Evernote Tech Blog

The Care and Feeding of Elephants

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to Evernote’s new technology blog.  Our main company blog is a great place to learn what we do, and this is the place where we’ll talk about how we do it (and, occasionally, why…).

This will include tidbits about our various applications from Engineering, our service infrastructure from Operations, our API from the Developer team, and our advanced indexing/searching technology from R&D. Phil Constantinou (our VP of Products) and I (the CTO) will try to keep a variety of bits flowing here.

Why? Two reasons:

  1. We couldn’t have created Evernote without access to the wealth of information other people have provided as they tackled similar problems and posted their solutions.  We want to return the favor in case that can help someone else.
  2. Transparency. We think that our users (and partners) have a right to know how Evernote is built so they can continue to make informed decisions about using us for their life’s memories.

These posts will be technical. Some may be painfully so. I’m talking “screen shots of emacs in hexl-mode” and “B-splines for curve fitting.” Our target audience is other developers, sysadmins, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs who might find something useful (or at least amusing) in our experiences.

That means this blog may not be intelligible or interesting for non-technical Evernote users. For less technical discussions, we’d recommend our main blog, our user forums, and Support if you’re having a technical problem with your own account or software.

  1. Great, I’m very much looking forward to the posts on this blog, especially waiting for the Emacs screenshots. And be prepared for the Hackernews crowd to condemn any of your tech decisions. The important thing is that you use Emacs instead of vi ;-)

  2. Great idea, I am really looking forward to the posts. As a developer I am really intrested in the decision to move away from the .NET version of Evernote client and to C/C++ and the other tools used, libraries etc.

  3. Thank you so much! I absolutely love Evernote, and use it abundantly in life. I’m also a student, and grateful that someone real-world, is willing to explain how they do it so well.

    The first article I read was great. No smoke and mirrors!

  4. What’s a spline?

  5. Dave-
    This is awesome! I’m so glad you guys set up this blog, and I finally have had a chance to check it out. I’m a huge Evernote fan, so an inside look at the backend tech is very interesting!

    Keep up the great work.


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