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Irrespective of how much experience you have with software development, you are probably aware that creating an app costs time and money. Not so many people, though, realise that maintenance and further development after an app is deployed can sometimes be quite expensive too. It is not uncommon to see a gradual decrease in performance of your development team over time, especially after they meet the first or second deadline.
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Quite recently, we've figured out that we can improve our internal flow in terms of answering clients' calls, coming primarily from abroad. The idea was to build a simple app that will intercept incoming calls, post a Slack notification and allow us to answer these calls through a web browser using Twilio number. That’s how Callio was born. In this article, you will find a comprehensive guide on how it works and how to integrate it with your account.
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Welcome to the 44th edition of Ruby Brief, your monthly selection of best news, tips and trends from the Ruby world. Enjoy!
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A cool thing about working in a software development company is that we have the resources to create our own internal solutions. When we can’t find a tool that would sort out our problems, we just make them. That’s how Callio, a Twilio integration with Slack, was born. Callio lets us intercept incoming calls from our clients via our favourite communication platform – Slack. There is something even cooler about us having the resources to develop new solutions: we can share those solutions with the community to make your life easier.
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Does using docker to reduce disk clutter and time spent on setting up a new machine sound good? It definitely did to me. In this article, I’ll show you how to get started with a dockerized development environment, so you can get a taste of what it’s like. I’ll also give you some suggestions near the end on how to learn what you need to know about this tool.
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Put simply, abstraction in programming organises system functionalities in a way that allows us to build apps efficiently. It gives the code base structure that is easy to understand and maintain. Sounds cool, right? However, if you don’t use abstraction correctly, it may do more harm than good.
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Last time, I brought to you the top 15 most prospective startups shaking up the New York scene. This week, we’re looking at the other side of the coin – the New York startups that have already found great success and firmly established themselves in our hearts and minds.
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GraphQL is a fairly new technology that will let you adjust your data requirements on the fly and increase the efficiency of your app while keeping your current stack.
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Top 10 Key People in London Tech

Could you please write yet another top 10 key people list for London Tech? Sure, I said. Easier said than done, though. Well, it is easy to collate a list of top 10 influential people in London.
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This week Facebook has officially announced React Fiber, a new version of its popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The news from F8 2017 - Facebook Developers Conference that took place on 18-19th April - raised many questions and concerns among founders who developed their apps using React. Is there anything to worry about? Does this mean that they will have to rewrite their apps?
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The business landscape is packed with visionary startups looking to change the world and make it a better place. Life is not so rosy, though. Plenty of promising startups are destined to misfire, and one of the reasons is the fact that they fail at successfully pitching their businesses to investors. Their ideas can be amazing, but if they can't convince lenders to trust them and share the risk their ventures involve, they might not even get a chance to make it to the market.
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If there is one thing that is certain about the London startup ecosystem, it is the fact that no one knows what is the next big thing. Netguru has been brave enough to list top 10 most promising startups in 2016. We have now checked how our predictions worked and, happy with the accuracy, we take the challenge again.
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  Ninety Percent is a game-changer in the fashion industry. They took the challenge of creating a stylish brand that would link latest trends with a sustainable approach towards society and environment. Their main goal is to empower customers to make a difference through fashion. The company allocates 90 percent of their profits to four charitable causes, and customers are the ones who can vote for the cause they wish to support. At the end of the year, the profits will be split between the charities based on the votes.
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These days, Node.js as main back-end technology has already gained enormous following, with world's top companies using Node.js it as key part of their technology stack. We, too, recently included it in our offering - with in-house initiatives like our starter app already proving themselves in real-world projects.
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iOS Brief #22 - Web Crawler and Primitive Obsession

Hi! Allow me to present you another edition of the iOS Brief! This time we are sharing another set of interesting links. Read about animations, web crawling and new features in Swift 3.1.
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Hi folks! I’m Darek, a leader and senior RoR developer at Netguru. I joined Netguru when it had 30 members, now we’ve grown to more than 210! Recently, I’ve had a very interesting problem to solve. We wanted to have better knowledge about what skills our people have, what they want to get better at and, last but not least, improve how we assign people to projects. That’s why we introduced “Skills”, a feature in “People”, one of our open-source projects. You can try it out yourself if you want. Let me walk you through the new features!
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We’re growing fast. Over the last few years, we doubled in size, expanding our services into highly competitive markets. We’ve already been distinguished with Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe Awards twice, and now we’ve been included in another prestigious ranking: FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies!
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Managing Amazon Web Services is hard, let’s face it. AWS is complex, offers numerous amount of services & APIs, it’s constantly changing, web console UX is bad and some concepts behind it are just hard to understand at the beginning. But once you start getting it, you also realize that it has a great power. The power not only to store unlimited amounts of data, handle millions of requests per second or even to predict your next partner using Machine Learning but also the power to literally clean your wallet in couple of seconds. It may be because of your lack of understanding of this system, because of a „miss click” or simply because you didn’t care to secure your account properly. Internet is full of stories like that. In this guide I’ll try to show you some “quick wins” which should decrease the probability of those events taking place.
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Code review makes your code stronger, reduces the risk of overlooking major bugs and supports the culture of feedback. The process constitutes an inherent part of best practices in web development, so skipping it in your projects might be a big mistake. Luckily, it can be easily and effectively conducted thanks to numerous automated code review tools that are available on the market. Don’t get overwhelmed by the number of providers! With our in-depth analysis, you’ll find a solution to fit your needs.
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 The New York tech sector is continuing to mature, with swathes of hot new startups bursting onto the scenes, innovating everything from FinTech to FoodTech. But who are they? We’ve put together a list of the top 15 most prospective New York startups to keep your eye on in 2017. Let’s meet them.
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