Issue 42

Every once in a while I receive some feedback regarding these emails. Last week I was completely exhausted having worked 10-12 hours every day. I had about an hour early in the Sunday morning, while the whole family was asleep, to prepare the email. And I must say, I did a pretty bad job, in my opinion. My worst in 42 weeks. I didn't even announce it on Twitter. Yet, I received some positive comments on that email. And vise-versa, I spent considerable amount of time preparing the issue on functional programming, but that got very little attention. A paradox, go figure :-)

I love to see how completely different people living in different countries come to similar conclusions, spot the same patterns, or research closely-related topics. While not a grand scale, but this week two people released content about elm parsers. Not only that, but both used it to solve a challenge. Wish it was the same one. Kirk Shillingford wrote a comprehensive article on how he used elm/parser to solve an exercism challenge. Reading that article reminded me of my university days when you had to have a proper structure to your papers. And I'm telling that in a very positive way. It reads easily, and thoughts are very well laid out.

Martin Janiczek made a video on parsers too where he explains how he solved an advent of code challenge:

While not news, but there is a comprehensive episode of Elm Radio on elm/parser from Dillon and Jeroen if you're keen on researching this topic. And a fun fact (albeit it's somewhat loosely related to parsing): Eric Schmidt, the ex-CEO of Google, co-authored lex, the lexical analyser for C.

This week Dillon released a large update to elm-pages, a static website generator in Elm.

Exosphere and Jetstream are running a virtual hackathon from 26th of October until 30th of November:

The Exosphere Project and Jetstream Cloud are hosting an open-source virtual hackathon. Jetstream Cloud offers powerful, flexible cloud computing resources for science and engineering research. Exosphere is an open-source software project written in Elm that provides the most user-friendly interface for Jetstream and other research cloud infrastructure.

The goal of the hackathon is to "make the Exosphere user experience better - to enable scientists to accomplish more with research clouds". If you've got time and enough drive to hack on the Elm software, it's a great opportunity to do so. Plus you can get prizes for your contributions.

Someone is also looking for an Elm dev/co-founder! Being a startup co-founder myself, I know how damn hard it is to find one. Unless it's your good friend that shares the vision, or you've just secured enough funding, getting a co-founder is tough. Good luck to these guys. More Elm devs on commercial projects, more popular Elm becomes. How cool is that!

A video where Asger Nielsen walks through the Elm, Hasura, and AWS stack explaining how to write, build, and deploy apps. I loved a phrase Asger said about Elm:

With Elm I don't need to write any integration tests. If the CI doesn't compile my code, it means my integration failed.

Few days ago I was reading the "Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World" to my daughter, and she loved the story about Marie Curie because she discovered radiation which was pictured by a shiny stone placed next to Marie. And so here's one quote from the famous scientist:

A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.

Have a great week!

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