Issue #41: A Handcrafted Monthly Newsletter For Software Developers


Welcome to the 41st edition of my newsletter. I will be publishing this newsletter monthly now instead of weekly.

The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Posts I read this month

  1. STOP!! You don’t need Microservices. 15 mins read.
  2. Why Kafka Is so Fast. 25 mins read.
  3. Everything We Learned Running Istio In Production. 15 mins read.
  4. What’s so hard about PDF text extraction?20 mins read.
  5. Please stop recommending Git Flow! 15 mins read.
  6. Top Economists Study What Happens When You Stop Using Facebook. 10 mins read.
  7. Java 14 Arrives with a Host of New Features. 10 mins read.
  8. Advanced usage of Python requests – timeouts, retries, hooks. 15 mins read.
  9. Rewriting the heart of our sync engine. 20 mins read.
  10. Why Is Facebook Not in the Cloud Business?. 10 mins read.
  11. Lies, Damned Lies, and Averages: Perc50, Perc95 explained for Programmers. 10 mins read.
  12. Prefetch Caching of eBay Items. 15 mins read.
  13. PostgreSQL is the worlds’ best database. 10 mins read.
  14. How to model one-to-many relationships in DynamoDB. 20 mins read.
  15. Things I Wished More Developers Knew About Databases. 30 mins read.
  16. Patterns for Managing Source Code Branches. 30 mins read.
  17. Immutable Infrastructure. 25 mins read.
  18. Building a more accurate time service at Facebook scale. 20 mins read.
  19. Building Documentation Sites with the JAMstack. 10 mins read.

Blogs I published this month

This month I published 4 posts.

  1. 25 Lessons I Learned Doing Consulting Assignments – Link
  2. Architecture Hoisting – Link
  3. Software Architecture Diagrams as Code – Link
  4. Spring Boot Angular 7/8/9 Server Side Pagination Tutorial – Link

Tools I discovered this month

  1. csv-to-sqlite – Link
  2. Diagrams as Code – Link

Papers I read this month

  1. Characterizing, Modeling, and Benchmarking RocksDB Key-Value Workloads at Facebook – Link

Videos I watched this month

Video 1: Monolith Decomposition Patterns – Watch Time: 43 mins 56 seconds

Video 2: Copyrighting all the melodies to avoid accidental infringement – Watch Time: 17 mins 57 seconds

Video 3: How I made a basketball hoop that always goes in – Watch Time: 21 mins 6 seconds

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