The Stream Blog

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 relevant is difficult, we’ve found that the […]

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 other great services allowed us to build a podcast and RSS reader, […]

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 have to wait for one function to complete in order to get […]

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. Shortly after we launched our […]

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://getstream.io/winds. Or, if you just want a visual, below is a screenshot of Winds: With […]

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 framework for creating cross-platform applications. In addition to Electron, […]

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 application, Winds 2.0, is built with Node.js and we quickly […]

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 users in a new dimension. As […]

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 Winds 2.0, we moved fast with support for web, macOS, […]

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 applications I build range from small […]

Announcing Winds 2.0 — an Electron App with Support for RSS & Podcasts

In late 2016, we announced the release of Winds, an open-source RSS reader built with React, Redux, Sails, and Stream. The application was published on GitHub, accompanied by a fully hosted version on the GetStream.io domain. The project became so popular that GitHub Pull Requests to contribute to and improve it became a daily occurrence, and Winds soon became a repository with […]

Experimenting with React Native & Expo’s Audio API

Here at Stream, we’re all about exploring the latest trends around popular technologies. Doing so allows our team to better understand what is happening in the open-source community, a community that our company DNA is largely comprised of. Last year, Stream released the open-source project Winds, an aggregated and personalized RSS reader powered by Stream. […]