Author Archive for: jlutz

Using Gmail to Generate Trello Cards

25 Apr
April 25, 2013

Over the last few months, the tech team has been trying to improve our processes, the tools we use, and of course our code itself.  We got serious about project management and adopted Trello.  We’ve made other development changes like starting code reviews and coding guidelines, but right now our focus has been on shoring up the development process using our chosen set of tools.  So the question naturally arose … where should we have automatic integration? Read more →

It’s not you, it’s me

08 Apr
April 8, 2013

You’ve heard the famous breakup line, “it’s not you, it’s me.”  Of course, what it really means is, “this is all your fault, not mine.”  It’s a way of taking all the blame verbally but secretly knowing you don’t take any blame at all.  Well, oftentimes programmers like to use this bit with users.  Recently we had this situation pop up with our library eCommerce website.

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Where are those netsuite country codes?

22 Mar
March 22, 2013

I ran into a problem this week where I discovered that our integration software (boomi) didn’t have the proper country maps, therefore leaving country blank on some of our sales orders.  We hadn’t run into the problem in the past because most of our sales were US and Canada, but now that we have various other countries, someone noticed that several sales orders had no country attached.  Digging in, I noticed that we use a cross reference table that had very incomplete data.

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Hacking the Findaway way

05 Nov
November 5, 2012

This past Thursday the Creative, IT, and Product Development teams got together and had our very first Hackathon, otherwise known as Hackaway.  The idea came from various other companies that we’ve heard do a 24-hour period of working on a new product or improvement that is outside everyone’s normal work experience.  Facebook, Atlassian, American Greetings, Yahoo, and many other companies have done similar events, and it seemed like a great idea to try out here at Findaway.

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IE and console.log

14 Sep
September 14, 2012

Many a developer has been foiled by IE after developing and testing in Firefox and Chrome, using their Javascript debugging tools, and then running into weird inconsistencies in IE.  This is yet another of those stories.

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A Groovy way to customize Boomi

20 Aug
August 20, 2012

My latest travels in the world of Boomi were to find a way to take an order from our local SQL database and put it in Netsuite.  This seems like a simple job since Boomi’s job is to integrate systems by mapping data of one type to another type.  However, there is a bit of a roadblock in the data format on the SQL side.  Our orders come from one table where the items in the order are in a single field, separated by commas.  Boomi does not like to take things from a comma separated string and put them in a list.  This is where Groovy comes in.
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Findaway Time

03 Aug
August 3, 2012

Dilbert's take on Google Time

In an effort to spice up the daily work life of my team, give them freedom to develop something new, and provide added value to the business, I decided to create “Findaway Time,” inspired by Google’s 20% time.

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Moving from ColdFusion to railo

22 Jun
June 22, 2012

Although ColdFusion is not our standard language when creating sites, we have often used it in the past to create small and easily configurable web pages.  These sites were all hosted through one hosting company and were serviceable in the early years of our company.  However, starting a year or so ago, we ran into a few issues with having our ColdFusion sites hosted at this particular company.

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