7 min read While once a distant dream of science fiction, today, Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. AI is in the algorithms that govern how you use social media. AI is in the Google or Amazon-powered home device that understands and carries out your basic commands. And now it’s becoming a staple of UI/UX design. Should you be worried about the rise of AI in the design field? Will software that makes decisions on its own put humans out of a job? Will Artificial Intelligence one day gain sentience and enslave humanity? No, no, and probably not. Let’s examine just what…

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Your Boss: “Remote development will never work…” Despite studies from universities like Stanford that tout the quality, productivity, recruiting and morale benefits of remote coding strategies, CEOs often struggle when asked to approve plans for remote staff augmentation. The reasons for this resistance are many and varied, but it typically comes down to a fear of lost accountability, resulting in a never-ending money pit. In our experience, the success or failure of remote development teams almost always comes down to scope and execution. If the person paying the bills—or the manager overseeing that project —sees a massive failure from the…

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UX/UI design is the foundation of a user engaging and performing tasks with your product. Whether your product needs an update or if you are launching a new product it is important to understand the ways to protect your investment with good planning and usability testing. Doing early-stage testing can help identify design problems before they become costly. 1. Increase your ROI Fixing an error in a product can be up to 100 times more expensive than it would have been to implement early-stage testing. One of the simplest analogies that can be made is comparing your product to building…

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6.5 minute read The Tricks To Making Agile Work For Your Project One of the confusing elements of agile and scrum development efforts is that functionality completed is not necessarily ready to be delivered nor even ready to be tested. This is due to interdependencies within the project at hand. A piece of the code may be completely ready on its own, but full functionality requires some other piece of code (which the first code relies on) to also be done. That's why a project can have 60 percent of its code completed, but not be able to necessarily deliver…

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UX Design – Protecting your ROI When building a house, steps must be taken to ensure the final product matches the envisioned design, stays within the allotted budget, and doesn't take longer than expected. The way an architect creates detailed specifications and blueprints enables builders to seamlessly bring projects to life while mitigating potential issues and overruns. In software development, the same principles should apply when thinking about constructing any application. UX (User Experience) Design has become a critical step for software development by maximizing both budget and resources while simultaneously delivering a high-quality product in a timely manner. MAXIMIZING…

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Many web applications use a middleware layer to communicate data from the database to the user interface and that middleware layer is commonly a web service, or API. Having this additional layer provides an additional opportunity for testing. Rather than needing to run all tests as time-consuming end-to-end tests, with this architecture tests can be split into components and most of the business logic and data can be tested at the API level. In this blog post we will look at a couple of open-source tools for testing APIs. Note that for purposes of demonstration I am using a simple…

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Originally published on medium.com I don’t think there is a faster way to build a web app than firebase and ember. The awesomeness of Firebase’s real-time database, no server, no backend, instant deployment, hosting and user authentication makes it an incredibly productive choice. Ember’s conventions and best practices and incredibly productive CLI makes it an excellent choice for your front-end. Let’s see how fast we can get a working app together. Create a Firebase App Go to your firebase console and create a new app [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Firebase Console[/caption] Create a Firebase Database [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1680"] Create…

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Your website or app is changing all the time. Technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid rate, so in order to stay current, you’ll often have multiple teams of developers working constantly to update features and optimize how things work. But no matter how much you change and update, it’s important that you remain “on brand”: that the basic user experience and user interface stay familiar to your users no matter how many updates you go through. How do you maintain that overall continuity with multiple developers? You need a style guide. Here are some tips for creating an effective…

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Given all of the intensified attention to security issues these days, it's surprising how often application security is still neglected. To be clear, in-house app dev is a top priority for companies and app testing has never been neglected. But that testing overwhelmingly focuses on functionality—does the app crash? Does a right-click on the blue icon deliver the desired action?—rather than security. Why is that? Like almost everything else in security, the blame falls mostly on C-level executive priorities. The CEO and other C levels are relentless in pushing delivery dates. That is reflected in general instructions as well as…

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Your app needs an overhaul. The user interface is outdated and clunky and needs to be redesigned. And doing it right will take time, talent, and other resources that all add up to money. This is why a lot of companies are reluctant to update their designs. They see what it will cost them to do so and immediately run for the hills. But like anything else your company spends money on, UI redesign is an investment. And UI, in particular, is one of the most important and potentially profitable ones. It’s estimated that every dollar spent on UI redesign…

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