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Introducing Vesess Alpha Grants for Sri Lankan Students

November 06, 2017

Vesess Alpha is our attempt at supporting Sri Lankan students to take on a coding challenge of their choice. We hope the grant would help them validate their work so that they can be continued as startups, research projects or even just as hobbies.

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Elasticsearch for Hiveage

How We Use Elasticsearch for Hiveage

Millions of entries are made on Hiveage every day. Without a robust search feature, our customers would find it very difficult to sort and filter their financial data. Here, we share details on how we improved Hiveage’s search features to be faster, more efficient and more powerful using Elasticsearch.

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Aloko Udapadi by Chathra Weeraman

Aloko Udapadi: The Making of an Epic

Chathra Weeraman’s Aloko Udapadi not only marks his arrival as a filmmaker, but also puts its roots down in the troubled Sri Lankan film industry as a piece of pioneering film production. From storyboarding to visual effects, Aloko Udapadi is different.

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Hiveage iOS App Development

How We Developed the Hiveage iOS App

In this second article of a series on our flagship product Hiveage, we offer you an inside look at the various engineering decisions that went into developing the iOS app, starting from the language of choice to the code and release management process.

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Hiveage iOS app in hand

How We Designed the Hiveage iOS App

After making our flagship product accessible on any device, the next step was to go native on mobile. In this article we discuss how the design for the Hiveage iOS app came to be.

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Growing plant

Working at an Early-Stage Startup in Sri Lanka

All the first employees of our new venture Vgo came from corporate backgrounds. None of them had worked at a startup before. The entire Vesess team, on the other hand, had never worked at anything other than a startup: for every one of us, Vesess has been the first and only place of work. There was clearly a culture gap to be bridged.

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Real time web

When Real-Time Web Meets Moving Objects

The web has made quite a few hops from where it started. Of course, you can't step in the same river twice, but if we extend that metaphor, the web has become a raging flood rather than a river. Our online invoicing service Hiveage belongs to an older generation of the web, flowing quietly and serenely. Today’s web is much more active, real-time and expressive. Media API, WebSockets, and Web Workers are only the tip of this expressiveness and activity.

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Sunara Begum

Sunara Begum—A Journey of Ascension

Spending one month on an Island surrounded by the great ocean, I saw that the people really are a piece of that constant flow; they in turn seem to embody a great sense of fluidity within the very temperament of their soul. A reflection of this dimension is what their spirit conjures. One could really feel the convergence, a unique meeting point of diverse peoples, traditions, languages and customs all forming what we know as Sri Lanka.

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Fiber optic cables

Warrantless Wiretapping Legal in Sri Lanka

If you are being investigated for a “computer crime” in Sri Lanka, a police officer can—without a warrant, at his discretion—seize your computer data and intercept and collect your communications (“wiretap”). There is no specific authority to authorise or oversee such wiretaps beyond the investigating police officer. While the technical details about wiretaps might be murky, the law itself is quite clear: all of this appears in the Computer Crime Act, No. 24 of 2007.

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