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What We've Been Reading

Long Names Are Long

Advice on naming identifiers.
http://journal.stuffwithstuff.com/2016/06/16/long-names-are-long/

Backblaze Vaults: Zettabyte-Scale Cloud Storage Architecture

Interesting look at how BackBlaze scaled to Zettabyte size, at extremely low cost.
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/vault-cloud-storage-architecture/

New Ransomware Strain Coded Entirely In Javascript - BBC News

Malware that can slip under the radar.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36575687

What I Learned From Analysing 1.65M Node.js modules

Analysis of all 1.65M NPM packages, including some insight into how NPM does its thing (and why NPM lifecycle scripts should scare you).
https://blog.nodeswat.com/what-i-learned-from-analysing-1-65m-versions-of-node-js-modules-in-npm-a0299a614318

Apple Reveals Unencrypted Heart of iOS 10 Code

Apple opens the kernel in the preview version of iOS 10.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36594705

Anatomy of a JWT Request

Heavily slanted toward Zendesk, obviously, but this post about SSO is excellent at breaking down the moving parts of JSON Web Tokens.
https://support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/204279616-Anatomy-of-a-JWT-request


Tools That Interest Us

Algolia Places

Turn any HTML input field into an auto-completing address entry field.
https://community.algolia.com/places/


Videos We've Been Watching

Building a Real-Time News Search Engine

Meet the backend which drives News Search at Bloomberg LP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz41RGhDu_k

About the author

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Steve has been programming computers since the mid-1980s and has spent the last four years principally in web development. Outside of Box UK Steve is also a hardware hacker, and has accidentally become a consultant for "Internet of Things" research and development as a result of his interest in this field.

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