Welcome James!

james allenOmniSpear proudly welcomes James Allen to the team!   James is the latest of developers to join the OmniSpear crew and we are eager for him to start drilling into projects.   We currently stand with 2 James at the company, so expect nicknames to come!

Happy Birthday Porcha!

jamesWe have a common saying for many here at OmniSpear and it’s “Happy Birthday Porcha.” Well, today is actually the true birthday of Mr. James Porcha, so we had to make sure and legitimately wish him a wonderful day.  Our lunch celebration consisted of pizza, sweets, games, and extreme competition (our classic combo).  So for our team, it was a success.  We can’t wait to wish James many more Happy Birthdays in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

OmniSpear Welcomes Michael

Michael BlogWe are excited to announce our newest developer to the team, Michael Janning! Michael is both a Math and Computer Science major, so he knows his way around complex equations to code like a champ. He’s already started the week off with a bang, and we are ready for him to take on our project pipeline!

OmniSpear Is Expanding

jordanblogWe are happy to announce our newest team member at OmniSpear, Jordan Ellis.  With Jordan’s experience and desire for all things web and tech, we know he will make the perfect addition to our group.  We are eager to welcome him as we continue to grow.

OmniSpear is hiring!  To apply, please send your resume to careers@omnispear.com

Ohio Cobra Club Project Release

cobra-club-logoOmniSpear has teamed up with the Ohio Cobra Club for a technical and visual makeover!  As the largest Cobra group in the area, the club hosts their annual London Cobra Show each June with participants from around the country.   This show helps provide fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis via raffle sales each year, so our team all pitched in to make the release a success.   In order to prepare for the next show, the club came to us for a total revamp and enhanced functionality for raffle sale capabilities.  We were able to provide Ohio Cobra Club with cohesive sites to tie the club and show together, an easy and effective eCommerce solution and a brand new look!   Best of luck to the Ohio Cobra Club as they continue to help those in need.

 

Recent Website Security Breaches – Dayton PHP Meetup at OmniSpear

SECURITYWe are looking forward to tonight’s Dayton PHP meetup hosted by OmniSpear.  The topic will cover many of the latest website security breaches and how they were successfully achieved.  There is still time to RSVP: Dayton PHP Meetup.

When: Tuesday August 16, 2016
Where: OmniSpear Office
Time: 6:00-8:-00pm

A Recap of Laracon 2016

ZeevOmniSpear was thrilled to attend the 2016 Laracon event in Louisville, KY last week!  There were a number of great speakers and a packed house of eager web developers and business owners absorbing the latest information on Laravel and connecting PHP to business practices.  From the  web application demonstration by Adam Wathan (an area we particularly enjoy building for our clients) to unique history of the framework by Zeev Suraski (pictured here), we had a wonderful time collaborating with fellow IT and web businesses from across the states.  We are looking forward to next year’s event!

Another Successful Dayton PHP Coding Meetup

The latest Dayton PHP meetup on Git and Gitflow was a success.   The developers and professionals in attendance were able to get a great intro to maximizing Git for business flow efficiency by guest speaker, Nate Denlinger.  We host Dayton PHP meetups monthly, covering a variety of topics and guest speakers, so please stop by for some great learning opportunities!  You can RSVP or learn about upcoming events from their site.

Dayton PHP Meetup Tomorrow – Git and Gitflow

GitLogo-FeaturedImageOmniSpear is excited to host Dayton PHP and their upcoming meeting on Git and Gitflow.   The presentation will take place tomorrow at our conference room from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with special guest speaker, Nate Denlinger.  Nate has been a developer for over 9 years and will be giving us an overview of the ins and outs of Git and workflow processes.  We are excited to learn the basics of streamlining with GIT as well as learning about real life experiences during the round-table.  For more information , or to RSVP, check out the Dayton PHP’s event site.

OmniSpear Supports the Dayton PHP Meetup Group

The PHP programing language has been part of web development for over two decades and has been a foundation for web development as other programing languages appear then fade away. You will find PHP is the heart of many popular applications like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and SugarCRM. With the release of PHP 7 and it’s extreme performance increases we find PHP’s popularity on the rise again. Helping PHP’s renewed popularity is support from the Laraval framework. Laraval is “the PHP framework for web artisans”.

This is why OmniSpear has a strong PHP development team – we know the power of PHP, wether it’s customizing WordPress or creating data pipelines for line-of-business applications.

Dayton PHP Meetup Group

With our expertise in PHP it makes sense that we would support the PHP industry. So, when Brian Retterer approached us about a new Dayton PHP Meetup group it was a natural fit for us to host their meetings.

On May 17th we hosted the first Dayton PHP meeting here at OmniSpear.
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And what a great start it was!
We had seven people in the meeting. Our guest speaker was Emily Stamey and she joined us via Google Hangouts. Emily shared her experience on working with North Carolina State University to “bootstrap” their legacy CodeIgniter project.

Emily started the meeting by clarifying some terminology like “legacy software”, “spaghetti code”, “lasagna code” and “refactoring”. She then talked about the scholarship application and requirements they needed to comply to as the engaged the project. She emphasized the importance of surveying the application by studying the codebase and reviewing new feature requests then get user feedback.

Emily talked about gaining user trust and always be honest with users about errors in the application. She covered setting expectations with the client, setting priority and scope of work.

Diving In

After covering all the planning topics, it was time to dive into the work. Emily started with importance of adding version control for their source code and end the bad behavior of developing in the production environment.

Emily showed showed us the various software tool packages they used for testing their code, adding templates for front-end content, mitigating vulnerabilities and database management.

Emily closed the presentation by summarizing what was learned and answered several questions from the group.

Looking Forward

Brian Retterer has ambitious plans for the Dayton PHP group. For our next meeting he will be walking through a complete Laravel build, from start to finish. He plans to have “deep dive” workshops, training for real-world scenarios and industry leading guest speakers.

Are you ready to learn more or get more out of PHP? If so join us for our next meeting here at OmniSpear.
You will find more detail on upcoming content and date on the Dayton PHP Meetup page.