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Dev resources and articles plus news from Huawei's Android alternative HarmonyOS, Mozilla launches MDN Plus, and more.

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Howdy all! Here are the latest developer resources, articles and industry news curated for our newsletter readers.

Dev Resources & Articles

Developer Ipsum. Matt Downing has created this fun text generator which he calls Lorem for nerds! [DEVELOPER.IPSUM]

Google Style Guides. Style guides for Google-originated open-source projects. [GOOGLE.GITHUB]

The sentences about XR I’m tired of hearing. Skarredghost decided to write this satirical post to list some of these sentences about XR that he's tired of hearing about. [SKARREDGHOST]

Hello, world. Meet Developer Nation! It’s a new era for our community, Developer Economics is now Developer Nation. With a new name comes a new responsibility, read about our vision, and how you can get involved. [DEVELOPERNATION]

What's the best place to host Next.js site? You’ve built your Next.js site and now you want to put it online for the world to see. Which platform is the best to host it? [KONTENT]

Free cloud database services. A list of free cloud database services that you could use for your business. [BEJAMAS]

Machine learning in stock market predictions. [Report] Is it just for professionals? Understanding ML/DS quant developers. [SLASHDATA]

82% of developers get this 3 line CSS quiz wrong. Before you read the full article, take a moment to think about what you would vote! [LEA.VEROU]

GitLive. Extend your IDE with the real-time features remote development teams need to work together effectively. See what your teammates are working on and get notified of merge conflicts before you commit. Make video calls and code together live, VS Code to JetBrains. [GITLIVE]

Useful VS code extensions for front-end developers. Meet useful Visual Studio Code extensions for web developers: little helpers to minimize slow-downs and frustrations, and boost developer’s workflow along the way. [SMASHING.MAGAZINE]

The battle of the data platform. This post discusses what the next big thing in tech in the ‘20s will be and which companies look like the main contenders. [CPARD]

Watch out: These unsubscribe emails only lead to further spam. Scammers use fake 'unsubscribe' spam emails to confirm valid email accounts to be used in future phishing and spam campaigns. [BLEEPINGCOMPUTER]

Angular launches a new feature request process. You can view their new process in this blog post. [BLOG.ANGULAR]

That Salesforce outage: Global DNS downfall started by one engineer trying a quick fix." We found a circular dependency where the tool that we use to get into production had a dependency on the DNS servers being active". [THEREGISTER]

Industry News

Intel reiterates chip supply shortages could last several years. Pat Gelsinger told a virtual session of the Computex trade show in Taipei that the work-and-study-from-home trend during the COVID-19 pandemic had led to a "cycle of explosive growth in semiconductors" that has placed huge strain on global supply chains. "But while the industry has taken steps to address near term constraints it could still take a couple of years for the ecosystem to address shortages of foundry capacity, substrates and components." [REUTERS]

You can now run Linux GUI apps in Windows 10. As this year's Build developer event kicks off, Microsoft has announced a major new feature for Windows 10 - the ability to run Linux apps with a GUI. This is a major expansion of the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which already lets you run command line-based Linux apps, and it means you can now use GUI apps without having to set up a traditional virtual machine with a Linux distribution. Note: This feature is not generally available yet. You'll need to be running a Windows 10 Insider Preview build to do this. [NEOWIN]

Perl 5.34.0 released - what's new? iProgrammer look at the first stable release of version 34 of Perl 5. It's the culmination of around 11 months of development and represents 280,000 lines of changes across 2,100 files from 78 authors. [IPROGRAMMER]

Microsoft teams up with Accenture, Goldman on greener software. The Green Software Foundation, whose founders also include Microsoft-owned GitHub and software consultancy ThoughtWorks, plans to build tools and create standards for measuring the climate impact of software, and will work on training for software engineers who want to learn how to build programs that consume less energy. Data centers now account for about 1% of global electricity demand, and that's forecast to rise to 3% to 8% in the next decade. [BLOOMBERG]

Huawei officially launches Android alternative HarmonyOS for smartphones. HarmonyOS is not meant to replace Android or iOS, Huawei said. Rather, its application is more far-reaching, powering not just phones and tablets but an increasing number of smart devices. To that end, Huawei has been trying to attract hardware and home appliance manufacturers to join its ecosystem. To date, more than 500,000 developers are building applications based on HarmonyOS. It’s unclear whether Google, Facebook and other mainstream apps in the West are working on HarmonyOS versions. [TECHCRUNCH]

NocoDB, an open source Airtable alternative, has launched. NocoDB works by connecting to any relational database and transforming them into a smart spreadsheet interface! This allows you to build no-code applications collaboratively with teams. NocoDB currently works with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite, Amazon Aurora & MariaDB databases. [NOCODB]

Firefox 89 is here. In this release, Mozilla has redesigned the browser so that it's simpler and more efficient to use on all devices. For devs, there is support for Event Timing API, support for the CSS forced-colors media query and more.

Mozilla launches MDN Plus. This is a new premium service offering monthly technical deep dives written by industry experts plus additional features. At the moment there's a wait list to be notified once its available and a sample from one of the articles in the pipeline. [IPROGRAMMER]

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