It is well understood within the tech community that most of our executives started out as being highly technical; in the trenches writing code for 15 hours a day. Like many journeyman professions, the more successful you are at your skillset, the more likely you’ll be rewarded with larger, higher profile, projects.
As a frequent networker, I often explain to people what DevOps is and what I do. DevOps, like so many things, is easy if you know it, but if you don’t, it goes right over your head. As such, I put together this article to explain what the DevOps movement means to me and why I believe businesses and individuals should take care to know and understand it.
When I learned I was going to be writing my first Facebook web app, I was pretty excited. Much like the feeling of writing a Hello World! in a new programming language, I knew I was going to expand my skillset. I really enjoy new opportunities to learn and solve problems. In fact, I feel this is a fundamental attribute of being a developer. We code because we want to solve problems.
We have used Skype as our main online office communication for a long time. On May 10, 2011 we knew the days of Skype being on the cutting edge of the online communication world was going to end. For over a year, Stauffer has been talking about switching how we do our online communication.
When I was a younger developer, I struggled often with the idea that I wasn't doing meaningful work. Yes, I was building good websites. Yes, they meant something to somebody (at least to the client). But is that brochureware site really going to make the world a better place? Does this university sub-department really need its own website? (I don't think I looked at a single individual department site when I was in school.) When you work on a project that doesn't have a clear and obvious goal, it's easy to fall into this line of thinking. And that line of thinking is very demotivating to a developer - you start to feel like you're spending your days doing busywork. And that's not even touching the fact that web projects are expensive. That university sub-department is probably spending tens of thousands of dollars to make a site that the students may never visit.
The solution is to figure out and clearly define the goals of a site at the outset of the project.
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Author: Stephanie Brooker
Why Drupal? This is one of the many questions I’ve pondered since I started at Stauffer. Why Drupal over Wordpress? Why Drupal at all? So when a potential client asked me those same things, and when I was unable to find more than one or two well written, qualified articles on the subject, I decided to find out on my own. This is the result of several days of on online research and lengthy discussions with the whip-smart Stauffer team on why they choose Drupal.
The Drupal Dance