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Programming

Context Processors within Django

Have you ever needed to include the same data on every template within a Django project? I recommend becoming familiar with Django’s custom context...

App Development

Do You Need Headless eCommerce?

Headless eCommerce decouples the front and the backend, using an API to connect them, which allows for a variety of applications, third-party...

MVP

Your Proof of Concept

A proof of concept is an experiment, test, or early version that validates assumptions. It should contain research to identify the viability of an...

App Development

Viewer Request: All About Google Pay

Google Pay is an app that enables users to pay using their compatible phones, watches, or tablets. It's also integrated into Google Chrome.

Design

UI/UX Web Design Trends of 2022

One dollar investment in UX renders an average return of $100. Let's take a look at key UI/UX trends that you should consider for your web project.

Programming

Debugging Python With PDB

Debugging code isn’t always fun but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

App Development

Top e-Commerce Features

Are you planning an e-commerce app? Here are several key features you should consider for your build.

Project Management

Protecting Your Customer's ROI

We believe our customer's success is our success. Here are a few ways we protect our customer's ROI.

App Development

Top 7 Fintech Trends of 2022

These are seven key trends we see in fintech in 2022. The most important trend to pay attention to is the increasing regulation of the industry.

Project Management

5 Ways to Invest in Professional Development

Here are five ways that we invest in our team. Some of these are specific to engineers, but they are still great examples of how to grow your team.

App Development

Top 5 Tech Trends of 2022

Today Cris and Andrew highlight 5 tech trends that we are seeing in 2022 from blockchain to DevOps and security and green technology.

App Development

The Future of Blockchain

Today Cris and Cody debate the question where will blockchain be in the next 5 years? We have some controversial opinions to share. Where do you...

DevOps

Upgrade Your DevOps

Implementing a robust DevOps department can be intimidating since DevOps can have broad cultural as well as business implications for your day-to-day...

Project Management

Making Data-Driven Decisions for Your Product

Using data to inform your decisions for maintaining and improving your app is key. The best way forward is listening to your customers and ensuring a...

Project Management

Avoid These 6 Startup Mistakes

In this episode, we highlight 6 mistakes that startups frequently make. Hear our advice on each of these issues, and know you’re not alone! Bixly...

DevOps

6 Benefits of a Cloud IT Infrastructure

As promised, we are back with an episode all about the benefits of using a cloud infrastructure. If you missed our previous episode about having an...

All About Produce Tech

Produce audit apps are just one example of business process apps that help businesses save money and time, streamline processes, and capture valuable...

6 Benefits of an On-Site IT Infrastructure

There are specific circumstances under which having your servers and your whole IT infrastructure on-site is necessary. For those cases, there are a...

App Development

Don’t Miss These Trends in Retail Tech

Here are five tech trends we are seeing gaining traction in retail. Have you seen these trends? Did we miss any tech retail trends that you know of?...

App Development

5 Ways Tech is Transforming Medicine

It’s exciting to see when tech continually makes inroads in such observably beneficial ways. Here are five ways tech is impacting patient outcomes...

Project Management

6 Steps to Adopt New Tech Seamlessly

Have you ever introduced a new tool or software only to have few people use it while spending thousands of dollars? You know you need to implement...

Design

Do You Need to Redesign Your Website?

Here are nine reasons you need a site redesign. If you have even one (especially number 9) you should really consider a site redesign. And don’t...

DevOps

Supercharge Your Development Team with DevOps

DevOps is a powerful tool in custom development. It’s ideal for medium to large software teams working on projects that need speed as well as code...

App Development

Agtech Insights

We share our experience at the 2022 World Ag Expo as well as what we learned there. We discuss some of the current market of agtech as well as some...

Project Management

Have A Great Relationship with Your Software Team

Let’s talk about how we collaborate across industry lines: Bixly bringing tech and software expertise and our clients bringing their own industry...

App Development

Tech, Your Business, and Operational Efficiency

Nothing gets us fired up as much as helping businesses implement tech solutions that help them with their core company. At a high level, we see over...

DevOps

Infrastructure as Code

Infrastructure as code is the idea that we can apply similar practices from version control systems to your infrastructure. The benefits? Visibility...

App Development

What is the Metaverse?

With Facebook’s new branding, everyone is talking about the Metaverse. But what is the metaverse? What does it mean for technology? How will it...

App Development

Demystifying Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is a huge buzzword. So let’s talk about what Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 are. Let’s talk about the unique components of Web 3.0: Crypto, NFTs, and...

Project Management

Get to Market, Get to Cash

The importance of getting to market fast centers around first, getting user feedback and continue to remain on target to serve customer needs, and...

No/Low Code

Is Programming Dead?

In this episode we discuss Low Code and No Code solutions that are available. What are they good at? What are their limitations? Are they going to...

Project Management

This is How Your Project Can Fail

We have done a lot of custom software and we have seen these mistakes done (we’ve even made a couple of them ourselves — oops!) So learn from our...

App Development

Prototyping, User Stories, and Milestones

In this final episode, we review the final items included in the roadmap: your prototype, user stories, and milestones. All this culminates in a...

Project Management

How to Deal with Employee Turnover

Tech is known for employee turnover, but add to that Covid and work from home opportunities, and we’ve seen the rates of turnover expand even more....

Design

User flow, Wireframes, and Designs

This episode highlights some of the most exciting parts of project roadmapping: seeing your app come to life through the user flow, wireframes, and...

App Development

Do You Need a Website or a Web App?

Aaron Marquez is with us in the studio again as we discuss the difference between a website and a web app: their different goals, functions, and...

Design

Competitive Analysis and User Stories

In this episode we take a look at the top three closet apps to see where Encapsule fits in the market. We ask ourselves the same question that we ask...

MVP

The Mock Project Roadmap

Welcome to a new mini-series where we share a mock project roadmap with you from beginning to end. This is the first of four episodes, and in this...

Web Development

The Power of SEO

We are collaborating with AMarquez again to discuss SEO. What is it? Why is it valuable? What are some easy things to do to improve your site’s SEO...

MVP

The Starter Project Roadmap

The Starter Project Roadmap is free and obligation free! But what do you get out of it when you’re done? Alexandra and Cris talk about the benefits...

Design

What is UI and UX?

Aaron and Cris discuss the definitions of and differences between UI/UX. They also discuss why starting your project from a user’s perspective is...

Web Development

How to Generate and Convert Web Traffic

Today we sit down with Aaron, one of our strategic partners who specializes in SEO and conversion based website design. Aaron and Cris discuss what...

MVP

Estimating versus Biding Projects

Here is our take on estimating, making quotes, and how to do it accurately. Andrew and Cris discuss the potential pitfalls of estimating too low as...

App Development

Kiosk or Mobile App: Which is Right For You?

When you’re thinking about your custom software solution, sometimes it’s not clear whether a kiosk solution or a mobile app would be better. Since...

How to Manage a Blended Team

We’ve had fully remote teams and blended teams over the years. Hear some of our insight into managing remote and co-located teams: how to build trust...

Programming

When You Should Maintain, Refactor, or Rewrite

Let’s talk about refactoring versus rewriting code. In general, our bias is to preserving the maintainability of a legacy project, but when that...

About Us

Get to Know Jason

Get to know Jason who started working to help foster kids transition into adulthood to now working as a backend developer here at Bixly. He’s been a...

Get to Know Aaron

Get to know Aaron, who started in markup and design, and who has added to his skills as a frontend developer. He’s also a new dad, an artist, a...

How to Plan for App Accessibility

Whether it’s considering users who may be differently abled or even the user’s unique experience with the app, such as wearing gloves or goggles or...

What to Think About Before You Go Viral

Getting the balance right on being prepared to scale your project but not being overly prepared (i.e. wasting money on excessive hosting) can be...

Let’s Talk about Algorithms

Algorithms are simply statements of logic chained together, but where they get really powerful is when machine learning is implemented in them as...

The Best Programming Languages for Web

The best programming languages for web are the ones we see having staying power. They are flexible, fast, and well supported. Here we talk about our...

Get to Know Alexandra

Alexandra joined Bixly after working with Bixly on a website that allowed teachers to use interactive curricula online in the classroom. She also...

How to Spot High Quality Code

There’s a significant difference between “code that works” and “high quality code”. It really comes down to how you want to spend your time (and...

Get to Know Sone

Get to know Sone, who transferred from hardware and IT, to programming and web development. Sone also enjoys gaming and disc golf! Full Transcript...

The Roles of Your Tech Team

We’ve talked about a few of the tech roles in the past, like project managers or product owners, but today we take a look at the team overall. What...

Get to Know Jake

Jake always had a passion for tech, whether that be playing video games or building computers, but started out his career as a therapist, then a...

Stress Testing versus Load Testing

These two types of testing are similar but answer two different questions about your project: how does it perform under normal circumstances versus...

Get to Know Thien

Thien started out his educational career thinking he would become an architect, but ended up loving web development. Today, he also works on music...

Does Your Business Need AI?

Does your business need AI? Likely the answer is yes, and if not now, it will be. To be able to compete at speed and scale, machine learning and...

Get To Know Shandy

Shandy started out building websites for fun as a high schooler and built it into a career as a developer. She loves solving problems and her pet...

Get to Know Tyler

Tyler has come from being an aspiring journalist (he’s still a great writer and you should check out his blog!) to graphic design to development and...

Why Programmers Get Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is the feeling like you’re a fraud and a little bit of fear that the “real” experts around you will somehow figure it out. It can...

Get to Know Cris

Learn about Cris’s background in hardware, how he got at Apple, before joining the Bixly team to be a part of a startup. Also, hear about his other...

Managed Hosting: What You Need to Know

Automated hosting is kind of like flying a plan with just an autopilot. Managed hosting is like flying a plane with both a trained pilot and...

Get to Know Cody

Learn about Cody’s background in tech, how he got started with a hobby in game programming, to freelancing web development, to joining and growing...

How to Effectively Use Tech in Your Business

In a world of endless SaaS and web apps, it’s easy to have dozens of apps powering your business that may start to overlap. It’s easy to jump from...

Get to Know Andrew

Learn about Andrew’s background in tech, how he got started, and how he ended up working with Bixly. Plus we talk about his non-tech related hobbies...

Lead Gen for Tech

Lead Gen is all about finding the right fit between a real need in clients and a real solution from your service providers and that’s what we are all...

The Internet of Things: APIs and Your App

The internet of things is a term that refers to the increasing connectivity of our smart devices. When planning out your next web or app project,...

How To Nail Your Tech Interview

Tech interviews are often a different animal compared to screening in other industries. The process may take longer and will likely be much more...

What Makes an Effective PM?

Having an effective project manager is key to the success of your custom software project. Here Andrew goes over some skills every project manager...

What are Code Audits Good For?

Code audits are a low cost, low investment process that will help your project maintain consistency and meet industry standard practices. Unless...

Budgeting for Your Project

Getting an estimate or even a fixed-bid quote on a software project is actually quite difficult. Either, you will need to spend a decent amount of...

Building a Team with Gender Diversity

At Bixly, it’s important for us to have a culture where any person of any background can succeed on our team. That means cultivating a culture of...

How to Best Employ DevOps on Your Project

Devops is a hot topic in tech right now. In this episode, we talk about what is devops, how it helps your project, and what your expectations should...

What You Need To Know When Blending Teams

Staff Augmentation often happens when we are coming alongside your existing team. This could be to fill a gap, work on a backlog project, or to work...

How Much Do You Need to Know to Build an App?

We suggest having a familiarity with how software projects are structured and then finding great experts to work with. Otherwise, having a background...

Budgeting Time for Your App

Before starting your project, it’s important to have realistic expectations of how long it takes to make custom software (and therefore how much it...

Communication is Key to Your Project Success

Having excellent communication can make or break your project. Cris and Andrew discuss best practices, helpful tools, and some pitfalls to look out...

You Need Wireframes for Your App

Wireframes are among the best and cheapest tools for refining and defining your app idea. They can often be a great place to start getting feedback...

Why You Need Staff Augmentation

Staff Augmentation, or outsourcing, can be a great fit for many projects. Because custom software development requires so many skillsets, that...

How Tech Impacts Education

This year more than ever technology is impacting where and how our students learn. In this episode we discuss everything from how the internet has...

What You Need to Know About Medical Apps

The Medical Industry is one that continues to be transformed by tech. When thinking about custom software, there continues to be huge opportunity....

Why You Need a Product Owner

The product owner holds a unique position in any software project and they are key to bringing your project to success. The product owner represents...

Introducing the Friday Roundup!

Here at Bixly we are unabashed nerds, and we’ve found that’s not so rare as you might think. We often share what we’re learning on the side,...

Custom Software for Agriculture

The agricultural industry is becoming increasingly data driven and automated, which means custom software has recently become a big player. Today,...

What is Project Roadmapping?

Project roadmapping is the most valuable thing you can do for your project. It is the best way to figure out what you need to build (and what you...

Fixed-Bid Vs Time and Materials

There are two main ways we structure projects at Bixly depending on our clients’ needs. Andrew and Cris talk about the differences between these two...

Get User Feedback FAST with an MVP

Cris and Andrew get passionate about the value that MVPs bring your product. In this episode of Tech Tuesday, they describe different kinds of MVPs...

Why Your Tech Stack Matters

At Bixly, our core tech stack has been well established for many years. We’ve been programming in Python/Django for well over 10 years and using...

Exciting Changes Coming to Tech Tuesday!

If you don’t follow us on Instagram, then you may not know that we have been doing a weekly live show tackling tech topics every Tuesday. That...

Budgeting for Your Project

Here at Bixly we like to be as transparent as possible about what it really costs to build a custom piece of software, because we think it is...

What is Project Roadmapping?

Project roadmapping (previously called the Discovery Phase) is something that we talk about a lot because it is extremely valuable and important! It...

Should You Build a Custom Admin?

There have been several projects we have worked on in which a custom admin was either a huge milestone for the project or was the entire project...

The ONLY Two Business Reasons to Build an App

Having been in the business of building apps since 2006, we have been able to distill viable apps into two categories. They are built for one of only...

BeGreat: Using Simplicity to Enhance Efficacy

Since working with Bixly, the BeGreat app has pivoted to a new concept, however version one of the app is still a wonderful example of how a simple...

How to Tell If Your Dev Shop is Trustworthy

In our blog about determining if you should make an internal hire or work with a team like Bixly’s, we talked about how it can be challenging to...

How and Why to Make Your Own Wireframes

A process that we’ve referenced obliquely as part of our project road mapping process and in our blog about planning your kiosk software is creating...

How to Be an Effective Product Owner

It actually took us many years to understand how vital this role was for the success of the project. For a long time, we thought we could handle it...

Two Projects Shine in the Midst of Covid-19

While headlines have been filled with how Jeff Bezos is even MORE successful during shelter-in-place orders as a result of Covid-19, at Bixly we are...

When Django Oscar is Right For You

What is Oscar? If you’ve worked with Django before, you’ve probably heard of Oscar. Oscar is an ecommerce plugin. It allows your development team to...

Meet Cris!

If you’re one of our clients, you’ve certainly spent a lot of time talking with Cris. As Chief of Staff, Cris fulfills a hybrid role. Internally,...

We launched Overflow!

Overflow is a way to pay for your drinks in a busy bar. You can see the app here. It’s built in Ionic, using Angular. The back-end is written of...

April Events

April 12: Ignite22 The Ignite22 event is one of the major events we have been targeting all year. At Ignite, there will be four panels, two in the...

Leveraging Blockchain

Bixly has partnered with an excellent company called QubeChain on a couple of projects that are actively leveraging blockchain technology. Recently,...

Stripe: Seamless and Secure

There are perhaps no two things more important to your customers than these two aspects, and if they are done properly they should never be overtly...

Business Automation Integration is Available Now

One thing we’ve discovered… is that we often end up saying “Automate can do anything!” It’s a wonderful thing to be able to say, but it’s a tough...

Build the boat and make it look good too

That’s what the life of a front-end web developer often entails, so how exactly do they connect with each other? I’ll start with the process esteemed...

Hello World! Tales From the Newbie’s Desk

Hey all! My name is Aaron K. and I’m one of Bixly’s newest Front End Developers. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this wacky, talented, group of...

Building the Bixly Team

The topic of a recent meeting was what could be done to further the growth of the tech industry in Fresno. The question was posed to us, “What does...

Stashboard Clone

What is Stashboard? For those of you that don’t know, Stashboard is an open source status page that runs on Google App Engine. It can be customized...

MQTT and Nebri

What is MQTT? MQTT is a network protocol used for device to device messaging. Once a server is set up, you can subscribe to topics. Once a...

Controlling Stripe With Python And Rules

Are you interested in controlling Stripe based on rules? Maybe if a customer has been there for so long, they get a discount, or some billing change...

JQuery Client Library

Interested in connecting your jQuery to your Nebri instance? We would like to provide these two helper libraries to kick start your efforts. jQuery...

Marketing Automation With Rules And Events

As you know, there is a HUGE selection of Marketing Automation tools available. I am writing to show you a programmatic approach to accomplish...

Dallas Visit

We visit a secret client in Dallas, Texas! Here’s a few pics from the trip:

Bertrand Russell On Systems Thinking

I love when non-business thinkers give great advice the really is useful for a business. Here’s a lecture that talks about systems and people. A...

2014 Halloween Party At The Office

Here’s some pics of the 2014 Halloween party that happened at our office. Plenty of dancing and janky costumes.

Home Automation Hub Reviews

Home automation is made a zillion times more powerful when the devices are connected to the web. A proper hub or gateway achieves this by routing...

Should I Use A Rule Engine?

I find myself explaining what a rule engine is very often.  Here’s my answer, and some thoughts on where a rule engine can fit into your technology...

Projecting Your Voice to Land a Career

As a recruiter, I am fortunate to meet many people on a daily basis. One of the things that tends to come through is the ability to pick up on...

Science Backs Up Bixly!

I love this article that just came out on Slashdot entitled: Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better Checkout the article on Slashdot. There...

Rockin’ the Djangos in Fresno

I just wanted to show everyone around. Our office is always changing, so here is the latest look:

The New Office Etiquette

The folks over at job-board site www.monster.com have shared 12 rules for the workplace regarding etiquette. Even though most employees know to...

Stigmergy Is Magic

From Wikipedia: Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or actions.[1] The principle is that the trace left in...

Automation Engine With Python

What’s interesting is that the word automation is so attractive, yet it seems to mean almost anything. It’s in danger of meaning nothing. But we all...

Pitching Django To Your Manager

Luckily we run into people that have already made the decision to use Django even before calling in, but you might not be in that boat. How do you...

Awesome forms with django-crispy-forms

Django-crispy-forms is a third-party Django application which lets you create beautiful forms in “a very elegant and DRY way”. Best of all—you...

Tmux is a terminal multiplexer

When I started in web development, Gnome terminal and its tab interface were the tools I used for my terminal needs. We can say that web development...

What More Can You Do With Zapier?

I think Zapier is a killer service.  Also if you haven’t seen IFTTT you should do that. It’s kinda what like what Apple is to PC, IFTTT is to Zapier....

Implementing A Rules Engine In Python

We have a couple options for implementing a rules engine in Python: we can roll our own, or we use an existing one. Regarding the first option, it...

Rules Engine With Python and Django

We all have our reasons for wanting a great rules engine in Python/Django. For us, those reasons are a) we enjoy programming in Python/Django and b)...

Other Tools For Rule Based Home Automation

Here’s some popular home automation packages which use rules in some fashion. We would argue that rules would be THE way to automate your home almost...

Strength Of The Rule-Engine Approach

Rule-engines have a special advantage over their imperative counterpart.  Lets get some footing with a quote from Martin Fowler: A rules engine is...

A Conversation On Nonlinearity

I recently traded a few emails with Pedro Sobreiro about NebriOS and how it could be used to for business strategy optimization within a Business...

Django TastyPie

Django Tastypie makes developing RESTful APIs for web applications so delicious that you’ll crave for more! In developing web applications, there may...

JSON, jQuery, and Django

Django has a powerful system for returning HTML pages, and excellent integration with AJAX systems for returning HTML via AJAX requests, but you can...

django-skel: A Skeleton for Django Projects

The adult human body has 206 bones, 28 of which are skull bones, 30 are in our arms and legs, 26 vertebrae, 24 ribs, the hyoid bone, the pelvic bones...

LOOK MA, NO PHOTOSHOP!

For most of my graphic design career, Adobe’s wonderful line of design software has made it possible for me to create anything I want for a variety...

SIDE PROJECTS ARE IMPORTANT

It’s very easy to crash after a long day at work…very easy. You’ve put your all into your job for a good eight hours or so, maybe you’ll do some...

Acing the Interview

I get a real kick out of following interesting people on Twitter. One of those is a user called “@TheSuccessKing.” They provide great resources for...

Forbes and Bixly Have a Connection

A couple of months ago, Forbes published an article of the 5 most sought-after personality traits in new-hires. They were: professionalism,...

End-of-Year Success Review!

We’re very fortunate to have had some great success this year at Bixly. The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on some of our...

THE BIXLY DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY

Other Methodologies While Lean has its origins in manufacturing, it can be applied to Software Development. There are many methodologies that can be...

SOLVING OFFSHORE COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS

When I first joined Bixly, we were still a small start-up with just under a handful of active developers. Over the years, our team has expanded into...

Does Facebook Matter?

Social media is considered a vital frontier in multiple facets of business. Marketing departments utilize social media as a critical part of their...

The Skype Interview

I spend a lot of time reading career advice articles so that I can share the information with the rest of the world. CareerBuilder recently hit the...

Why Prolance?

As a recruiter, I interact with plenty of developers who wonder whether they should pursue freelance positions, or consider a position where they can...

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

This is another of my favorite questions as a recruiter. While it’s easy to come up with an answer to this, especially since you probably know the...

HOW TO AVOID A NEW PROJECT FIASCO

By Adam Temple, Founder/CEO of Bixly     If you are new to the programming scene, it’s best I give you the wakeup call now: It’s expensive. It’s not...

EXECUTING DEVELOPMENT WITH ASSEMBLA

At Bixly, we are thoughtful about cultivating a virtual environment for our clients and team-members to organize, monitor, and collaborate on...

FIVE PROLANCING BENEFITS OF BIXLY DEVELOPERS

by Vana Moua, Sales Executive Being in the sales department, I respond to a lot of job ads posted on job posting sites and forums. Most people email...

Puffery, or Deceit?

Every recruiter and hiring manager knows that when they review someone’s resume, there’s probably a little bit of puffery occurring. Puffery is...

The Question of Private vs. Public Domain

There is an ongoing debate in the world of recruiting and hiring regarding Social Media. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a recruiter, candidate,...

Two Deceptively Easy Interview Questions

When I interviewed for previous positions in my career, I always seemed to find myself confronted by two questions that, at face value, are...

Do This…and Wreck Your Career

I was recently perusing the illustrious webpage for the San Francisco Chronicle, and there’s a great article on how swearing at work might cost you...

Django-Celery

I hate vegetables, but this is different. Hungry people usually do not want to be kept waiting for food. People hate waiting, especially when they do...

Django Chronograph

In this recipe, I will be writing all I know about using the django-chronograph app for your websites. Django-chronograph is Django’s way of doing...