Coding Standards & Reviews – Our Motivation

Developing “clean” code is very important for any web / mobile application development firm, and making maintainable, readable, and documented code helps OmniSpear keep a competitive edge and a superior product. Our team has a strong focus on coding standards and cleanliness. This disciplined approach gives both our developers and our clients the benefit of clean, robust, and maintainable code.

Our Motivation

As a firm focused on its clients and developers, OmniSpear prides itself on delivering clean, robust, and maintainable code. This is the drive that led us to introduce our own set of coding standards, following best practices as well as some additional “secret sauce”.

Image result for coding standard memeCoding Standards are important for a number of reasons. Some reasons include:

  1. The cost of maintenance is directly affected by the cleanliness and the amount of documentation in the code
  2. Code sometimes changes ownership, and the cost of cross-training can be expensive. With documented code, there is less training
  3. And obviously, coding standards improve the quality of code by making it easier to understand and improving readability.

 

Code Reviews

Like any set of rules or guidelines they have to be enforced. Our internal process requires all new code to be checked for standards compliance by another team member before being made live to the customer / world. The time and money spent on doing code reviews has proven time and time again to be well worth it. Some of the core benefits include:

  1. Another set of eyes on the code / project is insurance for us and our clients. If one our developers goes on vacation or gets hit by a bus, the other developer(s) that did the code review will be able to pick up where they left off.
  2. We catch all kinds of things! After all we’re human and make mistakes. Two or more sets of eyes is always better than one.

 

Spotting Fake Profiles on Facebook

Facebook’s social network now consists of over 2 billion users. Not all of them are real people and not all of them have your best interest in mind. Facebook attempts to weed them out automatically using advanced algorithms. Many fake accounts still get through. In the first three months of 2018, Facebook cleared out 583 million fake accounts.

Why is it important to spot fake accounts and what is the motivation for them? Generally speaking, fake accounts are attempting to either gather your personal information, to direct you to sites full of clickbait, or to sell you other services. So how do you spot them and what should you do about it?

Spotting fake accounts is getting more difficult as the perpetrators’ techniques become more advanced. Some accounts are quite convincing, but there are a few tell-tale signs you can look out for..

  1. Profile Photos – Many fake accounts have only one or two profile photos available. Often times there will be a caption with an external website link – this is a dead giveaway. Take a look at when they uploaded the pictures and if it was within a few days of the request, chances are the account is not real. Also look to see if there are any likes or comments on the pictures. It’s very rare that a user will upload a profile picture and not have any friends respond to it.
  2. Friends – Most fake profiles only exist for a short time before they are reported. Therefore, it’s rare for those profiles to gather many friends – especially ‘Mutual Friends’. If an account has only one or two mutual friends, proceed with caution and dig a bit deeper into the publicly visible information. When in doubt, ask your mutual friends to see if they know the profile personally.
  3. Profile Activity – Even the most locked-down private profiles will have some activity visible to someone who has been sent a friend request. Take a look at their timeline. If it goes from their automatically generated birthday post directly to the post showing their profile pic, chances are very high that you are looking at a fake account.

fake facebook profiles

This is a good example of a fake account profile. Notice that Ms. Smith was born in 1956. In all that time, there is no public activity on her timeline. Also, she is extremely young looking for someone supposedly 60+ years old!

Fake accounts are rampant throughout social media and most are used for unethical marketing purposes. When one crosses your path, do everyone a favor and report the profile using the tools provided within Facebook. Look for the three dots on the profile picture and select the ‘Report’ option. Follow the instructions and help clean up the network for all of us real users!

Do You Even Petaflop Bro? The USA Now Has the World’s Fastest Supercomputer!

As of June 8, 2018 the fastest supercomputer in the world is now active at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Developed by IBM, the OLCF-4 or Summit supercomputer has been clocked at 200 petaflops. That’s 200 quadrillion operations per second! The Summit is 8 times more powerful than the previous system called Titan. This advanced computing technology is currently being used by the ORNL and also the US Department of Veterans Affairs for clinical research.

The Summit’s advanced architecture is helping them understand the genetic factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, suicide, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Along with medical research, the Summit will also assist in our understanding of the universe, bolster US economic competitiveness and contribute to a better future.

ORNL has created a great infographic that helps illustrate the scale of this machine!

Summit Infographic

Justin Weyant Joins OmniSpear

justin-blogWe are growing yet again and happy to expand the OmniSpear team!  We would like to welcome our newest developer, Justin Weyant, who has just started with us today.  Justin has years of experience and will make a wonderful addition to the skill set here at OmniSpear.

 

Hot Head Burritos Is Live!

hot headOmniSpear just rolled out a fresh new look for Hot Head Burritos and we are excited to announce its official release today! We enjoyed working with the Hot Head team to make their vision come to life online.  As true burrito connoisseurs, we can definitely say we were passionate about this project.

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!

River Valley Website Redesign

River Valley WebsiteOmniSpear is proud to announce the launch of a new website for River Valley Credit Union today, rivervalleycu.org. Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the site has been designed using the latest technology so the site is compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices. Our company takes great pride in offering pertinent website design and maintenance support. We understand that a successful website enhances your business and performance for clients and customers. OmniSpear trusts that River Valley Credit Union – already respected for checking, savings and all other business and account options it offers for diverse populations – will continue to prosper through the online services it provides to members!

Take a look at www.rivervalleycu.org!

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 Victoria!

victoriaOmniSpear is thrilled to welcome Victoria Killebrew as she joins forces with our team for her school internship.  Victoria is an up-and-coming design major with experience in web development, and we are eager to get her take on design with the freshest set of eyes we could find.   Welcome Victoria!

 

 

Cookout Season is Here!

GrillOur company takes every excuse we can to grill meats and bring in barges of foods.  Grilling season is a real thing for OmniSpear and our team recently celebrated the beginning of spring with our first cookout of 2017!  While the gourmet menu changes, we are sure to include hot dogs, burgers, an assortment of side items and beverages as staple features. Most importantly, it was a great afternoon to enjoy the company of colleagues, say goodbye to the cold, winter months, and hello to the gorgeous days ahead this spring season.

OmniSpear teammates take a break from the tech world every now and then, but goals do include the automation of our grill and heat temperature alerts sent directly to our phone.