Swizec's articles in the "software engineer" category
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If it works together, it lives together
Wherein I use LEGO to talk about organizing your code for ease of use
September 5th, 2022
Why others' code is hard to navigate
Some people like to organize code in files and folders and neat categories. Others love search. When they work together, that's the challenge.
September 1st, 2022
Move your business logic into data
The quickest way to simplify a complex function with lots of logic is to turn it into data. A lesson from production
August 3rd, 2022
You don't *have to* build it sloppy to go fast
My favorite mistake to make when I'm in a hurry is to think that I _have to_ build new features the sloppiest way possible. Find the quick fix and move on. But that's not true.
July 19th, 2022
What makes a great software engineer?
In 2015 a group of researchers asked 59 experienced engineers at Microsoft "What makes a great software engineer?". Here's what they found.
July 11th, 2022
Writing software is like kicking a can
Writing software is a playful process of exploration and discovery. Like a game of kick the can on a Sunday walk.
May 25th, 2022
The Italian foods theory of bad software design 🍝
Spaghetti code – unstructured Ravioli code – too structured Lasagna code – layered wrong Minestrone software – unclear domains
May 23rd, 2022
Code Review Practices for Refactoring Changes
Do you review refactoring pull requests differently than you do others? An empirical study of OpenStack, an open source cloud platform, says that you do and finds 6 common criteria.
April 20th, 2022
What I learned from Software Engineering at Google
When I first picked up Software Engineering at Google I thought it was another one of those FAANG books full of lessons that make no sense at human scale. I was surprised, lessons apply to teams as small as 5.
July 16th, 2021
Software Engineering is the 2nd best job
Ok so I've been doing lots of research into the Software Engineer job market – Some highlights 👇
May 18th, 2021
Are You an Engineer or a Developer?
September 14th, 2016
Dear tech companies, this is not how you hire engineers
January 20th, 2015