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Grid 2.0: Integrating Solar and Other Intermittent Renewables

Blog 23 March 2018

Thiwanka Wimalasuriya speaks at the IEEE IAS Sri Lanka Chapter on grid 2.0 – an updated version of the power grid that uses solar and wind to generate power – and the challenges of adopting this technology in Sri Lanka. Full session:  

Tech Debate: DevOps vs No Ops

Sysco LABS 20 March 2018

DevOps is a software engineering culture and practice that aims at unifying software development (Dev) and software operation (Ops). The main characteristic of the DevOps movement is to strongly advocate automation and monitoring at all steps of software construction, from integration, testing, releasing to deployment and infrastructure management. DevOps aims at shorter development cycles, increased deployment frequency, more dependable releases, in close alignment with business objectives. This

Functional Programming with JavaScript

Sysco Labs 9 January 2018

What is functional programming? A quick google search will define functional programming as: ”A programming paradigm that treats computation as the evaluation of mathematical functions and avoids changing-state and mutable data.” Today we will be diving into what exactly this means. Functional programming is nothing new. In fact, the foundations for functional programming was laid

Cloud Computing

Sysco LABS 14 December 2017

Kalinga Dissanayake who is a part of the Platform and ReportsNG teams at Sysco LABS talks about cloud computing, where he covers cloud deployment models, platform as a service, software as a service, containerization, and serverless computing at the IEEE Techno Meetup 2017.    

NPM and Today’s Web Security

Sysco LABS 14 December 2017

Deepal Jayasekera from the Payments team at Sysco LABS talks about NPM and Web Security at the recently held security meetup. His session covers the importance of NodeJS security, how NPM has become a security risk and all it’s vulnerabilities, and what you can do about it. You can watch the full session below:  

Sustaining Moore’s Law

Sysco LABS 8 December 2017

“The number of transistors and resistors on a chip doubles every 24 months.” – Gordon Moore. It seems that Moore’s Law has finally become redundant. The size of transistors is now so prohibitively small (the smallest on record is 5nm), that it is becoming less and less efficient to manufacture them to successfully continue along

100% on Serverless

Sysco LABS 27 November 2017

In this Innovation Session, Rohana Kumara, Vice President – Engineering and Architecture talks about going 100% Serverless and covers AWS Lambda, building microservices and BFFs in serverless, and common misconceptions and fears when adopting the framework.        

Lessons from Production NodeJS Applications

Sysco Labs 22 November 2017

Deepal Jayasekara, Senior Software Engineer at Sysco LABS spoke about “Lessons from Production: NodeJS Applications” What distinguishes NodeJS from any other programming platforms is how it handles I/O. We hear this all the time when NodeJS is introduced by someone: “A non-blocking, event-driven platform based on Google’s v8 Javascript engine”. What does this mean? What

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