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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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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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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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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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There is Only Entropy; Everything Else is the Mall.

July 13, 2015

Entropy: “Lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.”

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How to Get Mitchell to Write Code for Free in 3 Easy Steps

July 6, 2015

Step 1, be a cool, fun client.
Step 2, demonstrate that you have been or will remain a cool, fun client.
Step 3, have a really funky, difficult, yet still somehow within reach problem to solve.

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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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