Daily Wrap Up – April 19, 2023 (#071)

Lots of content today, so bear with me. Each one of these should get a quick click-and-glance from you. Topics range from overcoming burnout to critical thinking to application security.

[blog] Delivery Driven Development. Really good post. Are you doing all the good work to build the right thing (user research, design, prototyping) and build the thing right (smart architectures, code reviews)? Great. But if you can’t deploy it easily, it doesn’t really matter.

[blog] How generative AI is changing the way developers work. We’re in the early days of this AI-assisted shift, and the landscape of tech will likely look entirely different in 12 months. Posts like this can help you learn some early use cases.

[site] Google Economic Impact report. How did Google help economic activity in America? This new site lets you explore activity by US state.

[site] Google 2023 Diversity Annual Report. I get the pleasure of working with smart folks from all sorts of backgrounds. Here’s our latest diversity report.

[blog] This Is How To Overcome Burnout: 6 Secrets From Research. Good post to read as a preventative measure before feeling burned out, or when you’re in the middle of it.

[blog] Google’s Open Source Security Upstream Team: One Year Later. Google’s ongoing work in the security space is second to none right now. I’m impressed by how creatively and broadly we’re tackling real challenges for the industry.

[blog] Spotify’s Shift to a Fleet-First Mindset (Part 1). Spotify is a poster-child for empowered squads that own services and the experience around them. They’re evolving to adopt a fleet-first mindset so that they can improve component upgrade speed and remove toil.

[blog] Three ways media leaders can leverage generative AI. Fill in the blank on the industry (replace “media” in the title with healthcare, retail, energy, government, etc) and you’ll see posts like this for months. Which is good. Let’s keep identifying use cases and figuring out the applicability.

[blog] I Hate IAM: but I need it desperately. Edgy title, good points. IAM is important to get right, even if you don’t love doing it.

[blog] Is Critical Thinking the Most Important Skill for Software Engineers? Read this post to remind yourself to not take what others say at face value, and develop your own critical thinking skills.

[blog] Scaling deep retrieval with TensorFlow Recommenders and Vertex AI Matching Engine. I didn’t understand a lot of this, but that’s ok. I want to expose myself to some of these ideas and everything will click at some point!

[blog] How to train your own Large Language Models. I’m learning about this for a variety of reasons, and this post summarized it nicely.

[article] OpenSSF Boosts Software Supply Chain Security with SLSA 1.0. Important new standard, now at 1.0. Take a look at this if you’re thinking about how to improve your software supply chain security.


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Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former InfoQ.com editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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