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Hackathon #1 - Welcome to the Jungle

It’s been a month since I saw our COO acting crazy, running from one side to the other, receiving “orders”, doing a bit of bullying, writing code with one hand and shooting short films with the other, while eating pizza and drinking juice. A hackathon brings into the table this kind of new pictures; instances where we switch roles, break the inertia and challenge our routine. Not every day we have the chance to develop side by side with our CEO, CTO, COO; code whatever (and however) we want and share other interests for 48 hours.

Raspberry Pi + Slack: Our humble contribution to the office's laziness

If there is one issue that permeates every culture, is not wanting to answer the door. We used to have countless hours of discussion about who would do it and led to a myriad of problems: relationships were broken, projects were lost, accidents happened on the way to answer the door phone! (Well, not really. Nothing of this happened, but IT COULD HAVE). This clearly had to be fixed. Thinking a bit, we realized we could ease the annoyance of this task if we could avoid having to do the enormous, unbearable exercise of standing up and walking to the phone.

Elasticsearch Meetup: Elastic + Tryolabs. V2.

May 19th came by and the second edition of the Elasticsearch Meetup took place, under Tryolabs Engineering Events series and co-organized with Elastic. Since this event was intended to host a larger audience than the first edition, we decided to move it from Tryolabs’ offices to – the brand new – Sinergia Tech. With around 70 attendees, a wide variety of beers and delicious sandwiches, the community gathered together in order to enhance their knowledge upon Elasticsearch and the overall Elastic Stack.

Swift and room for improvement

It’s been roughly two years since Swift appeared, and it’s certainly had its impact, especially in the iOS development ecosystem. However the language still has some room for improvement. In this blog post I will talk about some of the improvements I’d like to see in the future. Features Swift is constantly evolving and features are still being added and removed from the language. Unless maintaining source compatibility is a must have for you, an evolving language is pretty much always a good thing as improvements are always welcome.

Open Doors #1: the kickoff of future events

Hey! It’s me here again. Last wednesday we hosted our first Open Doors at our Montevideo offices. It was really great! We met very cool people and chatted about technology, coding & random stuff while delighting ourselves with cold beers and pizza! This event set the kickoff of a series of Engineering Events we will be hosting from now on. Stay tuned at our meetup group ;) Back to yesterday, the agenda was very dynamic with 10-15 minutes talks from different perspectives.

Understanding the Redux paradigm

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about Redux, it’s very trendy among my peers here at Tryolabs. It is so trendy that even one hard core backend developer who hated UI development started to love it just because of Redux. With this as a tipping point I decided that it was time to get my hands on it. If you’re used to MVC based architectures and want to know more about Redux, this post might be of help.

Tryolabs is Sponsoring MLConf in San Francisco!

Great news over here, we’re honoured to confirm that we will be sponsoring the MLConf in San Francisco this year! This event, hosted since 2012, brings together some of the top minds related to Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, Game Theory, Large-Scale Clustering and many other Machine Learning related fields. By November the 11th, large companies, startups and academics will be gathering together, at the heart of San Francisco, to share views about a common issue: large and noisy data sets.

fetch-it: enhanced HTTP client based on fetch

Hello world, we’re presenting fetch-it: an enhanced HTTP client based on fetch. For those of you who are not familiar with fetch, here is a formal definition: The Fetch API provides an interface for fetching resources (e.g., across the network). It will seem familiar to anyone who has used XMLHttpRequest, but the new API provides a more powerful and flexible feature set. Since discovering new things is very (very) exciting, I’ve been testing fetch for a while.

Diving into iOS development

Recently, after doing web development for years, I decided to move away from that world and dive into something new (for me), iOS development. In this blog post I will try to give a very short summary of what resources I used to get me started and why they were useful, as well as talk about some interesting features Swift has to offer. Resources Swift Step one was learning the language.

Parse is gone. Now what?

The world of BAAS, or MBAAS, was shocked the past week with the announcement made by Parse on it’s site: Parse’s hosted services will be fully retired on January 28, 2017. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps. Read more on this announcement and what this means for your app here. Thank you for using Parse. The web was/is filled with people set on fire, running in circles discussing why this is happening, posible alternatives to move on to, and migration plans to other providers.

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