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Wait...you do what for a living? My life as a Metal Toad Office Concierge

I must admit, I do have a very unique job. After all, have you ever heard of an Office Concierge? What I have learned since I started is that this position is definitely one of a kind and I love it! So what does an Office Concierge do? Since you asked, I compiled a list, some could call it The Ten Commandments of an Office Concierge as a glimpse into my world. *Note: these are in no particular order of importance
By Aaron Kennedy, Office Concierge

Drupal Solr Search with Domain Access filtering

Metal Toad has had the privilege to work over the past two years with DC Comics. What makes this partnership even more exciting, is that the main dccomics.com site also includes sites for Vertigo Comics and Mad Magazine. Most recently Metal Toad was given the task of building the new search feature for all three sites. However, while its an awesome privilege to work with such a well known brand as DC, this does not come without a complex set of issues for the three sites when working with…
By Aaron Amstutz, Senior Developer

Metal Toad Project Manager Profile: Rhienna Renee Guedry

As part of our project manager application process, we ask applicants to respond to a number of questions about themselves focused on their approach and philosophy when it comes to project management. We figured that if we were going to put applicants up to those questions, we should respond to them as well! Adam and Steve have already been profiled, and now it's on to Rhienna!
By Rhienna Renee Guedry, Project Manager

The Best Way to Learn Programming for Beginners

What is the best way to learn programming for beginners? I've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months thinking about this question, and as our firm has grown steadily from 19 to 39 people, I've reflected on what makes the difference between the people who walk in the door and knock things out of the park and those who struggle. Since my blog post on How to Become a Web Developer I have a number of people who regularly ask me this very question, I'd like to share my thoughts and…
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Kegerator

Here in Portland we have people who brew beer and many more who drink it! Between the brewing and consuming of it, there is the overlooked step of dispensing it. We at Metal Toad have long had a "Kegerator" in the office, a dedicated refrigerator that holds small kegs of beer with taps mounted on the front. The Kegerator has a handy web site associated with it that shows what beers are on tap and the levels of the beer. We all love the Kegerator, the convenience of knowing the beers are and how…
By Aubrey Francois, Development Team Lead

ToadCast 024 - Developer Interview Jason & Jeebak

I must begin with a sincere apology to both Jeebak and Jason. I sat on this toadcast for some time and two others got out before it. For Toadcast 24 (referred to in the audio as Toadcast 22) I interviewed Jason and Jeebak about the work they are doing at Metal Toad, their goals as developers, and even re-use some of the fun questions from Toadcast 21.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Unit Change During Project & Organizational Growth

This post is part three of a series following the session I presented at Drupalcon Austin, entitled "Oh look, we're growing!" In this post, I'm going to explore a topic that got cut from the Drupalcon presentation but warrants exploration in a blog post: units of measurement for projects and the organization and how they change over time with growth.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Please don't abuse node references! Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of "Please don't abuse node references!" In this post I'll cover some of the details behind some of the issues I encountered when I implemented the solution to our problem outlined in part 1.
By Chris Svajlenka, Development Team Lead

ToadCast 023 - Drupal Con Austin 2014

Photo Credit: Tyler Ward In Toadcast 23 we talk with Tom Martin and Dan about Drupalcon 2014, Texas Food, Heat, Sessions from Four Kitchens, Adam Edgerton, Roaches, Austin City Life, Pet Talk, Presentations by Dan, Drupalcon 2015, The Definition of Decimate, Future of Drupal, & Expansion of Drupal Crowd.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Scaling Projects and Scaling the Organization

This post is the second in a series following the session I presented at Drupalcon Austin, entitled "Oh look, we're growing!" In this post, I want to take a look at how growth on the project and organization levels are very similar.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations