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Mostly Python 314 implied HN points 15 Feb 24
  1. Testing a Django project in a book involves creating a copy of the project, setting up a separate virtual environment, and ensuring it functions correctly on new Django versions.
  2. When testing a Django project, focus is usually on internal code, but the priority here is verifying functionality on new Django versions due to its frequent updates.
  3. The post discusses developing a single test function for a Django project named Learning Log, emphasizing the importance of testing project functionality as intended.


The Nibble 2 implied HN points 24 Feb 24
  1. Feedback is being sought for the newsletter content to better cater to readers' interests.
  2. Interesting developments in the tech world include potential $7 trillion AI chip funding, Reddit IPO unique share distribution, and US Tech getting into the Indian market.
  3. Noteworthy advancements in AI technologies, such as new models like LLM streaming and fast inference engines, are shaping diverse industries.
Implications, by Scott Belsky 432 implied HN points 23 Jan 24
  1. 2024 brings significant changes and implications due to societal shifts, innovation speed, and changing human desires.
  2. Customers are increasingly driving R&D by generating ideas, particularly with the help of AI tools and social validation.
  3. Communal resourcefulness, like shared threat models and blocklists, is crucial for enhancing security in the AI era.
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Onchain Wizard's Cauldron 137 implied HN points 02 Feb 24
  1. The chainEDGE 3.0 update brings significant improvements for users, including enhanced UI and filtering options.
  2. The new version features tools like auto-filtering of low liquidity tokens and detailed insights into smart money swaps.
  3. chainEDGE 3.0 offers optimized token and wallet pages, along with a Portfolio God dashboard for sorting and filtering smart money holdings.
Basta’s Notes 81 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. The author built a website with a bold and animated design that may not please everyone, but aimed to excite their target audience of podcasters.
  2. The website underwent significant development, transitioning from a DOM-based approach to using Canvas for animations, like with a globe section featuring looping videos.
  3. Challenges were overcome by techniques such as using Perlin noise for wiggling animations and rendering inline SVG images via React for intricate visual elements.


The Nibble 12 implied HN points 18 Feb 24
  1. Amazon's LLRT is a lightweight JavaScript runtime for serverless environments, aiming to boost JS performance.
  2. The appeal of Big Tech jobs has diminished in the past 2 years due to layoffs, pay decreases, and less attractive perks.
  3. Understanding Top Level Domains (TLDs): gTLDs are generic while ccTLDs are country-specific and riskier.
snackableCTO 39 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. Apple's issues with Progressive Web Apps on iOS 17.4 seem more like technical hiccups than intentional obstacles.
  2. The Digital Markets Act pushing for openness wouldn't align with Apple purposefully blocking PWAs, as it could lead to unwanted regulatory attention.
  3. The lack of official communication from Apple and the limited impact of the rumored SIM-Lock issue indicate these PWA troubles are likely temporary glitches, not deliberate actions.
Basta’s Notes 204 implied HN points 17 Jan 24
  1. The author reflects on the interesting and ambitious projects they worked on as a kid, showcasing a strong interest in technology and programming.
  2. Despite lacking mentorship, the author taught themselves valuable programming skills, such as building their own web browser and writing complex code like a CSS parser.
  3. The journey from tinkering with personal computers to winning a programming contest and earning internship opportunities highlights the author's growth and passion for technology.
Console 413 implied HN points 24 Dec 23
  1. Opal is a source-to-source compiler that converts Ruby to JavaScript.
  2. Opal leverages the underlying JavaScript engine for speed, size, and debugging benefits.
  3. The project Opal aims to continue improving by exploring features like dead-code-elimination and better module support.
Senatus’s Newsletter 58 implied HN points 27 Jan 24
  1. Nano-GPT allows access to advanced AI models like GPT-4 and DALL·E 3 for a fraction of the usual cost.
  2. The service is affordable, charging just cents for various uses like creating content, programming help, and medical advice.
  3. Users can pay with various cryptos through Nano-GPT, promoting accessibility and privacy.
JVM Weekly 19 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. Moonshots in technology are ambitious, groundbreaking initiatives inspired by the success of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
  2. Automatic differentiation of Java methods using Code Reflection allows for efficient mathematical function representations.
  3. Innovation in programming languages like Pkl and advancements in Java implementations like CheerpJ are shaping the future of technology.
Basta’s Notes 753 HN points 15 Sep 23
  1. Sometimes, valuable projects end abruptly without much recognition or lasting impact.
  2. It's important to focus on creating business value with your work, rather than building impressive but ultimately unnecessary solutions.
  3. Every piece of code you write as an engineer is legacy and may not last forever, so focus on learning from each project's outcome.


The Nibble 9 implied HN points 11 Feb 24
  1. The Vesuvius Challenge unveiled the deciphered text from ancient scrolls damaged during Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 AD.
  2. A significant Deepfake scam in China resulted in a $25 million heist, prompting suggestions for enhanced security measures.
  3. Notable tech events included Google retiring cache links, new VS Code speech capabilities, and Arc's transition to Arc Sync without iCloud dependency.
Subconscious 1970 implied HN points 25 Apr 23
  1. LLMs can manipulate the internet in various ways, but signing everything with cryptographic keys can help combat these issues.
  2. Cryptographic signatures provide a foundation to rebuild trust online and ensure authenticity.
  3. Building webs of trust through self-sovereign keys, reputation, and attestation can enhance security and collaboration in the digital world.
Mostly Python 628 implied HN points 29 Jun 23
  1. The post explores new Python repositories that have gained just a small number of stars, filtering out the projects with no attention.
  2. Over 300,000 Python repositories are pushed to GitHub each month, showing the challenge of getting noticed among the vast amount of projects.
  3. Projects with a few stars can still be interesting and worth exploring, like a Pygame project inspired by Factorio.
Implementing 78 implied HN points 10 Dec 23
  1. Transitioning from Rails to Node.js can provide a deeper understanding of how things work by allowing more control over configurations and avoiding excessive abstractions.
  2. Opting for Node.js can bring more job opportunities and choices due to its market demand, especially in medium and large enterprises.
  3. Using JavaScript for both Node.js backend and frontend frameworks like Vue.js can empower developers with a versatile skillset and broaden job prospects.
Console 413 implied HN points 13 Aug 23
  1. DocuSeal is an open source platform for digital document signing as an alternative to DocuSign.
  2. Ruby on Rails is used as the backend for DocuSeal, offering an easy and efficient development process.
  3. The developer of DocuSeal is motivated by community interest, aims for wider adoption before monetization, and plans to prioritize user feedback for future project development.
Kosmik’s Newsletter 39 implied HN points 26 Dec 23
  1. Kosmik 2.0 aims to be a desktop in the cloud, providing an environment where users can organize files and tools in a more visual and collaborative way.
  2. The concept of a digital desktop is changing, with a shift towards cloud-based storage and a need for a more flexible and fluid way to organize files and assets.
  3. Kosmik is evolving as a product, with a focus on web technologies to improve speed, product quality, and roadmap, along with securing funding to ensure long-term growth and development.
Mostly Python 314 implied HN points 22 Jun 23
  1. Use the GitHub API to explore popular new Python projects and find potential projects to contribute to.
  2. Consider filtering out AI-focused projects when exploring Python repositories to discover a variety of coding projects.
  3. Pruning repositories using specific terms can help identify non-AI Python projects to work on, providing valuable learning opportunities.
awesomekling 246 HN points 28 Jun 23
  1. Shopify has become the first corporate sponsor of the Ladybird browser project with a generous $100,000 USD donation.
  2. The Ladybird browser project aims to reintroduce diversity into the browser market by creating an independent browser from scratch, free of 3rd party code.
  3. The support from Shopify signifies a significant vote of confidence in the Ladybird project and its team.
The Shake 137 implied HN points 26 Mar 23
  1. The Shake V2 is a brand new version of The Shake that has officially launched.
  2. The Shake is now more than just a newsletter and has evolved into a data provider, resource hub, and product lab.
  3. The Shake V2 will continue to offer on-chain analysis, interactive educational tools, and expand into the greater DWeb ecosystem.
The (Unofficial) Svelte JS Newsletter 58 implied HN points 01 Jul 23
  1. Svelte 4.0 has been released with performance and developer experience improvements.
  2. SvelteKit 1.21.0 introduces new features and bug fixes like `event.isSubRequest` boolean and `config.kit.env.privatePrefix` option.
  3. Community showcase features various apps, sites, learning resources, and libraries built with Svelte.