Introduction to Programming for RFIDs

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RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It is a form of wireless technology that uses radio waves to uniquely identify an object. It usually consists of a tag, a reader, and an antenna.  In this post I’ll introduce you to RFID technology and some of the interesting things that you can do with them as a programmer. 

Load Testing with K6

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On a recent project I’ve been experimenting with using K6 for load testing.  In this post I’ll discuss how to get started with K6 and some of the benefits of running load testing in using this tool. 

Speedrunning Super Mario 64

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Speedrunning is when you play through a video game or a section of a video game as quickly as possible. To perfect a speedrun, players will dedicate hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands of hours to playing a game over and over again. To beat previous times, players will have to continually optimize their gameplay, master fancy movement, and perform sometimes difficult glitches.

 

Professional Grade Mapping Basics for Developers

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We interact with consumer grade mapping products on a regular basis, like when we search for directions on our phones, or when we get bored at work and browse Google Earth to see what our houses look like from space. As mere consumers, we have exceptional mapping software at our disposal – but, have you ever wondered what professional mapping products are capable of? 

WebAssembly: The JavaScript Killer?

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The hype around WebAssembly could easily lead you to believe that it has the potential to replace JavaScript. Here, I will explain both WebAssembly and JavaScript, and why I think their future looks more like coexistence than competition. We will specifically be talking about browser-based WebAssembly.

Strengths and Limitations of SwiftUI

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SwiftUI is a development implementation framework made by Apple. Version 1.0 was released in 2019 to replace their previous UIKit software, and it has been rapidly evolving with new features each year since then. It is an exceptional leap in user interface development for Apple products because it offers ease of development, cross-platform configuration, and robustness.

The Power of Genetic Algorithms

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Genetic algorithms (GA) are directed search algorithms based on the mechanics of biological evolution. They are powerful tools capable of generating solutions to complex optimization and search problems that would otherwise be extremely hard or time consuming to complete by human trial and error alone. 

GETTING TO KNOW SOCIAL MEDIA USERS

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When developing software, we are often trying to get users to stay engaged with an app for as long as possible, while competing for the valuable attention span of users that other popular social applications have already won. 

Web Development Automation Trends Of 2021

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As website developers, automation can increase our capacity to do more, reduce the time and cost of our projects, and allow us to skip the boring parts of our job (let’s be honest!). 

I began developing at a time when there were no helpful tools like frameworks, user interface (UI) kits, application programming interfaces (APIs), or software development kits (SDKs) to speed up our processes. Over time, I’ve seen innovations like these change the pace and possibilities in web development. And now, with the creation of cloud services, we can even do our work from the comfort of our homes rather than relying on dedicated server racks at the office.

CARBON NEUTRALITY – A SMALL TECH BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE

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This year at Grio, we decided to explore how we could reduce or offset our carbon footprint. Going carbon neutral means considering the carbon emitted as a result of all our company actions, and finding ways to reduce or offset those emissions. For small technology companies, carbon emission sources are things like running servers, the manufacturing and transportation involved in ordering supplies, and transportation to and from offices.