Issue #369

18 November 2022


Issue #369
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Friday 18th November's issue is presented by Retool

 
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How To Handle A Reorganization As An Engineering Manager
- Camille Fournier
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: (1) Don’t tell your team about the reorg too early. (2) Learn the company’s goals for the reorg. (3) Share ideas and advocate for yourself and others. (4) Think about how your team is likely to react, and tailor your communication to account for that. (5) Don’t add to the drama.
How Figma Builds Product
- Lenny Rachitsky, Yuhki Yamashita
#ProductManagement
 
tl;dr: Yuhki, CPO at Figma, discusses the companies product development process. "I asked teams to instead define headlines—essentially, claims that they’d like to make by the end of some time period. For example, it might be something like “Figma is the most efficient way to design,” and the team offers both quantitative and qualitative ways to evaluate that claim."
Visual Workflow Automation. Now With Code
#UsefulTool #Management

tl;dr: Build powerful automations fast, with all the hackability you’d expect as a developer. Stop provisioning infrastructure and maintaining one-off scripts. Build and automate cron jobs, custom alerts, and ETL tasks 10x faster with Retool Workflows.

Promoted by Retool
No Architecture Is Better Than Bad Architecture
- Kirill Rogovoy
#Architecture

tl;dr: "Turns out, architecting code-introducing granular concepts, abstractions, relationships, and giving all those things names, scopes, and responsibilities has a cost. On top of that, undoing such structures is 10 times more costly than building them."

 
"The most important thing is to keep the most important thing the most important thing.”

— Donald P. Coduto

 
12 Factor App Revisited
- Mahdi Yusuf
#CareerAdvice #Management

tl;dr: "The Twelve-Factor App methodology is a methodology for building software-as-a-service applications. We cover how they have since evolved, and what we can learn from them today and how they changed the status quo of yesteryear."

#Debugging
 
tl;dr: "A quick Google search revealed that Boardman, OR hosts a large AWS data center. Turns out that because Boardman has access to electricity from hydropower, it is cheaper than other data centers and is therefore preferred by many."
Making A Go Program 42% Faster With A One Character Change
- Harry Marr
#Go #Performance

tl;dr: "If you read the title and thought “well, you were probably just doing something silly beforehand”, you’re right! But what is programming if not an exercise in making silly mistakes? Tracking down silly mistakes is where all the fun is to be had! I’ll also state the usual benchmarking caveat up front: the 42% speedup was measured while running the program on my data on my computer, so take that number with a big old pinch of salt."
Why Do We Call It "Boilerplate Code?"
- Hillel Wayne
#Entertaining

tl;dr: "Why do we have the term “boilerplate code”? It comes from the peculiar interplay of two industrial revolution technologies: steam engines and hot metal typesetting."

Notable GitHub Repos
Sapling SCM
Cross-platform, highly scalable, Git-compatible source control system.

 
GreptimeDB
Open-source, cloud-native, distributed time-series database.

 
Gopeed
High speed downloader that supports all platforms.

 
Rqlite
Lightweight, distributed relational DB built on SQLite.

 
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