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Horrors of software engineering


Real Challenges in Software Engineering at Tech Companies

Software engineering in tech companies comes with its unique set of challenges. Here's a glimpse into what these challenges might look like:

  • Working on Legacy Components:
    • Tackling old systems that are crucial yet lack documentation or historical context.
  • Data Scrapping and Report Generation:
    • Gathering information from various sources under tight deadlines.
  • Reproducing Customer Issues:
    • Struggling with lost logs/metrics and outdated systems.
  • Handling Incidents:
    • Dealing with the aftermath of minor changes in systems lacking tests and monitoring.
  • Midnight Incident Calls:
    • Being the go-to expert during critical issues, often outside regular working hours.
  • Resolving Discrepancies:
    • Spending excessive time on minor differences in reports from disparate systems.
  • Knowledge Transfer:
    • Sharing expertise on systems you've barely worked on.
  • Shifting Priorities:
    • Realizing your long-term project is no longer a priority.

These scenarios are not complaints but realities of the job, emphasizing learning, automating, and improving for the future.