Profiles in Nerdery: Kurt Schmidt, BMX Legend

Every so often we like to feature one of our Nerds and have them share a little bit about themselves and what they love to do both inside and outside of The Nerdery.

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Dine at The Nerdery for the Perfect Cause

You’re invited to a semi-formal, four-course dinner and silent auction presented by The Nerdery and Extra Life Nerds on Saturday, October 17 at 5 p.m. at The Nerdery’s Bloomington office.

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Profiles in Nerdery: Laura Shields, Dinosaur Hunter

Every so often we like to feature one of our Nerds and ask them to share a little bit about themselves and what they love to do both inside and outside of The Nerdery.

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Why Bother with Spring Boot?

Right now, Spring is the de-facto standard framework for Java-based development, especially in corporate environments. Usually when we talk about Spring, we’re talking about web development using Spring MVC. While Spring is still hugely popular, in recent years we’ve seen a number of lighter, simpler frameworks *ahem* spring up that can make simple web development much quicker and easier. So, is Spring on its way out?

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Deep Field App: Royal Albert Hall, Here We Come

Our collaboration with composer Eric Whitacre to be featured at BBC Proms

In choral-music circles, Eric Whitacre is among the genre’s rock stars. An innovator in many ways, Eric hired The Nerdery to create a mobile app that he envisioned would allow his audience to become part of the performance by using their mobile phones, on his cue, for a shared musical experience.

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The Art of Creative Coding

The goal of nearly all content is to convey a message and spark an emotion. In software, content is brought to life with interaction and animation, which join together to add further meaning to words by the software’s medium: the user interface. Maybe you want your interface to help the content move you when you see it, feel it when you click it, or grok it while you read it. In today’s digital age, software stands as one of our most expressive mediums brought to life for the user. Enter creative coding: a development approach or technique that unifies design and technology to portray your message with great depth.

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Beacon Technology Q&A: Understanding Google’s “Eddystone”

On July 14, Google announced a new standard for beacon communication, Eddystone. If you’re not sure what a beacon is, think of it as a micro-transmitter that can broadcast simple information to known locations. Or, in simpler language, beacons are simply a “Here I am!” message broadcast to other devices within range. Currently, the most famous type of beacon is Apple’s iBeacon protocol, which launched in 2013.

As companies are beginning to realize the potential beacons have (as a customer engagement method for in-store shoppers, for example) Google’s announcement is noteworthy. But why, exactly? We turn to The Nerdery’s own Principal Software Engineer and Android expert, Patrick Fuentes, for answers.

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Code Adoption and Maintenance: Working with Existing Applications

While the majority of our clients come to us needing a website or application built from scratch, we also have many who come looking for help with something that’s already been built. Sometimes they need our expertise with ongoing technical issues, or want to build new features and functionality into their existing application. Other times it’s because their previous development partner went out of business, could no longer support the application as it grew, or never intended to be a long-term partner. Whatever the reason, we’re glad to step in and help.

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The Legacy of Windows XP

Windows XP, as an operating system, has had an interesting life. From the moment of its release, it received a rock-star welcome, with over 17 million sales within two months of launch. In comparison, Lady Gaga’s first album, The Fame, sold 15 million copies.

After Windows XP’s meteoric rise, it put on its suit and tie and swiftly became the de-facto standard for enterprise operations. It brought such wonderful features as group policy – which allows administrators to prescribe how computers should look and behave on the network – USB 2.0 support, remote desktop, increased wi-fi support and much, much more.

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Coding, Cocktails & Women in Tech

At The Nerdery, one of our passions is supporting initiatives and events for women in technology. In Kansas City, we sponsor KC Women in Tech and host one of their newest efforts to expose women to technology: Coding and Cocktails. The first event at our KC office was held June 13, where 23 women participated with four mentors and two volunteer Nerds.

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