Issue #342

12 August 2022

Issue #342
Friday 12th August issue is presented by Vanta

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Questionable Advice: Is There A Path Back From CTO To Engineer?
- Charity Majors
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "It is absolutely possible to return after a few years away. And yeah, you could come back as a principal or staff engineer. Someone will definitely hire you. However, I suggest otherwise. I suggest you come back as a senior engineer, writing software every day, for a good 6-9 months. Your grounding in the technical challenges and solution space will be much deeper and richer if you come back hands on than if you came in at a higher level..."

Choosing Your Next Job
- Molly Graham
tl;dr: "At some point in your career you stop looking for jobs and start looking for holes that are shaped like you.” Molly discusses 4 tools that can help guide decision making: (1) A love-good-hate-bad venn diagram. (2) The stool analogy. (3) The dating metaphor. (4) Imagining your day, each discussed here. 
How Engineers Can Tackle Data Privacy And Security
#Leadership #Management #Security

tl;dr: What can engineers do to stay on top of privacy? Most startups are not going to have a dedicated in-house privacy expert at their disposal. Learn how engineers can stay secure while growing a team and a product in Vanta’s recent blog.

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A Story About 'Magic'
- Erik Brunvand

tl;dr: "You don't touch an unknown switch on a computer without knowing what it does, because you might crash the computer. The switch was labeled in a most unhelpful way. It had two positions, and scrawled in pencil on the metal switch body were the words 'magic' and 'more magic'. The switch was in the 'more magic' position."

“Sometimes, the best thing you can do is just say, “I don’t know.”

- Titus Winters

Knuth And McIlroy Approach A Problem
- Matt Rickard

tl;dr: "A computer scientist was writing a column about Literate Programming – one of Knuth's ideas on how documentation and code should live side-by-side. So he asked both Knuth and McIlroy to write a program: "Given a text file and integer k, print the k most common words in the file - and the number of their occurrences - in decreasing frequency."

tl;dr: "I created Papers, Please in 2013 specifically for desktop computers with mouse control. Now, here, in 2022, desktop computers no longer exist and all computing is done via handheld mobile telephone. Time to update this dinosaur."
Pricing At Lyft
- Yanqiao Wang
#Architecture #Algos

tl;dr: "In this blog post, we discuss the rideshare pricing system architectural design, modeling approaches and potential future iterations of Lyft’s pricing engine to illustrate how we tackle price optimization to achieve Lyft’s long-term mission."
Introduction To Streaming For Data Scientists
- Chip Huyen

tl;dr: "With luck you shouldn’t have to build or maintain a streaming system yourself. Your company should have infrastructure to help you with this. However, understanding where streaming is useful and why streaming is hard could help you evaluate the right tools and allocate sufficient resources for your needs."
Notable GitHub Repos
Engine Simulator
Combustion engine simulator that generates realistic audio.

Prototype-to-production ML in days not weeks.

Fast, unstyled command menu React component.

Faster websites with Astro's next-gen island architecture.

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