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Newly adapted for audiobook listeners.

Today, software engineers need to know not only how to program effectively but also how to develop proper engineering practices to make their codebase sustainable and healthy. This book emphasizes this difference between programming and software engineering.

How can software engineers manage a living codebase that evolves and responds to changing requirements and demands over the length of its life? Based on their experience at Google, software engineers Titus Winters and Hyrum Wright, along with technical writer Tom Manshreck, present a candid and insightful look at how some of the world’s leading practitioners construct and maintain software. This book covers Google’s unique engineering culture, processes, and tools and how these aspects contribute to the effectiveness of an engineering organization.

You’ll explore three fundamental principles that software organizations should keep in mind when designing, architecting, writing, and maintaining code:

  • How time affects the sustainability of software and how to make your code resilient over time
  • How scale affects the viability of software practices within an engineering organization
  • What trade-offs a typical engineer needs to make when evaluating design and development decisions
©2020 Google, LLC (P)2021 Upfront Books

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Mildly interesting

Some good advice at the beginning. Later it becomes too focused on engineering manager work which has significantly less popular allure.

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software development best practice book

I have loved the book, it goes in details on how to resolve most complex issues in software development by applying best practices. is a must read.

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  • Andreas Andersen
  • 21-07-21

not useful

This was recommended for interview prep. Nothing in this book would have helped in any of my interviews.

A lot of disclaimers in the beginning, then proceeds to talk about attitude for a long while and practically claim the Google way is the best way for the rest of the book, but requires Google special sauce and internal-only tools.
They repeat "built to scale" a million times and use it as an excuse and reason for almost anything.

the narration is well done.

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  • Hennadii
  • 25-04-21

Surprisingly good as an audiobook

My main fear was that it wouldn’t not be very listenable as an audio book. But it is actually nice. Would definitely recommend to give it a try.

The content is cool too, though I noticed some minor things (such as saying “we at google” too often, which gets on nerves a little). The book gives a great overview of internal tooling, processes, and reasoning behind some decisions/approaches.

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  • Jackson
  • 07-07-21

Still useful at smaller Eng org sizes

Though this book lays out what Google does (a company with perhaps no comparison) a lot of the principles are generally applicable. I was pleasantly surprised by this and have found several applications for my own Eng org.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-21

little bit didactic

It's IT wold. And that maybe because best practices so quickly copy by others. and that because "at Google" with such manner like "only at Google" not so anymore.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-21

Excellent distillation of decades of experience

Excellent distillation of decades of experience creating and running a massive software enterprise. Highly recommended!