Technical Blog

Chasing an Elder Bug in memcache

Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

memcache is a phenomenally successful piece of software used throughout the world as an ephemeral, memory-backed data cache. Its feature set, stability, and high performance make it an easy choice for anyone who needs a place to cache some data to reduce backend load. Well, memcache is generally stable. For Box, though, it wasn’t—our memcache cluster was exhibiting problems once a month or so....

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Tags: backend debugging longreads memcache


Introducing WEST: A Mentorship Program for Women Building Careers in Tech

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by

Many times during my career in technology, I’ve questioned what I was doing, what my goals were, or which direction I wanted to go next. Having a mentor who was a sounding board and role model has been key in helping me navigate my career choices and make decisions. I still remember when my mentor encouraged me to take a risky new role that would broaden my experience and skill

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Tags: ghc west women in tech


Introducing Leche: A JavaScript Testing Utility for Mocha and Sinon

Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by

Over the past year, we’ve been steadily working to increase our JavaScript tooling at Box. Our codebase grew from a single PHP application with client-side JavaScript to include two Node.js web applications. With that change came a desire to standardize the way we write JavaScript tests so that the same tools and patterns could be used for both client-side and server-side JavaScript. As shared in...

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Tags: javascript node.js open source


In Search of an Open Source WebDAV Solution

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by

WebDAV enables users to mount remote content as a virtual drive, supporting both uploads and downloads. Back in 2008, Box developed its own WebDAV solution, but as we grew, maintaining our WebDAV code was troublesome—especially because many WebDAV clients have their own bugs, which had to be addressed in slightly different ways based on the client. In 2012, when our WebDAV service got massively popular...

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Find Box at Grace Hopper Next Week

Posted on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

Next week, we’re sending 23 delegates to the annual Grace Hopper Conference celebrating women engineers. We’ve been sending a delegation to the annual meeting of women engineers for three years and each time, the planning begins earlier. (This year, we started in February.) While in Phoenix, we’ll be pretty busy: 14 Boxers are speaking, with presentations ranging from Birds of a Feather...

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Tags: ghc grace hopper women in tech