The official blog from the team at Runnable.

Finding the Root Cause of Elusive Frontend Errors

Frontend applications always have a multitude of user interactions and flows for how a user can get to a particular state. Sometimes these states are not intended and errors happen. Errors can be incredibly difficult to track down, so a reliable process for finding the root cause of an error can save a lot of time and confusion. Our process involves using a few services in conjunction.

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How We’re Spinning up Our AWS Infrastructure 80% Faster

After our announcement of general availability, our team started focusing on improving our onboarding flow. A key bottleneck was the time it took for us to spin up infrastructure for each new user. This could take up to ten minutes, delaying their initial exposure to our product. We knew we were facing a common problem: reducing the amount of time that it takes to add resources and servers to your infrastructure.

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How to Improve Your User Onboarding Flow

No matter how high your CTRs are on your advertising, it won’t translate into active users without an onboarding flow that helps users quickly understand the value of your product. This is what we’ve been focusing on now that Runnable is generally available. Here’s the approach we’ve been using to help more users “see the light”.

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3 Ways GitHub Integrations are About to Get Better

Recently, GitHub announced a totally new way for applications to integrate with its service. This will allow applications to act as independent entities on GitHub. Currently, applications must always impersonate a user who has the necessary permissions to perform a given action. It can be a headache managing which user an application needs to impersonate in order do the work it needs to do. GitHub’s recent change affects how applications can receive webhooks, how they interact with users, and how they connect to GitHub. Here are three ways Integrations will be easier to implement and maintain.

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5 Problems with Docker Swarm

When we first started deploying containers across multiple servers, we managed scheduling ourselves. We had to maintain cluster state and determine the best place to schedule a container. We had a solution, but it was not elegant or pretty. When Swarm came out, it promised to solve our scheduling woes. Unfortunately, using it in production hasn’t been as straightforward as we’d hoped. In this post, I’ll cover the problems we encountered and how we worked around them.

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5 Time-Saving Bash Scripts

A good developer is a lazy developer. A good developer should always hate doing the same things over and over again. One of the best ways to embrace the laziness and be more efficient is through writing good shell scripts. In this blog post, I’ll show some of the tricks I’ve recently learned while writing some more complex bash scripts.

Note: In this post I’ll be talking specifically about bash, since it’s what I use and what I prepared all examples with, but most of it should work with other shells.

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Runnable is now GA: Staging environments and microservices don’t mix.

I’m excited to announce Runnable is now generally available. Runnable makes developing container-based applications a lot faster and easier.

Since we started in 2013, our vision has remained the same — make it easy for anyone to run code without worrying about infrastructure. As software teams around the globe adopt containers and microservices, we think the time is finally right for Runnable.

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