My Top 7 Performance Books for Engineers

My Top 7 Performance Books for Engineers

“If you’re thinking about buying a book, just buy it. Don’t waste five seconds debating it. Even one idea makes it more than worth the price.” Ramit Sethi Among the most frequently submitted questions I get from IT professionals and recent CS grads alike is: ‘What books would you recommend for anyone interested in performance?’ […]

A Perfect Holiday Gift for Software Developers

Gift Giving For Developers

It had been 2 weeks into Illinois Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order by the time I received that fateful email. Homebound for longer than I’d ever been before, I’d already binge-watched a couple Netflix shows of middling quality. And the seedlings of an unhealthy relationship with Cinnamon Toast Crunch had just begun to sprout. It was […]

Beginner’s Mindset: Key to Engineering Expertise

Beginner Mindset

Her family rushed her to the Emergency Room twice within a couple months, each time resulting in a multi-night stay. Doctors diagnosed her with a heart arrhythmia each time but never located the root cause. They posed the standard list of questions, which included asking what medications she regularly took. But nothing ever stood out. […]

Debunking 5 Stubborn Systems Performance Myths

Performance Myths

Few things are as persistent as a myth. Some myths were once true, while others seem to come outta nowhere. An example of the former is the one that claims it’s best to inject medicine directly into someone’s heart in an emergency. It was perpetuated in the Pulp Fiction scene where Uma Thurman’s character is […]

Festivus Airing of Grievances: My Performance Pet Peeves

Performance Pet Peeves

“Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” Frank Costanza from SEINFELD Holiday season is finally upon us! A time when friends and family gather around the dinner table expressing gratitude and celebrating life with […]