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Guides, how-to’s and tutorials for some of our biggest engineering challenges.

March 21, 2013

Building an Application is a lot like Building a Bicycle

In my most recent experiment of building a new road bike I noticed that the process kept getting delayed due to lack of preparation. I basically approached this project with the ego that I could just remember all the parts I would need. In reality I just kept forgetting one small part, would order it, and then would quickly realize that I forgot just one more part.

March 14, 2013

Starting an Amazon AWS EC2 Instance of Ubuntu 12.04 with EBS

Are you looking to create a cloud-based solution for your website or database backend? One approach to create a cloud-based solution is to use Amazon's AWS, which is a popular platform today. AWS is a suite of many platform software products including EC2. EC2 provides virtual instances of computer servers, which places the same function as running several desktop computers inside one's office and connecting them to the Internet.

February 06, 2013

Evergreen Web Browser: a web browser that updates itself

On November 13, 2012, we attended a Web Performance SF meetup in San Francisco. The concept of an Evergreen Web Browser was introduced by a core developer of jQuery, the plugin that is used by almost all web applications for cross-browser JavaScript.  An Evergreen Web Browser is a web browser that automatically updates itself on startup. It solves the problem where people don't check for or download updates to their web browsers and, thus, run a web browser with security holes and bugs. An Evergreen Web Browser solves this problem by updating itself and telling you about it. For developers, they won't have to support old web browsers.

January 29, 2013

Google+ as a Content Management System (CMS)

The folks at Yeti and UseAllFive recently worked on building Google VetNet, a website portal for returning military veterans to start civilian careers. Behind the scenes of Google VetNet is a Content Management System (CMS) powered on Google+. In this article, we'll tell you how we adapted the social network features of Google+ to make it a calendar-based CMS.

November 13, 2012

Integrating Google Places API and Django TastyPie

The Object TastyPie is a REST API library built for the Django framework. It primarily serves as an out of the box solution for serving up data for your Django ORM models. The library also has a non-ORM function, however it still revolves around creating, reading, updating, or deleting objects. For our latest project, BlurtAbout, we had to integrate with a location based API so we chose Google Places.