The Distillery Blog

  • Using ProtoBuf for Huge Object Serialization

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    I want to share my experience with using ProtoBuf to optimize the size of transferred/cached objects. We at Distillery faced a problem that the size of Memcached objects are huge. We’ve come close to exceeding the Memcached server storage limit...

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  • Processing Keyboard Events in the Attached Controller

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    We’ve been working on the Storgage application (not on the App Store yet) for the last few months, and we would like to share one of the techniques we used when developing it. Problem One of our app’s features is the use of the built-in...

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  • Facial Recognition for Personalized Emojis

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    So, we had this idea: What if you could use your child’s face as an emoticon in a text message? Instead of a punctuating a point with an everyday 😃, wouldn’t it be more expressive and more enjoyable to send a small...

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  • Getting Started with Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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    In this post I’ll outline the basics of getting Kubernetes running on top of AWS. When we are done, you should have a Kubernetes cluster running atop of AWS with a simple web application that is publicly accessible. What is Kubernetes? Simply put, Kubernetes...

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  • Taking Advantage of iOS 10’s Today Widget

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    CIZO is a great app. Created by fans for fans, it saves users the trouble of searching the internet for the latest video trailers by delivering a curated selection of the “best of what’s next” to your iOS-based device –...

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  • A Guide to Application Development for Non-Developers

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    Part 1: The Foundation Phase So you’ve got a great idea for an app. But since you’re not a developer, you have no idea how to turn that great idea into an app. And though it occurs to you that a number of firms (such...

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