Redux For Better in-App Analytics

Lean startup, the term coined by Eric Ries, affected the way we build new products and services. Essentially, it says that every business idea has to be turned to a series of testable hypotheses. Based on these hypotheses we build or introduce the changes to existing products. Those changes have…

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Higher Order Components: Theory and Practice

What I enjoy the most working with React.js is its functional approach for building UI's. Everything you see on a screen is essentially a component. Components are composed of other components, making complex interfaces possible. Higher-order components concept goes back to higher-order functions, functional programming concept, describing the function…

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Deploying Node.js Applications with AWS OpsWorks - part 2

In the last article I described how to build a simple cookbook for deploying Node.JS applications using Chef. Check it out if you want to recapitulate the steps as we will re-use them here. In this post I want to describe how to group your Chef code using Custom…

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User Research in Advance

This article is an abstract from a talk held on 12th of November at the World-Usability conference in Berlin. The last month I often asked myself, do we do enough enough to evaluate our ideas in front of "real users"? Do we talk enough to those people who are actually…

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Deploying Node.js Applications with AWS Opsworks

At blogfoster we love AWS, Node.js and the philosophy of microservices. As we built more and more microservice, we needed to come up with an automated deployment. Our current development workflow is based on Docker, but we're quite experienced with Chef and AWS Opsworks, so we wanted to start…

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