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#190 - sep 25th 2016

Look

Examples of UI/UX, graphic performance, web design and flashy things.
KIKK Festival design
KIKK Festival is a mix of technology, visual arts, music, Architecture, design and interactive media

Use

Web applications, resources and tools, available for making our life easier or funnier.
Skylight tool
Web app profiling tool.
CloudHero ops
Secure Docker Container as a Service For Developers (beta, free container for now).

Install

A selection of gems or applications updated during past week.
pgslice rb
Postgres partitioning tool.
Pagelet_rails rb
Improve perceived performance of your rails application with minimum effort
Tlaw rb
Pragmatic API wrapper framework.
Optimize-js js
Optimize a JavaScript file for faster initial load by wrapping eagerly-invoked functions
Gallium go
Build desktop applications in Go and HTML. Kinda like Electron.
Sqlint tool
Simple SQL linter
Pageflow web
Multimedia story telling for the web.
BedquiltDB web
JSON document-store built on PostgreSQL.

Read

From the blogosphere or news feeds ...
Microservices using Rails, HTTP and RabbitMQ sep 19 rb
Example of decoupling an app to micro services.
Programs that rewrite Ruby programs sep 20 rb
Several gems that convert or edit your code based on syntax upgrade or linting.
DRYing Up Your Ruby Module sep 20 rb
Refactor a Ruby module and see the DRY principle in action
Understanding REST And RPC For HTTP APIs sep 20 web
Knowing the differences between REST and RPC.
A couple of words about interactors in Rails sep 21 rb
How to structure a Ruby on Rails applications following Domain Driven Design.
9 Underutilized Features in CSS sep 22 css3
There are many old, often-overlooked features in CSS specs which offer some very handy functionality.
Chatbots: Your Ultimate Prototyping Tool sep 22 design
How chatbots can teach us to learn what people need when designing products and services.

Watch

Screencasts and conferences videos, or other video feeds ...
The Container Revolution: Reflections After the First Decade sep 18 ops
Bryan Cantrill, CTO at Joyent The Container Revolution: Reflections After the First Decade The meteoric rise of Docker brought containers into the limelight.
Applying Graph Theory to Infrastructure sep 18 ops
Paul Hinze, Director of Infrastructure at HashiCorp Applying Graph Theory to Infrastructure.
Links curated by mose (publisher), xenor (editors) , xenor, hsatac (contributors) .

Rant

The random rant of the week by mose.

A stress-free life

Next friday, I've been told that I have to stop working for 2 weeks. Well, for people that have a normal life and/or kids, it's a pretty good news. For people that get heavy pressure from their work, it can give some air. But I wondered why I didn't feel like I ever felt the need for holidays. I take them by principle, but I'm usually not really eager to get them.

After some consideration, it all sums up to some kind of discipline. I refuse stress on a daily basis. I want each day at work to be enjoyable and debt-free. It's a bad news for some category of employers. The same way those consider it's acceptable to accumulate technical debt, they apply the same principle on human-life debt. Put people under pressure, get a loan on their health, that will never be repaid. So, I just refuse pressure, the same way I would refuse to eat meat if I was really vegetarian (which I am only part-time).

Really I have more trouble with holidays because they bring a gap in the continuity of work. You get back and there is a lot to catch up on. I would prefer to have just one hour work less per day than week-long breaks. But that's just me. It would be totally different if I wanted to travel for fun or if I had kids. My case is not reproducible.

But the baseline remains valid. whether you have plans or not for holidays, they should not be required for having a balanced life. Stress has to be fought on a daily basis and not by using breaks. Breaks, in such case, are even more enjoyable, if you have the context for it.

The best way I know to push stress away is to put my efforts into what I do, in a way that I'm self-aware that I'm really doing what I can to fulfill my duties. If someone is not happy about the output, that's their problem not mine. If it leads to some awkward context, then it's broken and I will reach out to find a better work context. I apply that principle for more than 20 years now and I can't remember last time I felt stressed.

Green Ruby News is a feed of fresh links of the week about ruby, javascript, webdev, devops, collected by mose, xenor and tysliu every sunday.

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