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Quote of the Week 

"The most secure code in the world is code which is never written." - Colin Percival


News

Open-source rival for OpenAI’s DALL-E runs on your graphics card
Startup Stability AI now announced the release of Stable Diffusion, another DALL-E 2-like system that will initially be gradually made available to new researchers and other groups via a Discord server. After a testing phase, Stable Diffusion will then be released for free – the code and a trained model will be published as open source. There will also be a hosted version with a web interface for users to test the system.

Announcing Microsoft Dev Box Preview
Microsoft Dev Box is a managed service that enables developers to create on-demand, high-performance, secure, ready-to-code, project-specific workstations in the cloud.


Reading List

Event Driven Architecture — 5 Pitfalls to Avoid
At Wix we have been gradually migrating our growing set of microservices (currently at 2300) from the request-reply pattern to event driven architecture over the last few years. Below there are 5 pitfalls that Wix engineers have encountered during our experimentation with event driven architecture.

Introducing sqlite-http: A SQLite extension for making HTTP requests
sqlite-http is a new SQLite extension that allows you to create HTTP requests in SQLite. Think of fetch(), requests.get(), or curl, but entirely in SQL!

Introduction to streaming for data scientists
As machine learning moves towards real-time, streaming technology is becoming increasingly important for data scientists. With luck, as a data scientist, you shouldn’t have to build or maintain a streaming system yourself. Your company should have infrastructure to help you with this. However, understanding where streaming is useful and why streaming is hard could help you evaluate the right tools and allocate sufficient resources for your needs.

Vector graphics on GPU
A general approach to rasterization and how we can ask for help from GPU when rendering vector paths.

Platform Engineering KPIs
Platform as a product is becoming an increasingly popular approach to building internal platforms in engineering organisations. While software-driven companies are competing for market share, there is another, more subtle competition on the rise: who can enable their engineers to ship new features fastest; who has the most effective internal platform? In this post, we will share our approach to building out KPI trees for our platform engineering teams at Wise (formerly TransferWise). 

How to Create a Blog Post Title Optimizer with GPT-3 and Hacker News Data
Many know GPT-3 as a tool for robust text generation. But a newer, lesser discussed feature that OpenAI allows is finetuning GPT-3 on data you provide. If I provide GPT-3 with a large dataset of good titles, can I use that to tell me if one of my blog post titles are good? Let’s give it a try.


Watch and Listen

I Created a Neural Network and Tried Teaching it to Recognize Doodles
Exploring how neural networks learn by programming one from scratch in C#, and then attempting to teach it to recognize various doodles and images.

Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
What is Infrastructure as Code, Why do we need to follow certain practices to automate our application infrastructure, these are some of the questions that were answered in this discussion.

Evolving Architecture and Organization at eBay
Randy Shoup of eBay discusses the evolution of eBay’s tech stack, eBay’s origins as a single C++ class with an Oracle database, a five-year migration to multiple Java services, sharing a database between the old and new systems, building a distributed tracing system, working with bare metal, why most companies should stick to cloud, why individual services should own their own data storage, how scale has caused solutions to change, rejoining a former company, choosing what to work on first, the Accelerate Book, and improving delivery time.


Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

Code Smells Catalog
56 Code Smells, of which 15 are original propositions. Each smell was classified according to taxonomy, synonyms, type of problem it causes, relations, etc. 

oasis
A small statically-linked linux system.

Linguistic Antipatterns
Learn how to identify and fix linguistic antipatterns in your code.

system.css
A design system for building retro Apple interfaces.

Histoire
Fast and beautiful interactive component playgrounds, powered by Vite.

erg
A Python-compatible statically typed language.

coder
Remote development environments on your infrastructure provisioned with Terraform

oxide
Teach your PostgreSQL database how to speak MongoDB Wire Protocol 
 
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