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Migrating Slack’s Desktop App to BrowserView

I Can’t Believe It’s Not BrowserView We host pages using an Electron feature called webview. You can think of the webview as a specialized iframe with concessions made for security: it runs out-of-process and lets you avoid polluting the guest page with Node. Although we (and others in the Electron community) have found it to be a spawn point for bugs, until recently it was the only secure way to embed content. Since it’s implemented in Chromium and imported wholesale…

VR display technique saves the stomach by exploiting the eye’s limits

Foveated rendering as analysed by Mr Roth and colleagues: The centre of the image is sharp, and detail reduces between the inner radius and outer radius. Credit: Journal of Eye Movement Research An investigation into a way to provide a virtual reality experience that appears both visually sharp and quick has uncovered interesting findings, giving promise to the holy grail of non-queasy VR. Thorsten Roth and Dr Yongmin Li of Brunel University London’s Department of Computing, together with Martin Weier…

Gradation-tint smart window

Dimming glass (20 cm x 20 cm) whose darkness can be varied from a completely darkened state (left) to a completely clear state (right). Credit: National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) NIMS, Waseda University and Tama Art University developed together smart glass capable of producing various shades on its surface. Unlike the conventional types, the newly developed tinting smart glass allows users to easily change the shaded area of a window. For example, a user would be able to change…

Getting quicker – more quickly

Onscreen, athletes and trainers can straightaway see the surrounding air currents. Credit: ETH Zürich A new procedure simplifies wind tunnel tests and makes the results visible immediately. Athletes have gone up against the wind at ETH to test the new method. The skier buckles her boots, grabs her poles and snaps her goggles into place. She’s ready to go – but she’s not on the piste. She’s in ETH Zurich’s engineering lab. And there’s a good reason for this peculiar…

Too Many Ways to Talk

If you work in an office and want to get in touch with someone else in your organization, what is the first thing you think of?  Emailing?  Texting?  Phoning?  Walking down the hall?  For some people, the number of choices is getting to be a problem, according to a recent article in the Boston Globe.  There are chat programs like Slack, teamwork coordination programs like Trello, and don’t forget Google Calendar (I usually do).  And there’s the occasional oddball in…

A Fresh Update to our Platform Docs – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Thoroughness, accuracy, and consistency are important tenets for any platform’s documentation. At Square we take our technical writing seriously and strive to ensure our documentation meets these tenets for our developers. But we also challenge ourselves to go further and ensure developers can easily understand how the different components of our API can fit together. We recently launched an update to our developer platform documentation. As we’ve talked with developers building apps and integrations with Square, we’ve learned that we…

Creating an employee with Python – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Employee management was one of the first APIs; here is how to use it with Python. In this post we’ll go through the steps to create a new employee record attached to your Square business. If only actually hiring employees was as easy! You’ll likely use this employee creation script as a part of some import or syncing script, but for this example we’ll make a standalone snippet that creates an employee. Let’s take a look at each part of the…

5 Strategies to Promote Your App

Brady Gentile from Cloudflare’s product team wrote an App Developer Playbook, embedded within the developer documentation page. He decided to write it after he and his team conducted several app developer interviews, finding that many developers wanted to learn how to better promote their apps. They wanted to help app authors out in the areas outside of developer core expertise. Social media posting, community outreach, email deployment, SEO, blog posting and syndication, etc. can be daunting. I wanted to take…

Our Partnership with TechWomen Grows

A group of LinkedIn mentors and the Emerging Leaders hosted at LinkedIn   Areas of focus for ELs at LinkedIn LinkedIn matched mentors with ELs based on similarities in the areas of focus. This year, our ELs wanted to focus on learning how to work with big data and perform analysis and data integration, drive user design and experience, and manage products and projects in bigger IT companies. To help narrow in on these topics and goals, mentor activities included…