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Applying microservices design patterns to scale react app development

Working with React and React Native for the past two years has been a great experience. It’s helped us overcome many issues with our hybrid app, improved the look and feel of the app, and generally had a very positive impact on our development experience. As great as these technologies are, having multiple teams working on the same app (a single, shared codebase) was still a difficult task and we were still dealing with some challenging issues: A team could…

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GraphQL-to-MongoDB, or how I learned to stop worrying and love generated query APIs

In this post we’ll have a look at leveraging GraphQL types to expose MongoDB capabilities in NodeJs. We will also examine graphql-to-mongodb, the unobtrusive solution we came up with for our service, and its rationales. The advent of the GraphQL MongoDB stack Relative newcomer GraphQL and established MongoDB are two technologies that appear well suited to one another. MongoDB is a document-oriented DB with a flexible query language. GraphQL is a service API and a query language at the same…

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Israeli high-tech through American eyes

I moved to Israel three years ago, knowing little Hebrew, leaving behind a comfortable life in the U.S. in search of a different type of life, hoping to find knowledge, meaning and personal fulfillment. Three years later, after gaining extremely thick skin, almost-fluent Hebrew, and a variety of life-changing experiences under my belt, I finally feel grounded in my adoptive country. A big part of this is because I have a stable job that I enjoy. I’m a Product Content…

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How I linked animated headers to scroll position in React Native

Here at Soluto we use React Native to build our mobile apps. We often use Animated to drive animations designed to give our users a smoother and friendlier experience. Recently, I was working on a feature that called for a cool, fun animated header. When researching online for how to get started I discovered that most information on the web about React Native Animated refers to “independent” animations, the kind triggered by clicking a button or loading a page. I…

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How I created a product knowledge base (and regained my sanity)

At Soluto, sharing knowledge is extremely important to us. Our teams share updates every morning and at the end of every week, on Slack, in Facebook Workplace, video syncs with remote teams, task boards, morning coffee… you get the point. The amount of information shared is endless, and people that need this information are forced to consume it from multiple channels. Not only that, but since the product managers aren’t the ones marketing our finished product, but clients/sales teams are,…

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