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Best 7 links of week #36, 2020

The Datasaurus Dozen - Same Stats, Different Graphs | Autodesk Research

Same Stats, Different Graphs


It can be difficult to demonstrate the importance of data visualization. Some people are of the impression that charts are simply "pretty pictures", while all of the important information can be divined through statistical analysis. Recently, Alberto Cairo created the Datasaurus dataset which urges people to "never trust summary statistics alone; always visualize your data".

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CS253 - Web Security

FREE Web security course from Stanford (CS253)


Thought by Feross Aboukhadijeh, a prominent voice in Open Source Software, this course is a comprehensive overview of web security. The goal is to build an understanding of the most common web attacks and their countermeasures.

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Optimal Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches | Ethan Rosenthal

Optimal Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches


Did you ever think you could use computer vision to calculate the optimal way to slice a banana to fit nicely within the size of your bread? Well, we certainly didn't, but Ethan Rosenthal did and his article describing this experiment is amazing!

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How to Use AVIF: The New Next-Gen Image Compression Format — Lightspeed

AVIF: The New Next-Gen Image Compression Format


Start using next-gen .avif images today progressively with the element. The format is ~50% smaller in size compared to JPEG, and ~20% smaller than WebP.

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Full Stack Serverless - Building a Real-time Chat App with GraphQL, CDK, AppSync, and React

Full Stack Serverless


How to build a full stack chat app on AWS with GraphQL, React, AWS CDK, AWS AppSync, Amazon DynamoDB, and Amazon Cognito.

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Introducing Danfo.js, a Pandas-like Library in JavaScript

Introducing Danfo.js, a Pandas-like Library in JavaScript


Danfo.js is an open-source, JavaScript library that provides high-performance, intuitive, and easy-to-use data structures for manipulating and processing structured data.

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How Shopify Reduced Storefront Response Times with a Rewrite

How Shopify Reduced Storefront Response Times with a Rewrite


In January 2019, we set out to rewrite the critical software that powers all online storefronts on Shopify’s platform to offer the fastest online shopping experience possible, entirely from scratch and without downtime.

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Book of the week

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MongoDB: The Definitive Guide: Powerful and Scalable Data Storage
by Kristina Chodorow

Manage the huMONGOus amount of data collected through your web application with MongoDB. This authoritative introduction—written by a core contributor to the project—shows you the many advantages of using document-oriented databases, and demonstrates how this reliable, high-performance system allows for almost infinite horizontal scalability. This book provides guidance for database developers, advanced configuration for system administrators, and an overview of the concepts and use cases for other people on your project.
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