DevToolsDigest: October 19th, 2018
This week's digest includes news and resources from GitHub, npm, Rainforest QA, LaunchDarkly, Citus Data, TechCrunch, Cloud Guru, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. This week the company launched GitHub Actions, a new tool that will allow developers to not just host code on the platform but also run it.
View Laurie Voss's slide deck from Node+JS Interactive where he covers the current npm ecosystem and describes its bright future. Laurie is the Co-Founder and COO of npm Inc.
Quality Assurance has a dirty secret. If you’ve ever worked at a software company, you’ve probably known the frustration of ineffective QA. Read more in the post from Rainforest CEO Fred Stevens-Smith.
Dear AWS, AWS re:Invent is coming up soon. I’m sure you have 50,000 new services coming out, and are now in the process of naming them all. I’m gonna be blunt: you gotta get better at naming these things — because the current state is a mess.
The daily life of a developer involves spending a large amount of time in a text editor. Sometimes, switching context out of your editor to do things such as checking a feature flag’s configuration can be distracting and result in wasted time. To help alleviate this pain, LaunchDarkly has released an update to their extension that brings some new convenient features to Visual Studio Code.
In this post from the Citus Data blog, Craig Kerstiens shares how he tries to make his SQL and database as easy to understand for someone not already familiar with it. One of the biggest tools for that is comments.
The Epsagon team were incredibly excited to announce that Epsagon have officially launched their observability and cost monitoring platform for serverless applications. It's available on the official website and includes a free tier.
Industry Research
These are the languages with the largest growth in contributors to code repositories over the past year.
Back in the deep recesses of history (and, given that this is technology, history is a fluid term. I’m speaking here of five years ago), Cloud Foundry was incubated within VMware as an answer to the pretty obvious market requirement for a platform that went beyond servers (be they virtual or physical) and which automated more of the operational aspects of infrastructure.
In this post, Forrest Brazeal highlights some of the key ways Trek10 has seen value realized while building serverless systems for their clients.
Venture Announcements
Twilio Inc. will buy SendGrid Inc. for $2 billion in an all-stock transaction to boost its suite of communication tools. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2019. The boards of both companies have approved the transaction.
Docker, the company that did more to create today’s modern containerized computing environment than any other independent company, has raised $92 million of a targeted $192 million funding round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
From The Heavybit Library
EnterpriseReady Ep. #2, The Early Days of GitHub with Tom Preston-Werner
In episode 2 of EnterpriseReady, Grant chats with Tom Preston-Werner about how the open source company he co-founded, GitHub, rose up to become an essential coding resource for developers everywhere.
In episode 6 of O11ycast, Charity and Rachel talk to Google developer advocate Liz Fong-Jones about ways to build systems to be more transparent and explainable.
In episode 49 of To Be Continuous, Edith and Paul discuss how to lead and manage a developer product to success.
In episode 21 of The Secure Developer, Guy meets with Julie Tsai, Head of Security for the RealReal, to discuss ways to manage secure systems and bridge the gap between security and DevOps.
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