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Dev Digest – Week of April 27th

Apple Watches started appearing on a few our Developer’s wrists over the last few weeks so iWatch App discussions are in full swing here. With that in mind we decided to take an iOS angle with our article selections this week. Even if you’re not an Apple fan, there is some interesting reading here. Enjoy! Apparently developers prefer developing iOS apps over Android apps and yes, the reason is exactly what you’d think it would be. Take a look at this… Read More

New Employee Introduction

As Intertech continues to grow and hire talented new employees, we’ve started this new series that introduces our newest members to our customers, readers, friends, and partners. Why keep all this to ourselves when Ryan could soon be working with you! Introducing Ryan H. with 5 “Get To Know You” Questions Can you provide a little background on yourself? Although I spent the last 20 years in Colorado, I am a Minnesota native. After graduating from Breckenridge High School I attended Rose Hulman Institute of… Read More

Video: How We Use Agile at Intertech

At Intertech we not only train and consult on the Agile software development methodology – we use it ourselves. As a matter of fact, our business is built on Agile. From firm management to project management to customer engagement, Agile is core to our firm. Some benefits we realize on a daily basis include: Faster project timelines Risk mitigation On-budget projects Transparency This quick video gives a glimpse into some of our daily Agile routines.   To learn more about Agile… Read More

Friday’s Dev Digest – Week of April 20th

This week we are very excited to attend this year’s Twin Cities Code Camp in Minneapolis. We’ll have a table set up just like the DevFest event a few weeks ago. Stop by – you’ll have a chance at winning a Smartwatch: either an Android watch or an Apple watch – the choice is yours! Our digest for the week includes a list of Chrome DevTools that all devs should know and a few helpful tips on selecting multiple images in… Read More

Virtues of Virtual Teams – Technology (Part 5 of 5)

If you’ve been following this series on virtual teams, you know I’ve been sharing highlights from the Harvard Business Review article (12/14) article “Getting Virtual Teams Right” by consultant and business author Keith Ferrazzi. So far we’ve examined the importance of having the right team, sound leadership and the right touchpoints. What’s left? Technology of course. Without the right technology virtual teams simply do not work. Or, as author Ferrazzi so eloquently puts it: “In our experience, even those with… Read More

Friday’s Dev Digest – Week of April 13th

It’s nice to have our warm weather back here in Minneapolis. Hopefully it’s here to stay! This week we collected a great assortment of articles ranging from how to fix those pesky mobile app development problems to a new programming language that involves one of our favorite TV shows. Plus, we are looking forward to next weekend’s Twin Cities Code Camp. We hope to see some of you there! We found this article very helpful in repairing some of the… Read More

Android Development Tutorial: Project Volta

This is my last post in this series of Android Development Tutorials about the new features of Android 5 – Lollipop.  In case you missed them, search this site for Android 5 or Android Lollipop and you find several posts on features such as: Material Design RecyclerView CardView Notification Changes JobScheduler You can also follow download a copy of the presentation I made at DevFest MN about the new features of Android 5. Project Volta In my last Android development tutorial on… Read More

Friday’s Dev Digest – Week of April 6th

I want to toss out a welcome to our new members of our blog community. Great to have you join the discussion. This weekly round-up is comprised of news, articles, how-to’s, etc. which have been talked about around our headquarters here in Minneapolis. Enjoy and have a great weekend! How great is this!? A guide to creating Space Invaders with Swift and Sprite Kit. Well done! Some announcements and updates regarding the 2015 Visual Studio product lineups were talked about often… Read More

Easy Migration from Mercurial to Git

The popularity of Git continues to grow and, according to Eclipse Community Survey, has surpassed even SVN in the past year.  Git currently holds 33.3% of the market, SVN with 30.7%, and Mercurial at 2.1%.  It has become easy to find developers with in-depth knowledge of Git, while developers with deep knowledge of Mercurial are difficult to find.  With that in mind there are a number of development shops which are making the transition from Mercurial to Git.  In this post… Read More

Virtues of Virtual Teams – Staying Connected (Part 4 of 5)

Last time I shared the importance of leadership for virtual teams. This post will focus on when virtual teams should come together, based on our experience at Intertech and the recommendations of consultant and business author Keith Ferrazzi in his Harvard Business Review article (12/14) article, “Getting Virtual Teams Right.” Getting the whole team together – in person – when a project kicks off always is a good idea. When logistics do not allow everyone to be in the same… Read More