David Smooke


Knowledge Without Application is Pointless

Dear Curious Hacker Noon Reader,

Is it better to learn a new framework, or make something out of the framework you already know?

In Do you have the Learners Syndrome? TabbDrink Technical Co-Founder Joey Clover describes “a behaviour wherein the affected persons will continuously be on a quest to learn and never truly apply the knowledge.” Knowledge without application is pointless.

And on the other side of the coin he writes, “If I start building something and investing time in it, I feel like I’m missing out on learning the new cool technologies and have a fear of being left behind.”

FOMO runs rampant in the tech industry. From the next ICO to the next framework to the next product launch, FOMO drives irrational actions.

Hopefully, this week’s top 17 tech stories can help you avoid or capitalize on the hype in tech.

Building Tech ⚒️ ⚒️

How to Safely Test New Features on Live Apps by Senior Product Designer Justin Baker

My honest opinion about Unit Testing by Software Engineer Iman Tumorang

Why We Use Styled Components at Decisiv by Front End Developer Alan B Smith

Hacking Tech 🐱‍💻

How can we apply the principles of chaos engineering to AWS Lambda? and Many-faced threats to Serverless security by Senior Developer Yan Cui

How to Fake an Email From Almost Anyone in Under 5 Minutes by Tweney Media Founder Dylan Tweney

Why Code Makes Money, Not Content by ROSECODE project contributor art|code

Startup Hustle 🤔 🤑

Footwork, headwork, heartwork: How I cracked $10,000+ in sales on my first product launch by Creator of The Wordshops Hillary Weiss

How I took Stickler CI from an idea into a side hustle by Developer Mark Story

Why I chose to work at Coda (a startup) over a big company by Co-author of The App Design Handbook Jeremy Olson

Crypto Columns 📈 💸

Bitcoin Trolling Matters and Toxicity by Crypto OG WhalePanda

Blockchain is like my first time with weed. by Product Designer Jesse Korzan

The Anatomy of A $105 Million Cryptocurrency ICO: Decentralizing The Future of Renewable Energy by Tech Entrepreneur Trent Lapinski. Learn more about ReNu coin.

What’s going to happen when bitcoin forks (again)? by Michael Flaxman. Also check out his first Hacker Noon story, Blockchains Are Hard to Scale

Venture Capital 💵 💵

Is there a new beginning for distressed VC-backed companies? by Stanford GSB Sloan Fellow Jonathan Lu

Retail, Ownership and Winning the Last Mile by Lowe’s Ventures Analyst Alex Evans

The state of global VC funding and unicorns by Digital Diplomacy Author Andreas Sandre

Until next time, don’t take the realities of the world for granted.

Kind Regards,

David Smooke, AMI

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