Posts Tagged ‘Delver’

New Feature: Profile Quick View

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

by Pasha Bitz, Product Manager

You can now quickly view more information about another user on delver.com.

When you see someone’s picture on Delver – move your mouse over it and the “more” link will appear:

More Link

Click the “more” link and you’ll see a window with some of that user’s profile info without having to go to that user’s profile page:

Profile Quick View

New Delver Features

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

by Pasha Bitz, Product Manager

Today we deployed some new features on the delver.com:

Larger product images and zoom

Bigger product image in product page

We now display bigger images inline in the product page and also allow to view an even larger image by clicking the zoom button.

Larger product images in search results and catalog page

Bigger product image in search results page

The product search results page and the catalog page (in grid mode) display larger product images.

Quicker re-connecting page

Reconnecting page

For users who use Facebook Connect to sign-in to Delver we made the “re-connecting” page about 50% faster. This page appears when you didn’t use Delver for a while.

Product quick-view in “discover” page

Product quick-view in Discover page

You can view more product information by moving the mouse over the product image in the discover products page.

New Delver Features

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

by Pasha Bitz, Product Manager

Here are two new things you can do on Delver:

Friend’s Birthday – Remind me Later

Delver reminds you whenever one of your friends have a birthday soon, so you have enough time to check out their wish list and buy them a little something.

Now – you can ask Delver to remind you again a bit later:

iPhone App – Product Available in Store Near You

When looking at a product using the Delver iPhone App – you are now notified if the product is available from a nearby store. You can see store information like opening hours and locate the store on a map:

New Features on Delver

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

by Pasha Bitz, Product Manager

Yesterday we’ve added some new features to Delver.com and the Delver iPhone app:

Friends Page

We’ve made the “friends” page more interesting by showing, for each friend, the mutual friends and the friend’s current status message:

New friend display

Search suggestions

If you are by mistake searching for something using the wrong search (for example: search “Eui Chung” in “products”) – Delver will suggest to try the other search types:

Othes search types suggestion

Collecting more free-form opinions from users

When browsing your friends’ activity on Delver, it’s fun to be able to see some explanations about why they rated a particular product the way they did or why they added some product to a particular catalog.

Delver will ask user to enter some optional text when performing specific actions, for example:

Write a comment when adding to catalog

Comment when adding to catalog

Add a one-liner after rating a product

One liner after rating a product

Reminder to enter catalog description for catalogs with more than 5 items

Catalog description after adding 5 items

iPhone App

Reviews and Comments by User

You can now view all reviews and comments made by a specific user in Delver. You can do this by visiting the user’s “Content” screen and tapping “Reviews” or “Comments”:

iPhone - reviews and comments by user

More Notification Types

A new design and new types of notifications are now available in the notifications screen:

  • When someone commented on your catalog
  • When someone commented on a product after you
  • When a friend gave you permission to edit a catalog
  • When a friend recommended a product to you
  • When a friend unlocked a badge

Hottest Halloween Costumes of 2010

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

by Pasha Bitz, Product Manager

Avatar Neytiri Adult Costume

Just in time for the Halloween, Delver brings you this years hottest costumes!

If you’re looking a costume for a boy or a girl, your baby or even your dog – we got it!

Boo ;)

Birthday wishlist – Delver HQ use case

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

By Guy Haimovitch, Product Manager

Imagine a world in which you get exactly what you want for your birthday. When working for Delver that world is our reality.

When HR first decided to treat every birthday boy or girl working at Delver with a little somethin’ somethin’ for their birthday, the process was a bit squeaky. The presents were very generic (store credits, etc) and non-personal and somewhat disappointing. Today we use Delver to “help our HR help us”.

3 weeks before my birthday comes up, I get the following reminder on Delver:

My birthday reminder as I see it on Delver

A week later, my friends (including our HR department employees) get the following reminder:

When HR gets this reminder they just choose the items from my wish-list that fit their budget and know they’ll get exactly what I want.

Since I still want a (partial) surprise, I just add A LOT of different items so I will not be sure of what I’m getting.

If you think this can work in the place you work at, send this article’s link to your HR dept and make a wish.

For more great features, visit Delver.com.

DevOps: Organically Grown, No Preservatives

Monday, October 11th, 2010

By Tomer Gabel, Application Engineer

Server RoomA little while ago I posted a job opening for the application engineer position at Delver, and one of the replies caught my interest: “so it’s a DevOps position?” A Google search later and I was astounded to find what I tried to explain has since grown into a fully fledged industry trend.

I’ve learned to be mistrustful of such trends; in my experience they tend to inflate and deflate regularly, and if you try to keep abreast of all the proposed improvements to the development process you’re going to drown in overhead. Still, a critical percentage of these trends have a valid rationale driving them: unit testing, concurrency constructs, event-driven application servers, RESTful interfaces – all of these have very solid theoretical and/or practical reasoning and have had significant impact on the software development field. An additional commonality is: each took several years to gain acceptance in leading R&D teams, and several more to become ingrained methodology. The key word here is risk management, which is typically avoided or ignored altogether by the common developer.

Don’t get me wrong: I come from a purely R&D background, and have shared that trait for years. What started me on a different line of thinking was the distinct pleasure of being woken up, once too often, by some poor NOC operator in the middle of the night, and getting mad enough to do something about it. Like most R&D personnel I was largely oblivious to the pains of deployment, availability, scaling, production troubleshooting and customer support, and had to learn my lessons the hard way. I believe most R&D people aren’t more minded of the pains inherent in each of these domains because of the simplest of reasons: they’ve never been challenged to do so.

This is where “DevOps” comes in.

An application engineer (app engineer or “devops guy” if you will) has two primary objectives:

• Guide the R&D team in risk assessment. Having a software-savvy operations team member participating in design reviews is a huge boon to risk management; a better app engineer will want to participate in the design process itself, not necessarily designing the actual feature†, but even a quick overview of the proposed design is usually enough to provide operational feedback. This, without fail, results in a better design: clearer error-handling semantics, better monitoring and configuration facilities, high availability baked into the design, and induction into the deployment/administration toolchain concurrently with development efforts. This in turn leads to much better overall estimates and reduced failure rate.

• Keep the system up and running! This entails more than just observing the monitoring system (in my opinion, the less time you spend that way the less you are likely to have to, ad vitam aut culpam). The application engineer is in the relatively unique position of being both the consumer and producer of his or her own tools; this is where the wheat is separated from the chaff: a great app engineer will forever strive to improve and automate every nonfunctional aspect of the system, diligently working towards that asymptotic 100% uptime‡. DevOps personnel are the go-to people for getting systems off the ground; they’ll sketch the solution out, provide short- and long-term plans for deployment, monitoring and administration solutions both system-wide and component-specific. They’ll devise automatic tools to identify problems and anomalies, they’ll work ever-more-specific endpoints into their monitoring system, and they’ll be happy doing it because contrary to nearly any other position in the industry their interests and the business’s inherently converge.

Both DevOps and management would like nothing more than a clean, orderly universe in which systems do not fail, no data is ever lost and the system performs optimally on as little hardware as possible. Management’s business is budget and revenue; app engineers simply do not want to be woken up in the middle of the night.

Next up: Growing a DevOps organization, stay tuned!

† While not mandatory by any means, some design cycles can significantly benefit from an operational perspective; examples include static content management for websites; high availability for various system components; and any subsystem with external dependencies.

‡ A DevOps position is inherently multidisciplinary; for example, R&D background can significantly assist in troubleshooting. design reviews and in rolling your own tools. Strong system analysis skills, however, may be even more important, as they enable the two most important functions of the application engineer: spotting subtle holes in the design phase, and under-fire troubleshooting (which often requires the elusive ability to rapidly – but accurately – jump to conclusions).

We Want to Hear Your Feedback

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Here at Delver we’re constantly looking at the ways you’re using the website and our mobile apps, adjusting existing features and adding new ones based on your Feedback.

Submitting your feedback is easy – just use our feedback forums. Have cool idea for a feature you would like to see in Delver? Use the Feature Suggestions forum. Found a bug? Use the Bug Reports forum.

You can quickly access the feedback forums using the “Feedback” button on every page on delver.com.

New Features on Delver

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

by Pasha Bitz, Product Manager

Earlier this week we’ve launched some new features on delver.com and on the Delver iPhone app.

User Profiles on iPhone

iPhone Profile Screen

You can now see profile info and content created by a Delver user in the new tabbed profile screen.

The redesigned screen shows: recent activity, personal info, catalogs, “help me choose” polls and friends.

Better Tags Display in Visual Catalogs

Visual Catalogs Tag Size

We’ve reduced the tags size in visual catalogs to allow for more accurate tagging, for example: My Camera Gear.

Modernist Cuisine

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Nathan Myhrvold, former CTO at Microsoft, teamed up with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet to create a 2,400 page 6-volume cookbook “to end all cookbooks”: Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. From the official website:

In Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet—scientists, inventors, and accomplished cooks in their own Modernist Cuisineright—have created a six-volume 2,400-page set that reveals science-inspired techniques for preparing food that ranges from the otherworldly to the sublime. The authors—and their 20-person team at The Cooking Lab—have achieved astounding new flavors and textures by using tools such as water baths, homogenizers, centrifuges, and ingredients such as hydrocolloids, emulsifiers, and enzymes. It is a work destined to reinvent cooking.

The book is available for pre-order for the low price of $500. Get yours now!