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When your work and life excite you, it’s hard to keep it to yourself. Our blog is just part of a larger discussion we’re having on Twitter, Facebook, and in communities all over the web.

Ben Young

With the release of iOS 8 Apple has finally added the ability for integration of third-party keyboards such as Swype and SwiftKey. This is a great thing, but as an iOS app developer it has the potential to complicate things. For example, Pixo recently began receiving complaints from users of our Vehicle Barcode Scanner app on iOS about issues they were having with the keyboard in our application.

Terence McGhee

The first and prevailing principle behind the Agile Manifesto says, “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. ” There’s a lot of power packed into that sentence so let’s examine it a bit more closely. What is our prime directive? Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer (or client, in the consultancy case).

Tyla Taylor

Just as accessibility means that something is easy to use and available when needed; web accessibility means that a site has been designed to enable equal access of use for people with disabilities so that they can fully interact with and contribute to the web. Types of disabilities that would affect access to the web include visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological. These disabilities require the user to employ other tools or assistive technologies to access the web, such as keyboard only, enlarging text, disabling styles or using a screenreader.

Brian Walters

Mobile Device Testing in Chrome Chrome browsers have a feature that makes it easy to test how a website will look on different mobile devices. Google has been expanding Chrome’s Developer Tools with the addition of Emulation. Here is a quick guide to using the Emulator for testing your site’s responsive behavior on mobile devices: How Pixo Uses the Emulator Nothing beats testing your site from a user’s point of view.

Brian Howard

About a month ago, I encountered the need to fetch some Drupal node information from within JavaScript. It turns out, this isn’t readily available in a built-in way. It’s one of those things that you don’t need, until you’re really getting your hands dirty, as in my case with some customized Google Analytics.

Lori Patterson

Our industry, IT Consulting, has a longtime reputation for over promising and under delivering. When I worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in the early ‘90’s, I was on a project that delivered two years late. When I worked at Solo Cup company (now Dart), I watched as our hired IT consulting company promised launch date after launch date and finally launched our new Customer Management System 21 months late.

Cameron Macintosh

In addition to the SmallDateTime bug outlined in a previous post, I also encountered this troublesome bug involving truncated SQL data because of a MSSQL nuance on lengthy VARCHAR fields. The Lost Field of Text There existed several string/text fields in the legacy MSSQL database defined with 1000-8000 character capacity. However initially I was only getting the first 255 characters.

Cameron Macintosh

Pixo is currently developing a web-based publication workflow application for American Library Association’s Choice Magazine and Choice Reviews Online utilizing the PHP framework Symfony to build a web based publication workflow application.  A major component includes migrating 30+ years of legacy data out of a MSSQL database into a redesigned SQL schema in Symfony.   Early in the project, I encountered this particularly nasty problem regarding smallDateTime fields as I was setting up the MSSQL side of the migration using the default MSSQL PHP driver.

Cameron Macintosh

Recently, I had my first exposure to SASS, on a project here at Pixo. For those not familiar with SASS, the language is a superset of CSS which can be compiled into CSS. There are many compilers for SASS, for example Compass and PHP Sass are two in use at Pixo.

Pixotech

Pixo

Pixo created a modern and super-functional website for The Illini Union that unifies all of the diverse services the Union offers as well as increases foot traffic and student investment. The Union’s new website was unveiled on January 17th, 2014 at union. illinois.

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