Weekly developer news – November 17th 2017

So, welcome to the 8th edition of developer news!

So, in no particular order:

1 : Microsoft joins MariaDB Foundation

In this first item, Microsoft announced they have joined the MariaDB Foundation as a platinum sponsor, joining the likes of Alibaba and Booking.com. For those that don’t know, MariaDB Foundation is the non profit behind the open source MariaDB database created by the original founders of MySQL. It’s a database that I seem to encounter more and more, and this announcement adds extra weight to this popular database.

See the press release of the announcement here.

2: Visual Studio Live Share

So for another Microsoft related item, but it’s one I felt was also worth pointing out. Microsoft have release Visual Studio Live Share, a tool for live real time collaborative editing between developers without the need for complex setup on each project.

As someone that works with remote development teams more often than in person, this is something I will be trying out. I have tried similar products before from the likes of Floobits, but have never found a solution that worked as well as I would have liked.

Checkout the details here.

3 : GitHub introduces security alerts

GitHub have introduced a security alert feature for all repositories hosted there. When enabled this feature will automatically scan your project’s dependencies for known security issues and suggest possible fixes that you could apply.

This is something enabled by default for public projects, and something you have to enable manually for any private projects you have.

I think this is a great feature, as the dependencies of many projects are left outdated even when critical security issues are found.

See more info over here.

4 : LucidChart on converting to TypeScrit

TypeScript (optionally typed JavaScript) is a language I have been paying more attention to recently. It’s something I have been experimenting with in terms of teaching to other developers, but also something I have been using on more of my own projects, and I have found real benefits in terms of productivity and quality.

This article from LucidChart is a great writeup of how they found the process of migrating their existing codebase from JavaScript to TypeScript.600K lines in 72 hours no less!

5 : Technology shift on Stack Overflow

So, the final item is an analytical piece by Stack Overflow using their huge database to look at how technologies are shifting based on Stack Overflow question data.

For me, I always feel it is important to be aware of technology and language trends, as even if I don’t end up using any up and coming technologies, I often find value in seeing what new things they offer and like to see whether those learnings are applicable elsewhere.

Checkout their analysis here.

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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