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7 Things you can do to make Outsourcing Software Development Work

And Week 22 Updates on ZoomAdmin Startup A while ago, I wrote a post “Does Outsourcing Work?” and I went through some points as to why Outsourcing doesn’t work in most cases. As you can assume, there were a lot of comments/opinions on both sides, but some people asked, well, what would you do to …

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How to Use WordPress As a Backend Only for Blog Content Using Rest API

Hi guys, First, if you missed my last week’s 20 Week Anniversary, read that first. I made a quick tutorial video which covers the following items: Using WordPress Rest API to build your side blog. Achieve Under 100 millisecond load time performance with caching Clear the cache as WordPress data changes Securing your WordPress installation …

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20 Week Anniversary

An overview of past 20 weeks of ZoomAdmin Development It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 20 weeks since we started building ZoomAdmin in a team environment. Granted, I started the to work on the general architecture even a few weeks before that, but full scale development was started 20 weeks ago. You can find …

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Week 19: Checkout our Demo Video for this week

We’ve added more Web Server and DNS Server features, checkout the ZoomAdmin demo video and let us know what you think. Thank you all for all of your feedback/comments on our last demo, we always greatly appreciate everyone’s feedback. If you haven’t watched last week’s demo, please do that there: http://bit.ly/2LbImcb as it gives an …

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Week 18 – ZoomAdmin – New Look and Demo Video

Developers – ZoomAdmin v1 is aimed to be for our Developer community, see the Demo video and give your feedback. This week, we converted most of the modules to use AntDesign React component library. It was a lot of work, but worth it as it makes creating even richer components much easier. Plus, I’m really …

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Week 17: Checkout the Demo Video and Let me know what you think?

As promised, I’m going to start posting short demo videos on our progress with ZoomAdmin. I finally made a decision to go with AntDesign React component library. I would have gone with AtlasKit, but they don’t support Typescript, which is disappointing as I happen to love Typescript and use it heavily in our ZoomAdmin project. …

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Week 16 – Take Time Off

This week we took some time off, hence I’m going to make this post short. With any startup, it’s very important to take time-off and unwind, re-evaluate the strategy and move forward plan. If you’re working on a startup or even a side product, take some time off, don’t do any work, simply go to …

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Week 15 – Here is how to do remote development

It’s strange how things haven’t improved much in years for remote/livecoding changes. This week things were a little slower as I spent most my time on powershell and remote coding. Team was mainly focused on certain UI pages. I started my web coding career mostly using php, what I loved about it was that the …

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Week 14: Why Most Companies Suck at UI/UX?

This seems to be a less spoken topic, if it wasn’t for UI/UX Google/Facebook might not be here? We had another great week with ZoomAdmin. While the team is working on different parts and starting the use of Katalon for testing, I’m fighting with Powershell 🙂 Today I wanted to talk about UI/UX. I’ve had …

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Week 13 – The Feeling of Accomplishment is Amazing!

5 Changes/Things That Made a Big Difference! Hey everyone, hope you’re having a great weekend. As always, want to share our weekly progress on ZoomAdmin with my LI network. I believe this was one of our most productive weeks so far. Here are 5 Things We Changed this week: 1. Updated Video Training – Software …

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Week 12 – End-to-End Testing Automation Benefits

This Week’s Review and new Testing Automation Tool Hey everyone, hope your weekend is going great so far. This week while team made a great progress on different modules, I spent some time learning Testing Automation tool “Katalon” or Katalon Studio If you’ve never used it, at first glance, it’ll look very complicated and IT …

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Week 11 – Idea Feedback and Validation

One of The Hardest Things Startups Need To Do! After launching the website with a few screenshots last week, I went on to speak with a handful of people. Now, I’ve been following the startup community and process for years. I’ve done my share of reading and attending startup/investor events to fully understand the process. …

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Week 10 – Anniversary – See Screenshots

Need your feedback. I know many of you have been waiting patiently to get more details about the idea/product we’re building. So here you go, for our Week 10 Anniversary, I wanted to put a simple website together, with some screenshots so that I can share and hopefully get some feedback. The name of our …

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Week 9 Review and Startup Life

As a founder, You have NO vacations in Startups! This week’s focus was to address the client-side state management architecture. Those of you who are familiar with React, know that state management can easily get out of control if not done well. I approached the solution from a different angle, I did not want to …

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Week 8 – How Long Does It Take to Compile/Deploy Your App?

This Week’s Review and Application Compile/Deploy Times We had great sprint this week. The team made progress on a number of components, while I was focused on overall Data Structure. A well-designed architecture and data structure is a must for our SaaS as it’s going to be a massive application by the time we’re done …

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Week 7 – On-Boarding New Developers

How long does it take to On-Board New Developers in your team? This week, we added 2 new developers to our team. This was a good opportunity to understand if our processes, documentation and videos are enough to have, what I call “Self-Boarding’, I want to have a step-by-step process for anyone to follow fully …

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Week 6 – Architectural Changes

We spent the week on some major project structure and architecture changes. Some may disagree and try to rush into MVP and get it out. Not me, I want to build a high quality and easily scalable application. Not only that, but I want to create an architecture that’s simple to follow and powerful. One …

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Week 5 – Progress Review And React Component Libraries – 2 picks

I spent a lot of time last week researching React component libs Team made a great progress this week, and we almost fully completed the sprint. It was cool to see the different pages load. One my developers said something like, “now, I actually get what we’re building.” it’s so true, until you actually design …

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Week 4 – New/Exciting Technology means Slow Progress!

Here is Why you should think twice before jumping on to a new Tech. This week, the progress was slower as we start getting into client-side/React pieces. React is an amazing framework, but it’s still newer. As developers, often we are tempted to make the switch and start learning a new framework, platform or language. …

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Week 3 – Documentation and Video Training

We had our first real Sprint Demo, it was exciting to see the app live. We have a weekly sprint demo session with the team and today, it was our first real demo. I spent a lot of time getting our continuous build/deploy working properly, and it’s so cool to see it just work. I …

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Week 2 – Setting up Automated Builds

It’s so cool to see version 0.01 of your app in Production. It was only our second week, but my goal was to deploy whatever we had to Prod. Of course, I could have gone the easy way and manually copy over the binaries and get it to work. But no, easy is no fun! …

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Week 1 – Decision made, I’m working on a new SaaS Product

Decision made, I’m working on a new SaaS Product It took me awhile and went through several ideas But at the end of the day, I wanted to work on something that I’m passionate about, and something that automates/simplifies tasks. I’m going to share the development process and the progress here. I’ll share more about …

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