5 Things We Learned at Scalable Path this Month


Every month we collect all the really cool stuff the Scalable Path community has been talking about (from our Slack channel). We then strip it down into this bitesize blog for you to enjoy!

A new tool isn’t always the best tool                         

2017 saw an exuberant increase in the selection and complexity of programming tools with new libraries, frameworks, plugins, and build-related tools released each month. In a continuously updated, multi-faceted ecosystem like this, how can a developer have the time to explore it all? Each of these tools promises to help you in the most efficient way – yet many fail to meet those goals. Luckily, we found a list of 50 new tools that will help you. Check them out here!

Feeling lonely? Now you can turn to robots for comfort   

This year, robots won’t just be for household cleaning, they will also provide entertainment and companionship. At CES, there were robots that could pour you coffee or play scrabble with you. Robbo-puppies that can bark, play, and cuddle. There are even robots that can help you fall and stay asleep. Find your new robot friend here.

Not using CronHub yet? You should probably start

Cronhub is a great tool for monitoring your cron projects, so you can stay on top of every update. If any of your scheduled tasks did not run, Cronhub will notify you. This tool also equips you with a dashboard for all of your cron jobs and provides a comprehensive look at all of your monitors to easily locate the state of each project. There is also an overview feature so you can see all the past pings, and know when the next cron job is expected to run. You can also receive instant alerts via SMS, Email, and Slack if the project does not run on-time. Sounds like a no-brainer!

The Future Web is a Decentralized Web

Platforms like Substratum, uPort, and InterPlanetary File System are all designed to return the power to the user through a decentralized web. The Decentralised Web, or Web 3.0, will allow services on the internet without relying on any single “central” organization to function, i.e. more freedom. A decentralized web offers more privacy, data portability, and better security. To better understand some of the new tools available that promote the decentralized web, take a look at the objectives of these platforms:

Substratum:

Substratum is an open-source network that allows anyone to allocate spare computing resources to make the internet a free and fair place for the entire world.”

IPFS:

“InterPlanetary File System is a protocol and network designed to create a content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file system”

uPort:

“uPort returns ownership of identity to the individual. uPort’s open identity system allows users to register their own identity on Ethereum, send and request credentials, sign transactions, and securely manage keys & data.”

Read the full article here

Use your SP Profile to increase your job prospects

Scalable Path Profile Page

Simply having a top-notch resume is no longer guaranteeing you a job in 2018. Because the very nature of a resume is to say what you’ve accomplished, it leaves employers without the visual component that is almost always beneficial for securing your hire. So, take advantage of the Scalable Path Profile page and make yours notable. Some good tips:

  1. A professional photo
  2. A strong self-description (make sure to add a personal touch along with your abilities and experience)
  3. Fill out as many fields as you can
  4. Create a video. (This is an awesome opportunity for you to connect with those reviewing your profile)
  5. Showcase your accomplishments! Create a portfolio of your work and upload it to your profile.

That’s it for this month!