Two Different Views of What Decoupled Code Means

I had a discussion with a coworker the other day on the design of a certain piece of code. My goal was to add a new sub-service to a piece of software that this coworker had been the main architect of, and which I was not particularly familiar with. My initial proposal wa…

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Why Your Company's Documentation Sucks

There is a common trope about software engineers that they hate to write and maintain documentation. From a shallow view of all of the companies I have worked for, this stereotype seems to hold. Each company has had absolutely garbage documentation: it didn't exist, it wa…

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The Many Faces of a 10x Software Engineer

Everybody wants to hire, or to be, a 10x software engineer at the company. The engineer who can get far more done than their peers at about the same price. I have witnessed a few 10x engineers, and on certain teams I've even been the 10x engineer, and the reality is that …

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Why Are There No Technicians in Software Engineering?

When considering other engineering disciplines, engineers rarely build the product. In electrical engineering, the product design is specified in ECAD, exported, and then assembled by a mix of robots and technicians. Similarly, mechanical engineering specifies the product…

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