Your Company's Best Internal Tools

Facebook / Eng 94๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒŠ
Feb 17 30 Comments

What are some of the cool internal-only tools that your company built in-house from the ground up instead of relying on open source alternatives and what are the differences between them?

Google and FB are examples of such companies because they have unprecedented scale. Some examples:

FB
- Automation tool that allows you to specify rules to execute certain if-this-then-that-style actions. Useful for automating repetitive actions
- Data visualization tool that let's you view a database table in any supported visualization format
- Page navigation browser redirect that let's you jump to any service/page with just a short memorizable command, similar to Google's go/
- Internal version of Docker
- Phabricator - code review and viewing platform (not exactly internal now)
- Code ownership/attribution tool based on commit and review history of code files
- Pokedex where you catch a random Pokemon every time you close a task
- ID tool where you paste an ID and get the schema and data of that entity

What else!

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TOP 30 Comments
  • Amazon maxibeff
    We have Amazon Chime going for us... Though it's publicly available I think we're the only ones using it
    Feb 17 10
    • Google / Eng catburglar
      Didn't FB have Gmail?
      Feb 17
    • Facebook / Eng 94๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒŠ
      OP
      In the works but most of us are still on Outlook
      Feb 17
    • Adobe j1ra
      What's wrong with Outlook? I have been using both Outlook (professional) and Gmail (personal) for ~ 15 years and recently moved away from Gmail even for personal. I find it a cluttered mess visually and being unable to do basic things like sort is a pain.
      Feb 17
    • Amazon / Eng
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      Outlook on Mac is terrible as compared to Outlook on Windows.
      Feb 17
    • Amazon beesohs
      A search/tag/archive approach to email mgmt is far less time consuming than Outlookโ€™s manual folder approach. Thatโ€™s just one thing wrong with Outlook.
      Feb 17
  • Oldfart let's us see how many people have left the company since you joined.
    Feb 17 1
    • Facebook / Eng 94๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒŠ
      OP
      At FB we have a dashboard for that too. It also shows the number of quitters every month and their tenure
      Feb 17
  • Microsoft wksbfm
    Odd - diff tool
    Feb 17 1
    • Microsoft RcFm02
      Lol ๐Ÿ˜‚ , your joking right
      Feb 17
  • Google SirMixAlot
    Memegen
    Feb 18 0
  • Uber xxvegas
    Coming from FB and you didnโ€™t mention scuba? It is the most beloved by all exFBers.
    Feb 17 6
  • PayPal Stilettos
    PayPal has an entire org that tries to reinvent the wheel for industry standards open source tools and fails miserably. So, none.
    Feb 17 0
  • HotelTonight VgMe41
    Why would Go links be implemented as a browser plugin? Defeats the ubiquity of Go links.
    Feb 17 1
    • Facebook / Eng 94๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒŠ
      OP
      Sorry I recalled wrongly, it's not a plugin, it's a browser redirect to our internal redirection directory
      Feb 17
  • New / Data 3blxqv
    Are these all developed by engineers on infrastructure side? (or tools if there is one)
    Feb 17 1
    • Facebook / Eng 94๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒŠ
      OP
      Yes mostly we have dedicated teams to build them as it's a large enough problem that a significant portion of the company is facing
      Feb 17
  • Netflix <empty>
    Facebookโ€™s meeting booking tool and viewfinders.
    Feb 18 0
  • Facebook MrLebowski
    Flipper. Coming from a winforms/wpf background I always looked for the mobile equivalent of HawkEye/Snoop
    Feb 17 0