The Impact of Slow Build Times

Summary of my bookmarked links from Dec 8th, 2022


  • Experiment: The hidden costs of waiting on slow build times

    The article discusses the cost of hardware and its impact on developer productivity. The author conducted an experiment using GitHub's hosted runners to compare build times and costs at different compute tiers. They found that more powerful hardware significantly reduces build times and saves developers' time. The cost of hardware is relatively small compared to the total cost of developers' time, making it cost-effective to invest in stronger hardware. The article also explores the cost of context switching and emphasizes the importance of providing better hardware to keep the development team on track and improve productivity.