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Common infrastructure errors I've made

One surreal experience as my career has progressed is the intense feeling of deja vu you get hit with during meetings. From time to time, someone will mention something and you'll flash back to the same meeting you had about this a few jobs ago. A decision was made then, a terrible choice that ruined months of your working life. You spring back to the present day, almost bolting out of your chair to object, "Don't do X!". Your colleagues are startled by your intense reaction, but they haven't seen the horrors you have.

On being an average developer

I am, at best, a developer of average ability. I wish it wasn't true, I wish I was one of those genius developers, but I'm not. So I work with what I have.

Introducing Rockstar

Rockstar is a computer programming language designed for creating programs that are also hair metal power ballads.

Queue despair: Ordering and poison messages

It's taken me a long time to admit it, but I don't think I know how to do asynchronous programming. In theory, I'm a huge fan of the decoupling it offers in the face of complexity: simple independent components come together to build the whole. And it's not just theory, the benefits are numerous and real. The problem is that it doesn't always work and it isn't always obvious how to handle edge-cases. It's gotten to the point where I'm pretty sure that I don't know what I'm doing.

How does Shopify traffic looks like on Cyber Monday

Shopify achieved near-perfect uptime while averaging ~30TB/min of egress traffic across our infrastructure. That’s a massive ~43PB/day!

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