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History of Computer Girls, Part 2: Margaret!

I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers.  During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who had made indelible marks on the history of computing.  I decided to write a blog series about these amazing software pioneers who just happen to be women.  But I didn’t just want the blogs to be boring old history lessons. Instead, I wanted to give examples and do research on the actual code these pioneers made. 
By Morgan Senkal, Senior Developer
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Launching Meyer Memorial Trust in Drupal 8

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Meyer Memorial Trust site! Built in Drupal 8, the site demonstrates a true local collaboration between Meyer Memorial Trust, design partner Smith & Connors and Metal Toad.
By Tami Geiger, Project Manager
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A Case for Agency Project Managers to Get Their PMP

Consider your credentials Depending on your industry, you may or may not be aware of the Project Management Institute (PMI) or their Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. Working in the software agency space, it wasn’t particularly on my radar either. ScrumMaster certification sure, but nothing quite so broad and traditional as a PMP.
By Arthur Lender, Senior Project Manager
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We Are Toads

We are Toads We play Foosball and Towerfall We are Spies and Resistance We are parents and partners
By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer / FunOps
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Visual Regression Testing with BackstopJS

I first came across BackstopJS when I started as a QA Engineer in March. My team had a Drupal 7 project that was suffering from pretty regular visual regressions when we deployed. The visual regressions on the project were consistent only in their frustration - sometimes a deploy to the dev environment would be fine, but staging and prod would have regressions; or dev would have regressions, but then staging wouldn’t. At the time, the site had about 60 individual pages and several integrations…
By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer / FunOps
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Big Data for the Hopelessly Relational

I've been working with relational databases for a long time. In fact, my very first job as a software engineer waaaaay back when was converting a MS Access database from one very old version to another very old version (I think it was the shiny new Access 2000). I can rattle off the difference between an inner, right, left and full join, I can write stored procedures and functions and triggers and constraints, and on a good day I can even (maybe) remember the difference between first, second…
By Morgan Senkal, Senior Developer
Open Letter to My Future Hire

Open Letter to My Future Hire

Dear You--
By Victoria Blake, Director of Product Management
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Joining Women In Tech

It is with great pride that I have recently accepted a Board position with the non-profit organization Women In Tech (WIT), Portland.  WIT is an organization that focuses on creating woman-friendly networking and mentorship opportunities, recognizing that the endemic culture of technology leaves a lot to be desired.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder
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Creating A Front-end Build Task With A Living Style Guide, Part 1: A Gulp of Sass (Scss)

At Metal Toad our front-end build is important to us. It helps us keep standards consistent and improves the quality of our projects.
By Jason Swetzoff, UX Designer
Saying No & Behaving No

Saying No & Behaving No

My kid is a year and a half old. She is accumulating language at a startling rate. A few weeks ago, she started saying “no.” No has quickly become her favorite word. She uses it to mean everything from “I’d prefer to have sugar, please,” to “get that toothbrush away from me.” Sometimes she really means no, but when she really really means it, she doesn’t say the word. She behaves no by turning her head, or, worse, swatting the offending thing away.
By Victoria Blake, Director of Product Management