Technical Resources + Perspectives

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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React can be a great tool for app development. But how is it used? What are its strengths and capabilities? What kind of projects should you use it for, and how can you make the most of it? And what about React Native? Let’s take a closer look at just what React is and what it does. React.js React (also called React.js) is a JavaScript library first developed for Facebook by Jordan Walke in 2011. In 2012, it was also adopted by Instagram. It’s used for the building and rendering of User Interface components, in the development of single page applications (such as…

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Testing is an essential part of programming: making sure your code is written properly and does what it was designed to do. It can be a tedious process, which is why automated testing is one of the most important tools in a programmer’s toolbox. But what kind of automated testing should you perform? And how do you go about it? Here are a few important terms you should know when it comes to testing your code. Unit Testing As its name implies, unit testing divides your code up into its individual units and tests them each separately. By breaking it down…

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In the Digital Age, just about every aspect of your company runs on software. A new software application or platform is often just what you need to help increase efficiency, streamline operations, and improve your bottom line. But you have a choice: do you want to buy pre-existing, packaged software, or do you want to build a custom software solution? There are pros and cons to each, but at Surge, we heartily recommend a “Build, Don’t Buy” approach to software. Here’s why. Problems with Packaged Software The main reasons why you buy packaged software because it’s cheap and easy. For…

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Your company launched its app a few years ago. You were very proud of it at the time. But lately, it just hasn’t been producing the business metrics that you had anticipated. Maybe the app was great in the beginning, but your results have fallen off as of late. Or maybe your results were never what you’d hoped. Either way, you do not necessarily need to rebuild your customer experience from the ground up, in fact with modern coding practices there’s a good chance that basic UX issues can turn your metrics around. Here are some signs to help you…

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It seems like coding boot camps, coding programs in schools, and other development initiatives are popping up left and right these days. After all, learning how to code, even just a little, is helpful for more careers than software engineering. In fact, some none-coding jobs are starting to require a basic level of coding ability. With all of these programs pushing coding these days, you may start to think the industry is flooded with would-be-developers as well as senior engineers, right? Wrong. In fact, there’s a significant shortage of qualified people in this country to fill the available programming positions. The Job Disparity…

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