React 16's Stellar New Portal API

React 16 landed with a helpful new API called portals, which is a first-class way of rendering children into a DOM node outside of the parent component's hierarchy. We'll demonstrate how the portal API can simplify the relocation or transportation of DOM markup without resorting to prop functions, Redux, or other libraries with some fun example apps.

Sanja Stegerer made a presentation about determining brand safety using Natural Language Processing at Women in Software Engineering meetup recently.

We are excited to announce a new software engineering podcast, The Cat Ate My Source Code.

Maxime Nay, Lead Data Engineer at GumGum gave a talk explanaing GumGum's Data Architecture and challanges associated with it on February 15th, 2018 at South Bay Java User's Group.

Processing 100 Billion Events a Day from GumGum on Vimeo.


Over the last 10 years or so we have seen an exponential evolution of the Internet experience, we went from the linear desktop-based low-bandwidth kind-of-ugly interfaces to the modern responsive video-driven asynchronous Web that we all love nowadays. This happened due multiple factors but importantly because of the popularization of JavaScript as the de facto language of the Web Browser.

Cassandra to DynamoDB: Better performance and cost benefits

We recently  moved to Amazon DynamoDB from Apache Cassandra. In this blog I will be discussing the architecture, design decisions made in the process with their justifications and the steps taken in order to complete this switch.