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Covering our Assets

Whenever a programmer and a designer get together they need to agree on a common language. That often involves mock-ups, aspect ratios, points, pixels and work-flow. 
By Robert Linnemann, Mobile Developer

Metal Toad Mentorship Saturdays

Metal Toad Mentorship Saturdays are a place for people of all skill levels and development disciplines to get help and advice on their careers and projects. It was born out of Metal Toad University where I taught a 12 week course teaching the very basics of development. My motivation back then - and today - was simply to help others start or progress in the field of web development. It evolved from the class to this group. I find that the individual attention I'm able to give to each…
By Dan Linn, Director of Development

CoverOregon goes Open Source

Ten months since my open letter to Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, challenging him to fix CoverOregon and to use more local companies and more open source in their technology solutions, we have come full circle.  Metal Toad has just launched an open source (WordPress) version of CoverOregon, concluding several months of a ground-up rebuild of the previous proprietary, almost non-functional system.
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Drupal 8 Migrations, part 2: Migrating users from a Drupal 7 site

In this article, we will be building a custom migration which will import users from a Drupal 7 site into a Drupal 8 site. The migration will include the standard user profile fields like username and email address, plus a few custom fields added to the user profile.
By Keith Dechant, Software Architect

Migrating Content into Drupal 8

Drupal 8 includes a powerful built-in migration system for importing content into your site. It is designed to handle data from Drupal 6 or 7, and much more. It is built around a plugin-based architecture, which allows importing of data from any external data source if you write your own source plugin.
By Keith Dechant, Software Architect
The Metal Toad Summer Picnic

A Retrospective: The Metal Toad Summer Picnic

On September 12th, 2014, Metal Toad overtook downtown Portland. Well, maybe not “took over,” but the sentiment was there. The Summer Toad Picnic offers an opportunity for Toads to bring their families into their work circle, furthering the important interweaving role of our social functions.
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
Culture, Org Health, Organizational Health, HR, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

Money Can't Buy You Culture

Recently, I have been asked questions about Metal Toad’s culture.  People want me to explain what our culture is, how we got it and, for that matter, how we keep it? It is amazing to me that after explaining our culture how it resonates with so many, others do not feel they have a culture and/or that somehow, the one they have is broken and needs to be fixed.
By Tim Winner, Vice President of People

Defining Client Success

I’ve recently joined Metal Toad as Director of Client Success. My role here is to hone the vision for successful, long-term partnerships with our Clients. I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute to an already successful and talented team of Toads. So, what exactly is Client Success?
By Patrick Conlon, Director of Client Success
Portland Skyline

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, Software Architect