At Allegro we are faced with a technical challenge: how to recognize whether a given image (a product thumbnail) shows just a product itself. One of the things that we would like to detect is when the product is surrounded by a frame. In this post we would like to present our approach for detecting a frame in the image.
Are you developing a service and planning to make it publicly available? Do you want developers of mobile applications to get integrated with your API fast and painless? Do you care how stable and predictable mobile applications using your service are?
We’re all familiar with TDD, or at least write unit tests for our software, but unit tests won’t check application state after complex UI interactions. If you want to make sure that an application behaves correctly when users interact with it, then you need to write UI tests.
In July we attended the scientific conference SIGIR 2016 held in Pisa, Italy. SIGIR is an annual conference related to new advances in Information Retrieval. The shortcut is for Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval. This is an annual conference with the highest ranking at Microsoft Academic Research in Information Retrieval field field and the 16th in the ranking in the whole Computer Science field.
In everyday work programmers are facing various problems. We would like to focus on two of them: big systems with non-blocking API and specific business needs that can be solved using Expression Language. Hold tight!
High performance and availability are always hard to achieve, and microservice architecture is no exception. In the microservices world, every user request sent to a frontend application triggers a cascade of remote calls. The frontend application calls API facades, API facades ask backend services, backend services communicate with databases and even more backend services. Statistics work against you. Latencies add up but failure probabilities combine by multiplication. The more services are engaged in a flow, the more threats for performance and availability.