Hello everyone, welcome to our 2023 update!
Apologies for the delay, it’s been manic!
Can you believe another year has past!? And what a year it’s been - a lot has happened in the dev world this past 12 months, particularly on the A.I/ML front.
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a developer with all sorts of progress and new opportunities arising (who’d have thought this time last year there’d be a new ‘prompt engineer’ job category!?) but it’s also a time that’s raising questions about ethics and the plagiarisation of styles and works of others in the creation of some of these tools:
- We've filed a lawsuit against GitHub Copilot
- We’ve filed a lawsuit challenging Stable Diffusion
As is becoming a common theme in tech, the technology surfacing is ever more awe-inspiring, but it’s the use and application of it which worries people most. Who knows where all this will end up, but you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll get all the latest news and info here!
It’s been a great year for Devtalk too - we’re now serving over 500K pages a month and are almost at 2.5K members. Our goal this year is to continue growing our user-base and carrying on all of our favourite initiatives. Let’s talk about some of them next…
Our 2023 Giveaways!
We’re back with our awesome giveaways, giving away 5 prizes every month!
Win ANY ebook from PragProg - Two winners every month!!
Win ANY ebook from Manning - Two winner every month!!
Win a course from The Pragmatic Studio - worth up to $200
For those of you who want even more chances to win, we have similar giveaways on the Elixir Forum and the Erlang Forums too!
Can’t wait? We got you covered!
35% off any ebook published by PragProg!
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35% off any ebook, print book or video published by Manning!
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20% off ANY Pragmatic Studio course!
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In The Spotlight!
Proudly in association with our friends at The Pragmatic Bookshelf, we’ll be hosting more Spotlights in our Spotlight section. These will consist of an interview followed by the thread being opened up to questions from you, the Devtalk community.
But there’s more!
One participant from the thread will be randomly selected to win one of that author’s books if the Spotlight in about a PragProg author or one of PragProg’s books if it’s a non-author Spotlight.
As a highly community-orientated platform we love things like this! Thank you PragProg for helping make it happen!
Members of the Year
Platforms like this would be nothing without helpful members like you. Whether that’s through keeping members updated by regularly posting news or other interesting threads, documenting your learning journey or encouraging others to, welcoming and posting in other people’s threads or simply helping them the good old fashioned way by answering questions. If you consistently add value to the community we are likely to notice - and we aim to recognise and reward another 50 of you this year too - with the prize of an eBook of your choice from PragProg or Manning!
Last year’s MOTYs
We’ve got so many awesome members here - all of you adding value in your own way, whether it’s by being active, helpful, or using the platform to announce blogs and podcasts - it all helps and we’ve tried to recognise as many of you as we can. If you’ve posted content that has received attention or helped in some way then it’s a good chance we noticed …but it would be impossible to include everyone so please forgive us if you didn’t make the list. (However we’ll be giving away books as part of our book clubs so be sure to read that too!)
If you’re named here thank you and well done - and please read the bit at the end as we have an ebook for you!
As a thank you, we have an ebook for each of our winners! We have 25 books from PragProg and 25 from Manning so if you are listed above, please PM @AstonJ with your first choice from one publisher and your second choice from the other (please also include your full name, email address and country of residence) - we’ll then allocate these on a first come first serve basis
We’ll be running more book clubs this year so definitely keep your eyes open for this!
If you’ve been interested in learning something but haven’t got to it, or love the idea of reading a book with others or documenting your journey in a more solo journal - let us know! We have a number of books to give away as part of this initiative and would love to see more book clubs going, and if you have some friends or colleagues to join you even better! PM @AstonJ with your interests and we’ll see what we can come up with
With all the progress in the AI space been it’s been an incredibly interesting and important year for the dev world, and we’ve really enjoyed learning all about it and hearing your views here on Devtalk. What’s really exciting is that this really is just the beginning - what will we see from the next version of ChatGPT, MidJourney and their open source equivalents? (Such as Open Journey and Stable Diffusion.) Whatever comes next, you can count on us for bringing you the latest news!
We hope you’re just as ready and eager, and we hope you’ll all be carving out your own paths in this brave new world - we have no doubt you will be and we look forward to hearing all about it and devtalking more this year!
Have a great 2023 everyone!