The Difficulties of Web Development, Fixing Vulnerabilities and a Little Perspective

December 3, 2015

The beauty of the LinkedIn Pulse platform is that it gives professionals a way to share their personal opinions about topical professional news and interests. Here’s a roundup of some of the best pieces LinkedIn engineers have written recently.

In Defence of the Front End
By Joel Kang, Web Developer at LinkedIn

A front-end developer who learned his craft by being put through the trials and tribulations of building at scale share why web development is more difficult than any other kind of engineering. Joel runs through the difficulties he endured throughout his learning curve, from picking a language, to understanding the problems with platforms, to learning to make difficult decisions.

Abusing CSS Selectors to Perform UI Redressing Attacks
By Jovon Itwaru, Information Security Engineer

Jovon works hand-in-hand with the security community, identifying and fixing bugs to keep LinkedIn members safe. Recently, he outlined a unique vulnerability brought to our attention, sharing the lessons learned and the importance of partnering with researchers through our private bug bounty program.

Perspective, Hope and Taking Risk
By Naga Sowjanya Mudunuri, Front-End UI Engineer at LinkedIn

Naga boarded a plane for the first time nine years ago, flying from her native India to Santa Barbara to finish her studies. She reflects on the challenges she faced at home – and in her new home – as well as her journey to where she is today, and what she’s learned from them.

Behavior, Motivation, and Data
By Jason Schissel, Staff Data Analyst at LinkedIn

Data can be a powerful tool to help people reach their goals. Jason breaks down how three factors – motivation, ability, and trigger – directly affect behavior, and how tracking them can be a powerful factor in meeting goals.

Investment Banking vs. High Tech Compensations
By Guy Lebanon, Senior Manager and Head of Feed Infrastructure and Relevance at LinkedIn

More and more software engineers and business school graduates are heading away from Wall Street and toward Silicon Valley. Guy looks at data from both industries and supposes that while rising compensation in tech certainly motivates some, the shift also comes from people feeling that they can do good in world working for tech firms.