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5 Top Links from Google I/O: Android App Development

June 27th, 2014 by

Mia the sausage dog is the coolest linkI watched the Google I/O conference this week from my desk in Baltimore. If you didn’t have time to stream any of the sessions, here are a few interesting resources and highlights that could be useful to you. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Cool Parts of The New Swift Programming Language

June 26th, 2014 by

The biggest news out of the recent WWDC keynote a couple of weeks ago has to be Apple’s announcement of a brand new programming language called Swift. A small team worked on Swift, in secret, for four years and their efforts paid off. While Apple was successful in gradually bringing more modern language features to Objective-C, a 30-year old language, over the years, Swift represents a clean break and brings with it a new syntax and some exciting features that other languages like Ruby, Scala, and Javascript have enjoyed. Here are some that I’m most excited about:

1. Type Inference
Swift is a type safe language, so the compiler performs type checks to ensure that if a part of your code expects an Integer then you can’t pass it a String instead. Type inference is a great feature that allows you to dispense with explicit declarations of a variable’s or return value’s type. If the compiler can infer the type from the context of the declaration, then you don’t need to be explicit. So, while you could write this: Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media and the Job Search: SmartLogic’s Take

May 29th, 2014 by

 

SmartLogic is always looking to meet and hire good people, so I keep my eye out for hiring and job-seeking advice. I’ve noticed a rash of sensationalist articles about how social media can hurt job seekers, like this article, which says you shouldn’t post a picture of yourself wearing something you wouldn’t wear to a company function. Some people would have to remove every picture of themselves not wearing a suit under that rule.

Accidental matching at the SmartLogic officeAt SmartLogic, we know that your skills and experience are better indicators of your potential success than your social media profile or wardrobe choices. I recently wrote an article about why job seekers should ignore social media gurus who tell them to remove everything that shows they have a personality from their online presence. Check out the article to hear my thoughts.

And if you’d be interested in working at SmartLogic, we’re currently looking for developers and designers. Send me your resume at yair@smartlogic.io.

 

Announcement: SmartLogic Opens Office in Berlin

May 13th, 2014 by

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We’re excited to announce that we’re opening an office in Berlin, Germany! Henry van Wagenberg, a Baltimore native who has been living in Berlin for about a year, will be building a branch of SmartLogic in Berlin, complete with German clients and Berlin-based developers. Our Berlin office is based out of Betahaus. If you live in Berlin, or you’re traveling to Berlin, make sure you say hi to Henry.

We’re looking forward to building larger teams of talented designers and developers both here in Baltimore and in Berlin. Check out the full story on Technically Baltimore.

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48 Links from CocoaConf 2014

March 30th, 2014 by
Links from CocoaConfIf you missed CocoaConf 14, or forgot to note a resource one of the speakers mentioned, I’ve got you covered. Below are 48 links I bookmarked at the conference to follow up on later. Feel free to add any resources or events you discovered at the conference in the comments. 
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CocoaConf DC 2014: 7 Sessions to Look Forward To

March 27th, 2014 by

CocoaConf 2014I’ll be attending CocoaConf DC again this year. There was a nice level of information density at CocoaConf DC 2013, so I’m looking forward to more of the same this weekend.

In line with last year’s pre-conference post, here are some sesssions I’m particularly looking forward to:

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Educational Design and Technology: Building Skills and Creativity

December 11th, 2013 by

I recently took a trip to the Middle East (Iran, Oman, and the UAE), where I visited my cousin Jonathan Roberts, who is a Design and Technology teacher at Repton School Dubai, a sister school to Repton School in the United Kingdom. I was really impressed by the amazing workshops and top of the line technology Jonathan’s students were using. As soon as I saw this, I was excited to show it to Baltimoreans. From An Estuary to the Baltimore Robotics Center, from the Foundery to the Digital Harbor Foundation, Baltimore’s educational technology and maker spaces are burgeoning.

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BMoreGivesMore for Giving Tuesday: How SmartLogic’s Giving

December 2nd, 2013 by

If you haven’t heard about Giving Tuesday, it’s the charitable follow up to the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday craze. This year, our former client GiveCorps is heading the BmoreGivesMore campaign to make Baltimore the most generous city in America on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. You can follow along with the campaign using the hashtags #BmoreGivesMore or #GivingTuesday.

To join in and give, just report your gift to your favorite charity. GiveCorps will be distributing matching funds to BmoreGivesMore projects throughout the day, so there’s a chance your gifts could be matched if you give through the campaign.

SmartLogic supports charities every year, so this year, we’re happy to tie our giving into Giving Tuesday. Our tradition is to allow each employee to designate a charity to receive part of our company donation, and to match our employees’ personal gifts, up to a certain amount. This year, I’m happy to report that 100% of the team participated in our matching program.

If you’re wondering who to give to on Giving Tuesday, below are the charities SmartLogic employees chose to give you some ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

RubyConf 2013: 55 Links to Follow Up On

November 11th, 2013 by

RubyConf 2013 Links Collecting links from conferences is starting to be a tradition for me. I followed up on last year’s RubyConf with these links, and I’m back at it again. Whether you were at RubyConf or not, I hope you enjoy following through on all of the resources and events that I kept track of. Feel free to add your own links in the comments!

  1. Apache Mahout: Scalable machine learning and data mining
  2. BigML – Machine Learning Made Easy
  3. PredictionIO Open Source Machine Learning Server
  4. UML Distilled
  5. UML Tool for Fast UML Diagrams
  6. Violet UML Editor : easy to use, completely free
  7. Authentication Sequence Read the rest of this entry »

From Idea to Product: The Application Development Process

October 8th, 2013 by

Even if you're exploding with ideas, it can be hard to turn them into realityOver the years, SmartLogic has helped turn dozens of ideas into products. Along the way, we’ve busted through roadblocks, shared our clients’ frustrations and successes, and of course, learned a lot. I’ve condensed a lot of what we’ve learned into an eBook, which you can download below.

The eBook is ideal for people who:

  1. Are building a web and/or mobile based product
  2. Have money (or have access to it)
  3. Need a plan to ramp up development in order to churn out features

In this post, I’ll cover a few things you need to consider as you’re planning your application development process. I’ll go into more depth on each of these points—and many more—in the eBook itself.

Want to just skip to the eBook?

You can download it here.

We’d love to have your email to keep you posted on other resources we create, but if you’re not comfortable providing it, you can also just click here.

 Below, you can read a sneak peek of what you’ll find in the eBook: 

  1. Who do you need to build your product? To build any web or mobile application, you can either insource all development, outsource all development, or use a hybrid model. We highly suggest at least a hybrid model if you have limited technical and product development experience. If you’re a skilled product developer, then the model you use depends on your timeline and budget. Will your development needs stay consistent in the long-term? Insourcing may be better. Do you need a team that’s ready to go quickly? Outsourcing might be the right way to go. If you’re looking for more guidance on this decision, I break down the advantages and disadvantages of each model in the eBook. Read the rest of this entry »

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