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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.


Learn Some Angular 2 at the Playground

Angular 2 is getting closer. I’ve been super excited to see things taking shape over the last few months, but it’s not always easy to dig in and try stuff out. As expected with a rapidly evolving project that isn’t beta yet, let alone 1.0, documentation is often either lacking...

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Interoperability in Elixir: Dealing with the world outside the Beam

Ports, Nifs, and Interfaces, Oh my! Elixir is an incredibly powerful language that sits on top of the battle tested and reliable Erlang ecosystem. This power is a big reason I am excited about building applications in Elixir. It enables us to write more of our application’s stack in Elixir...

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4 Reasons We're Having Fun Programming Elixir

Ruby on Rails has been our go to server side technology for quite a few years now, but we’re always evaluating other things coming down the pike. On the client side, there’s been a number of hugely productive newcomers, but on the server side nothing has created the same level...

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How One Developer Learned to Appreciate Upfront Design

I used to be a web designer. I made and maintained some public-facing corporate websites. So when I began developing, my only concept of design was the graphic kind. Design for selling; not design for using. When I started freelancing as a developer, I could make functional software with no...

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Releasing CRäKN, Weeks 11 & 12: Cutting Scope and the Birth of CRäKN Vox

This post is part of a blog series that follows along as we work with our client, CRäKN, to build a software-as-a-service app. First post here. Building custom software means making difficult choices. This week the team sat down and took a look at the original story map they created...

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Ember Run Loop

Have you ever wondered why you always seem to get this error message when writing unit tests? Error: Assertion Failed: You have turned on testing mode, which disabled the runloop's autorun. You will need to wrap any code with asynchronous side-effects in a run As someone who forgets the

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