Development

Four Ways to Keep your Team Unblocked and the Work Flowing

One of the most challenging parts of running a web development firm is workflow management.  Inevitably members of our Brick Factory team get blocked, meaning they can’t complete their work while they wait on someone else to make a decision or perform a task.  Blocking is a huge problem, as it can result in delays,...

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How to Generate a Style Guide using Hologram & Gulp

Why do I need a style guide?

Let’s be honest, I code differently than you.  And you code differently than the guy sitting next to you with Cheez-it crumb fingers playing Pokemon Go when no one is looking.  So how can we (front end developers) make sure we are providing consistent high quality code across a team?  ...

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How to Create a Members Only Section that People Will Actually Use

If you work at a membership-based organization such as a professional society, trade association or nonprofit, the situation below may sound familiar:

Your members have periodically asked you to provide them with ways to collaborate with each other.  You decide to act on the request and build a new members only section on your website with frequently requested features such as a member directory,...

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Design Systems, Not Pages

For most of the web’s short lifetime, the primary way to design a website has been to create  wireframes and comps (design compositions) of a site’s key pages.  Oversimplifying a bit, designers  identify these key pages and essentially create pictures of what the pages  look like when presented on the web.  ...

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Using the Right Tool for the Job

The Brick Factory’s development team has been writing custom PHP applications for ourselves and clients since 1999, and PHP development has changed quite considerably since then. At that time, and for years after, there were few available frameworks with which we could build our applications on, so all of our applications were developed from the ground up,...

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