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Real-Time Notifications at Twitter

by Andrew Morgan on  Jun 20, 2017

Saurabh Pathak, engineering manager at Twitter, discussed the site's notification architecture at QCon London 2017. This included highlighting key challenges which are unique to Twitter, such as the bimodal nature of the social network, dealing with spikes, and the requirement to serve notifications in real time.

Facebook’s New AL Language Aims to Simplify Static Program Analysis

by Sergio De Simone on  May 27, 2017

AL is a simple, declarative language for reasoning about abstract syntax trees that allows to extend Facebook Infer static analyzer.

Facebook Publishes New Neural Machine Translation Algorithm

by Roland Meertens on  May 24, 2017

Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research team published research results using a new approach for neural machine translation (NMT). Their algorithm scores higher than any other system on three established machine translation tasks.

React Fiber: A Closer Look at the New Engine of React

by David Iffland on  May 01, 2017

Facebook is working on a completely new architecture underpinning React, their popular JavaScript framework. The new design, dubbed React Fiber, alters how and when changes are detected in order to improve perceived responsiveness on browsers and other rendering targets. React Fiber will be launched in version 16 and should be a drop-in replacement for most React apps.

10 Weeks to QCon New York: Keynotes Announced and Early Peek into the Speaker Lineup

by Wesley Reisz on  Apr 24, 2017

QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.

Facebook Litho: An Android UI Framework Created for Performance

by Abel Avram on  Apr 19, 2017

Facebook has open sourced Litho, a framework for creating user interfaces in Android applications using a React-like declarative style with scrolling performance in mind.

Strata and StockTwits at Jax Finance 2017

by Charles Humble on  Apr 06, 2017

InfoQ attended the Jax Finance conference held in London on April 4-5, 2017. Jax Finance is a vertical event, co-located with Jax DevOps. Speakers included Stephen Colebourne of Joda fame, Pierce Crosby from StockTwits, and Eric Horesnyi from StreamData.io

The Employee Experience: How to Make People Want to Show Up at Work

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Feb 12, 2017

Jacob Morgan, a keynote speaker, best-selling author and the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations exploring the new world of work, gave a webinar along with Cisco to discuss how organizations should behave to create remarkable employee experiences, the ones that make people want to show up at work.

The Infrastructure Behind Twitter: Scaling Networking, Storage and Provisioning

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 30, 2017

The Twitter Engineering team has recently provided an insight into the evolution and scaling of the core technologies behind their in-house infrastructure that powers the social media service. Core lessons shared included: Architect beyond the original specifications; there is no such a thing as a “temporary change or workaround”; and documenting best practices has been a “force multiplier”.

The Last Days of Parse

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2017 2

Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker sent out a final reminder of Parse shutting down at the end of this month. Developers are urged to export any data they would like to save as soon as possible.

Twitter Sells Fabric to Google

by Abel Avram on  Jan 19, 2017

Google has bought Twitter Fabric and will integrate the platform into Firebase.

React Alternative Inferno Hits 1.0

by David Iffland on  Jan 10, 2017

React-like JavaScript library, Inferno, has hit version 1.0. It's a small and highly performant library with a similar API and structure as React, but focused on performance. The project hopes to do more in 2017, but its founder has taken a position with the React team at Facebook.

Facebook's Comparison of Apache Giraph and Spark GraphX for Graph Data Processing

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 09, 2016

A Facebook team has recently published a comparison of the performance of their existing Giraph-based graph processing system with the newer GraphX which is part of the popular Spark framework. Their conclusion is that GraphX is neither sufficiently scalable or performant to support their graph processing workloads.

Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare on  Dec 09, 2016

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.

CommAI, a Training and Testing AI System by Facebook

by Alex Giamas on  Oct 21, 2016

Facebook recently announced CommAI-env, a platform for training and evaluating an AI system. Inspired by A roadmap towards Machine Intelligence the system aims for teaching intelligent agents general learning capabilities that would serve as the groundwork for further, more specialized training by human or machine level interaction. The article provides a high level overview of current state and..

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