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The 7 Most Popular DEV Posts from the Past Week

thepracticaldev profile image dev.to staff ・3 min read

Every Monday we round up some of the last week's top posts, comments, and tweets. If you have any feedback, please leave a comment. ❤️

1. Who wrote that? Wait, I wrote that 😳

In this post, Bob shares three common symptoms of bad code and how to avoid writing it. Devs are always looking to get better at the smell test, as exemplified by this post's popularity.

2. Let's WFH, all day, every day

Gordon Shotwell gives us four reasons to work remote and touches on one of the biggest problems in tech right now.

Workplaces are path-dependent places. You start your company with a few employees, and then make decisions about how that workplace develops physically and socially based on those employees. These decisions in turn attract employees who like those work environments and the cycle continues. For instance, it's very likely that your open-concept, start-up office with a climbing wall and beer in the fridge is tailored to support the work of able-bodied young men. Probably you won't make the investments to support the work of, say, a blind engineer who needs to code by voice, and so you will never hire that engineer.

3. Brushing up

It goes without saying that technical interviews can range drastically from company A to company Z. While going through the interview process, Daniel Golant started brushing up on potential topics he might get quizzed on. This week he gives us a refresher on HTTP lifecycles.

4. Who doesn't love a shortcut?

I haven't met anyone who doesn't appreciate being more efficient so it's no surprise that articles about shortcuts are always a fav with the dev.to community.

5. How did all this data get here?!

If you didn't quite understand this layer of the Internet pipes, you're in luck. Ben didn't know too much about TCP either, so he asked our community to explain it to him like he's five.

We got a lot of in-depth responses as well as fun anecdotes:

You and a friend need to share a toy:

  1. You ask a friend if he can play with the toy.

  2. Your friend asks you if you actually asked him for the toy.

  3. You tell your friend that you asked for that toy.

  4. He gives you the toy.


  1. Your friend throws a toy at you and walks away.

Here's the full discussion:

6. Ethereum for 5 year-olds

Apparently adults appreciate simplicity, too. We started the #explainlikeimfive tag last week and it's made this list with two posts from Ben. The second concept we were all interested in learning about was Ethereum.

7. EMOJIFY! 😐😳😱😵💀

Development work can be hard on the psyche, so Joseph Moore decided to add more delightfulness into his life by emojifying his bash prompt. Here's a taste of what he did:

image of bashprompt

Feedback from the community 😆

This is better than the emoji movie

and how you can emojify your bash prompt too!

That's it for our weekly wrapup! Keep an eye on Dev.to this week for daily content and discussions...and if you miss anything, we'll be sure to recap it next Monday!


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Mac Siri

I love all these emojis and bash stuff 💯

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Ben Halpern

I'm really happy that the #explainlikeimfive posts were so popular this week. Please feel free to post your own.