Introduction to LSM Trees: May the logs be with you

LSM Trees overview This post is a part of a newsletter that I run: “Scamming The Coding Interview“, which is geared towards helping people ACE their coding interviews. We send a coding question on weekdays along with a system design article like this one on weekends. Do subscribe If you find this article valuable. Introduction What will … Continue reading Introduction to LSM Trees: May the logs be with you

A plea for lean software: 6 Lessons I learned to help keep software simple

  Preface Recently, I was browsing the codebase of my company and saw that it has three versions of dashboards for an analytics page in it. I am pretty sure that customers don't need that. This sparked something in my naive brain and I started exploring the internet for related ideas. That's when I found … Continue reading A plea for lean software: 6 Lessons I learned to help keep software simple

Acceptance Tests: The Best Medium of Communication Between Stakeholders (if done right)

  It's a nice pleasant morning, and you have just entered the office. You greet your friends and grab a cup of coffee. You check your email and there is a new story assigned to you. "As a customer, I get my usage logs backed up" This is where is fun begins. Communicating Requirements A … Continue reading Acceptance Tests: The Best Medium of Communication Between Stakeholders (if done right)

6 Lessons On Work Ethic I Learned In One Year Of Professional Career

Time flies. Recently I had completed one year as a full-time employee at my current employer Squad. A year has passed, and I decided it was time to revisit instances, memories, and experiences and to recollect what I had learned as a professional in this past year. It was also a wake-up call to reassess and … Continue reading 6 Lessons On Work Ethic I Learned In One Year Of Professional Career

Tracking Metrics to Surface and Solve Problems: Metric Tracking Practices I’ve Learned So Far

It is a nice pleasant evening, you are sipping coffee and reviewing your code one final time, just so that you can gather enough confidence to hit the deploy button. But a fact of life as a software engineer is that things can go wrong. Small changes may result in unexpected outcomes, including outages, errors … Continue reading Tracking Metrics to Surface and Solve Problems: Metric Tracking Practices I’ve Learned So Far

Organization Archetypes And The Concept Of Market-Oriented “Solver Teams”

Organizations which designs systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structure of the organization. In other words, how we organize our teams has a powerful effect on the software we produce, as well as our resulting architectural and production outcomes. Thus, in order to get a fast flow of work from … Continue reading Organization Archetypes And The Concept Of Market-Oriented “Solver Teams”

Devops and The Principle Of Flow

In the technology value stream, work typically flows from Development to Operations, steps consisting of functional areas between our business and our customers. As stated in the lean principles developed by Toyota, we should optimize to get a single-piece fast and smooth flow for our releases. We increase flow by: Making work visible, Reducing batch … Continue reading Devops and The Principle Of Flow

7 Tips On Making Your Engineering Workflow Faster

One of the most important thing that I like about pair programming with other awesome engineers is you get to see their workflows. How they get things done? How they get find and make their way around tools, terminal, and editors? After witnessing and getting awestruck by many such experiences I realized that having an … Continue reading 7 Tips On Making Your Engineering Workflow Faster

Fail Fast: Hone Your Ability to Recover and Respond Quickly

It's close to midnight and you are about to wrap your day off. Suddenly you get a pager-duty to resolve a critical bug that's failing some of the automated reporting emails. You go on to check the logs in the log management tool. This is not the ideal time to find out that logs are not … Continue reading Fail Fast: Hone Your Ability to Recover and Respond Quickly

The Alchemist : Reading Experience

Reading The Alchemist was like getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise, while the whole world slept. The Alchemist doesn't teach you anything, but you can learn a million things from it. "Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for the lead, and then the lead will have to turn … Continue reading The Alchemist : Reading Experience