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2019#14 Readings of the week

Diumenge 26 Maig 2019


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NOTE: The themes are varied, and some links below are affiliate links. Data engineering, adtech, functional programing, formal specification. Expect a similar wide range in the future as well. You can check all my weekly readings by checking the tag here . You can also get these as a weekly newsletter by subscribing here.

Schema Management With Skeema

How SendGrid manages schema updates internally. A pity it’s focused on MySQL and family and I prefer Postgres

How to do hard things

I wasn’t aware, but this is exactly how I approach anything I don’t know how to do. Don’t miss this one.

The bullshit I had to go through while organizing a software conference

I’ve been an organiser, luckily didn’t encounter this. Crossing fingers, since we are preparing stuff at PyBCN.

The reason I am using Altair for most of my visualization in Python

I usually like having the possibility of maximum power and expressiveness... But eventually I just want to make easy things easy. I’ll try Altair next time I need to plot anything. Lately I’ve gone a lot to gnuplot, to be fair: nothing beats it to just plot a text file you have lying around.

Introducing Argo — A Container-Native Workflow Engine for Kubernetes

This is what is now being used at BitPhy, after I recommended them to... well, not use Airflow. To be fair they were considering Argo and Airflow, and given they are heavy on Kubernetes, Argo sounds a better fit.

Do I truly want to become a manager?

Six questions you should consider before thinking of making the leap out of the IC route. Thanks to CM for sharing it.

Ask HN: What overlooked class of tools should a self-taught programmer look into

You can find some suggestions in these answers.

Give meaning to 100 Billion events a day

How Teads leverages AWS Redshift.

Performant Functional Programming to the max with ZIO

You were wondering: which ZIO post is he going to share this week?

Meet Matt Calkins: Billionaire, Board Game God And Tech's Hidden Disruptor

A friend of mine is designing and producing a board game (I’ll share the Kickstarter when is ready), so this was a fun read. He’s not a billionaire though.

Open-sourcing the first OpenRTB Scala framework

I’m not sure what the performance of a RTB can be in Scala, but I’m definitely interested.

Zero Cost Abstractions

Rust is always sold as a zero-cost abstraction language. What does that exactly mean?

A novel data-compression technique for faster computer programs

Don’t know, this sounds pretty much what Blosc does.

🎥 Fast Data with Apache Ignite and Apache Spark

(this is an oldie) I tried Ignite+Spark around 1 year ago, and couldn’t get it to work properly (segmentation fault!). I’ll try again: it can open up a lot of things if it works as promised.

🎥 Thinking for Programmers

Leslie Lamport selling you the why of specifications. Very recommended, specially for people who think specifying is complex, long, unnecessary or anti-agile.

🎥 Live Coding with Rust and Actix

I was very impressed by this video (I watched it as “background”, not actively). Very focused, and all written in one go.

🎥 Solving every-day data problems with FoundationDB

FoundationDB is on my list of technologies to watch/follow and learn. Get a glimpse about why here.

📚 Soft Skills

It’s not a bad book, but is basically a summary of stuff I got from other places already. You can give it a go.

🎼 Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

Saw this recommended somewhere, and I’m liking it a lot (won’t remove Bill Evans as my favourite jazz pianist though)

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