Weekly developer news – July 6th 2018

So, welcome to the next edition of developer news, the place where I try to narrow down the week’s tech news to the top few items that I think are worth checking out if you are like me, a professional software developing striving to improve.

1 : React Native – a retrospective

First up, is another React Native related post, this time by the Udacity engineering department. They describe how they are no longer using React Native, and go into good detail about the motivations why, from both a technical, but also non technical, more team oriented perspective. The write up looks very much like a retrospective and does illustrate the different team dynamics and difference in opinions amongst their teams, so is well worth a read in my opinion.

2 : BBC News on HTTPS

Next is an article by the BBC news team discussing their migration of the news site from HTTP to HTTPS. This is a process that took much longer than most developers would probably assume. For that reason, I think it’s worth reading to help acknowledge the complexity that is often necessary in big systems, especially those that have been running for a long time.

3 : Speaking in code

Finally is an article on nature.com describing developments in tools that provide the ability to program using voice alone. Whilst obviously essential for some developers, it’s also interesting to see the development of voice interfaces in general, and I would love to see more modern development tooling take advantage of the richer interfaces that are available to us, most likely in hybrid form, for greatest advantage.

So, that’s it for this week.

If you have any articles, announcements, tutorials, or anything else you think should be included next week, then just drop me an email.

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