The Grind

I was recently wading through a very horrible codebase and my morale had dropped to an all-time low. It was also paper-acceptance season and I began suffering from the grass-is-greener syndrome.

In such situations it helps to read Philip Guo’s excellent post on the subject: Unicorn Jobs.

I sometimes use this mental trick. I ask myself why I am putting myself through this. Shitty codebases come in two main flavors:

  1. Shitty packaging and quality but high barrier to duplication - research prototypes tend to fall in this category. Mastery of this codebase translates to an economic advantage.
  2. Shitty packaging, shitty quality and low barrier to duplication - this is a candidate ripe for disruption. Rewrite it well and you will have done the world a massive favor.

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