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Flying Toads!

For the second straight year, Toads filled the Oregon skies. Not like in P.T. Anderson’s award-winning film Magnolia, but more like tiny dots of bravery speckled throughout the horizon. Luckily, due to an internal design wizard, we had matching shirts to celebrate the occasion and, for their part, to illustrate what our presence in the sky might look like to grounded onlookers:
By Nate Rupert, Marketing Manager
August 17, 2015
Plant growing from seed to sprout

Portland Should Welcome Growth, Not Run From It

Metal Toad recently shared an infographic on Facebook that illustrated the influx of people to Portland split by geography:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
August 14, 2015

NFS Performance on AWS

Last year, I wrote a blog about the performance of various NFS Solutions in AWS. Earlier this year, Amazon announced its own NFS Solution called Elastic File System, “EFS”.  I wanted to test EFS the same way and measure its performance compared to the other NFS Solutions I had tested and used in the past.
By Nathan Wilkerson, Senior Cloud Engineer
July 27, 2015

Why Drupal 8 won't ship with REST content negotiation

Some friends on Twitter were alarmed by this Drupal change record: "Accept header based routing got replaced by a query parameter". This change replaces "Accept: application/hal_json" with "/node/1?_format=hal_json". The issues leading to this change are too lengthy to capture on Twitter, so I'll give my perspective here.
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
July 14, 2015

Drupal 7 Tutorial: Creating a Custom Entityqueue Handler

Entityqueue uses Ctools plugins for what we call an EntityQueueHandler. In this post we are going to see how to create a custom EntityQueueHandler. We will be looking at the Entityqueue Scheduler module as an example. What is an EntityQueueHandler? When you create a new Entityqueue, there is an option to select which handler to use.
By Jonathan Jordan, Software Architect
June 27, 2015

How Metal Toad Keeps Our Promises

So if you didn’t know, Metal Toad has been growing a Managed Services hosting business. We offer our clients enterprise level hosting, ranging from single server all-in-one LAMP, up to fully-customized Custom Clouds with clusters of Varnish, Apache and Memcache servers, hot-failover DBs, and multi-region HA. Despite a wide range in complexity (and cost), we promise all our clients the same things; low downtime, fast response times, and access to Metal Toad’s depth of knowledge.
By Tyler Ward, Cloud Engineer + Office Cicerone
June 19, 2015

Metal Toad Goes to San Francisco (Part 1)

This past week, a couple of us at Metal Toad traveled down to San Francisco for WWDC and AltConf. There were a ton of great sessions and presentations throughout the week, and we’d like to share the best of the best with you. The videos directly from Apple are already available, the videos from AltConf aren’t yet, but we’ll post part 2 when they become available.
By Sam Ingle, iOS Developer
June 13, 2015

How to Change the World (in Your Underpants): Getting Started in the Tech Community

Everyone wants to change the world, but in order to do so, you have to put on pants. I found a loophole. That loophole is web development. Web Development is one of those careers that helps improve lives through innovation and technology. And as if that wasn't amazing enough, it is also one of those careers that you can do from the comfort of your home. I am excited to share with you the things I learned about how to land your first job in the tech industry.
By Cesar Jimenez, Developer
May 29, 2015

Use the Force Touch

Every once in a while, Mac OS X gains new features that require us to change code. It doesn't happen often. The last time was for retina displays. Now the new-fangled thing is Force Touch. Thus far, the only "feature" that people talk about is that it doesn't "click" when the computer is off. I've literally seen people at the Apple store shut down some of the new macbooks just to ooh and aww over it not clicking when off. This is probably more a factor of force touch feeling almost exactly like…
By Robert Linnemann, Mobile Developer
May 26, 2015
DrupalCon Los Angeles group photo

Consultant Hobbies: Being Social

Hi Internets.  This year marked my third consecutive trip to DrupalCon as both a developer and a volunteer social media-er (the millennial in me wants to say “Social Storyteller”). DrupalCon is a global conference that boasts several thousand attendees and highly educational, opinion-stirring sessions and BOFs. Thankfully, I work for some great organizations that have allowed me to balance my full-time duties (learning all the things) with volunteerism.
By Alex Laughnan, Technology Consultant
May 22, 2015