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Development Back-end

A Phoenix Field Guide For Djangonauts

First, let me get this out of the way: this is not a Django vs Phoenix post. We at Cheesecake Labs believe polyglotism is good; it gives us options. Since the beginning, we’ve mostly been a Django shop for backend services and will continue to be for many years to come. It is a stable, fully-fledged and widely adopted framework that’s used to power a shocking amount of large applications, including many client projects that we’ve developed over the years.

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Tools Test Development

Android automated UI tests: the baby steps

Since I started building apps I was sure of only two things: one is that I love seeing users enjoying my apps; and the second is that I hate seeing users clicking everywhere and crashing them. So how can I be sure that my users will be able to have a joyful experience (even with those features that are hidden 15 clicks away and that I don’t even remember they exist anymore)? By testing them all!

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Tools Technical Development

Apollo – The GraphQL client that makes API integration a breeze

Integrating apps and servers is not an easy task, we all know that. Even with great tools like Alamofire and Retrofit there are still a lot of things to take care of in the app side: different endpoints, encoding / decoding JSON strings, API versions, data consistency and so on…

Recently I have worked in a project with server integration and we had the opportunity to choose new technologies to work with and to try to avoid some of these problems. The choice was a GraphQL server and in the app side the Apollo framework.

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Development

The Case for Clojure and GraphQL: Replacing Django

In the last few months, I worked on two projects that were similar in scope and complexity; both were API backends for mobile apps, had similar requirements and timeframes. However, one thing set them apart: one was written in Django + REST while the other was written in Clojure + GraphQL.

Since I was the main developer for both projects, I was able to make useful comparisons between both approaches. In this post, I’ll describe the pros and cons of each.

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Technical Mobile Development

How custom UI controls in Xcode’s Interface Builder boosted my UI development

To use or not to use Xcode’s Interface Builder (let’s call it IB) is a very common discussion between iOS developers. There are many arguments against using it like version control issues and difficulties in debugging. This post in our blog have some considerations about it for example. But I believe that if the project is well structured and the team knows how to use it, these issues can be avoided and IB can become a very powerful tool.

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