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Category: Electronics Engineering

Challenge — Table of Contents Generator – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Introducing developer challenges! This is a new series where we post challenges inspired by real world applications. While solutions are present later in the article, we encourage you to give the challenge a try first! We’ll be highlighting the top solutions we get over on Twitter at @SquareDev. The Problem Questions questions, we’ve got a question. Given an HTML page with multiple headers, we want to extract the headers to make a table of contents: <h1>Main title of the page</h1>…

Post Inspector: A Tool to Optimize Content Sharing

The Content Ingestion team at LinkedIn primarily focuses on discovering content across the web and ingesting it into the LinkedIn content ecosystem. Not only do we ingest content whenever a member shares a URL, but we also proactively search for interesting content that our members could enjoy. Given the team’s focus, we’ve created a tool—called Post Inspector—for external content providers and internal teams at LinkedIn that provides insight into how we extract metadata so that content providers can easily optimize…

Sunsetting React Native – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

Due to a variety of technical and organizational issues, we will be sunsetting React Native and putting all of our efforts into making native amazing. This is the fourth in a series of blog posts in which we outline our experience with React Native and what is next for mobile at Airbnb. Where are we today? Although many teams relied on React Native and had planned on using it for the foreseeable future, we were ultimately unable to meet our original goals.…

Ways we make the Slack iOS app accessible – Several People Are Coding

Ever needed to squint to see some text? How about feeling unsure where a button is because it’s indistinguishable from the background color? Accessible technology means that the product we provide works for everyone, regardless of what their abilities may be. We want Slack to be the place where work happens and this is one of the major considerations we think about in our development. In order to create an accessible application, we must break down the status quo of…

Building better compression together with DivANS

Compressing your files is a good way to save space on your hard drive. At Dropbox’s scale, it’s not just a good idea; it is essential. Even a 1% improvement in compression efficiency can make a huge difference. That’s why we conduct research into lossless compression algorithms that are highly tuned for certain classes of files and storage, like Lepton for jpeg images, and Pied-Piper-esque lossless video encoding. For other file types, Dropbox currently uses the zlib compression format, which…

Building data services to bring education to millions, Part I

Data solutions empowering university and industry partners, and enterprise customers The mission of the data engineering team at Coursera is to democratize data, in service to Coursera’s mission of transforming lives through learning. As a part of that, we build tools and products that provide internal and external stakeholders with access to a range of actionable data. In this series, we focus on the tooling we build for key external stakeholders — university and industry partners, and our enterprise customers. Our university…

Director Dan Wulin Shares His Data Journey in New Podcast – Wayfair Tech Blog

No two people’s paths to Wayfair are exactly the same. On our data science team alone we employ physicists, neuroscientists, biophysical chemists, economists, mathematicians, statisticians, and more! Our data scientists are united by a love of data and a knack for problem solving, but each person has a different story to tell about how they gained these skills. Wayfair’s Director of Data Science, Dan Wulin, recently discussed his educational and career path with data scientist AJ Goldstein as part of…

Growth Engineering at Netflix — Accelerating Innovation

by Eric Eiswerth Millions of people visit Netflix every day. Many of them are already Netflix members, looking to enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows, and we work hard to ensure they have a great experience. Others are not yet members, and are looking to better understand our service before signing up. These prospective members arrive from over 190 countries around the world, and each person arrives with a different set of preferences and intentions. Perhaps they want to…

What Every Engineer Should Know About Open Source Software Licenses and IP

Advocates for open source software tout its benefits, such as how the peer review nature of crowd-sourced development leads to reliability, and that transparent code enables developers to find and correct security flaws. Because many companies choose to use open source software, engineers who become expert in an open source project may find it easier to translate their skills into different working environments. Beyond these advantages, engineers engaged in open source software development appreciate the camaraderie they find in the…

New approach in VR redirected walking presented

The viewing behavior of a virtual reality user, including fixations (in green) and saccades (in red). A blink fully suppresses visual perception. Credit: Eike Langbehn In the burgeoning world of virtual reality (VR) technology, it remains a challenge to provide users with a realistic perception of infinite space and natural walking capabilities in the virtual environment. A team of computer scientists has introduced a new approach to address this problem by leveraging a natural human phenomenon: eye blinks. All humans…