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Let’s think Green – even in IT

Questions involving sustainability are becoming more and more recurrent, however, the evolving of technology has created a massive wave of exaggerated consumerism marked by waste of IT components that can be harmful to the environment. In the end, it drove a competition between companies and stimulated the development of new green technologies. This is the scenario where the Green IT concept popped out.

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Starting with Graph Databases: A Quick look into Neo4j

Let’s talk about Neo4j, a graph database that recently has attracted a significant number of fans. My goal is for you to have a brief (I promise to be quick) vision of how it works and to give you some examples to make it more tangible.

We are used to write data using tables, to relate them through primary keys and, by looking directly at the data, you only see IDs. Graph databases were designed mainly so that this doesn’t happen. Its purpose is for you to have a complete understanding when looking at the data. Continue Reading

Tools Mobile

Three Tools for the Analytics Kings Under the Sky

In the Tolkien’s universe, twenty Rings of Power were forged and given as gift to the rulers of Middle-Earth, the Elves, the Dwarfs and the Humans. There were Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky, the most powerful of the twenty, after the One ring.

In our universe, a lot of tools were created and given as gift to the rulers of the Earth. If we focus on technology, more precisely in mobile metrics, we can say that there are Three tools for the Analytics kings under the sky – and they are as powerful as the elven rings.

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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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