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Google IO 2018: Android has a Jetpack

One of the biggest announcements for Android™ developers from Google IO 2018 was the announcement of Android Jetpack.  Android Jetpack is a collection of libraries and guidelines for developing Android applications.

By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
May 11, 2018

Google IO 2018: Android Things 1.0

We’re just starting the week of Google IO 2018 and already there’s a major announcement, before the event’s official start.  Android Things has been moved out of beta is now at version 1.0.

By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
May 7, 2018

To PMP or Not to PMP?

I'm often asked for career path advice by up-and-coming professionals in the project management space.

By Hayli Hay, Director of Client Services
May 1, 2018

What is Culture?

At our company we are known for having a great culture.  You can feel it when you walk in: people are at ease, they obviously enjoy what they do and the people they work with.  But what drives a great culture? What continues to sustain it and how do you know it when you get there?

By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
April 25, 2018

DevOps QA: The Many Hats of a Quality Assurance Engineer

Note: This is the second post in a series about the different roles I end up carrying out as a Quality Assurance Engineer. You can check out the first post here, where I talk about wearing my Tester hat!

By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer
April 6, 2018

Drupal 8: Consumption of a Third-Party API

For a recent project, we were tasked to consume the client's internal data from a custom API. Now, this scenario was lucky for us, the API provides a total item count of about 5000, but when queried with a start date, it provides all revisions of items between then and now.

By Marcus Bernal, Software Engineer
April 5, 2018

The Many Hats of Quality Assurance Engineers: Tester

Quality Assurance Engineer is a broad term that can cover a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. It can refer to a more specialized role, like Automation Engineer or Technical Support. It might be used to describe someone responsible for DevOps practices, or the person in charge of Scrum Master duties and feature testing.

By Angela Riggs, QA Engineer
April 5, 2018

Discovery is Like Onboarding

I recently started working at Metal Toad.

By Paul Inman, Engineering Manager
March 15, 2018

Programmatically Importing Drupal 8 Field Configurations

Sometimes during development, a chicken and egg situation happens when business logic intersects with Drupal's mechanisms.

By Marcus Bernal, Software Engineer
March 13, 2018

Android P and Wi-Fi RTT

Recently, Google launched the first developer preview build of Android™ P.  With this, several new features were announced, including two that caught my attention.  Those being Neural Networks 1.1 and Wi-Fi RTT. Wi-Fi RTT peaked my initial interest because it was something completely new in Android P.

 

By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
March 9, 2018

From Senior Engineer to Mature Engineer

When I was fresh out of college with a Computer Science degree, I had a culture-fueled fantasy of what it was to grow into a senior software engineer.

By Jon Duell, Engineering Manager
February 23, 2018

The Marriage Retrospective

In popular culture and societal norms there is little space within romantic relationships to air your grievances about your partner. Or, if you do have a “safe” space to share things with your partner about the relationship — that you need couples counseling or a referee.

By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
February 21, 2018

The Four Budget Domains of Enterprise IoT Projects

IoT is rapidly transforming manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and several other industries. The ability to predict asset failure, rapidly diagnosis bottlenecks, and invent new revenue streams are elevating industry standards at a pace that is difficult to keep up with. Executives in these industries have been asking me to give them the basics of what they need to do.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 28, 2018

Mean Time Between Loss of Sleep

“MTBLS”: I first encountered this phrase on a New Relic blog. It's a half-joking reference to a concept used by reliability engineers, Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). I was intrigued though, and thought it would be an interesting metric to track.

By Dylan Tack, Principal Engineer
January 26, 2018

Docker Containers & Clustering/Orchestration

The Big Picture

The aim of this blog post isn’t to get into the nitty gritty how to build and run a containerized app on your favorite cloud provider with a specific clustering technology.

By Rich Staats, Senior Cloud Engineer
January 20, 2018

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