In this post, we'll describe how we took our service catalog to the next level, how we migrated our internal system to the open source Backstage developer portal technology, and how we're now providing more capabilities and empowering our engineering team, in turn speeding up software delivery and engineering effectiveness.
Imagine yourself as an engineer who just joined SoundCloud. Besides meeting your colleagues and getting your new laptop, badge, and that cool branded hoodie, the first weeks at work will be about exploration. Onboarding involves a lot of “looking around”: finding mentorship, getting to know the company’s culture, and exploring codebases — and most likely, you’ll want to contribute code too!
The first question you might ask is “What do I even work on?”. With time, you’ll identify a few sibling…
Let's take a look at techniques we can use to confidently release updates to an internal library that's integrated into hundreds of projects across the company — even if they're API-breaking changes.
We take software testing very seriously at SoundCloud. As we scale our codebases and vary the testing harness, we've also faced some challenges with maintainability. Take a look at this post to learn about some of the tooling we've built to help us manage the execution of and derive insights from the dozens of thousands of tests every day.