Goings on from the centre of the mango

Chat with the Mangos – Dmitry Varennikov

Time to start Tuesday off right with a little chat with one of our programmers at SplitMango. SplitMango: Welcome! Do you mind telling everyone your name? Dmitry: Not at all. It’s actually an interesting question. At different times I was called different names. For instance the latest time when I worked for my former company Witkit I was called dV. You may ask why? Right, because I was the third Dmitry in the company. So to distinguish me from the other two we agreed upon “dV” – which are my initials. At SplitMango I’m Dmitry. My wife calls me Dima…. Read Story

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Meet the Mangos – A Chat with Airrick

What better way to spend a sunny day then to chat with one of our Interactive Web Developers, so here we go! SplitMango: Oh hi there Airrick. So just to start off our interview, what’s your name? Airrick: David. Just kidding it’s Airrick. SplitMango: What’s your background in design & development? Airrick: I am huge nerd for both. I spend most of time in code, but that love started with design. Working both traditional and freelance before my formal education, I designed strong websites with usability in mind. During my education at BCIT, I fell deeply in love with code…. Read Story

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Modular Phones, Freelance Mistakes & Figuring Out If You’re Human

We had the pleasure of attending another Code & Coffee event to hear from some great people on rethinking Google’s Project Ara, Common Mistakes Freelance Front-End Developers Make, and the “Have You Ever..” human test. If you’re curious about modular phones, front-end development, or making sure your not a robot then you’re in the right place. Google’s “Project Ara” vs. “Project Ars” – Mobile Phone Design Proposals Paul Arssov Google is developing a modular phone system known as project Ara. It’s inspired by a particular kickstarter campaign known as Phonebloks. If you haven’t heard of the original Phonebloks here’s a… Read Story

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Vancouver culture continues to grow in wonderful ways

As developers and designers we spend a lot of time in front of a computer monitor. As we build in the digital world we work hard to create seamless experiences for those who use the websites we make. Now and then we are able use that knowledge to help Vancouver get ahead. This year we helped Vancouver Poetry House launch a series of powerful websites in order to grow their organization and get more people involved in the communities they are creating. In return they invited us to come check out this year’s Verses Festival of Words, a yearly festival… Read Story

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Small Biz: Websites that actually work

You’ve got a company who needs web design or already have a site, most likely to help sell your services and showcase your brand on the web. I bet you’ve heard of WordPress, responsive, and HTML5, but what do you really need to know about building a website for your small business that actually works? How can you make sure that your site has exactly what you need to know so you’re going to get the value you want out of the project? I’ve been looking into this issue for a while now with companies that are just in their… Read Story

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Instructive Code Camps Focus On The Future Of Education

A trio of Mangos, including Airrick, Jacqui, and Sam, spent one of their recent evenings listening to 3 girls ages 10 to 12 talk about their experience learning code and why they love building things for the web at the Coffee and Code Meetup. They had all attended a code camp for girls that introduced them to the basics of coding through tools like Mozilla Thimble for HTML & CSS, and Scratch developed by the MIT Media Lab for programming. With approximately 50 people watching each of these brave girls got on stage and presented an example of the work… Read Story

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Meet the Mangos – Chat with Adam

Today we’re going to sit down with our Project Manager to chat about management, apps and the Internet. SplitMango: Oh hi Adam, you snuck up on me there. Okay, let’s start with the hard questions first. What’s your name? Adam: Adam Hyde SplitMango: What’s your background in design & development? Adam: I’m a bit of a hi-tech veteran having been a video games producer in the late 90’s before transitioning to heading up the product strategy for an email outsourcing company long before the term “Cloud Services” became popular. The bottom line is that no matter what industry, I love… Read Story

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How To Avoid Losing Over 50% of Your Search Traffic

Google has started to penalize sites that are not mobile friendly or responsive as of April 21st coined the “mobilegeddon”. If your website does not adapt or respond in the proper ways to make it more user friendly on phones and tablets then they will remove you from mobile search results. Small business owners could potentially lose more than 50% of their overall traffic! All is not lost though. Almost any site can be converted to have a mobile responsive layout that adjusts to fit any device the user may search from. The best part is your new mobile responsive website will… Read Story

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How to Choose Between a Web Design Company & Website Builders

What valuable tips should you know before choosing? You have a very important business and with today’s online world, you need a website. By now you’ve heard a lot of different options to obtain one of these so called ‘sites’. So let’s talk about the over arching options: building a website by yourself or paying a web developer to do it for you. Both options have their own pros and cons. I’ve witnessed firsthand the ease of building sites on an all in one platforms such as SquareSpace or Weebly and to be honest, it’s pretty cheap and they look… Read Story

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Meet the Mangos – A Chat with Sam

Well it’s that time again to sit down with one of our staff. Today it’s Sam, our newest Interactive Developer. SplitMango: Hey Sam! Man, that smile would make anyone blush. Okay, quick question to get us started, what’s your name? Sam: My name is Sam Jeanes. SplitMango: What’s your background in design and development? Sam: I attended BCIT’s New Media Design & Web Development Program, but have had interest in photography since a young age. I started working in SEO for a company in Vancouver right out of school, and have been working on my own designs in my free… Read Story

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