The Fairway Technologies Blog

July 21, 2010 | Lorrie Hunsaker

Fairway Technologies Achieves Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Status

Software Development and Web Development Competencies Acquired by Fairway Technologies

June 2, 2010 | Leslie Weller

New Favorite Lunch Spot

Admit it. One of the best things about starting a new job is discovering new lunch spots.

If you have ever put in four, six or even 10 years at the same company, like I have, deciding where to go for lunch can be uninspiring, at best. Of course I had my go-to standbys, budget-friendly picks and fancy schmancy good eats. But when lunch time rolled around, I dreaded making a decision, and often regretted my choice. Either I spent too much for what I got, too much grease made me lethargic the rest of the afternoon, or too light of a lunch made me ravenous by 3pm.

But now that I have a great new job in downtown La Jolla California, thoughts of lunch fill me with discovery and optimism.

May 26, 2010 | Lorrie Hunsaker

Fairway Technologies Named One of 2010's "Best Places to Work" in the San Diego Business Journal

San Diego, CA - May 26, 2010 - Fairway Technologies, a San Diego-based information technology consulting services and solutions firm, today announced that they were a finalist in the annual list of San Diego Business Journal's 2010 "Best Places to Work" contest. Fairway Technologies was one of 800 San Diego-based firms nominated, and placed in the top twenty in the small business (15-49 employees) category. The prestigious award recognizes organizations for their exemplary workplace environment, employer benefits and employee satisfaction. 

February 4, 2010 | Noah Heldman

Why should I care about functions as first-class citizens?

The term "first-class citizen" as it applies to a feature of a programming language has always sounded weird to me. Besides anthropomorphizing code, it's vaguely insulting, as if other language features might be considered "illegal immigrants". On top of that, I've been using functions as first-class citizens in JavaScript for a long time now, but never appreciated why being first class was so special.

Well, I found a situation that changed my mind.

January 20, 2010 | Noah Heldman

PHP Remote Debugging with XDebug and NetBeans

Although some of these instructions are specific to Debian Linux (and more specifically, for MindTouch 2009 Enterprise VM), hopefully these steps will get you up and running with PHP debugging (and not the kind where you litter your code with print statements, or take a var_dump() all over your code…).

No, this is for the kind of debugging where you can set breakpoints, watch variables, look at the stack trace, and modify your code on the fly! Hooray for that!

December 22, 2009 | Ben Griswold

Installing SubText with Web PI

SubText is the engine behind our company blog. With the goal of ensuring a smooth transition between the main website and the blogs, I spent some time tightening up the styles for the aggregate and individual blogs last week. This required a custom SubText skin and lot of css tweaking.

Though I've previously had the SubText source running on my machine, there was no need to update or rebuild the solution in my current case so just went ahead with a local installation using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI).

December 21, 2009 | Mike Mannion

ROI Primer

Hey there. From time to time I'm going to use this space to write about my perspectives on IT management and strategy. With that as a warning, I'll dive right in...

December 17, 2009 | Ben Griswold

Learn Domain-Driven Design

I just wrote about how I like to present on unfamiliar topics. With this said, Domain-Driven Design (DDD) is no exception. This is yet another area I knew enough about to be dangerous but I certainly was no expert. As it turns out, researching this topic wasn't easy. I could be wrong, but it is as if DDD is a secret to which few are privy. If you search the Interwebs, you will likely find little information about DDD until you start rolling over rocks to find that one great write-up, a handful of podcasts and videos and the Readers' Digest version of the Blue Book which apparently you must read if you really want to get the complete, unabridged skinny on DDD. Even Wikipedia's write-up is skimpy which I didn't know was possible…

November 29, 2009 | Ben Griswold

Learn Behavior-Driven Development

In this presentation, I provided a brief introduction into TDD and talked about the confusion and misconceptions around the discipline. I, of course, shared a bit about Dan North, the father of BDD and touched upon some crazy hypothesis dreamed up by Sapir and Whorf. I then gave a Behavior Driven Development overview (my impressions of the implementation and lifecycle) and then touched upon available tools, how to get started and I threw in a number of reference and reading materials which you will find below.

November 24, 2009 | vole

Mario Kart Tournament

Fairway completed the final round of the inaugural Mario Kart Wii Tournament today. Brett S, sans his mighty nunchuk, cruised past the field of 16 racers and edged out Mike for the victory. Congratulations to Brett S on the victory - you truly plays Mario Kart like a teenager.

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