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Things You Should Know About Databases

This is the first post in a series called Things You Should Know. Think of it as a primer to set you from base principles on various topics. For example, today, we are discussing databases!

16 Bell-Curve Opinions on Engineering

There's a meme format that shows a bell curve – the X-axis depicting expertise or intelligence, and the Y-axis the number of people who share that opinion.

Unobvious things you need to know about key-value stores

Today I wanted to talk a bit about Key-Value databases. It is a seemingly obvious subject, but it is easy to overlook the basic assumptions and have a spectacular failure in production.

On the Evilness of Feature Branching - A Tale of Two Teams

On the experience of working with two totally different teams: one novice practising trunk-based development, the other very experienced being used by GitFlow.

Defensive CSS

It turned out that defensive CSS doesn't only apply to CSS, but UI design as well. As a designer, you need to either work on visual variations of a component with all the possible use-cases or at least communicate them clearly with the development team.

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