[BAWD #43] On Cover Letters and Dev Library

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I trust you had a blissful week? Sorry, I’m sending this week’s letter very, very late. Btw, here’s a friendly reminder that you need to take calculated risks to move closer to your goals.

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Featured Articles ✍️🏾

  1. The implausibility of intelligence explosion by François Chollet.

  2. How to Setup RStudio for Data Visualization by Bolaji Ayodeji.

  3. Go Basics; Data Types, Variables, and Collections by Josh Maxwell.

  4. Web Quality Assurance: From User Requirements To Web Risk Management by Elie Sloïm.

  5. React Authentication Using New Firebase JS SDK by Rehan Sattar.

  6. Good Meetings by Sarah Drasner.

  7. What worries me about AI by François Chollet.

  8. Hitchhiker's guide to CSS Methodologies: SMACSS with snacks by Irina Petrova.

  9. How Web Development Tools Are Helping Users Keep Pace With Rapid Change by Frederick O’Brien.

  10. Software Engineering is a Loser’s Game by Tyler Hawkins.


Product of the Week ✨

Opencast Studio allows you to record your camera, your display, and your microphoneʼs audio. You can then either download your recordings or upload them directly to an Opencast instance.

Do check it out here and contribute on GitHub.


Good Tidings 🔊

  1. Want to get better at explaining your skills and experiences to a potential employer by writing a compelling cover letter? Then you should check out this course.

  2. Did you know that there is an open-source Git extension for versioning large files? Git Large File Storage replaces large files such as videos and datasets with text pointers inside Git while storing the file contents on a remote server like GitHub.com or GitHub Enterprise.

  3. Future Africa is a venture fund that connects investors to mission-driven startups turning Africa’s most difficult challenges into global business opportunities. You can learn more or apply for funding here.

  4. You should check out Dev Library, a showcase of what developers have built with Google technologies. You can explore, learn, or even submit your own projects.

  5. You should check out this Nextjs + Jamstack guide to learn how to build a strategy to meet your business requirements and make the most of Next.js by taking advantage of the latest tools and best practices in the Jamstack ecosystem.

  6. Here’s a collection of courses and learning resources to improve your technical writing and documentation skills.

  7. African App Launchpad (AAL), tailored to the specific needs and capacities of the young people from Egypt and African counties, aims to build 10,000 young talents and support the foundation of 100 gaming and app development startups across Africa. You can learn more and participate here.

  8. I’ve been off Twitter for some weeks now. If you’ve been trying or need to reach me, don't hesitate to get in touch with me via LinkedIn or send an email.


Dev Term of the day 💾

Internet of Things (IoT): This refers to a collection of physical devices worldwide that are now connected to the internet and embedded with sensors for collecting and exchanging data. Learn more here (text) or here (video).


Book Recommendations

  1. Practical Machine Learning in JavaScript by Gerard Charlie.

  2. All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon.

  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

  4. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin.


Featured Tweets 😍

Sadly, I’ve been off Twitter, so I don’t have tweets to share. However, I’ll share some of my favorite videos from YouTube this week. Trust me; you might like them :)


Quote of the day 💙

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment.” —Stephen Covey


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