Issue #381

17 January 2023


Issue #381
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Evaluating Managers: 5 Heuristics To Measure Managerial Impact
- AbdulFattah Popoola
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: Measuring a manager’s impact is hard since outcomes take time. This post provides early evaluation metrics as well as tips for course correction. Each of the following heuristics are explained in detail: execution, people management, team development, strategic vision & organizational influence.

How eBay’s Notification Platform Used Fault Injection In New Ways
- Wei Chen
#Testing

tl;dr: "To achieve this, the faults are injected by simulation in the application level by the code instrumentation. As far as we know, we are the very first in the industry to practice this idea officially and widely to experiment on the mission-critical system with different kinds of deliberately designed faults."
Visual Workflow Automation. Now With Code.
#Management #Productivity

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Crane: Uber’s Next-Gen Infrastructure Stack
#Architecture 

tl;dr: "Uber has been on a multi-year journey to reimagine our infrastructure stack for a hybrid, multi-cloud world. The internal code name for this project is Crane. In this post we’ll examine the original motivation behind Crane, requirements we needed to satisfy, and some key features of our implementation. Finally, we’ll wrap up with some forward-looking views for Uber’s infrastructure."
 
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”

- Henry Ford

 
The Zen Of Proverbs
- Lane Wagner 
#CareerAdvice
 
tl;dr: 20 rules of thumb for writing better software: (1) Optimize for simplicity first (2) Write code for humans, not computers. (3) Reading is more important than writing. (4) Any style is fine, as long as it’s black. (5) There should be one way to do it, but seriously this time.
Our Cloud Spend In 2022
- Fernando Álvarez
#Cloud #Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "Getting this massive spend down to just $3.2 million has taken a ton of work. The ops team runs a vigilant cost-inspection program, with monthly reporting and tracking, and we’ve entered into long-term agreements on Reserved Instances and committed usage, as part of a Private Pricing Agreement. This is a highly-optimized budget."
Writing A Python SQL Engine From Scratch
- Toby Mao
#Python #SQL

tl;dr: "This post will cover why I went through the effort of creating a Python SQL engine and how a simple query goes from a string to actually transforming data." Toby covers tokenizing, parsing, optimizing, planning and executing.

State Of JS 2022
- Sacha Greif, Eric Burel, Sarah Drasner
#JS
 
tl;dr: "We saw a continuation of performance-lead innovations, many in reactivity and hydration (or the lack thereof). For example, Svelte took on simplicity in developer ergonomics and leaned into the compiler. Solid’s explored new approaches to reactivity, while Qwik shifted our mental model with resumability."
 
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