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ToadCast 021 - The Drinking Game!

For Toadcast 21 we interview the man, the legend, Jonathan Jordan. For our 21st we did what any good podcast would do, we celebrated with a drinking game. Hear all the great questions and answers by listening!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Reliably Monitoring MySQL Replication

Replication is a wonderful thing for your clients. Having a 'hot spare' of their database(s) for redundancy, or being able to off-load read operations from the main database to increase performance, giving your client peace-of-mind about their data and application. I won't go into setting up MySQL Replication; there are more than a few guides on that already out there (here's the official documentation).
By Tyler Ward, Cloud Engineer + Office Cicerone

The Show Must Go On (or Hosting the 2013 Emmys on AWS)

When preparing for a big event, it is our job to make sure the general public sees exactly what is expected, and with the help of Amazon Web Service (AWS) we did! All planning comes with a few standard issue assessments/steps: Identify need, identify options, and begin to build!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

ToadCast 020 - Joaquin and Robinson

For Toadcast 20 our President Joaquin interviews our newest PM Robinson where they talk about tech, being the new guy, metal bands, and bird poop.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Metal Toad Project Manager Profile: Steve Winters

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!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Metal Toad Templates Part 2: Our Agile Burndown Google Spreadsheet

Here’s the first template post in this series, following my opinion piece on when to use a PM tool versus creating your own spreadsheet. True to our nature as proponents of open source software, we also enjoy opening up our process a bit.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Metal Toad Templates Part 1: Spreadsheets versus PM Tools

I’m starting a new series dedicated to sharing project management templates we’ve created and frequently use at Metal Toad. We use various tools on projects (Harvest, Jira, Basecamp, Trello, Invision, etc.), but like many others we’ve talked to, we still use plenty of spreadsheets and documents to improve project tracking and documentation. Yes, there are tools that accomplish what we’re looking to do, but many don’t do it well enough, and others do it too well. Sometimes a spreadsheet is just…
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Ruby, Drupal and a tadpole's swimlane

Entering the pond
By Jason Rodriguez, Junior Developer

Metal Toad Managed Services Dashboard - Part 2: Tools for Logging

In Part 1 we saw that the layout showed a glimpse of what is behind the scenes of our new dashboard, the graphs were all generated with the help of a utility called Graphite. Graphite can't do the job on its own though, it takes a whole host of other programs to get the data from the various servers to Graphite in a form that it can read.
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Engineer

Creating a Custom Glossary Filter in Django

The Scenario You have a project that has lists of data and you need to have a way for users to filter the list by the first letter of the title/name/etc. This is commonly referred to as Glossary Filtering and can be a bit trickier than you'd think to do well. The Example This post uses code that was done in the Django 1.5 Python framework but the concepts used could easily be transferred to other languages/frameworks.
By Tom Martin, Senior Technology Consultant