Blog ยป News ยป The Beat. May 2023 Beat Drum

The Beat. May 2023

By Lane Wagner on May 3, 2023

Curated backend podcasts, videos and articles. All free.

Want to improve your backend development skills? Subscribe to get a copy of The Beat in your inbox each month. It's a newsletter packed with the best content for new backend devs.

We hit some amazing milestones in April. We now have over 40,000 registered students and over 500,000 lessons completed on the platform! I hope your learnings are going well, and that everything we’re building is helping you, even if it’s in a small way.

All the best, Lane

Patch notes ๐Ÿ”—

1. New Roles ๐Ÿ”—

roles banner

We’ve created new icons to represent the roles that you unlock by completing courses and projects. We’ve also added them as profile picture borders so that your role is front-and-center as the primary ornamentation on your profile page.

We’ve also added 3 new roles: Druid, Necromancer, and Archmage.

  • Apprentice: Level 10
  • Pupil: Level 20
  • Acolyte: Level 30
  • Disciple: Level 40
  • Scholar: Level 50
  • Mage: Level 60
  • Sage: Level 70
  • Druid: Level 80
  • Necromancer: Level 90
  • Archmage: Level 100

2. “Learn Go” Course Redressing ๐Ÿ”—

Allan and I spent the majority of our time this month making big updates to the “Learn Go” course and recording videos for it. All the videos are now recorded and edited, and we’ll be releasing them on YouTube and as embedded videos in the course over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for those to drop!

3. New and improved Boots ๐Ÿ”—

Boots the bear

Boots, our friendly explainer of code. has undergone a significant UI update. He now explains code much faster, and the results are streamed to your screen as they’re generated. We also make some big changes to his AI prompts so that he has full context for each lesson you’re working on. In my experience his answers are about 4x better in terms of accuracy and relevance.

4. Backend Banter Podcast ๐Ÿ”—

I’ve now recorded 6 episodes of our new podcast: “Backend Banter”. I haven’t released any yet, but don’t worry, they’re coming and I’ll be sure to link them in this newsletter when they’re ready.

If you know someone I should interview about backend related topics, please let me know!

5. UI update ๐Ÿ”—

You may have noticed that we’re dressing up the site with a new UI. We’re not done yet, but we’re making big strides. Let us know if you have any feedback on the changes.

What is yet to come ๐Ÿ”—

  • More UI updates, won’t just be a game, it will also look and feel like one
  • New challenges for the “Learn Algorithms” course
  • Big update to the “Learn JavaScript” course
  • A more obvious experience surrounding “karma” in the community Discord

The cream of the crop ๐Ÿ”—

(Video) How To Get All The GitHub Stars ๐Ÿ”—

by Adam Elmore

Adam is one of my favorite… coding personalities? Is that a thing? Anyhow, absolutely hilarious watch about hoarding those internet points.

(Article) Entering the Garden of Ferris ๐Ÿ”—

by Nathanial Lattimer (d0nut)

I don’t share a ton about Rust normally, but this fantastic article must be distributed, and has a ton of useful learnings even for non-Rust devs. d0nut breaks down how he’s optimized tests and performance for a large Rust project, and walks through all the nitty-gritty Docker and Kubernetes details.

(Podcast) Seamless SecOps with Jack Naglieri ๐Ÿ”—

by Software Daily

Ever wondered how companies handle security indicent response? Listen to Jack break it down on the Software Daily podcast.

Shameless plugs ๐Ÿ”—

(Article) Which is More Important: Hard or Soft Skills for Programmers? ๐Ÿ”—

by Lane Wagner

(Article) JavaScript? Python? Go? Which Tech Stack Should You Learn? ๐Ÿ”—

by Lane Wagner

Find a problem with this article?

Report an issue on GitHub