- Don’t keep cell phones near your body – Techcrunch: there’s finally some concrete guidelines about this and it looks like maybe the tin-foil hat-wearers were right about cellphones leaking electromagnetic radiation.
- State of Voice Coding – Gustav Wengel: learn how to write code using your voice rather than a keyboard. Very important for developers to know because our industry does not take RSI (repetitive stress injury) and ergonomics as seriously as it should. It mentions the Dragonfly open source framework for “associating actions with voice” (it relies on Dragon NaturallySpeaking however).
- Is spending time on social media bad for us? – Facebook Newsroom: Two researchers who work for Facebook consider whether our addiction to social media is bad for us. They’ve made some changes to the news feed quality, added suicide prevention tools, and more in a bid to get everyone to keep using Facebook (and now they’ve started target children more openly which is frightening).
- Scaling Slack’s Job Queue – Slack Engineering: while we like the alternatives of Riot.im and Zulip, Slack has some really cool software engineering happening. In this article they talk about how they scaled their job queue (jobs run in the background to make sure messages are sent and payments are processed and emails are sent). They’re using Redis and Kafka, cool tech to use when scaling up, both are free/open source projects.
- More resources for professional software developers – SourceContribute.com: we collect links about professionalism, software industry, where to learn new skills and more on the SourceContribute Resources page.
Fedora and Emacs and Perl!
Fedora 25 beta is out, Emacs 25 is out now as well. Perl 6 is definitely in a usable state, in fact I wrote an article on using Perl 6 to work with JSON objects and to show off the object oriented-ness of the language.
I attended LinuxCon and volunteered at the Free Software Foundation booth. I will have the slides up soon that I presented on in the office to fellow coworkers hoping to encourage them to consider the importance of free/libre and open source software and how it affects our everyday software development work. The easiest example to work with is having to pay license fees for every server and laptop running all the databases and libraries we use. Not only paying license fees but being limited from patching the underlying code we need to run our services.
Cory Doctorow Keynote
Cory Doctorow gave a great keynote at LinuxCon as well. The EFF is aiming to dismantle the DMCA Digital Millenium Copyright Act, they’re challenging the sections having to do with removing DRM. Highly important as some of us would love to be able to use any device to read the books we own and watch movies on any device.
Latest issue of LinuxVoice #31 is also out and it has a great round up of social networking software. They recommend a few packages I hadn’t heard of like Elgg and Oxwall, and they do give a mention of Diaspora which is still going strong and in active development.
- Buy it in UK: http://shop.linuxvoice.com/product/issue-31-uk
- Buy it in Europe: http://shop.linuxvoice.com/product/issue-31-europe
- Buy it in the rest of the world: http://shop.linuxvoice.com/product/issue-31-rest-of-world
2600 Hacker Quarterly, Autumn 2016
Also out is the issue of 2600 The Hacker Quarterly which is awesome, what I am most excited about are the conference videos from the HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference. Can’t wait to buy them, they’re very cheap at 60 cents USD. The hacker spirit within the magazine’s articles shines through and it is always encouraging to see people who are exploring the constraints and limitations of systems and also offering advice on how to protect yourself while on the Internet.
Every week in the weekly roundup we list a few links and news stories that are interesting to software development professionals who are interested in free/open source software or the software development industry.
- Free book on software engineering, full of good war stories about developing Java applications at a company called Lifelock
- Zulip, a free/open source competitor to Slack and HipChat, very featureful group chat
- “Some astonishing truths about ‘job hopping’, and why the stigma is evil.”, an essay about job hopping and how it’s not much of an issue any more for software developers.
- “Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software”, an essay about using free/open source software in schools and how free/open source teaches students to be capable, strong and independent.