Open Source Software

  1. Given how dependent we’ve become upon open source software, one would think that we would have a bevy of options for supporting the developers who write the code, but we don’t. Oh, sure, if it’s a big project with big money involved, like Kubernetes, funding is not too hard to find.

    But what about a popular JavaScript library (style guide, linter, and automatic code fixer) like Standard? Not so easy, leading one of the founders, Feross Aboukhadijeh, to experiment with an advertising model—and later end the experiment after lots (and lots) of negative feedback.

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  2. Serverless applications strip software down to the barest of essentials: one short snippet of code, invoked and scaled on demand. Serverless is just the ticket for smaller apps, like a simple API or a single webpage, that don’t need the management overhead of an entire server or virtual machine. A serverless system simplifies life for the developer, and delivers elasticity on a scale that fits the job.

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  3. Quick! Name a log analysis service. If the first word that popped out of your mouth was “Splunk,” you’re far from alone.

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  4. The current state of IDEs built for Python is an embarrassment of riches. Six products made the cut in our last rundown, but there were many more worth noting—sophisticated efforts that provide a full-blown development system for experts, as well as modest projects suited to a first-time Pythonista. 

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  5. Microsoft’s open source development tool is an important piece of the developer’s toolkit. Built using GitHub’s cross-platform Electron framework, Visual Studio Code is a full-featured development editor that supports a wide selection of languages and platforms, from the familiar C and C# to modern environments and languages like Go and Node.js, with parity between Windows, MacOS, and Linux releases.

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