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Tobin is the creator of the the Strategic Planning and Support division’s open-source mapping tool, The Quality of Life Dashboard, a responsive, interactive map that uses HTML5, jQuery, Leaflet, and Google Charts.
The largest technology meetup group in Charlotte, NC got to hear about life inside a government GIS department, Tobin’s thoughts on open data, and current trends and tools for web mapping and where things are headed in the future.
Quality of Life Dashboard:
Tobin on Github:
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Over the last two years, SDW has doubled in size each year, producing great software for large brands to use both internally and with their customers.
If you haven’t moved to Charlotte yet, you should.
And if you like working with smart people and building interesting projects, we should talk.
The largest technology meetup group in Charlotte, NC also got to see Tessa demonstrate her preferred development workflow featuring Ender, Knockout.js, Stylus, Jade, and a static site generator.
I swear. We are not.
A quick look at the recent activity around SDW World Headquarters will tell you differently, but I stand firm. Our recent knowledge droppings include posts and talks on:
That’s barely scratching the surface of the seemingly never-ending display of knowledge you will find inside our office.
Amongst our ranks are speakers of majestic things. Hunter Loftis and myself spoke at ConvergeSE 2012. Snodgrass23 and David Becher did workshops at SXSW 2013. Mark Rickert and Hunter Loftis are speaking at ConvergeSE 2013. Josh Oakhurst is regular on business and marketing panels in Charlotte. Kenny Parnell wrote the C bindings for using Potrace from Ruby. And on the design front, Rich Robinson is a regular contributor to Unmatched Style.
We are not specialists in any one technology stack. We are not your standard client services studio. We are experts in problem solving. We are experts in adapting. We are experts in learning. We are experts in helping you. Your company. Your users.
I guess this is my way of saying…I really like building software with my smart colleagues at Skookum Digital Works.
It’s fun coming to work when you work with smart and fun people.
Just last week, our software development crews got back from the 2013 SXSWi festival where we had been invited to give two programming workshops.
Here at the SDW World Headquarters, we are always looking for the best way to do things. Sometimes that’s a new process or product to use, and sometimes it’s fully utilizing the power of the language that we have in front of us.
Well, while working on a new iOS app, I need to have a dynamic callback executed after a standard animation occurred. Fortunately for me, Apple gave us one of the most powerful features in Objective-C since iOS4.0, blocks
I love blocks, they
are still were my favorite toys as a child. But these blocks are a lot more confusing than the ones that I played with. These iOS blocks are more like a puzzle with pieces that change shape. Once you figure out how to use them correctly, they become a powerful tool to use.
Just this week, our software development crews got back from the 2013 SXSWi festival where we had been invited to give two programming workshops.
Metal Marketing Group, Inc. is responsible for selling metal carports, garages, and barns. The old way of taking orders had sales reps flipping through paper binders and notebooks to cross-reference all the pricing rules. Cool, want the upgraded trim? That will be…oh. With a bigger window on the left wall? Sure, that’s…wait. And an extra foot of roof-height? Delete the trim now?
Pricing and orders got out of hand pretty fast. Here’s their general manager, Tim Dowell, talking about the new process from start to finish. It’s a quick video.
Did you catch that? Over 225,000 different configurations! And now, not only is the buying process streamlined, but the manufacturer also gets a more accurate order to put together the custom lengths and options.
Better sales previews means more sales. More efficient ordering means less mistakes and increased profits.
More than anything, Tim knew his non-technical business could benefit from streamlined buying and ordering software. We’re happy to improve businesses from various industries, and learning about the unique challenges of steel building manufacturers has been fascinating.
Need a custom carport, garage, or barn? The design and build tool (In-Browser Google SketchUp + Business Logic + Dynamic Pricing Rules) will be happy to quote and preview a new building for you, right now.
Here’s a quick primer on the heart of what we do by some of our people who do it.
Skookum Digital Works solves business problems with the creative use of modern technology.
We like concepting, prototyping, designing, building, fixing, and integrating custom business software that makes companies run more efficiently and realize higher profits.