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OTC CatchUp #78

Date: 07-05-2022

Duration: 4 hrs 46 mins

Topics Discussed

  • General introductions.

  • Dheeraj Lalwani asked for suggestions for buying a laptop.

  • Activision

    • Vatsal Patel shared the entire process of getting a job at Activision.

    • We talked about how games are developed and the numerous bugs that arise with the introduction of new features.

  • Ashwin Kumar Uppala talked about a Python program made for CS50 office hours, which would create a mosaic from some moments in the meet.

  • Jaden Furtado showcased a vulnerability in a web app which was using Elasticsearch.

    • The web app in question had its server, Razorpay configurations and API keys completely exposed on the front end.

    • We discussed how AWS creates temporary credentials to solve this problem. Users are allowed to access only their part of the database, which reduces the vulnerability in its services.

  • Aditya Oberai, Darshan Rander and Harsh Kapadia discussed different improvements to Appwrite.

    • Darshan suggested having multiple types of exceptions for different situations and also suggested some improvements in Appwrite’s documentation to inform the Developer of the exceptions that could be expected for every task.

    • Harsh, Darshan and Aditya talked about the importance of Joins in a SQL database and Aditya ensured that they would be added to Appwrite’s database soon.

    • Aditya talked about upcoming improvements like Magic Links in Appwrite.

    • Aditya added that Appwrite will be including support for .NET and GraphQL.

  • Harsh Kapadia asked Aditya Oberai why companies which take a lot of time to reach the place where their competitors currently are, get funding. Won’t the competitors reach much farther ahead by the time the others catch up? Aditya said that these smaller companies capitalize on issues of their competitors and people provide these smaller companies with funding based on the culture, growth, finances, vision, etc. hoping that the company becomes mainstream and they get returns on their investment.

  • We compared REST and GraphQL.

  • Aditya Oberai shared his good and bad experiences organising hackathons.

  • Pranil Chitre asked for feedback on his project’s Figma UI templates.

  • Aditya Oberai and Ashwin Kumar Uppala talked about breakthecode.tech.

  • Sunidhi Shende shared her experience of building a project for Microsoft Engage 2022, which involved checking the attention span of a user using ML.

Projects Showcased

Meet Screenshot

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