Category Archives: Agile Processes

It’s not about automation, its about elimination

Post by Matt Bjornson

Yesterday, after finishing up a meeting at a coffee shop, I happened to overhear two people talking about IT automation. I wasn’t eavesdropping, one of the men was so adamant in his “they don’t get automation” tirade, I am sure … Continue reading

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iOS tips: Custom Fonts

Post by Steve Vlaminck

My good friend google told me that using a custom font in iOS is “easy”. And for the most part it is, but I got tripped up in a few places. I happen to have Apples Keychain example code lying around … Continue reading

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GR8Conf Overview

Post by Matt Nohr

This week was the United States GR8Conf, and we were lucky enough to have it right here in Minneapolis. GR8Conf is a conference focusing on Groovy and Grails and is held in the US, Europe, and Australia. Refactr was one … Continue reading

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Endangered Species: Corporate IT

Post by Matt Bjornson

Dear Corporate America, You deserve better.  Your Corporate IT Department sucks.  Sadly, you know this all too well. They claim they are ‘Agile’, but require six to twelve months to release a new web app. Corporate ‘standards’ that stifle innovation … Continue reading

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Transactional DDL

Post by Luke Bredeson

If you’ve written any reasonably complex MySQL script you may have been disappointed to find out that DDL statements in MySQL cause an implicit commit (looks like Oracle also suffers from this problem).  In practical terms, this means that if you executed … Continue reading

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Understanding Grails Aliases

Post by Matt Nohr

In Grails 2.1 (RC2 available at time of writing), Grails introduced a new “alias” command. Like the rest of Grails, there is good high-level documentation for this command. However, here are a few more details. Quick Overview You can use … Continue reading

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Hipster Backgrounds

Post by Steve Vlaminck

Refactr had another hack day this past Wednesday. This time we broke up into three teams and build three different apps. With a combined 40 hours, Kyle, Dane, and Steve were the first to finish with hipsterbackgrounds.com; an app that allows you … Continue reading

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Grails JMX Configuration Using Annotations

Post by Matt Nohr

I have a grails application that uses the JMX plugin to expose MBeans. The good part is that it automatically exposes some built in MBeans like hibernate and log4j. The bad part is that it exposes too much information for … Continue reading

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Grails Tips: Deployment Tricks

Post by Josh Reed

I’m often working with several versions of a project deployed across a variety of deployment environments. Grails makes it easy to manage all of the configuration for these environments, and also allows you to switch the environment at deployment time … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer Compatibility Testing

Post by Luke Bredeson

Microsoft seems to catch a lot of flack these days for the overhead required to maintain compatibility with different versions of Internet Explorer.  To help mitigate this, they’ve made some browser testing virtual machines freely available here, for IE 6, … Continue reading

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