22 01, 2018

Our Top 10 Favorite iOS and Swift Resources

By |2018-08-07T20:58:57+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Apple/iOS, Coding & Development|Tags: , |

The technology field is in a constant state of change. In order to stay up to date on the latest trends, best practices, and news, our developers are always reading. Here are some of our team's favorite sites in no particular order: The Official Swift Blog Get the latest news and helpful tips on the [...]

15 01, 2018

Handling Memory Leaks on Android

By |2018-08-07T21:10:32+00:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: Android, Coding & Development|Tags: , |

Memory leaks can happen, despite the prevalence of garbage collection in modern programming languages. They can be introduced in different ways in Android apps, but one of the most common is when using native C or C++ code. When leaks make themselves known, it can range from subtle to explosive, anywhere from mild but continuous [...]

11 12, 2017

How to Improve Your App With Unit Testing

By |2018-08-08T16:43:54+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Coding & Development, Getting Started|Tags: , |

“This feature is almost ready, but I still need to write some tests.” This a regular statement from developers during client update meetings at Metova, but what does it mean? Our developers are referring to automated testing via unit tests, a systematic process used to validate a software solution such as a mobile app or [...]

4 12, 2017

How to Evaluate, Manage, and Avoid Technical Debt

By |2018-10-01T18:49:20+00:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Coding & Development|Tags: |

The term technical debt refers to when developers write software that violates good architectural or coding practices resulting in structural flaws in the code that, if left unfixed, put the business at serious risk. Technical debt can also be described as “the trade-off between short-term and long-term value,” “deferred investment opportunities or poorly managed risks,” [...]

10 10, 2017

Fall 2017 JOLT Hackathon: The Experience

By |2018-10-01T21:03:28+00:00October 10th, 2017|Categories: Awards, Coding & Development, Culture|Tags: , |

This past weekend, four of us from the Metova-Conway office attended JOLT Hackathon at the Venture Center in the Little Rock Technology Park. There we faced off against 30 teams across Arkansas and Missouri in friendly capture-the-flag challenges ranging from Web Vulnerabilities and Forensics to Remote Access and Reverse Engineering. The event started Friday night, [...]

17 07, 2017

Internationalization With Ruby’s I18n Gem

By |2018-08-10T15:17:54+00:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Coding & Development, Ruby on Rails|Tags: , |

The Why’s of I18n Internationalization (I18n) is one of the simplest steps you can take to make your Rails code shine. I8n offers a way to extract string and localization data from a Rails app. It mainly consists of using two functions in your views I18n.translate (for strings) and I18n.localize (for date/times). They are often [...]

3 07, 2017

Yes, You Have APIs, But They Suck

By |2018-09-26T21:10:40+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Coding & Development|Tags: |

Why mobile app developers struggle to use poorly implemented APIs Every mobile application developer has had that “I need data” conversation with a customer who eagerly responds, “We have APIs.” The first reaction is usually a guttural ugh! “We have APIs” usually means that the company has a ReST web service that [...]

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