[BAWD #118] The Valley of Code and OSS Alternatives
Compliments of the season 🎄! I trust you had a blissful past few days and are keen for the holidays. Btw, here’s a friendly reminder to not get distracted by other people’s expectations of what success should look like. You’ve probably had a tough year, but survived it—well done!
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Nerd Meme of the Week 🥲
Featured Technical Articles ✍🏾👩🏽💻
How to Create an Automated Profile README using Nodejs and GitHub Actions by Bolaji Ayodeji.
Effective Engineering Teams by Addy Osmani.
Introducing Netlify Blobs Beta by Eduardo Bouças.
Visualizing your AAARRP priorities as a way to manage up in your DevRel team by Julien Lengrand-Lambert.
Building a pagination feature with SWR by Caleb Olojo.
Turbulent times call for adaptive leadership by Tramale Turner.
Making Sense of React Server Components by Josh Comeau.
Featured Productivity Articles ✍🏾🦅
How to Take Risks by Mike Manson.
Creativity Is a Process, Not an Event by James Clear.
Good Enough Is Just Fine by Lawrence Yeo.
Product of the Week ✨
The Valley of Code is a reference website that will help you become a web developer with topics ranging from web fundamentals to advanced concepts.
Good Tidings 🔊
Here’s a collection of 300+ open-source software alternatives to popular projects.
I’m sure you’ve had a wave of wrapped posts from platforms like Spotify, YouTube, etc in the past weeks. Well, as develop,ers, how about a personalized wrapped video of your GitHub activity in 2023? You can get yours now and share or see mine.
Last week, Google launched the first version of their generative AI model, Gemini. Developers will get a free quota and access to a full range of features, including function calls, embeddings, semantic retrieval, custom knowledge grounding, chat functionality and more. You can watch the launch video or read this blog post to learn more.
Want to level up your skills, desk setup, or gadget collection with promotional deals? Here’s a collection of the best deals for developers.
The Ethereum Foundation Next Billion team seeks individuals with incredible stories and projects shaping the future! This includes research, proofs-of-concepts, and initiatives.
If you’re looking to get started with technical writing, you should check this for a curated list of articles, books, videos, tools, podcasts, etc.
Here’s a curated list of project-based programming tutorials you can use to learn how to build applications from scratch.
Here is a collection of universities, companies, and organizations that offer free online courses with certificates.
For managers, here’s a collection of engineering leadership resources that you’d find helpful.
Here’s a complete computer science study plan you can use to become a software engineer.
Looking to network with other student community leaders and professionals or level up your skills and give back to your community? You can join the GitHub Campus Experts program now and expand your connections!
Here's a recommendation of the top websites to find remote jobs for different software engineering and product fields in tech.
Here’s a curated list of interview questions for different programming languages, frameworks, and technologies.
Book Recommendations 📚
All of Grace by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Engineering Management for the Rest of Us by Sarah Drasner.
Building Python Web APIs with FastAPI by Abdulazeez Adeshina.
The Pragmatic Programmer by Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt.
Featured Tweets and Videos 😍
Here are some cool tweets and some of my favorite videos from YouTube these past weeks.
⬇️: GitHub ML Magic: Secrets with an Expert
⬇️: 4 Web Devs, 1 App Idea
⬇️: How to Be Effortlessly Disciplined: 5 Mindset Shifts
⬇️: A Christian Home
Quote of the Week 💙
“Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right” —Henry Ford.
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