Discussion on: I am a YC alumnus & 3X VC-funded founder-CTO. AMA!

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Arpit Mohan Ask Me Anything

My biggest learning while dealing with Distributed Systems has been that everything fails (especially the network). Most of the products that I build now are not focused to prevent failure but instead to work inspite of failure. Some keywords to read up are Chaos Engineering and Crash First Development.

My second biggest learning ( & potentially unpopular opinion) is that if you can avoid a distributed system, avoid it. A monolith is hundred times easier to reason with and test against. :D

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Chris Achard

Great points, thanks; Yeah - I think "everything fails" is one of the reasons I've really tried to avoid it so far :)

That, and nothing that I've built has enough traffic that can't just be solved by "increase the number of web processes" on a monolith app. Maybe if I build something popular enough, then I'll have to worry 🤣