Friday, April 11, 2014

Back to Basics: Template-Driven Documentation


Documentation is something that some see as a necessary evil; others look at it as a needless chore better left to someone else; others still see documentation as the indicator of a job well done. Documentation templates can help bring all of these different perspectives together and write quality software that's easier and less expensive to maintain and extend.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Alert: Google's API Changes Affect Account Synchronization

The Google tools provided for synchronizing accounts between your organization and your Google Apps domain are changing. These changes require developers to rebuild the applications used to perform this synchronization.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fashion-Forward Retail Giant Requires a Unique Marriage of Salesforce.com and Google Apps for Business


In spring 2013, several of KDA’s developers worked on a unique project for one of the world's leading brands in high-end retail. Headquartered in London, the fashion-forward retail giant tasked the team with integrating Google Apps user data into an existing intranet solution built on Salesforce.com’s Chatter platform, which was the centerpiece of the company’s internal collaboration strategy.

The challenge: Authorize Google's extensive JavaScript API client libraries to populate recent activity streams from a user’s Google Drive, Calendar and Gmail account, alongside a Google Talk-powered Chat box (surfaced using XMPP), into a highly customized set of Apex-driven VisualForce pages resting atop Salesforce’s enterprise social network and collaboration platform.

Piece of cake, right? The case study outlines the company’s requirements and how each was addressed by the development team.

Case study by Wes Dean

Much of the retail-focused company’s success lies in the strength of its brand — in quality, recognition, value and innovation — both in the eyes of its customers and, internally, for all of its employees. Thus, it was critical that each component of the solution we delivered adhered to the company’s brand guidelines and served to visually reinforce the values pent up in its corporate identity, whether in the choice of fonts used for lists of Google Drive files or the background and accent colors chosen for the embedded chat UI.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

John Coggin, user experience expert, joins KDA Web Technologies

Designer, developer and user experience expert John Coggin joins KDA with more than two years experience working with some of Google’s largest enterprise customers.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Using Google Apps Script to Automate Document Creation

Google Apps Script is a Javascript-like programming language that runs on Google's cloud; it provides tools and library calls that allow developers to interact with data from both public and private sources (upon authorization by the end user whose data is being manipulated).

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Week of Software Development from a Chromebook

Google's wildly popular Chromebook laptop was designed around a very simple concept - provide a platform whose only application is a web browser.

This allows Google to provide a very cost-effective, energy-efficient, and extremely user-friendly platform. But with only a web browser, is it possible to use a Google Chromebook to do development work? White Stratus Development Lead Wes Dean spent a week using only a Chromebook and found that it didn't slow him down in the least!

Read more on the White Stratus Blog.

Wes Dean, a Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist and a Google Apps Trusted Tester, is Principal of KDA Web Technologies, a Google-Centric development firm and a Google Apps Authorized Reseller. To learn how Wes and KDA Web Technologies can help you, go to www.kdaweb.com.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Google Blog post describes KDA-supported project

KDA Principal and White Stratus Development Lead Wes Dean led proof-of-concept projects for Travis Perkins as a part of the UK company's efforts to innovate with Google. TP sought to go beyond more than just Gmail and Google Calendars.  

For project details, read Google's complete post on its Official Enterprise Blog by guest blogger JJ Van Oosten, Group CIO for Travis Perkins plc,the largest supplier of building and home improvement materials in the United Kingdom, at: 

Dean said, "I had the privilege of working with JJ and his team at TP's Northampton, UK corporate headquarters in April of 2013.  In addition to the technologies listed in JJ's post -- Google Apps, Google Chrome, and Google+ -- our work utilized Google Cloud Platform, including Google App Engine and Google Cloud SQL."

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Wes Dean, a Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist and a Google Apps Trusted Tester, is Principal of KDA Web Technologies, a Google-Centric development firm and a Google Apps Authorized Reseller. To learn how Wes and KDA Web Technologies can help you, go to www.kdaweb.com.

* nothing written here is intended to imply, explicitly or implicitly, that Travis Perkins endorses or recommends White Stratus or KDA Web Technologies.  KDA Web Technologies was contracted by Google Apps Reseller White Stratus to complete the scope of work required by Travis Perkins.