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EXPLORING articles by Nick Gartmann

Elixir, Phoenix, and StencilJS

I have been a huge fan of the Ionic team's web component compiler, StencilJS. I have been using it since release for small projects as a full framework, but I recently became interested in it's potential for design systems work and how it could be…

Hack & Tell Sponsor Series: Northwestern Mutual

Our newest sponsor is Northwestern Mutual, one of many partners advancing the Milwaukee Tech Hub movement. Their engineers are very active in the technical community, hosting, attending, and speaking at many of the meetups in the area. The effort…

Building Reasons to Stay in Milwaukee

There is a persistent discussion in the Milwaukee startup community about what is wrong with entrepreneurship here. The Kauffman Foundation ranked Wisconsin the worst state for startup activity in both 2016 and 2015. Since 2010, Milwaukee has lost a…

Sentry is a Superpower

Disclosure: Sentry is sponsoring the Hack & Tell Software development is often described as a cycle in which changes are planned, implemented, and verified. This cycle exists for the product being developed, but also for each developer making changes…

Announcing Hack & Tell # 5 - A hack-a-versary

TL;DR - Next Hack & Tell is on October 17th, 2015 at 9am. Sign up here Last October, we decided we didn't want to go to hackathons anymore. It seemed the local events were becoming more and more focused on creating a startup over a weekend and seeing…

Three Harmful Hackathons

In the past few years, I have attended quite a few hackathons. Over that time period I've noticed three different types of hackathons that each contain inherent flaws which devalue its participants' time. These are: the intellectual property grab…

Ionic Live Preview iOS App

When working on your Ionic app, nothing is better than testing directly on your phone. Animations, interactions, available APIs are all different on your phone than they are in your browser. It can be a bit of a pain to test builds directly on your…

Hacking Atom: Previewing Ionic Apps in your Editor

I wonder if atom will let me open up a web page in a pane... Image by xkcd I've been dedicated to using the atom editor for the past few months in hopes that it eventually gets to a fully usable state (read: has all the hotness one comes to expect…

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