15 Apr 2015 · by Nicholas Zakas / Frontend
When I joined Box in 2013, the web application front-end was in a typical state for a fast-growing company - what had started out as a small codebase maintained by a few engineers had grown into a massive codebase maintained by dozens of engineers. This meant that new features were built on top of... READ MORE +
 
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19 May 2015 · by Michael Ansel
Earlier this month, my colleague, Phillip Moore, and I presented at DevOpsdays Austin about the secure layer we built in front of GitHub's Hubot to enable ChatOps, while still meeting all of our internal and external security requirements. Managing access to restricted data and systems is a not a...
14 May 2015 · by Dave Sawyer
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Montreal to attend PyCon. This year, we decided to add a programming challenge for attendees in addition to our usual talks, poster session, and booth. There are typically a handful of programming challenges at the convention and those who complete them...
05 May 2015 · by Lance Co Ting Keh
As an Apache Spark application developer, memory management is one of the most essential tasks, but the difference between caching and checkpointing can cause confusion. Both operations are essential in preventing Spark from having to lazily recompute a resilient distributed dataset (RDD) every...
16 Apr 2015 · by Skippy Ta
A few months ago, we began the process of rolling out HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) to our servers. After hitting a few bumps in the road, we're excited to announce that 100% of our PHP servers are now operate on HHVM! This represents a huge milestone for us, as virtually all requests to Box...
14 Apr 2015 · by Benjamin VanEvery
An excellent series of posts has been published over the last few weeks on the TODO Group blog. The series focuses on why each of the companies got involved in open source. It's been enlightening to read through each one and get a glimpse of what open source means to each company and how it impacts...
30 Mar 2015 · by Joshua Bancroft
Meet Joshua Bancroft, one of our Site Relability Managers. He'll be blogging regularly at scaledevops.com about life as an SRE. Check out his first post below! Oncall, one of the most dreaded responsibilities within operations and engineering organizations alike. At Box, we had a serious problem...
09 Mar 2015 · by Reshma Khilnani
Last week at Box, I participated on our "Building a Modern Enterprise Company" panel and was joined by Erica Brescia, co-founder and COO of Bitnami, and Nancy Hua, co-founder and CEO of Apptimize. I got the opportunity to meet these founders through Y Combinator where we, with many others, learned...
25 Feb 2015 · by Jessica Gibby
Last year, Box acquired MedXT, a cloud-based, medical image viewing, sharing and collaboration company to addresses a key hurdle to interoperability. Where medical images have long been separated from other clinical systems that house medical records and tests, largely due to the complex imaging...
23 Feb 2015 · by Komal Mangtani
At Box, we strive to provide a consistent user experience that is accessible across all devices. Developing for multiple client platforms that often have different requirements for screen sizes, CPU and memory, and technology stacks can prove to be a challenge for design and engineering. We do not...
05 Feb 2015 · by Heidi Williams
1. Design Broadly, Build Narrowly Building a platform for the enterprise means supporting both enterprise and developer use cases. Although what you build for the enterprise user is in your control (by building the web application yourself), what a developer builds for their end users is not in...
29 Jan 2015 · by Brian Emerick
Box Notes aims to provide an editing surface that is easy to use while meeting industry standards and behaving consistently across browsers and devices. Building on top of contentEditable, we've run into challenges in meeting these goals several times—most recently, with the introduction of tables...
28 Jan 2015 · by Peter Potrebic
I've been at Box for over 2 years, and what I most valued about Box after my first few months remains at the top of my list of awesome things about Box. It's our cultural values. They aren't a list of words written in some electronic document, or splattered around the office on...
22 Jan 2015 · by Alice Fuller
Last October, I gave my first ever talk at a conference, the Grace Hopper Celebration. When I was initially trying to decide what I wanted to talk about, I gave myself a few criteria: 1) I must be uniquely capable of talking about this, 2) people would learn something, 3) it must be interesting...
16 Jan 2015 · by Adrien Loison
As the world becomes more and more data-oriented, access to the right information is critical. Most of the tools we use to gather data are good at it, but they're not designed to process it. That's why specialized software—like Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice—is so popular. No matter where your data...
13 Jan 2015 · by Shivani Rao
Last Thursday we were thrilled to host the first Girl Geek Dinner of 2015 here at Box headquarters! Over 200 women gathered to eat dinner, network and bond over a shared love for technology and all things geeky. During the course of the evening, three women engineers from the Box Women in...
14 Dec 2014 · by Whitney Trump
Here in Box Engineering, we've been working to do a better job celebrating big accomplishments. Inspired by our Sales team's celebration style, we set out to build our own version of a celebratory bell or gong. Senior Software Engineer Ryan Luecke was frequently seen in the immediate vicinity...
04 Dec 2014 · by Divya Jain
“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” – Dave Barry, humor columnist Yes, it's that wonderful time of year when we go crazy figuring out what gifts to buy, and each year the shopping seems to...
19 Nov 2014 · by Jessica Gibby
As announced in our previous post, Box is currently deploying HHVM to our webapp, working closely with the HHVM team at Facebook. Paul Tarjan, a member of the Facebook HHVM team, offers his own insights into HHVM, Hack and a peek into the future. What initially inspired you to develop HHVM? Tell us...
18 Nov 2014 · by Joseph Marrama
At Box, we've had our collective eye on the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) for a while now. HHVM is Facebook's open-source PHP runtime, and it differentiates itself from from the standard PHP runtime on a key metric: speed. Whereas the standard PHP runtime is a run-of-the-mill interpreter, HHVM...