The latest edition of the Agency Developer Newsletter
The Agency Developer Newsletter is for web developers, and focusing on digital agencies. Keep yourself up-to-date with our weekly round-up of trending web-dev content, including articles, how-tos, tool reviews and other tips & tricks.
Welcome back to another issue of The Agency Developer Newsletter

Right off the bat, sorry we've been offline for a couple of weeks. My dad passed away unexpectedly at the beginning of the month and I flew back to the east coast 3 weeks ago to help my family manage the final affairs. Things took longer than expected, but now we're in a good place and I'm finally back in BC.

Thank you to everyone for their encouraging comments and meaningful notes during this difficult time in life. I really appreciate it. ❤️

Time to move forward... I've got a huge backlog of great links to share, so let's get started!
🗞 News around the Web
Take the worry out of managing your MySQL & Redis databases. Spin up clusters in just a few clicks without having to worry about configuring, managing, scaling, updating, and securing them.
The US Navy will replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls currently installed in its destroyers with mechanical ones, says USNI News. The move comes after the release of an accident report from the National Transportation Safety Board about a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker ship in 2017, which cited the controls as a factor in the accident.
Security researcher Natalie Silvanovich breaks down several serious remote attack vectors for the iPhone using basic services like SMS, MMS, VVM, email and iMessage. Scary stuff.
The HaveWeMet subreddit is a fictitious town where strangers invent online personas and pretend to know each other.
💡 Tools, Tips, Resources
Waves are the new black. Generate SVG wave forms using a simple, but intuitive interface. Use them in your designs!
UNIX command-line practices to follow to work quickly, and improve productivity and efficiently in the command line.
How to create minifiable (is that a word?) SVGs, how to compress them by 2000% manually, and automatically by using gatsby-plugin-optimize-svgs. Nice.
A handy tool for rapid animation creation and to test prototypes. It options for animation and timing functions to help you get that perfect animation with little effort
Quick SEO wins for those developers and code-minded folks. You know who you are!
One fundamental mistake we make in SEO is to treat all sites alike.
Let's talk about collecting proper experience in Python and creating your first Python project. Where do you start?
As a developer, nailing good typography can be difficult. In this article youll learn the essential terms in the world of typography, clarify a few misused terms, touch on figures and symbols, and explain some indispensable typesetting terminology.
How to Get Away From Googles All-Seeing Eye
Veteran designer Laura Elizabeth teaches us developers how to better collaborate with designers to create less friction within your project teams. Some great advice in here!
🧠 Articles, Books & Podcasts
In case you missed it, Paged Out! is a new experimental (one article == one page) free magazine about programming, hacking, retro computers, electronics, among other topics. This has a very "zine" feel. I dig it!
This article will help you better understand what 5G is, how it's different, and how you can use 5G to improve your digital presence.
Using your phone on break during mentally challenging tasks doesnt allow your brain to recharge effectively and may result in poorer performance, according to new research.
Software has characteristics that make it hard to build with traditional management techniques; effective development requires a different, more exploratory and iterative approach.
As the title suggests, this is an interactive timeline of computer history. It covers games, pop culture, software, robotics and more. A very cool project by the Computer History Museum!
This blog post from 2018 explains how a computer really boots up, under the hood. Explanation is with respect to Linux booting up on an Intel chipset.
Wrapping Up
That's it! Thanks for staying tuned. If you have any questions, please get in touch! If you know anyone who might be interested in this newsletter, sent them this link: Subscribe to Agency Developers Newsletter.

If you're in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area, you should join us for a monthly meetup of the Indie Hackers Vancouver meetup group. We meet at the end of each month to discuss entrepreneurial issues and help solve business problems as a community. It's a great time. Come check us out!

Thanks again! See you next week.
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