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Unofficial software development cycle at Google

Posted in Google Calendar and Gmail, Programming and Software Development, Technology by engtech on September 30, 2006

I’m another one of those starry-eyed geeks who looks at Google with a moonstruck gaze and wishes I could work in a “developers, developers, developers“-centric company-slash-utopia. A rant like this one by Steve Yegge becomes a much treasured road map to the Holy Land.

I think I’m the last person on the Internet to read this (it’s at 141 comments so far), so tossing out a link is rather pointless… but I’ll do it anyways because

  • if you’re still at work at this point on a Friday afternoon you could probably use a well-written, humorous (if slightly long) rant and
  • if you’re not at work at this point then comparing your company to Google might be a great way increase your motivational mojo on a Monday morning (or maybe not).

Who is Stevey? He’s a former Amazon employee who now works at Google. I think Joel Spolsky sums it up best when he says:

“Recently I sat down with a long list of nominations [for the Best Software Writing 2] and worked through them. When I was done, I was extremely depressed to discover that there wasn’t enough material for a whole new book, and what I did find was 50% Stevey. It didn’t seem fair to give him half the book. “

>> How software teams work at Google or “Good agile, Bad Agile” from Steve’s blog

>> Stevey’s Drunken Blog Rants from when he used to work at Amazon

Like this post? You may also be interested in Google’s hiring strategy, and Blogging as Unofficial Corporate Representation.

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  1. Steve said, on September 30, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    You missed the really good Delevoper’s Video – the 3 minute version:

  2. engtech said, on September 30, 2006 at 6:35 pm


  3. What’s up at //engtech « Beats Entropy said, on October 11, 2006 at 4:01 am

    […] Obviously I have a huge hard-on for Google as I talk endlessly about them and froth at the mouth when one of the employees writes an eleventeen-hundred page essay on what it’s like to work at Google. […]

  4. […] Proprietary software will always win out because it can have a single-minded purpose and direction. Engineers and programmers have a tendency to reinvent the wheel at the drop of a hat, because “reinventing wheels” is what they enjoy. Even when reinventing the wheel will keep them from getting where they want to go. [3] [1] And also it’s strength. I’m not a complete idiot :) [2] Which is thankfully starting to improve. [3] This is even a problem at pro-developer environments like Google where management is finally starting to realize they have too many “hey, why I don’t I build this” under-developed applications compared to their strengths like Google Search and Gmail. […]

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