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Dogfooding Appian

Appian is a low-code platform that turns your business ideas into enterprise-class applications. This article covers why and how Appian uses our software (or “eat our own dog food”) to run and scale our department.

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Artisanal Scripting: Keeping Secrets

Photo by James Sutton on Unsplash As mentioned in a previous post, I keep most of my configuration files and scripts in a git repository. Files that must remain secret, like ssh private keys, the .netrc file and the like should never end up there.

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Artisanal Scripting: Home Git Home

Photo by Nynne Schrøder on Unsplash Hello there, it’s David again. Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a series of posts I’m calling Artisanal Scripting. As a developer who spends much of his time on the terminal, I’ve crafted dotfiles and…

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Sending Announcements with Git Notes

Hi, my name is David and I am a little obsessed with git. At Appian, we migrated from subversion in 2010 and have been using git ever since. Besides the obvious benefits like local commits and its decentralized nature, it offers interesting features…

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Managers are Dead! Long Live Managers!

Over the last few years in Appian Engineering, I have made sure to share one key aspect of our culture in every interview, because our management model is very different than it is at most companies. After more than 50 interviews, candidates are…

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Boost Your 1-on-1s with This One Simple Trick

The number one rule of being a manager is to have 1-on-1s with your direct reports (Don’t believe me? Read this and this and this.) But the best 1-on-1s are those where your direct report has spent time thinking about what they want to discuss with…

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Caffeine, Students, and Code, Oh My!

If that title gave you a small rush of adrenaline and an itch to pull an an all-nighter as you code with friends, you have probably experienced a hackathon. Truth be told, not all of us like staying up late and chugging energy drinks, but there is…

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Rescue Your Mobile Builds from Madness Using Fastlane

When you start writing an iOS application, you are typically focused on getting the app built and shipped. That means writing the code, maybe some unit tests to make sure your logic works as expected, and a script or two that builds and runs your app

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In the Wrong Place at the Right Place

I’m an introvert, the type of person who enjoys putting on his headphones and working independently, not having to worry about talking on the phone for hours at a time. So, it probably wasn’t the best idea to become a support agent, where I was doing

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Appian Technology

Organizations win by their unique values and by how effectively they execute on them. The organization I am a part of at Appian manages, among other things, our technology stack. We value discovery and open design collaboration. We want to empower…