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Paperless Post Tech Talks: Zach Holman

Posted on May 7, 2012 by The Paperless Post Engineering Team

We’re very excited to announce another tech talk, this time with the illustrious Zach Holman of our favorite code collaboration platform, GitHub. Zach will talk about the awesome things GitHub does to work better. Thursday, May 24th 2012 at 7PM Paperless Post, 151 W. 25th St., 9th Floor, New York, NY Space is limited and RSVP’s are required. Please RSVP here: http://paperless.ly/JVA8eG Sure everyone knows [...]

How We Added Time Travel to Paperless Post

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Alan MacDougall

Our designers make our cards beautiful, but our users make them unique. To help them, we’ve built a card editing tool that allows extensive customization. And customize they do: over and over, we’ve seen our users stretch the limits of the design system. In fact, we’ve seen them stretch it, bend it, twist it, crush it, and sometimes even break [...]

Functional Concepts for Practical Coders

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Alan MacDougall

ActionScript and JavaScript support a lot of fancy concepts like closures, partial application, filter chaining, and function composition. Without a background in functional programming, it might not be clear to you what those things are, or why you’d want to use any of it. Wikipedia is too dense, functional programming language tutorials are too mathematical, Haskell is too weird-looking, and [...]

Paperless Post in the Wild, Wild West: JSConf 2012

Posted on April 5, 2012 by Michael R. Bernstein

Yee haw! Paperless Post sent three people to the cowboy-themed JSConf in Scottsdale, Arizona recently, and now that we’re back from the Wild, Wild West, I thought I’d share some of my conference experiences. Though I’ve been using JavaScript professionally for quite some time, and I keep up with the community at large, I have never been to a JSConf before, [...]

Paperless Post Tech Talks: Greg Borenstein

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Aaron Quint

We’re happy to announce that this month we’ll be hosting a talk with the very talented technologist Greg Borenstein. You can check out Greg’s recent work at http://gregborenstein.com/ Wednesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM Paperless Post, 151 W. 25th St., 9th Floor, New York, NY Space is limited and RSVP’s are required. Please RSVP here 04/18/2012 Update: Greg’s Slides are now online! About Greg: [...]

Paperless Post at JSConf 2012

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Aaron Quint

Some events you look forward to for an entire year. JSConf is one of those events. Last year, we had a great time in Portland. This year, we’ll not only be there, we’re very excited to be sponsoring a really fun suprise for everyone. If you’re coming to the conference or are attending any of the parties, @aq, @talltyler, and @mrb_bk will be there, so make sure [...]

Metallic Text Shaders

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Tyler Larson

Text customization is a big part of our card creation process here at Paperless Post. We want to enable users to easily create beautiful and unique cards. One feature we thought would be cool would be for the user to be able to foil stamp or gold emboss text, which would give text a texturized silver or gold effect. When [...]

Why We Patched node.js

Posted on January 17, 2012 by Michael R. Bernstein

At a company that relies on open source software, every day is an adventure. This week: how a memory fragmentation issue in node.js tempted me into the wilds of the V8 JavaScript Engine and C++. As our fearless leader and CTO Aaron Quint mentioned in our previous blog post, we are completely addicted to metrics. One of the cornerstones of this [...]

Redis Tips: Persistence-Only Slaves and the Slowlog

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Michael R. Bernstein

At Paperless Post we rely on a lot of different Open Source software, from the Nginx web server that serves our traffic, to the PostgreSQL RDBMS that we use to keep our data safe and secure. One of the more interesting is Redis: the advanced key/value store that has gone from an obscure project by an old school Linux hacker [...]

Introducing Graphiti: An Alternate Frontend for Graphite

Posted on December 16, 2011 by Aaron Quint

I’m proud to announce a new open source project that we’ve been cooking up behind the scenes at Paperless Post. Graphiti is a powerful front end for the real-time graphing engine, Graphite. Graphiti provides a whole new way of creating and storing graphs. We’re using it day-to-day at Paperless as a way to monitor our infrastructure and product metrics. We’re especially excited because [...]