It Depends #46

Competitive programming, cleaning up noisy labels, forking gRPC, and the heptagon of configuration

Kislay Verma
1 min readAug 22, 2021


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Hello everyone!

I just sent out It Depends #46. Go get your weekly dose of great weekend reading!

This week on the blog, I wrote about the rise of competitive programming to fetish levels in colleges and how this has broken the junior engineer hiring process. It’s a classic case of gaming the metric which is hurting the industry badly IMO.

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From the internet this week, Aline Guisly on using event-driven architecture to clean noisy labels, @mattrickard on the heptagon of configuration, DRPC as a lightweight gRPC, and @orydland’s introduction to socio-technical architecture.

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Till next weekend!




Kislay Verma

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