One of my favorite technology trends of the past few years has been the emergence of engineering blogs. They are, mostly, a recruiting tool, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn a lot about how companies operating at varying levels of maturity and scale go about their business. Here are the engineering blogs I’m following right now:
- Airbnb Nerd Blog
- Backing & Hacking (Kickstarter)
- Bitly Engineering Blog
- Code as Craft (Etsy)
- code.flickr – One of the original engineering blogs.
- The Corner (Square)
- Coursera Technology
- DocuSign Dev Blog
- Dropbox Tech Blog
- Facebook Engineering Blog (older stuff)
- Foursquare Engineering
- Google Engineering Tools
- IMVU Engineering Blog – One of earliest companies to publicize its continuous deployment process.
- Instagram Engineering
- Last.HQ (Last.fm)
- LinkedIn Engineering
- Making Pinterest
- The Netflix Tech Blog
- NPR News Apps Blog
- Paperless Post Dev Blog
- Several People Are Coding (Slack Engineering)
- SlideShare Engineering Blog
- SoundCloud Backstage
- Spotify Labs
- Tumblr Engineering
- Twitter Engineering
- Uber Engineering Blog
- Viget Extend
- Wayfair Engineering
- Wealthfront Engineering
- Yammer Engineering
- Yelp Product & Engineering Blog
What sorts of things are companies publishing on engineering blogs? Here are a few examples of particularly good engineering blog posts I’ve read over the years:
- Lessons Netflix Learned from the AWS Outage is a great post-mortem on how Netflix dealt with a major outage that affected them in surprising ways.
- Building a recommendation engine, foursquare style explains the computational shortcuts you can take when you’re dealing with a lot of data.
- The Etsy Way rounds up a number of posts that explain how Etsy created its engineering culture.
- Creating an interface for geofences is a look at how Flickr built an interesting feature.
- Twitter explained how they moved to a new datacenter.
- LinkedIn’s three part series on building their iPad app was epic.
This is just a small sample of the great stuff that companies are posting to their engineering blogs these days.
If you know of any good engineering blogs that I’m missing, please post links in the comments.
Update: Added a few additional blogs suggested by @mrtazz.
Update (March 6, 2013): Added the NPR News Apps Blog.
Update (May 10, 2013): Added Kickstarter’s Backing & Hacking blog.
Update (February, 22, 2014): Added Coursera Technology.
Update (March 24, 2014): Added Algorithm & Blues, Rdio’s engineering blog.
Update (August 29, 2014): Added Yahoo.
Update (December 13, 2015): Added Medium and Vine.
Update (August 20, 2016): Removed Rdio and Prismatic (RIP), updated Facebook, Yammer. Added Uber, Pinterest, Dropbox, Lyft, Zenefits, CloudFlare, Slack.
May 25, 2012 at 2:55 am
Apple and Microsoft. Apple obviously doesn’t blog and Microsoft just didn’t make the cut.
May 25, 2012 at 4:28 am
I said to myself – “let’s do a service to the community and prepare an OPML file of this fine list of sites.”
Alas, I haven’t found a good online OPML generator. The one I have found doesn’t parse the feeds and get their title and description.
At this point I have stopped. This is what I got. Hope it will be useful in some way.
May 25, 2012 at 11:02 am
Oh software engineering.
May 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm
If you step out of software engineering, I love the occasional link from CR4, which covers ‘engineering’ more widely:
August 22, 2012 at 10:05 am
This is really useful, thanks! I created a Google Reader bundle of these feeds (and you get an OPML file for free):
November 11, 2013 at 11:04 am
April 3, 2014 at 2:23 am
Nice post! Readers might also enjoy Steve Mackay’s engineering blog at http://www.idc-online.com/Engineering-Blog and the free technical resources available there.