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Published
June 15, 2016
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Rob Meyer (@robfromca)
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HomeAway Tech Blog Launches

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in General, Travel Technology on June 15, 2016 |

HomeAway, The newest member of the Expedia Inc. family of companies has launched a HomeAway tech blog. They’ve kicked it off with some interesting postings; my personal favorites of which are an interesting statistical analysis of payment gateway response times and a great exploration of eCommerce for developers new to the space. It’s definitely worth following and I’m excited to see what they post next.

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April 28, 2016
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Hotwire Tech Blog

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in General, Travel Technology on April 28, 2016 |

Our engineering colleagues at Hotwire launched a tech blog recently similar to this one, with tangible tips and tricks that their team wants to share with the world. Today’s post is a look at continuous integration on iOS using a tool (set of tools really) called fastlane. I’m using fastlane for an internal app and have so far have been pretty impressed, I recommend checking out both the tool and the Hotwire blog.

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Published
March 7, 2016
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John Fischer and Waqas Sheikh
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How Expedia Finds your Flights: A Detailed View

By John Fischer and Waqas Sheikh in Travel Technology on March 7, 2016 |

As explained in part 1 of this series, Best Fare Search (BFS) is the service for finding and pricing the flights that you see in Expedia search results. Finding routes and prices for air travel is difficult because it is a famously difficult computer science problem, the airlines adjust prices many times a day which frustrates caching, and a host of other complexities. We’re going to drill into some of the details around the complexity of BFS and delivering quality search results. Flight Searching / Selection When a user searches…

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Published
March 2, 2016
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Waqas Sheikh and John Fischer
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How Expedia Finds your Flights: An Overview

By Waqas Sheikh and John Fischer in Travel Technology on March 2, 2016 |

When you search for flights on Expedia, how do we come up with results? Many flight searches on Expedia are powered by Best Fare Search (BFS), Expedia’s in-house flight search and pricing engine. BFS is somewhat unique; typically most online travel agencies (OLTAs) rely on external technology providers for flight search. At Expedia we like to tackle hard problems that are core to our business ourselves – and as we’ll present in this two-part series, flight search is a very hard problem! Historically searching for flights was a totally opaque process for…

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