78: Done And Gets Things Smart

78: Done And Gets Things Smart

This episode is a little trip down memory lane for me, as I recount two very influential articles about software engineering I read in the 2000s. But their influence extended far beyond software engineering, to product management and understanding how products can be successful.


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Sidebar on Jeff Dean facts

There are pages and pages of “Jeff Dean Facts”, that come in the same form as the well-known Chuck Norris facts like:

  • Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.

My favorite Jeff Dean facts are:

  • Compilers don’t warn Jeff Dean. Jeff Dean warns compilers.
  • Jeff Dean is still waiting for mathematicians to discover the joke he hid in the digits of Pi.
  • Google search went down for a few hours in 2002, and Jeff Dean started handling queries by hand. Search Quality doubled.

These should give you some idea about the legend of Jeff Dean as a programmer – and this is the kind of person Steve Yegge was talking about in Done and Gets Things Smart.