Archive for the ‘Software Development’ Category


RenderPartial to String in ASP.NET MVC

October 12th, 2009 by kevin

About a year ago I released some code that allowed you to render a partial view to a string inside your controllers in ASP.NET MVC (beta, at the time). While this solution worked, it required a whole bunch of code to achieve a fairly simple goal. Well, a lot has changed in the MVC world, […]


ASP.NET MVC GridView – Part 2

October 12th, 2009 by erin

Be sure to check out the first post in our GridView series, which explains and provides code to render your GridView, including sorting and paging In my last GridView post, I explained how BrightMix solved the problem of creating sortable, paging GridViews in ASP.NET MVC. In this post, I’ll show you how we took advantage […]


Moving Tripleseat off Amazon EC2 – Drawbacks and Lessons Learned

April 7th, 2009 by kevin

Way back in August of 2008 when we launched Tripleseat, our web-based restaurant CRM and event management software, we chose Amazon EC2 as our hosting platform. A few weeks ago, we moved it off of Amazon and onto one of the the top Australian web hosts, and our other favorite hosting service, Ipage. Before I […]


RenderPartial to String in ASP.NET MVC Beta

November 16th, 2008 by kevin

Update! RenderPartial to String has become much easier in ASP.NET MVC, see the new post here! We usually don’t post much about hardcore programming-related things here, but this is an exception to the rule. We’re primarily a Ruby on Rails shop, but we still do ASP.NET development fairly regularly. Our overall interest in ASP.NET was […]


Focus on the User

July 10th, 2008 by dusty

I frequently comb through our archives of documents on Google Docs, and recently stumbled upon this mind-dump that I did about two years ago. It’s describing a product idea that I had for a web app, and how it could be made SO MUCH better than the existing sites out there. It’s not about the […]


Making a Great Place for Developers to Work

December 20th, 2007 by dusty

Kevin and I are frequently asked why we started our own video production Baltimore MD company, and it’s often assumed that we did it to become rich and famous, to have total freedom, to be the boss, or to (insert some other selfish reason). While these benefits were, no doubt, motivational factors, one of our […]


Ruby on Rails hosting – Slicehost

November 19th, 2007 by kevin

When we established BrightMix, a few months back, we got this blog/website up and running by throwing a Mephisto install onto Dusty’s already existing Dreamhost account. While working on our blog/website was kind of slow and sluggish, it worked, and It was bootstrapping at its finest… However, we’re to the point where we need to […]


Please, No More Cubicles

October 15th, 2007 by kevin

Boo, cubicles! Simply put, we hate cubicles. Cubicles suck for jobs that require personal concentration (engineering, accounting, most computer-based jobs, etc.). As previous software programmers for both large and small companies, we’ve spent plenty of time in the proverbial dilbert‘esque office environment. They exist everywhere, and it gets old… really, really fast. Of course, the […]


Fat Free Software Development Team

September 20th, 2007 by kevin

Scenario: Project manager Timmy receives another email from his boss. “We’ve got the go-ahead for software project ‘apples.’ It’s a big project that will take months to complete with a handful of developers. We need to fatten up the programming staff or we’ll never finish in time and we’ll get fired! omg!” Timmy, having worked […]