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  • Intro to Google Polymer Web Components

    In our continuing series on Web Components, this week we will explore Google's Polymer library.  In case you missed them, check out our other excellent posts on Vue and React. In this simple 10-minute video below, you will learn: What is Google Polymer? What browsers support Polymer How to ...

  • Intro to React JS for Beginners

    What’s In The Video? Are you looking for a React JS example, or how to build a React JS component? Watch this excellent bare-bones overview of the basics of React JS without getting overwhelmed by having to learn other new libraries at the same time. In this video, you will learn: - The ...

  • How to Quickly Build An App Using Vue.js & Laravel

    Vue.js is an amazing reactive javascript framework that competes with: Angular React Riot Ember Polymer It does all that fancy binding, isolates scope sensibly and has a relatively shallow learning curve compared to the likes of Angular or Polymer. In this video, I'll show you how to ...

  • Agile Analogies: Comparing The Cone of Uncertainity to Football's Big Game

    As IT professionals, we understand the importance of an agile, iterative development process.  However, it is usually very difficult for most clients to understand this approach to project management. Most clients are typically used to a waterfall approach to software development. What is ...

  • Fixing Spaghetti: How to Work With Legacy Code

    What is Legacy Code? Legacy code is software that generates value for a business but is difficult for developers to change. The terms "code rot" and "spaghetti code" refer to legacy code that is tangled up in poor quality. Over time, as "get it done now" is continually favored over "get it done ...

  • Outsourcing vs. Local Developers: Which Will Actually Cost You More?

    When discussing upcoming website, software, and application projects with potential clients, outsourcing comes up frequently. Why shouldn’t it? At first glance, it seems as though outsourcing development overseas would save a ton of money, but we’ve seen the ugly side of outsourcing ...

  • How to Bridge the Great Website Content Gap

    Everyone knows the anxiety that comes with writing an essay.  The same obstacle that causes many a homework assignment to go unwritten in grade school is also what prevents websites from launching in a timely manner. One of the toughest challenges clients face during website development is the...

  • Google Analytics 101

    Google Analytics 101 The Basics So, you've got a website up. Congratulations. You've put in the hard work to create well-written content, or maybe you've just opened up your new online store. You've heard that Google Analytics is important, but perhaps you're intimidated by all of the jargon. If ...

  • Learn how to test JavaScript, Node, and AngularJS

    Learing TDD (Test-Driven Development) is something I've wanted to do for a while. I got the excuse to learn it so I could present it for a Lunch-and-Learn at Ethode. I put together a Git repository and this documentation. Note the tags in the repo. I suggest going there and starting with first tag:...

  • Ethode Prescribes a Different Approach to Web-Based Medical Apps

    When a company approaches us to build a web application, they are looking for something to help make their business more effective. They want to save money, increase sales, and turn more website visitors into customers. These sorts of clients are our bread and butter, and we relish making the ...

  • Eight Simple SEO Tips for Business Owners

    What is SEO? SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. In plain speak, SEO is all about getting your website to show up high enough in search engine search results for people to find you when they search for specific words or phrases.There are tens of thousands of good (and not so good) companies ...

  • Are You Prepared For Mobilegeddon??

    What is Mobilegeddon? "Starting April 21 [2015], we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." -- Google The Internet of Things: Data Is ...

  • 5 secrets web design companies don't want you to know

    With over 17 years programming and doing web design, let me tell you, I think I have seen just about every odd thing one could imagine.  Every now-and-then, we run across other companies and are shocked at how well they can fool their clients.  So, today after talking with the team, we ...

  • Assigning Multiple Gateways to Server with three NICs

    So the problem doesn't seem to be THAT common apparently... But, none the less we have several servers all with three NIC cards (intentionally) and we're running Ubuntu 14.04 on each server. Each NIC card is meant to connect to separate networks (management, tunnel and storage) and I want these ...

  • Building an RSS Feed in DotCMS

    If you have a blog on your DotCMS website, offering an RSS feed provides an excellent way to connect directly with savvy website visitors. You can deliver new content directly to their feed reader, and spread your message that much faster. In this post, we'll assume you already know what RSS is, and...

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