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The Beat. April 2023

By Lane Wagner on April 6, 2023

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We released more this last March than I think we’ve ever released in a single month before. I’ve been biting my nails waiting to share it all in this month’s newsletter.

All the best, Lane

Patch notes ๐Ÿ”—

1. “Learn Web Servers” course released ๐Ÿ”—

This is our new flagship back-end programming course. If you’re following along the back-end career path, you’ll take this course after you learn the Go programming language. In this one, you’ll build a fully-fledged web server in Go from scratch (look ma, no frameworks!)

2. “Build a Blog Aggregator” project released ๐Ÿ”—

To accompany the new web servers course, I replaced our old “build a social media back-end” project with this blog (rss) aggregator! This project comes in the learning path directly after you learn SQL. You’ll use your newfound database skills to integrate a production-grade PostgreSQL database into a back-end service that collects blog posts from the internet.

3. Boots: The Bear the Explains Code ๐Ÿ”—

This month we plugged the new GPT AI into! You can highlight any code in the platform and ask Boots, our new mascot, to explain what the code does to you in plain English.

4. New Challenges for “Learn OOP” course ๐Ÿ”—

Challenges continue to be one of the favorite features on! We now have optional end-of-chapter challenges for “Learn Python” and “Learn OOP”!

What is yet to come ๐Ÿ”—

  • Challenges for “Learn Algorithms”. We’ll continue working our way up the learning path adding more and more optional challenges to the end of each chapter.
  • More videos for the “Learn Go” course. We’re collaborating with FreeCodeCamp to create a video walkthrough of our course on their YouTube channel.
  • A new design update. We’ll be adding new roles (e.g. scholar, mage, sage, etc) and we’ve hired a freelance designer to help us further improve the look and feel of

The cream of the crop ๐Ÿ”—

(Video) Discord Stores BILLIONS of messages using this database ๐Ÿ”—

by Coding with Lewis

This video is awesome, even though it’s a bit outdated now that Discord has further migrated to ScyllaDB. I’d still recommend watching it though, the explanation of the decisions made by the Discord engineers is evergreen.

(Interview) Why Should Web Developers Care About Logging? ๐Ÿ”—

by Learn with Jason

Jason interviews Mat Wilk about logging. As a back-end developer logging is super important, and this is a great explanation of why that is. The go into some strategies you can employ to write code that has has more effective logging so that your debugging is so much easier.

(Video) Exposing Astro: Between Two Nerds ๐Ÿ”—

by SST

Astro is a front-end framework, but that’s not the point. This is just hilarious tech YouTube humor that split my side. We need more of this hilarity.

Shameless plugs ๐Ÿ”—

(Article) It’s Not About the Job Openings ๐Ÿ”—

by Lane Wagner

(Video) How Do Golang Servers Stack up Against Python and Node.js? ๐Ÿ”—

by Lane Wagner

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