Caitie McCaffrey on Engineering Effectiveness, Diversity, & Verification of Distributed Systems
Published July 22, 2016
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    In this week's podcast, QCon chair Wes Reisz and Werner Schuster talk to Caitie McCaffrey. McCaffrey works on distributed systems with the engineering effectiveness team at Twitter, and has experience building the large scale services and systems that power the entertainment industry at 343 Industries, Microsoft Game Studios, and HBO. McCaffrey's presentation at QCon New York was called The Verification of a Distributed System. Why listen to this podcast: - Twitter's engineering effectiveness team aims to help make dev tools better, and make developers happier and more efficient. - Asking someone to speak at your conference or join your team solely because of their gender does more harm than people think. - There is not one prescriptive way to make good, successful technology. - Even when we don't have time for testing, there are options to increase your confidence in your system. - The biggest problem when running a unit test is that it is only testing the input you hard code into the unit test. Notes and links can be found on Engineering Effectiveness 1:24 - The purpose of the engineering effectiveness team is to help make dev tools better, and to make Twitter's developers happier and more efficient. 2:44 - The team is trying to make infrastructure so that not every team has to solve the distributed problem on their own, and give developers some APIs and tools so that they can build systems easily. More on this: Quick scan our curated show notes on InfoQ. You can also subscribe to the InfoQ newsletter to receive weekly updates on the hottest topics from professional software development.
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