Google Engineering Principles

February 3, 2016

Here’s a good talk on engineering principles at Google entitled Engineering for the Long Game.

My takeaways (paraphrased by me):

  • Build your infrastructure so that engineers are running aggregate services instead of single machines.
  • Any kind of standardization that can be put in early will probably pay dividends as it amortizes over time (naming, configuration files, statistic/informational endpoints, etc.).
  • Don’t build a new system where an existing one will do (be skeptical on the “special requirements” that are being used as an excuse to bully the new system through).
  • “Don’t let the weeds grow higher than the garden.” Instead of letting debt grow unchecked, perform constant maintenance on the sharper points that are slowing productivity.

Google Engineering Principles was published on February 3, 2016.

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