Category Archives: Back-end

Catching up with X2

On May 2 Lev Gimelfarb, Boyle Software’s VP of Research and Development, gave an overview of our Node.js-based framework x2node and provided a demo of it in action during his excellent Tech Talk at Boyle Software’s NYC Headquarters.

Guests learned about the capabilities of this complete, lightweight, and ready framework which was initially released last year.

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‘Node style’ Reactive Java apps with Spring WebFlux

Node.js logoMy last few assignments had taken me away from my relative safety of the JVM and into the topsy turvy world of Node.js for the first time.

It certainly took me a while to get used to things – wrapping my head around the whole non-blocking nature of the Node runtime and how it uses a single thread to process requests – and how important it was that I definitely do not block that thread! Continue reading

REST-less yet ? Try GraphQL

Lets face it, REST can can have its downsides e.g :

  • dealing with a whole bunch of endpoints in a typical application
  • performing multiple roundtrips to the server for multiple resources in order to get data for a single page of the UI
  • getting the request parameters right
  • dealing with api versions – coupling between the client and the responses from the server
  • over-fetching of information that is not needed

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Simple AWS Lambda and API Gateway with Claudia.js

For any of you Node.js folks out there already using serverless frameworks like ‘The Serverless Framework‘ , you’ll definitely want to checkout the really cool Claudia.js framework…

Claudia makes it easy to deploy Node.js projects to AWS Lambda and API Gateway. It automates all the error-prone deployment and configuration tasks, and sets everything up the way JavaScript developers expect out of the box. Continue reading

Do you PHP?

PHP logoAre you an experienced PHP5 developer? Are you well versed in object-oriented programming in the LAMP stack? If you answered, “Yes, that’s me!”, you could be a great fit for our ever-growing team of bright, talented technologists.

We’re currently looking to hire a developer who wants to expand his/her current knowledge and learn the latest JavaScript frameworks and libraries: Node.js, Angular.js, etc. Candidates with additional experience with other tech –  Python, Django, Java, Eclipse – will have a big advantage.

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Focus on code over infrastructure with Google App Engine Flexible Environment

The Google App Engine Flexible environment, which transitioned from Beta to GA a couple of months ago allows developers to focus on doing what they do best, writing code. Based on Google Compute Engine, the App Engine flexible environment automatically scales your app up and down while balancing the load.
 
Microservices, authorization, SQL and NoSQL databases, traffic splitting, logging, versioning, security scanning, and content delivery networks are all supported natively. In addition, the App Engine flexible environment allows you to customize the runtime and even the operating system of your virtual machine using Dockerfiles.
 

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SQL Databases in Node.js

Node.js is one of the best current platforms available for creating back-end applications that expose REST APIs. Often such applications are backed with a database. Nowadays, many NoSQL databases are available that integrate easily with the platform and operate using JSON data format and associated principles – so they’re natural to both a JavaScript platform such as Node.js and the modern REST APIs. These databases usually offer speed, conceptual simplicity, as well as massive horizontal scalability and parallelism – all great when the application, like many modern social media platforms and other services exposed to the end users on the Internet, works with large numbers of users. At the same time, the structural complexity of the data in the context of a single user is usually relatively simple and therefore can be handled perfectly by a NoSQL database.

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Kicking the tires: Mulesoft

Mulesoft logoIn the past couple of  years I’ve seen lots of companies and products moving from monolithic applications to microservices world. As large, heavy web services are being replaced, I’ve started looking into products for REST services integration.

Mulesoft seems to be a good place to go for REST services integration and implementation. RAML is racing Swagger to become #1 solution for API design. Their Anypoint platform is making the integration of third party API’s simple and efficient. Using the ability to connect to SAP or ServiceNow platforms makes this solution perfect for wide variety for consumers. Mapping and transforming data capabilities are great bonuses as well.

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