Being awesome, even when you screw up.

Being awesome, even when you screw up.

Here at awesome Finda we prefer to deal with awesome people, awesome suppliers in particular. Being awesome doesn’t necessarily mean being faultless; we believe being awesome means acknowledging your faults and screw ups, learning from them and doing everything in your power to  never let  it happen again.

Today (or yesterday actually, but we only got it today since I was away yesterday…) our hosting provider and sysadmin company Web Drive delivered the awesome cake below to the Finda team. We really appreciate the gesture (how did you know we freaking love chocolate cake?) and know  it’s the mark of an awesome company; acknowledging screw ups, owning it and learning from it.

The cake, we get to have it AND eat it!

The cake, it's ours! We get to have it AND eat it!

Good going Web Drive guys, THIS is why we work with you; we get to have our cake AND eat it too!


Edit:

Lunch of champions.

Lunch of champions.

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Welcome to Finda Betty, we hope you enjoy your stay!

Welcome to Finda Betty, we hope you enjoy your stay!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest member of the Finda development team. The team has been fighting to hire her for the longest time; we were severely lacking in awesome but now that Betty has joined us, we are complete. Betty completes us on a profound level.

Meetings were had, arguments were won, business cases were created and followed up repeatedly, there was begging, pleading, ranting and finally there was WIN. Betty joined us properly this week to start her career of awesome and win with the Finda developers.

We’re pretty sure she’ll enjoy her stay since we have every intention of looking after her very well.

Before we go onto the gallery I quickly put together to showcase the hotness and awesome that is Betty, please take this time to listen to Betty’s theme song, created in 1977 in anticipation of Betty joining our team:

And now, ladies and gentlemen and Awesome Geeks, I present to you Black Betty, her nickname is “Betty The Beast”, cos she’s got pride! She’s got power! She’s a bad ass mother who don’t take shit from nobody!

A portrait of our sexy Black Betty!

A portrait of our sexy Black Betty!

Isn’t she just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? She’s cute, clever and has the memory of a whole herd of elephants!

A close up of sexy Black Betty the super model's face!

A close up of sexy Black Betty the super model's face!

Just look at that face! So pretty!

Betty's beautiful green eye!

Betty's beautiful green eye!

Her emerald eye, bright and shining with awesome!

Betty's beautiful inside... er... brain!

Betty's beautiful inside... er... brain!

Isn’t Betty just awesome! 16 cores and 16Gb of pure developer pleasure!

Welcome to Finda, our lovely Black Betty “The Beast”!

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Some hump day awesome from the movies

Some hump day awesome from the movies

I have an awesome (ok, I think it’s awesome) story of movies and system building to tell on hump day. And I just thought of it.

Watch the film Inception? It doesn’t matter if you enjoyed it or not, everybody appreciated the special effects. They were terribly awesome. Check out this YouTube video on how they actually made the zero G effects happen:

Developing a system is a bit like making a movie. There’s a bunch of technical construction and bunch of creative pretty and there is putting it all together. When you make a movie, you start by building the set. In the case of Inception, it’s a freaking complicated set that took months to construct and it was awesome. The people making the set probably loved making it but it cost a bloody fortune.

Developing a system is similar in several ways. Using plain old PHP to develop a system is like having to build the set from the ground up. You weld thousands of bits together, paint a couple of walls, throw some furniture around; you spend months making the set awesome and sexy and then you start making the movie. Developers generally love the set building part because we love building awesome things; system owners hate paying for building the set because after it’s built, they still can’t see anything and the actual system building hasn’t even started.

Using a good framework like Django is like making a movie where most of the pieces of the awesomely complicated set is pre-built and the set builders just need to move a couple of pieces together and paint them. The hard labour of welding, grinding and measuring is already done.

This is a very good thing because the developers still feel like they’re building the set (which they enjoy doing immensely), so they’re happy and because it takes virtually no time, the system owners are happy because it’s cheap (as). Generally, the only people who aren’t happy are the development team managers since they can’t bill for months worth of set building work.

Use Python and Django. It is the most awesome.

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Where oh where can my mobile site be…

Where oh where can my mobile site be…

Yes, we know, the Finda mobile site is missing and there’s a bunch of people who think we should have it. So do we as it happens which is why we are busy coding it… furiously. @medhatgayed is the lead developer on the project and is making awesome Python and Django magic happen.

Things are looking good for the mobile site: the URL structure will be the same for the mobi and live sites, the graphics have been done, we’ve integrated the Finda API (the awesome Finda API as it were) and we’re now busy making the HTML work.

Speaking of mobile HTML, @keranm (the Finda product manager) found this suitably awesome mobile template this morning: Mobile Boilerplate (check it out!) and we’re looking at using that as a base for the mobi site. We had a look and we concur with the good people who made Mobile Boilerplate, it IS awesome.

Also, the site says so, right here:

Why mobile boilerplate is awesome.

Why mobile boilerplate is awesome.

Can’t argue with that, the page says it right there in dark grey and off white.

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Release Night Time Lapse #1

Release Night Time Lapse #1

On the 26th of January 2011 we released what was possibly the biggest change to Finda since it was launched. We did a complete UI and branding overhaul and a massive amount of effort went into the release to ensure that everything went smoothly. Which it did! The January 2011 release was by far the smoothest to date and was a testament to the effort and dedication that the team put into getting every detail right.

To celebrate the auspicious occasion, the team put a little something together to document release night. I think this kind of thing will turn into a tradition pretty quickly!

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#1 coding Ninja trophy

#1 coding Ninja trophy

Awesome developers like awesome things and awesome coding demands recognition. For this purpose we created a No 1 coding Ninja floating trophy out of the container of the single most awesome substance known to man.

Some say it’s the stuff that makes the space shuttle fly at 28,000 km/h. Some say it’s what keeps the space station in the sky. Other’s say it’s the stuff that powers the Large Hadron Collider.

All we know is that its awesome factor is suitable for use by the Finda development team.

#1 coding Ninja trophy

#1 coding Ninja trophy

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Hello world!

Hello world!

Welcome to http://awesome.finda.co.nz. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

The first post on a new blog is usually quite a pain, a bit of stage fright I think. In this case, the Hello World post is applicable since this blog is for the awesome developers of finda.co.nz to post random awesome things. We also needed a place to put our awesome release night video’s and what better place for awesome video’s than the awesome finda.co.nz blog.

Check back here for periodic Finda awesome.

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