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Discussion on: What do you wish you knew when starting your last gig?

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Build a glossary of terms used in the company, and become very familiar with them.

I like this one a lot. It combines both practical knowledge & team culture into a format that's easy to digest.

At my last company any object that was "other" was called a 534. Why? Well because when we first seeded the database in week 1 of the company that was the index of the last entry in the table - the one we simply inserted by hand with the label "Other - Not Found". For the life of the company 534 was just shorthand for something you couldn't categorize.

Also, for those looking for a trip down memory lane. Let us not forget ESR's Jargon File.