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Spinning Up a Craft CMS Development Site on Amazon EC2

April 6, 2016

You just took on a new client. They have a lot of work for you to do. During the kick-off call they ask you if you are going to be working on their live site. You tell them, “Naw, there’s no need for that. We’ll just spin up a quick Amazon EC2 instance and do our development over there. That way we don’t break anything on your production site.” Now you sound like a pro; confident, capable, experienced and relaxed. Read on for a tutorial on how to get Craft CMS running up on AWS.

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We’re Discontinuing Some EE Add-ons

December 3, 2015

Some of our ExpressionEngine software don’t perform very well, and we’ve made a decision to discontinue some of them.

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More on the New Service Architecture in ExpressionEngine 3

November 25, 2015

I found an Easter Egg in the new ExpressionEngine 3 service architecture that, although undocumented, is quite a useful resource for add-on developers and by extension designers and clients as well. It’s the CP/Filter service.

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The New Service Architecture in ExpressionEngine 3

October 29, 2015

ExpressionEngine 3 came out a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying working with it as we update our addons. There is a new part of the architecture that EllisLab is calling Services. We’ll get technical and talk about a highlight in this blog post.

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Controlling The Narrative: A Little Ditty About A Corrupted Key

June 15, 2015

“Ok so Mitchell, you are saying that you will not be finished on time? You’re saying that you will not be able to meet the deadline and the site will not launch as expected on the critical date established by the 15 global marketing teams globally, around the world, including Fiji, the Galapagos and Lubbock?”

“Well, no, that’s not what I said exactly. I said, if your team does not provide us with a valid, non-corrupted encryption key, we will not be able to meet the deadline. But you will notice, I hope, that it is currently out of my hands.”

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Another Webby

April 27, 2015

We just won our second Webby Award! This time for our work with long time client IDEO on their Future of Automobility project.

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The Luck Surface Area of the Opportunistic Mind

April 13, 2015

Opportunistic is an adjective with a bad rap. If you claim it, people might think you’re ready and waiting to take advantage of others. They’ll expect the worst from you. Connotative synonyms for opportunistic include unscrupulous, unprincipled, devious and cunning – but also resourceful and adaptable which are more in line with the word’s first definition “taking advantage of opportunities”. There’s an old Winston Churchill line that goes, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

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Luck Surface Area

March 9, 2015

Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned. —Emily Dickinson

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Delay Converts The Good Into The Bad

March 2, 2015

You know how when you have to wait in line, and you have very little to do but play Candy Crush? You stand there and think about stuff. When clients have to stand around and wait, it provides them with an opportunity to become annoyed. Once annoyed, they see the world differently.

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Greg Aker on Testing

August 14, 2013

No one’s ever heard of this guy, but he’s a pretty good ole’ hacker. Hear him out on test driven development and the subtleties of MVC.

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