Welcome!

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Matt Dew

Whether you stumbled upon this blog accidentally, were led here by someone who was playing a practical joke, or deliberately came here in pursuit of knowledge or a solution to a nagging technical problem, allow me to welcome you and let you know you've come to the right place!

If you're not familiar with Mobile System 7, that's ok. While you're encouraged (by me) to look into how our small team is changing Enterprise Security, you don't need to care about Enterprise Software or Security to find this blog interesting or useful - and that's the point. At Mobile System 7 we've benefitted greatly from the open-source community and the depth of technical resources available on the Internet, and we'd like to do our part by sharing the wisdom that our developers have acquired over the years - either while building our Interlock product, or while serving in many diverse roles at previous companies.

Mobile System 7's development team is comprised of entrepreneurs, startup veterans, and former consultants; vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores; Republicans, Democrats, and the politically-indifferent; runners, rock climbers, martial artists, and cyclists; Rubyists, Pythonauts, Java & JavaScript nerds (most of us can even explain the difference), Haskellites, C/C++ slingers, ActionScripters, Linux geeks, and reluctant C# writers; and, without exception, unabashed Star Wars purists.

Another thing we all have in common is that we're opinionated, and, usually to someone's chagrin, willing to share our opinions. This is often made evident during debates in our internal IRC channel, but when we get down to business our opinions and passion for sharing them help us find better solutions to the many complicated problems we're solving. Point is - we have a lot to share, we want to share it, this blog is where we're going to do it, and we think you just might benefit from it.

So what is there to look forward to? The team will be posting haphazardly in the near future, likely as we're inspired, but hopefully more regularly as time marches on. You can expect to see posts along the lines of:

  • Interesting code snippets
  • Libraries we've found useful
  • How we use build tools/toolchains
  • Series of posts explaining how we're approaching certain concepts
  • Details as to how we've integrated with various platforms
  • Development processes that have worked (or have not worked) for us
  • Maybe the occasional recipe or food/beer recommendation

For now, though, we have a couple great posts for you to peruse. Joseph Turner has some tips about improving JRuby/Rails startup time while running on VirtualBox, and Chase Courington has shared the details of his experience migrating from the Rails asset pipeline to Grunt/Bower/Browserify. Check them out, and add us to your feed reader so we can drop in on you from time to time.

We're excited to share our knowledge with you! You may not be excited yet, but I promise you will be....oh, you will be.


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