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What are your Favorite Authors, on Which Topics, and Why?

I think the title says it all?
I am thinking mainly about authors writing on DEV.to but feel free to mention your favorite writers outside.

This is a DEV Discuss thread β€” it can be as open-ended as we want. πŸ˜…


You an use this syntax for making easier for us to follow said author.

I really like reading @aspittel 
on topics such as #aws #beginners #career #learning  #writing
because <here goes something you are grateful for>

To follow:
{% user aspittel %}
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In fact, I am excluding the extraordinary writer Ali Splittel from the competition because she wrote so many great articles on so many subjects that she would trust half of the answers, assuming we live in a fair world. I guess that's my way to say that she is my favorite author here.

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Drew Knab • Edited on

Of the users who aren't super active anymore:
@tux0r (I have a soft-spot for his unhinged opinions, though occasionally problematic)
@jrswab (genuinely a good writer)
@chantastic (absolute goober who's written some genuinely helpful articles)
@dmfay (some really cool older articles and formerly a prolific commenter with great insight into an array of topics)

Currently active users:
@joaofbantunes (never read or watched one of his videos without learning something)
@missamarakay (genuinely good writer and consistently makes me think about DX in a new way)
@jwoertink (unique perspective from an, uhhh, unconventional industry and really gets me thinking about alternative solutions architecture)

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Wow thanks a lot. I had a look at all of them and found some pearls
(the others are good too, just writing about other parts of the industry than mine).

In particular:

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Eljay-Adobe

Was it tux0r who wrote....

git - makes simple things difficult,
      hard things impossible, and
      disasterous things easy.
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...?

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

I don't know but I will steal it, thanks.

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Jeremy Woertink

😬 I have to really think outside the box sometimes lol. Thanks for the mention, glad you dig the articles.

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JoΓ£o Antunes

Thanks for the shout-out!
Happy that you’ve found the posts and videos useful πŸ™‚.

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Amara Graham

<3 thank you for the shoutout! And a great prompt to get another blog written!

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

ah ah that was also a secret hope :)

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Matija Novosel

Haven't had the time to check out a lot of devs here but I'd like to mention @gregorygaines, he makes interesting content that isn't the usual run-of-the-mill "here's X blazingly fast tricks in X language" buzz word fest.

Off dev.to, I like to skim through Fireship's old content both on his main and off channel, One lone coder for the low level stuff, Ben Eater for the more low level stuff and Mental outlaw just to keep up with technology controversies.

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Thanks for the hint.
I found this article especially interesting

Stop Using .env Files Now! - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

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Matija Novosel • Edited on

I found the gameboy stuff more interesting, but yes that particular article was quite a show.

Also, I think there's an extra "h" at the start of your portfolio GitHub link (hhttps://github.com/jmfayard/).

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

Thanks for the hint.

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Gregory Gaines

@matijanovosel Thanks for the shout out!!

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M R 3 Y

I really like reading Tony Robalik articles
on topics such as #gradle #benchmarking #gradle-best-practices.
My favourite article is: Abusing gradle class loader hierarchy

To follow:
dev.to/autonomousapps

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

On my reading list, thanks!

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

It would probably be useful to provide a list of some great articles from @aspittel if you are not aware of her work for some reason

I learned so much from her writings here. But incredibly this is only a part of what she does, she also has a great podcast, a twitch, ...

For more info, see welearncode.com/

Waring: you will probably need to bookmark those articles instead of reading all of them right now.

The Case for Low Code - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

How to Teach Code - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

A Complete Beginner's Guide to Web Development - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Learning Tips for Programmers - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Managing Imposter Syndrome - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

What Productivity Looks Like to Me - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

The Career Advice I Wish I Had - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Why Blogging is Awesome - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Moving Past Tutorials: 8 Tips for Problem Solving - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

A Complete Beginner's Guide to Programming - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Oops, I did it again: A guide to debugging common JavaScript errors - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

And a hard but necessary read

Nevertheless, Ali Coded - DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

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Drew Knab

Okay, one more because Dev.to comments are limited to 7 @

@sethcalebweeks (great series on functional programming)

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Jean-Michel Fayard πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄ Author

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