May 2017

Coming Out of My Shell at RailsConf2017

Navigating this new world of software conferences
By Denise Carpenter

I’m rather new to the world of software development. It’s something I truly enjoy and continue to dig deeper into. Just recently I had the opportuity to go to my first software conference, which was RailsConf 2017. Here’s my experience.

RailsConf 2017: An Organizer's Perspective

Why this conference felt a little different for me
By Allison McMillan

As a conference organizer, the experience can be a bit different. Find out why in this post.

Kotlin Uncovered: Part 3

Learning about Kotlin data classes through decompilation
By Victoria Gonda

We can learn a lot about Kotlin through decompiling the bytecode into Java. In this post, we learn about everything we get from Kotlin data classes.

Kotlin Uncovered: Part 2

Learning about Kotlin classes through decompilation
By Victoria Gonda

We can learn a lot about Kotlin through decompiling the bytecode into Java. In this post, we learn about the power of Kotlin classes.

Team Tools Roundup

Take a peek into the Collective Idea toolbox, to see what each of us uses to build amazing software.
By Dana Jones

Our distributed team uses some really interesting tools to do the work we do. Check out our tool roundup to find some new tools to try yourself.

Kotlin: Uncovered - Part 1

Learning about Kotlin through decompilation
By Victoria Gonda

We can learn a lot about Kotlin through decompiling the bytecode into Java. Follow along to learn about the different things we can learn through investigating Kotlin this way.

Diving into Web-Based Virtual Reality

An introduction to A-Frames and web-based VR
By Allison McMillan

Learn where to start to create a simple virtual reality image and how to learn more

My First Conference Talk

My journey as a conference speaker so far
By Victoria Gonda

This year I had the goal to try speaking at conferences (or at least a MeetUp), and I accomplished that goal. Here’s the story of my journey there.

DroidConBos 2017 Review

Android takes over Boston
By Victoria Gonda

Boston just had their first Droidcon, and it was a great experience. There was a beautiful community, and so many things to learn. I was also privileged to share my first talk on the Kotlin programming language.

Tailoring Retrospectives by Using Core Values

How to run a retrospective that takes your company's core values into account
By Allison McMillan

Incorporating your company’s core values into a regular workflow can be challenging. Here’s how we did that with our retrospectives at Collective Idea.

Working Remotely?

Check out these tips from Collective Idea staff
By Allison McMillan

If you’re just starting out as a remote worker or you’re just looking to improve your flow, these tips and tricks will help.