Ouch, some of these tabs are old. Unifying theme: none.
Corroding Style Sheets · Liking the look of Stylus. All these tantalizing alternatives when what we really want is to take the ship up and nuke CSS from orbit.
Wisdom · From CACM, The Tail at Scale by Jeff Dean and Luiz André Barroso. Maybe the deepest thinking about large-system performance characteristics you’re apt to read in any given year.
Emacs Joy · Multiple-cursor madness. “And, it’s fun!” Eek.
Mongo Joy · Specifically, High Availability with MongoDB for Fun and Profit. I haven’t built a high-volume site in some years, and while I’ve not missed it that much, I would like a chance to play with some of the new database tech. I’m relaying this not because I think Mongo Is The One, but just because the whole postrelational space continues to be super-interesting.
Web Joy · I don’t know if the Paul Ford who wrote this is that Paul Ford, but Meet the Web’s Operating System: HTTP is a fine piece of work. Everyone knows that HTTP is at the center of everything and it’s still, by any sane measure, underappreciated.
In the center of that HTTP-powered ecosystem lives Pamela Fox, currently in the trenches at Coursera, who is for my money one of the most interesting writers at the Web coalface. Server-side HTML vs. JS Widgets vs. Single-Page Web Apps is well-described by its title, and who doesn’t care about that stuff? Recommended.