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trivago Tech Camp 2017

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At the end of August 2017, ten students set foot in the trivago headquarters in Düsseldorf to be part of the first ever trivago Tech Camp. Two weeks were packed with real-world challenges, guest lectures, Q&A sessions, and tons of other opportunities to learn. In the end, a lot of working software was delivered.

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Front-End

CSS done right - Post RTLCSS

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Our first right-to-left platform was released in 2014. We had developed a solution to generate right-to-left CSS with Sass mixins and variables as we have described in a blog article. We used this approach for nearly 3 years but recently migrated the right-to-left CSS generation from pre-processing to post-processing with RTLCSS. With this article I would like to share the reasons for the migration as well as our experiences and lessons learned.

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Backend

Your Definite Guide For Autoscaling Jenkins

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At trivago we use Jenkins as our main CI tool. However, when our physical setup was not enough we needed to move it to the cloud and implement an automated slave scaling. This is the definite guide with all the steps we took to implement an auto scaling Jenkins platform.

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Mobile Open Source

Reportoire, the journey to data source independency

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Concepts like separation of concerns, logic decoupling or dependency injection are things we developers have heard more than a couple of times. At trivago, the Android app is developed using the Model View ViewModel (MVVM) architecture, aiming for views as dumb as possible, leaving the decision making to the view models. This leads to an increased test coverage since testing logic in views is something we can’t do that easily.

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Backend

Learn Redis the hard way (in production)

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For our products, like the trivago hotel search, we are using Redis a lot. The use cases vary: Caching, temporary storage of data before moving those into another storage or a typical database for hotel meta data including persistence. The main parts of the hotel search are built with PHP and the Symfony Framework for the frontend (web) and Java for the backend part. In this article, we will focus on the collaboration between our PHP application and Redis. Both are running fine, but it was a long and hard way up to the current situation. This is the story of how we learned to use Redis, including our failures and experience.

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