Recap: SAU TDD Workshop

July 23rd, 2015 by Cecil Williams No comments »

About a month ago, I facilitated the first event as part of the Source Allies external mentoring program known as Source Allies University (SAU).

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It was an interactive forum and networking event designed to:

  • Cover basics and explore new tricks of Test Driven Development (TDD) in Java
  • Create new code & refactor existing legacy code via TDD
  • Code through a sample project for hands-on experience

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SAU ARRIVES!!!

June 10th, 2015 by Carter Winton No comments »

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Source Allies is a technical consultancy proudly working with clients in Des Moines. We focus on application development, and trend towards newer technologies. Our strength lies in our people: talented, intelligent, and able to handle challenges in a professional manner. Our hope has always been to have a positive impact on our local community, and this blog will focus on our plan to do just that!

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4 Ways to Launch Docker Containers

May 14th, 2015 by Matt Vincent No comments »

Introduction

Amazon just announced general availability of their Elastic Container Service providing a platform for launching Docker images in the cloud.  Let’s say your team is developing software on Windows and Mac OSX, but Docker requires the Linux kernel’s virtualization features to work. By now, you have likely discovered that Vagrant and/or boot2docker provide nice ways to run Linux on your local PC or Mac and provide a docker deployment platform.

But with so many different options available to configure how your Docker containers talk to each other, how do you get started?  In this article, we will take a look at a basic set of containers needed to stand up your own Docker registry (a must if you want to share your images in a place other than the public docker.io or paid private quay.io) and look at four different ways to launch your containers: 

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Hard Drive Sustainability

March 11th, 2015 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

Your hard drive with very important family pictures has just failed, and now all data is lost forever. Could you have prevented this from happening? This article is a quick walk though of how to detect hard drive errors before the disk is unusable.

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6 Concerns Before Using an Open Source Library

March 2nd, 2015 by Akrem Saed No comments »

During my career, I’ve worked at various organizations that had different stances toward open source frameworks and tools. Some of these organizations absolutely did not want  anything open source near their code base. Others had a small set of “blessed” open source frameworks we were allowed to use. Some of the better places I’ve encountered, had a process for approving and documenting the use of new open source libraries in the code base.

The reason for this is that organizations tend to recognize that using an open source library comes with a certain amount of risk. Their goal is to manage the amount of risk they are taking on while developing software. The risk of using an open source library usually stems from the license of the library.

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7 Languages in 7 Days: Day 1 – Java (1/7)

February 16th, 2015 by Cory Gideon No comments »

Intro

Getting Started

Let’s start with the 800lb gorilla in the room, Java. Why Java? Well, let’s start off with the fact that it’s got a ton of community support and documentation everywhere. If you Google a programming problem, chances are within the first three results you will see an example using Java. There is also a plethora of amazing editors available. A good editor is not a replacement for knowing the tools available in a language, but it can help you in learning.

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Feedback

February 1st, 2015 by Cecil Williams No comments »

One of the tenets of the agile methodology is feedback. To provide value to your customer, you need to know that what you are delivering is correct. But as an agile coach, I often struggle with teams understanding the importance of getting feedback from the customer as soon as possible. One way to get teams to understand is to use an analogy – cooking. 

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Neatly clean up your CSS layout

January 15th, 2015 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

Recently I started to use a more minimally-responsive CSS framework called Neat, since I was unhappy with the total offerings of so many others. This article will explain how to start using the basics of Neat in order to better understand how the framework works before using it in projects.

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Simple SVG Graphing

January 1st, 2015 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

Graphing is a great way to visualize a bunch of data. In this article we will talk about a simple way to make graphs for modern web browsers. We will be using dimple.js that is powered by D3. Here I will explain everything that you need to know in order to get a jump start in making SVG charts.

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How we improved our productivity 500% for $800

December 15th, 2014 by Cecil Williams No comments »

I convinced a client to upgrade the computers we were using for software development. Maybe this article will help you convince your manager to do the same!

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