My journey to dAI started writing the bio on my deviantid and then it got a bit out of control, so here it is. I kept the focus on everything dA-related and the journey that made me end up here.
I can't remember when I started programming exactly, I must have been 6 or 7 years old, with logo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logo_%28programming_language%29
As a child I kept coming back to programming as a hobby, even if it was really tough... until I really "got it" when I was about 14 and I learnt to write Pascal with no handbook, only badly written code samples. They were mostly coding exercises written by my bigger brother who was taking a Pascal class in high school. However my brother refused to teach me anything or explain anything, so I just learnt by reading working code and comparing it to what the executable did. Also, Pascal is obviously in English and I was a French kid, so it was quite easy to misunderstand a lot of the stuff.
Self-learning programming without a book had funny consequences, a
About this Nicolas Cage situationEdit: I've just woken up to a night's worth of replies to this journal and people have made a great point about the fact that I could put these deviations in storage until the situation has ended, which I just have. If you are new to the conversation and wonder what kind of deviation we're talking about, they are the same kind of montages seen on that blog: http://niccageaseveryone.blogspot.com/About this Nicolas Cage situation2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
As you can easily guess from the stats on my profile, I don't post very often. I try to, because it's important to use the website I help build. So when last year, for fun, I made these montages I thought it might make people I'm in touch with on dA laugh, or at least smile at the absurdity of them. And some did. When I submitted them, fourteenthstar and her team saw that they could be controversial and they were discussed during a meeting with her team. I had submitted the images with default settings, so they made me disable prints immediately. That made total sense to me, I felt stupid f
Moving 6 Billion Messages Without Being NoticedWe've just finished moving every message in every user's message center — all 6 billion of them — to a brand new set of database servers, and we managed to do it without anyone noticing. We didn't find much published material about the best way to do this, so we wanted to share a few details with you. It does get a little bit technical though so I won't be offended if you skip over some parts!Moving 6 Billion Messages Without Being Noticed2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The data that powers message center was stored on one of our main sharded MySQL database clusters. That same cluster powers a lot of different features of the site and we recognised a lot of traffic was caused by this relatively simple but large set of data.
To free up capacity on that cluster, and help keep the site quick as we continue to grow, we decided to move the message center data to its own servers.
Some fun figures:~6 billion rows of data in 13 tables across 16 shardsAverage 5k, daily peak of 10k queries per second for this data across the clusterAverage 100k, daily
DT 2011 Army Barracks Raccoon-ConDT 2011 Army Barracks Raccoon-Con3 years ago in Personal More Like This
dt developer group is 100% remote. We wrote about it in We're all remote before. Well, what we did not mention is that once per year, we get to see each other (often for the first time), and work in the same room on exciting new projects.
...so we all decided to go to this place!
(it looks much nicer in HDR)
Among the many sights: A rare action shot of pachunka racing swiftly to the conference room at night, shooting beams of light and magic and rollerskates
Ah, Sunny San Francisco!
Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit.... Wait, no. That's not us. We'
$allixsenosToday is allixsenos's birthday! In celebration of this, here's some facts about him.$allixsenos2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. His name is Luka.
2. He may live on the 2nd floor.
3. Once upon a time, he was a pro wrestler, under the name Luka The DestroyerTM.
4. He liked reeses peanut butter cups so much he bought the company, and smuggled the factory producing them home to Croatia, telling customs it was a "gift", which a mere $50 bribe sufficed to make them believe.
5. He has a 2nd job as a Mexican wrestler
6. His middle name is Matilda, and has a fear of his pigtails being used to put him in the chokey.
7. These days, he lives atop a spire in the relocated factory, laptop in one hand, peanut butter cup in the other, and at the press of a button golden tickets are distributed to orphans throughout the land.
8. Luka has trained his cat to commit code changes while he's nipped out to the shops.
9. If you look closely at
Seniority Announcement - 11th Birthday EditionThis article celebrates our latest additions of Senior members in our community.Seniority Announcement - 11th Birthday Edition3 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community.
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out above the many others who deviate to be recognised in the crowd.
Today, we present to you the following deviants who have all been awarded Seniority as part of our 11th birthday celebrations. They have all been nominated
Sta.shSo, sta.sh launched for everyone yesterday. The meeting that kick-started its development happened in May 2010:Sta.sh2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It feels like years ago. In July 2010 I started developing sta.sh and its underlying systems, helped by many colleagues from dt.
I think most users won't realize how much work and how many people are involved in making something like this possible. The end product might be simple to use, but the underlying technology is by no means simple to design nor implement. Over 20 people from staff were directly involved with sta.sh, that's a huge project, one of our biggest to date.
Just to make sta.sh possible I had to entirely rewrite the code that handles deviations, a task that alone took more than 3 months. At one stage I had to rewrite the boilerplate code for each page of the site, which could not