Software Dev. Career, Year One: Expectations vs. Reality

Somehow, it’s been over a year since I first began working at Atomic Object. The last 12 months have flown by, and my one year “AO-versary” really sneaked up on me. With this small-yet-notable career achievement unlocked, I thought I would take a look back on how things have gone.
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Regular Expressions Are Great… Sometimes

Regular expressions (or regex) are incredibly helpful tools to have at your disposal as a software developer, but they’re often dangerous tools. In this post, I’m going to focus on the times where you shouldn’t use regex, and then I’ll go over some strategies and features to use when you do write regular expressions. Lastly, I’ll provide a few other tools and resources that will further aid you when using regular expressions.
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What Shape is Your Project? – Tackling Software with a High “Complexity to Visibility” Ratio

Debugging a recent project has been surprisingly challenging. It’s a complicated product with multiple components, but that’s nothing new. The customer’s QA department has done great work, but it still feels like this is harder than it should be. Read more on What Shape is Your Project? – Tackling Software with a High “Complexity to Visibility” Ratio…

Reactive Extensions, ReactiveUI, and Whistling Tea Kettles

How does reactive programming work? “It’s all streams,” our program manager explained. “When you update a property in one part of the system, it causes another property in a different part of the system to update, too. It will take a bit to wrap your mind around.”

In my head, I pictured properties all over the system “magically” updating when a user clicks a button. Due to the lack of magic in programming, this mental image was not a complete picture—but it’s not that different from how reactive programming actually works.
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Why I Started Exercising Before Work

After graduating from college and starting to work full-time, I had made it a habit to exercise after work. Recently, I started waking up earlier than usual, but I wasn’t utilizing my morning time efficiently. I decided to change this by working out in the morning, and I have noticed multiple benefits.
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A Checklist for Becoming a Conference Call Rockstar

First impressions are essential, and in the business world, they often occur in the form of a conference call. Whether it’s your first interaction or your hundredth, it’s a good idea to do everything you can to make sure your conference call is as productive and distraction-free as possible.
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Programmatically Connecting to WiFi in Your Xamarin.Forms App

With the dawn of the Internet of Things, smart homes, and connected devices, mobile apps have become key elements of creating harmony between everything. Most IoT devices require users to provision their devices on a home wireless network, which can sometimes cause poor user experience. However, apps have the ability to ease these pain points by programmatically connecting to wifi networks. Read more on Programmatically Connecting to WiFi in Your Xamarin.Forms App…

Inspecting Safari’s Web Browser on a Mobile Device

Inspecting the browser gives you access to the details of a website or application. Using built-in developer tools and third-party add-ons, we can view the inner workings of an application.

For example, you can see the content structure in DOM, view the console for logs or error messages, and review network requests for assets being loaded. When debugging a user interface problem, you can use the elements panel to modify live content on the screen, changing the content, type color, or button sizes. Read more on Inspecting Safari’s Web Browser on a Mobile Device…

Atomic Object Becomes a Certified B Corp

This winter, Atomic Object became a Certified B Corporation, joining the movement of people using business as a force for good. B Corps consider the impact of their actions on not just shareholders, but on all stakeholders—including their employees, suppliers, community, clients, and the environment.

I sat down with Atomic’s CEO Carl Erickson and Business Manager Mary O’Neill to talk about why Atomic pursued B Corp certification, what it means for our company, and how it might influence us in the future.
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