by Rinat AbdullinI recently was kindly invited by Tomas Roos to join dev team of HappyPancake – large swedish dating site that needs to grow beyond it’s current implementation in .NET + SQL. My starting days in HappyPancake were quite intense and interesting, despite the fact that I could spend only 20 hours per week on the project. I learned a lot of things that would be be completely out of reach for a .NET developer within Microsoft OS. Here are some bullet-points:
- Google Hangouts work nicely for team collaboration and screen sharing.
- SyncSpace drawing app is probably the best collaborative white-board for a distributed team.
- Mindmups are great for collaborative and personal brain-storming.
- Erlang is a great language for building low-latency and CPU-efficient apps. It has some learning overhead for a .NET guy like me.
- Golang is a great language with good ecosystem and really good performance. If compared to erlang, golang has a lower learning overhead for a .NET guy.
- Iterative development with emergent design (we don’t know all the answers)
- Micro-services with support for experimentation and A/B testing (to get these answers and discard wrong assumptions)
- Base design evolution on reality and measuring it to validate assumptions
- Ubiquitous language for communication between services : HTTP with JSON/HTML
- Any language within the service (as long as it runs on Linux)
- Designing for a distributed team that wants to spend years learning things, experimenting and playing with cool tech.
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