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Welcome to issue 209 of Programmer Weekly. Let's get straight to the links this week.
Quote of the Week 

"I didn't work hard to make Ruby perfect for everyone, because you feel differently from me. No language can be perfect for everyone. I tried to make Ruby perfect for me, but maybe it's not perfect for you. The perfect language for Guido van Rossum is probably Python." - Yukihiro Matsumoto


Reading List

How Stripe’s document databases supported 99.999% uptime with zero-downtime data migrations
In this post we’ll share an overview of Stripe’s database infrastructure and discuss the design and application of the Data Movement Platform.

Introduction to the Odin Programming Language
The article provides an introduction to the Odin programming language, covering basics like running Odin programs, the structure of the Odin repository, and tips for exploring the language's source code and resources when documentation is sparse. It emphasizes Odin's straightforward nature and encourages experimentation to understand the language's features and capabilities.

How I learned Vulkan and wrote a small game engine with it
The article documents the author's experience of learning Vulkan and creating a small game engine with two game demos in 3 months, without prior Vulkan knowledge.

Flaky Tests Overhaul at Uber
The article discusses Uber's efforts to overhaul their system for detecting and managing flaky tests across their monorepos, including strategies to skip or run flaky tests conditionally, reduce their impact, provide visibility into test history, and integrate with ticketing systems. It highlights the importance of addressing flaky tests to maintain a reliable CI/CD pipeline and developer experience.

Develop your own C# Obfuscator
In this post we will take a short look on the most common obfuscation transformations, followed up by an implementation of an obfuscator in C# for our offensive .NET tool set.

Architectures for Central Server Collaboration
Some thoughts on how to architect a real-time collaborative app when you do have a central server.

Balancing Old Tricks with New Feats: AI-Powered Conversion From Enzyme to React Testing Library at Slack
Slack transitioned from Enzyme to React Testing Library (RTL) due to Enzyme's lack of support for React 18. They utilized a combination of Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) transformations and AI-powered tools to automate and streamline the conversion of over 15,000 test cases, achieving an 80% success rate in automated conversions, which significantly saved developer time​

My experience crafting an interpreter with Rust
The author implemented a Lox interpreter in Rust, using only safe code at first. They faced challenges with the borrow checker and implementing a garbage collector in safe Rust. After adding some unsafe code, they were able to improve performance, including optimizing hash table operations, but still fell short of matching the speed of the C implementation from the book "Crafting Interpreters"


Watch and Listen

Why SQLite is Taking Over
Discussion on why SQLite is gaining popularity, its advantages like efficiency, speed and stability, misconceptions about capabilities, and how SQLite Cloud enhances it by making it shareable and adding enterprise features.

The Pros of On-Prem Kubernetes
Justin Garrison, Director of Developer Relations at Sidero, joins Corey to discuss Justin's experience transitioning from large companies like AWS and Disney to a more agile company like Sidero, the benefits of using simplified Linux distributions like Talos OS for running Kubernetes, and the pros of on-premises setups for certain workloads. The conversation touches upon challenges with cloud provider limitations, the impacts of computing power on both an economic and environmental scale and Corey and Justin’s frustration with businesses touting their use of AI when they’ve already abandoned those projects. 

I rebuilt the visionOS from scratch
I built a clone of the Apple Vision Pro OS to better learn how it works under the hood. In this video, I build a visual SLAM system from scratch to track the orientation of the headset.

Lies We Programmers Love to Believe
Programmers often struggle to admit when they are wrong or open to new ways of doing things, as they have invested significant time and effort into learning their current skills and approaches. This mindset can lead to blindness to other valid perspectives and make it difficult to adapt to better solutions, which can negatively impact software projects


Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

Teo
Teo is schema-driven web server framework. The server side API is native to Rust, Node.js and Python.

KeyEcho
Make your typing more enjoyable - Each keystroke echoes a pleasant sound.

migrate-ai
A CLI tool designed to assist in migrating code from various frameworks and languages, such as Vue 2 to Vue 3 or JavaScript to TypeScript. It uses OpenAI to help perform these migrations and includes features for formatting code and managing configurations.

lsp-ai
An open-source language server that serves as a backend for AI-powered functionality, designed to assist and empower software engineers, not replace them.

Omakub
Opinionated Ubuntu Setup.

spreadsheet-is-all-you-need
A nanoGPT pipeline packed in a spreadsheet. 

mpa-archive
Crawls a Multi-Page Application to a zip file, serve the Multi-Page Application from the zip file. A MPA archiver. Could be used as a Site Generator.
 
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