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Welcome to our weekly edition of the Dev Digest where we put together the best links to help you stay on top of what’s happening in the world of software and web development. From top stories to development tips, professional advice, and more, we’ve collected the best articles, stories, and videos of the week from across the web.  Now let’s get to it.

 

What is a Promise?

Diving Into the Practical Applications of Promises in JavaScript and Why You Should Care

  • When handling asynchronous operations in JavaScript, the traditional way was to provide callback functions to these to be executed when they complete.  Promises reverse this approach.  Learn why this is useful and the details on how to execute promises in our latest blog post.

 

Top Story

AI is Back in the Good Graces of Chess Enthusiasts…

  • Ever since IBM’s Deep Blue defeated Kasparov in 1996, AI has had a bad reputation among chess enthusiasts who blame it for ‘ruining’ the game. But now, thanks to new technology designed to jolt players into creative new patterns, AI just might be on the path to being forgiven.

 

Developer Corner

Netflix Pulls Off a Seamless Swap…

  • Rearchitecting and decoupling of a backend from the centralized model without slowing down the usual cadence of releases and avoiding any negative effects to the user experience? Bravo, Netflix. Learn the details behind the migration of their Android endpoints out of a monolith and into a new microservice.

 

The Mysteries of Recursion Explained…

  • Is the concept of recursion in Javascript a bit of a mystery to you? Then check out this helpful overview that includes a deeper look at what it is, how to use it, and some exercises for improving your understanding.

 

Professional Advice

Taking Back Control of Your Meeting…

  • There’s nothing more disruptive to the flow and effectiveness of meeting, virtual or in-person, than someone who keeps interrupting with their own random interjections or agenda. Here’s some helpful tactics for heading a habitual ‘meeting hijacker’ off at the pass.

 

Managing Impressions in an Office-less Age 

  • Thrust into an office-less environment, you may be struggling to make or even manage the impression you have on your boss and co-workers. But, in actuality, there are many opportunities if you know where to look.

 

Congratulations To Reece Harding!

Learn About Our Fourth STEM Scholarship Recipient, Reece Harding, a Young Man With an Inspiring View of Technology

  • Learn more about Reece Harding, our fourth STEM scholarship recipient, and congratulations again to all four of our 2020 scholarship winners!