By Alison Heittman on January 17, 2014
I'm really excited about FIND, a cultural lab we recently launched withNew York University's Abu Dhabi campus. The project is designed to capture intersections and dialogues between artists, writers, scholars, designers, technologists and the UAE landscape in both a historical and contemporary context.
By Alison Heittman on February 15, 2013
The voting period for the 2013 Freddie Awards launched on February 15, 2013. This was our third year working with the frequent traveler industry on their voting application for their annual awards, and every year it just gets better. This year's theme: mobile.
By Rob Heittman on December 3, 2011
Slightly modify newrelic.yml to enable Rails 3.1 asset precompilation on Heroku's Cedar stack with New Relic RPM enabled.
By Alison Heittman on November 5, 2011
Moving office can be a herculean undertaking. Fortunately Solertium has some great friends that made the job enjoyable.
By Rob Heittman on July 15, 2011
Using a live network pull from PostLaunch CMS, I'm avoiding complex CMS integration and /public bloat on a Rails deployment to Heroku. I'm even saving a lot of template code duplication. And I'm psyched about it!
By Alison Heittman on June 20, 2011
A couple of years ago, we were at a William & Mary career fair, and we met a student who wanted to come work for us because, in her words, "I'd like to save the animals." I love that a lot of our projects involve saving the world with software, and that we're fortunate enough to partner up with some great conservation non-profits and help them meet their goals.
And now we can say we helped to save the unicorns.
By Alison Heittman on April 26, 2011
Jennifer O'Sullivan published her very first online content to a rarely visited Gopher site in the early 90s, and yet somehow managed to convince other people she knew what she was doing.
Lucky to live in entrepreneurial New Orleans during the dawn of the Web, Jen was recruited to design GUIs for first-generation ecommerce solutions, working her way through college. After earning degrees in French and International relations, she tossed her first plan to go to law school for the champagne dreams and caviar wishes of the emerging digerati.
By Rob Heittman on April 25, 2011
Web-scale systems should be economical to operate at any load level, and have in-built resilience against localized problems. Infrastructure as a service cloud offerings, like Amazon AWS, have made it easy and economical to provision servers and storage. But outages like the recent AWS us-east-1 failure quickly expose the systems that weren't designed in a way to survive a localized infrastructure breakdown.
By Alison Heittman on March 4, 2011
We are proud to announce the launch of the Five Guys Android App. To say that it's been a fun project would be an understatement; we are having a great development experience working with the teams from Five Guys and OLO.
By Alison Heittman on May 18, 2010
It's that time of year again! Rob & Alison are flying out to San Francisco for the 2010 Google I/O Developer Conference. Alison will be live tweeting the keynote & the sessions she attends - you can find her at @alisonheittman.
This has become our not-to-miss conference: we do a lot of development against Google technologies and products. Attending pays off in getting us early information about what's coming down the pike, access to the developers on the various projects, and it's a great opportunity for networking. And the free devices haven't hurt either; it's great to have a few extra handsets for testing.