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Category: Computer Engineering

Evolving the Slack API – Several People Are Coding

You know how to design a good API, but how do you evolve that API when it’s time to make changes? We’ve faced this with each major feature release here at Slack over the past few years, most recently while working on the highly anticipated Shared Channels feature. Using shared channels, two organizations connect directly in Slack and work together from the comfort of their own workspaces. The idea seems simple, but building it wasn’t easy. From a user’s perspective,…

How to Make & Design An Excellent Logo

Do you want a logo? Do you want your brand stands out? If the answers are “Yes”, then you won’t want to miss the following contents. It’s a step-by-step guideline to design an excellent logo in a minute. We all know that designing an excellent logo can be a very knotty issue that almost all green hands will encounter. Logo, as the representative of your company, brand, quality so well as your products, can spread spirit and culture to all…

New sensor for measuring electric field strength

Tiny new sensor — compared to a one-cent-coin. Credit: TU Wien Accurately measuring electric fields is important in a variety of applications, such as weather forecasting, process control on industrial machinery, or ensuring the safety of people working on high-voltage power lines. Yet from a technological perspective, this is no easy task. In a break from the design principle employed by all other measuring devices to date, a research team at TU Wien has now developed a silicon-based microelectromechanical (MEMS)…

Under the hood: Multilingual embeddings | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

More than half of the people on Facebook speak a language other than English, and more than 100 languages are used on the platform. This presents us with the challenge of providing everyone a seamless experience in their preferred language, especially as more of those experiences are powered by machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) at Facebook scale. To better serve our community — whether it’s through offering features like Recommendations and M Suggestions in more languages, or training…

Android native library merging | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Android developers who use lots of C++ code might be familiar with the native library limit that exists in Android versions prior to 4.3. When targeting older Android versions, one must carefully manage the number of libraries in their app to avoid hitting this limit. This is especially tricky because libraries loaded by the system count against this limit, and the number of those libraries can vary between devices. One solution is to manually combine multiple small libraries into one…

Survey results show Christians becoming less concerned about the environment — ScienceDaily

There has been no “greening of Christianity” among people in the pews, despite efforts by some religious leaders to emphasize environmental stewardship, according to new Indiana University research. David Konisky of IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs analyzed 20 years of survey results from Gallup public opinion polls in one of the first major studies of how attitudes about the environment by self-identified U.S. Christians have shifted over time. He found that environmentalism is not increasing, and there are…

Tumblr Engineering — How I review code

Reviewing code is one of the most important parts of an engineer’s job at Tumblr, even more so than writing code. Our codebases are shared by hundreds of engineers, so it’s critical to make sure we’re not just writing the best code we can, but that the code being written can be understood by others. Taking the time to review someone else’s code is the most critical opportunity to ensure all of that is happening. At Tumblr, every code change…

Drones take off in agriculture industry

Andrew Weaver pilots a drone to test the herd’s sensitivity to the device. Credit: Virginia Tech Could the newest farmhand be a drone? Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is bringing drone technology to agriculture, one of the major industries with excellent potential for growth. Specifically, drone technology is being tested with sheep at Virginia Tech. “We are looking at ways drones can be used on small farms,” said Dan Swafford, project associate for Virginia Cooperative…

3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer

A nose created using 3-D printing of PDMS from National Institutes of Health 3-D Print Exchange. Credit: Ibrahim Tarik Ozbolat Lab / Penn State Combining two different polymer forms can switch manufacturing of silicone parts from molding, casting and spin coating of simple forms to 3-D printing of complex geometries with better mechanical characteristics and better biological adhesion, according to a team of Penn State researchers. “So far, PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane, or silicone) has limitations in formability and manufacturing of devices,”…

Spotify Spotlight: Interview with Data Engineer Ankita Pawar

This is part 4 in our new interview series called “Spotify Spotlight.” In these interviews, we showcase Spotifiers working in a range of different tech roles, and learn more about their journey to Spotify and what they love about working here. What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Ankita Pawar. I was born and raised most of my young age in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. I completed my undergrad in Computer Science in my hometown before moving…