28th March 2023
Just a delightful little bit of Developer Experience from the Spotify Developer Relations Team. Simple and to the point.
Demonstrates four different things you can do with the API, and combines them to also demonstrate how you can use them together for a practical benefit.
Just perfect, no tweaking needed. Everyone there should be proud of this.
10th March 2023
Katie Roof, Hannah Miller, Gillian Tan and Priya Anand writing for Bloomberg:
Unease is spreading across the financial world as concerns about the stability of Silicon Valley Bank prompt prominent venture capitalists including Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund to advise startups to withdraw their money.
You have to imagine that on the streets of Palo Alto this morning, it feels a bit like Bedford Falls. The only question is, will Silicon Valley’s modern day Mr. Potter try to buy up more of the town?
6th March 2023
People, and the media in particular, seemed to think that after Twitter did the first round of mass layoffs, that it would just…stop working.
That clearly hasn’t happened, and it was never a super realistic expectation. These systems are designed to be robust against “one big thing”.
What a large scale system like Twitter falling over looks like is exactly what we keep seeing, week after week. It’s failed image previews, timelines not refreshing, notifications not working, and so on. How many more times will it need to break in critical ways like this before we accept the narrative that there isn’t going to be a single moment where Twitter just stops working.
It’s going to be a slow, gradual decline, which someday will end in 404s or 500s, but the rot has already set in and it’s hard to see it coming back from it.
2nd March 2023
This cartoon by Work Chronicles is I assume designed as light humour, but think how far we’ve fallen as an industry when it’s a reality for many that they will find out they are laid off when their access to the company’s systems is revoked.
It wasn’t all that long ago that it was considered disgraceful to announce layoffs over zoom. Now it’s done with Okta.
27th February 2023
Juliana Kaplan and Rebecca Knight, writing for Business Insider:
“Some of these companies were hoarding talent,” she told Insider. “And I think some have recognized that they were paying above-market value for people.”
I don’t know if there are any massive revelations in this article. It seems logical that as the job market has contracted a touch in tech, the offer packets are a little less rosy, but the quoted line above frustrated me so much that I wanted to write about it.
If companies were paying extremely large salaries and bonuses to attract talent, then almost by definition they were paying market value for a person with the skill set they required. Just cause they didn’t enjoy paying a particular salary, didn’t mean the market value was lower than that.