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Meet Our Team: Heather Hughes

Apr 26, 2018 | by Daniela Williams, Project Manager | Tags: Meet Our Team

Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick. 

Today I'm interviewing Heather Hughes, Senior Validation Engineer and ISE's expert in Hours of Service regulations for the trucking industry. 

This year, ISE was a finalist for the Technology Association of Iowa's Prometheus award.  Our focus for this prestigious award was on eFleetSuite - our software solution for truck drivers to track their driving hours for compliance with the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines.  Read on for Heather's experience with the creation of our eFleetSuite product.

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Groundhog Day

Apr 19, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Recently, a friend and I were sharing our love for the movie Groundhog Day. In this movie Phil, a disgruntled, cynical weather reporter (played by Bill Murray) visits a town to report on the emergence of the groundhog and whether this indicated 6 more weeks of winter. Of course, Phil has a terrible day and everything lives up to his cynicism. When he awakens the next morning… it is Groundhog Day all over again. Phil gets to live the same day over and over again… until the experience forces him to grow into a better version of himself.

 

This reminiscing got me to thinking… what lessons are suggested by Groundhog Day that help us in our roles on software development teams…?

 

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The State of Windows DevOps

Apr 12, 2018 | by Samuel Thurston, Software Engineer | Tags: Cloud

DevOps as a practice has largely grown from the need to manage infrastructure and configuration for large scale applications. Frequently this has led to the technical choice of fleets of Linux-based application servers operating in a dynamic environment such as VMWare or AWS. The reasons for this technical choice are straightforward. Linux enjoys a lightweight and standardized remote administration mechanism through Bash and SSH. Software installation and dependency management are usually a breeze thanks to Linux distributions’ package managers.

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ConFoo 2018: CSS-Grid

Apr 04, 2018 | by Jon Opdahl, Software Engineer | Tags: Mobile App Development

Before you ask, no I don’t know why the conference is named ConFoo, but I can tell you what ConFoo is. The Confoo Conference is an international conference focusing on various aspects of web development. It began as a conference focusing strictly on PHP programming, but in the 15 years since its conception Yann Larrivée, the conference’s founder, has grown it into a developer-focused colloquium focusing on multiple technologies, the majority being used within a web-development context.

I headed into ConFoo with the intention of focusing on learning more about the areas of web security and JavaScript, but surprisingly one of the best talks I attended** was about a cutting edge CSS feature that alleviates the pain of laying out a website with CSS: CSS-Grid.

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