July 8, 2024
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Dev Digest 123 - Easy as A, B, C1

Hello there, lots to talk about in terms of security and things in the AI world. And the WeAreDevelopers World Congress is very, very soon, so we're busy planning CODE100 and finding moderators - all of which you could help us with!

News and Articles

Let's start with some important security updates. If you have Apple AirPods update them immediately as a bug allows attackers to listen to your mic or music. Interesting, considering that Apple also wants to add cameras to them. Three Million iOS and macOS are also vulnerable because of code libraries hosted on CocoaPods. No need for Linux folk to feel smug though as there's also a nasty

"regreSSHion" in OpenSSH server that allows remote unauthenticated code execution. And have you ever checked what happens when you refuse cookies?

Google Pixel 6 phones should not be wiped right now as a factory reset currently bricks them. Just when there is good news that "Google AI" is coming to the Pixel 9 and Chrome adds window​.ai, an in-browser Gemini Nano.

Figma got into hot water with their new AI tool that generates apps as it created weather apps just like Apples' and puts it on hold.

PerplexityAI is investigated by Amazon over potential data-scraping violations and is susceptible to prompt injection. Were things safer when matters were physical? Maybe, but even Japan's government ends their use of floppy disks.

There's a good discussion on AI matters. Copilots and chatbots are considered bad for web dev, Google's search algorithm favours AI-generated spam and as the web is seen as a free resource for commercial AI training it is important to protect our web content. Maybe it is time to prompt-bomb all our publications. To this end,…

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Code and Tools

Let's talk about language features, like the many faces of undefined in JavaScript, the 3 Types of CSS utility classes or how to use container queries right now. We also should address JavaScript bloat in 2024 and learn about new web platform features. Problems are leap seconds and the unconnected Web Components callback. And did you know you can boot Linux off of Google Drive?

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Photo of Software Engineer Cassidy Williams

We sat down with Cassidy Williams at Merge festival and talked about the state of the web and how to get hired in technology. See what she had to say

Other videos of note:

Work and Jobs

Let's get to work. How about some lessons how to get promoted from an ex-Amazon VP or musings about the death of the Junior Developer? Jim Hall shares what he learned in over 30 years about the Open Source community Other interesting work bits are why there are no mass layoffs in Japan, a comparison of software engineer pay by industry, the question if "Why Do You Want To Work for Us?" is bad to ask in interviews and a worry about fake job postings.

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Dev Digest 123 - Easy as A, B, C1

July 8, 2024
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