What Are We Doing With Google’s Flutter?

GeekyAnts has been working with React Native since its launch in 2015 and with many awesome apps to our credit, we are proud to say that we are one of the top React Native companies out there! 🎉 🎆

Over the years, we have noticed a few issues in React Native apps that make us want for “something more”.

Our search for this “something more” has led us to Google’s Flutter!

https://hackernoon.com/what-are-we-doing-with-googles-flutter-74ff29dd256a

Google Cloud vs AWS in 2017 (Comparing the Giants)

It’s no surprise that cloud computing has literally taken the world by storm. For most businesses and enterprises, gone are the days of struggling with complicated on-premise server rooms and complicated networking. Over the past decade, cloud computing has become more cost-efficient, secure, and reliable. The major providers in the industry are now investing heavily in their hardware, software, and global networking infrastructure to obtain more market share, which has resulted in unparalleled performance. Healthy competition is always a win for consumers and partners as this drives costs down and requires them to constantly innovate to stay ahead.

Typically when we think of cloud computing providers we are referring to the three giants in the industry: Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS. Today we’re going to compare just two of them, Google Cloud vs AWS. We exclusively utilize Google Cloud Platform here at Kinsta, but we’ll try to keep this article as unbiased as possible and explain everything in layman’s terms. There are definitely some advantages and disadvantages to both providers.  Trust us, we’ve had our own share of challenges! No matter which provider you choose, you’ll always encounter issues at some point along the way.

https://kinsta.com/blog/google-cloud-vs-aws/?utm_campaign=blog&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=google-cloud-vs-aws

Blockchains: How They Work and Why They’ll Change the World

…Now, eight years after the first blockchain was built, people are trying to apply it to procedures and processes beyond merely the moving of money with varying degrees of success. In effect, they’re asking, What other agreements can a blockchain automate? What other middlemen can blockchain technology retire?

Can a blockchain find people offering rides, link them up with people who are trying to go somewhere, and give the two parties a transparent platform for payment? Can a blockchain act as a repository and a replay platform for TV shows, movies, and other digital media while keeping track of royalties and paying content creators? Can a blockchain check the status of airline flights and pay travelers a previously agreed upon amount if their planes don’t take off on time?

If so, then blockchain technology could get rid of Uber, Netflix, and every flight-insurance provider on the market…

https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/networks/blockchains-how-they-work-and-why-theyll-change-the-world

Introducing Cloud Firestore: Our New Document Database for Apps

Today we’re excited to launch Cloud Firestore, a fully-managed NoSQL document database for mobile and web app development. It’s designed to easily store and sync app data at global scale, and it’s now available in beta.

Key features of Cloud Firestore include:

  • Documents and collections with powerful querying
  • iOS, Android, and Web SDKs with offline data access
  • Real-time data synchronization
  • Automatic, multi-region data replication with strong consistency
  • Node, Python, Go, and Java server SDKs

And of course, we’ve aimed for the simplicity and ease-of-use that is always top priority for Firebase, while still making sure that Cloud Firestore can scale to power even the largest apps.

https://firebase.googleblog.com/2017/10/introducing-cloud-firestore.html

Introducing Slack JS 9.0.0

Super stoked to share the latest version of our JS client for the Slack Web API! You can find the source code here and the npm distribution here.

Speed is 🔑

Apps built for Slack by their nature are real time. All facets of speed are critical factors for creating a great user experience. And with performance as our guide I am very pleased to say we support the entire Slack Web API in a 7kb (not gzip’d) payload that has been solidly tested for all LTS versions of Node and modern evergreen browsers.

Being so tiny means this library loads super fast which makes it perfect for AWS Lambda and browser-based applications where cold start responsiveness is critical.

https://medium.com/@brianleroux/introducing-slack-js-9-0-0-c425a63cc479

Learn Blockchains by Building One

You’re here because, like me, you’re psyched about the rise of Cryptocurrencies. And you want to know how Blockchains work—the fundamental technology behind them.

But understanding Blockchains isn’t easy—or at least wasn’t for me. I trudged through dense videos, followed porous tutorials, and dealt with the amplified frustration of too few examples.

I like learning by doing. It forces me to deal with the subject matter at a code level, which gets it sticking. If you do the same, at the end of this guide you’ll have a functioning Blockchain with a solid grasp of how they work.

https://hackernoon.com/learn-blockchains-by-building-one-117428612f46