A comment I left on Steve Yegge's latest post:
Are there software engineer jobs at Google that aren't so academic in nature?
For example, do the people who work on Gmail have to memorize all of that "baseline" stuff you listed?
Is there room for smart software engineers at Google who like working at a higher level?
I'm genuinely curious to hear your answer. Google seems like a great company to work for, but I'd sooner be bashed in the face with a sledgehammer than have to commit all of that low-level nastiness to memory.
Steve Yegge is one of my heroes, and I've had a fantasy of working at Google for several years, but I fear that we operate in two completely different worlds.