How do committees invent?, Conway, Datamation magazine 1968 With thanks to Chris Frost for recommending this paper - another great example of a case where we all know the law (Conway's law in this case), but many of us have not actually read the original ideas behind it. We're back in 1968, a time when … Continue reading How do committees invent?
Declarative assembly of web applications from predefined concepts De Rosso et al., Onward! 2019 I chose this paper to challenge my own thinking. I’m not really a fan of low-code / no-code / just drag-and-drop-from-our-catalogue forms of application development. My fear is that all too often it’s like jumping on a motorbike and tearing off … Continue reading Declarative assembly of web applications from pre-defined concepts
Local-first software: you own your data, in spite of the cloud Kleppmann et al., Onward! '19 Watch out! If you start reading this paper you could be lost for hours following all the interesting links and ideas, and end up even more dissatisfied than you already are with the state of software today. You might … Continue reading Local-first software: you own your data, in spite of the cloud
Scaling symbolic evaluation for automated verification of systems code with Serval Nelson et al., SOSP'19 Serval is a framework for developing automated verifiers of systems software. It makes an interesting juxtaposition to the approach Google took with Snap that we looked at last time out. I’m sure that Google engineers do indeed take extreme care … Continue reading Scaling symbolic evaluation for automated verification of systems code with Serval
Three key checklists and remedies for trustworthy analysis of online controlled experiments at scale Fabijan et al., ICSE 2019 Last time out we looked at machine learning at Microsoft, where we learned among other things that using an online controlled experiment (OCE) approach to rolling out changes to ML-centric software is important. Prior to that … Continue reading Three key checklists and remedies for trustworthy analysis of online controlled experiments at scale
Automating chaos experiments in production Basiri et al., ICSE 2019 Are you ready to take your system assurance programme to the next level? This is a fascinating paper from members of Netflix’s Resilience Engineering team describing their chaos engineering initiatives: automated controlled experiments designed to verify hypotheses about how the system should behave under gray … Continue reading Automating chaos experiments in production
Teaching rigorous distributed systems with efficient model checking Michael et al., EuroSys'19 On the surface you might think today’s paper selection an odd pick. It describes the labs environment, DSLabs, developed at the University of Washington to accompany a course in distributed systems. During the ten week course, students implement four different assignments: an exactly-once … Continue reading Teaching rigorous distributed systems with efficient model checking