• The Frontend Developer - There and back again

    This was our very first event where we talk about OUR OWN TECH STORY - from the very past to the latest. There are 2 presentations from our fantastic team members followed by a networking opportunity :)

    From the presentations, you’ll learn how the developers were developing websites in the past without the tools we use today, and how a large-scale website like Kijiji is operating now.

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  • Views from the IPv6

    Toronto’s self-declared ambassador to hip-hop revealed the cover art for his new album, Views from the 6, on Monday, and predictably, the Internet exploded. Not content with sitting atop the CN Tower’s SkyPod, Drake has now been seen sitting on Monk’s Cafe from Seinfeld, one of many Trump Towers, and Texas A&M’s Kyle Field. He’s been joined by Toronto city councillor Norm Kelly, Beyoncé King Kong, Kobe Bryant, and even Sad Keanu Reeves.

    So we thought, we know a few things about the secondhand market in Canada. We have our own interesting views from the 6. And our Kanban development cycle lets us move, quickly, when things come up. Usually it’s an interesting new feature, or a newly-reported bug… but this time it’s just plain fun. From an album cover on Monday, to a meme and a ha-ha-only-serious suggestion to get in on it ourselves on Tuesday, and finally to a production release on Wednesday. Not bad!

    Want to see?

    Go looking for Drake in the 6.

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  • Building contextual surveys with Optimizely

    At Kijiji, we’ve been using Optimizely extensively for traditional A/B testing, building different UI variations and measuring which one performs better.Recently, we started using this tool in a different way, in order to gather qualitative feedback. The idea is extremely simple: ask directly to our users what they think of something on our site, or something that we could be adding to it.

    Here is an example. We wanted to know whether our users would appreciate receiving real-time feedback about the quality of their ad, as they type it. We could have sent out a survey by email, or include this question into our user testing sessions. But what better way than asking people directly, precisely where and when it matters to them?

    Title Quality Satisfaction Survey

    All we had to do was build a little tooltip with our question and measure the interest with custom events.

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  • Introduction to Mechanical Sympathy

    In this video, Richard Burnison - developer at Kijiji who is passionate about scalability, concurrency and high-performance - gives us an introduction to the concept of mechanical sympathy, the art of writing software which works in harmony with its underlying hardware.

    Richard gave this talk while Kijiji hosted the Toronto Web Performance Group July 2015 meetup.

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  • In The Beginning...

    In the beginning, there was eBay…

    Then, in the fourth year of eBay's reign as an online auction house, a small classifieds marketplace website started in Amsterdam, dubbed simply "Marktplaats". After five years, Marktplaats began to attract the attention of eBay, and eBay decided to bring Marktplaats into its fold, and test its ability to operate a classifieds website.

    Then eBay looked upon its classifieds project, and saw that it was good. Marktplaats had spread throughout the world, under the name Intoko. A few months later, eBay decided to create the eBay Classifieds Group. It would take the best pieces of itself to form the the foundation of this new group, and continue to spread online classifieds around the world.

    Thus, on 28 February 2005, Kijiji Canada was born in the corner of an office in Toronto, merging itself with Intoko. Kijiji was built on the foundation of eBay, both in its business structure, and its code structure. eBay looked upon its work, and saw that it was good.

    All right, all right, enough with the Biblical allusions.

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