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Testing D3 Transitions

October 26, 2017

Transitions are an important tool in our D3 arsenal that we can leverage to relate understanding of visualizations to others. They can be used to draw attention to some representation of the data, emphasize change, or highlight the effects of user interaction, among other things. Given these benefits, it’s critical in a test-driven culture like… Read more

D3: You’re amazing just the way you are

October 03, 2017

Abstraction is a technique for arranging computer systems in such a way as to reduce the complexity of interacting with them. The system makes a certain complexity level available for other systems to interact with, while suppressing some of the inner workings. Programming languages, for example, are abstractions over assembly languages, which are abstractions over… Read more

Scaling Beyond MySQL

June 07, 2017

Wealthfront is growing fast, and the quantity of data we collect is growing faster. With the launch of Path, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of non-Wealthfront accounts our customers have linked over time (see below). We have plans to increase the breadth of automated financial advice we provide for our clients, so… Read more

Integrating D3 into React

February 14, 2017

D3 and React are both incredibly popular. Unfortunately, if you try to integrate D3 into a React application, you’ll hit some snags due to differences in how they each manipulate the DOM. I’ll discuss the problem, the existing ways the community has tackled it, and the approach Wealthfront took. Note that the choice we made… Read more

Handling unhandledrejections in Node and the Browser

November 03, 2016

As a financial product, Wealthfront runs on trust. Our clients expect the product to be there for them and work as they expect. Engineering at Wealthfront makes writing high quality tests a priority. For our clients to trust our product and brand, we must ensure we have that same confidence in our tests. We recently… Read more

How we use Mocha and jsdom with CoderPad for Frontend interviews

September 27, 2016

At Wealthfront, our goal for interviews is simply to assess whether the candidate would be successful as an employee. The most important thing for us is to learn how they think and if they will excel at the job we are hiring them for. When interviewing frontend engineering candidates, we want them to write real… Read more