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What I Learned Having Lunch with My First Grader

My wife and I decided because Lucas worked so hard on his fall school play "The Garden Show" in which Lucas played the Alien Grandfather, we would take lunch to him school. What we did not expect is that we would be having lunch with the whole class. OK so we knew that they would be there, however we did not know we would be recruited to help manage lunch time! Not by the staff, but by the children. Read More…

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A Toad at TEDx Portland

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Portland’s fourth TEDx event at the Keller Auditorium. Known as “ideas worth spreading,” TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The x represents a TED event that is licensed through TED but organized through local channels alone. Hooray for the over 50 volunteers and community partners that sponsor and help put this event together! Read More…

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Toadcast 22

Toadcast 22 hosted an All-Star cast including: Dave Bellous, co-owner of Yellow Pencil, Jacob Redding, Open Source Manager at Accenture's Emerging Technology Innovation Labs, Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2, and Joaquin Lippincott, President of Metal Toad Media to discuss Open Source, Oracle, and and the healthcare web-tech industry (Cover Oregon). Read More…

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We Are Providing Time for all of Our Employees to Change Their Passwords - Your Company Should Too.

With the highly publicized Heartbleed vulnerability this week, a vulnerability in the core of internet security has been exposed. While the vulnerability hasn't been widely known, it has existing in perhaps 2/3 of the internet for more than a year, meaning any passwords that have been used during that time are likely compromised. Read More…

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Metal Toad Templates Part 3: Our User Story Template

Following up on part 2 introducing our agile burndown spreadsheet template, part 3 focuses on our User Story Template, another document rooted in Agile concepts that we apply to many projects regardless of their methodology. This one was created by Tom, Matt, and Jordan as they worked through a huge number of user stories for a project a number of months back. Read More…

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Pond Life Ep.2

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the pond! Last week we touched on the importance of mentoring juniors and Github best practices. In this week's episode, we'll be following up on the junior workflow from last week by discussing two tools you should definitely have and how to install them, exploring new ground by touching on some entry level SCSS techniques, sharing my AHA! and FAIL moments of the week, and lastly, our weekly query for you good people out there to ponder. So lets jump right into it shall we? Read More…

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Drupal 7: When to use Entityqueue vs Draggable Views

This post was inspired by a question our VP Tony asked me while I was working on Entityqueue, he asked, "how is it different from Draggable Views?" At first the answer isn't as obvious, they both allow you to sort items in a list. Draggable Views supports any entity that you can create a View to display. There are a couple key, slight differences that make each one better than the other depending on the use-case and admin experience. In fact, I've used both modules on the same project, depending on the situation. While I'm promoting Entityqueue in this post, the same arguments should apply to Nodequeue. Overview of Differences Entityqueue allows you to create lists, add items to them, and sort them. Draggable Views allows you to sort a list of items. Read More…

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A Call for an Open Source CoverOregon.com

This is a copy of an open letter written to the Governor of Oregon regarding the Oregon health exchange. (PDF) --- Dear Mr. Kitzhaber, In light of the recent resignation of the Oregon Health Authority director, Bruce Goldberg and the previous resignation of Cover Oregon director, Rocky King, I feel that I need to speak up. Read More…

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Comparison of AngularJS cache vs. browser HTTP cache

When working with Angular's $http service, one of the nifty options is a built-in cache service. It's off by default, and enabling this service can prevent repeated requests for the same resource. In this post, I'll compare Angular's service to native HTTP caching in your browser (I used Chrome as a baseline for comparison, and other browsers may differ slightly). Read More…

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