DevToolsDigest: May 7th, 2020
This digest includes news and resources from GitHub, Superhuman, Last Week in AWS, Cockroach Labs, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
GitHub has launched Codespaces — a feature that lets you code directly on the web. Think of this as a virtual Integrated Development Environment (IDE) on the cloud. Earlier, to contribute to a project you would need to make a pull request, and set up the environment on your local machine according to the requirements of a project. With Codespaces, you don’t need to do that anymore.
Industry Research
Companies that have raised money need to figure out how they can not only survive, but thrive. For most companies, getting to profitability will stifle long term momentum. But for most companies, picking a fixed amount of runway will be a bridge to nowhere if this recession is bad.
News broke that Zoom signed a deal with Oracle Cloud to host their cloud infrastructure, beating out AWS, Azure, and GCP. The question for Zoom was rather straightforward: Who can run our application and provide reliable network infrastructure in a cost-effective way to help us run our business?
The best and most successful developer newsletters, blogs, screencasts, podcasts, events, books, have been created—and shared—by developers. These are all developer-led, and there is much that marketers at B2B companies can learn from this group.
Developer Venture News
Cockroach has a tough job. It’s battling both traditional databases like Oracle and modern ones from the likes of Amazon, but investors see a company with a lot of potential market building an open source, on prem and cloud database product. In particular, the open source product provides a way to attract users and turn some percentage of those into potential customers, an approach investors tend to favor.
From The Heavybit Community
At a time when the world is struggling to come to terms with the effects of COVID-19, there just isn’t a lot of patience for traditional mass marketing. Heavybit caught up with GitLab’s Director of Corporate Communications Natasha Woods to find out how she’s approached comms strategy during COVID.
Next Thu May 14 from 12-1:15pm, join Adam Gross, two-time founder and formerly of Heroku, Dropbox, and Salesforce, for an online Speaker Series as he shares his framework on how developer and enterprise startups can gain early adoption, land, and expand while others are at a standstill.
Puppeteer is getting a lot of buzz as a way for JS developers to create E2E/UI tests. But is it better than Selenium? Not to be outdone, Microsoft forked and released a new version of Puppeteer, called Playwright, with added capabilities. What are the distinctions and how do you choose?