Akansh's journey from internship to working full time @Wingify!

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain and difficulty”- This quote from Theodore Roosevelt correlates with my success in getting the internship at Wingify.   

First meet with Wingify

I never knew that attending a single conference at Wingify will inspire me to work for this company. Maybe it's the first sight that added so much positivity about the place. It was not my first meet, and I even don't remember the name of the conference. However, from that day, I started following the company and somehow tried my best to visit the office again. I applied for an internship opportunity in the third year of college but got rejected after the telephonic interview. Though I was disappointed, but I tried to work on my weak points; and finally, I got a chance once again during the fourth year.

Fortunately, I was selected as an intern. I managed both college and internship simultaneously, as two months of college were yet to be completed. Thanks to the engineering Lead, Ankit Jain, and my mentor, Himanshu Kapoor, who allowed me to work from home whenever I had practicals or exams.

Moving from Windows to Linux

Yes, I never realised why people switch to Linux when Windows has all the functionalities and Ubuntu lacks rich graphics. I realised the importance of Linux when I started using industry-level tools. The hunt started for finding the right Linux distros and finally, I landed on Elementary OS - It’s better than Ubuntu graphics - wise, although its performance and packages are similar to Ubuntu. I realised that Git, Grunt and Bower commands work pretty well in Linux than in Windows.

Choosing a project

I was given a list of available projects, and my mentor shared the whereabouts of proceeding with each project. I started my work on the support system for the VWO application, as currently, this is done only over emails. Although we use a third-party service, but it will be much easier for customers to access the support system within the application instead of using a mail service.

We finalised the MEAN stack for this module and used a third-party API. There is a limitation of API calls, so we also added a cache mechanism in the application by storing the already accessed data in MongoDB. After various meetings with the support team, reporting manager, company's CTO and mentor, we have finally developed the application and soon it will be passed on to the testing team.

Experience of a project

The stack was new to me, and I never worked on NodeJS before, but the 3.5 months actually made me realise that MEAN stack is much smoother and efficient stack. Everybody in the company supported and appreciated the work. Whenever I was stuck in achieving a functionality, I always received guidance from my mentor. I became more familiar with industry-level automation tools like Grunt and Bower and learnt to work collaboratively, using GitHub. The internship stint went really well, lot of learning definitely, smiling faces and you will always find helping hands for any problem.

Food and Parties at Wingify

Working at Wingify is also amazing because of the food and perennially available stacks of snacks and drinks. The quality of lunch that Wingify provides is many times better than what I used to have at my hostel mess. In addition, pizza parties, lavish parties in restaurants, etc. are pretty common in Wingify.  

Summing up experience

At Wingify, everyone wholeheartedly contributes to the growth of the company. It is a pleasure to work with great minds with loads of knowledge. The focus is on achieving the common end objective through mutual support while maintaining a congenial environment. I’m looking forward to an extended stint here while contributing to organizational and my growth.

That's my experience summed up in pictures !

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Tasdik talks about his internship experience at Wingify!

As I am sitting here at the Delhi Airport waiting for my flight back to Chennai, I could just not stop myself from thinking about my time as an intern back at Wingify which ended last week. Here’s what I wrote down after getting carried way with several cups of coffee (thanks for luring me with that smell costa coffee)

So here it is then! 

Day 1

It was 5 o'clock in the morning and I was quite drowsy. Reason being the all nighter I pulled the other night for the last exam of our end sems. **phew**

Here I was at the Delhi airport just a day after my semester exams, ready to start with my internship. Talk about eagerness here!

A small part of me was also happy that I was moving out of Chennai! (at least for some time)

Joined them the next day in their main office at the heart of NSP, Delhi.

Now I was naturally excited to work in a company which had grown and become one of the best startups in India in such a short span of time. On top of that, this was my first internship in a well-established product based start-up and I was hoping that I could learn all that I could and perform in accordance to their standards.

I was introduced to Ankit Jain (Lead software Engineer at Wingify) and Ajay Sharma (Senior Software Engineer) by my HR. We had a brief chat where I was told I would be working with the Backend Development team for VWO, their flagship product.

Talking about VWO, it's the world's easiest A/B testing tool. And we are quite good (read "The Best") at it! The month before I joined, we had monthly sales crossing a little over 1 million dollars.

After getting up and ready with my development environment, I was given my first project.

Integration of Statsd and graphite (Project #1)

StatsD collects and aggregates metrics and then ships them off to Graphite which stores the time-series data and enables us to render graphs based on these data.

Graphite consists of three parts.

carbon - a daemon that listens for time-series data.

whisper - a simple database library for storing time-series data.

webapp - a (Django) webapp that renders graphs on demand.

The setting up of the the overall stack was a bit archaic but I finally got it right and the metrics for our internal service were being graphed correctly by Graphite. And they looked pretty too!

Coming back, the service on which we integrated StatsD and graphite runs on several servers. So while plotting the graphs we wanted to know the server from where the stats are being pushed on to the buckets of statsd. Well that was much about it.

Bumblebee - An experimental slack bot VWO (Project #2)

Wingify has this culture of organizing hackathons at the end of every month, where people from the engineering team come together to hack on something which they want to see at VWO.

To be honest, I was quite clueless on what to build for the first half an hour or so and after a little nudge from Ankit I decided upon bumblebee. Bumblebee makes use of the beautiful VWO API to provide functionalities (if not all) to the VWO account holder right at the comfort of his slack channel. Like you can get details of all the campaigns of your account, check their status (whether they are running, paused et el). Update status to Start/Stop/Pause a particular campaign. Share your campaign with someone else and some more things.

It was written in python and Ankit was too kind to let me open source it. Here is the link for the curious.

https://github.com/wingify/bumblebee

Optimization much? (Project #3)

My 3rd project revolved around optimization of an internal service. I had to increase the efficiency (read performance). I implemented some rough 3 approaches and the last one bumped the performance by up to 23.6%. I could have tried for dropping it down further to a lower one but sadly the end to my internship was looming around the corner so I dropped it. And that was the 3rd and the last project I did as an intern at Wingify.

How was my experience?

My experience? I loved it there!

- Solving hard engineering problems. Check

- Extremely talented engineering team. Check

- Approachable mentors. Check

- Awesome Work Culture. Check

- Delhi :P. Check

Jokes apart. I made some really good friends back there and learned a ton from everyone. I am proud that I was part of a team which is building something which people love and has an impact on thousands of customers.

So what now?

Looking back at the time when I received a call from Nupur about my acceptance as an intern at Wingify. I was thinking about whether to join it over the other 6-7 odd companies which accepted my application as a summer intern. After the two months that I have spent here at Wingify, I now believe that I did just the right thing on choosing Wingify over others!

Until next time Delhi!

Which books does a writer read? PushCrew's resident writer answers the question for us.

A couple weeks back, we wrote about the books that our CEO read in the first half of 2016. After publishing the post, it wasn't hard to figure that our readers not only loved that collection, they came forward and asked us to showcase more reading list recommendations from other #booknerds at Wingify. 

So I turned to our resident writer, Sairam Krishnan, to enquire about the books he read in the first half of 2016. Sairam is currently writing a book on the history of Pondicherry, his hometown and heads marketing initiatives at PushCrew. As I got talking to Sairam, he mentioned how a writer has to manage time between reading and producing his own work. Reading, for a writer, is not an undertaking purely for pleasure, it is often, the very fuel for his craft. 

So, here it is. Books that he has read and liked in 2016 (so far).

1. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

I'm coming to Vonnegut late, and I didn't know what to expect at all. But I think I'll have to read more of him to figure out how he executes the simplicity of prose he achieved here. This is a powerful story, rich in sidesteps and about-turns, and its effectiveness lies in the way it's told, sharpened for maximum impact. You read a sentence, and before you understand the bigness of its idea, it's already in your head. This is extraordinary writing.

2. Everybody's Friend - Raghu Karnad

The Bodley Head Prize runner up that became the author's first book, Farthest Field, this is a superb curtain-raiser to the book.

3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

This is an essential addition to any writer's table, and should be read in full at least twice a year, so we never forget why we chose to put pen to paper in the first place. And the hows in it don't hurt either.

4. A Wish A Day for a Week - Amartya Sen 

 A perfect bite-sized introduction to the respected economist's beliefs and ideas for India's future path, this little Kindle single is a must read.

5. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis

This, ultimately is the soul of Michael Lewis' book. A group of smart, brave people can at times screw a corrupt system, and come out on top. But in the long run, remember, it's a casino. The house is rigged in its own favour. 
The house always wins.

6. The Believer - Michael McCants

A brief essay that narrates the intriguing rise to power of the 'caliph' of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and an important addition to the reading material about ISIS and its ideology.

5. The Unhurried City: Writings on Madras - CS Lakshmi (Editor)

The poems (though some of them have been translated without soul) were beautiful, representative, and immensely enjoyable. So too the stories. The only gripe I have about that section is that it ended too soon. Surely a few more stories translated from the Tamil masters would have given this book more weight.

In all, still an important addition to an Indian reader's bookshelf, but I can't help but feel that this could've been so much better.

6. Lake Wobegon Days - Garrison Keillor

A blurb at the back of my edition says that the book is "..really good company." I agree; there are few better compliments for a book.

7. Where the Rain is Born: Writings about Kerala - Anita Nair (Editor)

It's only about 300 or so pages, this anthology, but it feels like a lot more, and by the time you're done, you've been to a world and back. That's what any literature of place aims to do, and that's what this book achieves gloriously. Next time you are going to Kerala, take this book with you.

8. Murder in Melur - Stuart Blackburn

A novel of this quality should be read and enjoyed more, and I hope that, with time, it gets the larger readership it deserves. Very highly recommended.

9. Teresa’s Man, and Other Stories from Goa - Damodar Mauzo

In all, a rather good read. A shout-out to the cover design, though. I sought out Archana Sreenivasan after, and followed her on Instagram. Will be watching her work in the future.

10. A Little Learning: The First Volume of an Autobiography - Evelyn Waugh

11. The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey - Michael Wood

This book deserves to be read more, and can even act as an introduction to modern, cut-off-from-their-roots Tamils to their own culture. I'll certainly do my share of evangelising it.

12. An Atlas of Impossible Longing - Anuradha Roy

I have been a fan of Roy's for some time, having read her in bits and pieces on Tumblr, Facebook and so on, and I suppose that part of me was satisfied. She is undeniably gifted, with a knack of the gasp-inducing moment, and an enviable eye for metaphor. The title, when it appears in the novel, is one such moment: The words evoke more than a scene. Fiction starts to mean something.

But when parts of a novel makes a reader like me, who really wanted to love it, bored enough to want to jump forward, maybe there's just a little bit wrong with it.

Nevertheless, it is still a rather beautiful novel, and a pleasure to read for the most part.

13. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

The only comment I have to make here, for a writer whose work doesn't really need reviewing, is that his genius is on the level of the sentence. This isn't something I have been blown away only in this book; I first saw it in American Gods. You start a sentence, read it thinking you know what's coming, because you've read dozens of books. You've read Stephen King, you've read Terry Brooks. You know, right? Wrong. With Gaiman, you don't. The sentence tells you something so outrageous, so unexpected, that you wait a second, read it again, think, and are stunned. And then you smile. It is this quality to his art, this performance in miniature, that I envy most. And as everyone well knows, he has a lot many qualities to envy.

14. Red River, Blue Hills - Ankush Saikia

I've tried hard to touch upon all the things that made an impression on me in this book, without spoiling the story or the plot for anyone reading. I enjoyed it tremendously, as I said, and I hope it gets the wider readership it deserves. In an age of shitty romance novels and extraordinarily bad writing, that India has writers of the calibre and ambition of Saikia is something to be celebrated.

15. The Startup of You - Reid Hoffman

16. Falling off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World - Pico Iyer

A lovely collection of Pico Iyer's travel pieces for various magazines, brought together under a theme that is intriguing, and immensely relatable. Pico Iyer's introductory essay to the book is extraordinary writing, and I will come back to it again and again.

17. Fatherland - Robert Harris

Berlin, 1964. What if Hitler had won?

As far as questions go, there are few more spine-tingling than the above. And though we can all try to theorise, how much can we really see of the world that would have resulted in? We are novices, we don't know enough. But what can a scholar do with that question, a scholar who knows this world well, has studied it, has written about it, and understands well what a German victory would have meant? Wouldn't his answer possibly produce something extraordinary, a peek into a state that was born from pure evil?

18. A House in Pondicherry - Lee Langley

19. Lisey’s Story - Stephen King

I can see why it's regarded as one of King's best. Some of the things in here are pure genius. Just that it didn't work for me. Which is sad for me, and not at all for the book.

20. The Song of Achilles - Madeleine Miller

At its heart, though, The Song of Achilles is a love story. And like the greatest love stories, it is destined for heartbreak and doom. Miller's book may do many things, but what it does not do is trivialise feeling. The climax is heart-wrenchingly, breathtakingly beautiful: The image of a stricken Achilles saying Patroclus's name over and over as he cradles the dead body in his arms stays with you.

21. Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece - Patrick Leigh Fermor

I'm filing this away to come back to, perhaps after a primer of Greek history and geography, and maybe even after Fermor's earlier books, so I can read this with even more comprehension and delight.

22. Sleeping on Jupiter - Anuradha Roy

Didn't work for me, and I can't really explain why. Maybe the characters, and the events/coincidences that take the narrative along, lacked the depth necessary to tell a story of such emotional weight. This is a personal take, though. The novel is critically acclaimed, and is loved by many. Perhaps you will too.

23. The Ghosts of Meenambakkam - Aahokamitran

As my father nears retirement, he maintains a voluminous collection of stories/essays/travelogues cut out from the extraordinary number of Tamil magazines he buys. There is a whole folder dedicated to Ashokamitran, and its lovingly annotated pages indicated to me the stature of this writer I have only come to discover in English. This, then, is the only gripe I have - a personal sense of shame that I can only read the great masters of my own language in English. I intend to change that soon, but in the meantime, I'm thankful for these translations.

Very highly recommended.

24. A Bend in the River - VS Naipaul (currently reading)

Do you see a pattern in Sai's reading? What kind of books do you like to read? Let us know if you'd like us to share your reading list too. 


PushCrew’s visit to Online Retailer Conference, Sydney

Last week, four Wingifighters returned from their 3-day trip to Sydney, Australia, where VWO and PushCrew were participating. 

It was Shubham's first visit to Australia and being a self-confessed newbie to conferences, he had quite a few memorable experiences. Here is the post on his experience attending the Online Retailer Conference. 

So I was given an opportunity to represent PushCrew@Online Retailer Conference, Sydney. I had never been to Australia before - the only two things I could closely relate to were the Kangaroos ( all salesmen need a big pouch to store big money from big enterprises. ;) ) and the boxing day test matches between India and Australia which I had grown up watching.


I had the option to travel to Australia via Ma****ian Airlines but didn't want to spend time in the other part of the world so I chose the safer option (pun intended). Like the life of a technology startup’s sales guy, the journey just had to be Zig-Zag - I traveled north from Pune to Delhi, went west to Abu-Dhabi and then finally landed in Sydney. 

On reaching Sydney, we met Disha (CSM VWO) and Bhavan (Sales VWO) and most of the night went on listening about their experiences of Melbourne and clients visits. Disha even got a parting gift. (wish I was a CSM :P)

Day0: So just a day before the conference , we had to go for setting up the booth and that's when I realised how much of an effort it is to set up an event of this scale but kudos to the guys at the conference. These guys were hardcore professionals and that's when I realised the concept of 5S.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5S_(methodology)

After setting up the booth, we headed out to Bondi Beach. It was a mesmerising experience.  A very clean and calm beach with surfers. I have to soon try out surfing but first I need to learn how to swim like a pro. :) We also met Andy (VWO US) at the beach and headed out to Darling harbour for dinner. Post dinner, Andy, Bhavan and I had a discussion about the conference over a frame of pool.

P.S: You need to have a good appetite to finish up the portions that were served.

The D-Day: Conference started with a rainy day. Andy, my personal mentor, and RedBull, helped me understand quite a bit on how to approach delegates. Speaking to these conference delegates was a great experience. The great thing about an event of such scale is that you meet so many people with different ideas, different use-cases and different objectives which they wish to implement on the same product. Interacting with them gave me great exposure in understanding the deeper goals and challenges a business entity has. This will help Pushcrew immensely in providing them the most appropriate solution.

In the evening we headed out to an all Australian burger bar accompanied by a suicide sauce ( not that spicy for an Indian ) which I loved personally. 

Day 3: Last day at the conference was bursting at the seams with people and we ended up talking to a lot of prospects. Our handmade purses as a giveaway gift were welcomed by people with arms wide open.

We also got an invitation for an after party from one of the exhibitors but we ended up at Sydney Opera house. (most awaited moment) All of us were awestruck with the view. Love for desserts took us to KOI! Fan Moment :P 

The night ended with some ghost stories and school/college time memories.Next day,  Disha and Bhavan headed to Brisbane for a couple of meetings wherein Kalyani and I bid adieu to Australia and headed back home :)


Books our CEO has read in the first half of 2016

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

Books are our best friends here at Wingify and we take our friends quite seriously! Our Founder and CEO, Paras lives and breathes books. Quite a bibliophile, there's hardly a day when he doesn't read. So we took to his twitter account to make a list of all the books he's read in the first half of 2016. 

These are the 26 books Paras managed to read in the first 6 months of 2016

1. Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo

Note: Interesting #book but not very cohesive. A bit rambling

2. The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen 

Note: Good management at big companies leads to downfall. What an excellent #book. Worth reading twice

3. The Big Picture by Sean Carroll 

Contains almost everything worthwhile to know about a lot of stuff. LOVE this #book. Please buy and read today.

4. Economic philosophy by Joan Robinson

Couldn't read the entire #book (skipped last chapter). This is meta commentary on history of economic thought.

5. The Air Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller

This 1964 edition is my dad's copy. Miller writes beautifully and this #book describes America of 1940s.

6. Execution: the discipline of getting things done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan

An OK #book with some insight. Biggest learning: shameless confrontation of reality is the topmost trait.

7. An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins

What a wonderful #book to finish in Leh. Candid and inspiring story behind one of my favourite scientists.

8. Principles by Ray Dalio

This #book goes in my re read list. An absolute gem.

9. The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Wow, well written. So fascinated by Amazon. This #book is a must read.

10. The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch 

Been waiting to read and finish this #book. A fantastic explanation that makes a lot of sense. Highly recommended

11. More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby 

What a fantastic #book. Highly recommended

12. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson 

@jonronson writes lucidly. This #book is recommended.

13. Minecraft - real inside story by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson 

Well written. Short and sweet #book

14. Programming The Universe by Seth Llyod 

I wish there was more structure in this #book. Great insights but not very tightly written.

15. Them by Jon Ronson

Nothing like finishing a #book on a holiday. Very funny book about conspiracy theoriests.

16. Trigger Warning by Mick Hume

Wow, what a #book. Shattered so many myths about free speech. Highly recommended.

17. Theory of Nothing by Russell K. Standish 

Wow, this #book packs a lot. Got recommendation from Tegmark's Mathematical Universe. Requires re reading.

18. More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Humorous but couldn't finish the #book. A bit of a drag in the end and too long.
 
19. So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson 

Interesting topic in this #book. Social media amplifies human emotions - both good and bad.

20. The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard

Had high hopes with this #book but couldn't finish. Very bland writing.

21. Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark

Deeply unsettling, yet exceedingly beautiful #book. Highly recommend reading it twice.

22. From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll 

What a magnificent #book. I will highly recommend it.

23. The Brain Electric by Malcolm Gay

I wish this #book had more science.

24. The Man in High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Alternative history where Germany and Japan won world war 2. Interesting #book but could have been exhaustive

25. Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott

Very insightful #book on how theory of evolution was perhaps inevitable. Written like a novel, a page turner.

26. The Heat and Dust Project by Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha 

What a start of the year, what a delightful #book

Which books have you read and enjoyed in these 6 months?

Nikhil's recital: What it's like to intern @Wingify?

In May this year, I started my internship at Wingify, and they just crushed my old belief of internships! This was my first time interning at a big company like Wingify and I have never learned as much in 2 months. Before joining as an intern, I had offers for internship and I was very confused about which one to join. At last, after discussing it with my seniors, I joined Wingify and, now, I think it was the right decision. This is a radical place. The culture and the environment gives you new enthusiasm to towards your work or should I say, the chilling environment of the office can make even a depressed person get the best out of himself, though I am not :P.

I was the first intern to start here, this summer, followed by twelve more interns. On the first day at work place, I reached at 10:00 a.m. as I was not aware of the flexible timings. After a while, the HR came to my seat and introduced me with my mentor. And within a short period of time, people were talking with me very frankly as if I had been working for them for quite a while.

My work here mainly included Backend Development and VWO Chrome Extension Development In VWO App, they provide a feature called 'Plan' to users, in which a user can create Observations for their tests and can attach Hypotheses to the observations. In this, I was given the task of building a feature which could upload multiple hypotheses and observations simultaneously which will solve the problem of creating one hypothesis and observation at a single time. This in turn, would provide user a nice planning experience and also let's him import his existing data to the feature. I also worked on the VWO Chrome Extension with no experience in extensions development. 

Apart from work, there were quite many activities like monthly Hackathons, Company Camp, Wingify Talkies and much more, which easily attracts all the enthusiastic techies. 

The atmosphere is so exciting and cool or I should say they made it. Also, in the shadow of huge experienced people, one can learn and explore any technology right from the beginning. But the best part of it was not only the work, it was about party, jokes and importantly being friendly towards your colleagues and passionate about your work. This place and internship taught how to be you and know your potential.

The most satisfying thing about the internship was that I was fully involved in the company's operations and not treated separately, like interns elsewhere. The learning experience I earned owing to this was invaluable. I picked up a lot of things in relatively short time, and gained valuable insights into not only our own sector, but also the other sectors. I got considerable exposure and, now, well equipped to make a decision on how to proceed from here onwards.

Interning with Wingify was a wonderful learning experience. It is a great place to work and party hard \m/.

That's me, Nikhil Mehandiratta!

A Wingifighter's account of speaking & listening at the JSChannel

It's been accounts of all fun and play on this blog for quite some time. Fun and play, while a dear part of our culture, doesn't complete the picture. Everyone at Wingify is expected to push towards being the best in what they do. And when you are pushing yourself to be the best, its a good idea to learn from the best in the field. 

Attending tech conferences is a good way to ignite some fresh ideas and sustain the love for our craft. Last week, Bangalore hosted JSChannel, one of the most sought after JS conferences in India. JSChannel hosted 'best of the bests' speakers in JS Community along with expert JS trainers in workshop/live-coding sessions.

Wingifighters weren't ready to give up on this opportunity and off they went. Both to talk and to listen. Here is the experience of Rachit, as he recollected his two days of learning. 

DAY ONE: Three Wingifighters (Dheeraj, Rachit, Himanshu) were ready for the two-day learning with lot of fun.'Ember.js' creator Yehuda Katz the key note speaker was the best start that you can expect from a conference for the first day. The key note was packed with insights about Ember js like new rendering engine (Glimmer 2.0) is on the way, Ember-CLI is evolving. This was followed by a very interesting live node JS debugging by Dave Kerr. He showed the full utility of node-inspector like live reloading feature. He was seriously a funny guy :P and cracked some serious bad jokes. We broke out for lunch after these sessions.



Second half of the first day began with the most awaiting talk for the day WEBGL by Farhad Ghayour. That was my first experience with 3D world in programming. And the good thing is that it was also live coding event. We build 3D 2048 game step by step with all the nitty gritty.

First day ended with the very interesting talk by OYO rooms CTO Ajay Shrivastava on how to utilize Agile for the best. The topic was 'Aggresive Agile with well lubrication'. He told us about how to focus on solving problem instead of blaming on others. As we all know running on water and development is easy if things are frozen first. So he told us about the solver team which include people from each domain (Designer, Product manager, Business analyst, Developer and Tester) and the mission is to solve the problem. A small problem is assigned to them and all of the them are responsible for solving the problem from the beginning. In this kind of approach each and every person is equally responsible for the end result and people cannot blame on each other.

DAY TWO: Second day started with the Lea Verou talk that actually told us about how to write good API's, flaws in current API system and how to write self explanatory API's. It was basically the discussion of simple and elegant way of writing your API so that developer don't need to look into it again because we all know "code is written once and read many times".

Second talk of the day was given by Pavithra Kodmad about the WEBPACK with detailed example. It also include the comparison of various tools like gulp, grunt and lot of others.

Then came the most awaited talk for the second day by our Wingifighter, Dheeraj Joshi on 'Securing your web application'. It was his first experience but he actually rocked the stage. He showed lot of good demos about CSRF, XSS attacks. And also shows us live hacking on the real website which was fascinating. After the lunch there was another talk on the DESIGN CONSCIOUSNESS by Dave Hoffer which included the workshop on how actually you should think in terms of design. The day ended with the live coding by Erik Rasmussen which showed us how to use 'Redux-form' step by step guide. He showed us how we evolve in terms of submitting the form from  refreshing the page by sending the complete control of the page to the server to the React-Redux form submission without even disturbing the user experience.

 

Find the speaker deck of Dheeraj's talk here--> Secure your web application by Dheeraj Joshi
If this doesn't whet the nerdappetite, please head over to our engineering blog to learn more about our engineering craft culture.

Signing off with a happy picture where Himanshu cracked a bad joke with Pablo Picasso. 



Wingify runners at The Great India Run!

After multiple rain checks, the third Sunday of July saw the occurrence of 'The Great India Run'. The event had lot of interesting twists from rechedules to cancellation of the 21 K run at the eleventh hour. But our Wingify runners know that there's nothing like training and tuning the body and showed unfaltering enthusiasm. Here's a post run picture of our runners:)

Until the next run!

Sales team camps at Tiger Camps!

Corbett, the name rings many bells - Tigers, Jungles, Safaris, and what not. That’s what the folks in Sales chose. Having a penchant for making outings memorable, they didn’t disappoint this time. Beating the heat with more heat!

Off they went, in cliques of 4 - 14 bleary-eyed travelers, grunting & scowling at the ungodly hour the journey had to start (4AM!)

With 4 talented drivers, varied song playlist (from Calvin Harris to Chikni Chameli), ample amounts of fluids, and the “very healthy” McD breakfast, they covered the 7 hour journey within 5.

Choose the Tiger Resort (unlawfully so) as their abode for the next two days, it was a quaint place located in a serene location. With comfortable rooms, lovely pathways (see pic - courtesy Anmol), and a welcoming staff, it felt like anyone’s dream away from home.

Excited and tired, the team looked for the pool to beat the scorching heat. However, besides a dried up river stream (another story), they couldn't find anything. The so-called swimming pool was full of sweaty construction workers and not the bikini-clad women they were expecting!

Disappointed and hungry, they went to the restaurant area hoping the food will be better.

The Food - And Boy they were not disappointed!

Lip-Smacking, Luscious, Succulent - words cannot define the divine offerings those waiters clad in white, served them!

Using copious amounts, the ravenously hungry team gouged down every single inchling of food, so that something could sooth their ever-hungry palate (Too verbose, yes I ate a dictionary for breakfast! :P)

Talk of upturned fortunes! They finally got a pool! Tough negotiators in Sales they are, Raj & Himanshu got them a great deal on a pool in a nearby resort - free of cost of course

All dressed up in trunks and shades, the Sharks went swimming! :D (Picture below)

While Vibhuti played the DJ, Anmol sent tsunami waves with his swimming! After a game of some sort of volleyball, the team could finally chill out!

Safari time - eager to see some tigers, all geared up in shorts & sneakers, the team split in two jeeps and started the excruciatingly long journey into the forest

The excitement ebbed away when all they could see were jackals, barking deers, paw marks.. and even ...  Jaguars (cough.. Rohit)

Afterwards, Bhavan took matters into his hands and called the team together for a nice game of cricket, although picking a knock himself!

Hookah, Late night misadventures & the Australian wallet

Post sunset, when theres not much to do in the forest, the team took to Drinks & Hookah (Courtesy - Varunesh & Kushal), and started their own little party. If the endless jokes by Bharat aka PP (no we're not going to share what it means) were not enough, a select group of people thought of exploring the unknown.

High as a cloud they started their own night time safari near the deserted river stream. Under the stars, in complete darkness, it was like another world. Rightly said by Friedrich Nietzsche “If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you”! Under the stars and open Skies, they spoke of love, life and death!

How can a trip be complete without a little faux pas? So a certain someone, lost a certain wallet! But by the grace of Mohammed (not the god, but the guy who found it), the wallet (known to be of Australian origins) was shipped back to its owner!

All in all, another day in the life of a sales guy - Exciting, Risky, and Unpredictable! 

Friday camp spoiling for Wingify Pune

With multiple products and fast iterations, this month, like every other month was hectic. Monthly camps at Wingify provide not just a window for reflection on what has happened that month, it also gives us some time to come together and play our favourite games and get indulged a bit. 

This friday, we partnered with Cologne, a natural spa, to arrange for relaxing head massages for everyone at Wingify Pune. 

As Friday evening drew closer, their 7 member crew welcomed people to enjoy a head massage, sitting in the comfort of the office. Needless to say, everyone who emerged after the massage looked super sleepy and had a wide grin of relaxation throughout the evening. 

Did you say pictures or it didn't happen? Here are a few.