How to Speed Up Your Web App and Improve Website Performance

14 min read

Business, JS, QA
None

Web app load speed matters.

Users want to find answers to their questions fast. An extra-second delay can have a significant impact on the overall performance of your page, from customer satisfaction and conversion rates to the search engine ranking position.

Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to optimize your website for load speed and outpace your competition. In this article, we will guide you through some of them.

Additionally, we will:

  • explain the basics of website performance,
  • lay out the general benefits of speed optimization,
  • present some recommended performance metrics.
Author

Robert Musił

Full-Stack Developer

Author

Lidia Kurasińska

Content Writer

Moderated and Unmoderated Remote Usability Testing: What Is It, How to Run It, and What Are the Benefits?

13 min read

Business, QA, Product Design
None

When you manage a software development project, getting users to test your product at an early stage of the design process is the most cost- and time-effective way to ensure its success.

Testing your product saves you money by identifying usability issues early on, giving you the room to introduce fixes immediately and freeing up your developers’ precious time.

In this article, we will guide you through:

  1. the various testing techniques,
  2. the types of tools you can use,
  3. the steps you should take to make sure your session is successful.
Author

Jagoda Tylkowska

UX Designer

Author

Lidia Kurasińska

Content Writer

What Is AIOps, BizDevOps, CloudOps, DevOps, ITOps, NoOps? A Gentle Introduction to Digital Business Transformation

31 min read

Business, DevOps
None

Recently, the IT world has been experiencing an explosion of different terms related to operations. The good old days—when the global order was defined around a rule of thumb and IT was separate from business—are gone, never to return.

Instead of simple rules, we’re dealing with buzzwords that cause growing confusion and frustration among managers, directors, and CTOs. This leads to people misusing those terms, causing even more confusion and frustration.

The goal of this guide is to help you understand the terminology around IT operations, define your company’s business needs, and make educated decisions.

Author

Zbigniew Cybulski

Head of Service Delivery

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

Python 2.7 to 3 Migration Guide: How to Port from Python 2 to Python 3

12 min read

Business, DevOps, Python, QA
None

Python 2 will lose support on January 1, 2020. The time is nigh to upgrade to Python 3.

But is there a way to do it without disrupting your application development and operation?

This guide will show you how to upgrade to Python 3 quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.

We’ll assume you already have the latest Python 2.7 and are targeting Python 3.6 or newer.

Anything lower than Python 3.5 would be ill-advised, since it is already the oldest version still being supported and its end-of-life is scheduled for September 13, 2020.

Author

Maciej Urbański

Python Developer

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

DevOps: How to Host a Simple Static Website on AWS S3

10 min read

Business, DevOps
None

If you’re thinking of hosting a website, you typically have two options:

  1. buy a virtual server and manage it yourself,

  2. use the services of a hosting company.

The latter solution is one of the simplest and most popular when it comes to setting up websites, since it makes them easy to manage and cheap to maintain.

Using a hosting company usually comes down to getting access to an FTP server or panel, where you can upload the files necessary for your site to work. The rest is handled by your hosting service provider.

But what if I told you ...

Author

Adrian Dratwicki

DevOps Engineer @ STX Next

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

UX Design: Q&A with the Head of Product Design at STX Next

11 min read

Business, Product Design
None

As we scoured the web for problems we could help you solve, we came across a number of questions centered around UX design.

Lucky for you, we have a very capable Product Design team on hand at STX Next, with Wiktor Pawlik at the helm.

Wiktor is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who asks, so we sat down with him for a little Q&A session. The result is this post.

Read on for a general introduction to UX design from Wiktor’s point of view.

Author

Wiktor Pawlik

Head of Product Design

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

Berts, Bots, and Bets: My Top 5 Memories from Tech Power Summit 2019

12 min read

Business
None

It’s been almost two weeks since Tech Power Summit 2019, but the memories are still fresh in my mind.

This edition of our annual conference was different for a few reasons. The speakers not only presented unique knowledge, but also demonstrated it in unforgettable ways. They put their hearts into their presentations and it really showed.

And I’ll admit that by the end of the day, I experienced exciting and emotional moments I really wasn’t expecting.

Let me tell you about my top 5 memories from Tech Power Summit 2019, and you’ll see what I mean.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Team Lead

7 Python-Powered Companies We’re Happy to Join Among the FT1000

10 min read

Business, Python
None

For the second year in a row, STX Next has ranked as one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies on the Financial Times 1000.

But ours is just one spot on the ranking among many others who have chosen Python as their programming language of choice to build rapidly scaling businesses.

Here are just a few of our favorite Python-powered companies among the FT1000 in 2019.

Author

Jakub Grajcar

Inbound Marketing Team Lead

React Native vs. Flutter: A Comparison of Pros and Cons

18 min read

Business, JS
None

React Native is a trending technology, consistently growing in popularity.

However, more and more competitors are joining the mobile development race to steal some of React Native’s spotlight.

One such competitor that has been rising to prominence lately is Flutter.

With that in mind, we decided to use our expertise in both of these technologies and write a follow-up to the comparison of React Native and Ionic we published a while back.

Read on to learn how React Native compares to Flutter, what the pros and cons of each are, and which is better for your mobile app.

Author

Kamil Rykowski

Full-Stack Developer

Author

Adam Stempniak

Content Specialist

8 Python Conferences to Attend in 2019 to Become a Better CTO

13 min read

Business, Python
None

The position of a CTO comes with a number of expectations and responsibilities. There are many goals to accomplish, and one great way to do that is to attend technology conferences focused on your tech stack of choice.

The foundation of tech stack at the center of this article is Python, and here is a list of 8 must-attend Python conferences in 2019 to help you become a better CTO.

Author

Matthew Harris

Director of Business Development