Already more powerful than a locomotive, Rex is now faster than a speeding bullet to match

Already more powerful than a locomotive, Rex is now faster than a speeding bullet to match

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No – It’s Rex! Only slightly faster.

As well as working on new features and functionality, our developers do a lot of housekeeping. They’re constantly dusting off the existing code in the system, polishing any slow processes and doing what they can to keep Rex in peak condition. It’s not necessarily ‘debugging’ – it’s more like waxing a snowboard to make it go faster.

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3 women who radically changed technology

3 women who radically changed technology

Update: Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October to celebrate women in technology. We thought we’d update this post with a little more detail on the world’s first computer programmer for the occasion.

When we think of innovators of the technology space we largely think of blokes like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk – the zeitgeist is largely male.

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Eating our own dog food

Eating our own dog food

The software industry is full of acronyms and slang – ‘Bootstrapping’, ‘The Ballmer Peak’, ‘CRUD’. If you’re not in with the lingo, developers are impossible to understand.

I’ve spent months listening to them talk shop in their foreign tongues. I last about ten minutes before my brain starts giving up on deciphering the gibberish it’s hearing. But one day, someone said we should start ‘eating our own dog food’ – which was, as I’m sure you can imagine, more than enough to prick my ears back up.

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User voice – Rex loves your two cents

User voice – Rex loves your two cents

Allow me to set the scene: you’re cruising through your Monday morning with Rex. Everything’s ticking along, as per usual, when suddenly you have a ‘eureka’ moment. The light bulb above your head glows white-hot before exploding. You leap from your desk – hands held high to the heavens. You’ve just had a fantastic idea for a new feature. An idea so great that if Rex were to implement it into the system you could save hours of daylight.

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The secret to superior software – agile management

The secret to superior software – agile management

We’re often asked why we don’t announce deadlines and release certain features before others. We figured we’d take the opportunity to explain our development process: agile management.

Our features are designed with one purpose; to solve problems. Deadlines stymie us for two reasons:

  • Uncertain scope of functionality: We can never be sure how long a feature will take to develop from the word ‘go’, because we can never really be sure how much work a problem will need to be resolved.
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Setting data free in Australia’s Real Estate industry

Setting data free in Australia’s Real Estate industry

This blog is about APIs and data standards in Australia’s real estate industry. If you don’t know much about APIs and want to know more before you push through this content, take a look at this post.

I originally set out to write this blog post about how brilliant and visionary we are as a company. I wanted to write about how amazing our “API” and “platform” is, why “REAXML” is just “OK” and how we can solve all the problems in everyone’s lives… but then I thought we should deal with one thing at a time.

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Firefox Autocomplete Randomly Disables Inputs

Our developers came across an interesting issue last week. I joined in to help debug the problem and we killed a good 8 man hours between 3 of us all the while receiving some sarcastic “have you tried jQuery” taunts from the design team. No developer should have to suffer taunts from the design team so we thought we’d share our problem and the final solution.

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