March 22, 2016 - 2 comments

How trust brought me to work at Table XI

Why I trust Table XI

The following is unfiltered Zach, as close to my thought process as anything I've ever put to pen and it comes with my potty mouth. As such, it is unlikely to reflect the views of Table XI.

I work at Table XI and that wasn't part of my plan. I had a system and Table XI fucked it all up.

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March 17, 2016 - No Comments!

MIT’s Polaris can cut page load time by 34 percent — what you need to know

Polaris server-based framework

All that gorgeous photography and stylized copy that makes your product sell so well — it’s also what’s taking precious seconds to load when you call up your site on a smartphone. You need rich media to properly showcase what you’re selling, but you also need your site to be speedy enough to load quickly on small screens and conform to web standards. Amazon estimates that every extra 100 milliseconds it takes a page to load cuts its profits by 1 percent. It’s not just that users won’t wait around for 10, 20 seconds for your site to load — Google uses site speed in its search rankings. Slow sites will take an SEO hit, hurting the odds of your customers finding you organically — i.e. without paid advertising.

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March 10, 2016 - No Comments!

How testing new programming languages helps our developers solve problems

Testing Programming Languages

For non-developers, it may seem like a new computer language is created every day, each with an uninformative name. Even developers sometimes feel that way. At Table XI, we’re always assessing ways to solve our clients’ problems, whether that’s a new schema for critiquing design or a new language well-suited to a necessary function. Still, the pace of new languages can make it difficult for our developers to try them out — and their new ways of solving problems

To broaden our thinking, this week several members of the Table XI team participated in a challenge: to take the coding exercise we ask our interview candidates to complete, and to build it in a language that’s unfamiliar. Each developer then presented the results to the group, so the whole team could each get an understanding of the new languages available, and an understanding of how our teammates approach a new language.

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February 11, 2016 - 1 comment.

How to write an RFP — don’t

We get asked about the RFP process and how to write an RFP all the time by companies that are just starting to think about building or redesigning a product. They want to know what to include and how they can attract a star development shop to submit a response.

Easy: Nothing, and you can’t. If you want to find the right development shop, an RFP won’t help you. In fact, writing an RFP could cripple your project before it gets started. Here’s how, and what you should use instead of an RFP ...

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July 28, 2015 - No Comments!

Meet the Mobile Development Team at Table XI

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Over the years we’ve developed mobile apps that make it easy for businesses to manage their resources, teams, products, and customer experiences. We’ve helped make it easy for consumers to buy study guides, purchase tickets, and even order groceries through their phones. We've also developed a mobile application to generate content for an organization that wanted to incorporate user video testimonials into their website.

Simply put: if you’ve got an idea, Table XI has the team to build it.

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May 22, 2015 - No Comments!

Ruby Rogues and the Double Life of Tests

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[Authors note: So, I wrote this in December, and promptly forgot about it for five months. It happens. I've annotated slightly.]

I was excited to be a guest on Ruby Rogues this week [note: actually last December] to discuss my book Rails 4 Test Prescriptions, available now as an ebook, and coming very soon [note: available now]  as a physical object that you can buy or, say, give as a gift to all your friends. [note: still a great idea, please buy for all your friends].

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March 3, 2015 - No Comments!

Using Ember.Evented to animate a Flash component

Ember.js_Logo_and_MascotLate last year we were working on implementing user-notification flash messages in our EmberJS application, and ran across an excellent blog post describing a service-based approach for flash messages. This was a great start and I really liked the overall approach of using a service paired with flash objects and components, however, when integrating this functionality into our application I ran into some limitations and came up with some workarounds and improvements I wanted to share.

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September 29, 2014 - No Comments!

Table XI’s Guide to Chicago Ideas Week

unnamedChicago Ideas Week is just a few weeks away! If you’ve been following our blog, or recent tweets, you’ve heard us talking a lot about the upcoming events. Not sure what to attend this year? We’re happy to share our cheat sheet. Here are some of the places you'll find us, and some of our top picks for 2014:

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September 26, 2014 - No Comments!

Tech Done Right at Chicago Ideas Week

Table XI joined forces with Chicago Ideas again this year, this time as the organization’s official technology partner. We’re proud to be so closely associated with an iconic Chicago organization associated with innovation, thought leaders, and a community of curiosity.

When you attend an event this year, you might see our logo up in lights. And when you do, you may notice something different: We’ve added a tagline, “Tech Done Right.” But what does that mean, exactly?

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