Hackweek 31

November 25th, 2015 by Nathan Potter

What’s Hackweek Again? Here at Chartbeat, we have a Hackweek every 7 weeks. Hackweek is a time to learn, explore, and just try something new. At the end of October, we had Hackweek 31 (that’s 31 x 7 = 7 months of hacking over 4 years). Lately we’ve been doing team hacks, which are 3 […] Keep reading
This is the story of how Chartbeat struggled for months integrating with a complex and sometimes incomprehensible external API service and eventually brought sanity to that notoriously difficult service. Then, we open sourced the whole thing. Chartbeat helps leading media companies around the world understand, measure, and monetize the time that audiences actively spend with […] Keep reading
Rick Mangi pontificates on the open source efforts going on during Hackweek at Chartbeat. Keep reading
Harry Wolff, our intrepid Frontend Platform Engineer, blogged about the creation of the Paid Content tool. Keep reading
Not too long ago, Camille Fournier at Rent the Runway shared the software engineering ladder their team uses for promoting engineers within the development team. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share the ladders we use at Chartbeat and look at how you might structure a ladder for your startup. First, The Basics. A […] Keep reading
We’re back from a too-long hiatus! I know you missed us. One of our engineers has been nursing a casual interest in ionizing radiation over the past couple of hackweeks and decided to build a Geiger Counter from scratch. At the heart of this device is a component called a Geiger-Muller tube that facilitates the […] Keep reading
Centralized logging had been on our backlog for quite some time at Chartbeat.  After taking care of some yaks to be shaved, we got to implementing Logstash about a year ago.  We by no means have the largest cluster, averaging around 25k events/sec and peaking at 50k during backfills.  We’ll share some tips from what […] Keep reading
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About GAME BOY (but were too afraid to ask). This nearly 15 year old text file contains everything (and I mean everything) you ever wanted to know about the 1989 Nintendo Gameboy. The author gushes over it’s scrappy little z80 8-bit processor, the way it stores tiles in a single […] Keep reading
Pianist Kimiko Ishizaka open sourced her rendition of Bach. Ralf Rottman is a scrum curmudgeon. What’s more fun than writing Lisp? Writing games in Lisp, of course! Happy Friday! Keep reading
Back in 2014 I gave a presentation at PyGotham on a neat PostgreSQL feature called Foreign Data Wrappers. Because of a variety of factors, the presentation was a little unhinged, and I declined making it public in favor of a more detailed written up post, which I swore would appear just a couple weeks after […] Keep reading