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What a Senior Staff Software Engineer Actually Does

Almost every software company that I’ve ever talked to has both a technical track and a management track meaning that if you stay on the technical track, you can advance to equally senior levels without managing people. At the same time, almost every career talk or panel that I’ve ever attended is by someone from the management track.

Good Code Reviews, Better Code Reviews

I have been doing day to day code reviews for over a decade now. The benefits of code reviews are plenty: from someone else reading through the change, through knowledge sharing all the way to tooling and automation improvements. If you are not doing code reviews, take the advice from Jeff Atwood shared in 2006 and just do it.

How to do a code review

The pages in this section contain recommendations on the best way to do code reviews, based on long experience. All together they represent one complete document, broken up into many separate sections. You don’t have to read them all, but many people have found it very helpful to themselves and their team to read the entire set.

Everything I googled in a week as a professional software engineer

In an attempt to dispel the idea that if you have to google stuff you’re not a proper engineer, this is a list of nearly everything I googled in a week at work, where I’m a software engineer with several years’ experience.

Reverse interview

This is a list of questions which may be interesting to a tech job applicant. The points are not ordered and many may not apply to a given position, or work type. It was started as my personal list of questions, which grew over time to include both things I'd like to see more of and red flags which I'd like to avoid. I've also noticed how few questions were asked by people I interviewed and I think those were missed opportunities.

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