DevToolsDigest: August 4th, 2022
This week's digest includes news and resources from Metrist, GitLab, Protocol, Retool, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
Metrist data showed that the AWS US West 2 region had over three hours of latency in the time period before the US East 2 region went down – which was unreported. Since outages are usually due to human error, and events like these are rare, the coincidence can beg the question of whether the two events were related. 
GitLab plans to automatically delete projects if they've been inactive for a year and are owned by users of its free tier. The auto-deletion of projects could save the cloudy coding collaboration service up to $1 million a year.
Industry Research
Do people still need to be persuaded to help their developers go faster? But yes, in the year 2022, many teams require persuasion on this topic. Or rather, their leaders require persuasion that they have to do more than give lip service to this principle
Spend five years at a hypergrowth startup like Stripe, and you see a lot changes during that time. Organizationally, it’s night and day, as a few hundred people scaled to thousands, the structure adapted to teams with charters and responsibilities that were much more fixed.
When Snyk launched in 2015, it took an unusual approach for a security vendor by offering a free, self-service version of its product. But after winning over developers — and getting lots of businesses to write checks for a paid version of the product with more features — Snyk ranks at No. 2 among the most valuable privately held cybersecurity vendors.
Developer Venture News
Retool also announced major updates to its free plan for developers, which now allows teams of up to five users to build unlimited apps. With this new free plan, startups, small teams, and solo developers can build unlimited apps using Retool’s 90+ pre-built components, 40+ data and API connections, and Retool’s app hosting service.