Railslove readings #1
  • 30. June 2017
  • 3 min read
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Take a look at the things our team is reading. To keep themselves informed, discover new tools or technologies and because they love the things they do. We gathered the best for you. Enjoy!

We've been building web products and software solutions for over ten years; some of us for much longer. Our developers, designers, marketers or strategists – every individual needs follow the developments in their field in order to not be average but a step ahead. And because we love what we do, we want to share what we are reading when we're not in the office.

Jakob recommends the following article about why it can be good to be on call as a developer. Days and nights or when on the toilet – what could possibly be good about that?!

What can developers learn from being on call?
In this post, though, we’re going to talk about what you can learn from being on call and how it can make you a better software engineer!


For all you frontend devs, Chris found this gem: tips and guides on how to use space in your designs to make it more beautiful and functional.

Space in Design Systems
From Basics to Expanded Concepts to Apply Space with Intent
"With concepts like inset, stack, and grid, you can tune the dials of density with aplomb"


Maxim is flirting with Twist. While we all know Slack, you can now read what Twist might be doing better. But would we really survive leaving slack after all these years?

Why we switched from Slack to Twist
Slack is great — but Twist is a better fit for us.


Bumi is all about that blockchain. This week he came across the following article about renewable energy and blockchains powering society. Good despite the baity headline ;)

Blockchain and Renewable Energy Are Utterly Disrupting Society as We Know It
A new microgrid is set to power Brooklyn later this year. This microgrid relies on renewable energy and blockchain, two technologies that are inspiring the cities of the future.


Here is what Marco wants you to read: despite the hype about microservices, you might also end up creating a huge mess with them. If you cannot build a well-structured monolith, chances are you won't create better architectures using microservices.

Distributed big balls of mud
If you can't build a monolith, what makes you think microservices are the answer?


Isa, always looking for new tools to make her work better (and let's be honest, easier), found this comparison of design prototyping tools.

3 Prototyping Tools Compared: Invision, Marvel & Justinmind
Our creations are now complex systems reacting to events in real-time, and customizing themselves for each user and each device individually. Today I’m here to test out 3 prototyping saviors that are sure to help you make the transition from an idea to a reality.


And the WNA award (week's nerdiest article) goes to: Johannes and his love for in-depth analyses.

When hardware must „just work“
An inside look at x86 CPU design

Stupidly Simple DDoS Protocol (SSDP) generates 100 Gbps DDoS
Last month we shared statistics on some popular reflection attacks. Back then the average SSDP attack size was ~12 Gbps and largest SSDP reflection we recorded was:
30 Mpps (millions of packets per second)
80 Gbps (billions of bits per second)
using 940k reflector IPs