2019-5 Readings of the week

NOTE: The themes are varied, and some links below are affiliate links. Software/data engineering, psychology, formal systems. Expect a similar wide range in the future as well. You can check all my weekly readings by checking the tag here . You can also get these as a weekly newsletter by subscribing here.

Playing with Rust

I've known Pere for several years, and I'm glad to see his views on Rust. Looks like not every Scala developer has to move from Scala to Haskell.

Try out walrus operator in Python 3.8

I am the egg man, they are the egg men, I am the PEP 572: Goo goo g'joob. Well, or not. This feels very un-pythonic, and we all know the amount of flak BDFL got for that. But oh well, it's in Python 3.8-dev. Let this serve as the weekly reminder that pyenv is excellent.

Cognitive Journaling: A Systematic Method to Overcome Negative Beliefs

Last year I had been journaling on and off, and this year I have been consistent, every day so far since New Year. This has interesting approaches to understand your mind better.

How Jeff Bezos Turned Narrative into Amazon's Competitive Advantage

This idea is gold, but the HackerNews comments are better than the original article.

Model Metropolis

I read about Forrester's Urban Dynamics in the excellent Thinking in Systems from Donella Meadows. And this also talks about SimCity, what else could I want?

A Humility Training Exercise for Technical Interviewers

The idea presented here is powerful: learn to remove biases from your interviews. As an occasional interviewer (and interviewee), I can totally see how this can help.

pandas blog – Pandas Extension Arrays

Extension arrays show a lot of promise, and right now there is work underway for Pandas extension arrays based on Arrow (fletcher). Although the cool work will happen when the underlying memory layout and building blocks of Pandas are actually Arrow... And that is underway as well.

Demystifying JOIN Algorithms

A very good explanation of basic join algorithms, with a pseudocode that looks pretty much like Python


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Written by Ruben Berenguel