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Tiny Letter from Kafka

October 13th, 2021 by Kaylee Cho

Discover the powerful design of Apache Kafka and how SoundCloud consumes events from Kafka.

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Service Architecture at SoundCloud — Part 3: Domain Gateways

September 17th, 2021 by Marc Tuduri, Kim Covaci, Bernd Louis and Jorge Creixell

Discover how SoundCloud extended the concept of Value-Added Services to Domain Gateways.

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Service Architecture at SoundCloud — Part 2: Value-Added Services

August 20th, 2021 by Bejal Lewis and Marc Tuduri

Learn about the evolution of architectural patterns at SoundCloud — from BFFs to Value-Added Services.

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Service Architecture at SoundCloud — Part 1: Backends for Frontends

July 29th, 2021 by Jorge Creixell

Discover how service architecture has evolved at Soundcloud over the past few years...

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How We Share Knowledge as a Web Collective

July 14th, 2021 by Can Göktas and Jan Monschke

Group of people sharing knowledge

There’s no single platform team that consists of only web engineers at SoundCloud, even though we consider ourselves to be part of the “Web Collective.” Instead, all web engineers are split into smaller, cross-functional teams across the organization. This structure definitely has its advantages, but it’s also left engineers in a situation where platform-specific experience and knowledge about platform-specific best practices are more difficult to access than they would be if we were all on the…

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Upcoming API Security Updates — Action Required

July 1st, 2021 by Rahul Rumalla

As part of our continuous effort toward making improvements to our API with the hope that we can relaunch API access to all developers, we’re making some critical security improvements. Please note that these are important and time sensitive and may cause disruptions in your app if you don’t make the necessary security upgrades.

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Did I Break You? Reverse Dependency Verification

May 25th, 2021 by Julio Zynger

Let's take a look at techniques we can use to confidently release updates to an internal library that's integrated into hundreds of projects across the company — even if they're API-breaking changes.

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High-Tier Content in the SoundCloud API

May 6th, 2021 by Dasha Kobzeva and Rahul Rumalla

You can now retrieve metadata for our full SoundCloud catalog through our API by providing the new access filter in your request.

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The Journey of Corpus

April 29th, 2021 by Ana Pereira

How we established a team with a clear focus on data governance (and exactly what that means), allowing us to leverage the vast data available to SoundCloud — as the world’s largest open audio platform — to become a more data-driven company.

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How to Successfully Hand Over Systems

April 20th, 2021 by Aleksandra Gavrilovska

In a product company, changes are inevitable so as to best support the strategy and the vision. Often during such a change, new teams are formed and other ones are restructured. While there are many challenges to be solved during a big change, there’s one in particular that’s often overlooked: system ownership. Having experienced not-so-successful handovers, I was inspired to create a guideline that will help other teams do handovers differently.

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