Bright Inventions

#girlswhocode

Last week I attended a climbing competition dedicated for girls only to celebrate the international women’s day. It was held quite far away from my home town and on my way back I was wondering why I was so excited to attend a climbing competition for women and at the very same time I am so sceptical about any girls-only programming events.

How to deploy Lambda function with CloudFormation?

Serverless deployments are popular these days. With a minimal cost you can have your own code wait and respond to various events. AWS Lambda, Azure Functions are just 2 examples of serverless offering from the biggest cloud providers. For a long time I had thought about them only in the context of ad-hoc setups not suitable for a long term development. This was until I found out that you can, with a little effort, version and deploy the serverless API just as a traditional back-end. In this post I am going to show how to deploy AWS Lambda functions with the help of the tool Adam created at Bright Inventions called cloudform.

The modern way of getting started with React and TypeScript

One of the prerequisites for a healthy and sustainable tech stack that reduces the risk of our project quickly getting obsolete is a tooling and automation around the mundane chores. Out of the tools fatigue JavaScript world suffered few months back the new generation solution was born at Facebook for React.

GroupWork, but not GroupThink

Have you ever heard about Groupthink? It occurs when a group of people make faulty decisions due to mutual pressure. According to Irving Janis who coined this term for the first time in 1972, the group pressure leads to a deterioration of mental efficiency, moral judgement as well as reality verification. Groups affected by the groupthink phenomenon frequently ignore alternatives while looking for a solution. People who are vulnerable to groupthink mostly have a similar background, work in organisations with a lack of established decision making process and do not meet any outside opinions.

How to call a load balanced ECS service?

A service running ECS can call plethora of AWS APIs. It can read messages from queues, publish messages to SNS topics, query a database. These are all valid ways to communicate with the service. However, often the most appropriate way is to call the service by an HTTP API. In this post I’ll describe how to configure an ECS service running inside VPC so that other services can call its API.

Adding features to your chart on Android

In the previous post I did show you how to make a basic setup of Android linear chart using MPAndroidChart library. Now I’ll show you some features I found useful.

Different iOS build configurations than Debug and Release in React Native

Default iOS build configurations, Debug and Release, might be enough for the beginning, but sooner or later you will probably need to extend the number of build configurations in your app. While this is pretty straightforward in native development, unfortunately, it is not in React Native.

3 top habits to improve the cooperation with clients

There is always a room for improvement regarding the service that we deliver to our clients. In this post I describe 3 habits that I consider really helpful in order to work effectively with clients.

Navigation in React Native

Navigation between screens is probably one of the very first concerns you will have while creating a React Native app. Once you start, you might be surprised that there is no built-in, fully featured navigation that will work on both platforms. Although React Native recommends using React Navigation, you will quickly discover that this library is purely based on JavaScript and it does not directly use the native navigation APIs on iOS and Android. And as another library says, if you are trying to deliver a user experience that is on par with the best native apps out there, you simply cannot compromise on JS-based components trying to fake the real thing.

How to deploy a service to Amazon Elastic Container Service with CloudFormation?

Containers are becoming the standard way of deploying software. Every cloud vendor now offers one or multiple ways to run containers on their platform. Most of our clients uses AWS to host their SaaS solution. As part of a new development for one of our clients we have decided to move away from Elastic Beanstalk and embrace containers. Amazon Elastic Container Service is an orchestration service that supports Docker containers and is generally available for over a year. Given our small development team it seemed like the best choice since it takes away most of the cluster management headaches. In this post I will describe how we deploy a container to ECS using CloudFormation.