Do you ever suddenly find yourself grateful for the internet? Like when you're visiting a new city or country for the first time, and you're sauntering in confidence, phone in hand, because Google Maps has your back. Amazing, isn't it?
Well, the internet became an actual thing on the 29th of October, 1969, when one computer attempted to send the message "LOGIN" to another, but both crashed after the letters "LO".
Lo and behold, the internet was born. Since it's almost impossible to credit its invention to any one person, check out the history of the internet here.
On to other stuff;
- NodeJS 13 has been released (and v12 has been promoted to Long Term Support). New features and updates in the new version include a new compiler and platform minimums, an upgraded V8 engine, default enabled Full International Components pf Unicode, stable workers API, and more. Read the release notes here.
- Firefox 70 has been released. Apart from new user-focused features and protections, there are a handful of feature additions for developers such as DOM mutation breakpoints, inactive CSS rule indicators, and more. Check out the release notes to find out more.
- Just before the month that especially celebrates open-source runs out, here's Faces Of Open Source, a project that explores the details in the faces and stories of the early pioneers of open source and contributory development as a community.
- In this article, Chiamaka Ikeanyi shares her recap of the just concluded Concatenate Conference. Check it out here.
- If you want to gobble up Kubernetes, but it proves too bulky to chew, here's a bite-sized 101 course and repo for Kubernetes beginners.
- Facebook Developer Circles (Accra) will be hosting a joint meetup with the JS Kongress community on the 26th of October, 2019. If you'll be in the city, hurry and RSVP now.
- GDG DevFest Lagos, the annual African developer festival, is set to host its 2019 edition on the 2nd of November 2019. Last year, the developer festival hosted up to 2000 developers, engineers, designers, and tech entrepreneurs from within and outside Africa. This year, the festival will focus on resources, platforms, and guidelines that actively support the progress of developers' careers.
To attend the conference, hurry and cop your seat here.
- The Laravel Nigeria Community will be hosting Nigeria's biggest PHP Conference on the 16th of November 2019.
If you would like to attend the conference, simply RSVP here, now.
- The Open Source Community Africa has announced the first-ever Open Source Festival in Nigeria. The festival is set to take place from the 20th to 22nd of February, 2020. The festival is accepting papers for topics relating to open source in general, and will also encourage speakers to submit talks on what’s new with web development, Hardware & IoT, ML/AL/DL, Technical writing, and Open Source design. If you would like to speak on any of the following, you can submit your paper here.
- [Change of date] The Python Community in Nigeria will be hosting their annual conference, PyCon2019NG: Building, Scaling, and Enabling Innovation, from the 30th of October to 2nd of November, 2019 in Abuja. The conference will feature tech talks, tutorials, panels, and workshops. If you're a Pythonista, get your ticket here.
It's still Hacktoberfest szn for the next 8 days!
The annual, month-long celebration of open source is returning for the 6th year in a row, this October. Here's yet another chance for you, an open-source lover, to change the world one pull request at a time. Check out all the details you need to register and get started here. Happy contributing!
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- If you work with media asset management, APIs, and SDKs, it might do you a world of good to join in on the Cloudinary bimonthly webinar.
Whether you are an experienced Cloudinary user that wants to get a refresher, or are brand new to the Cloudinary service, this highly interactive webinar dives into developer-focused APIs and SDKs, showing you how to properly upload, manage and transform your digital content on the Cloudinary platform. Find more details and select your preferred webinar date here.
Jobs & Opportunities
- Naija Hacks, one of Africa's biggest annual hackathons will be returning for its 2019 edition from the 7th to 14th of December. This year's hackathon will feature pitches, demos, competitions, and award presentation (on the 17th of December). Emerging projects from the hackathon will be matched to related companies and mentors for funding and guidance. Register here to meet and hack with over 1300 hackers across the country, or even be a mentor. Lots of prizes are up for grabs at the completion of the hackathon.
- Qode Hub (Accra) is looking to hire a Mobile App Developer (iOS & Android). If you're interested in this role, send your resume over to careers[at]qodehub[dot]com with the subject Mobile Developer [Your fullname].
- VanHack has listed new openings and opportunities in tech companies in Canada and other parts of the world. Check out the openings for AWS DevOps Engineer, Product Manager, Backend Python Engineer, Senior Android Developer, 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.
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