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By Dan Linn, Director of Development

Getting Kids Interested in Programming with MIT's Scratch

By day, I am mild-mannered web developer, but by night I go by another title: "Dad". Like most parents, I hope that my children will spend their days doing something constructive instead of wasting precious early development time absorbing mindless entertainment. Bonus points if those activities are things I can get overly excited about showing them.
By Tom Martin, Senior Development Strategist

Drupal 7 Tutorial: Using Breakpoint Panels

This tutorial is obsolete for the new version of Breakpoint Panels - New tutorial to come Breakpoint Panels is a new module just released that allows you to specify which panels show in which breakpoints. It integrates with the Breakpoint module, Panels, and specifically the Panels In-Place Editor. In this post, we'll walk through how to use it.
By Dan Linn, Director of Development

Crafting an Apache Solr Schema.xml

Using Apache Solr with Drupal is fairly simple thanks to the apachesolr module, but recently we were tasked with making Solr a vital component of a custom Django project. The Drupal module comes with a Solr schema.xml that is already set up specifically to play nice with Drupal, but we had to craft our own. Setting up Solr, filling it with data, and getting it back out again is relatively easy. However, much like taking a north-Philly street brawler and turning him into Rocky, it takes a bit of…
By Tom Martin, Senior Development Strategist

ToadCast 012 - Git, Drupal, WYSIWYG, and Metal Toad University

A dozen podcasts! For ToadCast 012 I was joined by Dan Linn and Dylan Tack.
By Robbie Ferrero, Web Developer

Clients and Killer Sharks: The Charisma Myth

Are leaders born or made? In my search to answer this age old question, I stumbled across 'The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism' by Olivia Fox Cabane.
By Katie Hurst, Project Manager

Book Review: HTML5 Boilerplate Web Development

This book is packed with a ton of various tips and tricks for the novice or the pro. Even with 13 years of experience it still taught me a few things that had flown under my radar that I'll be implementing right away. While it does take some leaps regarding expected reader knowledge, there are plenty of links and resources noted to help anyone catch up.
By Dan Linn, Director of Development

Narrow your focus, improve your influence, have fun doing it.

There is a counterintuitive secret to designing and building a product to set it up for optimal success. This principle is potent because it works whether you want breadth of impact, depth, or both. Focusing on your first followers is the right strategy for eventually having impact well beyond your initial reach.
By Chris Trahey, Director of Strategy

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.
By John Hartman, Account Manager

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.
By Katie Hurst, Project Manager

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