Our Thoughts

An Argument for Test-Driven Development

Posted by Kris Coleman on Mar 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Test-Driven Development (TDD) has been around a while; you may have heard of it. If you’re new to the idea, I’m going to try to sell you on it. If you’re familiar with it, I’m going to make the argument that it’s the best way to approach new projects. And if you know it and hate it, I’m going to try and change your mind, if you give me the chance.

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Topics: Development Trends

Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone With Slack Commands

Posted by Joe Royston on Feb 22, 2017 11:00:00 AM

At Springthrough we use Slack to communicate with each other individually and as a team. In addition to chatting amongst team members, Slack allows for customized commands that will return whatever information that you need. Some are fun, like if you enter a keyword with the Gif command it will provide you with a gif illustrating your keyword. Others are practical and alert our team to work requests.

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Topics: Development Trends, Company Culture

The Cost of Ignoring Software Debt

Posted by Eric Spencer on Feb 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Just recently, the Michigan Secretary of State faced a big problem. Their digital system stopped working. They had spent too many years updating an old system, trying to make incremental fixes here and there. They didn’t have a plan in place for the software retirement, so before a new solution could be enacted, they faced a total breakdown. Therein lies the danger of ignoring technical debt.

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Topics: Enterprise Content Management, Development Trends

If You Need To Go Cross-Platform, Start Using .Net Standard

Posted by Kris Coleman on Feb 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In the modern age, software solutions can span across many platforms. One monster solution alone could contain a range of web projects, web services, desktop applications and mobile applications. If you’ve ever written a class library for .Net Framework and later had to target Mono to use it with iOS, you might want to save yourself from the trouble in the future. You might also be one of the lucky few who have worked with PCLs (Portable Class Libraries) and had the pleasure of dealing with those cumbersome PCL profiles. Well no more! PCL is dead, and long live the new King: .Net Standard

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Topics: Development Trends

A Journey in Time (Tracking and Forecasting)

Posted by Dave Tarnow on Jan 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

At Springthrough, and I’m sure other firms around the world, we use system upon system, upon system, to support our business needs. Any time we can integrate technology tools to make our lives easier, it is a huge win.

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Topics: Development Trends, Company Culture