Gaslight Blog

To build lasting impact with our clients, their end-users, and our community.

Sure, we love to geek out over technology and design. But it's all for a bigger purpose - boosting your business. Through development, design and business categories here on our blog - we break down our best practices, what to look for when it comes to software development, and how you can in fact, leverage technology.

05/12/16

Intro to Ember and Ember CLI

Ember is a great tool once you know the basics. The infamous learning curve of the old days has improved drastically. Even then convention can be difficult when you don’t know what the conventions are. This talk from developer Jimmy Lauzau should help get you up and running. He covers:...

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05/05/16

Gaslight Podcast 34: Better Employee Onboarding

Your browser does not support the audio element. Gaslight COO Dewayne Greenwood and I chatted about how he took our employee onboarding from a zero to a 10. We talked about: Our employee onboarding failures How we turned it around What we learned from improv A typical first day at...

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05/03/16

The Messy Middle: When Your Software Project Feels Like a Failure

I’ve been thinking about a few different ideas that are similar but contrary. The first is that I think we often gloss over how risky it is to build custom software. Joel Spolsky famously wrote just a few years ago what we’ve paraphrased to be “never do a big rewrite.”...

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04/29/16

5 Ways to Write Sass That Plays Well With Others

Sass is an excellent tool for front-end designers and developers. It can improve the CSS authoring experience and help you quickly build out your design system. Like any tool, however, it can be misused. When working with teams or working on projects that will be handed off to a client,...

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04/14/16

Gaslight Podcast 33: Product Management with James Zhao of Sharethrough

Your browser does not support the audio element. Gaslight developer Joel Turnbull and I chatted with James Zhao, Product Manager at Sharethrough, about what makes for great product management in the software world. Sharethrough is a native advertising company and one of our clients. James talked to us about: His...

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04/07/16

Why Code Reviews Are Essential and How to Keep Them Positive

For the past three months at Gaslight, I’ve been doing regular code reviews with fellow developer Alex Heflin (known as Super Alex around the office). We’ve fallen into a really good rhythm where we use a combination of GitHub pull requests and in-person code reviews around a screen. These sessions...

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