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World smallest office suite

We are all familiar with a traditional office suite - a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation program, maybe a diagramming or note-taking app. We have seen it all in Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Those are really powerful and large. But what would be the most minimal amount of code required to build an office suite?

Applying Textbook Data Structures for Real Life Wins

This blog post tells the story of how we leveraged a textbook data structure in our core platform and achieved a 15x speed up for a key data processing step. After a brief explanation of how union-find works, we’ll go into how Heap’s Identity uses it to provide a complete view of user behavior.

Monolith -> Services: Theory & Practice

Can’t answer that question. First, “quickly” is right out the window. You didn’t make this mess in a month; you’re not going to fix it in a month. Second, you want some benefit you aren’t currently getting that you expect from micro-services. What is that benefit? Micro-services aren’t the point.

A Great Old-Timey Game-Programming Hack

A long time ago, when I was a college undergrad, I spent some time working on computer video games. This was in the 8-bit PC era, when the gaming hardware was almost impossibly slow by today’s standards.

A collection of postmortems

A great way to learn is to read through the incidents from other companies and see how they got around them.

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The Tech Resume Inside Out: What a Good Developer Resume Looks Like

A practical guide written by the people who do the resume screening: engineering managers and technical recruiters working at tech companies. Also, Gergely gives the book for free to developers who have lost their jobs due to current world situation.