Have you ever wanted to read about what goes on in the backend of Pinterest, Google, Uber and your other favorite tech companies?
A great thing about the modern engineering world is that many companies are much more open about their solutions they have developed. Companies like Google, Chef, Facebook, Lyft, Uber and more, all post about some of the designs and tools they have recently developed
This can act as a lure to attract talent, advertisement for B2B customers and another avenue to build brand awareness. It also provides insights into creative solutions for big data, machine learning, data science and programming problems.
If you are lacking inspiration or just need an interesting read, then consider checking out these blogs!
Quora has been a great place to go for very diverse engineering blog posts. They discuss NLP, big data, machine learning and almost every other buzzword. That is because Quora's site needs to deal with a very diverse set of NLP problems. There are so many plausible subjects and questions that finding good questions to show to the write people requires a lot of interesting solutions.
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Despite all the business and ethical scandals the Uber has gone through in the past few years. Uber's engineering blog is a personal favorite. Uber, unlike many other tech companies operates in the real world. That is to say, they have to deal with real world logistical problems. They deal with real-time issues, GIS, pricing, safety of both drivers and passengers and so many other complexities that they are forced to be clever. This leads to some interesting posts!
This blog does border on the side of somewhat salesy. But, if you are a Databrix fan and use it on a daily basis, then you might as well get some ideas for how you could be using Databrix better!
One of our other favorite blogs is Pinterest. Pinterest post's a lot of great infrastructure blogs that we really enjoy reading. For instance, they recently posted Optimizing Kafka for the cloud. In this post they do a great job of describing the problem and their solution. This can help inspire you when you come up to a similar problem!
Have you ever wondered how one of your favorite media distribution companies manages to stream so much data to your TV, Laptop and other surfaces? Think about it, Netflix and Youtube make up a bulk of the data flowing through the internet. Imagine how well of a system needs to be designed to make sure you get your Stranger Things uninterrupted at the right time!
Companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook spend a good amount on research every year. Imagine if you could get a glimpse of what these times were looking into. Well with the blogs below you can read into what Google, Facebook and Amazon are researching.
Have you ever heard of BlackRock? Some of you have, others probably haven't Wherever you stand, BlackRock is the world's largest Asset's Manager. It has over $6.5 Trillion under management. A company with this much capital has to spend a lot of time developing better products. Especially with Fin-tech companies banging the down the doors!
We already shared Uber's engineering blog, now it is time to mention the other recent IPO ride sharing services blog. It is similar to Uber. However, we find it a little more focused on soft-skills compared to Uber. There is nothing wrong with that, we just tend to really enjoy reading the engineering focused blogs.
If you work for any large company, then chances are you use salesforce. This means your company probably needs to pulls from Salesforce's API. That means it is important to keep up to date with what new tools Salesforce is releasing as well as any changes you might need to keep up to date. Similar to Databricks, this blog is more for people who use or are thinking of purchasing Salesforce.
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