On the responsibility of engineering blog

A recent Netflix engineering blog titled ‘Node.js in Flames‘ stirred quite a discussion. People are saying it is misleading to say at least, like this response.

I was initially shocked by how ‘naive’ the Express.js was in terms of dealing with routes. After initial shock, I wasn’t sure whether there is an easy alternative. So I went through the comments of the original blog, and realized it is indeed a deliberate choice made by the framework.

However, the damage has been done to the Express framework. I imagine this article would be brought-up many times in the future. The conversation would go like ‘No. We shouldn’t use Express. Didn’t you see how Netflix was ditching Express?’. Quite similar to when Facebook ditched HTML and went for native, maybe at a much smaller scale.

I used to have a lot of respect for engineering blogs from different companies. After all, you are supposed to demonstrate the technical leadership. But this article serves as a friendly reminder that things are not so simple as it seems.