Irrational Exuberance!

Migrations: the sole scalable fix to tech debt.

April 15, 2018 Migrations are both essential and frustratingly frequent as your codebase ages and your business grows: most tools and processes only support about one order magnitude of growth before becoming ineffective, so rapid growth makes them a way of life. This post takes a look at why migrations are so important, and also how to run them effectively.

Reflections on the Systems & Papers.

April 14, 2018 About a year ago I spent a few weekends playing around with a new site, Systems & Papers, which I'm shutting down, and sharing a few quick thoughts on the project!

The Redis Protocol is pretty great.

April 10, 2018 Redis supports a broad array of data structures like lists, hashes, hyperloglog and such. It's also remarkably high throughput, while remaining single threaded to avoid reasoning about concurrecncy. My favorite aspect of Redis isn't any of those though, it's the underlying Redis protocol it speaks over the network!

Some of my favorite technical papers.

April 7, 2018 I've long been a fan of hosting paper reading groups, where a group of folks sit down and talk about interesting technical papers. One of the first steps to do that is identifying some papers worth chatting about, and here is a list of some papers I've seen lead to excellent discussions!

Close out, solve or delegate.

March 29, 2018 Navigating the transition to manager-of-managers can be hard, and part of it is because things that used to make you successful don't work anymore. This post provides a tool to use if you've entered a larger role and finding yourself confronted with an increasingly large pile of work.