April 7th, 2014 by Elizabeth Hall

The Single Most Sure-Fire Hiring Decision You Will Ever Make

Imagine after just three months you had eager, extremely talented, computer-science students returning to school to talk nothing but good things about their experience at your company to their peers. And, by the following May, you would have new hires joining your team who were already familiar with your company’s values, products, and work ethics. How could they not? They passed a three month interview! Hiring an intern as a full-time employee will be the single most sure-fire hiring decision you will ever make.

April 3rd, 2014 by Jacob Krall

The Kiln Bottleneck

Early in February, one of our Kiln On Demand customers sent us an email to let us know that Git clones were taking much longer than before. Our stellar support engineers started measuring Git transfer times from their own personal accounts, and confirmed that Kiln clones were being sluggish. We didn’t know what the problem was, and since it wasn’t completely preventing the clones from succeeding, we prioritized further investigation lower than we should have.

March 31st, 2014 by Ben McCormack

Remote Developer Happiness

We’ve written before about a few of the perks of working in the Fog Creek New York office, but what if you work remotely? As it turns out, there are some nice perks to working remotely as well, even cake on your birthday. For your home office, you get everything you would normally get to help you get work done, so you don’t have to spend time thinking, “Gosh, it sure would be nice to have an extra monitor mounted vertically to tail production logs.” Just get it.

March 25th, 2014 by Bobby Grace

Project Asteroid: Gracefully Dropping Support for Dinosaur Browsers in Trello

According to the leading theory, dinosaurs went extinct roughly 65.5 million years ago after an asteroid landed on Earth. A few million years later you are working on a large scale web application and think to yourself, “Hey. Would it be such a stretch to compare the biodiversity of the Triassic period a.k.a. dinosaur times to that of today’s browser ecosystem?” No, I don’t think it would be. There are a lot of browsers out there and they all look and behave a little bit differently. There are some new browsers that are fast and have all kinds of great features and there are some old, slow dinosaur browsers made for a bygone time.

March 24th, 2014 by Elizabeth Hall

Cupcakes in Paradise

When Brett moved from New York City to Honolulu, where he continues to work for Fog Creek, we didn’t anticipate a very serious problem: What to do on a remote employee’s birthday?!

March 20th, 2014 by Aaron Maenpaa

Production Debugging: A story about “Exception code: 0xe053534f”

Imagine for a moment that you’ve been running an ASP.NET app for years, and on one otherwise sunny Saturday morning, you get a call saying that the app has started crashing randomly. What do you do?

March 13th, 2014 by Bobby Grace

How We Make Trello

Look around you. Is there something nearby that is firmly bolted to the ground? Okay good. Hold onto it. I’m about to pull back the curtains on everything you thought you knew about how Trello was made. The revelation could result in a rippling shockwave that knocks you off your seat and may have troubling, unpredictable consequences for the time-space continuum. Possibly.

February 7th, 2014 by Adam Wishneusky

FogBugz Visits the Head(er) Shrinker

The look and feel of FogBugz On Demand hasn’t changed much in two years. We thought we’d update it, starting with the part that shows up on every page: the header. We re-designed the FogBugz On Demand header to make it more modern, compact and organized.

January 22nd, 2014 by Bobby Grace

We spent a week making Trello boards load extremely fast. Here’s how we did it.

We made a promise with Trello: you can see your entire project in a single glance. That means we can show you all of your cards so you can easily see things like who is doing what, where a task is in the process, and so forth, just by scrolling.

November 20th, 2013 by Adam Wishneusky

Bee: A Desktop FogBugz Client for Mac

Bee is a Mac client for FogBugz. It makes tracking your cases simpler and faster with its beautiful design with fluid animations. It is deeply integrated with Mac OS X so you can receive notifications from your teammates and use QuickLook to view case attachments. You can time cases from your menubar and Bee also intelligently tells you what you should be working on next. In addition to FogBugz, Bee also works with plain text files for your project notes and supports syncing tasks with GitHub and JIRA.

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