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Introducing Our L.A. Office

We are thrilled to formally announce the opening of a new Metal Toad office in Los Angeles! The expansion reflects our rapid rise in the software, mobile app and tech solutions fields, and growing demand from clients in the entertainment and media industries in Southern California.
By Metal Toad, Director Team
July 20, 2017
ScrumMaster Rules - No Interruptions

The Value of a ScrumMaster

I went to ScrumMaster training a few weeks into my first job in an Agile project management environment. I was brand new to the methodology, and throughout the training and after, I didn't really understand the value of the ScrumMaster. “What an easy gig,” I thought. Even a year into practicing the methodology (as a member of the team, not the ScrumMaster) this was my understanding of the responsibilities: Calendar: Schedule and start the Scrum ceremonies, and make sure everyone is attending…
By Tami Geiger, Project Manager
July 17, 2017
protractor code

Save You a Search - Protractor Tips

I had trouble with two problems recently: Disabling some features that pop up when test automation is running on Chrome and writing a test that could pass Google reCAPTCHA using Protractor. Here are some tips to save you a search.
By Jordan Laman, QA Engineer
July 13, 2017
An IBM 7094 control panel

History of Computer Girls, Part 3: Dorothy!

I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers. During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who had made indelible marks on the history of computing. I decided to write a blog series about these amazing software pioneers who just happen to be women. But I didn’t just want the blogs to be boring old history lessons. Instead, I wanted to give examples and do research on the actual code these pioneers made. Memo, dated January…
By Morgan Senkal, Software Architect
July 12, 2017
Kotlin code

Initial Impressions of Kotlin

As almost every Android developer has heard of by now, Kotlin is being included as a first class language in Android Studio. Kotlin is a language created by JetBrains, the same company that is responsible for IntelliJ Idea, the core of Android Studio. Originally, a plugin was required to use Kotlin from within Android Studio.
By James Simshaw, Senior Android Developer
July 11, 2017
Coffeebot with Raspberry Pi

IoT Hackathon - Coffeebot with Raspberry Pi

For our latest Hackathon, with the theme being the Internet of things (IoT), my team and I wanted to create a device that would encourage people in the office to keep the coffee pots full of life-giving nectar. Often the pots don't get refilled when someone takes the last cup of coffee, so we decided to gamify the process.
By Toby Craig, Senior Developer
July 10, 2017
Classroom

What I Learned Going from the College World to the Real World

As a recent graduate from Portland State University, the inclination to write this blog has been an ongoing dilemma. Since I first graduated high school, I knew limitations existed if I were to only attend school full time. Those limitations were slightly different from most others’ given the knowledge I had from my parents on just how different the real world could be from what's taught at school. Like most, I also needed financial help. It was evident to me that working while attending school…
By Matthew Mills, Financial Analyst
July 7, 2017
Android versus iOS

6 Design Tips for iOS and Android

Recently I've been designing a few mobile apps. The first app was designed from scratch for both iOS and Android. The other was taking a pre-existing iOS app and translating the design and UX to be more suited for Android. It's been an interesting process that has taught me a lot about the differences and similarities of the two different platforms. I've also been discussing, sharing, and working directly with both iOS and Android developers to create the best experience on both platforms. I’d…
By Jason Swetzoff, UX Designer
July 7, 2017
Metal Toad employees sitting and talking

Why Culture is So Crucial at Metal Toad

Since the start of my finance and accounting internship at Metal Toad, the first thing that I noticed is its unique and influential culture. The combination of friendly staff and a cozy working environment make Metal Toad a community-like company. Additionally, we can see just how much effort Metal Toad makes to build a friendly company culture. I started to think — why is culture such a crucial thing for Metal Toad?
By Zach Wang, Finance Intern
July 6, 2017
 Hackathons matter.

Metal Toad's Annual Hackathon: What I Learned as a First-Timer

There’s perhaps nothing so intimidating as sitting in a room full of experts and knowing nothing about a particular subject. There’s also perhaps nothing so inspiring as having one of those experts pull you aside, listen to your questions, and teach you the name of whatever game they’re playing. This is how I felt during Metal Toad’s Annual Hackathon.
By Tyler Wildeck, Account Coordinator
July 5, 2017