23 April 2014

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By Katherine Wu of New Relic 1 hour ago.
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One of my biggest worries, though, was that I would be throwing away my past experience and the skills I had developed in a different domain, to start over entirely in a new field — one where I'd be up against developers who had decades more experience. Fortunately, as I settled into the role, with the help of the many great mentors I got to work with, I came to the following realizations:

Being a developer is really about constantly learning.

There is a lot to engineering that actually …

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By Mike Gunderloy of A Fresh Cup 4 hours ago.
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Ruby Tips Part 5 - Various odds and ends that might come in handy in your code.

Ruby Security Have You Not! - A view based on scanning Gemfiles.

rails-fed-chef - Chef recipes for setting up a rails stack.

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 5 days ago.
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Rüdiger Möller : just made a quick sum up of concurrency related issues we had in a 7-15 developer team soft realtime application (clustered inmemory data grid + GUI front end). 95% of threads created are not to improve throughput but to avoid blocking (e.g. IO, don't block messaging receiver thread, avoid blocking the event thread in a GUI app, ..).

Ansible : When done correctly, automation tools are giving them time back -- and helping out of this problem of needing …

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Presenting a practical approach to upgrading your knowledge for Rails 4, this guide shows you how to build the most popular types of applications using Rails 4, and highlights new ways to do things. The book also closely follows lots of the best practices, gems, and popular solutions already known to the community, and tracks the changes in these based on Version 4 of Rails. This book brings new ideas to refactor and restructure code to make it perform better in production, and enables you …

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By David Strom of New Relic 2 days ago.
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Hackathon Tip 5: It isn't just about "winning ." While walking away with the top money prize can't be beat, there are lots of intangible benefits from participating in a programming contest , some of which can be even more important. Cummings claims that "Participating in the hackathon motivated me to write better code in my day job, too." Additional benefits include, finding a community of people that you like to work with, learning about yourself working …

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By Wailin Wong of Signal vs. Noise 22 hours ago.
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This is a heady time for people interested in great stories, whether it's telling them or reading them. From newer sites like Vox and FiveThirtyEight and Narrative.ly to legacy media outlets that keep producing indispensable work (I still subscribe to two print newspapers), today's readers have a lot of choices competing for their limited time. The Distance offers its own kind of storytelling - enjoyable reads about long-lasting businesses and the people …

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By Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror 7 days ago.
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What are you doing right now? Is it going to somehow result in one of those three things getting done today? Will this you get you to where you need to be by the end of the day?

I'm not asking you to admonish yourself or to make any changes to your routine. Just keep it simple, focus on the important things, and add a little layer of awareness.

So. Two items left. I'm doing pretty good today. [advertisement] Hiring developers? Post your open positions with Stack Overflow

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By Todd Hoff of High Scalability 8 days ago.
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We're looking for talented and driven engineers who are passionate about scalability and reliability to help us build Layer , the open communications layer for the Internet. Layer enables app developers to easily build secure, scalable messaging, voice and video features into any app. For more information and our full list of openings, please visit: https://layer.com/jobs

The Factory is seeking a collaborative, talented and entrepreneurial Sr. Front End Engineer . Backed …

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Does it work?

Peter Zaitsev said in one of his keynote talks that MySQL used to be considered a toy. Today that assessment is wrong, or at least very difficult to defend. The proof is that nearly all of the largest and most successful web companies today use it ( Facebook, Twitter, Google, Tumblr, Box, etc.), and myriad other web and traditional companies use it too. MySQL works, but it's not a panacea and successful companies realize this. I'll talk more …

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The Rails community is huge nowadays. It's not the same small group of people, as it was in 2004-2005. We have hundreds of thousands Rails programmers in the world. Every day, new people are joining our community.

Rails is no longer used only for small apps.

It's used in enterprise. People rely on Rails codebases to make money for living. I'm sure, that somewhere out there, there is a Rails codebase, on which people lives depend on.

Let's talk about responsibility. …

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