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This week, I reviewed hundreds of company engineering blog posts to bring you the best ones for your growth. If you find this helpful, please share it with your friends and coworkers. Enjoy!
There’s an overwhelming amount of information online in engineering blog posts. Even posts from the top engineering brands (e.g. Meta, Netflix, Stripe, Figma) vary a lot in quality and how relevant they are to help you grow.
I spent this week digging through hundreds of engineering blogs to find the top posts that will teach you something useful.
I sorted every top company’s engineering blog posts by most read using either Medium’s engagement data or an advanced Google search.
Then I read the top posts to find the ones that I thought were the most helpful for learning software engineering. Here’s the list grouped by topic:
Tech Stack Upgrades
These blog posts go over the design decisions for major tech stack upgrades. Understanding these can help you learn to assess the pros and cons of major technical decisions and how to carry them out:
Airbnb: React Native at Airbnb
Pinterest: The Case Against Kotlin
Airbnb: Rearchitecting Airbnb’s Frontend
Scaling Backend Services
Every growing tech company needs to scale its backend as it receives more traffic. Reading these blog posts can teach you how to identify and rearchitect system bottlenecks:
Instagram: Sharding & IDs at Instagram
Downtime isn’t acceptable for major tech companies. Therefore, it’s important to understand how to switch over to a new code path without disrupting the user experience. These blog posts will teach you the common patterns:
Debugging is a critical skill in software engineering. These blog posts will teach you how these companies chased down complicated bugs, which will level up your debugging skills:
Build processes are common in software engineering. It’s useful to have some context even if you don’t work on them directly. These blog posts will give you a better understanding of modern build processes and optimizations:
My list isn’t exhaustive. If you know other high-quality engineering blog posts that teach useful lessons, please share them in the comments. I will keep this list up to date with the best posts so it’s worth bookmarking.
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