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How We Use Haikus To Name Our Apps

When you create an app inside Data McFly, we assign a unique name to it, this isn’t used much by you, our users, yet but we use it internally for various things. The names we generate follow a haiku style, similar to that used by heroku.com when you create an app. Which means our internal app names will appear like delicate-dawn-13061 or something similar. The dictionary we use is bigger, but here is a good example of how our haiku generator works below: function haiku(){ var adjs = "au

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Why Your Apps Want A Real-Time Backend: 4 Point Plan

Building a Real-Time Backend for your app changes how you build your apps. I don’t just mean iOS or Android apps, I’m also talking about websites as well. What does a real-time backend mean? To answer this question, let’s talk about when websites first came out. They were generally described as pamphlet types of websites that sometimes had catalogs attached to them, then with the advent of languages like PHP, Ruby, Perl and other early CGI forerunners, we started making our web sites more in

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Using Chrome DevTools to Debug JavaScript in Any Browser with Ghostlab 2

Modern desktop browsers offer powerful integrated developer tools that let you get to the bottom of CSS or JavaScript problems quickly. Whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari, you will be able to inspect the DOM, apply CSS modifications in real-time, browse through loaded script files, set breakpoints to manually control the flow of execution and trace any exception or unexpected behaviour to its cause. Now while that’s true for desktop browsers, it’s a little more difficu

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When Coding Gets Hard

John Schnettgoecke: I had one of those want-to-pull-your-hair-out days on Monday. My brain seemed to fail me more often than I could count, and I was awake until 4:00 a.m early on Tuesday morning, mostly just sitting at my kitchen table tinkering unsuccessfully with a couple of projects. I was caught somewhere in the middle between incredible enthusiasm and incredible stupidity — with every passing minute, it swung more toward the latter. You see, I actually wanted to be awake at that ungodl

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Early Product Metrics

Ben Erez Traction. It’s a hot buzzword tossed around the startup ecosystem as an umbrella term to encompass the idea that your company is picking up steam. Traction is a positive indicator to the major stakeholders you have as a founder: investors, employees, customers, and of course – you. Think of traction as an agreed-upon way to gauge how it’s going. With the right amount of traction: * early investors are happy (value of their equity increases) * fundraising is easier (product/marke

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The Lean Approach To User Acquisition

William Peng: I usually use the same approach every single time before starting any type of side project or testing any new channels. I try to approach growth hacking as lean as possible. If it’s a side project, I try my best to build out a solid foundation and understanding of my potential customers prior to when the app is finish building. What works for me might not always work for you, but I always start off marketing by asking myself a few questions. I usually write these questions out

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How To Make Sense Of Customer Feedback

Sian Townsend, writing on Inside Intercom: What customer feedback should you listen to? And how do you go about making sense of it? First, it’s important to understand that even after you’ve weeded out aspirational, hypothetical and third party statements, the feedback that remains is unlikely to be all of equal value. Here are some important additional filters you can apply to help you decide which feedback is most important Sian has broken her list down into 6 important factors to look a

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Using Custom Event Notifications

You know about the reserved events such as value, added, changed, online or removed, but did you know we also have custom events?

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Build a real-time SMS call center with Data McFly and Twilio

Do you want to know one of the beautiful things about Data McFly? It integrates really easily with other services. In this article, we are going to walk through using Data McFly and Twilio together to build a real-time SMS call center. This could be used as a customer help desk where customers send a text message for help and an agent sends a reply back from their web browser. The actual phone work will be handled by Twilio, and Data McFly will store the data and display the chats in real-tim

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Kudos for your site - powered by Flybase

I think it was probably about two years ago when I first came across a Svbtle-hosted blog where I noticed a small little circle, bouncing when you hover it and showing a number followed by “Kudos”.

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