My annual Drop of the best articles and other interesting things I’ve found on the internets in 2020. Mostly Developer focused.
Note: These are not necessarily things published in 2020, but the things I’ve discovered.
- Deploys at Slack
- The first two lines of your bash shell Should Be - Or, unofficial Bash “strict mode.” Saves you from common shell headaches.
- User Engagement is Code for Addiction - This article unfortunately was taken down by Medium (presumably because they employ this kind of addiction on their own platform)
- How to Make Your Code Reviewer Fall In Love With You - We all want our code review lives to be easier.
- The Two Minute Rule - If you need an easy way to motivate yourself.
- I Push Therefore I am: 2 Days at Etsy - it’s fascinating to me that Netflx and Etsy once had a “developer exchange program” (seriously how did HR and compliance work?), so a story around that experience is pretty neat to see documented.
- Self Directed Learning - A comprehensive framework to learning how to learn.
- [https://wizardzines.com/] Julia Evans has the coolest style, combining comic book structures with highly insightful technical instruction (especially around linux). A dream resource for any visual learner.
Best Online Course
- The Missing Semester of your CS Education - While geared towards undergrads who are about to go into the professional world, this course is an amazing survey of how we can best code professionally, and I recommend it to every one. Even if you’ve been in the field for a few years, chances are there’s at least one new thing you’ll learn from this course, probably more.
Best random highlight:
When you’re on a complex task, keep your brain at the top of its game: dump all important stuff on paper. Our brains’ working memory easily overflows with facts and ideas.