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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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Distributed Ledger Technology, Blockchain, and IoT (Part 1)

Mar 29, 2018 | by Hudson Ludvigson, Senior Software Engineer | Tags: Internet of Things

You just hit buzzword bingo by reading the title, congrats!  Over this and several follow up blog posts we’ll explore the idea of distributed ledger technology (DLT), how it is related to blockchain technology, how DLT could be leveraged by IoT applications, and some of the challenges facing using DLT in the IoT space.  For starters we’ll focus in on what DLT is, which will lead to our discussion about blockchain.  Then in future posts, we’ll cover how this technology can be leveraged by IoT applications as well as some of the potential challenges.  While DLT and blockchain are often used interchangeably, for the purposes of our discussion we will treat them as two distinct items, though they are closely related.

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Meet Our Team: Kathy Jones

Mar 22, 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 Kathy Jones, our go-to person for just about anything non-engineering at ISE. If you want to work at ISE, you have to get through her first!

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Overcoming the Seduction of the Hamster Wheel

Mar 15, 2018 | by Andrew Smith, Principal Architect | Tags: Agile

Does your software team feel like it is on a hamster wheel? Maybe delivery pressure has been high for a long while, or there is a constant stream of support work to be done… so it's just "heads down and keep going". This way of working can be seductive… after all, we are getting things done and responding to "what's wanted from us". After a while, it becomes habit, our familiar way of working. Is there a better way? And if so, how do we get there?

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