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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.

07/03/13

Intermediate Ember Controller Concepts

This post was updated on 2/18/2014 to reflect changes in Ember and incorporate feedback from some of the comments. I’ve been finding issues in an Ember application I’m working on where the author (me) didn’t fully grasp Ember controllers. Here are a few controller concepts I’ve learned. Controller Concepts A...

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07/01/13

Chaminade Julienne Summer STEMM Camp

A Chance Encounter Through a connection at the Southwest Ohio Givecamp we were contacted by Meg Draeger, coordinator for Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s STEMM Summer Camp in nearby Dayton, OH. The program targets grades 7-9 and strives to provide campers with a sampling of science, technology, engineering, math and...

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06/28/13

Why I Chose AngularJS

I chose AngularJS because it seemed closer to what I know. More like Backbone. Data-binding is touted as Angular’s killer feature over Backbone, but there’s a lot more to Angular. I also chose Angular because everybody else here in the shop was learning Ember. What is wrong with me? Views...

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06/26/13

Gaslight Podcast: Kanban Smackdown Part 1

Your browser does not support the audio element. In this episode, four Gaslighters gather in the podcast studio to explore our evolving Kanban process. We talk about the incredible shrinking story, why we’re moving away from using Pivotal Tracker, and how to improve our communication as we develop software for...

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06/26/13

Client-Side IDs with Ember Data

Why Client-Generated IDs? In most client-side frameworks (e.g. Backbone, Angular, Ember) models created in the web browser get temporary IDs (client IDs) and get their permanent ID from the server after a successful save. For client-heavy applications, generating IDs on the client can simplify interaction with the server. Consider the...

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06/24/13

How Big is a Story?

In conversations about Kanban, @dougalcorn mentioned Jeff Patton’s excellent article Kanban Over Simplified. What was specifically interesting about this article to me was The mystery of the shrinking story. You might be surprised that the term “story”, as described by Kent Beck in the first edition of Extreme Programming Explained,...

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