What We've Been Reading

Forget app_dev.php

Nice little tip for avoiding app/app_dev.php in Symfony apps.
https://www.pmg.com/blog/symfony-no-app-dev/

Google Search RGB/Hex Colour Converter

Google add a colour selector/converter to the growing list of mini utilities you can get to by searching.
http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/10/09/google-search-now-rgbhex-color-converter/

New MS Paint for Windows 10

Microsoft show MS Paint some love - now how's about making Notepad fit for the 21st Century?
http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/10/13225094/microsoft-paint-windows-10-app-leak-hands-on

JavaScript Journey with Six Characters

There is no practical reason for this existing, but it's interesting nonetheless - How to do everything in JS with just six characters!
http://jazcash.com/a-javascript-journey-with-only-six-characters/

You Might Not Need JavaScript

A collection of rich web components using HTML and CSS instead of relying on JavaScript.
http://youmightnotneedjs.com/

Facebook Workplace

Facebook takes on Slack for enterprise instant messaging.
http://qz.com/806064/facebooks-workplace-is-set-to-give-slack-and-yammer-some-competition-in-enterprise-software/

Make a Compiler with JavaScript

Excellent article on understanding what compilers actually do under the hood.
https://medium.com/@kosamari/how-to-be-a-compiler-make-a-compiler-with-javascript-4a8a13d473b4

Linux Benchmarks for Server Side Swift vs Node.js

In which a man already heavily invested in Swift development for iOS and macOS attempts to convince people to jump through hoops to run Swift on servers.
https://medium.com/@rymcol/linux-ubuntu-benchmarks-for-server-side-swift-vs-node-js-db52b9f8270b

Tech Luminaries Laud Dennis Ritchie... 5 Years After Death

RIP Dennis Ritchie, technology's Tony Hart.
https://www.cnet.com/news/tech-luminaries-laud-dennis-ritchie-5-years-after-death-second-death-syndrome/


What We've Been Watching

Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU

Fascinating film from 1978 about how newspapers used to be printed - we've come so far in just a few decades...
https://vimeo.com/127605643

Writing a Compiler from Scratch

Gary Bernhardt shows how to live-code(!) a compiler from scratch in about an hour (skip to about 9 mins)
https://www.twitch.tv/gary_bernhardt/v/90445311


Tools That Interest Us 

Vue 2.0

New version of Vue brings a whole load of performance improvements.
https://medium.com/the-vue-point/vue-2-0-is-here-ef1f26acf4b8

Programming Fonts Test Drive

Find your new favourite font for coding.
http://app.programmingfonts.org/

Dontbug Debugger

A very clever reversible debugger for PHP.
https://github.com/sidkshatriya/dontbug

A-Frame

A framework for WebVR development from Mozilla. Works great on a desktop but really shines with VR viewers (even Google Cardboard).
https://aframe.io/

Yarn

Facebook launches a speedy alternative JS package manager to npm.
https://code.facebook.com/posts/1840075619545360open-guides/

og-aws

An open reference guide for Amazon Web Services.
https://github.com/open-guides/og-aws

Ultibo

"Bare metal" development for Raspberry Pi in FreePascal. Where we're going, we don't need an operating system...
https://ultibo.org/

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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