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f8 2018 Recap

f8 2018 Recap

One of the things I love most about being a Product Manager is the opportunity and responsibility to keep tabs on industry news and developments. Having a good grasp of the digital publishing landscape – from emerging trends to competitive research – is critical to our ability to serve users well. When you’re in the sharing game, there are few better places to get a pulse on the industry than at Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, f8. And so, to f8 AddThis went.

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Talk Nerdy to Me: How to Run Cassandra in a Container on OSX

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At AddThis we believe that we have the best geeks on the planet, and it’s our duty to share their knowledge and passion with the world. From time to time we hand the reins over to one of our teammates in a series we call, Talk Nerdy to Me.

Principal Software Engineer Otto Barnes is here to explain how to use containers to more efficiently run Cassandra on OSX. Take it away, Otto. 

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Cocoa Touch Static Library vs. Cocoa Touch Framework

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At AddThis we have the best geeks on the planet, and it’s our duty to share their knowledge and passion with the world. From time to time we hand the reins over to one of our teammates in a series we call, Talk Nerdy to Me.

Principal Software Engineer Kirk Elliott’s first post, 7 Things to Consider When Making iOS and Android Apps with Cordova or PhoneGap, got a lot of love, so we’re excited to have him back. Kirk enjoys DJing in the Baltimore Club Music scene, tidy code frameworks, and definitely being called Cappin’ Kirk by his co-workers.

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Announcing New Open Source Libraries: Cronus and Hermes

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We are pleased to announce that we have open-sourced two additional AddThis libraries. Cronus is a lightweight cron Java library. Hermes is a programmable page speed measurement tool. The libraries have been released under the Apache License 2.0.

Cronus

Cronus accepts Vixie Cron syntax and schedules actions for execution. The cronus implementation is relatively small at under 5,000 lines of code. Much of its functionality relies on the excellent JSR 310 library in Java 8 to perform date/time calculations.

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Machine Learning – Scale is Relative

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Yesterday, Amazon Machine Learning was announced on the AWS Official Blog. It’s great to see more tools developed to improve the data science workflow. It’s enabling the Web to be much more personalized. Nvidia is doing it with DIGITS and Matlab has a toolbox too. The growth of tools supporting data science makes personalization better, more accessible to companies, and easier to scale. The better the tools, the better we can do on the job. But – as always – we need to keep the whole picture in mind and watch the trade offs.

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Reliable, Low-Latency Request-Reply with ZeroMQ

zeromqZeroMQ is a cross-platform, cross-language library that provides high level wrappers around traditional low level network sockets. Some of its most helpful features include: sockets that automatically reconnect after connection failures, making hostname connection strings easy to work with, and providing sensible defaults for buffer sizes and other parameters. However, ZMQ goes a step further than just simplifying initialization and error handling. Instead of the standard send and receive socket functions, it supports several types of socket patterns that restrict which types of sockets can pair, send, receive, as well as the sequencing of send and receive calls. Continue reading