Namshi Engineering

Tech @ Namshi.com

Open Source UI libraries from our iOS Mobile team

Recently, the Namshi iOS app went through a UI overhaul which includes a new font, improved UX on a few screens and some attractive animations. Customers loved it, the team enjoyed working on it and, best of all, conversion rate increased. To achieve this, we relied on a few open source libraries available through Cocoapods.

Some of the available open source UI components are very well written and while working with these, you will get a lot of inspiration. I won’t hesitate to mention SkyFloatinglabelTextField from SkyScanner and XLPagerTabStrip here. Sometimes, the UI requirements are very specific and UI libraries will not support the particular use-case you have. While working on the UI improvement for Namshi iOS app, we faced the same situation where we had to modify an existing library to tweak its looks.


Women in Tech @ Namshi: Noor Ali

Here at Namshi we have quite a bit of a diverse team but, like many companies out there, struggle with the gender gap in tech.

We, though, would like to share the story and advices from the women who are part of our team, with the hope that they’ll inspire others to join us, or to simply give computer science, or programming in general, a go.


Currently hiring: a frontend engineer

Love React, React Native, the dom and webperf? Then we might have the right opening for you!


Running Spot Instances in Production

Around this time last year, we decided to try running subset of our customer-facing web traffic on spot instances.
This decision was solely based to reduce our AWS instance bill. We’ve heard of people running workloads on spot instances but most of the workloads are usually long-running jobs where you don’t mind if the instance gets terminated at any time. Running customer-facing apps is a completely different challenge where we can’t afford any downtime of any sort.


70% faster: rewriting the API that serves most of our traffic

At the beginning of 2017, we decided to revamp our catalog API which is one of the main parts of our infrastructure, as it’s the API that serves 60 to 70% of our overall traffic.


Rebuilding our mobile website: Express & React meet fun & profit

Late last year we decided to give our mobile website a new look, coupled with a new “engine” in order to optimize our mobile experience on the web. Most of our users visit Namshi from mobile devices and we wanted to give them better usability, performance and overall smoother experience.


Currently hiring: backend and mobile engineers

We’re currently looking for some help in a couple areas of our tech team — why don’t you join us?


Upgrading our search server towards high availability and beyond

In this post, we are going to highlight how and why we did a solr upgrade from solr v3 to solr-cloud v6 with no downtime.


Get that job at Namshi

Inspired by HauteLook who, in turn, were inspired by Steve Yegge, I decided to write a small article that briefly describes what we’re looking for when interviewing potential candidates.


Browser geolocation: the good, the bad and the ugly

We’re a little late to the party — but we’re here, amongst those who are playing around with the geolocation API provided by browsers.

Without further ado, let me get straight to our feedback on one the nicest web APIs that have been standardized in recent times.


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