Issue #217

2 December 2020


Issue #217
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Common Performance Review Biases: How To Spot And Counter Them
- Gergely Orosz
#Management
 
tl;dr: Performance review feedback should be specific. If it's too generic e.g. "you're overly cautious" or speculative e.g. "you could have done this", you should ask for examples. Gergely outlines eight biases he's experienced, such as recency, strictness and leniency.
The Developer Experience Gap
- Stephen O'Grady
#ThoughtPiece
 
tl;dr: There are an abundance of tools to create systems that "shepherd code from its earliest juvenile days in version control through to its adult stage in production." These systems are not cohesive but fragmented, pieced together. The system is an afterthought. Stephan outlines five adjectives describing the next generation of the developer experience.
#Leadership #Management
 
tl;dr: At the FT, tech lead cover four areas: (1) Advocate for team members. (2) Responsible for tech direction. (3) Representative of their team (4) Software Engineers. Tara discusses each area. 

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#Management
 
tl;dr: Will's tips on managing staff-plus engineers include: (1) sponsor and support more than direct.(2) Help redefine what success. A staff engineer’s "flywheel of feedback" is less immediate and that should be managed accordingly. (3) Give frequent feedback and explain why. 
Regex Literals Optimization
- Esteban Borsani 
#Regex
 
tl;dr: "Avoids running the regex engine on parts of the input text that cannot possibly ever match the regex." It’s around ~100x faster than before in some benchmarks.

"Hell isn't other people's code. Hell is your own code from 3 years ago."

– Jeff Atwood

 
#SSG
 
tl;dr: "It does not have many features. It is riddled with bugs and edge cases that it can’t handle. But that is not important. It works for my problem. If I don’t like something, I can fix it. If bug doesn’t bother me, I’ll let it be." Erik outlines the philosophy behind his SSG. 
 
10 Insights from Adopting TypeScript At Scale
- Rob Palmer
#Typescript #Scale
 
tl;dr: Adopting Typescript at scale was a net positive for the Bloomberg team. Principles core to the project were (1) scalability, (2) ecosystem coherence, so packages work together, (3) standards alignment, sticking to standards like ECMAScript. This article outlines some of the "surprising corners" turned.
#AWS #Rust
 
tl;dr: "We’re committing to further strengthen a community that has greatly benefited us and our customers." As well as the community, AWS investments include "developer tools, infrastructure components, interoperability, and verification.”
Accelerating TensorFlow Performance On Mac
- Pankaj Kanwar, Fred Alcober
#TensorFlow 
 
tl;dr: "TensorFlow users on Intel Macs or Macs powered by Apple’s new M1 chip can now take advantage of accelerated training using Apple’s Mac-optimized version of TensorFlow 2.4 and the new ML Compute framework."
Advent Of Code
- Eric Wastl
#Entertaining
 
tl;dr: "An advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like."
 
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