Of Darts and Buckets

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Web Services

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on an exciting in-house project for Grio called Filedart.  This service, which will launch in the near future, affords the denizens of the web the ability to effortlessly upload content to the cloud by dragging photos or files to a small icon in their taskbar.  After the file is uploaded by the client, the service automatically copies a mini-fied URL to the client’s clipboard.  This URL leads to a brand-new, public web hosting wrapper for that file that they can easily distribute to their friends of colleagues to share.  The service is free, and users don’t even have to log-in to use it.

Defining Software Quality

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Here at Grio we strive to constantly improve the quality of our software. But what exactly does that mean?  Is there a way to measure software quality?  What are the metrics?  What are the tools needed for this endeavor?

Ex2d: A helpful plugin for Unity3D

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A lightweight plugin for Unity.

Our most recent in house project was a fun children’s game called Whack Attack, and was built with Unity 3D and released for iPhones and android devices.  Unity is a great tool, but it is definitely (and obviously) more geared for game crafting in the third dimension.  Our game deals mostly with two dimensional sprites, although they are set in a pseudo 3d environment to attain some basic perspective.

Communicating with a software engineer

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Like any working professional, software engineers are extremely busy. There is more code to write than there is time. For this, we can be very picky with which tools we choose to communicate. A normal day can be filled with meetings, email , and then actually trying to write code. For the engineer, we have time for few things, and writing code is top priority. So, what’s the best method for getting a developer’s attention?

Here’s some tactics that will help you get in touch quickly with the guys building the next best life changing tools.

Managing from India – 5 tips

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I’m writing this post from Mysore, India where I’m working for the entire month of February.

Coming here was a nail-biter for me, but not because of typical western concerns like bedbugs, heat, smog, or monsoons. What terrified me was the idea of traveling all this way and not being able to do my job effectively. I oversee operations and finances at Grio, participate in business development, and am currently managing two projects. If anything were to prevent me from working, I would need to grab the next flight and go home – arriving a minimum of 40 hours later!

A Lightweight jQuery Notification Bar

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Notifying users with quick messages and alerts in a website is one of the most recurring needs of a web developer.
Every time I need to implement something like that, I start looking around the web hoping to find some Javascript/jQuery plugin that would do the work for me.
The good thing is that a lot of people have already faced this problem.
The bad thing is that the results of the search are way too many and often very confusing.
Chances are that most of the time, you don’t really need a 3MB-super-fancy-hyper-customizable-highly-priced plugin, but you just want something that works, and that you can quickly incorporate into your code.

From Hatebook to Poll.li

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Today Grio launched a new website, a new blog, and a free product.

I’m going to tell you about the product, which is called Poll.li (see http://poll.li).

Simply put, Poll.li is a way of voting on content using emoticons. You can think of it as a like button with more variety. Similar to like, Poll.li can be used as a voting mechanism for web users.

Grio Comic :)

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In this week post I decided to do something a little different. Being a designer, I am used to drawing more than writing. So, here I am drawing. . . I hope you guys enjoy.

Grio Helps Playnomics to Enhance its Software Platform

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Playnomics has agreed to leverage Grio's talents to provide software development assistance and recommendations for architecture improvements and optimization.

Playnomics provides a platform that publishers of online games can use to understand who their most valuable players are and how to acquire players who will be the most dominant to their game. The platform collects in-game event data and uses proprietary algorithms in combination with an advanced recommendation engine to quantify player value.

In this collaboration, Grio will help build applications that interact with and enhance the Playnomics platform.

Alltel Wireless Taps Grio for Website Development

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Allied Wireless (Alltel) has selected Grio to create its web presence that includes the alltelwireless.com <http://www.alltelwireless.com> consumer website as well as Alltel’s corporate intranet website.

Grio is assisting Alltel in various technical areas ranging from architectural recommendations to service integrations with Alltel's internal systems. Grio is providing software development resources for the creation and maintenance of Alltel’s website properties and content management systems.

Allied Wireless Communications Corporation is a wireless telecommunications provider based in Little Rock, Arkansas. It currently serves approximately one million subscribers in six states – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho.