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Any front-end developer working on a large website will eventually face the problem of how to prepare and effectively deliver icons to users. There are few ways to achieve this goal. At Zalando, we have been using CSS sprites and icon fonts. Neither solution is perfect, but both get the job done to a reasonable degree. This article will help you to evaluate existing solutions and ultimately decide which one will work best for you. Read more…

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Packaging and deploying software has always been a somewhat important topic for both developers and system engineers. We here at Zalando prefer native system packages over language specific package formats to deploy software in a fast, reliable and consistent way. It is also a benefit to have only one toolkit for managing all (or most) software, by reducing the confusion between pip / npm / gem and apt-get / yum who is managing which files. Read more…

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Learn how we build a prototype using the Camunda BPM engine with Cassandra.

This is a guest post by Daniel Meyer, Technical Lead at Camunda. You can follow him on Twitter here. Read more…

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Last week the Zalando tech team hosted our second Coder Dojo on pair programming and Test-Driven Development. (In software craftsmanship language, a coder dojo is a place where developers can train and practice their skills.) Similarly, we Zalandos use our Coder Dojos to practice programming without dealing with the pressures and restrictions of project deadlines and existing code bases. Read more…

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February 21, 2015 marked another milestone in the success story of Zalando: we sent a shoe into the stratosphere! Read more…

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Everybody’s favourite donut flavour is now available as an open source iOS library! During Hack-Week 3 the iOS team got together to release their first open source Swift library Maple Bacon – image downloading, caching and scaling done right. Read more…

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I am a member of the Hack Week jury. And believe me, to be on the jury is one of the toughest jobs during the Hack Week, with so many great projects and great people giving the right awards to the right teams is no easy task. Let's take a look behind the scenes of the jury. Read more…

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We bring Fashion to every place in the world! To prove this our team of passionate & crazy engineers will try to deliver a Zalando High Heel of the latest collection to the border of space. Read more…

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Imagine a world where everyone could print their own shoes. These guys are working on it. We're exploring 3D printing as a new way to quickly prototype designs. Read more…

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Fashion designers meet engineers! Our fashion designers from zLabels join hands with our engineers to take on smart wearables. If smart wearable electronics, circuit boards and soldering is your thing be sure to take a look at how one team tackles this futuristic problem. Read more…