Web Developer Monthly 💻🚀 December 2018

Andrei Neagoie

6th issue! If you missed the last five months check them out here

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Being a web developer is a fantastic career option. You have many job opportunities, you can work around the world, and you get to solve hard problems. One thing that is hard, however, is staying up to date with the constantly evolving ecosystem. You want to be a top performing web developer, coder, programer, software developer, but you don’t have time to select from hundreds of articles, videos and podcasts each day.

This monthly newsletter is going to be focused on keeping up to date with the industry, keeping your skills sharp, without wasting your valuable time. I will be sharing the most important articles, podcasts and videos of the month. Think Tim Ferriss and the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) meeting the Software Development world. What’s the 20% that will get you 80% of the results?

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What you missed in December as a web developer…

Learn to code in 2019 👩‍💻 👨‍💻

Here is a blog post written by yours truly. It gets updated every year with the best free resources to get you hired and employed as a web developer. If you are looking to start a new career, it may be useful to you. If you are a veteran, you may find some good resources inside the article.

Free Design Tools ✂️

Here are some free tools and assets to help you build your next project:

  1. Image Resizer
  2. Humaaans designs
  3. Design Blocks that look sleek
  4. Vector Illustrations
  5. Remove backgrounds from images
  6. Check your website responsiveness

React Class vs Functions 🎭

A new blog popped up by Dan Abramov. This article in particular is very insightful if you are a React Developer. Highly recommend reading it and keeping an eye out on this blog.

Microsoft is #TeamChrome now 🧬

This is really big news. The good news is that as a web developer, you don’t have to worry in the future when it comes to compatibility between your apps on Chrome vs Windows browsers. However, this can have big implications for democratization of the web. Firefox is the only one left to challenge Google.

GraphQL at Netflix 🎞

A very interesting read on how Netflix is using GraphQL. Some good insights on when the usage of GraphQL makes sense, and when it doesn’t. Expect these debates to intensify in 2019 as we get a clearer picture of pros and cons.

Prefetching just became easier 📦

A new tool, Quicklink, promises automatic prefetching links in the viewport during idle time. Think of it this way: when the user isn’t doing anything on the page, Quicklink can grab resources for the page in the background in anticipation of the user’s next move. Great tool, but it still feels weird that we are “using up” resources on the web in the background.

2019 Design Trends 🎨

Here are the Design trends you should keep an eye out on going into 2019. I’m adding this extra sentence here just so this looks like a multi line paragraph. Let’s move on…

2019 Full Stack Developer Trends 💻

Here is what you should expect going into 2019 as a developer. This article goes over the trends and libraries that will make a big impact in the coming year while keeping your skills relevant.

Angular vs React vs Vue Job Demands 🏆

A brief analysis between the top 3 frontend libraries going into 2019. This article looks at job demand as well as developer usage and opinion to analyze what is worth investing your time into.

Big Tech News 🏢

Completely useless to your career but still great 🙃

A special section that will probably not make any positive impact in your life as a developer. However, it’s still worth a little peek. Learn to search the internet like a pro, not like a commoner.

Best Resource of the Month ✅

Ok ok, this title is misleading because I am sharing 2 resources this month. However, both articles are a must read and you will come out of the other end a better developer/engineer:
- A Real World Benchmark of WebAssembly
- Bye Bye Mongo, Hello Postgres

Trick of the Month 🌗

Travel and working remotely as a programmer is now easier than ever. Check out this tool that shows you your visa requirements.



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