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#031: Your ABC’s could make you a better engineer

Feb 04, 2023

The alphabet is your friend.

Most databases & file systems sort alphabetically by default.

So factor this into your naming conventions.

Use letters, numbers and underscores to organize & group concepts.


You’ll be forced to think before you name.

But this subtle step can keep your project clean long term.

Which avoids confusion & makes the team more efficient.

Who knew your ABC’s could make you a better engineer?



New & interesting

It’s hard enough to keep up with our own lives, let alone the data world.

So here are 4 links to help you stay on top of your game:

My recent videos:

  1. Stand Out as a Data Engineer w/ Free Tools - Stand out more than just your resume by creating a simple portfolio site with free tools & no-code tech.
  2. Cloud Data Storage Temperatures, Explained - Understand the 3 main storage tiers so you can optimize your spend and overall be more aware.

Other interesting finds:

  1. Technical Writing Mentorship Program (dbt Labs) - dbt Labs is offering a technical writing training to help you create better data content online in 6 weeks. Looks interesting. Applications are being accepted until Feb 17th.
  2. The 3 Phases of Data Contracts (Great Expectations) - A take on the usefulness of Data Contracts based on if they are verbal, written or automated.



Looking for more? Here are 3 other ways I can help you:

  1. The Playbook for dbt™  - Learn exactly how to use dbt™ in a modern data workflow so you can show your team what Analytics Engineering really looks like.
  2. Consulting - Hire me as a hands-on consultant to help complete your next data project.
  3. Sponsorship - Promote your product or brand to 5,000+ email subscribers and/or 16k+ YouTube subscribers


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