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PLUS: AI engineer talks code 🤖, MemCached rules at Facebook 👍, Roadmap generation with AI 🗺️

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  1. 📚 Figma scaled PostgreSQL by 100x. How Khan Academy scaled to 30 million users. Anthropic's free prompt library.

  2. 🗞️ Meet 'Devin': the first autonomous AI software engineer. Figure 01 robot: chat, see, plan, perform tasks. Elon Musk: xAI will open-source Grok chatbot

  3. 👨🏻‍💻 Quick byte: Decorator pattern dynamically adds behaviors without modifying structure.

Reading time: 5 minutes

Food for Thought
A mindset, an example, and an action item to start the week

‘Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.‘

Dave Carolan

Mindset: Use positivity to grow yourself and help others do the same.

Example: Google, known for its positive culture, drives innovation and team spirit.

Action item: Give a teammate a positive comment today to boost the mood around you.

The Rabbit Hole
Deep dives, trends, and resources curated to stay ahead


TOOL (on the road again)
Generate tailored roadmaps with AI

ARTICLE (infinite)
Playing with infinity in CSS

The Weekly Digest
Software, AI, and startup news worth your time

Brief: Cognition Labs unveils Devin, the pioneering autonomous AI software engineer capable of building apps, finding bugs, and training AI models through long-term reasoning, planning, and collaboration.

Brief: Sources reveal Elon Musk's SpaceX is secretly developing a spy satellite network for a US intelligence agency, likely the National Reconnaissance Office.

Brief: Figure unveils Figure 01, a conversational robot powered by OpenAI that can describe scenes, plan actions, and execute tasks by understanding language and visual inputs.

Brief: Elon Musk announces xAI will open source Grok, its ChatGPT rival, reigniting the open source AI debate amid his lawsuit against OpenAI for abandoning its open roots.

Brief: Code in TikTok's Android app suggests ByteDance may be working on "TikTok Photos" - a dedicated photo-sharing platform to rival Instagram.

Brief: A briefly published OpenAI blog post hints at GPT-4.5 Turbo, a new AI model touting superior speed, accuracy, and an expanded knowledge base over GPT-4.

The Quick Byte
One coding tip because you’re technical after all

This week’s coding challenge:

This week’s tip:

The Decorator pattern allows you to dynamically add new behaviors or responsibilities to an object without modifying its structure. It provides a flexible alternative to inheritance for extending functionality.


  • Extensible Functionality: When you need to dynamically add or remove responsibilities or behaviors to objects at runtime without affecting other instances of the same class.

  • Avoiding Complex Inheritance Hierarchies: If you find yourself creating an explosively large inheritance hierarchy to achieve functionality extensions, the Decorator pattern can provide a cleaner and more flexible solution.

  • Composing Behaviors: When you want to compose different behaviors or functionalities into an object by wrapping it with multiple decorators, creating complex combinations dynamically.


  • Flexibility and Extensibility: Decorators allow you to extend an object's behavior without modifying its code, promoting the Open/Closed principle (open for extension, closed for modification).

  • Code Reuse and Composition: Decorators can be reused across different components, and multiple decorators can be composed around a single component to create complex behaviors.

  • Separation of Concerns: By separating core functionality from additional responsibilities, decorators promote better code organization and maintainability.

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