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Wanted: Data Scientists with Technical Brilliance AND Business Sense

DoorDash seeks data scientists who prioritize the business impacts of their work.

Read More Alok Gupta
Backend

Building a gRPC Client Standard with Open Source to Boost Reliability and Velocity

In a microservice architecture, cross-service communication happens under a set of global rules that are hard to effectively enforce across all services without standardizing client-service communication. Relying on individual service client implementations to adhere to these rules means a lot of additional repeated work on individual teams, which has a negative impact on developer velocity. ...

Read More Haitham Gabr
Backend

Platform Optimization Through Better API Design

As DoorDash migrated to a microservices architecture, we found an opportunity to redesign our APIs, resulting in better overall client performance.

Read More Maggie Fang
Backend

Tailoring Gradle and Docker for Rapid Local Development

As technology companies race to release their next features, any delay in productivity can be extremely detrimental, making an efficient development build process essential.  Companies that use Kubernetes and Docker in production environments most likely use Docker for local development. Docker-compose, a tool for defining and running multi-container Docker applications, ensures consistent local development processes, ...

Read More Marvin Flores
Culture

Making an Impact: Starting My Engineering Career at DoorDash

iOS engineer Dhruv Upadhyay describes his experience joining DoorDash as a recent Computer Science grad.

Read More Dhruv Upadhyay
Backend Culture Data General Machine Learning Mobile Web

2020 Hindsight: Building Reliability and Innovating at DoorDash

DoorDash recaps a number of its engineering highlights from 2020, including its microservices architecture, data platform, and new frontend development.

Read More Wayne Cunningham
Mobile Web

Implementing Theming in DoorDash’s Design Language System

Adding the concept of Theming to DoorDash's design language system made it easier for engineers to use standardized design elements in all of our products.

Read More Lindsey Menges
Machine Learning

Things Not Strings: Understanding Search Intent with Better Recall

For every growing company using an out-of-the-box search solution there comes a point when the corpus and query volume get so big that developing a system to understand user search intent is needed to consistently show relevant results.  We ran into a similar problem at DoorDash where, after we set up a basic “out-of-the-box” search ...

Read More Siddharth Kumar
Machine Learning

Iterating Real-time Assignment Algorithms Through Experimentation

DoorDash operates a large, active on-demand logistics system facilitating food deliveries in over 4,000 cities. When customers place an order through DoorDash, they can expect it to be delivered within an hour. Our platform determines the Dasher, our term for a delivery driver, most suited to the task and offers the assignment. Complex real-time logistic ...

Read More Sifeng Lin
Data

The Undervalued Skills Candidates Need to Succeed in Data Science Interviews

After interviewing over a thousand candidates for Data Science roles at DoorDash and only hiring a very small fraction, I have come to realize that any interview process is far from perfect, but there are often strategies to improve one’s chances . Over the course of our interviews, I’ve come across some great candidates who ...

Read More Lokesh Bisht
General

Future-proofing: How DoorDash Transitioned from a Code Monolith to a Microservice Architecture

In 2019, DoorDash’s engineering organization initiated a process to completely reengineer the platform on which our delivery logistics business is based. This article represents the first in a series on the DoorDash Engineering Blog recounting how we approached this process and the challenges we faced. In traditional web application development, engineers write code, compile it, ...

Read More Cesare Celozzi
Backend

Minimizing Risk for API Extraction in a Major Migration Project

DoorDash engineering describes its three step process for safely migrating business logic as APIs.

Read More David Chen

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