I started writing this post a month ago but delayed posting it until now. We are almost all the way through a re-write/re-design of vogogo.com in Django and I must say it has been a pleasure.
The comments below represent my findings after developing and deploying several Grails production applications over the last several years.
Further to my post on the Technology Behind Vogogo I’d like to talk a bit more about the software development process used. It is something that everybody has an opinion on, so take it for what it is worth. It has been an interesting last few years where I’ve been able to strip away everything that I’ve been taught about developing software and start from the beginning again working by myself.Read More
Part of our marketing effort at Vogogo has us exploring local radio station advertising as a way to reach potential customers that are not actively looking for an online payment solution. The ads just started running yesterday so it is too early to see any impact.Read More
I’ve been fighting with Grails 2.0 over the holidays in order to put together a plan to migrate at least one of our Grails systems from 1.3.7 to 2.0. I’ve made some headway in sorting out some of the expected problems like controller methods now being publicly callable as well as labelling some classes that should have been abstract but couldn’t be because Grails wasn’t able to work with them in earlier versions.Read More
I worked from home for a few years. It was a great experience as I was able to tune my work habits to extract the most productive hours out of a day. An unfortunate downside was how often my home phone would ring and completely destroy my flow. I had played with Asterisk, the open source PBX (i.e. phone system) in another venture I was involved with where several people working at different locations needed to answer the same 1-800 number. If my home phone would ring into an Asterisk server I would be able to filter out unwanted calls and auto-dialers.Read More