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Top 5 DEV Comments from the Past Week

This is a weekly roundup of awesome DEV comments that you may have missed. You are welcome and encouraged to boost posts and comments yourself using the #bestofdev tag.

This thread on the best movies for programmers thread was a hit! @huncyrus shared a few suggestions that I'll definitely be adding to my queue:

I would like to recommend also:

  • Sneakers - from Robert Redford
  • Halt and Catch fire
  • Pirates of Silicon Valley where they do not idolize Jobs and the rest
  • Wargames (a hidden gem I believe)

This post asked the purpose of .c .h .a and .o in C — and @juancarlospaco delivered!

  • .c is source code, human readable, logic.
  • .h is header file, human readable, pre-processor logic, definitions.
  • .o is object file, not human readable, binary format, linker can "concatenate" these and a binary header to get an EXE.
  • .a is a library, binary format, statically linked, has everything it needs inside itself, an EXE can call functions inside directly.
  • .so same as .a but dynamically linked, it imports functions from other .so, other .so can import functions inside, an EXE can call functions inside directly.
  • .dll same as .so but for Windows.
  • .dynlib same as .so but for Mac.

I dont code C directly, but I use Nim that compiles to optimized C/C++.

In Jess' Hacktoberfest post, @diptigautam spread the word about an awesome event in their community for Nepali women in coding!

Hii there! I'm organizing a local Hacktoberfest event from my community, Nepali Women in Computing, and we are looking for speakers! (Preferably women and non binaries)
The number of women in tech is in itself too few, and in my community, I can literally count in hands the number of women I have seen contributing in open source (and even I'm not one of them), so I am taking this as more of an opportunity to start the conversation, and introduce the culture for us to get into open source and start contributing for the sake of contributing to a community rather than complete pull requests for a t-shirt (Sorry, I don't mean to discourage Hacktoberfest, rather addressing that the community isn't there yet that the event would help get the pull requests, and that we should work on the foundations first).
My main target groups are students who are in final years of college, and early career graduates at their first jobs, or who are in the process of finding their first jobs, to get exposed to open source, so they can get this experience and leverage this thing for the professional experiences that they don't yet have, which the jobs would usually demand. And of course, develop the sense of belonging.

So, if anyone would like to share and support us, we are organizing an event on 18th October. Please help us find relevant speakers and get the word out! Thanks a lot!

[EDIT: We might be taking this event beyond Hacktoberfest, and maybe even beyond October so it's not lost in the temporary hype for this month, and give us more time to plan properly. Please reply to this comment or reach out to me via twitter if you'd like to speak and/or collaborate!]

This salary negotiations tip thread is definitely worth a look — and not just for @bpedroza's sage advice:

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Finally, I absolutely love this attitude about contributing to Hacktoberfest from @mcastellin! If you haven't checked out @coffeecraftcode's Hcktoberfest Etiquette Guide for Contributors, it's definitely worth it!

Well said Christina! I think it’s very important to respect the time maintainers pour into the projects.

I personally don’t care if I can’t make 4 contributions in the end.. I’m in it for the process, to learn something new and build the habit of contributing constantly during my entire career.

See you next week for more great comments ✌

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Thank you, @huncyrus , @juancarlospaco , @diptigautam , @bpedroza , and @mcastellin ! Your comments this past week were fantastic!

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