Development, Events

Takeaways from the 2018 ExpoQA in Madrid

July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018 by

For the fourth consecutive year, Ebury attended the ExpoQA conference during 4-6 June in Madrid. Events such as these are paramount in order to stay updated with the latest news in technology, tools, methodologies and all the nerdy stuff we love.

We would like to highlight the following  presentations:

  • Focus on product quality instead of testing by Dana Aonofriesei. She offered a look into how we need to pay attention to quality in production monitoring. We loved her alert system where the alerts have the status “Pending”, “Researching” and “Solved” to help manage the alerts and give better visibility. In addition, we really liked how her system automatically assigns bugs by “keywords”.
  • Yes, we can. Integrating test automation in a manual context by Andreas Faes. Based on his experience, he talked about implementing test automation processes in his company, up to the point of how developers are using code created by QA (dev in test) to test his developer code, similar to TDD but with tests driven by QA. This is something that we will be looking to apply in our own teams.

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DjangoCon Europe 2018

June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018 by

DjangoCon Europe 2018, the European conference for the Django framework, was held this year in Heidelberg, Germany, from May 23rd – 27th. Professionals from around the world gathered together to enjoy a collaborative environment with talks given on a variety of topics, from philosophical issues, to technical details.

Ebury adopted Django a few years ago now as part of its core technology stack and this conference is always great to look at future opportunities.

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Introducing huha.js: Analysing User Experience with Javascript

June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018 by Toby Young

We love building great products, but a product would be completely useless if it is not properly designed for the people who are meant to use it. This lack of efficiency impacts the user experience (UX) of the solution. But, how can we achieve a good UX when developing a product? Is there a way that we can measure user performance objectively?

By trying to answer these questions, we realised there aren’t any cheap and easy-to-use tools ready for any member of our team. So, since we have some experience in things like building software, we decided to develop our own tool.

We are glad to introduce huha.js, a Javascript framework that is intended to measure the usability and user experience in an automated way, considering the limitations of the model and best practices.

In this post, we would like to share how it was built, in order to get fast and detailed feedback on user experience and be able to provide support to a highly iterative agile development practice.

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Queue tasks in Celery after database commit – Introducing django-transaction-hooks

April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018 by

At Ebury, we use Django and have followed an ongoing upgrade path from 1.3 to 1.5 to 1.7. During that time we have had an issue that was messing with us. You might be familiar with it.

We use celery for  executing asynchronous tasks and Django is our framework with PostgreSQL database.

The issue occurs when an asynchronous task makes use of an object that has been just updated, or  created. There is a dependency with the database, the object might not have the updated status when the asynchronous task starts, or not even exists yet.

We are now able to utilise the  library django-transaction-hooks, which works with Django 1.6 through 1.8, and has been merged into Django 1.9+.

What is important with this library is that adds the event “on_commit” to manage timing with database transactions. So, we  can use this for scheduling when to queue tasks for celery workers. The main advantage comes when we want to queue using an object created into an atomic transaction. Consider the following example:

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Ebury Chameleon as an example of a Design System

March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 by

How to build a design language that works across teams and platforms

Invision acquired Brand.ai, UXPin released Systems, and Uber, IBM, and Salesforce are examples of companies who have decided to change the way of designing digital products.

They all have one thing in common: using Design Systems as a way of creating outstanding user experiences.
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PyConEs 2017 overall

October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017 by

In September 2017 Ebury went to PyCon Spain 2017 which took place in Cáceres (Extremadura), at the beautiful location of San Francisco’s Cultural Complex.

Read on for insights on refactoring, unicode, serverless, testing factories, diversity in the work place and open source!

In this article we would like to give pull out some key talks at the conference and the different roles that we had there:

  1. As sponsors: We love Python so we are PyConEs sponsors as part of our commitment. Its great to meet others passionate about getting the best out of python and of course, because we are hiring.
  2. As participants: We want to learn, listen to interesting speakers and share ideas and experiences (we are not a Developersaurus Rex Company).

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Security in JavaScript: An AmsterdamJS story

July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017 by Toby Young

Given that security is so important for our applications, then as front-end developers, why are we we so intimidated when we have to secure our projects? How can we easily improve the security layer in our own JavaScript code?

I recently attended the 2017 AmsterdamJS Conference 2017, where I met Ingrid Epure. I would like to share some useful tips from her workshop, The Art of Keeping Your Application Safe.

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TrailheaDX 2017 highlights

July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 by

TrailheaDX is the Salesforce developer conference. It was held in San Francisco on the 28th and 29th of June, in the Moscone West Center. The number of attendees has quadrupled from last year, with people coming from all around the world, as my colleague and myself traveled from Málaga (Spain).

This conference was born after the demands from Salesforce developers of having their own event. It is true that there is a zone at Dreamforce for developers, but that was not enough for us, and finally our demands were listened to and Salesforce created this amazing conference.

One thing to note about TrailheaDX is that the people giving the talks are product managers, directors or engineers working directly with the products, so you have first hand information.

There were more than 180 sessions to cover multiple and diverse topics. 3 key areas led the whole conference and were highlighted during the opening keynote with amazing demos run by Leah McGowen-Hare (Director of employee and Trailhead content strategy) and Sarah Joyce Franklin (SVP Dev Relations & DM Trailhead). The demos are already online, check this powerful demo of Einstein and this one about Salesforce DX both run by Leah McGowen-Hare, and also this one about Platform Events run by Sarah Franklin.

Leah McGowen-Hare and Sarah Joyce Franklin running demo at Opening Keynote
Leah McGowen-Hare and Sarah Joyce Franklin running demo at Opening Keynote

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Personas are just an excuse

June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017 by

How we make User Research at Ebury

If you have ever worked with a team of UX Designers, I’m sure you have heard about the term Persona. A Persona is simply a semi-fictional character that stereotypes your user. It doesn’t sound that useful, does it? Indeed, personas are fairly irrelevant but we still need to talk about them because they are the perfect excuse to drive effective User Research.

At Ebury we use Personas not just to understand how our current users are, but also to create solutions for the potential customer. This is why we take advantage of the Persona modelling process, as it gives us a better understanding of our customers’ needs.

Ebury's persona model
Ebury’s persona model

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