Many of us here at Ello are pretty voracious readers. We like to stay up-to-date on everything going on in the spheres we operate in, whether it's technology, engineering, art, design, or startups. As a byproduct of that tendency, there are a lot of links that go flying around in our internal Slack.
In the interest of trying to be more open about how Ello works, I thought it might be fun to try doing a regular link roundup with some of the more interesting things we're reading. I'm going to try to do this weekly for a few weeks and see how it goes. Any feedback you have is very welcome - drop me a comment or a mention.
On the engineering side of things, "The Go Programming Language" (K&R for Go) is finally out. @rtyer's physical copy made it here faster than my eBook, unfortunately. Still working our way through it but the initial reactions are very positive. Also in the Go world, we're taking a look at Microsoft's Visual Studio Code and its Go integration to see how it stacks up to Vim and Atom.
We're big users of PostgreSQL here - it powers pretty much everything on Ello, from your user profiles to your activity stream, and we run a lot of large Postgres instances via our friends at Heroku. Some interesting reads in the Postgres world lately include a deep dive into the stats Postgres exposes for production analysis, an in-depth review of all of the different lock types that you may encounter when troubleshooting performance issues, and the arrival of parallel sequential scans in 9.5.
On the softer side of engineering, we've also been seeing a lot of great reads from other startup engineering teams on that ways that approach building culture and values. Dan Pupius from Medium has a great take on it, as does Josh Rivers.
On the product side, we're interested in newcomer Cola and their enhanced text messages. Lots of cool opportunities in that space. Microsoft's announcement that they will begin keeping German customers' data in Germany has some interesting implications for almost everyone with customers in the EU in this new post-safe-harbor world. Also, Hacker News recently turned 9, and there's some interesting new analysis out on the nature of that community and its interactions over that time period.
In more general startup matters, Sam Altman's Startup Playbook is a must-read for anyone in the startup space. Also, Fleximize put together an awesome interactive visualization of the careers of some notable founders - be sure to check out Colonel Sanders.
h/t to @dcdoran, @todd, @rtyer, and the rest of the @ello team for the links and commentary