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I’m looking to consolidate my news reading, and I want to know what sites you all consider the best for tech journalism. Do you have several sites? Is there one you like the most?


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    Lobste.rs. :>

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      Curating my own collection of rss/atom feeds gives me the highest signal/noise ration.

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          Thanks! This is a good list!

          I see you’re interested in D. What about D appeals to you? I have one friend who’s been a D enthusiast for a while, but I’m curious to get another perspective on why D is an appealing language.

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            My “earn my bread & butter” languages are C/C++ and Ruby.

            I work with embedded devices because I figure that’s where the largest future growth for the industry is.

            So I am always squeezed for ram / rom / mips and always will be.

            Yes, I know Moore’s Law, but in the embedded realm that just means they want to make it physically smaller, cheaper unit cost, longer battery life and doing more stuff.

            So I always will be programming “close to the metal”.

            Conversely when a recall costs millions, or worse, a bug can get someone killed….. you get pretty paranoid about bugs and testing.

            D has a largish list of features that address all sides of the problem.

            • Features that make the produced code as efficient as possible,
            • and features that make it as safe as possible,
            • and things that make the programmer as productive as possible.

            All of these things really matter.

            I also use Ruby for “Glue and String”. Build systems, data mining, global code analysis, one liners …..

            Why? The dynamic typing / duck typing allows the code to “just flow” from my fingers, and I build up the code progressively from something that just copies stdin to stdout, to something that with each tiny change does more and more of what I need, each run having negligible compile / link / run time .

            Curiously enough, D’s “auto” keyword and “generic all the time” and fast compile times allows me to do the same…. but in a “type safe at compile time” manner. And is way faster.

            So I’m starting to use D instead of Ruby as well…

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              Thanks for the reply! Your reasons are very similar to the reasons that I am such a big fan of Rust. I’m really happy to see the ongoing resurgence of languages interested in close-to-the-metal performance (D, Rust, Nim). Most of my day-to-day programming is in C++, and I would love to see a more modern alternative with stronger safety guarantees gain widespread popularity. That language may be D, or Rust, or Nim (or some mix of all three), but no matter what I think it will be net gain for the world when a variety of basic memory safety problems can be statically eliminated in popular languages without a major performance hit.

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                I’m quite excited that there is an mini-“Cambrian Explosion” in non-academic industrial strength languages.

                I’m betting on D, but watching Rust.

                The next few years are going to be critical in whether we can avoid the “Worse is Better” effects of market forces.

                Half of me is glad to see competition, half of me fears the split forces may lack the strength to unseat the incumbent (C++).

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        I’d be interested in the answer as well, I’ve currently given up hope of finding a consistently good source, so I simply use lobsters for tech and hackernews for tech culture.

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          Ars Technica seems solid, among the mainstream news sites.

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            They used to be one of the best, before being acquired by Conde Nast.

            Sadly, they wallow in a lot of clickbait these days.

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            I don’t think there’s one site that always qualifies - sites like lobste.rs and others wouldn’t exist if a small segment of sites covered everything and did so with a high degree of quality in content and writing style.

            I just accept that not everything is important and trust the interesting & well-written stuff will appear on here. For projects I want to know everything about (OpenBSD, PostgreSQL, Python, LLVM, etc) I just subscribe to the relevant feeds and mailing lists and catch up every few days.

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              In all seriousness, Hacker News. Here is alright but much slower and contains less of the mainstream news that I do find valuable.

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                “Slower and less” is part of what I like about lobste.rs vs. Hacker News. :)

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                  I like theregister.co.uk