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.
- Rub-a-Dub-Dub, by Joel Spolsky
- The Guerilla Guide To Interviewing, by Joel Spolsky
- Done and Gets Things Smart, by Steve Yegge
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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.
- The “shooting script” for this episode – not quite a transcript, but close.
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