DevToolsDigest: September 28th, 2018
This week's digest includes news and resources from Microsoft, Dropbox, LaunchDarkly, Slack, Stripe, Cloudflare, Y Combinator, and more.

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The Week in Developer Tools
Yubico announced the availability of its new YubiKey 5 Series, the industry’s first set of multi-protocol security keys to support FIDO2 / WebAuthn for the future of passwordless logins.
Linkerd 2.0 is a composable service sidecar built with the Unix philosophy in mind. That is, it doesn’t aim to do everything and more but it’s really good at what it’s doing: instant observability into and troubleshooting of your containerized microservices.
When you write TypeScript code, you can use a tool like the TypeScript compiler to remove type-specific constructs, and rewrite any newer ECMAScript code to something that older browsers & runtimes can understand.
In total, the project took a year and a half to upgrade from Rails 3.2 to Rails 5.2. Along the way GitHub took time to clean up technical debt and improve the overall codebase while doing the upgrade.
Over the last few months, the Search Infrastructure engineering team at Dropbox has been busy releasing a new full-text search engine called Nautilus, as a replacement for their previous search engine.
Industry Research
With the enormous attack surface of cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and GCP, why aren't there more security problems? Data breaches and cyber attacks occur daily. How do you explain the unreasonable effectiveness of cloud security?
If you are looking to begin your AWS journey but feel lost on where to start, consider checking out this course. It focuses on hosting, securing, and deploying static websites on AWS.
When evaluating a service like LaunchDarkly, you may have questions about how that service will behave under worst-case scenarios. At LaunchDarkly, this is something they've thought about—failure and worst-case possibilities. 
Test automation can be an effective piece of the QA strategy puzzle for any team looking to optimize their testing process.  But contrary to popular belief, test automation is not a magical solution to achieving cheap, lightning-fast, effortless QA results.
SQL may be the lingua franca for relational databases—but like many languages, SQL is in a state of constant evolution. The first releases of SQL didn’t even have a notation for joins. At the time, SQL only supported inner joins.
Venture Announcements
Stripe has just closed a $245 million funding round that ups its value from $9 billion to $20 billion. Several large new customers have also been listed on Stripe's website, including Alphabet Inc.'s Google, and Uber Technologies Inc.
As YC grows, founders are wondering how it’s improved over time. This is a valid line of questioning – clearly much has changed about YC over 13 years. Now they have new leadership, larger batch sizes, a growth fund, and a series A program.
YC is changing the standard deal by increasing their investment from $120K to $150K. The $150K investment for 7% will be made on a post-money cap safe. They believe the post-money safe is simpler, making ownership and dilution easier to understand.
Redpoint recently announced a parternship with Kolton and Matt, the founders of Gremlin, who understand the challenges of operating colossal webscale systems. To achieve ever greater uptime during their time at Amazon, Salesforce, and Netflix, they leveraged chaos engineering.
The team behind the popular email client and Slack app will make it simpler for customers to transition important conversations from email into Slack.
The overall idea behind the Bandwidth Alliance is that customers who use both Cloudflare and a cloud provider that’s part of this alliance will get a significant discount on their egress traffic or won’t have to pay for it at all.
Fog Creek has been renamed to Glitch, Inc. to represent their single-minded focus on Glitch. Glitch has won the hearts of developers around the world who now feel that coding with other tools feels a lot more lonely and less productive.
From The Heavybit Library
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Greg Koberger: Building Great API Docs
In this Speaker Series presentation, ReadMe founder and CEO Greg Koberger talks about the importance of having good documentation for your business.
In this Heavybit presentation, a panel of developer evangelists and advocates describe the tools and community organizing methods that make their company's developer ecosystem thrive.
In this post based on his experience as a founder and roles as engineer and PM at companies led by engineers, Will DelHagen shares key actions that can make a huge difference in the value a company gets out of adding product design to the team.
In episode 32 of JAMstack Radio, Brian meets with Nader Dabit, developer advocate for AWS Mobile, which is a team within AWS that focuses on solutions for mobile developers to discuss developer tools such as Device Farm, AWS Amplify, and AWS Appsync.
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