👉 Productivity tips for busy developers, plus news from Firefox, Apple, .Net and more.

Developer Nation
3 min readNov 25, 2020


Hello, here’s a selection of articles and news that appeared in our newsletter last week. Happy reading!

Dev Resources & Articles

Importance of Continuous Testing In Agile and Continuous Delivery Environments. DevOps, CI/CD, and Agile are all methodologies and approaches that have gained attention in the QA and testing fields. See the importance of continuous testing. [DZONE]

Hands-free coding. Suffering from a repetitive-strain injury? See how Josh Comeau develops software using dictation and eye-tracking. [JOSHWCOMEAU]

Productivity tips busy developers need to know. The best developers tend to have reliable ways of keeping themselves productive. [DEVELOPERECONOMICS]

My journey to DevOps. If you are like me, it was very hard, but meaningful growth is hard. [MEDIUM]

Git is simply too hard. This is a fancified excerpt of Mislav Marohnić’s unpopular opinion on Go Time #153. Mislav works at GitHub on their new Go-powered CLI. To get the full experience you should listen while you read. [CHANGELOG]

How to Become a DevOps Engineer in 2020. Your guide to getting started in a career in DevOps. [MEDIUM]

Industry News

Firefox 83 unveils improved page loading and responsiveness, HTTPS-only mode. Despite the short time between releases, version 83 manages to pack in more performance improvements, a new optional HTTPS-only mode, support for pinch zoom on touchscreens, and compatibility with new Apple Macs running the M1 chip. Developer changes can be seen here. [BETANEWS]

Apple drops app store fees to 15% for all developers making under $1 million from app store. Starting on January 1, 2021, all developers who earn less than $1 million from the ‌App Store‌ will pay 15 percent in commission to Apple, down from the standard 30 percent. The 15 percent commission rate applies to paid app purchases, in-app purchases, and subscription fees, with the lowered rate benefiting most developers on the ‌App Store‌. [APPLE]

Microsoft .NET 5.0 developer platform arrives with new C# 9 programming language. .NET 5.0 is the first update to the platform since Microsoft announced that it would unify its developer toolset across platforms and operating systems. This means that, with .NET 5.0, developers have access to a single set of APIs, languages, and tools that can be used regardless of whether they are building desktop, mobile, cloud or Internet of Things (IoT) applications. [TECHREPUBLIC]

Version 11 of Angular now available. In this release, all new issues reported will be triaged within two weeks and there’s the introduction of automatic font inlining by default. [BLOG.ANGULAR[

What’s new in DevTools (Chrome 87). With the release of Chrome 87 there are developer related changes which include new CSS debugging tools, new WebAuthn tab, move tools between top and bottom panel, element panel updates and more. [DEVELOPERS.GOOGLE]

Chrome Web Store requiring developers to disclose what data extensions collect. Starting in January, every extension on the Chrome Web Store will list “in clear and easy to understand language” what data it collects. Categories include personally identifying, health, financial/payment, and authentication information, as well as location, web history, user activity, and website content. [9TO5GOOGLE]

Standing up for developers: youtube-dl is back. After banning the popular video downloader tool in October, the company has made the decision this week to reinstate the tool after they received new information that indicated it didn’t violate technical protection measures put in place by YouTube. [GITHUB]

Amazon Web Services’ new Network Firewall solution rolls out. AWS’ system can be enabled in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) environments via the AWS console, and will automatically add a layer of network protection across AWS workloads and servers. In addition, AWS Network Firewall will scale up based on network traffic rates. [ZDNET]

Apple lets some of its Big Sur macOS apps bypass firewall and VPNs. Apple is facing the heat for a new feature in macOS Big Sur that allows many of its own apps to bypass firewalls and VPNs, thereby potentially allowing malware to exploit the same shortcoming to access sensitive data stored on users’ systems and transmit them to remote servers. [HACKERNEWS]

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