64th issue! If you missed them, you can read the previous issues of our Web Developer Monthly newsletter 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 interesting problems.
One of the hardest parts? Staying up-to-date with the constantly evolving ecosystem.
Of course you want to be a top-performing web developer, coder, programmer, software developer, but you don’t have time to select from 100s of articles, videos and podcasts coming out every day.
This monthly web development newsletter is focused on keeping you up-to-date with the industry, without wasting your valuable time.
I curate and share the most important articles, news, resources, podcasts and videos of the month.
Think the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) meeting the Software Development world. What’s the 20% that will get you 80% of the results?
Some people just amaze me with their creativity. This is a great project to check out, and even play with since it includes an embedded codepen.
In this tutorial, you will build a fluid simulation step by step. Let's see what you can come up with!
React... it's still mostly everyone's favourite frontend library. What crazy things have they been up to?
NextJS vs Remix which one should you chose for your next big project? Here is a case study.
The 9 best recommendations in the new React docs.
What do you think?
Before you decide unicode is boring and skip this section, I promise you this article is a lot more interesting than you think and you will learn a thing or two.
In the 2000s we were used to having to download apps for our specific operating system because you couldn't run things on a web browsers, because they weren't powerful enough.
Photoshop for example? No way you can ever run a powerful software like that on the web.... oh wait, now you can.
If you're a web developer, you know that you can now build everything you want on the web to access every single user with an internet connection.
Why would you ever build an OS specific app... right?
A fun weekend project idea. This person is not a programmer but was able to build a Slack Bot that uses Google LLMs to provide daily channel summaries.
Follow the steps of how people can use AI tools to accelerate their projects.
Now imagine if you're a programmer... how much more powerful can you be?
This has been a great series and I recommend you read all the posts inside here, but for now, here is the latest of the series: The barrel file debacle.
WebStreams, a new experimental flag to flip module defaults (
--experimental-default-type), a built-in WebSocket client, many updates to our test runner, and more.
Advice to people studying technology:
I recommend you read the whole article that inspired this: We have used too many levels of abstractions and now the future looks bleak
If you're new here, at ZTM we want to be known for ALWAYS up to date courses (60+ now!).
So in addition to smaller updates that we're constantly making throughout the year, we also do a massive round of updates that get released around October/November each year.
Our instructors spend 1-2 months updating their courses to be 2024-ready.
If you're a ZTM student, we have already started to announce these updates in our Discord channel and for all of November you will be able to find all of the updated information about the courses and lectures in the temporary channel
Go check that out now! We have over 300 updated lectures/videos 🤯.
A nice little resource for you to bookmark: The Stratup CTO Handbook - Essential Skills And Best Practices For High Performing Engineering Teams.
If you like this kind of stuff, here is another one: Lessons learned from 2 decades of being a Site Reliability Engineer.
There are a ton of shiny new libraries and tools every month which is why I have this dedicated section for them...
react-magic-motion - A React.js library that magically animates your components.
Transformers.js 2.7 is out! - State-of-the-art Machine Learning for the web. Run Transformers directly in your browser, with no need for a server!
Yarn 4.0 is out - still less popular than npm.
NextJS 14 is out!
Remember the Unity debacle in last month's newsletter where greedy choices by the company made every single developer hate Unity? After that bad decision, the CEO has stepped down.
AI Hype is still around, but it's starting to settle. Turns out, Big Tech Struggles to Turn AI Hype Into Profits... Microsoft, Google and others are experimenting with how to produce, market and charge for new tools and they are struggling so far.
Related to the point above, ChatGPT’s consumer business has been growing more slowly than you might have thought
Technically not news about a big tech company, but a company that is taking on the big tech and where they are the most profitable: the Cloud. Oxide seems to be a really cool company. As one user states:
*They sell servers, but as a finished product. Not as a cobbled together mess of third party stuff where the vendor keeps shrugging if there is an integration problem. They integrated it.
It comes with all the features they expect you to want if you wanted to build your own cloud. Also, they wrote the software. And it's all open source.
So no "sorry but the third party vendor dropped support for the bios". You get the source code. Even if Oxide goes bust, you can still salvage things in a pinch.* Keep an eye out on them.
Where does your computer get the time from? A simple sounding problem turns out to be not that simple.
A 3D reconstruction of the capital of the Aztec Empire. So pretty.
How to approach unconventional problems? Creative thinking is key.
You think you had a bad day?
My favourite types of articles and resources are architecture ones.
Because architecture is such a fluid topic that is never black and white.
Every problem needs a specific architecture, that might be good or bad depending on the business needs.
More than anything in tech, architectural decisions are almost never the same accross products, and in order to do it right, someone with a lot of experience and knowledge needs to implement it while considering an unimaginable number of factors.
So when this article came up this month, I couldn't NOT give it the Best Resource of the Month award.
Although it simplifies some things, I guarantee you that anyone that reads this article will learn something and become a better programmer for it.
This blew my mind. It's still in beta, but worth checking out...Build browser agents for real world tasks.
A free and open source map of the word that you can use in your projects: Protomaps
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