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Helping cat videos go viral with Grails, Groovy, ReactJS, and Spring/Hibernate

Viral videos and software development: Grails, Groovy, ReactJS, and Spring/Hibernate

Admit it, we all love viral videos. Silly videos of cute animals, collections of epic fails, inspirational stuff — there’s always something that resonates with us. After all, videos go viral for reason, right?

Actually, in the brave new world of today, there are multimillion-dollar businesses invested into videos of this sort. So whenever you see a video of a squirrel drinking a milkshake — or some dudes attempting a triple frontflip while slacklining — there might a crew of media brainiacs behind it. And these people do a ton of work to discover, curate and promote videos that have, what they call it, viral potential.

Now, our big news for today is that we’ve started working with a media business that revolves around viral videos. Our new client is an international entertainment company with a monthly audience of more that 2.5 billion people.

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Building a cross-channel idea-discovery platform with React Native and LAMP

Idea discovery app built with React Native

Did you know that you can turn yourself into the ultimate idea machine by writing down 10 random ideas a day?

Training your idea muscle is a terrific habit because great ideas drive positive change, making the world better. So wouldn’t it be uber-awesome to foster this habit by creating a tool that would encourage creative thinking, helping people share their brilliant ideas? What I’m talking about it a tool that would turn idea discovery into an efficient process…

Oh wait, we’re actually building a tool of this kind!

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From Idea to Awesome Software in 8 Steps

AgileEngine has been working with innovators and disruptors of early stage startups and Fortune 500 corporations. We make sure a new idea is turned into a well-functioning live product able to boost our client’s business and wow their users. Here’s how we turn ideas into products:

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Meet our new client: tier-one retail analytics provider hires AgileEngine

tier-one retail analytics provider hires AgileEngine

The development of business intelligence solutions is always an awesome challenge that makes you push beyond your limits. In fact, the only thing that can make a BI project even more exciting is the use of a sexy technology stack. And that’s exactly what our new client’s project is all about.

The new customer of AgileEngine is a tier-one provider of BI software for retailers. The company offers solutions for multi-channel retail analytics, merchandize management, and the optimization of store operations. Our client’s products cater to the needs of both online-only retailers and the owners of brick-and-mortar stores — both big and small.

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DC CTO Club #3: continuous integration with 50+ deploys per day

DC CTO Club #3: continuous integration with 50+ deploys per day

Continuous deployment and continuous integration are parts of the modern-day mantra for tech startups. So how frequently do you deploy? How about 50+ times a day? Does this seem like a tempo that you can keep up with while maintaining your sanity?

During the third meeting of the DC CTO Club, we’ve got an exhaustive answer to this question. Our presenter Doug Ramsay shared with us the lessons learned from being the Director of Engineering at LivingSocial. He discussed how his team was able to push changes to production almost instantly and how they built a culture of high-quality engineering.

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AgileEngine will build a React Native app for an agricultural startup

AgileEngine will build a React Native app for an agricultural startup

There’s a place for cutting-edge software in every niche, and our new client is a living proof of this maxim.

So far, we’ve built software solutions for multiple large publishers, food delivery chains, transportation networks, and a good dozen of other projects. This will be the first time, however, that we will be working for an agricultural startup.

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AgileEngine will build software for a toy subscription service

AgileEngine will build software for a toy subscription service

Making the world a happier place — one happy kid at a time. Thanks to our new client, this will be the new motto of our PHP tech lead.

Not long ago, AgileEngine started working for amazing startup with a subscription service targeted at children (and their parents). Our new client curates toys and games and offers them as affordable monthly bundles to subscribers.

Our client’s goal is to bring the power of sharing economy into the world of toys and games. The startup offers parents an easy, affordable way of finding high-quality toys for their children. Besides, it encourages a larger community of users to donate toys to underprivileged children, which is really cool.

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Want to hire a React Native developer? Here are the pros and cons of React Native

Hiring React Native developers to build iOS apps: iPhone with a React Native logo

Should I hire a React Native developer for my next project? Or would working with a native iOS and Android teams prove a wiser decision?

Given the skyrocketing popularity of React Native, you’re probably asking yourself these two questions. So should you give in to the hype and hop on the React Native bandwagon?:) Is React Native that awesome? In our experience, it is. But this doesn’t mean it suits every project.

In the past year, three large brands hired our React Native developers to build their shared code apps. In this post, we’d like to share the experience of our software engineers and look at the key strengths and shortcomings of React Native.

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AgileEngine launches a CTO Club in DC area

AgileEngine CEO Alex Kalinovsky at the first meeting of the DC CTO Club

As the popular science author Steven Johnson pointed out, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect. Well, you can’t disagree with that:). Innovation stems from communication, which is why giving a group of intelligent technology leaders an occasion to meet up and talk is always a great idea.

This was our reasoning behind our new project called the DC CTO Club.

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Why you should use React Native for your mobile app

React Native is a technology that enables the use of React and JavaScript for iOS and Android development
Image credit: Algolia

There’s been quite a buzz about React Native lately. The brainchild of both Facebook and the open source community, this mobile development framework has attracted many positive reviews. In particular, working with this framework made one iOS developer go as far as to claim he might never write an iOS app in Objective-C or Swift again.

Seems like a bold statement, doesn’t it?

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