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ToadCast 029

ToadCast 029

For ToadCast 29 I interview Dave Prior, Project Manager extraordinaire! Dave Prior works for SolutionsIQ where he provides training and consulting for individuals, teams and organizations who are transitioning to Agile. Dave has been managing IT and Technology projects, programs and portfolios since 1995 and has been working with Agile methodologies since 1999.
By Steve Winters, Project Manager
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On Manual Process & Reporting

Data automation has been popular business buzzword jargon as of late, and to some extent, rightfully so! It saves time, creates seamless integration between applications, and can provide always-on, real-time information for making appropriate decisions. But data is only as good as the story it tells, and automation often hinders the storytellers that it aims to serve. Until machine learning surpasses human capabilities, there are key aspects of manual, hands-on project management that can't be…
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations
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The Metal Toad Difference, A LadyToad's Perspective

Let me start by getting this out of the way and speaking frankly about being a female professional working in technology. There are very few of us, like unicorns really. We are growing in numbers everyday which in inspiring to see, but this still a reality of the profession. Now as for me, I'm a seasoned female (over 35), hispanic, with a kid, and in technology! Eek! I know, I know its hard to believe. How do I survive??! LOL!
By Farrah Burke, Project Manager
The Toads Know How to Throw a Party

The Toads Know How to Throw a Party

On December 4th, 2014, the Toads hosted an Open House to celebrate our recent move into the fourth floor of the historic Yeon Building in downtown Portland. Clients, partners, neighbors, and the Greater Portland technology community as a whole were greeted with open arms - as well as fresh flowers from the Hardcore Florist and live music from the Key of Dreams.
By Nate Rupert, Manager of Marketing

Drupal 8 Migrations, part 4: Migrating Nodes from Drupal 7

Drupal 8 provides a flexible, plugin-based architecture for migrating data into a site. In Part 3 of this series, we explored how to migrate taxonomies from a Drupal 7 site. We will now expand on this by migrating basic nodes from a Drupal 7 site into Drupal 8.
By Keith Dechant, Senior Developer

Drupal 8 Migrations, part 3: Migrating Taxonomies from Drupal 7

Drupal 8 provides a flexible, plugin-based architecture for migrating data into a site. In Part 2 of this series, we explored how to migrate users from a Drupal 7 site. We will now expand on this by migrating Taxonomy vocabularies and terms from a Drupal 7 site into Drupal 8.
By Keith Dechant, Senior Developer

Metal Toad Mentorship Saturdays

Metal Toad Mentorship Saturdays are a place for people of all skill levels and development disciplines to get help and advice on their careers and projects. It was born out of Metal Toad University where I taught a 12 week course teaching the very basics of development. My motivation back then - and today - was simply to help others start or progress in the field of web development. It evolved from the class to this group. I find that the individual attention I'm able to give to each…
By Dan Linn, Director of Development

CoverOregon goes Open Source

Ten months since my open letter to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, challenging him to fix CoverOregon and to use more local companies and more open source in their technology solutions, we have come full circle.  Metal Toad has just launched an open source (WordPress) version of CoverOregon, concluding several months of a ground-up rebuild of the previous proprietary, almost non-functional system.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Drupal 8 Migrations, part 2: Migrating users from a Drupal 7 site

In this article, we will be building a custom migration which will import users from a Drupal 7 site into a Drupal 8 site. The migration will include the standard user profile fields like username and email address, plus a few custom fields added to the user profile.
By Keith Dechant, Senior Developer

Migrating Content into Drupal 8

Drupal 8 includes a powerful built-in migration system for importing content into your site. It is designed to handle data from Drupal 6 or 7, and much more. It is built around a plugin-based architecture, which allows importing of data from any external data source if you write your own source plugin.
By Keith Dechant, Senior Developer