Weekend Reading — That part's highlighted
A Glimpse into the Future of Messaging-First Onboarding A case study on designing the on-boarding experience for the Slackbot Troops.
OH: Software is like a pinball machine. Nobody reads the printed instructions clearly.They just drop their quarters & start pushing buttons
Amir Shevat Spot on.
Tools of the Trade
open-guides/og-aws "This guide is by and for engineers who use AWS. It aims to be a useful, living reference that consolidates links, tips, gotchas, and best practices." Bookmarked!
On Writing Product Specs This:
Effective product specs are a critical part of building great software. They force critical thinking up front, scale communication, and raise accountability — all leading to higher quality, lower schedule risk, and less wasted time.
Thoughts on yarn Judging by my Twitter stream, lots of people love it, but many also hate it — or just being cynic for the sake of it? I'm going to give
yarn a try on future projects.
(cons cat (cons cat nil))
Lines of Code
Jiaaro These should be part of the Computer Science curriculum:
Actual talents involved in programming:
- naming things
- introspective thinking
- explaining things to other people clearly
10 Modern Software Over-Engineering Mistakes Starting with the original sin:
Engineers think we’re the smartest people around because we build stuff. This first mistake often makes us over-engineer. But if we plan for 100 things, Business will always come up with the 101st thing we never thought of. If we solve 1,000 problems, they will come back with 10,000 problems. We think we have everything under control — but we have no clue what’s headed our way.
In distributed systems you’re screwed if you don’t have caches but if you do, you’ll screw them up. This is known as a ”cache-22”.
In a mentorship culture with lots of pairing and code reviews, even novice developers quickly become great assets.
Did you consider how hard it is to get six people to agree on a two pizza order before you sent the email about your microservices strategy?
None of the Above
Bite Sized Observations You Didn’t Know You Needed.
How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More Shocking business strategy.
Possibly the most unbelievable thing about Star Trek is how different alien civilizations maintain cross-compatible video calling software.
James Poniewozik "BREAKING: Wow. I don't say this very often, but this is a game-changer. #Wikileaks"
The Dutch Reach: Clever Workaround to Keep Cyclists from Getting “Doored" Simple and effective:
Basically, instead of using their door-side (left) arm, they reach over with their other (right) arm. This simple behavioral shift causes drivers to look back naturally and see whether or not there are oncoming bicyclists.
Andrew Bloch "Whoever designed these LEGO bags deserves a pay rise"