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I am Surma, Web Advocate and Engineer at Google. Ask me anything!

Started on February 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Hello everyone,

I am Surma. I am an open web platform advocate and engineer at Google. For better or worse, I am half of the HTTP 203 podcast and used to do a YouTube show called Supercharged. I am part of the core team behind Squoosh, creator of Comlink and also brought you Tinder for Bananas. I also gave a talk at last year’s Chrome Dev Summit that went horribly wrong.

Ask me anything on the following topics: Anything. It’s why it’s called an “Ask Me Anything” right? But if you need some ideas to get started:

  • Web Performance
  • App development
  • Architecture
  • Houdini
  • WebAssembly
  • Standards
  • Mechanical keyboards
  • Programming languages
  • Sitting next to Jake all day

Thank you for all your questions! I think I managed to reply to everyone, but if you have more questions, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter!

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Is Microsoft releasing a browser version based on Chromium?

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Hey Surma! Thanks for the AMA. :) What led you to be a Googler? Please share your story.

My story is actually really boring. I was the co-lead of the GDG Berlin Golang. Through that, I met many brilliant people that do amazing community work in Berlin. Like Stefan Hoth who was organizing the GDG Berlin or Ben Weiss who was organizing the GDG Berlin Android (they just turned 10 years old 🎂). These people along with their co-organizers also organized events like the Berlin DevFest and similar things, which gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of people, amongst of which a couple of Googlers.

Eventually, Ben got hired by Google and he recommended me to HR. At this point I had my own company that went bankrupt and still hadn’t finished my Master’s degree after three years or so. I never thought I’d get through the interviews but why not try? But I did get through. So here I am 🤷‍♂️I am incredibly fortunate and thankful for all the people who have paved the way for me and for the massive amount of luck I had to get to this point.

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I would just like to say that. You and Jake are perfect hosts for http 203. You guys are funny and the content you guys talk about is 🔥. Thank you for that and this AMA.

You are too kind <3

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Hi Surma,

Thanks for AMA!!. How is your typical work day? And what languages and tools you are using on your day to day!

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Thanks for the answers. What is your favorite editor and why do you prefer it.

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Have you ever had a technical problem onstage? Did you succeed at finding the problem immediately? Was your laptop plugged in?


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