Four short links: 26 April 2019

Simplify Gmail, Watch Web Pages, Easy Debugging, and Sleep Deprivation

By Nat Torkington
April 26, 2019
  1. SimplifyA Chrome extension that brings the simplicity of Google Inbox to Gmail. (via FastCompany)
  2. WatchMeWatchMe can watch for changes to an entire page, or a specific section of it. It’s appropriate for research use cases where you want to track changes in one or more pages over time. WatchMe also comes with psutils [Python system and process utilities] (system tasks) built in to allow for monitoring of system resources. Importantly, it is a tool that implements reproducible monitoring, as all your watches are stored in a configuration file that can easily be shared with others to reproduce your watching protocol.
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  4. PySnooperinstead of carefully crafting the right print lines, you just add one decorator line to the function you’re interested in. You’ll get a play-by-play log of your function, including which lines ran and when, and exactly when local variables were changed.
  5. Need for Sleepwe found that a single night of sleep deprivation leads to a reduction of 50% in the quality of the implementations. There is notable evidence that the developers’ engagement and their prowess to apply TFD [test-first development] are negatively impacted. Our results also show that sleep-deprived developers make more fixes to syntactic mistakes in the source code.
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