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Article  |  Development

Still Not Tracking Exceptions in Rails

1 Jun 2016

Still Not Tracking Exceptions in Rails

A declining but still significant percentage of respondents to Planet Argon's Rails survey (down to 16% this year, from a high of 31% in 2009) don’t use any exception notification at all on their projects. Why turn a deaf ear to an important part of your application’s health?

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Article  |  Work

A Redesign for the Future

1 Jun 2016

A Redesign for the Future

Our work with the Portland-based Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) recently launched and the first applications to enter its new system are making their way to MMT this month! In this post, we wanted to share our process for building the grant management database, the lessons we learned, and the result of almost three years of working together with MMT.

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Article  |  Project Management

What the BLEEP is Ruby on Rails? A Project Manager's Perspective

26 May 2016

What the BLEEP is Ruby on Rails? A Project Manager's Perspective

Digital project managers (DPMs) know all the infinite details of their projects from the smallest feature updates to massive project builds or overhauls. When it comes to the development languages though, sometimes DPMs are a little in the dark, and that's ok! But if your project is built or being built using Ruby on Rails, there are some things you should know about why some developers go all googly-eyed over it. And why you, as the DPM, should too.

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Article  |  Work

Redesigning a 10 Year Old Storefront with EmberJS

25 May 2016

Redesigning a 10 Year Old Storefront with EmberJS

Earlier this year we helped our partners at Screaming Circuits launch a new web application using Ember.js as the client-side framework. In this project, we designed and implemented a more robust quoting engine and account service center, integrated support content into a helpful, organized resource center, and allowed for more engaging marketing content to tell the Screaming Circuit story. This post dives into the project’s needs, solution, challenges, and takeaways.

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Article  |  Strategy

Overcoming 5 Obstacles for Health Care Providers

23 May 2016

Overcoming 5 Obstacles for Health Care Providers

Unfortunately for America’s health care system, things haven’t been simple for a while. Providers face issues that cost time and money; consequently, the general population is adversely affected. Here are some (of many) obstacles that medical professionals confront regularly and ways we as designers and developers can help.

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Article  |  Development

AngularJS vs Ember.js -- Comparing Apples to Oranges

27 Apr 2016

AngularJS vs Ember.js -- Comparing Apples to Oranges

We are awash in a sea of options for Javascript frameworks.

We all want the right tool for the right job, but separating useful information from noise can be tough & choosing the "correct" technology can be a daunting task.

In an attempt to not add more fuel to the fire in the everlasting Ember vs. Angular debate, here is a list of some (relatively) unbiased comparisons between two of the most popular JS frameworks that we feel accurately summarize the pros & cons that come along with the tools being used to build modern web applications today.

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Article  |  Development

Code Watch: Flexbox

8 Apr 2016

Code Watch: Flexbox

Flexbox is the answer to so many frontend developers nightly prayers. It helps with column-based layouts and has a few more tricks up its sleeve. You won't believe the part about content-ordering!

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Video  |  Work

Video Testimonial: Oregonian / OregonLive

31 Mar 2016

Steve Suo and Grant Butler from the Oregonian/OregonLive share their experience of working with our team and the results of our redesigned Recipe Box; from a more inspiring and searchable application, to an increase in traffic, to simultaneously freeing up their staff time to focus on the content they serve to customers.

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