Rock and Roll – and Responsive!

The site on an iPhoneThis week we were pleased to launch a sleek, responsive redesign of the Rock And Roll Forever Foundation’s website.

Some key goals for the Foundation were achieved in this quick-turnaround project. First off, it was critical that the new iteration of the small, info-centric site be viewable and navigable on the full spectrum of today’s devices: from desktop PC’s, to tablets, to smartphones – iPhones, Android phones, etc. It was also important that the site’s outdated graphic design be brought more into line with the look-and-feel of the Foundation’s curriculum product, TeachRock.org.

“The Rock And Roll Forever Foundation has such cool, compelling content that this was  a really fun redesign to work on,” says Uwe Kristen, one of Boyle Software’s top front-end developers and a responsive design evangelist, “The HTML and CSS are kept as lean as possible and we are happy to report that the site scores 99 out of a possible 100 in Yahoo!’s performance tool. We used Sass and Compass to create modular, reusable CSS. It will be great to bring the lessons learned on this project to an upgrade of TeachRock.org too.”

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Web accessibility

Keep the web accessible

When coding web pages it is easy to forget that not all users will experience them in the same way. Blind people or people with poor eyesight need to rely on screen readers. People who don’t have arms use a stick in their mouth to tab keys on the keyboard to navigate a site. People who are deaf rely on close captions for videos. If we want to make our pages accessible for everybody we need to do a bit more than just adding alt text to our images.
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UP NEXT: TechTalk – SuperSolver

SuperSolverThe next in Boyle Software’s series of TechTalks will be a look at the technology behind SuperSolver, a recently developed and released free app that allows for unprecedented and anonymous communication between consumers and businesses. “SuperSolver is part of the new category of shopper apps [that] may be the retailers’ best tool yet,” wrote Forbes magazine in a piece from this past January, “Customers can use shopper apps to discover what’s in the store. SuperSolver  acts like a butler; it is unobtrusive yet helpful.”

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Visualizing Git

Git is a powerful distributed revision control system, which has gained significant adoption among the developer community, especially in open-source projects. The Git documentation is well maintained and provides detailed information on all the options provided, but for individuals new to Git and revision control in general, the learning curve can still be a bit steep.

One key aspect to becoming proficient with Git is understanding how commits, branching, and all the available commands affect the underlying revision history graph. And since working with Git is usually done via command-line, in an IDE or third-party tool, visualizing these changes is usually left to the mind (or imagination) of the user.

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HIRING: Application Performance Analyst

HIRING: Application Performance AnalystCurrent openings in New York City and San Francisco. 2+ years of experience with enterprise-level Web application monitoring is required; experience monitoring an e-commerce application is a big plus. Deep knowledge of one or more monitoring platforms necessary: New Relic, AppDynamics, Compuware, etc. Excellent client communication skills a must.

To apply for this position, please email your resumé to jobs@boylesoftware.com

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HIRING: Senior QA Engineer (NYC)

Senior QA EngineerAt least 3 years experience as a quality assurance tester on an enterprise-level Web application required. Extensive knowledge of automation tools (Selenium, Jenkins, or similar) is necessary. The ability to generate test plans and test cases needed. Should have experience with Jira, Bugzilla, or like defect management tool. Must be able to creatively contribute to a large QA team and provide input on best practices, testing methods, etc. Excellent spoken/written communication skills are a must.

To apply for this position, please email your resumé to jobs@boylesoftware.com

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The New York City AEM/CQ5 Meetup

The NYC AEM/CQ5 MeetupBoyle Software is proud to organize the New York City AEM/CQ5 Meetup. With a fast-growing membership – 257 and counting – the Meetup brings together technologists from all over the tri-state region with an interest in Adobe Experience Manager.  As demand for this industry-leading content management system continues to boom, there’s little doubt that the Meetup will also continue to expand.

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