Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Code Blitz - The Dog Days of Summer

Traditionally, summer is about having fun, enjoying the good weather, and taking vacations, but it always flies by way too fast. Well now it's also about winning some serious cash too, which hopefully takes away from the pain of summer being over the second it begins.

Unfortunately we can't run a challenge to make summer last all 12 months of the year (because we definitely would), so we came up with a different spin on a familiar idea instead.

Yup, that's right, we are launching another Code Blitz, only this time the rules have changed. This time, EVERYONE will be a winner. The rules are simple, any challenge ending between 8/1 and 8/5 is eligible.

In The News: What to Look for When Hiring an IT Consultant

CIO - Jennifer Lonoff Schiff

"'...Ask to see candidates' online portfolio and check them out on community sites like GitHub, Coderbits or CloudSpokes,' suggests Dave Messinger, CTO of CloudSpokes, a community of global developers. 'It's great to see the actual work done than [just] take a recommendation,' he says. While references are important, it's good to 'see what projects the candidates have completed in previous positions or on the side to really get a sense of the quality of their work.'"


Monday, July 22, 2013

In The News: CloudSpokes Makes Quality and Security Testing Tools Available to Crowdsourcing Community

ProgrammableWeb - Michael Vizard

"Messinger says organizations clearly need new approaches to managing application development projects in ways that scale up and down to meet the needs of the business. For the developer, CloudSpokes provides a more efficient route to market through which to offer their services, while at the same time giving them access to other developers that can help them improve the quality of the code they write."


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Distributed Innovation - Saugatuck Research: What is Crowdsourcing?

Cloud technology has made it easy to scale apps and infrastructure, but scaling technical talent is still a bottleneck to growth and innovation. Or to put it another way, If Google is struggling to find technical resources, what hope is there for the rest of us?

Addressing the mismatch between - (1) the current ease of scaling apps and infrastructure and (2) difficulty scaling dev teams - will be the difference between firms that use technology and those that differentiate themselves through it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

#MESH01 Code Blitz Winners

Back in June we announced the MESH01 Code Blitz, that was to run for 30 days and include all MESH01 aka Wear Test challenges. Fresh off the heals of our May Code Blitz, that highlighted our record breaking numbers of open software development challenges and money up for grabs.

The MESH01 Code Blitz was a little different however, offering even more bonus prizes. There were 4 overall winners, who the top two received a 50% bonus of their earnings, two more who received 25% bonus as well as every first time winner of a MESH01 Wear Test challenge received a 100% match of that challenges prize. Pretty awesome right?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

In The News: How Do We Judge Crowdsourced Cloud Code?

Dr. Dobb's - Adrian Bridgwater

"Crowdsourced cloud development company CloudSpokes has announced its Thurgood tool for analyzing the build, quality, and security of code. The company asserts that more organizations today are turning to crowdsourced and outsourced developer talent, so this tool gives programming team leaders insight to determine the stability of submitted code and identify any risks."


Friday, July 5, 2013

Salesforce Junction Records to a String of Values - Reblog via @jeffdonthemic

Late last week, colleague Jeff Douglas published a really great post about Salesforce Junction Objects on his personal blog, and we thought it was definitely something worthy of sharing with the community. It isn't the first time Jeff has put hot fire on his blog that we have reblogged, and it certainly will not be the last.

Without further ado, check out Jeff's post below. For more great posts, check out

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Build a Public API on

Roughly two years ago we wrote our CloudSpokes API on the platform. It’s evolved of course and the current version is a Ruby application that proxies calls to via Apex REST Services. Recently we’ve had a number of companies and ISVs come to us asking for advice on how to build a public API for their own org.

Most of the use cases we’ve seen involve one of the following:

Reversing the Innovation Process

I stumbled across a gem of a quote in the "Talk of the Town" section of an old New Yorker magazine yesterday. The subject matter was focused on art and design, as members of a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) panel were judging products for the best fit in the MoMA gift shop.

Applied to the world of community software development, this quote rings home a problem, and a solution, to a situation we are all familiar with: