Guide to Multilingual sites with Drupal 8

We are currently living in a globalized world. Thanks to the internet, the days when companies and businesses had to think in only one specific community as their marketing target have been left behind. Now, through your website, you may reach clients everywhere in ...

CMS vs Custom Website Development

This is a very common question when starting a new web project: Should I pick a CMS (Content Management System)? Or should I implement a custom web application? And this is a fair question for a technical or non-technical person because each option has ...

Metabase: Business intelligence from existing data

When you are working on growing your business, it is important to ask questions about it. Your data has a lot of ways to give you insights on how much impact your decisions are having in your business. There are several tools that allow ...

How to work remotely and do it better

Working remotely has become mainstream and is here to stay, and companies (also you people) need to come to terms with that. People around the world have been working remotely at least in some capacity for a long time: journalists, artists by trade, photographers, ...

Guidelines for UX Mobile Design

Interface Design is a career that involves not only knowledge on visual aesthetics but usability principles to make effective the using of your app for your users. Your mobile app must be useful and intuitive, two concepts that play a huge role in the ...

Improve WordPress UX With Custom Gutenberg Blocks

Last year, on December 6th, Wordpress 5.0 released a huge upgrade to the content editor UI, the Gutenberg Block Editor came to enhance the Wordpress experience with an extensible drag & drop content designer interface based on React. However this kind of editors are ...

Store Django static assets with Amazon S3

For some projects we serve a lot of images, videos, and documents. This can overload your site and make it slower because it is requesting too many resources and processes at the same time. Due to this situation, it is a good practice to ...

Be a developer and don’t die trying: What I have learned after four years working as one

Last monday was my fourth anniversary working at Swapps as a software developer. It was also my four years anniversary working as a software developer at all. Before working here at Swapps, I had some minor works on my university but none related to ...

Guide to a better git flow for automated environments

Back in 2010, Vincent Driessen wrote “A successful Git branching model”. It provided a great model to develop applications in an organized repository and following semantic versioning concepts, so the teams were able to plan releases, implement features and hotfixes knowing and reflecting the ...

Go beyond with automation: ansible-runner

Back in 2015 we started using Ansible at Swapps. I created a small Django application that could interface with Ansible directly, and used that to manage our infrastructure at higher level. Back then, Ansible was in version 1.9. Ansible is written in python, so ...

How to set up SSH and GPG keys for your development workflow

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I found out about SSH keys and GPG keys and I thought they were good... so I started using them, obviously the wrong way (if you want to know a little bit more, you ...

Getting started on Elixir and Phoenix

We are always looking for new tools that can help us to grow as developers. Lately I have been learning about functional programming and how it can impact the code I write at large. During that quest, I found out about Elixir, a functional ...