Category: Element 84

Message Functions

One common functionality for software is the need to provide human readable text messages. This is true of native applications, web applications, and many back-end systems. For applications with a user interface there is often a requirement that these messages be localized, that is, provided to the user in the user’s native language. For this… Read more »

Technology Radar 2014

We’re releasing our first Technology Radar. A Technology Radar, pioneered by ThoughtWorks, is a list of the techniques, tools, platforms, languages, and frameworks divided into recommendation levels: Adopt, Trial, Assess and Hold. It’s mostly a list of things we find useful and interesting. We’ve built our own Technology Radar for several reasons. We think it… Read more »

Easy Testing with Android Studio

If you’re developing in Android Studio and using the Gradle build system, this guide will help you get your Test environment up and running in just 4 steps. Before we get started, let’s take a look at what we will be adding to our project: JUnit JUnit is the standard unit testing framework for Java. We’ll… Read more »

DRY Up Your Vagrant Files

The last couple of weeks I have been learning to use Vagrant in support of some testing we are doing of persistence solutions like MongoDB and Riak. If you are not familiar with Vagrant and you are using virtual machines in your development, you really should check it out. Vagrant combined with Packer makes it… Read more »

Announcing VDD Core

I am pleased to announce the release of a new open source library from element 84. VDD Core is a Clojure library built to help enable Visualization Driven Development. Visualization Driven Development (VDD) is a new name for an old concept. VDD is the practice of using interactive visualizations to aid in understanding the execution… Read more »

Welcome Matt!

We’ve crossed a big line here at Element 84 this week with the hire of Matt Bialas. It’s the first time that we’ve had two developers with the same name (Matthew Crouch started a couple of weeks ago)! Matt B comes to us with a wealth of Android development experience and we’re very excited to… Read more »