Mark Coleman

TinyPng to the Rescue

Performance gains don't always mean refactoring

Over here at Members 1st FCU we have been focusing on improving overall performance of our application so we reply to user requests faster. Over the past few weeks we have been refactoring, hacking, and slashing our code base and saw some great gains. Today I remembered that performance doesn't always mean refactoring code it can also . . .

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April 01, 2015

News to me, New Relic Categories & Labels

Group all the things!

Today I learned something new about New Relic today that helps with separating applications in APM.

  • First click on show labels

Show Labels

  • Under your application you will see a icon that will allow you to add an existing Category/Label or create a new one in the format of Category:Label

Add Category:Label

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March 30, 2015

Protractor Finding an Element

Using by.css()

In the first post we showed how we can easily get setup with protractor and an angularjs application. Next up we want to continue our journey and use protractor to find an element on a page and assert that the text is a given value. To get this started we need to tweak our original application slightly.

Example App

First . . .

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February 15, 2015

Getting started with Protractor

End to end tests for AngularJs

The web development team at Members1st FCU has been using angularjs for the past two years. It has been a learning experience developing a fairly large scale JavaScript based application. One thing we have been procrastinating on is writing of end to end test (or system tests) that test interactions with the UI all the way down to the core . . .

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February 06, 2015

Sharing Configuration

Building up a Unity Container with multiple config files

Inside of our Online Banking application we utilize Unity as our container of choice for inversion of control. We also got into the practice of placing some of our configuration for our services into the app/web.config of our applications. This worked out for quite a few months having this configuration duplicated into these separate *.config . . .

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December 02, 2014

Installing Windows 10 (In Pictures)

Running Windows 10 in a Parallels

I always love to install new operating systems and always update my software to the latest and greatest version. I do do this a bit cavalier at times but have been lucky (so far). Since I am a strict mac user doing this was super easy as I was able to spin up a new VM in parallels without any trouble at all.

Since I love guides and . . .

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October 09, 2014

Programmers Day 2014

A technology themed scavenger hunt!

Earlier this year I learned of Programmers Day and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to get the development team together and have some fun and dare I even mention it.... "Team Building" (gasps!) The first thing we needed to figure out is what on earth could we do that would be fun that incorporates some sort of . . .

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September 18, 2014