DevToolsDigest: March 2nd, 2023
This week's digest includes news and resources from Cisco, The DOJ, Exploding Topics, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
Software developments have been tapped to help society do everything from building apps with zero IT experience to monitoring patients in hospitals to tracking social distancing in the workplace. Where will software and tech take us in 2023?
You might have heard the term “API” before. But what exactly does it mean, and why is it important? There are all kinds of APIs for all kinds of things – social media platforms, online stores, maps and navigation, and many others. APIs make it possible for different programs and services to work together, which is why they’re so important in the world of technology.
Industry Research
Once you become an engineering executive, an invisible timer starts ticking in the background. Tick tick tick. At some point that timer will go off, at which point someone will rush up to you demanding an engineering strategy. It won’t be clear what they mean, but they will want it, really, really badly.
Reddit is currently the most popular search engine. The only people who don’t know that are the team at Reddit, who can’t be bothered to build a decent search interface. So instead we resort to using Google, and appending the word “reddit” to the end of our queries.
Developer Venture News
Few organizations use a single cloud infrastructure vendor, and figuring out how to configure security across multiple clouds can be a challenge for companies. Cisco announced that it intends to acquire Valtix, a startup that helps companies secure their environments across multiple clouds.
The Justice Department is preparing an antitrust lawsuit seeking to block Adobe Inc.’s $20 billion acquisition of startup Figma Inc., people familiar with the matter said. The deal needs approval from several antitrust authorities and the merger agreement allows for a possible extended regulatory review with an outside completion deadline of March 2024. 
From the Heavybit Library
Heavybit Trend Report: 2023 Software & Development
Make the most of 2023 with this executive summary on open source, observability, security, infrastructure, compliance, and other important trends this year, plus specific steps you can take to keep your team on track.