VSHN.timer #101: Onboarding Cloud Native Multics Developers

26. Jul 2021

Welcome to another VSHN.timer! Every Monday, 5 links related to Kubernetes, OpenShift, CI / CD, and DevOps; all stuff coming out of our own chat system, making us think, laugh, or simply work better.

This week we’re going to talk about various recent articles about programming and software engineering that caught our attention.

1. What is the best way to welcome a new member in your software development team? Everybody has their own approach, but it pays to listen to practitioners to learn what worked (and what didn’t) for them. Case in point, Nicole Kow wrote an incredibly extensive, excellent article covering all must haves in any technical onboarding process. The must-read guide of the week without any doubt.


2. This is one of the most talked-about articles this month; in the Oil shell blog, it is argued that Kubernetes is our generation’s Multics. And what is Multics, you ask? The ancestor of Unix. An interesting analogy, lots of stuff to think about in terms of architecture, and more than a few references to the father of all software blogs, Joel on Software.


3. Software developers love challenges; take for example Avinash trying all possible combinations of PRAGMA statements to be able to insert one billion rows in a SQLite table in less than a minute. At the time of this writing they’re able to get 100M rows in 33 seconds, which is quite impressive indeed. Let’s keep an eye on this and see if they manage to pull this off.


4. Are you a Visual Studio Code user? (The question is rather, who isn’t?) Well in that case you’re most probably using GitLens; even though the market of Git-related VSCode extensions is much, much, much bigger than that. Here’s a complete review of the most interesting ones. We love Git Graph a lot at VSHN.


5. The VSHN.timer project of the week is the catalog of programming languages for enthusiasts by Prathyush Pramod. Ever heard of Mascarpone, Beef, Soufflé, or Caramel? We know, it sounds more like a restaurant menu; but seriously, check them all out anyway, some are quite incredible. Even so, we’re surprised Teuton didn’t make it in the list.


Have you ever inserted a billion rows in a database in a decent amount of time? Do you have any Visual Studio Code extensions to recommend? How do you onboard new colleagues in your teams? Get in touch with us, and see you next week for another edition of VSHN.timer.

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PS2: check out our previous VSHN.timer editions about programming: #18#30#33#47#50#60#77, and #88.

Adrian Kosmaczewski

Adrian Kosmaczewski is in charge of Developer Relations at VSHN. He is a software developer since 1996, a trainer, and a published author. Adrian holds a Master in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool.

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