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Thanks for all the interest to the previous post!

I've put together a Slack "workplace" (here's an invite link to it), and a Twitter handle. We are planning to host the next event this coming Friday or Saturday.

I also did some magic with the "connected discussions account" here on Telegram, so, if we're lucky, from this post on there'll be comments enabled here.
Next meetup video: Designing user authentication as if it's 1998 (spoiler: not really 1998).

I've enjoyed it quite a bit — thanks everyone who joined and helped! — and am looking forward to the next ones.

As a friendly reminder, here's our Slack, and here's an invite link to it.
Web Crawler: today's #meetup video.

With interesting detours into message queues and brokers, as well as into whether Redis can be used as a queue, and if FIFO is that important when it comes to managing the crawl queue.

(Let me know if you'd rather not have me post these links in this channel, still calibrating on this social media thingy. Thanks!)
And our next system design meetup video: designing WhatsApp / Telegram / FB Messenger.

With online whiteboards this time, hope you enjoy it! We had a lot of fun for sure, and, as always, we've learned something too.

As a fly in the ointment, my Ubuntu screen recording at 60FPS stared dropping frames, effectively freezing the video in the last quarter or so of the recording. The audio is fine. Lesson learned, I hope to do better next time.
And yesterday at the meetup we talked about reactive streaming.

I'm experimenting with formats tirelessly =) and this one was not really about discussing the design of a particular large-scale system, but more of a casual conversation on one of the important topics in modern software architecture.
Glad we're back to the TSLA curve from what seemed to be stalled as the gold one for a bit.

Wondering how would my Go career exit. Casually become a dan-ranked player around my retirement age would be close to how I approach life in general, and one's Go does resemble their life quite a bit.
I am cautiously optimistic for the world where the reopening does happen, but quite a few people still enjoy working from home.

This would give those of us who are both tech-people and people-people a tremendous opportunity: to live and work literally anywhere, and have business trips of a few days to ~1.5 weeks long once or twice a month.

With all my dislike of the modern corporate structure, if most of my team is remote, we gather often via video chats, and yet some ~half of us enjoy to see each other in person, which we do by gathering in various places for mini-offsites on the company's buck, as the company clearly understands the cost-effectiveness of such an approach ...

... that's the world I might enjoy living in.

~ ~ ~

Although it's all a distant dream so far. As of today, most places can't even be traveled to, and only the most adventurous of us are still up to asking the very "where to work from next month" question.

It is incredibly sad to see how herd-able by fear the people are. But, much like in 2008, a sober reminder is that in Mandarin "crisis" consists of two hieroglyphs: dangerous + opportunity.

Be safe & sane, everyone.
Sorry in advance for Russian, promise to keep this rare — интервью, которые мы с Тилеком Мамутовым (Outtalent.com) записали в Ололо в Бишкеке. Спасибо, было офигенно, и ты отличный интервьюер!
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Дима Королёв (@BoreMeNo) - архитектор программного обеспечения в Poker Stars, преподаватель, основатель Systems Design Meetup. Кроме этого он работал программистом в Google, Microsoft и многих других компаниях.

В этом интервью мы поговорим о собеседованиях по алгоритмам, systems design и о том, как можно развивать карьеру программисту.

https://youtu.be/iYvWLflZ9E4
A system design meetup episode on MapReduce: video, slides. Thanks folks!

And sorry my OBS Studio didn't record your questions this time — good thing I have a habit of repeating them from offline conferences :-) also, I should probably not forget to hide the taskbar next time.

#incrementalimprovements #practicemakesperfect #thanksforhangingalong
This important design paradigm has reached me twelve days too late: https://github.com/zhuowei/nft_ptr

Also, copy-pasting and paraphrasing from a private group: The history of C++ repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, the third as blockchain.
I'm experiencing a rare déjà vu.

As in the dev part of my career is, again, slowly expanding, from encompassing just the realm of C++ before, to now building JavaScript wrappers over it, enabling more and more people access the sacred performance of The Language.

It’s almost like my Java/JNI stint 2.5 years ago, but a lot better actually. Better because JavaScript is in fact a relatively good language to wrap C++ into, at least once the initial blockers are behind.

If all goes well, I’ll be generating (DSL, *.inl) C++ as part of the build step some time in the next few weeks, after which point shipping C++ code as npm modules, bundled with their TypeScript interfaces, may well become my second C++ nature, as long as the tasks I have to work on these days allow us to explore this direction.

Links: experiments, and my clean repo with example usage.

Fun times.
Exactly Once: today's system design meetup video. And the slides.

We covered the narrow edge between the easy problems and the hard one, touched on message sequencing / "serialization", Kafka, Lamport clocks, the CAP theorem (once again), and how to deal with them in practice, not just in theory.

I truly enjoyed it today, and hope the recording captures the spirit well enough 😊
After drinking the C++ metaprogramming cool aid for several months, we are now seriously debating whether it's a good idea to have a universal wrapper that would make functions accept arguments in any order.

They are all of different types, after all, and we use enum classes and user-defined literals everywhere, for readability reasons. So, there are no bool`-s left, and any number or string would likely be suffixed by some `27960_container_port or "/tmp/foo/bar"_host_dir.

Spoiler alert: I am now the one advocating against this idea.

Although the chaotic part of me wants to go full Haskell mode and implement an even stronger wrapper. So that "partial specializations" would result in "Currying 2.0": returning functions of lower arity, with some argument values already preset.

(The chaotic evil part of me is even thinking about compile-time checks that we should be able to associate with these wrappers.)