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How Netflix works: the (hugely simplified) complex stuff that happens every time you hit Play

ot long ago, House of Cards came back for the fifth season, finally ending a long wait for binge watchers across the world who are interested in an American politician’s ruthless ascendance to presidency. For them, kicking off a marathon is as simple as reaching out for your device or remote, opening the Netflix app and hitting Play. Simple, fast and instantly gratifying.

7 Reasons Why Your Staging Environment Sucks

A good staging environment is the last line of defense between your production environment and the new bugs introduced by your latest release. Without it, the first ones to test your new code under real world conditions will be your users in production. It’s not that testing in production is such a bad practice, but testing first in production certainly is.

What nobody tells you about documentation

They are: tutorials, how-to guides, discussions and technical reference. They represent four different purposes or functions, and require four different approaches to their creation. Understanding the implications of this will help improve most software documentation - often immensely.

Pay Yourself First

Pay Yourself First is a reaction to a common financial problem; people base their spending on the amount of money that they have coming in each month, and therefore don’t save money for the future – to deal with emergencies that might come up, or to invest for retirement.

My web app died from performance bankruptcy

TL;DR Chrome team breaks web to make Chrome perform better.

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