Daily Wrap Up – January 11, 2023 (#007)

I came across a handful of solid stories today. Check out some tech deep dives, career-oriented items, and some strategic pieces for tech leaders.

[article] EngFlow Harnesses Google Bazel for Faster Monorepo Builds. Open source software is convenient, but not always easy to use on its own. The Bazel build system was born at Google, and this company (full of Bazel experts) has made a nice product out of it.

[blog] How DoorDash Upgraded a Heuristic with ML to Save Thousands of Canceled Orders. Read this for an example of machine learning that can augment or replace simple rules.

[blog] Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian: “We’re the New Kid on the Block.” Good post featuring insight from our CEO. I like what we’re doing around here.

[blog] 9 Ways to Future Proof Your Software Developer Career. Honestly, a lot of these types of posts are terrible because they’re too simplistic, or even pushing a product. But this one is actually good and offers useful advice.

[blog] Software Engineering at Google. This book came out in 2020, and now you can read it for free online. Check it out. It’ll be worth it.

[article] Defining a cloud solution by the skills you actually have. It’s common sense advice, but we could all use a reminder to work with what we have, and not sign up for something we aren’t equipped to deliver.

[blog] Want a better company culture in 2023? Here’s what 33,000 tech workers say works best. Another good set of reminders about what a strong culture can look like. While this economy means fewer people will randomly job hop, you don’t employ hostages. Once the economy improves, you want folks who want to stay in place as a result of the effort you’re putting in right now.

[blog] Southwest Demonstrates Why Having A True Technology Executive Is Critical. Forrester Research says that you need to elevate a single technology leader in the executive team that can properly convey the impact of technology on the business.

[blog] Software supply chain data fatigue and what I’ve learned from SBOM, vulnerability reports. We looked at SBOM’s yesterday, and this post goes deeper into the space with some hands on discovery and development.

[article] Devs Increasingly Rely on IaC to Manage Multiple Clouds. The good? Most folks are automating their infrastructure deployments. The bad? It’s still complicated, prone to mistakes, and we’re not catching configuration drift. This survey has some interesting results.


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Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former InfoQ.com editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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