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It Begins

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” - Plato Let me start by introducing myself to those of you who may not know me. My name is John Anthony Hartman and I recently joined @Metaltoad in Business Development / Account Management. Until recently I ran my own agency called feedia. While running my own agency over the years has been an amazing experience this new path forward is rich with opportunity and extends my ability to serve my clients in a much greater capacity. Read More…

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Goldilocks & the 3 Process Options

Finding the right level of process and structure is a tough line to walk for every company. Too much structure can hinder the creative flow - too little and the creativity can run rampant without producing any results. In my time as a middle school teacher, process overcomplicated the job. Weekly lesson plans were copied in triplicate, never to be seen by anyone but myself. Hours were spent tirelessly preparing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for special needs students, only to have a parent or principal disregard the instructions or launch into a endless barrage of unnecessary changes. While the intent of the structure is to protect educators, the reality is the bureaucracy prevents creativity and personalized instruction in the classroom. Read More…

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Hey Project Managers! Let's Not Talk Tools.

I recently attended BADCamp where I had the opportunity to talk shop with project managers from a number of different agencies. I had some insightful conversations and a few really good takeaways that will help me improve project management at Metal Toad. But for the most part, the go-to conversation seems to be about project management tools. Do you use Basecamp? How about Trello? Jira? MS Project? Any of the other five hundred options out there? The tools conversation seems to come up over and over again because it's easy; it doesn't force the participants to get at the meat of project management. Read More…

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Behat with Drupal Domain Access

At Metal Toad we have been expanding our testing to include more behavior driven testing. The end goal is to bridge the gap between the languages that we developers speak (which tend to be more logic than spoken) and the languages that our clients speak (commonly English or some other language that normal people use for communication). One interesting challenge we found was taking all the "awesome" that behat has to offer and applying it to a site that has several domains being served from a single Drupal install running the domain access module. Read More…

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It's Not the Pen

As developers and tech-heads, we all have our personal biases. I dare you to estimate how many times you have partaken in, or broken up, heated debates over programming languages, frameworks, or perhaps the conflict that warranted personalization in a series of commercials: Mac vs. PC. We love our gadgets and software with good reason. After all... Read More…

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TinyDNS as a Puppet Module

As a data center operator we are in need of DNS handling for our internal servers and appliances. Handling IP’s for everything is not really an option and also changes to servers are much easier to handle if we can use assigned domain names instead of IP addresses. When we started looking at open source DNS servers for the Linux operating system there are really 2 bigger contestants out there in the market: Bind and TinyDNS. This said Bind pretty much owns the market. That comes with advantages and disadvantages. One big advantage of Bind over TinyDNS is the amount of documentation and support on the community. It’s been around for so long you find pretty much any answer to any question you’ll ever have. The big downsides of Bind are its size and the fact that it is used all around. So obviously security vulnerabilities are mostly exploited on commonly used systems since you get more bang for your buck. Read More…