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Project Manager Hobbies: Managing Projects

This year marked my 7th consecutive trip to Park City, Utah to volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival. In past many years, I’ve been lucky enough to balance 10 days of volunteerism and my “real life” job(s) in tandem. My role at the festival this year included working as a venue staffer at ASCAP’s Music Cafe venue, as well as supporting the Manager of Film Music for the Sundance Institute, Jarom Rowland. It just so happened that my particular arsenal of soft skills (project management) proved…
By Rhienna Renee Guedry, Project Manager
February 17, 2015
Kelly Cunningham

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Sometimes a project launches late.... Back in November of 2014, I was joined by Developer Kelly Cunningham. We did a short interview on his most recent project, his start in Drupal, and tech he is excited about.  Check out the Podcast on iTunes ! If there are any questions you'd like to hear answered in our developer profile todcasts, comment below and we will add it to the show.  
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager
February 10, 2015
Jenny Ben Steve

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Metal Toad is proud to announce two of our Junior Developers have graduated to the big leagues! Jenny Olsen and Ben Teegarden join me for too many drinks and a discussion about their journey through the junior program. Check out the Podcast on iTunes ! If there are any questions we missed, please comment below for an extended Q&A with Jenny and Ben.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager
February 2, 2015
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Metal Toad Among Oregon's Best Workplaces

It is with great humility that I serve as Metal Toad Spokesman in a very proud moment. Oregon Business Magazine has acknowledged Metal Toad as one of the 2015 Top Companies to Work for in Oregon.
By Tim Winner, COO
January 28, 2015

What I Did Over the Weekend

By Robert Linnemann, Mobile Developer
January 27, 2015

Continuous Delivery for Enterprise on iOS

In part two (part one) of a series on iOS automation, we'll discuss continuous deployment. Thankfully, due to wonderful tools like Hockey, it’s never been easier. In this post, we’ll go over installing the native Hockey app on your server, configuring its associated command line utility, and setting up a post-build trigger that will automatically upload your XcodeBots build and release it on Hockey.
By Sam Ingle, iOS Developer
January 23, 2015

Short-circuiting SpriteBuilder to use Cocos2d-swift Programmatically

The goal is to create a project with SpriteBuilder and then not use the nice GUI and ccb files that it provides. This may enable you to convert an already-made project or to use other tools for your GUI or just to do everything in code. To make a project you need to go into SpriteBuilder and pick File->New Project from the menu.  It give you a new project with a blue gradient background and a CCLabelTTF that says 'SpriteBuilder'.
By Robert Linnemann, Mobile Developer
January 16, 2015

Running a Persistant Node.js Server on an Arduino Yún

We recently had occasion to set up a Node.js web server on an Arduino Yún. It's a bit more complicated than we thought when we set out, so it seemed useful to share the process. To accomplish this, we need to update the system image, expand the device storage, install node, and launch our server. You'll need a couple things:
By Sam Ingle, iOS Developer
January 15, 2015

You can be a wizard or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the code.

In 1989 I sat down at an Apple II E to write my first bit of code in BASIC. It made the screen invert colors, so text appeared black, and the screen was the strange, alien green that early monitors seemed to favor. 20 years later I took a basic JavaScript class in college. That was the most code I had written until recently, and it wasn't due to lack of interest, rather lack of any kind of directed learning. I tried buying books, but you can't ask books questions, and I didn't know anyone who…
By Mike Lorenzo, Junior iOS developer
January 13, 2015

AWS Cross-Account Roles and Consolidated Billing

Amazon Web Service recently introduced support for cross-account roles. What this now means, is that you can use one IAM account to access multiple AWS accounts. For the Metal Toad Managed Services team, this means less logins to keep track of, resulting in higher security for our Custom Cloud clients, as well as a great level of convenience for our Cloud Engineers when they need to switch to the AWS Console for a different client.
By Tyler Ward, Cloud Engineer + Office Cicerone
January 9, 2015