How We Foster Open Dialogue Through Intentional Feedback

Does the phrase “annual review” make you tense up? Or do you find yourself relaxed, maybe even excited with the anticipation of new opportunities? An employee’s answer to this question can say a lot about the culture of the company they’re working for. It can also be a pretty good indicator of whether they have…

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Our Code Review Process: More than Quality Assurance

Just like writers during the editing process, programmers review each other’s work, provide feedback, and work together to create a more refined, higher-quality end product.  At a basic level, this process helps ensure code quality and brings potential defects to the surface. More than that, it helps developers transfer and grow knowledge, resulting in continuously…

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Buzz Off, FizzBuzz!: How We Interview at The Gnar

Generic engineering challenges like FizzBuzz are the worst. If you’re a developer, you may have groaned reading the last sentence, and we sympathize. If not, here’s the scoop:  The interview process in the world of software development isn’t quite like other industries. In addition to the standard “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” questions, most…

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Exploding Consulting Myths: Support

The job of a software consultant is exciting and dynamic. We enjoy being consultants because we welcome a new challenge, we embrace different perspectives, and we love continually working with the latest tech. And as we’ve demonstrated in previous installments, those benefits don’t have to come at the expense of a welcoming team and a…

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Exploding Consulting Myths: Work

Ask someone at The Gnar for their impression of a consulting job before and after they joined the team, and you will likely hear two different stories. At The Gnar we put a premium on our team and our culture. In order to do this, we actively resist many of the stereotypical characteristics of a…

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Make Yourself Accessible: Legacy Rails Applications

This is the third in a three-part series on “what accessibility actually looks like when you’re implementing it in a Rails app.” Part One covered some of the moral, ethical and professional rationale for making a site that adequately serves as many people as possible. Part Two covered implementing accessibility checks in a brand-new application,…

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Make Yourself Accessible: New Rails Apps

In Part One of this series, I talked through some of the ethical and moral rationales for making a website accessible to as many people as possible. It’s good for your users, and it’s good for your code, so it’s a good idea. But I didn’t actually lay out the process of adding accessibility checks…

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Exploding Consulting Myths: Culture

Can a Consulting Company Be a Team? We Are. At The Gnar we enjoy challenging the common misconceptions around tech consulting. Is it long hours? Is it really competitive? Is every developer on an island? Do I have to wear a collared shirt? The answer is unequivocally: not at The Gnar. Our founders Nick and…

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Make Yourself Accessible: Why It Matters

My grandfather used a wheelchair after suffering a spinal injury in his forties. His house had a long ramp and a tiny elevator, his pepper grinder was electric, and he slept on a waterbed (it was AWESOME). If he were using the modern Internet, he’d be using accessibility tech. He had mobility in his hands,…

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