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Keeping your GDPR Resolutions

For many of us, a New Year brings a renewed commitment to eat better, exercise regularly, and read more (especially the Cloudflare blog). But as we enter 2018, there is a unique and significant new commitment approaching — protecting personal data and complying with the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As many of you know by now, the GDPR is a sweeping new EU law that comes into effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR harmonizes data…

Genius of the Genius Bar

A good paragraph to ponder – link. “When talking bricks and mortar in the electronics space, it’s impossible to overlook Apple stores. Now, the magic isn’t in the stores’ simplicity. Or necessarily in the newest devices. The genius is, of course, in the Genius Bar. Apple stores are constantly overflowing because consumers don’t fully know what they are doing with the expensive, high-tech items they’re gripping. They need advice, guidance, and education to further their experiences. Apple’s ability to upsell…

Batman’s Gotham City provides test case for community resilience model

A map of Gotham City is laid out in a Finite Element Analysis grid. The grid shows how stresses to different lifelines affect various parts of the city.  Credit: Colorado State University If a community is resilient, it can withstand and recover from an unanticipated disaster, like an earthquake, fire or flood. But since every disaster and every community is unique, a uniform measure for defining “resilience” has been hard to come by for engineers and social scientists. In…

Avoiding Social Media Mistakes for Business Success

Social media plays a pivotal role in establishing business reputation and development of a relationship with the users or the public in general. The ability and liberty to interact with hot favorite companies, acquire knowledge about new or upcoming products and services, or get an opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes activities of top companies or big brands could be an overwhelming affair for the customers. Unfortunately, all businesses are not utilizing social media to its fullest potential. Many companies find…

Part 1, Building Trust – Several People Are Coding

How we integrated UI testing into the Android developer workflow at Slack Developer-driven automated testing is vital to the ongoing health and quality of a codebase. It does, however, come with a noticeable cost. This is especially true of UI testing — an area often avoided by even the most test-friendly of developers. In this two-part blog post, we explore how the Slack Android team made authoring and maintaining UI tests part of the development cycle. In Part 1, we place UI testing…

Selecting a Cloud Provider – Code as Craft

Etsy.com and most of our related services have been hosted in self-managed data centers since the first Etsy site was launched in 2005. Earlier this year, we decided to evaluate migrating everything to a cloud hosting solution. The decision to run our own hardware in data centers was the right decision at the time, but infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) offerings have changed dramatically in the intervening years. It was time to reevaluate our…

How To Properly Organize your Workspace

In today’s society, most employers are allowing their employees to work from the comfort of their own home. The only problem with this is that clutter and the thought of being home can make less work to be done. The main focus is to make your workspace as clean and organized as possible while treating it as a workspace rather than another part of the house. Here are some tips to properly set up and organize your home workspace. 1.…

Ember Timer Leaks: The Bad Apples in Your Test Infrastructure

Background: 3×3 at LinkedIn At LinkedIn, we pride ourselves on our 3×3 system: the notion that we should be able to ship code to production three times a day, with no more than three hours between releases, so that our members experience the latest and greatest of our platform. With 3×3, we’re shipping more code than ever to our members, which in turn reduces the amount of time we have to manually test our releases. In order for us to…