#SaveInternships, Chatbots, Pull Requests, & Elixir

An overview of what was Creating Zeal this week!

Take a look at what's been Creating ZEAL this week:


Most Recent Podcast: #SaveInternships at Symba.io with Nikita Gupta and Ahva Sadeghi

Symba co-founders Ahva and Nikita join Adam to talk about the state of internships and what they are doing to keep the internship dream alive, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Throughout the season, we’ll be talking about personal growth in the lesser-known edges of software. Fun stuff like unique uses of tech in production, DevRel, product management, and so much more ZEAL goodness.


✍️ Blog

Creating a Twitch Chatbot

Have you ever wondered how to build a Twitch chatbot? Erik Guzman did just that. Go from zero to Twitch chatbot hero.


πŸ“Ή YouTube

Writing Pull Requests

A pull request is an official request to pull or merge your code into a codebase. Whether you're working on a solo project, open source, or with a team, Amy explains why pull requests are valuable and the process for writing, submitting, and approving one.


πŸ–₯️ Twitch Stream

Twitch Stream on Learning Elixir

Learn about creating an Elixir application from the ground up by pairing with two other ZEAL engineers. Erik doesn't know any Elixir so he will be going into the adventure with fresh eyes and plenty of questions.


We stream most Fridays at 1:00 pm PST. Don't miss out! Add it to your calendar.


πŸ€”Zeal Interestings

A collection of cool stuff the ZEAL team found interesting this week.

Hyper Focused >> Hyper Productive

Hyper Focused β†’ Hyper Productive

Keep the hyper-focused moments contained in the small bursts of energy they were intended for. It’s a tool in the belt, not a lifestyle. To truly be productive, introduce change, take a deep breath, and embrace chaos.


VS Code and GitHub


GitHub and VSCode are two of the primary tools we use day-in-and-day-out to write and manage our code. Here are a few extensions we found this week to make using these tools even better:



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Lava Lamp Wall

Cloudflare Uses a wall of Lava Lamps for Cryptography

Cryptography relies on the ability to generate random numbers that are both unpredictable and kept secret from any adversary...A wall of lava lamps in the lobby of our San Francisco office provides an unpredictable input to a camera aimed at the wall.


This wall was also featured in this YouTube Video: The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure