DevToolsDigest: February 4th, 2021
2021's first digest includes news and resources from LaunchDarkly, Apollo GraphQL, Aserto, Databricks, Honeycomb, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
In this inaugural episode of Unintended Consequences, LaunchDarkly's Kim Harrison and Yoz Grahame speak with the award-winning journalist and social psychologist Dr. Aleks Krotoski of BBC Radio 4 about the unintended consequences of technological growth.
Odyssey is a free, hands-on learning tool. Each Odyssey course is a collection of approachable lessons that walk you through a particular Apollo topic. Lessons are presented in both video and text, and they’re lightly seasoned with questions and code challenges to help reinforce your understanding.
Industry Research
Whether or not we return to work soon, it’s clear that perimeter-based access control strategies are dead. Zero Trust initiatives address coarse-grained access control at the edge, but fine-grained authorization is a core part of the application, and therefore has to be modernized by each and every SaaS application vendor.
Apple’s move is part of a broader tightening of privacy rules in the digital advertising ecosystem, from government regulations in Europe and California to Google’s announced plans to get rid of third-party “cookies,” bits of code used to track users on desktop browsers.
Developer Venture News
The $1 billion funding will be used in part to fuel a merger and acquisition strategy with a focus on machine learning and data startups. “I think there’s definitely a lot of interesting things happening, especially in natural language processing."
The additional funding accelerates Honeycomb's ability to give software engineering teams the observability they need to eliminate toil and delight their users. Most immediately, this funding round will allow them to invest in R&D to further develop the modern observability tools that engineering teams need to build reliable production software.
From The Heavybit Community
During one of the roughest years in modern US history, Sumo Logic IPOed in September 2020 to great success. Heavybit General Partner, Joe Ruscio, sat down with Sumo Logic‘s Co-Founder and CTO, Christian Beedgen, to discuss the failures, successes, and key trends that made Sumo Logic a leader in enterprise cloud transformation.
When we hosted DevGuild: Enterprise Security in late 2019, we had no idea that the COVID-19 pandemic and shift to remote work would dramatically accelerate the importance of security as an essential business consideration. In an ever-changing landscape, it’s hard to definitively say what this year holds for us so we asked some folks in our community to share their opinions on security predictions for 2021.