using end-to-end encryption https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/31/21116788/earn-it-act-section-230-lindsey-graham-draft-bill-encryption
Recommended read: What's the best way to build a string of delimited items in Java? https://stackoverflow.com/a/63258
Recommended read: HTML attributes to improve your users' two factor authentication experience https://www.twilio.com/blog/html-attributes-two-factor-authentication-autocomplete
This is very cool. I've been thinking about containerising my personal APIs for this site, and I guess this would remove a lot of the work! Looking forward to playing with this once it's released.
Recommended read: First look at Cloud Native Buildpacks support in Spring Boot 2.3 Milestone 1 https://medium.com/@TimvanBaarsen/first-look-at-cloud-native-buildpacks-support-in-spring-boot-2-3-milestone-1-ece8e72ed93f
I used to write a lot of shell scripts before realising that what I was trying to do was treat shell scripting as a "full" scripting language (I won't define here what I mean by "full").
Its not - reach for a higher level scripting language like Ruby or Python when things are getting more complicated, and allow shell scripts to glue things together, or be for quick tasks maybe a few lines long.
When you do write them, this advice is great but it's definitely worth gaining understanding of when you should and shouldn't use them.
Recommended read: Anybody can write good bash (with a little effort) https://blog.yossarian.net/2020/01/23/Anybody-can-write-good-bash-with-a-little-effort
Recommended read: How to Implement a Secure Central Authentication Service in Six Steps https://engineering.shopify.com/blogs/engineering/implement-secure-central-authentication-service-six-steps
Recommended read: IndieWeb Guides: Clear, simple guides to taking greater control of your data on the Web https://indiewebguides.org/
Recommended read: Yukihiro Matsumoto: "Ruby is designed for humans, not machines" https://evrone.com/yukihiro-matsumoto-interview
Recommended read: The happinesses and stresses of full-time FOSS work https://drewdevault.com/2020/01/21/Stress-and-happiness.html
Recommended read: Blue Monday – Actually BAD for mental health awareness https://cosmicshambles.com/words/blogs/deanburnett/blue-monday
This is very interesting to hear just days after a colleague gives a compelling introduction to Kotlin of which one key selling point (to me at least) is reducing boilerplate for Plain Old Java Objects (POJOs) that are effectively data-only objects.
That being said, it's still a way off compared to Java 8, and could be nice to try out Kotlin a bit more.
Recommended read: Records Come to Java https://blogs.oracle.com/javamagazine/records-come-to-java
Recommended read: systemd service sandboxing and security hardening 101 https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/systemd-service-hardening.html
Recommended read: Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet https://alistapart.com/article/webmentions-enabling-better-communication-on-the-internet/
Recommended read: Actuator HTTP Trace Does Not Work With Spring Boot 2.2.x https://juplo.de/actuator-httptrace-does-not-work-with-spring-boot-2-2/
Recommended read: Patch Windows 10 and Server now because certificate validation is broken https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/patch-windows-10-and-server-now-because-certificate-validation-is-broken/
This is a great resource for generating certs for performing Mutual TLS authentication, as well some good sample code for how to set up example client/server apps in several programming languages.
Recommended read: mtls.dev - Generating TLS certs doesn't have to be hard. https://mtls.dev/
Recommended read: who are you trying to impress with your deadlines? http://jatins.gitlab.io/me/why-deadline/
But when it gets right down to it, if permissive open source is free candy, copyleft is a free puppy. If you want a puppy, a free one is great. If you don’t want a puppy, receiving a free one by surprise can be costly and awkward.
Recommended read: Don't Rely on OSI Approval https://writing.kemitchell.com/2019/05/05/Rely-on-OSI.html
Recommended read: From 15,000 database connections to under 100: DigitalOcean's tale of tech debt https://blog.digitalocean.com/from-15-000-database-connections-to-under-100-digitaloceans-tale-of-tech-debt/
The only problem is that the industry makes folks feel like they need to, which isn't fair for people who don't have time ie who have other commitments like children
Recommended read: It is perfectly OK to only code at work, you can have a life too. https://zeroequalsfalse.com/posts/it-is-ok-to-only-code-at-work/
Recommended read: Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/09/03/chromium_microsoft_offensive/
A very interesting read on choosing a license to protect the author's income, which I get, although realistically (at least) the AGPL has been written to ensure that the end users always get the code, not that the authors are protected.
Recommended read: Choosing a license for GoatCounter https://www.arp242.net/license.html
Recommended read: “Release the JJ cut”: the Star Wars conspiracy that offers fans an impossible fantasy https://www.vox.com/2020/1/6/21046788/release-the-jj-cut-what-is-the-jj-cut-real-explained
Recommended read: Why It's Problematic That Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Retcons the Plot of The Last Jedi https://time.com/5751752/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-the-last-jedi/
Licensing is hard, especially when projects you use want to protect their end users and have gone for strong copyleft licenses like the GPL/AGPL
Recommended read: This Is Why You Always Review Your Dependencies, AGPL Edition https://www.agwa.name/blog/post/always_review_your_dependencies
An interesting read on creating a extensible platform which isn't truly private, vs a walled garden with true privacy, and the tradeoffs we have to consider.
Recommended read: On Privacy versus Freedom | Matrix.org https://matrix.org/blog/2020/02/01/on-privacy-versus-freedom/
This is what I started doing when I got my personal domain all those years ago, as it allowed unlimited aliases and a catch-all address. There's nothing better than seeing some spam coming from an email that tells you exactly who sold/leaked your data.
Recommended read: We should have an email for each website https://dev.to/sonnk/we-should-have-an-email-for-each-website-fhh
Recommended read: Changing your name is a hard unsolved problem in Computer Science https://dev.to/penelope_zone/changing-your-name-is-a-hard-unsolved-problem-in-computer-science-kjf
Recommended read: A brief year in review of my website, domain, online identity, commonplace book, journal, diary, etc. https://boffosocko.com/2019/12/31/a-brief-year-in-review-of-my-website-domain-online-identity-commonplace-book-journal-diary-etc/
Recommended read: Joining the Indieweb, the web that's been here all along https://vil.lv/posts/2020/01/indieweb.html
An interesting way to manage it - I quite like the approach.
I'm a fan of how I do my own, and will write about it at some point - https://gitlab.com/jamietanna/jvt.me/issues/847
Recommended read: Managing my dotfiles as a git repository https://drewdevault.com/2019/12/30/dotfiles.html
Recommended read: Let us make 2020 a year of empowerment and decentralization https://nilsnh.no/2019/12/25/let-us-make-2020-a-year-of-empowerment-and-decentralization/
Recommended read: Everything you should know about certificates and PKI but are too afraid to ask https://smallstep.com/blog/everything-pki/
Recommended read: r/AskReddit - What free things online should everyone take advantage of? https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ecscwk/what_free_things_online_should_everyone_take/
Those of us in the EU are pretty worried about it, so I can imagine it's not going to be fun for folks whose countries haven't even had a say in it!
Recommended read: Dear Americans: Be Very, Very Afraid Of The EU's New Copyright Rules https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191220/16454343611/dear-americans-be-very-very-afraid-eus-new-copyright-rules.shtml
Recommended read: Cash withdrawals in the European Economic Area are now free! https://monzo.com/blog/cash-withdrawals-in-the-european-economic-area-eea-are-now-free/
An interesting look at why you'd want to work for a startup, not a tech giant - although not everyone will have the same experience.
Recommended read: Working for Microsoft cost me $200 million https://blog.garrytan.com/working-for-microsoft-cost-me-200-dollars-million
Recommended read: I found Christmas the loneliest time of year. Then I started working at Crisis https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/24/christmas-loneliest-crisis-charity
Some interesting points in here that reinforce my thoughts about the difficulties of knowing what the right version number should be - although I hugely push for and use SemVer.
Recommended read: SemVer is an intent - not a promise https://damieng.com/blog/2019/12/19/semver-is-an-intent-not-a-promise
Recommended read: A thread on common misconceptions of mental illness https://twitter.com/LeftAtLondon/status/1208667177043120128?s=09
An interesting approach - but I wonder why you'd implement like so (requiring SSH usage) instead of the Systems Manager's
run-command https://docs.aws.amazon.com/systems-manager/latest/userguide/walkthrough-cli.html ?
Recommended read: SSH to EC2 instances via AWS Lambda https://www.transposit.com/blog/2019.12.18-using-lambda-as-an-ssh-proxy/
Recommended read: The modern web is becoming an unusable, user-hostile wasteland https://omarabid.com/the-modern-web
A good read by Terence about how the Semantic Web and using metadata (be it Schema.org, microdata or Microformats) will build a more usable and interconnected life
Recommended read: The future of the web, isn't the web https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2019/12/the-future-of-the-web-isnt-the-web/
Recommended read: 49% of workers, when forced to update their password, reuse the same one with just a minor change https://www.grahamcluley.com/49-of-workers-when-forced-to-update-their-password-reuse-the-same-one-with-just-a-minor-change/
Recommended read: How to fight back against Google AMP as a web user and a web developer https://markosaric.com/google-amp/
An interesting idea, but surely you'd not want to break existing links to your articles, and instead have it update the article to say "this may be outdated, we're reviewing this"?
Recommended read: Blogcop: A GitHub app that helps you manage your Jekyll blog https://www.ombulabs.com/blog/github/jekyll/ruby/blogcop-for-jekyll.html
Recommended read: Will ‘Star Wars’ Stick the Landing? J.J. Abrams Will Try https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/movies/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-jj-abrams.html
An interesting read, especially since I keep a watch on these by https://www.jvt.me/posts/2019/10/27/owning-step-count/
Recommended read: What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/10000-steps-rule/590785/
This is a great read about the things that being in the https://indieweb.org/ (Independent Web) can empower you with, and the ownership and agency that it affords you.
I'd recommend a read of https://www.jvt.me/posts/2019/07/22/why-website/ and https://www.jvt.me/posts/2019/10/20/indieweb-talk/ for a bit more info, too.
Recommended read: It’s Time to Get Personal https://24ways.org/2019/its-time-to-get-personal/
Recommended read: Wat https://www.destroyallsoftware.com/talks/wat
Recommended read: Developers shouldn't distribute their own software https://drewdevault.com/2019/12/09/Developers-shouldnt-distribute.html
Version pinning is always a difficult line to walk - you don't want things to change when you're not expecting them to (such as here) but you also don't want to be pinned to really old versions of software, as that increases risk
Recommended read: Choose Your Docker Base Image Wisely https://www.innoq.com/en/blog/choose-your-docker-base-image-wisely/
Recommended read: How to Fix Social Media by Injecting A Chunk of the Blogosphere https://kottke.org/19/01/how-to-fix-social-media-by-injecting-a-chunk-of-the-blogosphere
Another reason folks should be part of the IndieWeb, not only owning your data but getting better SEO!
Recommended read: Self-hosted site outranking Medium Publication https://www.indiehackers.com/product/prototypr-io/self-hosted-site-outranking-medium-publication--LuqyKHQ9gno3JFsyoXc
Recommended read: abbreviate - Go package to shorten strings with common abbreviations https://github.com/dnnrly/abbreviate
An interesting look at how using one key for everything (SSH to servers, SSH for git hosting, etc) can be a Bad Thing™
Recommended read: Public SSH keys can leak your private infrastructure https://rushter.com/blog/public-ssh-keys/
Recommended read: BadSSL - test with expired, misconfigured or weak SSL/TLS configuration https://badssl.com/
Recommended read: Nostalgia Is Gross, But That’s What I’ve Got Now That I’m Blogging Every Day — Elan Morgan https://elanmorgan.com/blog/blogging-nostalgia-is-gross
Definitely yes to this! I've also proposed how we can do this using Microformats2 in https://www.jvt.me/posts/2019/04/10/pronouns-microformats/
Recommended read: Pronouns in the Bio https://gregorlove.com/2019/11/pronouns-in-the-bio/
Recommended read: André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how https://staltz.com/the-web-began-dying-in-2014-heres-how.html
Recommended read: Report: We Tested 5 Popular Web Hosting Companies & All Were Easily Hacked https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/report-popular-hosting-hacked/
An interesting read, but I would personally say to stick to the language-specific process. Ie
Rakefiles for Ruby, a task in your
npm run deps as it'll handle things nicer in a language / stack you're more familiar in, although I totally see why you'd want a language-agnostic interace
Recommended read: The Language Agnostic, All-Purpose, Incredible, Makefile https://blog.mindlessness.life/2019/11/17/the-language-agnostic-all-purpose-incredible-makefile.html
Recommended read: Specify a specific SSH private key for git pull/git clone https://ma.ttias.be/specify-a-specific-ssh-private-key-for-git-pull-git-clone/
Recommended read: mycamp.rocks - Quick Tips For Conference Organizers 😄, Speakers 👨🏫, And Attendees 🙋🏽♀️ https://mycamp.rocks/
A great writeup of a huge event - when I went a few years ago I was bowled over by how much time I'd need to spend to see everything I wanted to (hint: it was more than the few days I was there)
Recommended read: 🇵🇹 WebSummit 2019 http://pawlean.com/2019/11/10/websummit-2019/
Recommended read: Recapping Hacktoberfest #6 and Looking to Next Year https://blog.digitalocean.com/recapping-hacktoberfest-6/
This is a great resource to highlight the difficulty of creating temporary files safely - something I've tried to share before but without these great examples.
Its especially bad if using a shared CI/CD server and putting downloaded files into /tmp as you don't know whether it'll be clobbered / stolen by others on the instance
Recommended read: Safely Creating And Using Temporary Files https://www.netmeister.org/blog/mktemp.html
Recommended read: The Future of Monzo - What Does Open Banking Mean for Monzo? https://youtu.be/t_oAsDWYjM8
Recommended read: We built network isolation for 1,500 services to make Monzo more secure https://monzo.com/blog/we-built-network-isolation-for-1-500-services/
Recommended read: Cloud Irregular: Amazon won't spin off AWS, and that's too bad for AWS https://forrestbrazeal.com/2019/07/24/cloud-irregular-amazon-wont-spin-off-aws-and-thats-too-bad-for-aws/
Recommended read: A Linux sysadmin's guide to moving to a new website https://ma.ttias.be/sysadmin-guide-move-content-new-website/
Recommended read: "Why should we celebrate work of people from minoritized groups and create spaces to showcase their achievements?" https://threader.app/thread/1189279573969649664
Recommended read: Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something http://www.youshouldhaveseenthis.com/
Recommended read: Running on Intel? If you want security, disable hyper-threading, says Linux kernel maintainer https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/29/intel_disable_hyper_threading_linux_kernel_maintainer/
Recommended read: Is there any difference between a GUID and a UUID? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/246930/is-there-any-difference-between-a-guid-and-a-uuid#6953207
A great writeup of what sounds like a great session!
Recommended read: #Redecentralize 2019 Session: IndieWeb Decentralized Standards and Methods https://tantek.com/2019/301/b1/redecentralize-indieweb-standards-methods
Recommended read: GitLab `reset --hard bad1dea`: Biz U-turns, unbans office political chat, will vet customers https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/17/gitlab_reverse_ferret/
This is such a great way to find out just how much can be done for you.
I used to do competitive programming competitions (similar to HackerRank challenges) and learning the standard library was a huge driver to finding the best solution without reinventing the wheel.
But even in the day job, knowing what to use without pulling in a new dependency can make a big difference.
This can go a little further to learning common packages that your ecosystem uses, and how best to tackle problems with them.
Recommended read: Learn your standard library https://letterstoanewdeveloper.com/2019/03/11/learn-your-standard-library/
Recommended read: A push gone very wrong in the name of what, exactly? https://rachelbythebay.com/w/2019/10/25/enabler/
Recommended read: Why I'm supporting the IndieWeb (and you should too) - marketgoo https://www.marketgoo.com/blog/2019/04/30/why-support-indieweb/
Recommended read: Tonight, the clocks are changing for one of the last times ever https://www.wired.co.uk/article/uk-clock-change-2019-daylight-savings-time
Recommended read: The Illusion of choice and the need for default privacy protection https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019/10/22/the-illusion-of-choice-and-the-need-for-default-privacy-protection/
Recommended read: An HTML Element Potentially Worth $18M to Indiegogo Campaigns https://adrianroselli.com/2019/09/an-html-element-potentially-worth-18m-to-indiegogo-campaigns.html
Recommended read: Stream or Not? Is your video strategy up a creek? https://dougsillars.github.io/StreamOrNot/
Recommended read: Reckon accounting software crippled to force subscription upgrades https://www.smh.com.au/technology/reckon-accounting-software-crippled-to-force-subscription-upgrades-20191018-p531y4.html
This is a great, fairly well balanced, look at the latest proposal from http://0pointer.de/lennart/ about user management on Linux systems. An interesting proposal with pros and cons - it'll be interesting to see what comes of it.
Recommended read: Pack Your Bags – Systemd Is Taking You To A New Home https://hackaday.com/2019/10/16/pack-your-bags-systemd-is-taking-you-to-a-new-home/
Recommended read: Why we moved our servers to Iceland · Simple Analytics https://blog.simpleanalytics.com/why-we-moved-our-servers-to-iceland
Recommended read: When should you warn people about content at an event? https://zac.land/posts/event-content-warnings/
Recommended read: Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/encryption-lose-privacy-us-uk-australia-facebook
This is a great post by https://mindthe.net/devices/ about the awesome tech community we have in Nottingham and why its such a lovely place to be personally and professionally.
Recommended read: The Nottingham Tech Community https://blog.dddeastmidlands.com/2019/10/10/nottingham-tech-community.html
I've found that I can use Vim for just about everything I do day-to-day (be it personal or professional work) but just not with Java. I feel I need too much of IntelliJ's functionality, and that's OK! I'm happy to admit that it is a better experience for me.
Recommended read: Modding, Vim, i3, and Efficiency https://nora.codes/post/modding-vim-i3-and-efficiency/
Recommended read: Reversing private APIs, Safeway, and not-so-extreme couponing https://blog.jonlu.ca/posts/safeway
Recommended read: Convert cURL Requests to Python `requests` library https://curl.trillworks.com/
With the recent news of Meetup.com increasing prices for organisers https://twitter.com/securestep9/status/1183798804371386369?s=19 this is great to see the alternatives mapped out!
Recommended read: Meetup.com alternatives https://www.notion.so/Meetup-Alternatives-36d73649d34f4bba9e2065f1fa8cd03f
Recommended read: I wore a T-Shirt demanding Inclusivity at a Tech Conference and this is what happened https://coderbyheart.com/i-wore-a-t-shirt-demanding-inclusivity-at-a-tech-conference-and-this-is-what-happened/
Dominique shared this at DevOpsDays London, and it's a really great idea.
Because it can be difficult attending meetups on your own, Dominique and co have set up a community that makes it possible to meet folks before a meetup, maybe have a drink and a chat, and then head over together.
It has made a huge difference to folks wanting to attend, and has given people a lower barrier to attending an event, because they'll be able to chat to others on Slack before they go, so it won't be as awkward.
This is something that Tech Nottingham and Women in Tech Nottingham do, where before the event there will be some folks meeting at the Theatre Royal, and then they can walk over together, getting a chance to meet others.
Several of the organisers in the Nottingham tech scene chatted with Dominique about this at DevOpsDays, and we'll be looking to see if we can roll it out in Nottingham, too.
Anna has started to use her /events/ page as a way to help others see what events she's attending and for others to join her, too, and I think I'm going to be copying her and doing similar to make it easier for folks to see what upcoming events I'm attending.
Recommended read: Meetup Mates https://www.meetup-mates.com
This is a really interesting post to hear how some other folks in a similar environment to us manage their secrets.
It's always cool to see how other folks are doing similar things, anyway, and as usual, Monzo have a great blog post.
Recommended read: How our security team handle secrets https://monzo.com/blog/2019/10/11/how-our-security-team-handle-secrets/
This is a great article on why we can't just let Google Chrome / Chromium take over the Web, and need to fight for other alternatives.
But as well as looking at the browsers, we need to look to the platforms too. If everyone ie uses Twitter, then Twitter are less likely to make changes because no one has an alternative. Whereas when we have multiple viable options, folks can jump around and use better platforms if they exist.
The IndieWeb is looking to do this - check out https://indieweb.org/why for a bit more info
Recommended read: The Web Can't Survive a Monoculture http://mikepennisi.com/blog/2019/the-web-cant-survive-a-monoculture/
This is very good news - open standards like OpenID Connect (OIDC) make interoperability and integration easier, so hats off to Apple!
Recommended read: Apple Successfully Implements OpenID Connect with Sign In with Apple https://openid.net/2019/09/30/apple-successfully-implements-openid-connect-with-sign-in-with-apple/
This is an interesting post, and is an important one to think about. We need to remember that although now we've got lax data privacy / retention laws, it's only going to get more user-focused and protect everyone more (which is universally a good thing!) but that we need to make sure we're architecting things in the right way to handle this.
Also, while you're thinking about this - have a read through some production logs and wonder "what could a bad actor do with these? Could they phish a customer? Could they steal their identity? Or are these so useless that we may as well not be logging anything at all?"
Recommended read: Logs were our lifeblood. Now they're our liability https://vicki.substack.com/p/logs-were-our-lifeblood-now-theyre
Completely agree with this, as a meetup organiser, and would go one step further to say if you're able to RSVP if you're not coming that'd help too, otherwise there's the assumption you'll turn up, especially if you're a regular!
Recommended read: RSVP Rant https://www.danclarke.com/rsvp-rant
#10MoreBlogPosts sounds like a great initiative - hope that it'll help get more folks into blogging.
I've found it's really helped me personally since starting to work on blogumentation (blogging as a form of self-documentation https://www.jvt.me/posts/2017/06/25/blogumentation/ )
Recommended read: Let’s write more blog posts: an experiment https://amyhupe.co.uk/articles/lets-write-more-blog-posts-an-experiment/
I've just seen in my GitLab repo's issues that I've had an issue raised about my CI/CD configuration (https://gitlab.com/jamietanna/jvt.me/issues/664).
This seems like a great solution to try and find common issues in pipelines.
Recommended read: cd-linter https://bitbucket.org/sealuzh/cd-linter/
This is a great article about how to be safer when writing shell scripts. I am a huge proponent of not using them where possible, and instead moving them to another scripting language (Ruby, Python, Node) which you can test, and use a shared standard library.
Recommended read: Use the Unofficial Bash Strict Mode (Unless You Looove Debugging) http://redsymbol.net/articles/unofficial-bash-strict-mode/
This is a very interesting read - privacy and data ownership is quite familiar to those of us who have been using tech for some meaningful amount of our lives, but what about those who've never touched the Internet, but have suddenly found their data is being collected and owned by someone, somewhere?
Recommended read: Google Has My Dead Grandpa’s Data And He Never Used The Internet https://www.forbes.com/sites/joetoscano1/2019/09/03/google-has-my-dead-grandpas-data-and-he-never-used-the-internet/
Recommended read: Bookmark of Marissa's notes from NottsTest about testing in DevOps https://twitter.com/MarissaTestsIt/status/1169344726945992709
Recommended read: Medium is only an edge server of your POSSE CDN, your own blog is the origin https://nicolas-hoizey.com/2017/11/medium-is-only-an-edge-server-of-your-posse-cdn-your-own-blog-is-the-origin.html
Recommended read: Bookmark of https://martinfowler.com/articles/oss-lockin.html https://martinfowler.com/articles/oss-lockin.html
Recommended read: Bookmark of https://gitpi.us/post/drew-devault-interview/ https://gitpi.us/post/drew-devault-interview/
I quite like this idea. As https://charity.wtf puts it, we should be comfortable with deploying no matter what day or time of the week, because our tooling and processes should give us confidence. It's an antipattern and a sign that something is wrong if we don't want to do it.
But at the same time, you don't want to be staying up late on a Friday because someone pushed something, and then have it potentially ruin your weekend.
It's definitely a hard line to walk, but as this article says, we should opt for something a bit more risky, to give us more confidence
Recommended read: Continuous Verification of Friday Deploys http://willgallego.com/2019/08/23/continuous-verification-of-friday-deploys/
I've been using DuckDuckGo for a couple of years now, and have no complaints. The privacy baked into the product is great, and their extensibility for things like
!gh to search on GitHub or searching "html pretty print" is awesome for quick productivity boosting.
I'd recommend you giving it a go, and see how you feel after a while. And if you're finding search results aren't so great every so often, you can
!g to get your Google results!
Recommended read: Bookmark of https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1166390671705612293 https://twitter.com/DuckDuckGo/status/1166390671705612293
This is a really great post about how we should look to use our time more wisely. Taking time to create something new instead of just consuming others' content, especially as you're all going to have some really interesting things to share.
However, we also need to remember that it's OK to have downtime, and consuming others' content is ok! (And yes, this is a little ironic coming from me, a person who is seemingly always productive and pushing out new content)!
Recommended read: Consume less, create more https://tjcx.me/posts/consumption-distraction/
This blog post from Monzo is such a good explanation of what the Strong Customer Authentication regulations are, especially coming from someone who's been working on it for some time. It's going to be interesting to see how the industry works at making it secure, but unobtrusive to the customer - as it's something that could cause quite a User Experience difficulty, at the risk of providing real security for our users.
Recommended read: Introducing Strong Customer Authentication: What you need to know https://monzo.com/blog/2019/08/22/strong-customer-authentication
This interview with George RR Martin is incredibly insightful into how George has been dealing with the TV series of Game of Thrones overtaking his literary pieces, and I'd really recommend a read to see his thought processes and the pros and cons of his writing being behind.
Recommended read: George RR Martin: 'Game of Thrones finishing is freeing, I’m at my own pace' https://theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/18/george-rr-martin-interview-game-of-thrones-at-own-pace-now
Readability of code is a very important, but so is using idiomatic language style. However the difficulty, as this article calls out, is that some folks won't find it easy to read or write code in an 'idiomatic' way. And also, who cares if you convert the readable four-line code snippet into a horrible to read one-liner? All it does is make it harder for the next person!
Recommended read: It's all Greek to me: Thoughts on code readability and aesthetics https://avraam.dev/posts/greek-to-me/
This is a great read about some of the risks of using YAML, especially the way that most YAML parsers default to executing arbitrary, unsafe commands from a file you're parsing.
Recommended read: YAML: probably not so great after all https://arp242.net/yaml-config.html
This is another good article talking about the difficulties of working on the Web, with the plethora of technologies 'required' to get even a static website off the ground, let along big business applications. It's something we're all just accepting as a thing that happens (or folks from other tech stacks are ridiculing) but no one is really looking at what we can do to prevent it or make it better.
Recommended read: Let's talk about web education https://getdoingthings.com/blog/lets-talk-about-web-education/
This is a great post talking about some of the real difficulties of working in the Web ecosystem. It helps paint a picture of some problems that plague the folks working on it, and is a great view for someone who isn't as used to web development.
Recommended read: Why is modern web development so complicated? A long yet hasty explanation: Part 1! https://www.vrk.dev/2019/07/11/why-is-modern-web-development-so-complicated-a-long-yet-hasty-explanation-part-1/
Recommended read: Bookmark of Jessie Frazelle's tweet about the origins of the Apache Web Server's name https://twitter.com/jessfraz/status/1096487290795450369
This post has definitely helped my recent scenario writing, and helped to shape the readability (and purpose) of the Cucumber testing I've been doing.
Recommended read: Effective API testing with Cucumber https://www.gregbeech.com/2014/01/19/effective-api-testing-with-cucumber/
This is a great post - I thoroughly recommend learning how to use common commandline tools such as
sed, but also adopting a scripting language for more complicated stuff. I don't mean Bash, or another shell scripting language, but something like Node, Python or Ruby, as it'll give you the opportunity for a greater standard library, as well as tonnes of packages built by others.
Recommended read: Learn a little jq, awk and sed https://letterstoanewdeveloper.com/2019/07/29/learn-a-little-jq-awk-and-sed/
This should be a really interesting listen about getting started with the IndieWeb with David, I'd recommend it.
But in an even cooler turn of events, it was very cool to see that my article Why I Have a Website and You Should Too ( https://www.jvt.me/posts/2019/07/22/why-website/ ) discussed at roughly 39:00.
Recommended read: WPWeekly Episode 361 – Introduction to the IndieWeb With David Shanske https://wptavern.com/wpweekly-episode-361-introduction-to-the-indieweb-with-david-shanske
This is a really interest post about the dangers of installing work apps (such as email) on your personal device. This is something I've spent a lot of effort avoiding in the last couple of jobs, as well as going out of my way to not use any personal services (i.e. social media, email) on my work devices, as there is most likely traffic inspection or they are Man-in-the-Middle'ing the traffic, and will therefore be able to glean passwords. Although this seems paranoid, I feel it's a good mindset to have.
This is especially useful because it has a great way of enforcing the separation between home and work. However, there are still ways that this can break down - for instance, I have a work phone which is provided so I can be out of hours on call. However, I have things like email and Slack which allow me to use it throughout the day and reply to messages when I'm not necessarily with my laptop. But that's an issue because that phone goes home with me, even when I'm not on call. I'll find I'm catching up on work on the bus on the way to work, as well as keep in the mindset of work when I'm physically out of the building.
This makes it quite difficult because I'm not really switching off, even though I've said above that I'm trying to keep work and home separate. So what I've been doing for the last few months is leave my work phone at work (as long as I'm not on call!) which means if I've left the office, I'm no longer able to action anything, even if I think about it.
Recommended read: Don’t Put Your Work Email on Your Personal Phone https://onezero.medium.com/dont-put-your-work-email-on-your-personal-phone-ef7fef956c2f
This is a really interesting way of approaching automation in a gradual way - make the documentation in code, then take that code and slowly iterate over it until you have a fully automated solution. I like it - obviously we always want to have the final product, but it's a good way to get there slowly
Recommended read: Do-nothing scripting: the key to gradual automation https://blog.danslimmon.com/2019/07/15/do-nothing-scripting-the-key-to-gradual-automation/
This is a great post by Shubheksha and talking about the right way to talk about production issues.
Having a blameless culture makes it easier for new/junior engineers getting started with working on production systems, and makes everyone more comfortable working on things where they know they won't get the blame pointed at them.
I've found that, at work, diagnosing issues in our staging environment has given me such a great experience - it's been great to practice dealing with production-like issues in a non-production environment, as it gives you that time to breath, experiment and learn, as well as giving me much greater understanding of the end-to-end system.
Recommended read: Re-framing how we think about production incidents https://shubheksha.com/posts/2019/04/re-framing-how-we-think-about-production-incidents/
This is a really interesting post. Only the other day, Anna and I had been talking about how it'd be interesting to work 4 days a week, or even part time. It sounds like it'd be a great opportunity if you're able to financially cover it
Recommended read: Quitting my job has been the best thing I've done for my career https://www.joshuahu.io/blog/quitting/
Recommended read: The worst distractions are the ones we love: An interview with author and habit coach James Clear http://blog.rescuetime.com/james-clear/
This is a really interesting article about the flaws in PGP - I don't have enough security backing and understanding to argue it, but it sounds legitimate. It's a surprise this isn't being talked about more if it is as bad as it is
Recommended read: The PGP Problem https://latacora.micro.blog/2019/07/16/the-pgp-problem.html
This is a great idea, which I believe I've seen Julia mention in the past, and I definitely agree that this can help with making sure you remember what you've done! In a previous job we had 'monthly status reports' which were an overhead at the time, but when leaving the job (as my placement year was up) I was able to look back at all the stuff that I'd achieved.
I like to get microfeedback from colleagues, so throughout the year I'm getting bits of feedback on things I've worked on, so for 6-month checkins I've got lots of evidence.
Recommended read: Get your work recognized: write a brag document - Julia Evans https://jvns.ca/blog/brag-documents/
What a great writeup of some of the happenings at IndieWeb Summit! This looked like an awesome event, and although I was unable to make it in person this year, I'm definitely planning on it next year.
There were some great sessions that I'm still catching up on, and will be interested to see what folks produce off the back of their conversations there.
Recommended read: IndieWeb Summit 2019, day 1 - fluffy https://beesbuzz.biz/blog/3785-IndieWeb-Summit-2019-day-1
This is a very interesting post by Carol. I very much empathise with this - my mind is almost always in the 'on' position (as anyone who knows me and the frequency of my blogging).
Be it at work, at home, trying to get to sleep, or having a massage, I'll be thinking. Likely it'll be projects-related (be they work or personal) and it means I'm not able to enjoy the other things.
In a couple of weeks Anna and I are off on holiday, so I really hope I'll be able to switch off a little, as we've decided we're not taking laptops...
I obviously have some work to do to make this possible to start switching off and not always thinking about what's next.
Recommended read: How am I? - Carol Gilabert https://carolgilabert.me/blog/how-am-i
A sneaky and interesting way to trick someone into running a fork bomb, even if they know it may be one!
Recommended read: Tricking the tricksters with a next level fork bomb - Vidar Holen https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=766
This is a resource I've used time and time again for getting straight-forward explanations of Free and Open Source licenses - I shared it in chat.indieweb.org the other day, so I thought I may as well share it here, too
Recommended read: TL;DR Legal - Software Licenses in Plain English https://tldrlegal.com/
This is a great post by David recounting the 'levels' of IndieWeb capabilities, in a way that makes more sense to those who haven't been as involved in the community, and want to know how to relate to more common points of reference, like social media.
Recommended read: Untangling the IndieWeb - David Yates https://davidyat.es/2019/06/24/indieweb/
When I was promoting the last Homebrew Website Club on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/JamieTanna/status/1138339357121744897 ), a friend of Craig's tweeted to mention to him about it. We then spent a couple of days talking about it - and boom, Craig is now running his own Homebrew Website Club on 18th July ( https://getdoingthings.com/homebrew-website-club-barnsley-1/ ).
Last night Craig posted this great post about joining the community and with some great explanations for newbies. Welcome, Craig!
Recommended read: Discovering the IndieWeb - Craig Burgess https://getdoingthings.com/discovering-the-indieweb/
Recommended read: https://shubheksha.com/posts/2019/06/a-few-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-started-working-as-a-software-engineer/ https://shubheksha.com/posts/2019/06/a-few-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-i-started-working-as-a-software-engineer/
This is a really interesting read from Monzo about a recent incident they had. I really enjoy reading their incident management writeups because they show a tonne of detail, yet are stakeholder-friendly.
It's always interesting to see how other banks deal with issues like this, and what they would do to make things better next time.
Recommended read: https://monzo.com/blog/2019/06/20/why-bank-transfers-failed-on-30th-may-2019/ https://monzo.com/blog/2019/06/20/why-bank-transfers-failed-on-30th-may-2019/
This is a super interesting thread from Justin Garrison about the importance of words, using Disney as an example. It's always amazing to see examples of how these seemingly small changes can make huge differences.
Recommended read: "here's a thread about how words matter in business using Disney as an example" - Justin Garrison https://twitter.com/rothgar/status/1139968357438857217
This is one of those posts that sums up why the Nottingham tech community is so amazing - it's well worth a read, especially if you're not from Nottingham!
Recommended read: What the Tech Community in Nottingham means to me - Lex Lofthouse https://medium.com/@loftio/what-the-tech-community-in-nottingham-means-to-me-f0fa17bb162
This is a great post by Jon about Firefox Containers and the power they can hold.
I lazily use them as a way to have i.e. multiple email accounts logged in, or at work having several AWS accounts logged in at once but have also got some pieces in place to containerise certain privacy-infringing companies' attempts to track me.
Recommended read: Preaching about Firefox Containers (and how they can change your Internet life) https://jon.sprig.gs/blog/post/1137
This is another post you really need to read, if you haven't already, as it makes you really think about the way you communicate.
I know a lot of people who use the term 'you guys' as a gender-neutral term, but after reading this article it really helps persuade you that the term is actually not as inclusive as you think.
For a couple of years now I've been making an effort to use gender-neutral ways to address groups, and I hope after reading this you will too.
Recommended read: You Guys https://www.xaprb.com/blog/you-guys/
Being able to write semi-readable written text with technical terminology is a huge skill, and makes such a difference compared to not being able to write it.
I've found that since blogging more, my written language has gotten a lot better, and significantly makes my job easier.
I've worked with a number of brilliant engineers who can't explain themselves as well in written forms, which means commit messages and core pieces of documentation are difficult to understand.
Remember that you're never going to be the only person reading something, so make your content well thought out, re-read it and ask someone else to read through it to check it's OK.
Recommended read: https://blog.pragmaticengineer.com/on-writing-well/ https://blog.pragmaticengineer.com/on-writing-well/
Burnout sucks. There are a number of signs to pick up on it before it fully manifests which this article talks about. Having gone through it in the past, it's not something you want to go through, and can have some severely lasting effects that are hard to come back from.
Recommended read: http://angersock.com/blog/2019/01/27/observations-on-burnout/ https://web.archive.org/web/20190423185636/https://angersock.com/blog/2019/01/27/observations-on-burnout/
Tell Him is a really important post by Jameela Jamil - if you don't read this, I'm incredibly disappointed in you
Recommended read: http://jameelajamil.co.uk/post/181263516735/tell-him-by-jameela-jamil http://jameelajamil.co.uk/post/181263516735/tell-him-by-jameela-jamil
This is an incredible read about a huge undertaking the Guardian took to migrate two decades of content of migration with zero downtime - it's a great story and has a lot of great learnings in there
Recommended read: https://www.theguardian.com/info/2018/nov/30/bye-bye-mongo-hello-postgres https://www.theguardian.com/info/2018/nov/30/bye-bye-mongo-hello-postgres
In every programming language, there is a linting tool that can help pick up on some common style issues. ShellCheck isn't one of those - it's so much more!
I've been using it for many years now, and since it came into my life it's honestly changed the way I use shell scripts. There have been so many pitfalls that I've avoided falling into since learning about them (and adding ShellCheck to my Vim linting setup.
This is a great read from Vidar, the ShellCheck author, about a case where it could've caught issues that caused the deletion of a production database!
Recommended read: https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=746 https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/blog/?p=746
I found this when listening to episode 194 of the Bike Shed podcast: My PGP Shame. I'd only added this episode to my playlist as it was an interesting title, but listening to it, it was even better than I thought.
There was some great stuff in there about Thoughtbot's application security guide, linked, which is a definite must-read.
My favourite quote of the episode, though, is the following exchange:
I've got to be honest, how does anything work at all? Oh computers don't work
Recommended read: Thoughtbot's Application Security Guide https://github.com/thoughtbot/guides/blob/master/security/application.md
This is a really great post! I think it was Jess Rose's talk about it where I realised it was a thing and not just something I felt. Talking about it and making others aware of it is good, and I'm definitely going to steal some of her coping strategies
Recommended read: https://carolgilabert.me/blog/impostor-syndrome https://carolgilabert.me/blog/impostor-syndrome
Great post by Luke about how we should be more inclusive in events and whether alcohol-oriented is the nicest message for those wanting to get involved.
Recommended read: https://lukeb.co.uk/2019/05/15/your-event-probably-shouldn-t-be-in-a-pub/ https://lukeb.co.uk/2019/05/15/your-event-probably-shouldn-t-be-in-a-pub/
Recommended read: Bookmark of https://medium.com/@MrsEmma/i-suffered-a-miscarriage-fce22704b2a3?source=rss-------1&s=09 https://medium.com/@MrsEmma/i-suffered-a-miscarriage-fce22704b2a3?source=rss-------1&s=09