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Ionic/Cordova: How to Debug on a Device with Visual Studio Code

June 22, 2018

Modus loves Ionic! As an Ionic Trusted Partner, we do a lot of hybrid app development for various clients using Ionic Framework. Clients love it because they get to deploy their app to multiple app stores (Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and more) for the price of developing a single app! Developers love it because…

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Ship It: Release Management in Jira and Confluence

Ship It: Release Management in Jira and Confluence

May 23, 2018

Ship it! Planning, managing and communicating releases is often done as an afterthought. You release the functionality that is done at the end of the sprint, or you release whatever is ready when you hit your milestone. As for planning, well that is the result of numerous meetings, scrum board watching, and hand wrenching. Having…

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Jira: Using Epics vs Components vs Labels

May 9, 2018

We’re going to compare Epics, Components, and Labels as they are used in Atlassian’s tool, Jira. To properly use these features in Jira, you must first establish their definition of use and share these with your entire team and/or company. So let’s jump right in. What are these things? Epics are simply containers that are…

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Writing Tests with CodeceptJS & Nightmare

Writing Tests with CodeceptJS & Nightmare

March 2, 2018

There are plenty of test automation tools available for a project. Most give you the ability to combine frameworks together to better suit your needs. Because there are so many different options and combinations of testing tools and libraries, it may be difficult finding something to get started with. To help with that, let’s take…

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Docker For Developers

Docker For Developers

February 12, 2018

I recently inherited an existing project that hadn’t been actively worked on for quite some time. When I looked at the instructions for how to set up the project on my Mac, it struck me how much dependent software I’d have to install in my desktop environment, and how much of that is software I…

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Promoting Blog Entries with AWS Lambda and Slack

Promoting New Blog Entries with AWS Lambda and Slack

April 17, 2017

Here at Modus Create, we’re avid users of Slack as a team collaboration tool and have been working on ways to use it more as we go about our daily business. We also maintain a regularly updated company blog. Recently, we decided that it would be a fun learning exercise to combine these things and…

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Getting Your Team Invested in Cucumber

March 2, 2017

As a general rule, test automation is limited to either test engineers or developers. Many times, there is a disconnect among teams on what is being tested. If your role on the team doesn’t involve creating or monitoring tests on a regular basis, then you may never really know what is covered in a test…

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Protractor and Jasmine Data Provider

Write Once, Test Many

March 23, 2016

With any framework that picks up traction and becomes widely used, comes an awesome community of developers looking to make that framework better than it is on its own. Package managers like NPM and Homebrew provide a bountiful host of tools and extensions that can be helpful (and sometimes life-saving) to your project. One such…

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Protractor and Friends: Continuous Integration

November 10, 2015

When initially building out a testing framework for an application, you have a wealth of tools, plug-ins, and approaches to choose from. What tool works best for the application you are developing? How should you structure the tests or organize any UI elements? And, as your test suite grows, you may find yourself asking where…

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Classes and Structs in Swift

September 15, 2015

The differences between let and var, class and struct. With the introduction of Swift, native iOS development has become more approachable and modern. Classes and structs in Swift are basic constructs of your program. In Swift, both classes and structs can have properties and functions. The key difference is structs are value types and classes…

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