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The Rise of Microsoft Visual Studio Code

By Lyn Levenick and Ammon Bartram on Dec 4, 2018

tl;dr Visual Studio Code usage is rising rapidly! VS Code is now the editor chosen by the majority of engineers during programming interviews, and it appears to be rapidly taking market share from other top editors.

Triplebyte interviews hundreds of engineers each week. For every interview, we record the editor, language and operating system each candidate uses. We don't use this data to decide who passes our interview (I don't think that would be fair). However, it is fascinating data! It gives us insight into which tools different cohorts of engineers prefer, and how these preferences have changed over time. It also allows us to identify correlations between the tools engineers choose and their performance during programming interviews.

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From The Oil Field To Silicon Valley: How Coding Changed My Life

By Charles Treichler on Nov 12, 2018

Ralph Landon is a 32 year old software engineer and former oil worker who was recently hired by Render, a San Francisco based startup that lets users deploy web applications without having to manage their own servers or databases.

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Common Interviewing Mistakes that Engineers Make

By June Kreml on Oct 29, 2018

Every engineer has bombed an interview. Sometimes even very talented engineers unexpectedly bomb them, and this can be really frustrating for all parties involved. As one of Triplebyte’s content writers, I’ve read interview notes on hundreds of successful candidates and hundreds of candidates who didn’t make it through our process.

Although we've put a lot of effort into designing a background-blind technical screen, our process is still probabilistic and sometimes things other than raw engineering talent impact outcomes. Sometimes candidates make mistakes which make it impossible for us to accurately assess their ability. What follows is based on my own observations and those of our interviewing team, who have been doing this for even longer than I have.

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Creating a New Source of Revenue for Open Source Software

By Guillaume Luccisano on Oct 23, 2018

Triplebyte is giving every software engineer accepted onto our platform $100 to donate to their favorite open source software projects.

We are leveraging the accumulated knowledge of our users to decentralize open source funding because we believe that crowdsourced decisions will lead to more merit-based funding choices.

Each month, we are making about $20K available to open source projects through our users.

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Gmail Creator and YC Partner Paul Buchheit on Joining Google, How to Become a Great Engineer and Happiness

By Triplebyte on Oct 17, 2018

Paul Buchheit is an engineer and partner at Y Combinator. He was the 23rd employee at Google, where he built Gmail and the first prototype for Adsense. After leaving Google he co-founded Friendfeed, which was acquired by Facebook.

Triplebyte co-founder and CEO, Harj Taggar, sat down with Paul to talk about how he got starting to program, joining Google, and becoming a great engineer.

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Triplebyte now in Seattle and Los Angeles

By Triplebyte on Oct 2, 2018

Triplebyte is now available for engineers and companies hiring in Seattle and Los Angeles!

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How Triplebyte solved its office Wi-Fi problems

By Mike Robbins on Sep 26, 2018

Our team just moved to a larger office with unterminated ethernet cables, no uplink, and no Wi-Fi. Here’s a smorgasbord of suggestions — some well-known and others obscure — that helped me get a reliable network running fast.

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What companies mean by culture fit

By Ammon Bartram on Sep 10, 2018

Hiring the best employees and building a strong culture are imperatives for any company. However, culture fit screens in the interview process have been shown to introduce significant bias. In this post, I dig into what companies actually mean by culture fit, and try to find a way to resolve this conflict. I hope this post will be useful for hiring manager designing an interview process, or engineers getting ready for interviews.

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Convincing engineers to join your team

By Harj Taggar on Aug 30, 2018

Once you've found an engineer you want to hire, the final step is presenting them an offer to join your team and convincing them to accept it. This post offers advice for increasing the percentage of the offers you make that are accepted.

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