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Welcome to issue 213 of Programmer Weekly. Let's get straight to the links this week.

Quote of the Week 

"Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon." - Alan Perlis


Reading List

Building and scaling Notion’s data lake
In the past three years Notion's data has expanded 10x due to user and content growth, with a doubling rate of 6-12 months. Managing this rapid growth while meeting the ever-increasing data demands of critical product and analytics use cases, especially our recent Notion AI features, meant building and scaling Notion’s data lake. Here’s how we did it.

Entering text in the terminal is complicated
The article explores the complexities and inconsistencies of text input in terminal environments, discussing various modes from basic input to advanced systems like readline and custom solutions. It provides insights into how different programs handle text input, offers tips for users, and explains the origins and features of common keyboard shortcuts used in terminal text editing.

Exploiting DNS Exfiltration in Github Actions
This article demonstrates a proof-of-concept for cloning private GitHub repositories using DNS exfiltration, highlighting a potential security risk within GitHub Actions workflows.

How We Made the Deno Language Server Ten Times Faster
When a customer reported performance issues with the Deno language server, we began a performance investigation that resulted in reducing auto-completion times from 6-8 seconds to under one second in large codebases. This is how we did it.

How HLS Works
HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is a standard established by Apple in 2009 that allows for adaptive-bitrate live and Video-on-Demand (VOD) streaming. The article explains how HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) works, focusing on its implementation for video streaming in Bluesky. It details the structure of HLS playlists, discusses techniques for tracking views, adding subtitles, and appending trailers to videos, emphasizing the protocol's simplicity and flexibility for customization.

PySkyWiFi: completely free, unbelievably stupid wi-fi on long-haul flights
PySkyWiFi is a tool that allows free internet access on planes by exploiting a vulnerability in airline loyalty program websites. It works by sending HTTP requests through an airline account's name field, relaying them to a ground computer that makes the actual web requests, and sending responses back through the same channel.

gRPC Over HTTP/3
In this post, we’ll dive into what HTTP/3 is and explore the compelling reasons why it’s an ideal fit for gRPC applications. We’ll uncover the technical advancements that promise to make HTTP/3 faster, more reliable, and more secure. But we won’t stop at theory; we’ll get our hands dirty with practical examples in Go, demonstrating how to set up and test gRPC servers and clients over HTTP/3.


Watch and Listen

SQLite: How it works, by Richard Hipp
Richard is the inventor of SQLite, an embedded database engine stored as a single file on disk. This open-source software supports large data sizes, transactional capabilities, and query language, making it widely used in various devices, browsers, cars, and even in the Airbus a350 avionics system. The video explains SQLite's structure, application programming interface, journaling mechanisms for atomicity, use of B+ trees for table storage, and efficient query planning methods, showcasing the software's simplicity and versatility.

LLRT The Serverless Runtime
Deep dive into LLRT, Amazon's new crazy fast JavaScript runtime tailored for serverless environments like Lambda. Covers background, implementation, benchmarks, use cases and more.

Creating and Evolving Elixir (with José Valim)
Back in 2012, José Valim started building Elixir to as a way to have his ideal programming language running on the same platform as Erlang. Fast-forward 12 years and it’s become build anything from distributed infrastructure to notebooks and websites. In this week’s Developer Voices, José joins us to tell the history of Elixir in a series of design choices. Which features mattered to him in the early days, and which ones excite him most now. What’s going on under the hood to make Elixir tick, and what does its future hold?


Interesting Projects, Tools and Libraries

Pongo
Mongo but on Postgres and with strong consistency benefits.

SeekStorm
Sub-millisecond full-text search library & multi-tenancy server in Rust.

bash-dungeon
An educational dungeon crawler in the shell.

Termino.js
Create a web based terminal on any website - great for games, animations and real world apps!

transfer-thought
Web platform for building virtual reality experiences. 

AutoKitteh
AutoKitteh is a developer platform for workflow automation and orchestration. It is an easy-to-use, code-based alternative to no/low-code platforms (such as Zapier, Workato, Make.com, n8n) with unlimited flexibility.

GPT4All
GPT4All runs large language models (LLMs) privately on everyday desktops & laptops. No API calls or GPUs required - you can just download the application and get started.

Karpor
Intelligence for Kubernetes. World's most promising Kubernetes Visualization Tool for Developer and Platform Engineering teams.

bashbro
A Bash-based web file browser. Allowing you to browse, view and transfer files via your web browser. 
 
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