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A Love Letter to Documentation: Tools and Best Practices

Posted by Elizabeth Kukla on March 7, 2017

Damian Conway said, ‘Documentation is a love letter that you write to your future self,”

..but today I’m writing a love letter to documentation culture, the glue that keeps it all together.

The last three years have taken me from employee six at a startup to a mid-sized company growing out of bootstrapped beginnings through product expansion. Then overseas to a tech company ramping up for IPO. And most recently back to my home, literally and figuratively: the world of startups and New Orleans.

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Spoiler-Blocking on Facebook: How to Write a Simple Chrome Extension

Posted by Will Nuckles on September 8, 2016

Recently, I’ve been having some issues with Facebook.

Well, really with spoilers, and how freely my friends share them. As a father of two young children, it's not always easy to stay up to date. My Facebook feed, unfortunately, was becoming a spoiler minefield. I realized I had three choices:

  1. Stay off Facebook, and deprive everyone of my snarky wit.

  2. Unsubscribe from those friends, but miss their snarky wit.

  3. Get a Chrome extension to block only some of that snarky wit.

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Why Binary Search Trees Matter

Posted by Jonathan Biguenet on July 28, 2016

No, they're not just something you'll get asked about in tech interviews

If the patterns you write in your code are not efficient, you are stealing time from your users and in essence, draining them of their precious life force. If "developer" secretly meant "code vampire" this would be fine; but as it stands, wasteful code accomplishes nothing beyond annoying your users. Use efficient code, and don't steal life force!

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When Good Software Goes Bad: What Happens When Tech Is Discontinued

Posted by Michael Arnold on July 7, 2016

Choosing a technology is a challenging step for businesses when building any application.

These days, there are plug-ins and modules to do pretty much everything from front end frameworks to complete back end solutions. Heck, there are plug-ins to install your plug-ins. So how do you choose which technologies are the best for your business?

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iMessages Apps in iOS 10 and How to Build Them

Posted by Blake Butterworth on June 30, 2016

Apple’s announcement that they’ll be releasing a messages SDK to third-party developers is super exciting

And for a couple of reasons...

As a developer, it’s exciting because it means that I’ll be able to create apps that interact directly with the messages app - services that would let smartphone users do things like chat with an Uber driver, or send an animated, snapchat-style selfie over text. As a consumer, the announcement's interesting because it gives further evidence that we’re starting to see a paradigm shift in how we spend time on our smartphones. 

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Making a Virtual Reality App: The Current State of VR Headsets and Software

Posted by Michael Arnold on March 10, 2016

A VR Primer

Google posted a blog earlier this year which proudly points out some impressive analytics on the Google Cardboard Viewer. Since its release a year and a half earlier, there have been 5M+ Cardboard Viewers shipped, 25M+ installed Cardboard Apps, 350k hours of YouTube videos watched, 750k+ pictures taken with the Cardboard Camera. The most impressive number for me was the 500k+ students who went on a Google Expedition as a part of their academic curriculum. 

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How to Tell if a Potential Software Development Partner is Right For You

Posted by Molly Hegarty on February 4, 2016

Questions to ask, and answers to look for.

Choosing the wrong technology partner is among the costlier binds that startup founders can encounter. So, why does it happen so often? One major issue we've noticed: not knowing the right questions to ask.

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Ultrasonic Data Transmission: So Much Harder Than It Should Be

Posted by Jonathan Biguenet on January 28, 2016

Why We're Working on Something that No One Can Get Right

There’s a lot of truly mind-boggling tech out there – rail guns, self-driving cars, hover boards. So why is ultrasonic data transmission – use of sound beyond the audible spectrum – pretty much stuck at about the technical equivalent of the dog whistle?

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How to Have a Long and Happy Relationship with your Technical Partner

Posted by Jeffrey Hanby on January 20, 2016

Development Doesn't Have to be Stressful

Over the years, we have had the chance to work with some amazing companies and do some incredible things. Many of those projects have had us working closely with non-technical entrepreneurs.

This isn't an easy position to be in for many founders. After all, we're working on your baby, and it can be tough to figure out how you fit into the process when you can't personally dive into the code we're writing. Which brings us to the point of this blog.

Through our experiences with many different types of entrepreneurs, we have discovered there are some simple concepts that our partners can subscribe to which can drastically improve the success rate of a project.  

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Teams, Pants, and Learning in Software Development

Posted by Ken Gaulter on December 17, 2015

“The site is down; can you get it back up?”

Oh boy.

The week prior I had sat in on a 20 minute overview of a new system another team was building out. This was a brief meeting just to give the rundown in the event the system went down while the lead developer was out of town. My team had never used this specific tech stack, though we were familiar with how similar stacks work. We learned a few new commands here and there, and left feeling confident that we wouldn't have to tackle anything too out of the ordinary. Famous last words.

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