balalaika IT newsletter #3



  • Pointer compression is a low-level feature recently introduced in V8. Not only it saves memory, but it improves the performance (surprise!). Hopefully, it will be available in Node.js in the future.
  • Did you know that there were experiments with jemalloc in Node.js core? As expected, not a silver bullet, but definitely an interesting read.



  • Your ultimate guide on learning how to design large-scale systems and prep for the system design interview.
  • Joshua Thijssen describes ALL AWS services in one sentence each.
  • Most modern server machines have NUMA memory architecture, so modern software has to be NUMA-friendly. If you are not familiar with NUMA yet, check out this post.

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