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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.
Feb
06

What Does it Mean When "About Us" Reveals Nothing?

What Does it Mean When "About Us" Reveals Nothing?

The about us page on any company website is always important. It’s here that you’ll find out about the values of the company, their experience, and the founding principles that influence their work. It’s also where you meet the people who contribute their talents to the business and who you will trust with your project.

So, what does it mean when you explore a Joomla Development companies website only to discover that they don’t have an about us page, or the page doesn’t feature a single team member?

Short answer: It’s not a good sign.

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Jan
16

How Green Joomla Developers Drain Profits

How Green Joomla Developers Drain Profits

In the Marines, a “boot” is a new Marine and is what you are referred as for the first two years of your service, regardless of your rank.  When I served in the Marines, one of the things that bothered me as a boot was that leadership positions were assigned based upon experience.  The idea was that because the senior Marines had been in longer than the new guys they were more qualified to lead, but unfortunately this wasn’t always the case.  Blue Bridge has been in business nearly three times longer than I was a boot (six years). In reflecting upon my own experiences as a developer and seeing much amateur work over the years I've come to appreciate how important of a factor experience is and how the Marines might have ended up with that simplistic system.  Experience has a tremendous impact on how a project is accomplished and much of the time, that impact is felt directly by the client in their bottom line.

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Oct
14

Your Tech Advisor Is Ignorant

Your Tech Advisor Is Ignorant

Several years ago, Blue Bridge was working with a local company as web application developers. We had already built one application for them on Joomla! that allowed their remote employees to submit complicated forms to a central database. They wanted us to provide a quote on another project they were executing for one of their clients. After going to a few meetings, my client emailed me and asked what technology the project would be built with? I replied that it would be built on the LAMP stack. If you're not familiar, the LAMP stack is the underlying technology for nearly every site on the web because it's free, open source, and proven. The next day I got an email from my client saying that their client's IT department wanted the project built on a .Net Microsoft stack because that was "better." Even though it was going to cost Blue Bridge our role on the project I told my client, "Then build it in .Net. Give them what they want." These days, I still agree with the sentiment to give the client what they want, or more accurately what they need, however my response now would be: "If they want an IT department built application, why are they asking for quotes from professional developers?"

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