How Google uses Node.js?

Myles Borins, developer advocate for Node.js at Google, shares reasons for why companies decide to use Node.js
11 August

Snapchat Inc. made the decision to use Google Cloud to host the vast majority of its computing, storage, bandwidth, and other services.

Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube. Alongside a set of management tools, it provides a series of modular cloud services including computing, data storage, data analytics and machine learning.

In this enterprise conversation, Myles Borins, developer advocate for Node.js at Google, shares reasons for why companies decide to use Node.js, and conversely, what might be blocking some companies from adopting the platform. Myles gives us insights about the overall design of Node.js and the fact that its openness does not always allow for a clear, defined way of building out services, APIs or applications. This reality can either help or hinder the needs of a company.

Myles also provides a variety of use cases around Node.js and offers information about Google’s compute services that currently employ the code, such as Virtual Machines, App Engine environments, and Google Cloud Functions. Learn even more about Google and Node.js by listening to the full interview here. Myles will also be presenting at Node.js Interactive 2017, discussing the history of modules within the JavaScript Ecosystem.

What is Truffle?

Small introduction to the most popular Ethereum development framework
11 December

Truffle is a development environment, testing framework and asset pipeline for Ethereum, aiming to make life as an Ethereum developer easier. 

According to the developers, these are main features: 

  • BUILT-IN SMART CONTRACT COMPILATION, LINKING, DEPLOYMENT AND BINARY MANAGEMENT
    • Truffle takes care of managing your contract artifacts so you don’t have to. Includes support for custom deployments, library linking and complex Ethereum applications.
  • AUTOMATED CONTRACT TESTING FOR RAPID DEVELOPMENT
    • Bring your dapp development to the 21st century. Write automated tests for your contracts in both JavaScript and Solidity, and get your contracts developed quickly.
  • SCRIPTABLE DEPLOYMENT & MIGRATIONS FRAMEWORK
    • Write simple, manageable deployment scripts that acknowledge your application will change over time. Foster your dapp’s evolution and ensure you can maintain your contracts far into the future.
  • NETWORK MANAGEMENT FOR DEPLOYING TO BOTH PUBLIC & PRIVATE NETWORKS
    • Don’t manage network artifacts ever again. Let Truffle do it for you, and put your focus on dapp development where it belongs.
  • ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF EXTERNAL PACKAGES
    • Pull in hundreds of smart contract dependencies from NPM and EthPM to have your code stand on the shoulders of giants.
  • INTERACTIVE CONSOLE FOR DIRECT CONTRACT COMMUNICATION
    • Use Truffle to save time and talk to your contracts via an interactive console, which includes access to all your built contracts and all available Truffle commands.
  • EXTERNAL SCRIPT RUNNER THAT EXECUTES SCRIPTS WITHIN A TRUFFLE ENVIRONMENT
    • Use Truffle to bootstrap your contracts and run a network-aware script, without hassle.
  • BUILT FOR SPEED
    • Whether you’re compiling contracts or running unit tests, Truffle includes clever optimizations to ensure you only compile what you have to and your tests run as quickly as possible. When used along with Ganache, you can develop your dapps quickly and get real code deployed, fast.

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