Things I won't miss at Google

Second in a series of "An update on David" retrospectives, looking back on the last 11 years at Google: "Things I won't miss at Google. "

(Don't worry, the next one is "Things I'll miss"). I don't know if these things exist outside of Google, because it's been 11 years since I've been outside of Google and a lot can happen in 11 years.

With apologies in advance to all the hardworking teams who worked on these things.

I won't miss having to build the world before building my code.

I won't miss "deprecated/not ready yet".

I won't miss "use Eclipse, no - use Intelli/J, no, use Eclipse, no, Intelli/J" etc

I won't miss infrastructure layers on top of infrastructure layers on top of infrastructure layers, a.k.a. "I just want to serve 5 TB".

I won't miss having to learn yet another obscure configuration language. BCL/GCL, Nickel, piccolo, pbtxt, oncall, etc.

I won't miss spooky magic at a distance, a.k.a. Guice, Dagger, Angular, etc.

I won't miss the whining about the (lack of a) holiday gift, or about the holiday party.

But in reality, I'll probably miss all the above things anyway...


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