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Running PM2 & Node.js in Production Environments

At Stream, we build a lot of showcase and example applications to show off the awesome features that our service has to offer. For nearly all of our applications, we host them on an instance – usually DigitalOcean or AWS EC2. While maintaining your codebase and keeping it relevan…

Open Source

Winds – An in Depth Tutorial on Making Your First Contribution to Open-Source Software

The team here at Stream enjoys building open-source sample applications to showcase the functionality of our API. Our perspective has always been that it’s better to demonstrate the capabilities of our offerings in a fully functional platform. In this case, leveraging Stream and …

Engineering

JavaScript: Promises and Why Async/Await Wins the Battle

Asynchronous functions are a good and bad thing in JavaScript. The good side is that asynchronous functions are non-blocking and, therefore, are fast – especially in a Node.js context. The downside is that dealing with asynchronous functions can be cumbersome, as you sometimes ha…

Engineering

Simple Steps to Optimize Your App Performance with MongoDB, Redis, and Node.js

First Things First Here at Stream, we power activity feeds for 300+ million end users and love playing around with ways to utilize our product in all sorts of use cases. Most recently, we built Winds, an open-source RSS and Podcast application with a strong focus on UI and UX. Sh…

Open Source

Integrating Algolia Search in Winds – A Beautiful RSS & Podcast Application

Earlier this year, Stream launched Winds 2.0, the second iteration of our popular open-source and native application for macOS, Windows, and Linux, which provides an entirely new way to consume RSS feeds and Podcasts. If you haven’t used Winds, you can sign up at https://getstrea…

Open Source

Takeaways on Building a React Based App with Electron

Earlier this year, Stream launched Winds 2.0, an open-source and native application for macOS, Windows, and Linux, which provides an entirely new way to consume RSS feeds and Podcasts. It was our first time building a native application, so we chose to go with Electron, a framewo…

Engineering

Building an End-to-End Deep Learning GitHub Discovery Feed

There’s hardly a developer who doesn’t use GitHub. With all those stars, pulls, pushes and merges, GitHub has a plethora of data available describing the developer universe. As a Data Scientist at Stream, my job is to develop recommender systems for our clients so that they can p…

Engineering

Testing Node.js in 2018

Stream powers feeds for over 300+ million end users. With all of those users relying on our infrastructure, we’re very good about testing everything that gets pushed into production. Our primary codebase is written in Go, with some remaining bits of Python. Our recent showcase ap…

Open Source

Winds 2.1: Building Touch Bar Support for macOS in Electron with React

One of the newest and coolest innovations in the tech/hardware world as of late is the touch bar that Apple released on its MacBook Pro last year. As these machines have become more and more popular, more and more applications are utilizing the touch bar to interact with their us…

Open Source

Announcing Winds 2.1 — More Features, Stability, and Pure Awesomeness 👏

Over the course of the past several weeks, our team has been mesmerized by the tremendous growth of Winds 2.0. Closing in on 5,500 GitHub Stars, Winds has quickly become the #1 open-source RSS & Podcast application on GitHub in the open-source community. Shortly after launching W…

Engineering

React Fragments – The End of the Wrapper Div

Hi there! I’m Ken. I’m a Developer Advocate over at GetStream.io, where we build personalized and scalable activity feeds. For the last several months, I’ve been working on Winds 2.0, an open-source RSS reader and podcast listening app. It’s built in Node.js, Electron, Redux and …

Engineering

Fixing the billion dollar mistake in Go by borrowing from Rust

panic: runtime error: invalid memory address or nil pointer dereference If you ever used Go, you probably saw this error at least once. Somewhere a nil pointer or nil interface was passed to a function that doesn’t handle nil. In all cases this is a programming error, either the …

Tutorials

Try out the Stream API with Postman

NOTE: This content within this blog post is no longer valid or in a working state. As many developers are aware, Postman is a fantastic tool for developing and testing RESTful web-services and APIs. Since its inception, Postman has evolved beyond simply sending HTTP requests into…

Open Source

Winds 2.0: It’s Time to Revive RSS

I love using RSS to follow the programming and tech news I care about. Unfortunately, the number of sites supporting RSS has been in rapid decline over the last few years. The reader ecosystem is slowly degrading as well. Facebook and Twitter’s dominance is now delivering its fin…

Tutorials

Build a scalable Twitter clone with Django and Stream

In this tutorial, we will build a Twitter clone using Django and Stream, a hosted API for newsfeed development. By the end, you’ll see how easy is to power your newsfeeds with Stream. For brevity, we leave out some basic Django-specific code and recommend referring to the Github …

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Stream and GDPR

As an organization who has customers located within the European Union (EU), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important topic for us here at Stream. The GDPR is a regulation by which the European government has intended to strengthen and unify data protection f…

Product

Using Feed Technology for Travel Use Cases

When we visit sites like Amazon, Netflix, or YouTube, we take for granted the fact these services have been exploring and learning our behavior for years. They know us well – they make relevant recommendations that are unique to the user, drawing us back to their sites time and t…

Open Source

Winds 2.0 Beta – Now Available for Download

In case you haven’t already heard, the devrel team at Stream has been working on a really exciting project over the past couple months called Winds 2.0! Tl;Dr Winds is an open-source RSS reader and podcast player built with React & Stream. It’s not only free and open source, but …

Engineering

Go Client Now Available

Go is one of the fastest growing languages around. We ourselves use it extensively inside the Stream API service. Support for Go was added almost two years ago by MrHenry and HyperWorks, which open-sourced a Go client. We are proud to announce that starting today, we are releasin…

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Looking Forward to What’s Coming from Stream in 2018

Looking Back 2017 wrapped up with the launch of Stream V2 and multi-region support. The new version of our API uses Go, RocksDB and Raft to power the feeds for over 300 million users. V2 represents our largest improvement in performance so far. Switching from Cassandra to RocksDB…

Product

Dubsmash Switches to Stream from an In-House Solution

About Dubsmash Dubsmash is a global entertainment platform that allows users to interact with the content they love. Their team is building the interactive video quote database of the future, allowing users around the world to share, lip-sync, and meme over pop culture content. W…

Engineering

Building a Node.js Powered API with Express, Mongoose & MongoDB

One of my favorite parts of my job as a Developer Evangelist at Stream is building sample applications. It is an enthralling way to engage and interact with potential and existing customers, as well as show off the fun technology we use and build with every single day. The applic…

Product

Sketchfab Utilizes Stream’s Feed Technology to Increase Performance and Reliability

“From posting updates to commenting and more, Stream provided us with the most flexible and scalable solution for displaying all our user’s activities. The Stream team made implementing our news feed solution a collaborative experience and ultimately the right decision for us.” –…

Product

Activity Streams and News Feeds for Real-Time Use Cases

There are many feed use cases where it’s important to show updates in real-time. If a feed has thousands or even millions of followers, this can be pretty hard to do. Over the past months, our team has vastly improved the capacity of our real-time infrastructure, allowing you to:…

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New Zend Framework Module for Integrating Stream

Hot off the heels of our Doctrine ORM integration, we’re ready to announce our next PHP integration! We’ve created a neat little package, which serves as a Zend Framework module! Zend Framework is one of the most popular frameworks in the PHP ecosystem – after Laravel and Symfony…