Reading Log - July 28, 2023 (#37)

A little light this week, but I've read about a new horrible law being pushed through U.S. Congress that could ruin the internet, Google supporting some bad DRM policies and more.

In Depth

Raymond Chen: Before you try to do something, make sure you can do nothing

When I’m learning a new language or library, it’s very easy for me to try to write something complex and in depth right out of the gate. In reality, it’s better to learn to walk before you try to run.

Too often, I see relatively inexperienced developers dive in and start writing a big complex thing: Then they can’t even get it to compile because it’s so big and complex. They ask for help, saying, “I’m having trouble with this one line of code,” but as you study what they have written, you realize that this one line of code is hardly the problem.

Truer words…

Link Blast

👨🏼‍💻 Software Development & Design

The joy of simplicity in web development - Chris Ferdinandi

Web Components Aren’t Components - Keith J. Grant

🖥 Technology & the Internet

‘Pass It, Pass It, Pass It, Pass It, Pass It,’ The President Says About A Bill The GOP Says Will Be Useful To Silence LGBTQ Voices - Mike Masnick

Vivaldi, Mozilla raise alarms over Google’s proposed ‘DRM for the Web’ - Mark Hachman

Reddit Kicks Out Protesting Mods, As Reddit Users Continue To Find Creative Ways To Protest - Mike Masnick

Elon Musk’s ‘War’ On Possibly Imaginary Scrapers Now A Lawsuit, Which Might Actually Work - Mike Masnick

🔬 Science

NASA, Pentagon award contract to build nuclear-powered rocket engine - Christian Davenport

SpaceX teases another application for Starship - Stephen Clark

After bopping an asteroid 3 years ago, NASA will finally see the results - Eric Berger

📈 Business & Finance

GM keeps Chevy Bolt alive - Henry Epp

Tesla created secret team to suppress thousands of driving range complaints - Steve Stecklow & Norihiko Shirouzu

🎒 Everything Else

The Nuance of “Domain” - Jim Nielsen

🎵 A Song to Leave You With

The Menzingers - There's No Place In This World For Me