Kenzie News Roundup 2/5/21

Kenzie News Roundup 2/5/21

Developers discuss the value of enums, Google redesigns mobile search, and TikTok is hiring engineers. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup.

The tea on enumerated types

Enumerated numbers (enums, for short) are a software engineering staple. Developers use these special data types when mapping certain kinds of data to be represented in their applications. For example, enums can represent the 12 months of the year. It’s easy to see why they’re so widely used but not all developers are fans. Joe Wilson, owner of software development company Volare Systems, thinks it’s time to stop relying so much on enums. Find out why on Built In

TikTok is hiring 

Who’s hiring? These companies are! Check out this LinkedIn roundup of companies on hiring sprees right now. TikTok is hiring 3,000 new engineers and IBM also has 3,000 open roles right now. Check out the full list on LinkedIn

Case Study of the Week: Google

Google recently redesigned its mobile Search experience and Google Designer Aileen Cheng is taking users through the journey of the updates while sharing the reasons behind them in a blog. Users will notice that Search has a simpler appearance and is faster and easier to navigate. Learn more about the redesign in this case study here

Defining design maturity 

What is design maturity? The answer to that question can vary depending on who you talk to. When Airbnb realized Black people were being discriminated against on the platform, the company centered design in its response. For the company, this is an example of design maturity in action. For Jeff Chow, VP of Product at InVision, design maturity decenters the designer and instead emphasizes intellectual leadership in the design space. Learn more about how tech leaders define and put design maturity into action on Built In

Trolling the remote workplace

Workplace experts and organizational psychologists are examining the connection between Internet culture and apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams. These apps have a similar feeling to online message boards, so some companies are seeing a rise in aggression, less than professional banter, and political discussions. Learn about the psychology of the online workplace and how to keep Internet trolls out of the office on The New York Times.

“Harrison Wheeler on the power of social media and why designers must not stay silent”

Need a new tech podcast to enjoy on your lunch break? Check out this interview with Harrison Wheeler, a UX Design Manager at LinkedIn and the host of the Technically Speaking podcast. The interview covers Harrison’s tech beginnings, social media through the years, and how 2020 has changed the way we work. Queue up this Creative Boom podcast episode on your platform of choice. 

Weekend must-read: “Listening to Black women: The innovation tech can’t figure out”

Writer Sydette Harry explores the lack of consideration tech creators and media give to Black women and how it has created harm. From voyeuristic media coverage of Black Twitter to ethics in AI and abuse on social media, tech and tech journalism has continually failed Black women. For Sydette, this harm can begin to be undone when we start seeing people as people rather than users. From there, innovation and equity can spring forth. Head to WIRED to read this story. 

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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