My Journey in a UI Project (aka front-end is the new back-end)

In this blog post, I share my recent experience in a UI project, as a developer with limited past experience in UI development. I published this internally on REA Group’s wiki a while back to foster interest in UI projects from a broader set of developers – highlighting that solid engineering is a big part of contemporary UI development.

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Building the realestate.com.au Android Instant App

Recently we have been working with Google to create an Instant App for our listings experience, so with the SDK being made publicly available at I/O this week we thought it would be a great time to share our experience.

So what are Instant Apps? Instant Apps allow Android users to run apps instantly in response to tapping a URL without having to install the app. An Instant App contains only the functionality required for the feature that the user is interested in.

The following screen shows an example Instant App experience for users who do not have our realestate.com.au app installed when they tap a URL for an on-market property: Continue reading

Create a full-stack serverless web-app with a single file

Serverless is one of the biggest buzzwords of these years, and the implementation of solutions based on such architecture has been boosted by the release of AWS Lambda. This post describes a little experiment I conducted to learn more about this technology. I wanted to define and deploy a fully functional web-app (both back-end and front-end) based on RESTful services with one single file. Continue reading

Fewer AWS accounts please (aka the “goldilocks” strategy is back)

REA’s journey with Amazon Web Services (AWS) began in late 2010 when we started experimenting with using the cloud for our dev/test infrastructure. In 2013 we launched our first cloud-only production infrastructure to handle the dynamic resizing and serving of our images. Since that time we have adopted an IT strategy that involved transitioning all systems to the cloud and have therefore run a hybrid cloud and data centre platform ever since. More recently we have also embraced micro-services which means the volume of systems that we run in the cloud has exploded. This blog covers how our usage of AWS accounts and VPCs has changed and what we propose to do next.

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React Training is Coming to Melbourne

We have been busily re-building our core property listings experience using ReactJS for a while now. After the release of our revamped sold property section, we decided to find a way to engage the other areas of the company and give back to the local tech community.

With that in mind, REA Group is very excited to announce that on the 8th – 10th February 2017 we will be hosting a ReactJS workshop run by the amazing React Training team. React Training is a US based group comprised of ReactJS experts and the creators of some of the most popular open source libraries in the space, many of which we use here.

REA and React Training

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