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Posted on Feb 16, 2015 by

Akka HTTP: Getting Started

In this tutorial we'll create a very simple web app using Akka HTTP.

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Posted on Feb 09, 2015 by

Android density buckets, or how to work with your designers…

Let me start by saying that I'm new to Android development although I've been messing around with the ecosystem for a few years now. That being said, I did have a prior experience with Java and various front-end frameworks. So how does Android development compare with your plain old development? Well, in short words its […]

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Posted on Feb 03, 2015 by

Northeast Scala Symposium 2015

GoFWithWarning-optimizedThe Northeast Scala Symposium just wrapped up in Boston. The Northeast Scala Symposium just wrapped up in Boston. I braved the snow, ice, and bitter cold with Don Coleman, Al Iacovella, Nicolas Kijak, and Ken Rimple and lived to tell about it. We've collected highlights from a few of our favorite sessions in this blog post.


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Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by

FSM Actors in Akka

Akka provides a nice framework for implementing a finite state machine with it's FSM trait. In this post we'll take a look at some of the features that FSM provides for an actor. The main documentation for this feature is in the Akka documentation, while the API is in the scaladoc. The sample code for […]

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Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by

Exploring the Play Framework: Testing

This is the first in a series of posts in which we will explore building applications with the Play Framework. Today we will focus on creating a very simple barebones application and applying some tests to it. Starting A Skeleton Application Complete sample code for this article can be found at play-samples/minimal. The only prerequisite […]

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Posted on Dec 24, 2014 by

Five Key Technologies for 2015

While we keep our eye on all kinds of emerging technologies, here are five in particular we'll be paying attention to in 2015: 1. The Containerization of the Data Center We don't typically get involved in the server management side of things, but of course it makes a difference in how we deploy our applications. […]

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Posted on Dec 23, 2014 by

Technologies we’re watching for early 2015

A group of Charioteers sat down last week to discuss some of the technologies and tools we have been and will be watching in 2015. Some of these are beginning to establish themselves in the enterprise and some are still in early stages of adoption. Many of these topics will be covered at the upcoming […]

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Posted on Dec 01, 2014 by

My $scope Is Not Your Dumping Ground

This little problem came up in my recent AngularJS/Ionic app. It all started with an innocent modal dialog. There are several, but for the sake of simplicity, let's look at the login dialog: The generic dialog plumbing is a div with a surrounding overlay that dims out the rest of the screen. You can click […]

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Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by

Has Microsoft turned over a new leaf?

For the last twelve years, when someone asks what technologies we work with, the short answer has been "non-Microsoft." Sure, some of our clients run Windows servers or use SQL Server, but we've never built .NET applications. Faced with Windows, we'd run a Java stack, or occasionally Ruby, and more recently perhaps Scala. Why is […]

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Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by

AngularJS & Ionic: CSS Library Selection

Recently I kicked off the redesign of a desktop/tablet Web application. It's too big for a phone, but ought to work equally well for the other two. (Brace yourself for the content: it's for designing futuristic cars-with-guns. :) The first step was selecting a JavaScript application framework. I chose AngularJS for the usual reason -- […]

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