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AWS: Customers can now auto-generate GraphQL schema and resolvers from a DynamoDB table without any coding

Impressive and exciting:

Customers can now auto-generate GraphQL schema and resolvers from an existing Amazon DynamoDB table without any coding. You can immediately perform queries and mutations using the generated API endpoint and configure it to use GraphQL subscriptions for realtime data.

AWS AppSync Adds new GraphQL Functionality and Removes Whitelist Approvals from Preview

Holy crap, there’s now a Ruby port of clojure.spec — and it looks really solid! Fantastic work by Jamie English!


Docker tip: if you specify --quiet or -q you can use the output of docker build as input to docker run:

ID=`docker build --quiet .`
docker run -it --rm $ID


docker run `docker build -q .`

Finally got around to watching Edge of Tomorrow, and it was great. Gem of a sci-fi action flick.

Guess who wrote almost 2,000 words of technical documentation in the past ~28 hours? This guy! 😅

🤦‍♂️ OMG Confluence please fix your 🔥 UX.

😐 Tesla just pushed my standard battery Model 3 delivery date from early 2018 to late 2018. A bummer, but far from a tragedy — I can deal. 😐

I’m thrilled by the successful test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy! It’s inspiring and encouraging… we might have people roaming around on Mars within a decade or two!

I really ❤️ youtube-dl — such great software. Very much like wget; they both try really hard to do the right thing every time, and are deeper than they appear.

I paused a Tycho set to put on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Flight live stream, which hasn’t quite started — and the hold music they’re playing (e.g. Heavy by Test Shot Starfish) is really good working music!

I fucking love this beautiful, insightful rant from Charlie Stross on why he’s not reading much SF these days.

Dear @zoom_us, please tell me you’re working on automatic transcription of calls. It’s gonna be huge.

I was bummed to learn of the demise of @with_eve last week, but didn’t have anything useful to say about it.

Now, though, I’m comforted and super-excited to see the launch of @observablehq — it seems likely to make reactive programming drastically more accessible and widespread!

Some custom CSS for (Jan 2018) Gmail that gives me more screen real estate, and less distractions, by hiding things that I don’t need because I’ve learned Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts over time:

.aeN, .aeG { display: none; } .bkK { width: 100% !important; margin: 0 3px; }

I just noticed that the UX of force-quitting apps is less satisfying on the iPhone X — I wonder if that was an intentional design choice intended to discourage people from indulging in habitually force-quitting apps, a behavior that Apple views as counter-productive. 🤔

The store also has a small wine and beer section, where IDs are checked by a human Amazon employee.

Amazon’s AI-powered grocery store is opening to the public tomorrow

US friends! We have a chance to strike a blow for freedom today — the Senate is about to vote to renew authorization of warrantless surveillance of Americans. Call your senator & tell them to defend the 4th amendment & vote NO on S.139!

A friend introduced me yesterday to Frena, an Iraqi-Israeli Kosher Bakery in SoMa in San Francisco. I’ve been twice now, and everything is literally amazing. If I closed my eyes and took a bite, I could have been in Israel. The sabich is a triumph. I’m so excited to patronize this wonderful establishment on every future trip to SF!