Blog Category Archive

Development

  • Building a Front End Framework

    At the end of 2016 I embarked on a goal to develop an in-house framework for Mercury to use on our internal websites and web apps, as well as client projects. This blog post is geared toward front-end developers looking to make their own framework, and in this post, I’ll talk about approaches I took and lessons I learned during development of the Mercury UI Framework.

    Zach Winnie
    February 10, 2017
    • Foit, Fout and Perceived Performance

      As web developers, we strive to provide the highest fidelity interface and experience for users of our sites and applications as possible. From the use of responsive web design, SASS, CSS3, Flexbox and JavaScript frameworks we exercise every technique and option to bring the latest to our users. With great power comes great responsibility and that means dealing with FOIT, FOUT and providing the perception of performance to our users.

      Donald Bickel
      January 27, 2017
      • Women in IT: From Her Perspective

        A lot of women in tech, including myself, don’t like to spend a lot of time talking about being a woman in tech. The topic is controversial, usually uncomfortable, and comes with a negative connotation similar to “oh boy, what is she complaining about now?” Fortunately when you’re like me and work with a company that doesn’t just employ women in IT but empowers them, you can feel confident to speak on an issue that still persists.

        Kim Solomon
        January 13, 2017
        • Validated Learning Using Google Analytics

          The rising demand for getting a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to the market as quickly as possible has highlighted the criticality of Validated Learning within the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC.) Throughout the remainder of this blog post, we’re going to apply 2 of the 5 principles in Eric Ries’ book “The Lean Startup”: (1) Validated Learning and (2) Build-Measure-Learn. Let’s consider our first scenario.

          Ryan Connolly
          November 17, 2016
          • Using the SharePoint API: With jQuery AJAX

            See just a few of the possibilities for using jQuery AJAX with the SharePoint Rest API to display content from custom lists to an internal page.

            Ryan Teneyck
            November 3, 2016
            • Are You Designing with C.R.A.P.?

              Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity are core design rules that unify design elements. These rules can be observed in all aspects of life with some basic understanding of the principals. In today’s day and age aesthetics are more important than ever which requires designers to stay true to fundamentals and core principals to create timeless designs, and to do this we must understand each one. Are you designing with C.R.A.P?

              Brian Renew
              October 20, 2016
              • The Importance of Style Guides: Designing Systems, Not Pages

                The process of building a website is technically never done. Especially when said site is handed over to a client that will constantly be adding content. There is an invaluable tool that can alleviate a slew of future headaches that may take some considerable time and effort initially but will repay the designer tenfold in the long run. Of course, since you likely read the title, we are speaking of a Style Guide.

                Ryan Teneyck
                October 6, 2016
                • Bootstrap 4 vs. Bootstrap 3

                  Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web. This post will highlight the key differences, additions, and subtractions from version 3 to the soon-to-be released version 4.

                  Ryan Teneyck
                  September 8, 2016
                  • Adventures in Functional Tests

                    Learning how to improve our functional testing capabilities one step at a time

                    Matt Condor
                    August 25, 2016
                    • Intro to React Components

                      Learn how to create a simple component in the first in a series of posts about learning React.

                      Zach Winnie
                      August 11, 2016