The Importance of Manual Data Entry in API Integration Work

October 5, 2015

Also known as, “Just Get Missy To Do It”.

Solspace has been doing API integration projects on websites and web applications for more than a decade. One thing we know for certain is that you don’t always have to integrate API’s. Sometimes it’s perfectly sufficient to hire someone to do some simple data entry for you and save all the coding, QA and revision time.

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ExpressionEngine + Salesforce + Google Analytics + Overbuilding

September 28, 2015

One of my favorite things to do is to talk clients out of overbuilding their web applications. Here’s a fun story of how that approach worked particularly well.

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3 Reasons Why PHP is Still the Place to Be

September 21, 2015

Your software choice can be the main attraction or it can stay out of the way of the real work, which is the value proposition, time to market and the relationships. PHP as your underlying web development framework is still a great choice after all these years because it stays out of the way.

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Mitchell Finally Writes a Marketing Plan: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lead

September 15, 2015

January 2015 was the first time in the 15 years I have been running Solspace that the words ‘lead’ or ‘prospect’ or ‘marketing’ became part of the conversation. Read on to find out what a bonehead I am.

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Bibliomancy, Indian Philosophy, Radical Monism, Hegel and The Buddha

September 8, 2015

I think there are various names for it, but bibliomancy is the act of divination using books. You select a book that you believe holds wisdom, you open it randomly and see what knowledge falls out. I did this in a cafe out of boredom and it resulted in this blog post.

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Our First Commercial Craft Plugin: Shortcut

September 1, 2015

We’ve been working with Craft on various of our client websites for a while now. We’ve really been enjoying it. Now we have released our first commercial Craft plugin; Shortcut.

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Why I Love Web Developers

August 24, 2015

“Why should I add that slider to the home page? It serves no real purpose. Is there a business case for it other than it’s slick?”


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The Main Reason Why There Is Now An EE Aftercare Program

August 17, 2015

“Well this proposal looks great. It looks like it is within budget. It captures the scope well. It even throws in some nice bonuses. Now let’s send it through the proposal approval goat rodeo and see if we can get a sign-off sometime before the Singularity.”

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Money is Water, Not Rock

August 10, 2015

You know how you’re supposed to save money? Yeah, I don’t really do that. I think that money is more like water than rock. If you let it stand too long it stagnates, gets brackish, doesn’t nourish, doesn’t clean anything, loses its usefulness.

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I Like Slow and Steady

August 3, 2015

It doesn’t mean I miss deadlines or go over budget, quite the contrary. But I like a slow and steady coding style. The irony, and I’m not sure exactly how, is that I finish code really quickly, though it feels slow. Here’s how.

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