Great engineer – Crash Tung

By | June 25, 2009

I work with some great engineers.  One in particular is fantastic, named Crash.  He is a backend guy, doesn’t touch the UI much.  A demo to him is all accomplished at the command prompt.  He said something yesterday that was abaolutely brilliant and summed up my admiration for him.

When I add a new feature, I try to leave the code base smaller than when I found it.

How awesome is that?  It speaks to the Zen principles of simplicity.  Less can yield more.

Once I asked Crash for the letter X.  He provided me the whole alphabet in multiple languages just in case I needed a few more letters.  Consistently, he thinks past the short term requirements and achieves much more than what is asked.  He produces extraordinarily quickly considering the high quality.  With a dozen such men, one could rule the world.  Or at least code it.

I should put this into a LinkedIn recommendation, shouldn’t I?

9 thoughts on “Great engineer – Crash Tung

  1. Glen Lipka Post author

    Not that I know of. I think he is too private. 🙂 That’s why I wanted to sing his praises.

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  3. SILO

    I worked with him before. He is very good but I wouldn’t call him great.
    Also, he can be difficult to work with.

  4. Glen Lipka Post author

    SILO, my friend, you clearly are on crack and need to seek professional help. Admitting you have a problem is the first step. 🙂

  5. SILO

    Glen, I don’t know you personally. There is no need for personal attack. I am definitely not on crack. I am simply stating my opinion and my experience. I bet I know his work better than you. You don’t need to agree. Maybe you should work with few other MIT folks before you use the word “Great”.

  6. Glen Lipka Post author

    I was kidding about the crack. Notice the smiling face at the end. It’s sarcasm. Crash would have known that.

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  8. Reza

    I never saw this until your recent post about Marketo. Crash is definitely one of the most amazing engineers I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with.


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