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ToadCast 022 - Open Source and Cover Oregon

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).
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

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.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

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.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

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…
By Jason Rodriguez, Junior Developer

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,…
By Jonathan Jordan, Software Architect

Pond Life - Pt.1

Assimilate and Elaborate!
By Jason Rodriguez, Junior Developer

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.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

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).
By Dylan Tack, Director of Technology

Drupal 7 Tutorial: Using Entityqueue with Views

Last time I gave a quick introduction on how to create and manage queues using Entityqueue. This time I'll show you how to use them with Views to display content sorted by their position in the queue. First create your view like you normally would. The screenshots in this example, we are using a view of Content (aka Nodes), but this should be the same process for any entity type.
By Jonathan Jordan, Software Architect

Drupal vs. WordPress? Who Cares?! They Are Both Open Source.

Every week I hear about someone choosing WordPress over Drupal (or vice versus). While there are certainly differences between the two platforms, they are more alike than people typically care to admit:
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder