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SendGrid, an alternative to Mandrill to send messages from your website

SendGrid, an alternative to Mandrill to send messages from your website

        Filed under: Drupal, WordPress

  As you may already know, Mandrill changed radically some time ago, now you need to have a paid subscription on Mailchimp to be able use the transactional message delivery service a.k.a. Mandrill, and you will need to pay for that component as well, so it can be complex and at the same time a bit…

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Continuous Deployment for Drupal 7 (part 1)

Continuous Deployment for Drupal 7 (part 1)

        Filed under: Drupal, How to, Web Development

  Working with a CMS such as WordPress or Drupal makes life easier for Web Developers, but once you want to start doing things the right way, a bunch of terms fall into your mind, such as: package managers, development environments, APIs, continuous integration, continuous development, etc. And you start wondering: how can I do this while…

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What is Quality Assurance?

What is Quality Assurance?

        Filed under: Agile Software Development, Web Development

  Let’s start with the definition: Quality Assurance (or QA) are those activities we do to ensure that whatever project we’re delivering is at the required quality level. Now for most people, those activities are all related to testing. And truthfully, whenever I think of QA and attempt to explain it to someone else, I go…

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Accessible websites with eye-catching Designs

Accessible websites with eye-catching Designs

        Filed under: Accessibility

I don’t blame anyone who uses the “accessible websites are ugly” excuse as their main reason to not make their website open to the disabled. I also thought this after going through accessible websites and cringing at the next even more than the previous. I mean, who wouldn’t fear for their design after seeing such ‘gorgeous creations’…

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TalentWorks: A Guide to Accessible Online Recruitment

TalentWorks: A Guide to Accessible Online Recruitment

        Filed under: Accessibility

With job offers and recruiting processes gaining a larger online presence, for those of us lucky to be fully abled, having everything online is a convenient step in the world of job searching. Just get online, browse, apply, and the recruiter on the other end will evaluate the applications online and post new job offers….

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SwiftBraille: an Android App to type using Braille

SwiftBraille: an Android App to type using Braille

        Filed under: Accessibility

To be honest, the thought of transferring Braille to a mobile app has never even crossed my mind. But it exists, it’s available, and it’s brilliant. SwiftBraille is a mobile app where the keyboard is customized for the blind and visually impaired so they can type in Braille using one or two fingers to connect Braille dots to form letters on…

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Agile Software Development Overview

Agile Software Development Overview

        Filed under: Agile Software Development

Last month I read a classic text on agile software development called The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software by Jonathan Rasmusson.  This book is required reading for all team members in our organization. When my teenage son (an aspiring software engineer) asked me what the book was about, I told him about…

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7 Simple Steps to Create Accessible Documents with Microsoft Office

7 Simple Steps to Create Accessible Documents with Microsoft Office

        Filed under: Accessibility, How to

We’ve all had to do a group project at some point in our lives, now imagine you’re in a class and the project involves collaborating on a document, but you have low vision or no vision at all. How can you be expected to get the job done? This is what countless disabled students and professionals…

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WordPress is still the most popular CMS 13 years later

WordPress is still the most popular CMS 13 years later

        Filed under: WordPress

WASHINGTON, DC – As a web development agency in the Washington DC metro area, we get a ton of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from government agencies and federally funded nonprofit organizations. While many of them are to support an existing Drupal website, a lot of them are also to convert from Drupal to WordPress or…

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How to know the actual size of your MySQL database tables

How to know the actual size of your MySQL database tables

        Filed under: Web Design

The file size of a MySQL database dump is not necessarily the size of that information when it’s deployed in the database. In addition to that, when you are debugging data issues, it’s crucial to review the size of your database tables. With this SQL query you will get a report of the tables in your database, with…

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