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Happy Sunday!
I hope your Sunday has started off great (of course, there's this newsletter to do the trick).

On Wednesday, I asked what your plans for 2019 are. Well, I'm super excited about how promising 2019 looks for the forLoop Africa Community. With new family units in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Morocco pretty soon, we're gonna go ooooffff! Watch this space!

Meanwhile, here's today's gist,

+ PHP 7.3 has been released. This version release marks the 3rd update to the v7 series. Some of the new and improved features included in the 7.3 are flexible Heredoc and Nowdoc syntax, PCRE2 migration, improved FPM logging, and more. Check out the release notes to see more.

+ Preact 8.4 has been released. The Javascript library's new version packs a few feature updates. Some are faster component mounting, support for Ref(), and lots of TypeScript improvements. Find out more here.

+ Microsoft has announced that they'll be making more open source moves with the Microsoft Edge browser by moving it to the OSS Chromium engine. This step was made in a bid to improve web experiences by making Microsoft Edge and other browsers better on Windows PCs and mobile devices. Read all about it here.   

+ GitHub has launched emojis 😎. You can now express yourself in fitting emojis for those reaction-provoking projects that are beyond words.
Check it out.

+ If you're a GraphQL user or enthusiast, the videos from the GraphQL Summit 2018 are now live. If you're not sure what to start with, here are highlights of the event written by the Apollo Co-founder, Matt DeBergalis, to help you.


 

Jobs & Opportunities: 
- VanHack has announced Leap 2.0, the second edition of their Leap Program. Once again, 20 of the best senior software engineers will get an opportunity to travel and interview with local companies in Canada. If you're an amazing senior software engineer looking to relocate for work, here's your opportunity. Register for Leap 2.0 here.
There are also other opportunities and openings in Canadian and European teams through VanHack, for JavaEE developers, Intermediate and Senior Laravel developers, Senior Android developers, DevOps Engineers, and more. If you're new to Vanhack, register and create your profile here to begin, and if you're an existing VanHack talent, apply
here. 


- Apollo GraphQL is looking to hire a Lead Technical Writer. If you're great at writing and love to document processes to enhance users' experiences, then go on and apply here. It's a remote position and you can work from anywhere you choose.

- A fast-growing healthcare startup is in need of a Full-stack developer with experience in PHP, JS, Code Igniter, Ionic framework, Angular JS, and AWS). If you're interested, send your resume to admin[at]mobicure[dot]biz.

- Upstack is looking to hire a Full-stack developer with at least 3 years' experience as a software developer working with front-end technologies (Angular JS/ReactJS) and back-end technologies (NodeJS/Ruby/Golang/Python). This is a remote position, and if you're interested, you can apply here.


- Terragon Group is looking to hire a Junior Software Developer. If this opening interests you, check out the requirements and apply

- Join Andela as a Software Developer. Apply here.

 

 

On cool tools...

Ogundiran Ayobami (@ayovision) has built a touch-typing trainer, Motypist, that teaches both adults and children how to touch-type in only 4 hours. Check out Motypist here.


Flutterwave has announced the all-new Barter app. The Barter application helps you fulfil all your payment needs regardless of payment type or currency. With Barter, you can pay for and manage subscriptions, request cash from friends and also send to them (using their phone numbers), fund your Barter wallet, create virtual Visa Dollar cards, and even receive payments in Dollars. Check it out here.


If you are building dope tools that the community needs to hear about, my DMs are open. If you're not, it's never too late to start.
 
A few good reads...

Here's our reading recommendation for the week:
 

Never Miss Out on forLoop Events Again
Never want to miss out on any forLoop meetup? Please do well to check out forloop.africa/meetups for details on all upcoming events. You can also enter your email on the form to get notified ahead of time. Also, check out the archive to see the ones that have gone on before.
 
Have a great week ahead,
-
 Jennifer Onwudiwe,
Writer

- Solomon Osadolo,
 Editor
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