2014 Year End Review

In 2014 our plan was twofold; Help small business's dreams come true and to be a model for how we'd like our industry to operate. In 9 months we came close to achiving everything we wanted to. Close enough that...

The MEGABUS

Rick was driving north on I-95, he had to find an uplink or this whole trip had been for nothing. "Rose, scan the vehicles ahead." His onboard computer sprang into action attempting to connect to internal networks of each and...

Debugging Robots

I was recently helping Sara debug an issue with a project for an upcoming book she's writing a chapter in. She was using Johnny-Five and a Spark Core to remotely control a boat with JavaScript. The Setup The setup was...

Conference Video roundup

I have a video of my talk atĀ RobotsConf 2013! I've also got a video of my informal session at JSCONF 2014! And lastly (and most excitingly) I have a video Sara talking as jQuery Chicago 2014!

Migrating Legacy PHP Apps to Heroku

There are lots of ways to host, deploy and maintain applications. We often use Heroku because the tradeoff of control gives you a lot of operational benefits that are expensive to build and maintain. In this post we're going to...

Code Review: Cleaning up the Environment

I've been reviewing a lot of projects lately and I thought I should share what I look for when evaluating the code quality and maturity of a project. My team is often brought in to "clean up" an existing system....

Wizard Development StatusBot

Any sufficiently mature development team eventually has someone who makes a build status indicator. This one is ours. The WizardDev StatusBot shows us the current status of the latest build, the repo and branch names, and the commit message. We...

Ghostalk 21: with Francis Gulotta

I had the absolute pleasure to join the people at Ghostalk the other day for their last episode of the season. They let me talk aboutrobots, Wizard Development, programming education, more robots and even how to contribute to their Ghost...

A Bit About What We Do

I got into a conversation with someone about their development team. They specifically are hiring a 50/50 mix of senior and junior developers, to help with cost. I think it's a great idea but for our industry as a whole....

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