HACKER BITS is the monthly magazine that gives you the hottest technology stories straight from Hacker News. We select from the top voted stories for you and email them to you in an easy-to-read email magazine format.
Learn more, work less, stay current.
Welcome to issue 98 of Hacker Bits!
We have a great selection of articles this month covering how to study, Shazam, simple architectures, self-attention, AI/ML, tech work, from engineer to manager, and so much more!
As always, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback! 🙂
– Ray and Maureen
- Mastering Programming by Kent Beck
- How to Study by William J. Rapaport
- How is a binary executable organized? Let’s explore it by Julia Evans
- I looked through attacks in my access logs by Nish Tahir
- How does Shazam work? by Cameron MacLeod
- Stop postponing things by embracing the mess
- If architects had to work like programmers by Gunnar Anzinger
- In Defense of Simple Architectures by Dan Luu
- From engineer to manager: what I love, what I hate by Vladimir Klepov
- What you’ve got is in fact a people problem by Glyph Lefkowitz
- Beyond self-attention: How a small language model predicts the next token by Shyam Pather
- Sudo for Windows by Jordi Adoumie
- The Undercover Generalist by Adolfo Ochagavía
- Ask HN: AI/ML papers to catch up with current state of AI?
- The Failed Commodification of Technical Work by Ludic
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Scott is a web developer and has blogged at hanselman.com for over a decade. He works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft out of his home office in Portland, OR. Scott has 3 podcasts, hanselminutes.com, thisdeveloperslife.com and ratchetandthegeek.com.
Kent is a software engineer, author, coach and creator of Extreme Programming. He was 1 of the 17 signatories of the Agile Manifesto and a leading proponent of TDD. He pioneered design patterns and his current academic project is a study of software design.
Aline is the co-founder and CEO of interviewing.io. She likes ranting on the internet about how hiring is broken, and her work has appeared in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company.
Tim is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc. Considered by many to be the best event producer, computer book and video publisher in the world.
Troy is a Pluralsight author, Microsoft Regional Director and Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and world-renowned internet security specialist. He’s the creator of “Have I been pwned?”, the free online service for breach monitoring and notifications and blogs at troyhunt.com from his home in Australia.
Heidi is the Operating Partner at DFJ, a lecturer on Entrepreneurship at Stanford, and a recovering entrepreneur.
Jeff is a software developer, author, blogger and entrepreneur. He is known for the programming blog Coding Horror, and is the co-founder of the Q&A website Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network.
John is the founder of SimpleProgrammer.com, author of the bestselling book Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual and creator of over 50 professional developer courses ranging from iOS, Android, Game Development, Java and more.
Patrick J. McGinnis
Patrick is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. He is the author of The 10% Entrepreneur, published by Penguin books.
Our objective is to help programmers of all levels take control of their career success by learning more, working less and staying current. This is the basis for all decision-making at HACKER BITS.
We serve you by publishing the best collection of articles each month, so they are learning more, working less and staying current with the latest technologies. Ultimately, the monthly selection of articles aims to offer tips, tricks, in-depth reviews, increased productivity and better code.
We serve our experts by providing a platform for reaching and teaching to an even wider audience. As a result, both readers and authors are growing and succeeding together.
Learn. Teach. Grow.
How do you select the articles?
Generally, articles must have at least 200 upvotes on Hacker News. We make exceptions if we found the article really useful. We tend to focus on the evergreen stories so that our readers can learn, the authors can teach and everyone grows.
What is the format of the magazine?
The format is not set in stone. However, we aim to run 15 stories every month:
- 5 stories to help you learn more
- 5 stories to help you work less
- 5 stories to help you stay current
If we feel a story is really worth reading, we may run more than the quota for each category.
We (Ray and Maureen) are a husband and wife team from Redmond, Washington.
Ray is a software engineer and data enthusiast who has been blogging at rayli.net for over a decade. He loves to learn, teach and grow. You’ll usually find him wrangling data, programming and lifehacking.
Maureen is an editor specializing in technical and science writing. She is also a writer and her work has appeared in a variety of adult and children’s publications such as the New York Daily News, Newsday and Scholastic magazines. She has written 3 books and her latest book chronicles the food history of Singapore.
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