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#197 - nov 13th 2016

Look

Examples of UI/UX, graphic performance, web design and flashy things.
Circles Conference design
Circles is a creative design conference where designers can learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators for the creative community.

Use

Web applications, resources and tools, available for making our life easier or funnier.
RubyConf Taiwan 2016 rb
As usual Matz will be there.
Snyk rb
Fix/Alert known vulnerabilities in Node.js and Ruby apps on Github.
DevFreeBooks tool
A collection of free books for developers
HeadlessBrowsers web
A list of (almost) all headless web browsers in existence.
Submit.co web
Where to get press coverage for your startup: list of websites.
Vocalizer web
Vocalizer is a web accessibility tool for people with difficult to pronounce names.
Hyper.sh ops
Deploy your container apps in 5 sec!

Install

A selection of gems or applications updated during past week.
manpages rb
Add man pages support to ruby gems.
Lynis tool
Security auditing tool for Linux, macOS, and UNIX-based systems.
RackHD ops
Stack for enabling automated hardware management and orchestration through cohesive APIs.

Read

From the blogosphere or news feeds ...
Microservice Communication with Queues nov 9 rb
Microservices work together by communicating messages back and forth so that they can accomplish the larger task.
Ruby 2.4.0-preview3 Released nov 9 rb
Various performance improvements.
How to build a network stack in Ruby nov 10 rb
Learning about sockets, datagrams, bit-twiddling and more.
7 Design Patterns to Refactor MVC Components in Rails nov 10 rb
Refactoring patterns with examples.
Ruby 3x3: Matz, Koichi, and Tenderlove on the future of Ruby Performance nov 10 rb
An interview with Matz and Tenderlove on Ruby 3.
Ruby 2.4 and captured data from Regexp match results nov 10 rb
Ruby 2.4 adds support for extracting named captures and positional capture groups from Regexp match results
The Power of the rgba() Color Function in CSS nov 10 css3
Ability to do color manipulations right in the browser.
Links curated by mose (publisher), xenor, tysliu (editors), mose (contributors) .

Rant

The random rant of the week by mose.

My lovely Chatbots, sick already?

Recently I have been to a meetup about chatbots. I was expecting something technical. But it seems that I was totally mislead on what chatbots are. They are visibly now more of a marketing tool than just a cool piece of technology.

I'm pretty convinced that web interfaces are going to die slowly in favor of more conversational interfaces. But in past technology shift we had some time between appearance and marketability. Like with the web, the social networks, etc. No more. Chatbots are immediate slaves for sales volumes. All the blooming of new services for 'building your own bot' are just totally geared towards customers management and acquisition.

My naive assumption was that assistive conversational interface could have a larger scope. But well, the market is driven by what sells, and what sells is what make more sales. I just hope it will have a nice border effect to improve chatbots as a tool or as a general interface to access information.

But my instinct warns me against the potential invasion of our social world online by all sort of aggressive automated peddlers. The same way we get robotic phone calls. Chatbots are going to be the new color of spam?

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