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6 Reasons to deploy Node.js with Nginx

6 Reasons to deploy Node.js with Nginx

Node.js is an amazing platform for creating dynamic web applications. It handles high volumes easily and the npm ecosystem provides hundreds of modules that include some very good pre-built features but, like anything, Node.js has it's limitations.[...]

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NodeJS - Best Practices Error Handling

NodeJS - Best Practices Error Handling

Returning errors in the first argument of a callback works great in the simplest of examples, but the further you go down that path and the more code you write it quickly becomes apparent that it's not maintainable and should be handled differently.[...]

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Guidelines for a Great API

Guidelines for a Great API

It comes from the best intentions, and we've all seen it before. The business has a need, a project is started, developers are hired and given a rough set of specs that outline basic functionality and they get to work crafting HTML & CSS to make[...]

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Introduction to Node.js

Introduction to Node.js

We've been developing solutions with Node.js for a couple years now and once you wrap your head around a few simple concepts, going back to anything else feels like work. Before getting into details, lets talk about a few key points. Node.js is not[...]

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Manage Your Legacy Systems

Manage Your Legacy Systems

When working with new customers, one of the first things we get to see is the current state of the applications that they use to run their business. Sometimes it's a 3rd party application that they've purchased off the shelf, sometimes it's an[...]

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Grunt tips

Grunt tips

I've heard plenty of developers talk about how being "lazy" has pushed them into using build scripts, but that's not being fair to the value that can be achieved from a good build script. It's not about being lazy, it's about being smart. The[...]

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What is this 'DevOps'?

What is this 'DevOps'?

The computer industry is famous for creating lingo, acronyms and buzzwords. So much so that there are even boardroom games like Buzzword Bingo. When new terminology comes along we have to sort out where it fits. Wikipedia shows DevOps as the[...]

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Why hire a full stack developer?

Why hire a full stack developer?

Modern software development has changed a lot from the days where entire apps were written with UI and business logic in a single code base. Today there are a lot more layers and it's not simply about front-end, infrastructure, server-side, and[...]

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The Project Communication Plan

The Project Communication Plan

Communication is of vital importance during the execution of any project. There are different communication needs for the various stakeholders in the project. For instance the project sponsor needs to be kept up to date about budgets and timelines,[...]

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Software Testing and Quality Assurance

Software Testing and Quality Assurance

When we talk about software project estimates, a section on Testing is usually the first one to take some heat. While the argument could be made that the necessity of software testing on small project is be less than that of a large project, it's[...]

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API: What’s all the hype?

API: What’s all the hype?

You've probably heard the term 'API' when talking to software development types, or as I like to call them, people. An API is an Application Programming Interface. To the layperson it's how developers separate a user interface from software[...]

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