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October 7, 2021

Hi everyone,  

Last Monday’s six-hour outage of Facebook and other services owned by them (Instagram Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus VR), marked the longest stretch of downtime for the tech giant since 2008. According to Facebook, the outage originated from an upgrade of routers, and said it is working to understand more about the cause that had a domino effect on both the client facing services as well as their internal system. 

This brings me to the realisation that even a company as huge as Facebook is not immune to infrastructure issues, and while hindsight is 20/20, it also doesn’t hurt to follow best practices within your industry to ensure that safety measures are in place to get systems back online. 

The good news is Facebook is back to normal, Telegram has garnered 70 million more users, and for sure there will be numerous post mortem articles and hot takes from the tech community to keep us entertained until the next outage.  

We do hope you enjoy this week’s curated list of news and articles. As always, if you have anything to contribute please email us at [email protected]. Do follow us on our social media channels on Twitter and Facebook.

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Tutorials and Talks

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A detailed look into PHP type casting
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News and Announcements

Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet
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The first alpha of Tailwind CSS v3 is now released
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Vapor: Octane Support Is Now Available
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The Month in Wordpress: September 2021
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Ask Me Anything Session on Reddit with the PhpStorm Team
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Podcasts and Vlogs

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PHP Architect: Interview with Tomas Votruba
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Reading and Viewing

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