Lessons from a Librarian
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Section: Full talk (35/45 minutes)
Technical level: Intermediate
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Abstract
Library maintenance is a fun, terrible, exciting, daunting, nuanced, and interesting line of work. Sometimes you’re the janitor and sometimes you’re the surgeon. This talk is about lessons learned over the years of doing core librarian work in open source and on a big team. From API design to engaging dogma, we’ll dive into the many facets of maintaining a codebase’s foundations and the community that grows around it, and how to leverage them for a better developer experience for everyone.

Oh, and tombstone cakes.
Speaker bio
Zac is a mobile engineer at Uber with primary focus areas in Android, code gen, Kotlin, OSS, and avoiding sniffly APIs. He’s the creator of a few open source projects like AutoDispose and CatchUp, and active contributor to several more.