If your company is working at home because of COVID-19 and you all use Google Slides and Google Meet, then you’re probably used to hearing “next slide please” whenever multiple presenters need to jointly present to a group. This isn’t an issue with Zoom because it allows others to share control of their screen. Microsoft Teams also lets participants share control. But not Google Meet.
I looked for an extension for Google Meet that would solve this problem, but I couldn’t find anything, so I had to build one! Hence my latest project: the Shared Slides Clicker Chrome Extension.Read More
I've been at Appian for a long, long, long time. But I still remember clearly the day over 10 years ago when we first introduced our plug-in extension framework to allow outside developers to extend the Appian platform using OSGI Java code. The Appian community loved it and our employees (myself included), customers and partners have created thousands of plug-ins to make Appian even more powerful.
My colleague and I recently decided to extend Appian and make it more powerful in a totally new way, by building a browser extension. Let me explain more and describe some of the things we learned along the way.Read More
At Appian, we use Mattermost for our internal worksplace messaging. It’s like Slack, but open-source and IT-friendly. The project recently released a new feature called Interactive Message Buttons which allow developers to add, as the name implies, interactive buttons to messages. See Mattermost’s example below. Cool right?
The Firebase Cloud Functions Unit Testing documentation and quickstart samples only show how to write unit tests for Firebase Cloud Functions using Mocha with Sinon and Chai. And the quickstarts don't even do a thorough job of demonstrating how to write unit tests.
I prefer to use Jest for unit tests. For others who feel the same, and for those who want to see more examples of how to unit test Firebase Cloud Functions, I wanted to help. I’ve created a Github repo that demonstrates how to replace the existing Mocha tests with Jest tests and how to write new Jest tests for the quickstarts that didn't have tests.
Check it out: https://github.com/jedfonner/firebase-functions-jest and let me know what you think.Read More
I recently re-installed my operating system. Re-installing most of my applications was a matter of downloading, unpacking and clicking.
This blog runs on Github Pages. In order to test posts before comming them to Github, I need to have something called Jekyll and a bunch of other development tools installed on my machine. Installing all of that was not so easy.Read More