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  • Netflix Drive: Building a Cloud-Native Filesystem for Media Assets

    In this article, Tejas Chopra discusses Netflix Drive, a generic cloud drive for storing and retrieving media assets - a collection of media files and folders in Netflix. Netflix Drive ties together disparate data (such as: AWS S3, Ceph Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and others) and metadata stores in a cogent form for creating, cataloging and serving these assets to applications and workflows.

  • InfoQ Mobile and IoT Trends Report 2022

    This report summarizes the views of the InfoQ editorial team and of several practitioners from the software industry about emerging trends in a number of areas that we collectively label the mobile and IoT space. This is a rather heterogeneous space comprising devices and gadgets from smartphones to smart watches, from IoT appliances to smart glasses, voice-driven assistants, and so on.

  • Testing Games is Not a Game

    Testing video games goes beyond or differs in general from what Quality Assurance means and represents. It brings a new subset of responsibilities and skills intrinsic to the gaming industry. This article provides insights about the game industry, the role of the game tester, thoughts on challenges, and the learnings of testing games.

  • Brahmos, a New, Small, React-Like UI Framework with Concurrent Rendering -- Q&A with Sudhanshu Yadav

    Brahmos implements the known React APIs (hooks, context, concurrent mode, and more) with a different and potentially faster method that also leverages a standard feature of JavaScript: template literals. Brahmos is among the very few UI frameworks that implements the experimental concurrent mode API sponsored by React. Other frameworks may be waiting out, or discarding the feature entirely.

  • Dev & UX: How Integrating UX Improves Engineering’s Efficiency and Sanity

    User experience (UX) is often misunderstood. Many teams and workers believe it’s just sketching or laying out screens. Misunderstanding UX leads to problems in hiring, processes, team culture, product, and customer satisfaction. Today we’ll learn how to start improving all of these by seeing UX as it really is: engineering’s time and money saver.

  • Functional UI - a Stream-Based Equational Approach

    User interface applications can be implemented with an explicit functional relation linking events received by the user interface to the actions to exert on the interfaced systems. Streams by abstracting over time may express that relation concisely. A stream-based implementation is one of the three Functional UI strategies for implementing reliable, well-architected user interface applications.

  • Functional UI - a Model-Based Approach

    Functional UI techniques rely on the functional relation between events processed by the user interface and the actions performed by the interface. If the user interface has discrete modes in which its behavior can be expressed simply, a modelization with state machines is an advantageous functional UI technique. This article explains the technique, its benefits and how it is used in the industry.

  • Functional UI (Framework-Free at Last)

    Functional UI is a set of techniques which rely heavily on functional programming to develop user interface applications. While deceptively simple, functional UI techniques are surprisingly powerful. Functional UI directly reflects the application's specifications, allows developers to unit-test user scenarios, and UI frameworks become mere libraries. Framework-free at last!

  • Five Android and iOS UI Design Guidelines for React Native

    This article will explain why UI designers should follow platform specific guidelines while designing for multiple platforms. This can be quite a complex task, due to the variety of constraints and guidelines there are to consider. We propose five easy guidelines to design for multiple platforms focusing on React Native and without missing key usability concerns.

  • Developing a Secure and Scalable Web Ecosystem at LinkedIn

    LinkedIn’s hyper-growth placed strains on the organization’s infrastructure. A new release model was instrumental to scale and led to increased code quality, security, and member satisfaction.

  • Consensual Software: How to Prioritize User Safety

    This article covers how consensual software will help address online harassment and abuse vectors before they get out of hand. It also covers some features the GitHub Community & Safety team has built and how we review features from other teams.

  • How to Effectively Collect User Feedback in Mobile Application

    This article analyzes a variety of forms of collecting feedback in mobile applications from a number of perspectives, including user experience, development, operations,and cost. It also analyzes in which scenario each form of feedback is more applicable, with the purpose of helping mobile application developers or product managers use the right feedback mechanism and improve their products.