Simple, very dumb system that constantly works

A great article from Amazon’s Builder Library. These patterns have three key features. One, they don’t scale up or slow down with load or stress. Two, they don’t have modes, which means they do the same operations in all conditions. Three, if they have any variation, it’s to do less work in times of stressContinue reading “Simple, very dumb system that constantly works”

Leading or managing?

It is a really short article but puts the definition of Leaders, Managers and Creators ver well. Leadership is different than management. Leaders are exploring, going to new places. Managers are enforcing, using authority to improve results. Leaders have to invent what is possible. I think there is too much to think, document, discuss andContinue reading “Leading or managing?”

Security should/will/always be Job 0

The Solar Winds hack is still being unfolded. A good summary article from Bruce Schneier explains just how bad it is. Some important points to note: Origin Orion is a network management product from a company named SolarWinds, with over 300,000 customers worldwide. Possible Root Cause (So far..) We don’t know how, but last yearContinue reading “Security should/will/always be Job 0”

!is tiny, is false is not!

A confusing blog title like this is to remind why using ! in programming sometimes confuses other readers of your program. Let alone confusing people, sometimes due to big screens, rushing code review, different fonts etc., it is easy to miss ! in your statement. I have been practicing empty string checks in C# usingContinue reading “!is tiny, is false is not!”

I finally “Got” about Software Engineering

I’ve worked at various tech companies: from “traditional” shops and consultancies, through an investment bank, to high-growth tech firms. I’ve also talked with software engineers working at startups, banking, automotive, big tech, and more “traditional” companies. This mix had a healthy sample of Silicon-Valley companies and ones headquartered outside this Source: What Silicon Valley “Gets”Continue reading “I finally “Got” about Software Engineering”

Platform Gold Rush!

I have seen unhappiness of engineers in these setups. They join to learn a new cool technology advertised and groomed during hiring. Instead, they end up working and learning towards someone’s abstraction of that tech in the form of Platform Teams…   Platform thinking, autonomous teams, and organic growth may be better than internal platformContinue reading “Platform Gold Rush!”

Longer functions, higher productivity, less defects…

software developers should be wary of breaking their code into too small pieces, and actively avoid introducing very short (1-3 lines) functions when given the choice. At the very least unnecessary single-line functions (ie. excluding getters, setters etc.) should be all but banned. Source: Very short functions are a code smell – an overview ofContinue reading “Longer functions, higher productivity, less defects…”