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Null Space Labs Tuesday Open Meeting & Game Night - Initial Thoughts/Review

Null Space Labs hosts an open meeting and game night every Tuesday. Participants are given the opportunity to use equipment, collaborate on projects and network with fellow members and participants. The majority of participants are those interested in cybersecurity, computer hardware and product design. I was hoping this event would have a little more structure and collective participation. Going forward I believe this is a space for more seasoned tech individuals who want to work on projects,…
By Shaquille Sumner, Tech Community Outreach Coordinator
October 1, 2019
Value of Values

Value of Values

Metal Toad is a values based business. I’m not sure if this makes us unique within the software developer community but it does make us an outlier within the organizations that I’ve worked for over the years.
By Jonathan Mills, Director of Accounts
September 26, 2019
Well Architected Framework

How to win with the AWS Well Architected Framework

Over the years, we've perfected our standards regarding product management, scrum management, code quality, peer review, continuous deployments, and others. With each new learning of our own that we standardize, we also take a look at the latest standards from the broader ecosystem and attempt to incorporate them as well. For best practices with cloud environments, we've been leaning into the AWS Well Architected Framework (WAF) and continue to learn new approaches.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
September 26, 2019
Cloud computing competition

The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (2 of 4)

At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry I am evaluating which cloud provider is showing up with the most substantial ecosystem to tackle the concerns of the industry. If you'd like to get up to speed on some of the major themes of the conference or learn about the showing by AWS check out the first post in the series. This article article focuses on Microsoft/Azure, the #2 cloud provider in the outside of the M&E industry by market share:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
September 19, 2019
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The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (1 of 4)

At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry, there were some major themes:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
September 19, 2019
Programming Journey

My Programming Journey

At some point after I learned to read, but before middle school, I took an interest in computers and used my dad's IBM PC to learn BASIC, a programming language designed to be simple. It had a good name, right? I started trying things out on my own but soon teamed up with my best friend from across the street. We made simple computer programs in BASIC and then C++ and eventually in Java - the newest language at the time. Through that early experimentation, I learned the ins and outs of…
By J.D. Sandifer, JavaScript Engineer
September 18, 2019
Consumer Grade Expectations

Consumer Grade Expectations

Here at Metal Toad, we’re constantly engaged in developing solutions for complex, cloud-focused application needs. What’s intriguing about the space I hold (account management and partner development) is that clients are increasingly sophisticated in their expectations.
By Jonathan Mills, Director of Accounts
August 29, 2019
Alibaba.com Panel

Metal Toad's CEO Talks Future of eCommerce at Alibaba.com Seminar

On July 26th, Metal Toad’s CEO and Founder Joaquin Lippincott, spoke at Build-up, an event hosted by Alibaba.com in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and California Market Center. As the world’s fourth most valuable tech company and a business to business (B2B) goliath, Alibaba.com holds these seminars to aid growing businesses access to the invaluable tools and services they provide.   
By Corinna Gelster-Borgardt, Creative Director
August 8, 2019
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An Overview of Redux Middleware for React Applications

While working with large React applications, having a solid Redux architecture can keep data flow clean and easy to debug. A common point of confusion in Redux is the middleware pattern. We'll discuss why Redux middleware is beneficial, where it fits in, and step through an implementation of it.
By Mike Guida,
August 2, 2019
cloud security

The Cloud is More Secure Than Your Facility

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal ominously titled Capital One Breach Casts Shadow Over Cloud Security, veers dangerously close to blaming an internal company error at Capital One on one of the most secure companies in the world.  The article might be better headlined as "dirty bath water casts shadow over baby".  
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
August 2, 2019

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