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Is image worth a thousand lines?

You have an idea for a startup; maybe you are already working on it. You have scaffolded your MVP, and everything works fine under a minimal load. You have users who can do things in your app. And now you want to accept images from them—so anyone can upload an avatar or a profile page cover. Everyone does it, right? Why should not you?

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A small rounded avatar and a big rectangular background cover—minimal personalization users expect from your startup today.

By now you probably know that image upload is not a walk in the park. So many questions arise instantly, mainly:

  • Where do I keep my images? Locally or remotely?
  • How do I handle image transformations? Where do I keep all versions of the same image?
  • How do I plug everything into my existing app?
  • Last but not least: how do I protect myself against image bombs (the sub-class of decompression bombs)?

Sure, there is a plethora of ready-made solutions available. So you pick one.

And everything goes smoothly until you end up with few thousand images on your hand—and suddenly your design requirements change.


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