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Why Portland will be the Next Tech Hub

The demand for software continues to rise. I've written before on the current workforce gap and how that gap will be filled through vocational programing schools, and I've written about how the progress of software and how it follows evolutionary paths. This article is a prediction on where the next epicenter of software innovation and talent will be - and that city is Portland. Here is why
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Drupal 8: First Impressions for the Back-End Developer

Drupal 8 is in beta now, and recently I’ve had a chance to start working with it. While much of the admin interface is comparable to Drupal 7, there have been some important changes for site builders and back-end developers. In this post, I will be looking at file system and database structure changes, Drush setup, and the new configuration entity type.
By Keith Dechant, Senior Developer
The Toads Have Leapt!

The Toads Have Leapt!

After three wonderful years at our previous office, Metal Toad has outgrown our lilypad.
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
Metal Toad Corey Pressman

What Being a Metal Toad Means to Me

The term amateur first appears in English usage in the late 1700s.  The origins of the word indicate the original intention, the purest meaning, of this beautiful word.  Amateur derives, via French, from the Latin amator - lover.  An amateur, then, is someone motivated by love.  Her focus and activities are directed by emotion, passion, and all the searing, all-consuming, laborious insanity that may accompany this prerogative.  And I can think of no better motivation.  If humans have deep…
By Corey Pressman, Strategist

How to thrive as a Junior Developer

I’ve been a junior developer at Metal Toad for about a year now. In that time, I’ve learned and grown more than I would have thought possible...and, yeah, that’s as exciting, and as uncomfortable, as it sounds. I’m thriving in the junior dev program and I wanted to share some things I wish I’d known back when I first started.
By Jenny Olsen, Developer

ToadCast 028

For ToadCast 28 we have special guest Chris Bloom!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Seeing Long Term Technology Adoption as Evolution

Much like an evolutionary tree our goal in technology adoption is too continue to move forward and evolve, rather than getting caught in a dead end.  In the natural world, becoming bigger can be good but can lead to extinction events should the environment or food source change.  Right now we are in a technology Jurassic...
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Javascript WAT: Diving into ECMAScript Abstract Equality Comparison Algorithm

I'm assuming most of you saw Gary Bernhardt's talk from CodeMash 2012 on some WAT™ features in Ruby and JavaScript. If not, I highly recommend you do as it's thouroughly amusing. No, seriously. Go ahead, I'll wait...
By Slavko Pesic, Developer

Sound "Bytes" from the 2014 Digital PM Summit

With the dust settled following the 2014 Digital PM Summit in Austin, it's time to take a moment to refelct on another year of great keynote sessions, enjoyable conversations with like-minded PMs, well-attended afterparties, and a fun host city. The event grew in size and improved on the 2013 event in many ways.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

The Challenge to Innovation

Recently inspired by Peter Thiel's excellent book Zero to One, I've been reflecting on the software industry as the preeminent place where we can expect to see radical innovation - and the blockers that exist in the industry that need to be addressed for us to maximize the pace of change.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder