In 2013, I worked on the Safari/WebKit team at Apple. One day, I was assigned a bug from the Mac App Store team. They were developing a new version of the store app, built almost entirely on web content, and it was really sluggish when resizing. I’d been on the team for a few years at that point, and while I was new, I felt confident that I could help the App Store folks improve performance somehow.
Great story, reminded me a bit of Raymond Chen / The Old New Thing. Also appreciate the reminder not to give in to the fear that surrounds certain mythical areas of a project. You once posted about the simple idea of approaching complex tasks that seem insurmountable by breaking them down into manageable tasks. It sounds so obvious now, but that advice really stuck with me and has been a huge help when I get stuck. Cheers!