ProFocus Technology, a Portland-based staffing and consulting company, continues to thrive, earning a spot on the 2018 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies. The Inc. 500 List focuses on one of the most important economic contributors —America’s...read more
For the third year in a row, ProFocus has won Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to clients and job seekers! Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry...read more
On May 30, 2018, Portland-based software development managers joined ProFocus Technology for the latest in our series of Leaders Lunches. Moderated by John Boone, President of ProFocus, our May roundtable discussion focused on the topic of communication and...read more
We’re living in the era of the “gig economy.” Today more people than ever — over 30% of the U.S. workforce — work as independent contractors, temporary workers, consultants, and freelancers, and that number is only expected to grow. As an IT staffing firm, we’ve seen...read more
“Software is eating the world.” I seem to be hearing and seeing that expression all over the internet lately, that it’s almost sounding like meme nowadays. But it also happens to be true. Can you think of a single type of company or organization in existence today...read more
One of my coworkers remarked recently that software engineers have an overengineering problem. What did he mean -- and how common is this problem? Let's look at what over-engineering is and why it's a problem with a real-world example we're all familiar with. What...read more
Psst, hey I got a little programmer secret.... Ready? I think most programmers will agree that testing your code, at least in theory, is a good idea. After all, we’ve seen the public consequences of software code that hasn’t been tested enough. The recent “heartbleed...read more
For any of you science fiction buffs out there, probably one of the oldest plots out there is the sentient computer or robot running amok. The HAL-9000 supercomputer from “2001: A Space Odyssey”, brags in an interview with the BBC that he is perfect and incapable of...read more
Most software engineers will, sooner or later, learn about design patterns. Or at the very least, hear wind that design patterns are an important arsenal in a software engineer's toolbox. A design pattern isn't really something tangible you can pluck off a store...read more
When I was a kid, one of my favorite authors was Isaac Asimov. He is most famous for his science fiction stories about robotics and machines that could think for themselves. I still clearly remember one of his stories that still haunts me to this day. It was titled...read more
Artists work with imagery and pictures. Singers work with music and songs. Writers and poets work with the arrangement of words. Software developers work with the arrangement of computer code. That’s what we software developers deal with in our day to day activities....read more
When you’ve been around the “software programming block” for a while, you can almost telepathically understand the motivation behind certain programming constructs and tools. In particular, the concept of serialization and deserialization. In a nutshell, it’s a way to...read more
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