Codestories Newsletter #112: What Dog Hats Have to Do With Computing

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Kacper Wojciechowski

Jun 3, 2022 • 6 min read
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Hi, I’m Kacper, a frontend developer here at Netguru. For the second time, I have a chance to host Codestories. Between working on a project, I’m also publishing our internal frontend newsletter. I have to admit, packing the whole year of changes and news in one small newsletter was a challenge!

Kacper Wojciechowski,
Senior Frontend Developer

⭐ Highlights

  • React 18 is out!
  • Why Dwarf Fortress started killing cats
  • What is edge compute? It’s kind of like knitting dog hats
  • How open source software powers modern filmmaking

🔥 News

Dozens of high-traffic websites vulnerable to 'account pre-hijacking', study finds (The Daily Swig)

New research from Microsoft finds a new class of attack whereby malicious actors take unauthorized ownership of an account before victims sign up for a service.

GitHub shares updates on stolen OAuth user tokens (The GitHub Blog)

Good news after a thorough investigation — hackers did not modify any published packages in the registry or publish any new versions to existing packages. Find out more.

React 18 is finally out!

After a long wait, React 18 is generally available, featuring the long-awaited Concurrent Mode. All apps can incrementally adopt the changes introduced in React 18.

Roboto…but make it flex (Material Design)

Google’s most popular font gets customizable with the launch of Roboto Flex.

✅ Must-reads

The scaling hypothesis (Gwern.net)

Has the deep learning revolution begun as foretold? Check out this researcher’s deep analysis.

Can SQL and NoSQL coexist? (VentureBeat)

The NoSQL database is building momentum. How does it match up with SQL?

Why Dwarf Fortress started killing cats (Eurogamer)

It involves a startling number of dead cats. This video explains how some changes in complex systems sometimes can have unforeseen consequences.

What is edge compute? It’s kind of like knitting dog hats (Austingil)

Edge compute is the new frontier in computing technology. This article explains what it is and why it's awesome, along with cute pictures of dogs.

🌱 Sustainable Tech

Britishvolt to build £200m facility to research new electric vehicle batteries (Sifted)

Higher performance and more affordable cells are coming to the UK as part of a new “scaleup” research facility.

💡 Developer’s corner

How open source software powers modern filmmaking (Github)

From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.

Looking for inspiration? Check out top games and source codes from Gamedev.js Jam 2022 (Github)

The recently-ended Gamedev.js Jam 2022 encouraged game developers to create web games and share their sources on GitHub.

React state management libraries in 2022 (Through the binary)

The React state management library is a constant topic in the React community, but it seems we are pretty settled recently with some obvious winners.

Faster JavaScript builds with Metro (The Airbnb tech blog)

Airbnb migrated from Webpack to Metro (a bundler focused more on React Native, but they’re using it on the web) and made the development feedback loop nearly instantaneous.

⚙ Tips & tricks

Tracking basketball shots in React.JS (Jonny Burger)

Jonny Burger (the creator of Remotion, a framework for creating videos with React) coded his childhood idea of tracking basketball shots with computer vision!

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This is the issue 112 of Codestories Newsletter – a bi-weekly dose of latest Tech insights. You can learn more and subscribe here.

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