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Article Roundup - September 20, 2019

Don’t get locked up into avoiding lock-in If I had to select a single article to send out, it would be this one. A lot of people get worked up over avoiding vendor lock-in, but lock-in isn’t a black-and-white issue. It’s full of shades of grey and this article sorts through those shades, names them, and offers a strategy forward. An Internal PaaS to Manage AWS: Don’t Do It! Atlassian built an internal system that they have placed in front of AWS to regulate access and to help aid in application deployment.

Article Roundup - September 13, 2019

Jakarta EE 8: The new era of Java EE explained - Red Hat Developer I’ve always been a bit fuzzy on the alphabet soup that is Java, but I’m finally starting to get that all sorted out in my head. Java EE, now Jakarta EE, has gone open source. Jakarta EE 8 is a set of specifications extending Java SE, another set of specifications. With this change, some licensing issues are being cleared up and Java is working to positional itself for the cloud.

Article Roundup - September 6, 2019

React Hooks Mini Crash Course React Hooks have been out for a bit now, but I haven’t had the chance to work with them or sit down and learn them. This article was originally a series of tweets and provides a great introduction to React Hooks. Should a website work without JavaScript? I recently discussed a site that I felt should be built to mostly function without JavaScript. I wanted to use Gatsby to pre-render the HTML and build the pages to link appropriately without JavaScript.

Article Roundup - August 30, 2019

Composing better emails No matter how much you like your chat application, you probably are still sending a lot of emails. Take the time and learn to email well. This article has some common recommendations that can speed up understanding of a communication and make people’s job easier. Deconstructing the Monolith Just because microservices are popular doesn’t mean they are the right answer for everything. Shopify was, for a long time, a single Ruby on Rails monolith.

Article Roundup - August 23, 2019

Get your work recognized: write a brag document Have you ever been asked for a list of what all you accomplished in a given time period and drawn a blank? I can barely remember what I did last sprint, let alone 6 months ago. Keep a document that includes what you have done. It can be a short blurb about it, enough for you to fill in later, or it can be a whole explanation of the situation around the work.

Article Roundup - August 16, 2019

Two Good Practices Agile Says You Don’t Need - DZone Agile There isn’t much consistency in Agile, just the principals. Beyond that, it is the wild west. That’s part of the strength of it but also part of the weakness, it leads to a lot of misunderstandings. I’ve never seen Agile done the same way twice. This article focuses on two things that many people involved with Agile say you don’t need or shouldn’t have: specialists and initial planning.

Article Roundup - August 9, 2019

Why We Need To Talk About Burnout In The Tech Industry Burnout seems to be a common thing in the technology industry, but that isn’t healthy. This article includes some things that can be done to combat burnout and what the symptoms are. Managers and contributors alike need to be mindful of these things, but ultimately you need to take care of yourself. Stay healthy. Experts Attempt to Explain DevOps–and Almost Succeed | Linux Journal

Article Roundup - August 2, 2019

Creating a Code Review Culture, Part 1: Organizations and Authors Creating a Code Review Culture, Part 2: Code Reviewers Code review is something I am very passionate about. This article walks through the parts of a culture that fully supports code review to its fullest. I wish I could say I had been involved in a code review culture this thought out, but I can’t. I’ve been involved in teams that have put a strong emphasis on code review and ones where it wasn’t as strong.

Article Roundup - July 26, 2019

The Evolution of Comcast’s Architecture Guild Software architecture can get tricky in a large organization. You could have every team do their own thing, but that makes it hard for people to move around and leaders to keep track of everything and ensure things are built well and are kept secure. You could make a few people decide everything, but they are going to lose track of things and burn out very quickly.

Article Roundup - July 19, 2019

Object-Oriented Programming — The Trillion Dollar Disaster 🤦 This is certainly a divisive article, but it lays out a pretty good argument against Object-Oriented Programming in its current form. I’ve seen many of these same issues in the wild and they can make code bases unworkable for anyone other than their initial creator. It’s a longer article but well work the read. Mozilla SSL Configuration Generator Configuring servers to use SSL can sometimes be a bit of a pain, even if you are using a tool like Certbot and Let’s Encrypt.