The pace of change in the cloud business is incredible. There is significant news about basic technology, products and the state of the business almost every day. It’s a lot of fun and makes for the most interesting job I’ve ever had. I try to spend a minimum of one hour in the morning just reading about the latest. Here’s a set of links I visit:

Hacker News is a little hipster at times, but something worthwhile almost every visit

DataTau is “Hacker News for data scientists” though far less active

Ars Technica covers a wide range of topics and has some of the best writers working in the business

Techmeme is a more mainstream aggregator

High Scalability regularly provides reports on interesting large scale systems, and their “Stuff the Internet says about scalability” reports always contain interesting links

I spend a lot of time working with containers and dev ops technologies, and for this the best daily source is The New Stack

The Register delivers great stories overlaid with a healthy (usually) degree of snark

For keeping track of Linux news, nothing beats

Docker Scoop-It! aggregates Docker related stores

Trending projects on Github is a good way to catch a new project early

In my current job I am highly focused on non-Microsoft technologies, but the easiest way to keep my finger on the pulse of .NET and related topics is The Morning Brew

And of course there is Scott Hanselman’s blog

With the rapid pace of change in cloud computing, big data systems and machine learning, the lines between basic research, applied research, advanced development and product development are very blurred. I find it very useful to keep track of the research literature in a way I haven’t since I left university (a *long* time ago).

The read I most look forward every day is Adrian Colyer’s The Morning Paper.

Adrian introduced the concept of reviewing a paper a day here. As he says there, it is a cumulative thing. At first the papers (even Adrian’s summaries) can be tough going. But quickly the context builds. New papers start to refer to old papers you’ve already read and the connections start becoming apparent. Then suddenly, something you thought was theoretical and cutting edge comes up in a practical work problem. I highly recommend this investment of time.

If you enjoy Adrian’s stuff, you may also like Murat Demirbas’s blog


There are a lot of other sites in my bookmarks, but most of them either aren’t as relevant or don’t update as often. If you follow the above links every day, one or more them will very often lead to new posts on other sites and blogs.

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