Your Thursday Lunchtime Roundup #13

The latest in Business, Design and Tech from Eli5 18/03/21

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💼 Business

Every year Benedict Evans does a big presentation about tech trends - this year it is called 'The Great Unbundling'. Link.

This week in ‘always-check-your-regexes’ sees Russia’s attempt to attack Twitter completely backfire. This was due to a poorly crafted substring in a blocklist/network shaping tool that was intended to slow down access to Twitter's link shortening service. Link.

✏️ Design

10 new CSS features you might not know about. Link.

AI for marketing copy. Now let me explain. As someone who has been paid to write things for 12 years, I know AI has yet to come anywhere close to a good copywriter. But I also find the best way to get ideas flowing/elicit attention from a stakeholder is to do a ‘strawman’ or super rough draft version of something. So try some out and see if you might be able to save yourself some hassle. Link.

🖥️ Technology

A new, open-source programming language designed at Google - Go (or Golang) promises to make it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. A great resource about learning Go with tests can be found here. Link.

Even though this is not completely relevant to web dev work, this is a very interesting visual explanation and deep dive into how memory/caching works internally. Link.

🕹️ Cool stuff

Pets for your VS code editor (including small, bored cat, enthusiastic dog, feisty snake, and Clippy). Because why not I guess? Link.

And finally, a deep dive into how one guy managed to get GTA-V online loading time down by 70% by fixing JSON parsing. Link.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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