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My Activity Report For 2019

It has been another great year for technology and The Polyglot Developer. Like I’ve done in a 2018 activity report, and the years before it, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that was accomplished for the 2019 calendar year.

If you’re unfamiliar with this kind of post, it is more or less a numbers report for the various things that happened throughout the year. Such things include blog, podcast, and YouTube metrics, as well as information around events and speaking engagements.

Not only is this an opportunity for me to keep track of things, but you can use it as an opportunity to learn about how I’ve conducted business and apply it towards your own.

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The Community Contributions of 2019

Last year, in my article titled, The Community Contributions of 2018, I highlighted 11 tutorials that were contributed by the community. To show my appreciation towards the guest contributors on The Polyglot Developer, I wanted to highlight the content that they’ve produced in 2019.

If you found any of the following tutorials valuable, I encourage you to reach out to the author on social media and thank them for taking the time to produce such great content.

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Creating an eBook with Pandoc and Markdown

You might already be aware of this, but I’ve accomplished a life achievement of writing and self-publishing two technical eBooks. I published Web Services for the JavaScript Developer, followed by Web Services for the Go Developer, which contain the same concepts using two different programming technologies.

If you’ve ever thought about writing an eBook, you’ve probably opened tools like Apple Pages or Microsoft Word and said to yourself, formatting this is going to be a nightmare. Technical content will, more often than not, contain code, which may have sophisticated formatting. Writing a programming eBook or another technical eBook doesn’t have to be a hassle when you’re using the right tooling.

In this tutorial, we’re going to explore Pandoc, and see how you can write a book quickly and easily with Markdown.

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Leaving HERE and Going to MongoDB

About a year ago, I joined HERE Technologies as the Lead Developer Evangelist after having been at Couchbase prior. I wrote about this transition in an article titled, Moving from Couchbase to HERE, the Adventure Continues.

In the year that I’ve been at HERE, I accomplished quite a lot in Developer Relations. Some of those accomplishments include:

  • Starting the HERE stream on Twitch.
  • Revamping the technical content production strategy for the blog and YouTube channel.
  • Improving how feedback is acted on within the organization.

While I did so much more within HERE, this is where my story ends and a new one with MongoDB begins!

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Announcing The Polyglot Developer Courses Portal

I’m pleased to announce that The Polyglot Developer has its own courses portal, a replacement to Udemy and Gumroad!

The Polyglot Developer Courses Portal

The new portal, powered by Teachable, is a dedicated area for development courses relating to the material typically found on The Polyglot Developer blog. The portal will contain a variety of courses, some of which are free, and some of which are paid, but all of which are offering a premium learning experience.

I wanted to take a moment to explain what you’ll be able to find in the courses portal and some of the longer term goals of what it hopes to accomplish.

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Use A YubiKey For PGP Signing, Encryption, And Authentication

As you know, based on a few of the tutorials that I’ve published recently, I have a YubiKey that I’ve been learning how to take full advantage of. In previous tutorials I demonstrated how to implement U2F in your web application, but most YubiKey devices do so much more than just U2F authentication. For example, the YubiKey NEO and YubiKey 5 have support for U2F, FIDO2, OpenPGP, OTP, and a bunch of other crazy technologies.

In this tutorial, we’re going to explore using the YubiKey as a smart card for storing our PGP signing, encryption, and authentication subkeys.

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A Recap Of CES 2019

This past week I had the honor of attending the consumer electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. This had been a lifelong goal of mine to attend the event and get a firsthand look at all the latest and greatest technology releasing in 2019.

While mostly unrelated to development and the material typically found on The Polyglot Developer, I wanted to give a summary of the event with some of the things I enjoyed and some of the things I didn’t about the event.

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