Architecture

Improving Angular 2 Load Times and a 29KB Hello World App thumbnail

At the beginning of this year, Lucidchart rebuilt its editor in Angular 2. The new editor delivered a better experience with far fewer lines of code. Both engineers and product managers enjoyed it because it made writing features easier. The old (left) and new (right) Lucidchart editor But, there was…

Speeding up RESTful Services in Play Framework thumbnail

Here at Lucid Software we use a hypermedia-driven application architecture. This means that a client that uses our micro-services simply has to hard-code a “bootstrap” resource URI, and we can re-jigger our endpoints whenever we choose. This approach gives us flexibility on the back-end while maintaining perfect compatibility with our…

An Implementer's Overview of Managing Cloud Identity with SCIM thumbnail

System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) allows an enterprise to manage users across multiple cloud applications using a single interface. It might be helpful to think of it in terms of its original and more memorable acronym, Simple Cloud Identity Management. You ended up with this poor configuration accidentally. Where…

Building Angular 2 Components on the Fly: A Dialog Box Example thumbnail

UPDATE 8-22-16: This post has been updated to use Angular 2 version 2.0.0-rc.5. It was originally written against the API provided by Angular 2 version 2.0.0-rc.4, but as Tom Nurkkala pointed out in the comments, the relevant API from version 2.0.0-rc.4 has been deprecated. UPDATE 9-24-16: A more succinct variation…

Apt transport for S3 thumbnail

How Apt transports work, how we wrote one for S3, and how you can write your own. Debs in S3 Lucid Software uses Debian packages (debs) for packaging and installation. Custom scripts download the debs from a private AWS S3 bucket. As much as we loved the quirks of homegrown…

Angular 2 Best Practices: Change Detector Performance thumbnail

Introduction: Angular 2 and Lucidchart Lucidchart launched in 2010 as one of the very first and most impressive graphical applications on the web. Over the course of several years, it has grown organically to include an incredible array of features. However, for many users it has become unwieldy over time,…

Simplify your AWS config with Cumulus thumbnail

We’ve all been there: your production system is running great and uptime has never been better. One Wednesday morning you wake up, enjoy a nice breakfast, and head off to work—when a few dreaded notes from your phone tell you that production has just gone down. You buckle the racing…

Uglier than a Windows backslash, odder than ===, more common than PHP, more unfortunate than CORS, more disappointing than Java generics, more inconsistent than XMLHttpRequest, more confusing than a C preprocessor, flakier than MongoDB, and more regrettable than UTF-16, the worst mistake in computer science was introduced in 1965. I…

If I should call you up, invest a dime And you say you belong to me and ease my mind Imagine how the world could be, so very fine So happy together -G. Bonner & A. Gordon, “Happy Together”   What’s Missing from Quartz If you need scheduled tasks on…