Getting Excited About Your Project With a News Headline from the Future

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I have an amazing time machine that lets me think better about projects. This is part 2 in a series of blog posts exploring the use of a time machine.

This is a trick that I learned from my User Experience (UX) friends.
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In many projects, the project members have a great feeling about the possibilities of the product they are…

16 Metrics to Ensure Mobile App Success: Part 2 User and Engagement Metrics

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In my previous post, I discussed the value of monitoring performance metrics.
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In my previous post, I discussed the value of monitoring performance metrics. In this post we’ll dive into exactly how your users are using your app — where are they coming from, what device are they using, how often are they using your app, and more…

The Cloud Services Landscape

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This infographic comes to you from the DZone Guide to Cloud Development – 2015 Edition. For more information—including in-depth articles from industry experts, best solutions for PaaS, iPaaS, IaaS, and MBaaS, and more—click the link below to download your free copy of the guide.

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Sure, there's an *aaS for…

Lessons Learned at My Most Recent Job

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Today is my first day of “unemployment” in the last 12 years. I’m switching jobs, soon to start at NerdWallet. This time, I decided to take a couple of weeks off in between to reset and reflect. Here are some thoughts from my last job.
Work (only) on projects with impact

Don’t waste time on projects that don’t have impact. In any organization, there are many projects that need to be done that…

Geek Reading April 29, 2015

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Two top stories lead our day. First, Mashape open sources its Kong API management platform, which could be a big deal for anyone that writes externally consumable APIs. The second story is at Broken Links where they talk about the future of the open web. I am highlighting this one because it is something we need to keep thinking about before the web becomes a collection of silos.

As always,…

16 Metrics to Ensure Mobile App Success: Part 1 Performance Metrics

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Smart mobile teams know that developing and releasing a mobile app is just the first step in the long journey to delivering a successful and 5-star mobile app. If you have to make your app successful (however you define success – improved brand, more money, more engagement), you need to measure the right metrics, and optimize and iterate your apps to your target goals.

In this blog, we will…

Elevator.js: A “Back to the Top” JS Plugin with Soothing Elevator Music

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Elevator.js is a standalone JavaScript library by Tim Holman. The library features straightforward usage and the result is a delightful “Back to the Top” button that brings you back to the top of the page at a relaxed pace accompanied by soothing elevator Muzak and a cheerful “DING!” when you reach the top.
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Elevator.js is a…

How to Reduce Risk in Web Development

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Web development can be an inherently risky endeavor. While the costs to get up and running with a development environment are almost non-existent, every choice you make as you build your application has long-term effects on your technology stack, your application’s performance, and the expertise available to you as you build a development team. Below we’ll look at a few strategies for…

NASA Release Crowdsourced Application for Citizen Asteroid Hunters

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Contrary to popular Hollywood legend, asteroid hunting has seldom been the preserve of a lone hero fighting against the odds to save humanity.  In reality it’s a much more collaborative affair.

For instance, in response to the 2013 asteroid strike in Russia, the UN underlined the need for a collaborative response to such events.
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Why Chef Delivery is a Big Step Forward, and What Comes Next

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As a company building tools for the Continuous Delivery and DevOps space, we decided early on that the real value lies in managing the application layer.
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Chef Delivery will likely end up competing with XL Release in some scenarios, but that’s just healthy. More importantly, a new tool will bring new ideas and new users to the…

How Learning to Code Can Make You a Better Software Tester

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For years, quality assurance teams got acclimated to performing testing by hand, running each instance on the fly. However, with automation becoming a higher priority across organizations, the testers of today are starting to look a bit different than they did in waterfall development environments. Testers must be able to support these new agile operations, which means that they likely will need…

Continuous Integration for Node.js Projects with TeamCity

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There are various hosted continuous integration services out there that you can use for your Node.js projects, from Travis CI to drone.io and many others.
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There are various hosted continuous integration services out there that you can use for your Node.js projects, from Travis CI to drone.io and many others. If you feel adventurous…

Geek Reading April 24, 2015

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WordPress kicks off our day by announcing release 4.2 “Powell”. So, if you are running WordPress, you need to update. Three good articles are highlighted in the security section. On Wired, they report on how the NSA “Quantum Insert” attacks work. Weblog Lexsi talks about Dyreza’s anticrypt. Lastly, Coding Horror goes on a rant about how our passwords need to be longer. The rant is…

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