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Elastic{ON} 2016

February 20th, 2016 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2016/02/20/elasticon-2016/)

Elastic{ON} 2016 - ViewLast week a colleague and I attended Elastic{ON} in San Francisco. The venue at Pier 48 gave a nice view on (among others) the Oakland Bay Bridge. Almost 2000 Elastic fanatics converged to listen to and talk about everything in the Elastic Stack.

I have been to a lot of sessions. I think the two most important things that I will take home are “5.0” and “graphs”.

5.0

The next version of the Elastic Stack will be 5.0. This means that all main Elastic products (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana and Beats) are having the same version number in all following release bonanzas. This will be easier for all customers and clients.

I mentioned the Elastic Stack. This is a little rebranding of the ELK Stack plus Beats. More rebranding is the renaming of the Elastic as a Service solution Found to Elastic Cloud. I think those are simple but good changes.

Also Elastic created the concept of packs to combine extensions. Most notably the X-Pack will all the monitoring, alerting and security (and more) goodies wrapped together.

More about 5.0 on the Elastic blog.

Graphs

Elastic{ON} 2016 - GraphThe other main take-away are the graph capabilities (Graph API) that will be added to Elasticsearch (through the X-Pack). It is still in an early phase but it looks awesome! It looks very easy to use and it is very fast. The UI is written as a Kibana plugin.

Actually there will be some more Kibana plugins. Managing users and roles via the Security API, for example.

Talks

Off course there were a lot of talks. Common subjects were security and recommendation. Graphs could play an important role there!

Some talks were cool user stories of companies that implemented (parts of) the Elastic Stack. Other talks dove deep into the different Elastic products. Some of those turned out to be a little out of my league. For example the math behind the new default BM25 scoring algorithm.

The talks will be put online in the next couple of weeks. So be sure to check them out! Maybe I will see you next year!

Recognizing commercials using the Alphonso API

September 21st, 2015 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2015/09/21/recognizing-commercials-using-the-alphonso-api-2/)

Liberty Global organized the Hack & Play Appathon in Ziggo dome on September 15th and 16th. More than 20 teams of hackers, designers and programmers were invited to create an app or a game for the Liberty Global product Horizon set-top box. Team Trifork joined with Dennis de Goede (Design & Frontend), Tony Abidi (Devops) and myself (Front & Backend).

Alphonso added another challenge to the appathon: Create the best integration with the Alphonso platform. Integration challenge? Sounds like a Trifork challenge to me.

FirstPrice

 

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WWDC 2015: Auto Layout improvements

June 22nd, 2015 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2015/06/22/wwdc-2015-auto-layout-improvements/)

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Last weekend I arrived home safe and sound, already missing San Francisco. I had a wonderful time there and I have lots to talk about, but there was one topic in particular I think was not highlighted enough. That’s why I want to discuss it here. It was discussed in the following talks during WWDC:

Mysteries of Auto Layout – part 1
Mysteries of Auto Layout – part 2

I am a big fan of auto layout since it was introduced in iOS 6 and especially by using it directly in code, not by using Storyboard. But when using it in code it can get really verbose. I wrote some classes around that to make the resulting code much more compact. I wasn’t happy with my solution. So I was planning to go to a Lab during WWDC, to ask an actual Apple auto-layout engineer for his opinion about this matter. But it turned out I didn’t have to! Apple solved most of the problems I was having with Auto Layout with new API’s in iOS 9! In this blog I want to highlight those new API’s which make it easier to work with Auto Layout both in code and in Storyboard!
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WWDC Day 1 continued

June 11th, 2015 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2015/06/11/wwdc-day-1-continued/)

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Hello again from San Francisco! I just came back from the conference after attending it for the third day in a row! I have seen many interesting talks so far ranging from Swift to WatchKit and UI design. There is so much to talk about, but in my previous blog entry I could only cover the keynote of the first day. Otherwise it would have been way longer! So let’s continue where I left off …
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WWDC Day 1

June 10th, 2015 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2015/06/10/wwdc-day-1/)

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Greetings from my hotel room in San Francisco, from where I’m writing this blog post. Right now it’s Tuesday evening and it has been two exciting days at the WWDC which takes place this week from Monday the 8th until Friday the 12th of June as I had announced earlier. Although I have three more days to go, I already wanted to give you guys an update on how everything has been going so far.

I have so much to talk about so I am trying to be brief, but I can already tell this isn’t going to be a short blog post. So get a cup of coffee, get a comfortable chair, sit back and relax. Are you ready? Here goes …
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Off to WWDC in two weeks!

May 26th, 2015 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2015/05/26/off-to-wwdc-in-two-weeks/)
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Right now I am feeling lucky, happy and very excited. Why? Because in two weeks I am finally able to go to a conference I was dying to go to for several years. The conference I am talking about is WWDC, the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

Bridging the Gap: An Interview with Chicago User Group Leaders

February 20th, 2015 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2015/02/20/bridging-the-gap-an-interview-with-chicago-user-group-leaders/)

It’s no secret that Chicago is an incredible city with a vibrant history, passionate sports fans, and very cold weather. However, what many people are starting to realize is that Chicago is also an up-and-coming home for the Tech Industry: with companies like 1871 and WeWork serving as incubators for newly hatched start-ups, the space is ripe with young companies and skilled developers. So the question has to be asked, who is keeping this rapidly developing community together?

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Pen and Paper Vs. Sketching Tools

November 18th, 2014 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2014/11/18/pen-and-paper-vs-sketching-tools/)

Quite a few people have asked me over the years why I, as an interaction designer, do not use some of all the sketching and prototyping software that is out there, and why I still draw by hand despite the availability of all of these really smart and practical tools. Here’s why:

 

Screenshot of Balsamic

Screenshot of Balsamic

When I sketch a first prototype of a piece of software for a customer, then despite having done my homework well exploring the customer’s wants, and researching the users’ needs, I usually never get it right the first time. Understanding a new domain of expertise is a process that takes time and effort, and I always learn new things about a domain when I present a first prototype sketch to the customer and/or the users. There were things they forgot to tell me the first time, things I did not fully grasp the importance of initially. These new pieces of information usually causes the interaction design to change, as it should. But….

 

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Berlin buzzwords 2014

May 29th, 2014 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2014/05/29/berlin-buzzwords-2014/)

Plain berlin buzzwords

Last week was the week of the Berlin Buzzwords conference. For those of you that do not know it, Buzzwords is one of the best conferences about search, scale and store (read: big data). Next to having good speakers and nice content there is also a very important social aspect during the conference. There is a good reason the first session starts at 10 o’clock.

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GOTO Amsterdam Newsletter

March 28th, 2014 by
(https://blog.trifork.com/2014/03/28/goto-amsterdam-newsletter/)

Thank you for taking your time to read our latest newsletter.
This is the content of the newsletter sent on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. We hope you enjoy it. You can sign up for the GOTO Amsterdam newsletter on this page in the bottom right corner.

Rod Johnson, Georges Saab & Chad Fowler

We are happy to announce that 40 out of 54 speakers and 3 keynotes have been confirmed for GOTO Amsterdam.

Keynote speakers so far are:

  • Rod Johnson – Creator of Spring
  • Georges Saab – VP Software Dev. Java Platform Group at Oracle
  • Paul Sandoz – SW Engineer at Oracle; co-presenting with Georges Saab
  • Chad Fowler – CTO at 6Wunderkinder

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