• Universal C# Code for NET and JavaScript

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    In 2013, while working at GFRANQ photo service, I participated in the development of an eponymous web service for publishing and processing photos. Filters and transformations were defined in the file with parameters, and all processing was carried out on the server. During service development, there was a need to support these transformations on the client side for the preview. According to Larry Wall, one of the virtues of a programmer is laziness. Therefore, as truly lazy programmers, we thought about the possibility of using the same code on both the server and client sides. The entire development was conducted in C#. After researching the libraries and a couple of attempts, we proudly concluded that this was possible and began to write the universal code.

    Why is this article needed? Indeed, 6 years have passed since 2013, and many technologies have lost their relevance, for example, Script#. On the other hand, new ones have appeared. For example, Bridge.NET or Blazor based on the fancy WebAssembly.

    Nevertheless, some ideas can still be used. In this article I tried to describe them as detailed as possible. I hope that the mention of Silverlight and Flash will cause a smile with a hint of nostalgia, and not a desire to criticize the old solutions. Anyway, they have contributed to the development of the web industry.

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  • Details

    How often do you get to 404 pages? Usually, they are not styled and stay default. Recently I’ve found test.do.am which interactive character attracts attention and livens up the error page.

    Probably, there was just a cat picture, then they thought up eyes movement and developer implemented the idea.imageNow user visits the page and checks out the effect. It’s cool and pleasant small feature, it catches, then user discusses it with colleagues or friends and even repeats the feature. It could be this easy, if not:
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  • Another way to write cross-platform apps: Neutralinojs internals and comparison with Electron and NW.js

    I am Shalitha Suranga from Sri Lanka. I started Neutralinojs project with other two members as our research project at university.

    Cross-platform application development is extremely useful among software development organizations because a large end-user audience can be targeted. Earlier there were several approaches, such as writing multiple codebases per each platform, writing a single codebase using conditionals for platform selection, or using a programming language which has a cross-platform virtual machine at run-time. There were drawbacks of each like complexity of design, limited low-level accessibility and slow learning rate. Cross-platform application development with web technologies came [1] after. Electron and NW.js are most popular frameworks which allow developers to make cross-platform applications using Javascript. Basically, these popular frameworks combine embedded chromium browser and node run-time [2], [3].

    These frameworks are being used to create numerous cross-platform applications. Whereas the community pointed out several unseen drawbacks of these frameworks. Large bundled application size, high memory consumption and long development workflow are the key things which were criticized through internet forums and websites [4], [5], [6], [7], [8]. Table 1.1 shows the advantages and disadvantages of Electron/NW.js.

    Table 1.1: Advantages and Disadvantages of Electron/NW,js

    Advantages of Electron and NW.js Disadvantages of Electron and NW.js
    Development is very easy since Javascript is used Application bundle is considered as bloatware (High disk space usage)
    Access native functions via node runtimeSingle codebase for all supported platforms Linux, Windows and macOS High memory consumption and slowness
    Many Node modules need to be installed
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  • Functional components with React Hooks. Why it's better?

      When React.js 16.8 was released we got the opportunity to use React Hooks. Hooks make us able to write fully-functional components using functions. We can use all React.js features and do in in more convenient way.

      A lot of people don't agree with Hooks conception. In this article I'd like to tell about some important advantages React Hooks give you and why we need to write with Hooks.

      I will not talk about how to use hooks. It is not very important for the examples. If you want to read something on this topic, you can use official documentation. Also, if this topic will be interesting for you, I will write more about Hooks.

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    • Generating multi-brand multi-platform icons with Sketch and a Node.js script — Part #2

        This is the second part of a post about the creation of a pipeline that can take a Sketch file and export all the icons included in the file, in different formats, for different platforms, with the possibility of AB testing each icon.

        You can read the first part of the post here.

        The Sketch files, with all the icons collected, styled and properly named, were ready. Now it was time to start writing the code.

        Suffice to say, the process was very much a trial and error: after the important initial code core, developed by my team lead Nikhil Verma (who set the script foundations), I went through an incremental process that required at least three phases of refactoring and quite a few revisions. For this reason, I won’t go into too much detail on how the script was developed, but rather focus on how the script works today, in its final shape.
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      • NodeJS logging made right

          What's nagging you the most when you think about logging in NodeJS? If you ask me I'm gonna say lack of of industry standards for creating trace IDs. Within this article we'll overview how we can create these trace IDs (meaning we're going to briefly examine how continuation local storage a.k.a CLS works) and dig deep into how we can utilize Proxy to make it work with ANY logger.

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        • Generating multi-brand multi-platform icons with Sketch and a Node.js script — Part #1


            Using a custom build script in Node JS, it is possible to manipulate a series of Sketch files, and then, using an internal Sketch tool, automatically export their assets, to generate multiple icon libraries, for multiple platforms and different brands, that support dynamic colourisation of the assets via design tokens, and also AB testing of the assets via naming convention. Easy peasy :)

            Well, actually it’s not that easy, but it can certainly be done. This post is a detailed explanation of how we did it, and what we discovered along the way.

            The problem we were trying to solve

            At Badoo we build a dating app. Actually, multiple dating apps. For multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Mobile Web, Desktop Web), across multiple teams.

            We use hundreds of icons in our apps. Some of them are the same across different apps, some are very specific to the brands the apps reflect. The icons are continuously evolving, in sync with the evolution of the design. Sometimes completely new icons are added, while others get updated, and still others get dropped (although, they often remain in the codebase).
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          • The Overview of JavaScript Frameworks: Which One to Choose for Your Project?

            Ten years ago, companies who wanted to create cross-platform projects would have to cooperate with different development teams and experts. However, 2009 has changed the game, because the developers from Nitobi (later purchased by Apache) presented Cordova – a fresh framework that was able to convert web applications into mobile systems. Linking the devices’ APIs via plugins, developers could access smartphones and tablets. Cordova is a JavaScript-based tech compatible with various platforms.

            In this guide, we will review three more JS-driven systems, look at their unique features and compare them.
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          • SAPUI5 for dummies part 5: A complete step-by-step exercise

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            Introduction & Recap

            In the previous blog post, we learned how to create a second level of drill-down (detail of detail) and how to interact with OData and ODataModel (v2) in order to delete a database record.

            What will be covered on this exercise

            With Part 5 of this series of blog posts, we will learn how to create a SimpleForm within a Dialog that will allow us to update the information of a Sales Order Item.

            Before updating the database order we have to check that everything typed by the user validates our constraints.

            • ODataModel: we have already used it to display server-side information about our Business Partner, Sales Order, and Sales Order Items. We’ve also used it to delete a database record. We’re now going to use it to update a record thanks to the submitChanges method or remove what we’ve done with the resetChanges method.
            • Expression Binding: an enhancement of the SAPUI5 binding syntax, which allows for providing expressions instead of custom formatter functions
            • SimpleForm: a layout that allows users to create a pixel-perfect form
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