Defining Talent in UX Design

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There have been countless books written on talent, we know talent when we see it, and we can sense talent in people around us. While most of us have a fundamental understanding of what the word “talent” means, most of us would have a hard time clearly defining it.

Optimizing User Flow Test Automation with QA IDs

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User flow testing, also known as workflow testing, analyzes how an application is performing from the standpoint of the user. In this post, I am going to talk about some of the challenges with automating these types of tests and how we’ve addressed these challenges on several recent projects. 

Understanding PDF Generation with Headless Chrome

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Headless browsers are currently gaining popularity as an efficient way to test web applications because they do not affect the user interface. In this post, I am going to discuss the benefits of Headless Chrome and two approaches for using Headless Chrome to automatically create PDF reports. 

The Uncertain Future of Moore’s Law

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In 1965, Gordon Moore, CEO and co-founder of Intel, made a prediction that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit (the main component on a computer chip) would double every two years for at least the next decade. This prediction, known today as Moore’s Law, has continued to be fulfilled since 1965. While it is known as Moore’s Law, Gordon Moore’s prediction is not truly a law; rather, it is a trend that chipmakers around the world have been encouraged to match via technological advancements, research, and development. 

Concurrency on Android with Kotlin Coroutines

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Concurrency is not something that most people think about on a daily basis; however, it benefits most of us throughout our day. Whenever we ask our technological devices to perform multiple tasks, either within one application or across multiple applications, our device is using concurrency to make it happen. Thanks to concurrent programming, our devices are able to multitask at the same rate that we do.  

The History of Modern Text Editors

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Text editors are computer applications that edit plain text. Text editors are fundamental to our work and developers tend to have very strong opinions about which one is the best.  In this blog post I’ll discuss some of the history of computing with respect to text editors, and the pros and cons of two of the text editors that developers have a love/hate relationship with – eMacs and Vim. 

The Convergence Continues: 2020 Android and iOS Updates

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It is officially mobile OS season – Android and iOS have both recently announced the new mobile updates that will be available between now and September 2020. In this post, I’d like to talk about the operating system changes that I believe are the most important, the general themes of the announced updates, and how the two operating systems are slowly converging with each new release. 

Redesigning Grio’s Resource Allocation System

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As a company that provides an array of different services for clients, one of the things that we’ve always had to do is manage which employees are assigned to which projects.  This includes making sure that their skill sets line up with the project requirements, knowing when team members will be available to move to a new project, and making sure that no one is either over or under utilized.  This process is called “resource allocation.” 

Using Amazon Kinesis Data Streams for Real-Time Data Management

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One of the major points that companies must consider these days is how to store, sort, and manage the user data they receive. Especially since the implementation of online information regulatory policies such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), companies must take care to ensure they are managing, storing, and deleting user data in accordance with the applicable regulatory standards.