Leading professional networking platform Linkedin has opened the sources to its Flashback program for the first time. The tool is used to mock internet traffic during web developer tests in order to weed out issues with reliability, scalability and speed on a new code.
Since it doesn’t require internet connection, Flashback is considered a more secure method of testing as it doesn’t leave the user’s network vulnerable to online security threats.
The sources to this program will be highly valuable to online companies and job portal operators as it’s superior to the traditionally used Betamax system. The key difference is Flashback does not require internet connection to operate.
Creators and Linkedin developers Shangshang Feng, Yabin Kang, and Dan Vinegrad said in a blog post that the tool’s offline capability is what makes it so useful.
“Flashback is designed to mock HTTP and HTTPS resources, like web services and REST APIs, for testing purposes. It records HTTP/HTTPS requests and plays back a previously recorded HTTP transaction—wich we call a ‘scene’—so that no external connection to the internet is required in order to complete testing.”
This program is the secret behind Linkedin’s top notch job platform and now it’s available to portal operators worldwide.