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Stampy Day | Starting Android: An iOS Developer’s Perspective

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Michael Ng

This is the first in our series on Stampy Day, a company-wide hack day here at Paperless Post. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the projects that came out of that day.   This Stampy Day, Ivan, Teresa, and I decided to play around with Android to see if we could get a very minimal Paperless Post app working. Our goals for [...]

Stampy Day | Gif TV

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Gordon Diggs

This post continues our series on Stampy Day, a company-wide hack day here at Paperless Post. We hope you enjoy reading about some of the projects that came out of that day. We love gifs. We love gifs so much that we have, at time of writing, 8,574 gifs saved in our chat bot. Naturally, it would be great if we had [...]

The Data You Need

Posted on March 5, 2014 by Solomon Kahn

There are lots of people at Paperless Post who need data, and over time we have been consistently improving how we get it to them. This is an article about a simple gem we built, ReplicaConnect, that allows easy access to our data inside simple ruby scripts. Since you’re reading our dev blog, you probably know that to get data [...]

VDAY14: A Different Story

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Aaron Quint

Every year, February rolls around and things get a little crazy at PP HQ. Though the holiday season has more sustained traffic and usage, Valentine’s Day is our single most popular day for sending and creating cards. Last year, things did not go so well. The day itself was a really hard one, and it really shook our entire team and woke [...]

Oktoperfest: Ruby Performance Tooling

Posted on October 28, 2013 by Aaron Quint

There’s no doubt that the Paperless Dev team is a group of polyglots, but our core application is still a Ruby on Rails app. There’s also no question that we’re obsessed with performance. Not only do our users expect us to be fast, but our uptime during our peaks is highly dependent on how quickly we can handle requests. For [...]

Paperless Post Tech Talks: John Resig

Posted on October 25, 2013 by The Paperless Post Engineering Team

Please join us as we welcome John Resig as our latest speaker in our Tech Talks series on Nov 5th at 7PM. John is the Dean of Computer Science at Khan Academy and the creator of the jQuery JavaScript library. He’s also the author of the books Pro JavaScript Techniques and Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja. John is a Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto [...]

How We Networked 4 Years of Accounts Using Just the Tools at Hand

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Gordon Diggs

If you’ve looked at your account dashboard recently, you might have seen a list that looks something like this: This is a list of everyone you’ve attended events with and how many times you’ve done so. What follows is a story of how we made this possible, and some of the decisions and changes we made along the way. The feature begins [...]

Write/Speak/Code: A Lesson in Having a Voice

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Emily Chen

Back in June, my manager asked me to write about my experience attending write/speak/code. write/speak/code is an immersive conference that aims to give women in tech a voice by giving them confidence, motivation, and actionable goals. Ironically, I felt hesitant to write this blog post–worrying I wouldn’t have enough to say–until I realized this insecurity was exactly what the conference [...]

Ricon|East 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013 by Aaron Quint

Earlier this week, MRB and I attended Ricon East not that far from Paperless HQ. It was advertised as a “Distributed Systems Conference” and that’s really what it was. It was an awesome experience; The talks were of an extremely high quality and the crowd was full of smart and friendly people. More than anything, I was overwhelmed with all the brilliance and made to feel [...]

When I Ship

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Aaron Quint

Lets be clear that as a team we have many theme songs. They range from MOP to Boyz || Men to Culture club to …. I know of few that have struck such a cord (especially with the ops team) as Da Dip. I gave a talk a couple of weeks ago where I tried to explain the methodology of Paperless [...]