• Selecting, caching and displaying photos on the map

    • Translation

    In this article, I decided to describe how the functionality of selecting and displaying photos on a specific place on the map was implemented in our photo service gfranq.com. The photo service does not work now.

    Since we had a lot of photos in our service and sending requests to database every time the viewport changes was too resource-intensive, it was logical to divide the map into several areas that contain information about the retrieved data. For obvious reasons, these areas have rectangular shape (although hexagonal grid was considered too). As the areas become more spherical at large scales, elements of spherical geometry and tools for it were also considered.

    In this article, the following issues were raised:

    • Storing and retrieving photos from the database and caching them on the server (SQL, C#, ASP.NET).
    • Downloading necessary photos on the client side and saving them to the client cache (JavaScript).
    • Recalculation of photos that must be hidden or shown when the viewport changes.
    • Elements of spherical geometry.
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  • ES6 Proxies in practice

    With the appearance of ECMAScript 2015, an avalanche of features came; some of them make you mad, and others are pleasant surprises, like meeting an old friend after a long time.

    Some features are related to metaprogramming. What is that? I'm not very eloquent, so let's turn to our friend, Wikipedia.

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  • Google+ is Dead. So what?

      Google shut down their social media platform Google+ on April 2, 2019. It’s hard to find some technical article that hasn’t mentioned the end of Google’s social network era. But, a high level of consistency in connectivity within services of the company had received scant attention. In this article I would like to share my thoughts on the internal way of Google services consistency and what it means for Google API users when it comes to a Google+ shutdown.

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    • JavaScript: how to remove circular dependencies from your project

      Circular or cyclic dependencies are natural in many domain models where certain objects of the same domain depend on each other. But in software design, circular dependencies between larger software modules are not considered as a pattern because of their negative effects. Mutually recursive modules are common in functional programming which encourages inductive and recursive definitions.

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    • NodeJS logging made easy

        How many times did you write logger.info('ServiceName.methodName.') and logger.info('ServiceName.methodName -> done.') for each and every method of your service you wanted to log? Would you like it to be automated and has the same constant signature across your whole app? If that's so, we're very much alike, we have suffered the same pain too many times, and now we could finally try to resolve it. Together. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce… class-logger!

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      • Memoization Forget-Me-Bomb

          Have you heard about memoization? It's a super simple thing, by the way,– just memoize which result you have got from a first function call, and use it instead of calling it the second time - don't call real stuff without reason, don't waste your time.

          Skipping some intensive operations is a very common optimization technique. Every time you might not do something — don’t do it. Try to use cache — memcache, file cache, local cache — any cache! A must-have for backend systems and a crucial part of any backend system of past and present.

          Got the idea? Forget it!