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Why we chose Loopback over Sails and Meteor

• Murali Vivekanandan • Leave a comment

The Context for using Loopback for our application

One of the first things we do in a typical Node.js project is to pick the appropriate Node framework from the plenty of choices available. Good thing – Lots of choices; Bad thing – Fragmented efforts and no framework with real momentum.

Our decision framework

We took a typical polyglot approach to a technology stack. The platform has 2 main components: one for intelligence (Data Crunching, Machine Learning, Text Analytics and so on). For this we finalized a stack of LUIGI, Elastic search, Spark, R and Python with a little bit of MongoDB thrown in.
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Angular Performance Tips and Tricks

Angular performance:

With the advent of Angular 2 and React, there is a lot of backlash against Angular on performance. While some of them are justified, a lot can be done to make Angular UI peppy.

Having built many complex front-ends with Angular, I wanted to share a few things we learnt in the trenches. Also, some of the advice out there on tuning Angular is out-dated after the 1.3/4 release. So here is the latest on how to get the best performance out of Angular!

Tools:

As with any performance exercise, don’t start anything without profiling. Premature optimization is the root of all evil – Donald Knuth.
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Cloud is not a glorified VPS

In spite of the deafening hype around cloud technologies for the past few years, I am surprised at how anemically Cloud is leveraged by most companies that I come across. When a company or a person says that they are on the cloud, a large percentage of them just mean getting to an EC2 instance and putting their app server / DB / etc of choice. This was available for the past decade from the VPS offerings. So what is so special about using a cloud like this?

I have also seen some of our customers truly leverage the cloud to great competitive advantage. It is not rocket science. Just awareness of the options out there and changing development and deployment architecture to exploit it.

I broadly classify the cloud features in 2 sets: IAAS features and Software block as a service.

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Hello New Office!

This is a very exciting week for us all! Office moves are always exhilarating, adding new colors and fresh vibes with a tint of chaos and tiring shifts. After almost 7 years at Shenoy Nagar, with three offices it’s time to accept we couldn’t stuff more people in the space.

Started in 2008 by our CEO Murali Vivekanandan, with a team of 6 people in a 3BR residential apartment, we have come a long way for a company of 150 employees working out of a stupendous 13000 sq. ft office space at the Guindy Industrial Estate.

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The 12 best Android apps of 2015

Android app developers had a busy year.

There was a new operating system and mobile payments platform, not to mention the latest and greatest handsets and smartwatches.

On top of all that, many of the new apps..

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Google is working on an artificially intelligent messaging app

Google may have a new artificial intelligence project in the works.

The company is working on a new messaging app that uses artificial intelligence to provide users with answers to search queries, according to a new report.

Details on exactly how the messaging service would work are slim but chatbots could play a significant role, according to The Wall Street Journal who first reported the plans. The goal, according to the report, is to allow users to engage with chatbots as another means of accessing search results and other information.

In addition to messaging friends,…

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Why you shouldn’t bother creating a mobile app.

As first appeared in medium.com

Lessons learned spending one year creating and improving our mobile app.

Enters the app graveyard: Birdly mobile.

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, used to exist something called Birdly Mobile. It was a mobile app: something you could download on an App Store, and use it on your smartphone just by tapping on an icon.

The mobile app was doing something really cool..

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Grooming Our Young Leaders

• Kalaivani Arun • Leave a comment

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” 

  • One of Einstein’s quotes that accurately reflects our approach to ‘Training’

While metrics and RoI are great to measure certain aspects of organization, we strongly believe ‘Training’ or ‘Learning’ should certainly not be one of them. That is why, we believe in an ongoing continuous learning both in a structured and unstructured manner based on needs. We neither measure the investment nor the returns from it. We just believe that it preps and enables us for the future.

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IoT Connectivity: Solution for a better time-to-market for mobile apps.

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Of late, there has been a phenomenal rise in the enterprise and consumer markets for IoT products and companies are striving to provide customers, what they promise to be “Seemless  connectivity” for such products. But those two words mean a lot when it comes to developing actual products. We’ll see how.

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Office Relocation Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our office will be relocated to the following address in December 2015.

RR Tower v, TVK Industrial Estate,
Guindy, Chennai – 600 032

Our new office will increase our footprint and help us integrate our three different offices. It will also provide better access to visitors and employees especially since it has better connectivity to airport and is located in the commercial hub of the city.

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