Author: Ben Cheng

Code, Celebrations, and Cats: Oursky’s 2016 Year-In-Review

It’s almost 2017! Most would agree 2016 has been a roller coaster ride. Before Oursky breaks for the winter holidays, we’re taking the time to reflect on this year’s milestones, achievements, and learnings. We’re grateful to all our clients, friends, and extended Oursky family who challenged and supported us to grow as a company.  Find out what we’ve been up to below! Continue reading

How we figured out period leave without a single meeting

Normally, we talk about code at Oursky, but a discussion about period leave in Hong Kong this spring got us thinking about our team culture. Our first question was, why is this even a debate? Do all companies need to have meetings and legislature to figure this out?

Oursky has 12 female team members who make up about 25% of the company. We solved the problem with a simple e-mail update to the entire company. Not all important issues need discussions before implementing a solution if you have the right company culture. We’d love to share with you how we solved this problem before it even became one. Continue reading

Why Side Projects Help Companies: 10 Ways it Helped Mine

Facebook Notification Chima Open Door

I got an e-mail in the middle of the night. I opened it to discover that the Android version of our Chima Open Door app was finished.

“As long as it’s not something your boss told you to do, the job gets done so fast.” Recently, I joked about one of our new side projects, Chima Open Door, on Facebook.

This post is about our latest side project, Chima Open Door, why I support my team to pursue their own projects, and how projects like this benefits Oursky as a company. Continue reading

Parse is shutting down, shall I migrate to other BaaS or Parse Open-source offering?

 

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Image owned by Techcrunch – http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/28/facebook-shutters-its-parse-developer-platform/

As Facebook announced it will be shutting down Parse by Jan28, 2017, thousands of developers would be thinking what to do with their Parse app. There are basically three approaches to handle the situation:

1. Migrate to another BaaS (such as Firebase, Kinvey, etc)
2. Migrate to the open source Parse server and self-hosted it on AWS/Google App Engine/Heroku
3. Migrate to a managed open source Parse Server services such as parse-hosting.com

So which one better suits me?

 

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