Welcome to issue 14 of Hacker Bits!
You gave us feedback, and we’re making some adjustments to Hacker Bits.
What we’re hearing is that the 3 key themes continue to be:
- Learning more
- Working less
- Staying current
Additionally, Hacker Bits will move towards an email magazine/newsletter format.
Although you love the content of the magazine, you found the PDF/Yumpu format too heavyweight. We get it. With a busy professional or student life, there’s too much friction to open up the magazine.
Also, there’s content that you’d love to see in the magazine (e.g. technology + societal impact, more C/C++) that aren’t featured.
With our new newsletter format, we hope to better serve you. If you have a few minutes, please let us know what you think.
Click here: Hacker Bits, Issue 14
PS: Thank you for all the feedback, and special thanks to Ariz, John B., Zlatin, Rik and Srinath for their very detailed responses!
Happy 1-year anniversary everyone!
When we launched Hacker Bits a year ago, not in our wildest dreams did we expect such a warm response from our readers and contributors. So thank you to all of you who have made Hacker Bits possible!
In this issue’s most highly-upvoted article, Joel Spolsky, who needs no further introduction, tells us all about developers’ side projects and its common pitfalls.
Interested in web fonts? Then don’t miss Monica Dinculescu’s lazy approach to web fonts. And before you get swept up in the AI craze, don’t miss Professor Robin Hanson’s explanation on the limitations of AI and why like most fads, it’s doomed to bust.
And remember, Hacker Bits is here for you. We want it to be relevant to your goals, aspirations and resolutions.
So if you have any technology-related resolutions, let us know in this form.
We’re here to help!
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Is interviewing candidates a good way to hire for the tech industry?
Developer Amir Yasin doesn’t think so. In this issue’s most highly-upvoted article, he shows us how to hire the best candidate for the job with 2 innovative ideas.
Who says boring is bad?
Just ask Jason Kester who’d eschewed new shiny tech for boring stacks and found happiness along the way. In this short and enlightening piece, Jason shows us how a boring stack can lead one to developer joy.
If you’ve ever wondered how to be a contributor on GitHub, then look no further than Davide Coppola’s handy tutorial on how to contribute to an open source project on GitHub.
As we wrap up the 12th issue of Hacker Bits, we want to thank you all for reading and offering feedback on improving the magazine. We hope Hacker Bits has helped you stay current on tech, and we look forward to another exciting year where you’ll learn more and read less!
Happy holidays, and see you back here next year!
Welcome to the December issue of Hacker Bits!
If you’re looking for some positivity after a grueling election season, then you’ve come to the right place.
Brian Gilham recounts a delightful anecdote about the importance of being kind, and we think it’s just what everyone needs.
As always, our team of experts is here to offer their insights on how to become a better programmer.
In this issue…
Bill Cruise a.k.a. Bill the Lizard, gives us the lowdown on books programmers read, and ones that they claim to have read.
It’s easy to feel old in an industry populated with wide-eyed twenty-somethings, but take heart and read what veteran software engineer Ben Northrop has to say about being an “old” programmer.
For y’all Python enthusiasts out there, Tim Abbott gives us an in depth report on the state of static types in Python.
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What if working less actually increases productivity?
Itamar Turner-Trauring makes the case for working less in this month’s most highly-upvoted article.
Are you an old geek? Are twenty-something co-workers making you feel over the hill?
If you’ve ever been told that your age makes you a “poor cultural fit” for a company, then don’t miss IT veteran Tim Bray’s insightful article on Silicon Valley’s rampant ageism.
Entrepreneur John Wheeler also has an excellent follow-up article and solution for all old geeks out there. Check it out: oldgeekjobs.com.
We are also thrilled to have the creator of SQLite, Dr. Richard Hipp, break down the pros and cons of SQLite for us.
Lastly, a big welcome to our new subscribers! Thanks for reading Hacker Bits and remember, we are always here to help you learn more, read less and stay current!
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Simplify and automate.
Here at Hacker Bits, we are big advocates of simplicity. We believe that when the going gets tough, the tough simplifies. When we are snowed under with work, we don’t dream about chucking it all and running away to Hawaii (OK, we do think about that, sometimes). Rather, we simplify and automate.
And as part of our new plan to improve Hacker Bits, we are simplifying the design of the magazine with single columns for easy reading and scrolling. Our eventual goal is to automate the generation of the magazine so that we can speed up the delivery of information to our users. If we succeed, we’ll be able to bring you Hacker Bits weekly instead of monthly!
We are also making bold plans to take Hacker Bits mobile: we’ll be expanding to mobile formats like epub and mobi, so that you can learn more, read less and stay current wherever you go!
And speaking of staying current, don’t miss this month’s most highly-voted article on web scraping. Francis Kim gives us the low-down on this controversial technology and an up-to-date report on the state of web scraping in 2016.
Check it out here: https://hackerbits.com/issues/hacker-bits-oct-2016/
See y’all back here in November!
Welcome to the September issue of Hacker Bits! We hope you’ve had an awesome summer!
In this issue of Hacker Bits, we are so thrilled to bring you Tim O’Reilly, who tells us all about the future of work and why we shouldn’t fear technology. You can check out the details for an event that explores the same topic at Tim’s The Next Economy Summit.
And in the most highly-upvoted article, industry veteran Derek Sivers has some wise advice for those looking to give constructive feedback.
Also, as part of our design revamp, the magazine now features a consistent layout for every article, which we hope would improve readability, especially for those of you who read on mobile devices. Let us know if it’s working for you…
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Enjoy the much cooler weather!
As we near the dog days of summer, we can’t think of anything more restorative than catching up on our reading with a tall glass of iced tea. And if you are looking for something worthwhile to read, don’t miss Cody Littlewood’s My first 10 minutes on a server, an essential primer for anyone looking to secure Ubuntu.
Speaking of summer reading, some of you have written to tell us that you’d love to see more data-related articles…well, consider that done! We’ll be bringing you lots of informative data-related pieces in the future, so stay tuned!
Before we sign off (and get back to our iced tea), we’d like to give a big shout-out to our new subscribers (we’re looking at you, fans of DevMastery)! Welcome and we hope you like what you see at Hacker Bits.
Our mission at Hacker Bits is to help our readers learn more, read less and stay current, so feel free to let us know how we can do it better!
Check out the new issue: Hacker Bits, August 2016 issue.
Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about free will. Do we have it? Do we want it? Is technology freeing? Or does it simply give you a menu to choose from?
In this issue’s most highly upvoted story, Google’s Design Ethicist Tristan Harris shows us the sneaky ways tech companies manipulate us and the true cost of social media.
Speaking of being social, we love reading mail from you, our readers, and more than a few of you have told us how busy your lives are, and what a challenge it is staying current on technology.
We totally get it and that’s why we are simplifying the magazine and focusing only on the essential. Learn more, read less and stay current.
So enjoy another issue by our top-notch contributors and feel free to tell us what you think of the magazine!
Can it really be June already?! Time does indeed fly…just ask Adrian Kosmaczewski who shows us how to navigate an industry littered with forgotten technologies and has-beens. Find out more in his blast-through-the-past account of “Life as a developer after 40.”
Curious about Progressive Web Apps? Then don’t miss this issue’s interview with Henrik Joreteg, expert on all things PWA, who gives us the lowdown on this exciting new mobile technology.
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