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What technology do you want to learn in 2019?

As 2018 is coming to an end, I'm challenging myself to pick one area of technology to really hunker down and learn. In 2019 I will learn CSS + JS SVG animations. I've always admired Sarah Drasner's courses on animations and this will be my year of really putting these skills to the test.

What do you want to learn in 2019?

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Nero Adaware

Graphql

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Emma Bostian ✨

I love GraphQL! I haven't worked enough with it, but I agree this is an awesome technology to learn!

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mJordan

One of my friends just picked up the GraphQL meetup group where I live. I'm looking forward to the excuse to poke around with the technology more.

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Ben Halpern

A few years ago when MongoDB was coming on the scene, I felt a lot of pressure to learn database technology so I could better understand the choices I was making.

I never really cracked the nut on developing a fundamental understanding of how the technology works, and I didn’t really need to. The basics often go pretty far in this space.

But in 2019 I think it is a good time in my career to put a lot of focus into the intricacies of database technology.

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rhymes

But in 2019 I think it is a good time in my career to put a lot of focus into the intricacies of database technology.

Great! The DB landscape has exploded :D I can't keep up!

By the way, The Guardian recently migrated from Mongo DB to Postgres, unfortunately they don't really talk about performance but the article is a nice read of their journey back to a boring technology ™. It's also filled with shade, like this picture titled "Postgres takes a bite out of mongo" 😂

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Ben Halpern

I think the DB layer is probably the least optimized area of dev.to right now. We’re smart enough to keep things simple, but we need to improve so we can hang our hat on this part of the work.

We overcome some naive queries with caching. But it’s not ideal. We may have some budget to hire more in this area, but I think it’s important to personally improve here as well.

My education is generally motivated by need. 😄

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rhymes

My education is generally motivated by need.

Same here :D

There are a few quick wins you can try on dev.to's DB, like checking the slow query log, usually you find underused or missing indexes.

A very helpful tool is heroku-pg-extras, it can tell you about locks, outliers, unused indexes and "bloat"

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Xavier

I think learning by need is the best strategy. If no need is there, the brain runs 'D' of its own CRUD operations.

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Molly Struve (she/her)

YES, do it!!!! These past couple of years I have really dug into database intricacies and it has paid off in spades! Not to mention, when every little change you make affects your entire application it is incredibly rewarding.

Personally, I want to learn more about containerization and Ansible. I dabbled in Ansible this year and really enjoyed it.

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Domantas

A functional programming language.

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Makker

Started with Scala once. But had to lay aside. But would love to learn it properly.

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Luke McDougald

Rust! Rust 2018 edition launch means now looks like a great time to start learning the language.

I think I want to learn Actix-Web as a tool I use with my first Rust project.

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Matthew Daly • Edited

As others have said, GraphQL is a big one for me. I've so far built a simple Laravel backend that uses GraphQL, but haven't done very much with it.

Also, Elasticsearch - I've started learning it by building a client library for it, but haven't got all that far with it. I do maintain a legacy project at work that has a woefully inadequate search at present, and if I can get budget for the work it would be good to use Elasticsearch for that.

Also, chatbots - I've tinkered with them before and used Botman to create a simple Alexa skill to check if my train to work is late, but it'd be good to build something more challenging. I had a vague idea of building a product search chatbot using Elasticsearch, but it's still very early days with that.

Possibly React Native as well.

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Andy Carmona • Edited

I’ll go with GraphQL and Elasticsearch aswell 👍🏼.

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Alexander Nnakwue

I think I would love to start working with Golang and also more into open source in 2019. Heard really good things about Golang by the way.

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rhymes

This is a good place (and unpretentious) place to start: gobyexample.com/

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Alexander Nnakwue

Wow.Thanks alot!!So cool😎😎🎉🎉

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chenge

I just learned from report of Github that Javascript is the first language.
So I will learn more JS. Another language is Go.

Two projects in mind are Gatsby for static and Slate for doc.

And last is to continue deep learning of Ruby.

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rhymes

Do you know about Hugo ? It's a static site generator like Gatsby but built in Go, so maybe you can learn both Go and JS at the same time 🤣

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chenge • Edited

I know Hugo name. Gatsby uses React and GraphQL, so seems popular.

I want to make a simple blog, do you have tutorial of Hugo blog sample?

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rhymes

I'm sorry, I don't know Hugo, it just popped in my mind because you talked about static websites and Go.

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mJordan

Gatsby is great! I've taught a few workshops on it over the last couple of months and been building a bunch of projects with it. It has been a great way to learn React better. And it introduced me to GraphQL which I now want to know more about!

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Minh Tuan Nguyen

Hi all, I'm working with Vuejs from beginning, my personal, I love it so much. But in Vietnam, vuejs project or job is not popular and in 2019, I need to switch to React.

2019, I would like to learn more and go deeper with JS and other stuff.

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Daniel Schulz

React, job related, so I need to do that anyway.
I'd really like to create something with WebGL/WebXR, so that's going into the new years resolutions.

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Aaron Barnett
  • Bootstrap
  • React
  • node.js
  • d3.js
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Joe Beretta • Edited

Think I need for php and will dive into js more))

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Nick Taylor • Edited

In no particular order:

  • Service Workers. I know what they are and even have it baked into my blog care of Gatsby, but I'd really like to get a deeper understanding of them and the best way to do that is from a Google Sponsored course, i.e. free, of Dave Geddes's, Service Workies.

He also has some other great courses

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EA • Edited

I got ineterested in Data Analytics recently and will be getting involve in Machine Learning

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Juan F Gonzalez

I want to learn and become very able in the use of Docker for easing my work, also learn about testing (particularly PHPUnit) because my job requires me to do that. And personally, for my own stuff, learn some Node to go along with my ever increasing React skills.

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Jean-Michel Plourde

Python. I want to get better at it so when I have some downtime during the holidays, I do a couple of readings and exercises.

Also, I want to know more about Vagrant.