Assorted Links

Startup Advice for Engineers. Do things that don’t scale. Timely advice on how to clean up your Twitter account. How Auth0 builds highly-scalable SaaS products. Serverless isn’t right for every scenario, but when it works, it works. Web scraping under the GDPR regime. . Long story short, don’t scrape the personal information of EU residents.

Always Leave a Note

Today I would like to share a helpful little tip. It will help you avoid problems in the future. But first the backstory. My team is new to the company. Our average tenure with the company is about six months. And with a new team, it always takes time for the team to bond. And… Continue reading Always Leave a Note

API Development: Additive, not Subtractive

“It’s important to think of API evolution in terms of growth and increasing flexibility. Graceful API evolution is additive in terms of functionality, and subtractive in terms of requirements. While change is inevitable, planning for a graceful API evolution is a good way to minimize changes that break things. For example: required input may become… Continue reading API Development: Additive, not Subtractive

Focus

The Big Picture: Big changes need big focus. Let’s talk about focus today because the ability to focus is a superpower. We used to call it sticktoitiveness. I’m going to talk in pretty general terms today. But this applies to software engineering and leadership. So let me tell you some stories. Finance in College When… Continue reading Focus

Slow Down

Asymmetric payoffs Heads, you break even. Tails, you lose. Would you take that deal? Heads you break even, and tails you lose? That’s a terrible deal. We should avoid that at all costs. So let me talk a little bit about that in terms of software engineering. In software engineering, people want reliability and consistency.… Continue reading Slow Down

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