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Why I Love T-Shirt Sizing

My husband and I are involved in a never-ending construction project that takes us to wonderful Portland businesses solely in search of odd things. A few months ago, we went to the stone yard. At one end of the stone yard were the boulders. They were big. Big enough that it was hard for me to conceive of anybody buying a boulder, because where would they put it? Other stones were arranged in progressively smaller sizes, from boulder down to dust. Which got me thinking about sizing, and about…
By Victoria Blake, Director of Product Management

Avoiding Drupal 7 #AJAX Pitfalls

Rather than provide a basic how-to tutorial on Drupal's form API #AJAX functionality, I decided to address a few pitfalls that often frustrate developers, both junior and senior alike. To me, it seems that most of the problems arise from the approach rather than the direct implementation of the individual elements.
By Marcus Bernal, Developer
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Growing the Software Community

There is a saying that is growing in popularity in business: "every company is a software company".  If salaries and job opportunities are a good gauge for the truth of this statement, then it is indeed true.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder
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My First Year of Intentional Diversity

When I decided to create my company's Advisory Board in 2014, I took the task very seriously.  I went through my LinkedIn network and scoured my contacts for strong leaders that I felt would bring a diverse set of experience (finance, marketing, etc.) and years of wisdom.  When I had finished, and received acceptance letters from particpants I was very proud of the people I had been able to get onboard.  There was only one problem: all four of them were men, and 3 out of 4 of them, white men.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

How a Toad Writes a Blog Post

“Don't procrastinate. If you want to blog, then blog.”     - Fritz Chery
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
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Metal Toad Opens Its Doors to Women Who Code

Metal Toad demonstrates its commitment to diversity in many ways. Around Portland, the Toads support causes and organizations that strive to trim in the disparate gap between minorities and the tech personnel landscape. On February 18th, 2016, we opened our doors to the Women Who Code (WWC) Portland Chapter. WWC is a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
By Rachel Gibbons, Designer
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Metal Toad Supports the TechHire Initiative

Following the President's State of the Union Address, the US Department of Labor announced the TechHire Grant Competition - a $100 million dollar grant to support innovative approaches to moving lower skilled workers into information technology and high growth jobs.  For the software industry, with is overflowing with these types of jobs, this represents a beacon of governmental support for providing an onramp into the industry that is sorely needed.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder
The Context Behind Our Nomination for the 2016 DREAM BIG Award

Metal Toad Dreams Big

Metal Toad's nomination for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's DREAM BIG award has been a rush of blood to our collective head. 
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager

Instant reload with Django, NPM, and Browsersync

Here at Metal Toad, we are starting to use NPM as a task runner to automate our development processes. This tutorial shows how to automate CSS compilation and instantly reload the browser when files change. Objectives In this post, we will be setting up an automated local build environment with the following goals in mind:
By Keith Dechant, Software Architect
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The Open Source Apprenticeship Model

The software industry is facing a workforce shortage of unprecedented proportions.   The bureau of labor statistic is projecting a shortage of 1 million people over the next five years, when they compare the number of jobs that will be posted that require a Computer Science degree with the number of graduates the university system will be able to turn out within that same time window.  Looking at this huge gap, it's time fot the industry to look at vocational programming schools and…
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder