Weekly notes 11

This time weekly notes provides pointers to last weeks JavaOne, teaches you to design better forms, tells about 171 words every programmer should understand and how to learn something about psychology which might help to understand yourself and maybe also users. And last but not least the documentary of last year’s Transcontinental 2015 tells a story of awesome cyclist who ride across Europe to Istanbul.

Weekly notes, issue 11, 27.9.2016


JavaOne 2016: 85 recorded sessions
JavaOne was held las week and if you couldn’t attend it, like me, then you should have a look at the JavaOne 2016 Youtube playlist with 85 recorded sessions.

You need to be this tall to use [micro] services
Good hacker news comment on Microservices. “Thing is – these are all generally good engineering practices. But with monoliths, you can get away without having to do them. But with microservices, your average engineering standards have to be really high. Its not enough if you have good developers. You need great engineers.” (from @jaykreps)

Real world #kanban board

Good to know

The MIT License, Line by Line
171 words every programmer should understand. The MIT License is the most popular open-source software license. Here’s one read of it, line by line. Hacker News comments has also some wisdom. (from Hacker Newsletter #319)

re:publica 2015 – Mikko Hypponen: Is our online future worth sacrificing our privacy and security?
Video from year ago but still relevant as Mikko Hypponen explains why Facebook wants to get your phone number from Whatsapp. Watch from 12 minutes onward.

Emoji from iOS beta 4
What does that emoji mean? Here’s a list of emoji as JSON, extracted from iOS 10 beta 4.

Keeping up with development

The 10 Best iOS Development Blogs
A list of the the ten best iOS development blogs in no particular order. If you’ve ventured to iOS development then most of these are propably familiar, like raywenderlich.com with great tutorials.

How to keep your NPM dependencies up-to-date
“Tools for helping you keep your npm dependencies up-to-date. See the comments for more tools.” Uptr worked nicely for my use case. (from @jpaakko)

User experience is essential

Developer Experience Matters
“Developer Experience is one of the biggest key factors for developers to decide if they use certain technologies to use. Developer Experience (DX) is a type of User Experience (UX)!” (from @girlie_mac)

Curated list of online Psychology courses
It’s good to understand what drives and affects us and one way to do that is to learn something about Psychology. This curated list of online courses covers topics like Introduction to Psychology, Introduction To Social Psychology, The Psychology Of Persuasion, Psychology of Popularity, Positive Psychology, Logical and Critical Thinking, The Science of Stress Management and Introduction to Consumer Behavior. (from Userfocus Newsletter September 2016)

SXSW Keynote – You Know What? Fuck Dropdowns
35 reasons not to use a dropdown menu. (from Userfocus Newsletter September 2016)

Design Better Forms
Common mistakes designers make with forms and how to fix them. (from Userfocus Newsletter September 2016)

Something different

Transcontinental 2015: Race to Istanbul
The Transcontinental is a race like no other. On the 24th of July 2015, 172 riders arrived in Garaardsbergen, Belgium and raced to Istanbul, Turkey. Much like the early days of bicycle racing cyclist ride with no team cars or soigneurs to look after them. It is each for their own taking on Europe’s toughest terrain. The documentary follows the highs and lows of the race from the view of the Race Directors.

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