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Benefits of Having Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR is a well-known feature used in offices worldwide, but despite being accessible to everyone it is a feature that remains relatively unknown to the general public. The reason for this is that there haven’t been that many applications for OCR pushed to mainstream consumption, although there are plenty of situations in which it can be very good to have such a tool on hand. To further expand on this, we will take the opportunity of this article to explore…

Novel technology applied to replace aging bridge

A new bridge replacement system allows for rapid and cost-effective construction. Credit: Majid Talebi/ University of Delaware America’s bridges received a grade of C+ on the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, put out by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Aging is a factor in this score—almost four in 10 of the 614,387 bridges in the U.S. are 50 years or older, and the average age keeps climbing. But repair and rehabilitation are extremely costly—the most recent estimate puts the…

Code Camp Takes Atlanta – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Square’s immersion program aims to inspire future engineers and further their pursuit of a career in computer science. Code Camp — Square’s immersion program for college women interested in pursuing careers in tech — is coming to Square’s Atlanta office for the first time! We developed Code Camp five years ago in San Francisco, then took it to New York City, and are excited to expand to another city that’s integral to our robust engineering team. In August, participants will join us in our Atlanta…

Reflections on reflection (attacks)

Recently Akamai published an article about CLDAP reflection attacks. This got us thinking. We saw attacks from Connectionless LDAP servers back in November 2016 but totally ignored them because our systems were automatically dropping the attack traffic without any impact. CC BY 2.0 image by RageZ We decided to take a second look through our logs and share some statistics about reflection attacks we see regularly. In this blog post, I’ll describe popular reflection attacks, explain how to defend against…

Managing resources for large-scale testing | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

As more people across the world connect on Facebook, we want to make sure our apps and services work well in a variety of scenarios. At Facebook’s scale, this means testing hundreds of important interactions across numerous types of devices and operating systems for both correctness and speed before we ship new code. Last year, we introduced the Facebook mobile device lab, which lets engineers run tests by accessing thousands of mobile devices available in our data centers. Since then,…

Jupiter: A high-performance job-matching service | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

As part of the engineering workflow — writing, editing, testing, and shipping code — we rely on backend services and machines to do a variety of jobs, such as building new packages, installing dependencies, and running tests. At Facebook’s scale, the number and variety of jobs engineers need to execute every day can build up and become a bottleneck in the system. Our goal is to minimize the amount of time engineers spend waiting on machines so that they can…

AL: A new declarative language for detecting bugs with Infer | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

At Facebook, every change made to our mobile code is checked by our static analyzer Infer. Static code analyzers are tools that scan the source code of a program to detect possible bugs. The main advantage of a static analyzer is its ability to detect bugs without running the program and before the software is shipped to the users. One benefit of Infer over other static analyzers is that it performs sophisticated interprocedural/interfile analysis at scale. That is, Infer can…

Why Your Business Needs A Good App

You surely noticed that these days every strong brand out there has a mobile app. But it’s a misconception that apps are reserved only for the big names in the industry. There are a growing number of midsize and small businesses that are grasping the importance of having a mobile app developed, besides the more common mobile-friendly site. The fact that mobile apps have become one of the most important marketing tools should definitely make you think about creating a…

Introducing the new Square Catalog API – Square Corner Blog – Medium

The new Square Catalog API exposes all of our platform improvements while also allowing developers to improve the efficiency of their item library solutions. Exposing APIs which allow our partners to build meaningful and delightful experiences for Square sellers is fundamental to meeting the needs of our diverse community of sellers. For most sellers their item library is critical to their success, so when we first launched our API platform one of the introductory endpoints we exposed was Items. Since…

Open Sourcing Daytona: A Framework For Automated…

By Sapan Panigrahi and Deepesh Mittal Today, we are pleased to offer Daytona, an open-source framework for automated performance testing and analysis, to the community. Daytona is an application-agnostic framework to conduct integrated performance testing and analysis with repeatable test execution, standardized reporting, and built-in profiling support. Daytona gives you the capability to build a customized test harness in a single, unified framework to test and analyze the performance of any application. You’ll get easy repeatability, consistent reporting, and…