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NFS Performance on AWS

Last year, I wrote a blog about the performance of various NFS Solutions in AWS. Earlier this year, Amazon announced its own NFS Solution called Elastic File System, “EFS”.  I wanted to test EFS the same way and measure its performance compared to the other NFS Solutions I had tested and used in the past.
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Engineer

Why Drupal 8 won't ship with REST content negotiation

Some friends on Twitter were alarmed by this Drupal change record: "Accept header based routing got replaced by a query parameter". This change replaces "Accept: application/hal_json" with "/node/1?_format=hal_json". The issues leading to this change are too lengthy to capture on Twitter, so I'll give my perspective here.
By Dylan Tack, Director of Technology

Metal Toad Goes to San Francisco (Part 1)

This past week, a couple of us at Metal Toad traveled down to San Francisco for WWDC and AltConf. There were a ton of great sessions and presentations throughout the week, and we’d like to share the best of the best with you. The videos directly from Apple are already available, the videos from AltConf aren’t yet, but we’ll post part 2 when they become available.
By Sam Ingle, iOS Developer

How to Change the World (in Your Underpants): Getting Started in the Tech Community

Everyone wants to change the world, but in order to do so, you have to put on pants. I found a loophole. That loophole is web development. Web Development is one of those careers that helps improve lives through innovation and technology. And as if that wasn't amazing enough, it is also one of those careers that you can do from the comfort of your home. I am excited to share with you the things I learned about how to land your first job in the tech industry.
By Cesar Jimenez, Developer

Use the Force Touch

Every once in a while, Mac OS X gains new features that require us to change code. It doesn't happen often. The last time was for retina displays. Now the new-fangled thing is Force Touch. Thus far, the only "feature" that people talk about is that it doesn't "click" when the computer is off. I've literally seen people at the Apple store shut down some of the new macbooks just to ooh and aww over it not clicking when off.
By Robert Linnemann, Mobile Developer
DrupalCon Los Angeles group photo

Consultant Hobbies: Being Social

Hi Internets.  This year marked my third consecutive trip to DrupalCon as both a developer and a volunteer social media-er (the millennial in me wants to say “Social Storyteller”). DrupalCon is a global conference that boasts several thousand attendees and highly educational, opinion-stirring sessions and BOFs. Thankfully, I work for some great organizations that have allowed me to balance my full-time duties (learning all the things) with volunteerism.
By Alex Laughnan, Technology Consultant

Amazon CloudFront with Drupal 8

Since I wrote my first review of CloudFront in 2012, Amazon has added support for three essential features:
By Dylan Tack, Director of Technology

Autocomplete Using ActiveAdmin and Rails 3, Including Has Many Associations and Polymorphic Models

I love how easy ActiveAdmin is to use out of the box, but it can force you into using a panoply of workarounds for forms with any significant level of complexity. The challenge I faced was making this:
By Moof Mayeda, Junior Developer

iOS: A Quick Script to Retain Your Sanity With CoreSimulator Folders.

When Xcode 6 was released this past fall, Apple switched from a relatively sane folder structure to a completely opaque GUID based structure. For debugging purposes, it’s often nice to be able to browse your app’s file structure in the simulator without resorting to NSLogging a device ID.
By Sam Ingle, iOS Developer

Angular JS Promises: From Service to Template

In this blog post, we will learn how to request an HTTP GET call from an AngularJS Service and display the data in the template while avoiding the common pitfall of loading the template before the asynchronous call has been received.
By Cesar Jimenez, Developer