Week in Review (Feb 1, 2016 – Feb 7, 2016)

It’s been a very busy week so I’m a little late with the posts. There will be 2 regular posts this week instead of one: One on Behaviour Driven Design and one on minimalist tech footprint.

The Exodus From GitHub

With GitHub acquiring a manager for social interaction, the writing is on he wall that GitHub is going full corporate. It is no longer the nice flat organization that delivered what was needed. As Pieter Hintjens points out, the wolves are moving in for the kill. So what will happen to the top level namespace in Go projects? Most start with “com.github…”? The ZeroMQ project will probably land on GitLab. Through out GitHubs time at the top, it was ironic that a DVCS had a centralized model as its claim to fame. GitHub has served its purpose, it made the right SCM tool the standard. The hosting story still has many chapters left – not just for source control.

Twitter Is Changing For the Worse

Most tech-focused people were not very pleased with the announcement that the tweet stream is no longer going to be chronological, but rather ranked by how liked specific followees are. So the purpose of the star for a tweet has been renamed to “like” last month. With this announcement, the change was needed although would have probably worked as well with stars. If lists get the same treatment, there may very well be a place for another service to step in and provide a chronological stream.

OmniSharp Is the New Resharper?

A poll last week has shown that most people that have started using C# on Linux prefer OmniSharp to the new Resharper-like IDE code-named “Project Rider” from Jetbrains. We’ll look closely at the gap as Resharper is still unmatched for the refactorings (and other benefits) offered.


The Death of IT Talent in Vancouver

It’s no secret that Vancouver has been one of the hottest realestate markets on the planet over the last decade. With really lax laws about foreign ownership and guarantees that allow loopholes to create fake demand by unscrupulous realtors, the city is becoming unaffordable – leaving very few professions that have enough income to justify remaining here. The market is being manipulated by keeping properties empty as waiting to sell just rises the prices faster than what renting the property would get. So no vacancies for renting exist either. Well the threshold of most software professionals’ ability to afford housing has been crossed according to the CEO of Hootsuite which is a Vancouver-based company. Vancouver is becoming an economic ghost town. Technologists can find out about events around Vancouver through the Vancouver Tech Podcast and connect with others to see what they are doing to make ends meet in this town.

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