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We are not often the first developers to work on a project. More often, we are the second or third developers hired. This is for a variety of reasons, but we're often called in to finish projects where other developers got stuck or couldn't deliver results. One of the key things that we offer our clients is code level expertise- we know how things work and do top notch development. Unfortunately, nearly all the Joomla component development projects we take over have serious code level issues. In this post, I'll cover two common mistakes we see and how they cost our clients time, money, and sanity if not addressed.

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We were recently approached by a marketing firm that was looking for a partner to skin and build Joomla sites for them. One of the questions they asked of us was what sort of quality assurance we performed on our work. This is a great question, because if you talk to developers they will tell you that all software has bugs. Writing zero error software is extremely difficult. This was also a great question for us particularly, because our dedication to quality is one of our selling points. I won't bore you with our response to the firm, instead I want you to consider how we might reliably generate solid work when software is so fraught with challenges? The answer is not that we are god-like Joomla developers (though I won't deny we're good.) I'll give you a hint, the answer is something that any business and any individual can employ. Give up? The answer is systems. You may think that you already know the what and how of systems, but I promise in this post I will provide a unique perspective into their benefit you won't find elsewhere. So keep reading!

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Heartbleed made national news recently. If you're not familiar with it, a vulnerability was found in an open-source software library used by most of the web to transmit information securely. This affected credit card transactions and usernames and passwords and had the potential for serious abuse. It has a lot of people wondering how good of an idea it is to use open source security and whether open source applications, like Joomla, are secure. In this post, we'll explore how the "openness" of an application affects its security.

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