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Metal Tudse in Denmark

In February a few Toads got to travel to Denmark to begin discovery on a new internet of things (IoT) project with a large wind turbine manufacturer. This is Metal Toads first foray into the European market and we couldn't be more excited to be working with a great client and new partner, Danish Aviation Systems. Earlier this week we announced the opening of our Los Angeles office, could a European location be next? You'll have to wait and see!
By Hayli Hay, Director of Client Services
March 24, 2017
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Metal Toad office in Los Angeles

We are excited to announce that coming in June 2017, Metal Toad will be opening a permanent office in the Los Angeles metro. For years Metal Toad has...
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 20, 2017
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How to become a programmer in 2017

Five years ago I wrote an article on how to get a job as a web developer, but the market has changed and it's now 2017. Code schools are now...
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 14, 2017
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Employee Liberation and The Impact of Good Company Culture

  You know what’s sad to me? It’s sad that most people will never know how liberating it is to come to terms with your unhappiness, and to quit your sh*tty job because of it. My moment of clarity came on a bus.
By Adam Ross Russell, Account Coordinator
March 7, 2017
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Tech is More Than an Industry

Some people see software and tech as an industry. Seen on it's own it is a whole category of employment including massive companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Yet as time marches on, tech is becoming more than an industry. Like...
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 7, 2017
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Apprenticeships in Tech are Not Just for Developers: Explore Digital Project Management Apprenticeships

Metal Toad has and deep belief that apprenticeships in tech can hone new skills introduced in code school and provide real world experiences that can springboard people to a new career. Our founder Joaquin Lippincott has shared his beliefs about how anyone can learn to code and the concept of open source apprenticeships. Metal Toad started their Developer Apprenticeship program in 2015.
By Hayli Hay, Director of Client Services
March 3, 2017

Extending Drupal 8 Fields That Contain Data

The Exception Data protection is one of the primary advantages of Drupal, but sometimes there are exceptions to the rule and you might need to modify a field to account for some change in business needs. There are a few rule bends (read hacks) that can be done to circumvent Drupal's checks and still maintain data integrity. You should only perform this when extending a field or changing something reasonable that is allowed by the database server. For example, expanding a varchar length or…
By Marcus Bernal, Developer / FunOps
March 2, 2017
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Great Customer Service or Great Craft?

If you were to go out and buy a new piece of furniture, would you prefer a store that offered a great product and treated you poorly or a store that provided a great shopping experience, but poorly made furniture? The answer is of course that you would want both a great experience and great furniture, yet too often in the service industry our love of our craft blinds us to what our customer experience truly is.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
February 23, 2017
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Q2 Hackathon Theme: Internet of Things (IoT)

Metal Toad's second hackathon will be focused on the Internet of Things. Why IoT? Over the years we have accumulated broad experience in this area; we've built systems including analytics for solar and wind energy, backend services for wearable devices, and a vehicle telematics platform. Of course this is a growing field, and in addition to software and data analytics for IoT, this will be a chance for toads to get their hands dirty with a soldering iron.
By Dylan Tack, Director of Technology
February 21, 2017
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Software is a slash and burn industry

Any industry that wants to be sustainable must think long term. In the timber industry they need to worry about the future availability of trees, for fisheries they need to think about fish - you get the point. If any industry does not pay attention to replenishing the font of its raw materials, this is an industry that is setting itself up for major problems. Don't replant trees or don't allow fisheries time to replenish themselves and things are going to end badly.  Seen through this lens,…
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
February 10, 2017