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Recently a colleague asked me why is it that I said our Prebid setup has a 1500ms timeout but engineers from our partners are saying our Prebid has a config of 3000ms?

I had a brief read of the Prebid documentation today and found the answer.

Basically there are two timeouts used by the Prebid.js library:

  • Request Timeout — set at 1500ms on gumtree.com
  • Bidder Timeout — set to the default 3000ms on gumtree.com (see console output for pbjs.getconfig()._bidderTimeout below. Though I didn’t find a way to get the Request Timeout value from pbjs)

Kubernetes is a platform for hosting Docker containers in a clustered environment with multiple Docker hosts.
We are gonna be running a single node Kubernetes cluster using Minikube

Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your laptop for users looking to give it a try Kubernetes use cases as POC’s

First we need to setup Kubernates cluster locally on your computer, below is the link to setup using minikube

Here I’m going to explain about minikube and google cloud

Minikube runs a single-node Kubernetes cluster inside a VM on your laptop for users who are looking to…

Last week I made the arduous trek across London to attend HalfStack 2018 and represent Gumtree frontend.

Billed as a javascript conference in a pub, with the aforementioned pub being the perennially cool Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, HalfStack is a conference unlike any I’ve attended in the past. Focussing on modern frontend topics such as ES2018, WebVR and Typescript amongst others, it manages to pack a lot of diverse information into a short time and in a rather small and intimate space.

Below are my highlights of the day but I would recommend any of talks from the event which…

I have read a lot of articles and documentation about how to write Android UI tests (E2E, acceptance etc.), but as you may also have observed, all the information had been sprinkled in multiple sources. Apart from being incompletely descriptive, there had always been some small part or detail missing, which made me spend extra time for additional searches at different places. …

Meet one of our very own developers Bhavin Padhiar, a Software Engineer here at Gumtree and one of the team’s longest serving members. Bhav is a Thinker and loves to analyse problems. You often find him hunting for Chocolate or obliterating the others with his prowess in pool (his name appears the most frequently on the Seven Ball Club Board). He always has a smile on his face and is happy to help or have a chat. Read on to find out more about Bhav

How do you maintain a healthy work life balance?

I really enjoy what I do…

Jan 5th, 2015 By Esther Saimpou

I hear people saying it and I say it my self very often lately… Nothing should be released without a Pull Request! The thing is that even I don’t raise them anymore And yes, I say that with shame…

— myself :)

I found myself constantly saying we should enforce them, but the truth is no one can force us to do anything. Thinking about it though made me realise that it is our responsibility to make sure we have a Code Quality Assurance, as we have a Product Quality Assurance. We wouldn’t add…

Oct 27th, 2014 By Andy Summers

On the 16th and 17th October 2014 I attended the Big Data & Analytics Innovation Summit in London, hosted by Innovation Enterprise. There were 18 different speakers each with a 30 minute presentation-slot.

The talks focused on a range of different areas where big data is concerned. Some presenters were technologists, some were data analysts, some were company directors. The different talks on big data can roughly be categorised into the following:

  • Data collection
  • Aggregation framework
  • Tools for analysis
  • Effective use of results

The best talks

I could go through the 9 pages of notes I made…

Oct 13th, 2014 By Gumtree Dev Team

And it’s over! After an intense week, Gumtree’s Hackathon 2014 ended last Friday. People from all over the business voted with their feet (literally!) and two very interesting projects shared the victory.

But before we rush to the end, let’s explain how we organised and run this event.


To be honest, this was the second time that we tried to run a hackathon this year. Initially scheduled for August, our responsive project got into its final, critical stages and management decided to delay the event a few weeks. …

Oct 6th, 2014 By Polly Howden

I went to Mind the Product for the first time last month. They had some super-duper speakers!

My #1 favourite was Kathy Sierra. In her compelling presentation “Building Badass Users” which covered the following;

  • “Be better at the context” — It’s not about whether the product is amazing, it’s about whether it helps the user feels amazing and can do what they want to do. This makes me think of Instagram that successfully helps milliohttp://livemocha.com/ns

Jun 19th, 2014 By Pere Villega

Today I attended a meetup in StackCareers office in London. I’ve attended a few meetups (less than I’d like!) since I came to the City and joined Gumtree, but I consider this one to be one of the best. The subject was Building a Developer Centred Company Culture, which is of particular interest to me, but the speakers did good presentations and the ideas they shared captured my attention more than other events I’ve attended.

I took notes during the talks and I’d like to share a summary of the main points, as it…


Development team at https://www.gumtree.com

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