Welcome to this week’s edition of my newsletter. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.
I’m writing a piece on why so many internal platform systems get bypassed by product teams, but like all socio-technical discussions, it keeps getting more complicated the more I get into it. I hope to finish it this week, but till then, here’s some of the best stuff I found on the internet this week.
From the great interweb
- Gleison Brito and Marco Valente have published the results of a controlled experiment comparing REST and GraphQL. While they claim GraphQL to be better in the more complicated scenarios, REST still occupies the center stage in building APIs. What’s holding back GraphQL from being the de-facto standard? Let me know what you think.
- Indi Young discusses the situations when we need to explore the problem space instead of looking for solutions.
- Here’s an old chat (July 8, 1996) between Andy Grove and Bill Gates. It is a fascinating read with the benefits of hindsight, and it is worth thinking about what they got right/wrong and why.
- For those looking to level up as engineering leaders, this leadership library by Philip Paetz is a great, curated resource of knowledge.
That's it for this week folks. Have a great weekend!