Hello and welcome back.
This should be the new format of "This month in Around25". I'm aiming to keep it shorter and better. Let's go.
- Developer Tea
This podcast from Jonathan Cutrell should fit in a 10 minute tea break, whether you are a tea drinker or not. It started in 2015 and currently has around 300 episodes. So if you're starting it, you might need some time to catch up. Its main focus is the developer life and its bite-size length should make it pretty easy to get used to listening from time to time.
- 10 React mini-patterns
David Gilbertson is the guy who wrote that article about making the fastest website in the world. Putting everything else aside, what really stuck with me was his writing style. And I've hit that follow button back then. His articles are full of anecdotes, movie quotes or developer-life rants. Also, he seems to know what he's talking about and preaches the kind of developer discipline I admire. You'll see what I'm talking about if you take the time to read this one about React patterns. Highly-recommended.
- Clean Code vs. Dirty Code: React Best Practices
Donald Knuth famously pointed out some time ago that "programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute". Take this article as a guideline about writing code that passes the "smell test". If something feels wrong, it's probably wrong. It goes on from naming things to making use of the ES6/ES7 features for shorter and beter self-explanatory code.
- Everything you wanted to know about blockchains
Written in a funny voice, this recommendation comes from Darius. I need to point out that the page even has a button to "toggle pointless gifs off". So yeah, expect an entertaining read. It's divided in two parts and the (real) purpose is to answer the question: "What are people talking about when they talk about blockchains?". Spoiler alert: it might include illustrated hashes.
- A Deep Dive into Culture
Adrian's recommendation talks about the way in which a company is supported by its values and how every part of the mechanism needs to be aligned in the right direction for the whole to work properly.
- Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb 100X
We're not talking about airbnb.io today, that's for another time, I promise. This article is about putting in the work needed to grow Airbnb's marketplace, written by Jonathan Golden, former product manager at Airbnb. It meant meeting hosts in person and photographing places (a job initially done by the co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia) and leveraging the power of big events (like Oktoberfest). It also meant doing whatever is needed to ensure that Airbnb's community can be trusted. A very good read to grasp some insight into a startup that "made it" and see what was needed to do so.
Aaaand, that's about it. See you next month.