Posts from February 2013

At HootSuite we are always on the lookout for technologies that will make our product better.

Recently we started exploring ZeroMQ (aka. ØMQ, 0MQ, ZMQ). In this post, I will describe why ZeroMQ fits right into our technology stack.

ZeroMQ is often bundled into a class of products with RabbitMQ and others that use Asynchronous Message Queuing Protocols (AMQP). After all, ZeroMQ has MQ in its name and both ZeroMQ and the original AMQP were created by Pieter Hintjens. Be that as it may, grouping ZeroMQ with other AMQP products is not quite the right model for some key reasons.

In particular, the fact that ZeroMQ is a socket library, and not a packaged solution like RabbitMQ affords it an order of magnitude more flexibility and versatility than other AMQP solutions.

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If you are a Vim user and are using a shell outside Vim such as bash or zsh, you’ve been wasting your time(*1). Install VimShell and use it for everything. It works particularly well on your local computer.

There are three steps to using VimShell effectively. At first you will feel that VimShell isn’t as handy as shells outside Vim, but later you will not be able to remember the era without VimShell. Read More …

You probably know us as “that company with the fuzzy owl mascot”. You probably don’t know that behind the cuddliness lies a deadly fighting force of dogged engineers. A force that prides itself not just on delivery, but on continuous improvement. Through our efforts to help our customers manage their social communication we’ve accomplished some amazing things and had some spectacular blow-outs. We’re happy to be able to share some of these experiences with you on our blog – to help you learn, stimulate some discussion, and allow us to reflect and take pride in what we’ve built. We hope you enjoy this look into how we Power the Owl.