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Not long ago, Microsoft SharePoint was the go-to platform of many businesses for a wide variety of tasks from company intranet to building entire websites or custom systems. You could quickly create collaboration spaces for teams, share documents and resources across your business, and create workflows for processes with hands-on configuration. Additionally, you could tie in business intelligence and outside applications through integrations and secure it all with Windows-based authentication. It was even successfully stretched to manage content for enterprise-level websites and used as a platform for custom application development. Armed with those capabilities, SharePoint swallowed up other business applications that could only satisfy one of the above.
Here at Aptera, we strive to build a culture of professional growth and mentorship. A part of that is our internship program. This past summer we had the pleasure of working with software intern, Joel Stauffer, who has written a retrospective on his summer working here with us and what he learned using test-driven development. Take it away, Joel. No, retrospectivious is not a word. Use it only if you have a sparky flavor of imagination and a thick skin. But this is a retrospective on an internship that pushed the practice of TDD (test-driven development).
There has been a lot of buzz around Xamarin over the last couple of years, and for good reason. Cross-platform development tools, like Xamarin, make it possible for developers to write native mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows devices with only one set of code. This ease of use has made cross-platform development increasingly popular as it saves developers time and, in turn, saves businesses money. Xamarin has consistently been one of the leading players in cross-platform mobile development over the last few years. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons for Xamarin’s rise.
Are you looking into creating new EDI integrations or upgrading your current EDI platform? One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether to use an on-premise or a cloud integration platform. Whether this is a new decision for you and your business or you’re already using an on-premise, server setup and think you might want to modernize your integrations to the cloud, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of each option, so you can make an informed choice for your organization.
For a recent project, I found myself working on a piece of software that is twenty years old. Everything about it felt old. The language was old. The development tools were old. The framework was old. At times my work felt like I was doing software archaeology. In other ways, the software felt like it was something that could have been written much more recently.
There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding the European Union’s new GDPR law. If you’ve been left wondering what this new law means and if it even applies to your business, we’re here to help shed light on the subject. While technically the GDPR went into effect at the end of May 2018, an estimated 50% of affected US companies weren’t fully compliant by the start date, so there’s still work to be done.
At the end of May 2018, Sitefinity released an upgrade to their CMS platform—Sitefinity 11.0. This latest version features a host of new features both for marketers and developers using the platform. As users start to make the shift towards Sitefinity 11.0, we’re breaking down the biggest new features, so you’ll know what to expect when you switch.
One of the duties we have as mobile technologists at Aptera is to constantly evaluate the tool-sets available for use in implementing mobile solutions. One of the questions we are commonly asked is whether or not a project can be implemented with the use of a cross-platform tool-set. The answer is usually, yes, it’s possible.
At Aptera, one of the expectations we place on our mobile technologists is to constantly evaluate cross-platform tools like React Native, Xamarin, and NativeScript. We vet how easy they are to use, platform capabilities, tool stability (or lack thereof), platform viability (or decay i.e. Cordova), as well as platform features. The purpose of all this is to determine how viable the tool is for saving development costs while delivering a first-class design and user experience.
UAT, otherwise known as User Acceptance Testing, is how we determine development to be completed here at Aptera. This type of testing tells us if the software component was built to handle real-life scenarios, per the initial project specifications laid out between the client and a business analyst. If user testing falls behind, it can cause a delay in the timeline, so it’s important that everyone gets on board when it comes to completing this final step of development.
From time to time, business-to-business integrations can break. Too often companies don’t discover that their integrations have failed until a client or trading partner calls and complains. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Modern integration platforms can give you better tools for the transparency and insight you need.
When it comes time for your next website build or redesign, it might also be time to think about adding a content management system (CMS) if you don’t utilize one already. CMS platforms make it easy to continuously add and manage content on your website. During this process you’ll want to find not only the right CMS for your business, but also a trusted partner to implement it. At Aptera, we’ve implemented hundreds of CMS projects and we believe that our unique approach to projects like this sets us apart.