/Career Advice

How To Write Usefully

- Paul Graham tl;dr: The recipe for a good essay is importance + novelty + correctness + strength. Essays speak truths which isn't always received well, as they can often disagree with personal beliefs.

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How To Make Yourself Into A Learning Machine

tl;dr: Director of Infrastructure at Shopify, Simon Eskildsen, discusses how he uses flashcards and a custom-built note repository inspired system to retain what he reads. 

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How To Break The “Senior Engineer” Career Ceiling

- Yan Cui tl;dr: For those who find it hard to break past the senior engineer title, Yan advises you to focus on impact, not on personal output. He discusses his experiences doing this.

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Analysis Of Compensation, Level, And Experience Details Of 19k Tech Workers

- Chip Huyen tl;dr: Chip ran an analysis to attempt to answer several questions including "how long does it take for software engineers to reach a certain level?" and "do women get paid less than men in tech?"

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Good Businesses Have Margins

- Justin Jackson tl;dr: Justin advises entrepreneurs to optimize for margin - both business margins such as profit and personal margins, by creating boundaries for yourself. 

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Your First 90 Days As CTO Or VP Engineering

- Will Larson tl;dr: Covers the following areas - priorities and goals, making the right system changes, tasks for the first 90 days, learning and building trust, building a support system, organizational health and process, hiring, execution & technology. 

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The Myth Of Architect As Chess Master

- Ben Northrop tl;dr: While the rules of chess are consistent, the rules of software are not. To be an architect, you need to understand the specific "game you're in" - the business drivers, risks, technical constraints, integrations, trade-offs, and so on. 

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Goodbye, Clean Code

- Dan Abramov tl;dr: Developers strive for cleaner code. There's an inflection point when a developer starts writing code in abstraction, this feels like a "super power." Dan learnt this comes with its own trade-offs. "Clean code is not a goal."

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It's Time To Start Writing

- Alex Nixon tl;dr: Alex highlights the merits of writing a short memo to consider internal decisions. Writing a memo - as opposed to a presentation - makes the author think much more clearly and concisely about the issues at hand.

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What Happens When Your Career Becomes Your Whole Identity

- Janna Koretz tl;dr: “Enmeshment” is where the boundaries between people become blurred, and individual identities lose importance. You can become enmeshed with your career too. This article discusses why this happens, the dangers and what you can do. 

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