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An Open Letter to the Girl About to Walk into Computer Science 101

10 years ago, as a freshman in college, I took my first intro computer science class as an elective. I never thought that elective would turn into a career, but 10 years later I’m now working as a senior software development manager and I am about to start teaching programming classes to my coworkers.

I often get asked now what it’s ...

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Dev SWAG: Planning Poker with Rails 5 and Action Cable

The dev team at gap intelligence is committed to following Agile Scrum best practices. Once a month we have Dev Days where we get to spend an entire day working on passion projects. These can range from developing internal tools and organizing our Gulls and Padres season ticket to learning new techniques and increasing ...

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The "Golden Ticket" to Sharing Season Tickets Without an Office Brawl

One of the perks of working at gap intelligence is access to San Diego Padres season tickets. Despite our beloved Padres maintaining their position of dead last in their division, these tickets remain highly coveted. They include a spectacular view of home plate, access to the Omni premier club, a full bar and buffet, and waiter service. ...

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Not So Active Record...Leveraging Elasticsearch to Speed Up Our API

At gap intelligence we’re about that data…to be specific we’re all about that GFD (Great Freaking Data)! We have a handful of applications that use GFD and it's extremely important to our business. With all of this valuable data sitting in our database, why would we not build a way to plug into this data, right? Not just ...

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What Makes a Good Developer?

Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
- Martin Fowler

I'm very lucky to have worked with many good developers during the 12 years of my coding career. From my personal experience I can say that age, a school degree, books and years of actual work don't ...

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Agile and Audibles

gap intelligence isn't just a company that preaches personal and professional growth, gap intelligence makes that a reality. gappers are encouraged to attend internal and external classes, read and share books, and check out different companies and conferences. The possibilities are endless. In my 5+ years at gap, I have benefited from ...

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Agile Scrum with a Distributed Dev Team

Many Software Development teams claim to be “Agile” when in reality their practices are more “Agile-ish” or (even worse) just a very rapid Waterfall. In the case of Agile Scrum this is sometimes referred to as “Scrum-but.”  Thankfully, the dev team here at gap intelligence are committed to respecting ...

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API Authentication in RubyMotion Mobile Apps

Last year, gap intelligence started looking into developing mobile applications for our external customers. While we already have a native iOS app, we selected RubyMotion as the framework for developing these new mobile apps. We're primarily a Ruby shop, so we thought this would minimize the learning curve and streamline development across ...

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Nurturing Innovation through Monthly Developer Days

I do my best to coax beautiful flowers and tasty fruits and veggies out of the soil at home by setting up the best possible conditions in the garden. (Like many amateur gardeners, I'm not always as successful as I'd like to be!) My plants need healthy, well-aerated soil, the right amount of light, plenty of water and fertilizer in order ...

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Coders and Programmers and Devs! Oh my!

When I originally sat down to write this blog, as it is my first post, I started thinking about when I started at gap...wait, that's how Caitlin started her blog post.

Crap.

Ok, let's try this again.

Through the years, one of the questions that has always stuck with me is: What do you REALLY do all day?  

I find it funny ...

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