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How to Build a Great SaaS Product?

Saastr conference in San Francisco (coming up on 9-11 Feb) is a perfect opportunity to ask an important question: how to build a great SaaS product? We asked the most credible source of know-how: CEOs and entrepreneurs who actually nailed it. Check out the results of our survey and the tips we’ve got for you!
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Parse – a cloud mobile solution owned by Facebook – has just announced the shutting down of their services as of January 2017. This means three things. Firstly, even the best services might not make it as a business. Parse (i.e. Facebook) has probably lost the war with Amazon and Google, even though it offered a great product for cheap, or even too cheap, hence the yesterday's decision. Secondly, you should never assume that a third party backend solution will last forever. Thirdly, if you’re currently developing an app with Parse, you need to think about the transition to a different solution. Here are our tips on how to do it.
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Today is a happy day for Netguru. We have been placed on the prestigious list of the most dynamically developing companies in the country published by Forbes magazine. We were ranked 17 in our category in the whole country, and 3 in our voivodeship. It’s great news for us!
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How to Avoid Shared States Between Mixins in Ember.js

Personally, I use mixins a lot. With their help we can easily separate responsibilities in an object (it doesn’t matter whether it’s a controller, a component or something else) and they let us think in terms of designing the app’s architecture in a reusable way. Mixins can make our code cleaner, but they also bring the danger of states being shared between multiple objects. You might even be unaware of this, as it’s not a very common situation, but if it happens, looking for that bug may cost you a few hours - so it’s better to be prepared!
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Some time ago we came up with the article listing the best Ruby on Rails podcasts. Programmers, including those working in other languages, may find it interesting. Now it’s time for a more creative subject. In this article we present the top 10 podcasts for everyone interested in digital design.
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Everybody who uses Dribbble on a regular basis knows that perfectly. It’s easy to skip interesting images that you would love to appreciate and pick for your collections. Our latest mobile open sourced app - Inbbbox - for iOS and Android platforms solves this problem. Check out how we got started and see the progress we're making with Inbbbox - updates are here!
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Have a Bountiful Bug Bash! Handy Tips for QA Teams

Back in April, we published a blog post on bug bashes - events where people with different backgrounds (both tech and non-tech) get together to test an app and discover the many bugs that have eluded the project’s Quality Assurance (QA). Now, with around 100 completed bug bashes under belt here at Netguru, we have some tips that will hopefully help your bug-bashers come back from the hunt with bugs aplenty.
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Tips on Ember App Deployment Process: the Netguru Way

Automated deployment is a crucial part of development for every application. Without it, a lot of time is wasted and we end up generating problems that would not otherwise have existed. What are the aims of every deployment process (whether Ember, Rails or anything else)? Simply - to be fast, reliable and simple.
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A perfect screenshot is worth a thousand words. It saves time and guarantees that everyone is on the same page. Developers, PMs, QAs and clients use image captures on a daily basis, but which screenshot app can give you what you really need? Is it an entire website capture? A great image editor? Or maybe the sharing feature? Let’s have a look at our list of free screen-cap tools for Mac OSX.
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Don’t Be Afraid to Change Technology

Sometimes you might not be really sure why you ended up working with a certain technology. Here at Netguru, we have several cases of people switching software development technology (read about Jakub’s and Małgorzata’s adventures) or even their whole area of interest. That takes a lot of courage, but is it really worth it? So, here comes my answer to this question based on my own career twist.
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