DevToolsDigest: February 7th, 2020
This digest includes news and resources from Brad Fitzpatrick, Semaphore, OverOps, RedMonk, LaunchDarkly, Snyk, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
On January 30th, Brad Fitzpatrick, creator of LiveJournal and part of Google's Go programming language team, announced that he would be joining Tailscale in a post that trended on Hacker News. Tailscale is a mesh VPN, connecting your computers, databases, and services together securely, without proxies.
Dockerizing your application is the first step towards portable and easy deployments. In this tutorial, you will learn how to dockerize a Ruby on Rails application using PostgreSQL, Redis, and Sidekiq.
Industry Research
The course of digital transformation never did run smooth. This week’s caucus catastrophe provides us with an important lesson in the value of knowing how to quickly identify and prioritize critical application errors.
In 2020 Observability is making the transition from being a niche concern to becoming a new frontier for user experience, systems and service management in web companies and enterprises alike. Technology providers in the Application Performance Monitoring (APM), Log Management, and Distributed Tracing categories are all positioning themselves as Observability tools providers this year, which is partly about marketing, but also product management.
Developer Venture News
The investment will be used to address the surge in demand LaunchDarkly has seen for its feature management platform. Companies like IBM, TrueCar, and fuboTV are using LaunchDarkly to control feature lifecycles, eliminate risk from deployment processes, and increase efficiency throughout development cycles.
This takes Snyk’s total funding to $250 million from backers including Alphabet’s GV and Accel, including a $22 million series B round in 2018 and a $70 million follow-on round just a few months ago. A Snyk spokesperson said that the company is now worth more than $1 billion, which is at least double the $500 million it was valued at back in September.
From The Heavybit Library
Upcoming Event - Feb 18: Building Securely for User Privacy w/ HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos
With devs shipping code changes more often than ever before, the risk of revealing sensitive information has also increased, so it’s critical to have a clear understanding of your product’s security surface and how every change can potentially impact user privacy. In this Speaker Series presentation, HackerOne CEO, Marten Mickos will discuss strategies for building securely and ensuring user privacy from the earliest stages of your company.
So you have an early cohort happy customers, and one of them has agreed (or even offered!) to be the subject of your first case study. Now what? A well-crafted case study can help show engineering teams who will use your product that it’s worth changing up their workflow for, while also showing non-technical stakeholders how their business will benefit from using your product.